The Crossroads

Autor: Niccolò Ammaniti
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781847670373
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Cristiano is sixteen. Home life is far from perfect, and when his drink-sozzled father and two reprobate friends come up with a plan to rob a bank, Cristiano sees the chance of a better life. But as a tremendous storm brews that night, the perfect crime will have shocking consequences for all involved. And Cristiano must put childhood behind him once and for all.The utterly absorbing novel has pace, plot twists and glorious characters. An epic drama of innocence and delusion, The Crossroads is Ammanitis most engaging novel yet.

Understanding Origins

Autor: Francisco J. Varela
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401580545
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The main intention of this book is to bring together contributions from biology, cognitive science, and the humanities for a joint exploration of some of the main contemporary notions dealing with the understanding of origins in life,mind and society. The question of origin is inseparable from a web of hypotheses that both shape and explain us. Although origin invites examination, it always seems to elude our grasp. Notions have always been produced to interpret the genesis of life, mind, and the social order, and these notions have all remained unstable in the face of theoretical and empirical challenges. In any given period, the central ideas on origin have had a mutual resonance frequently overlooked by specialists engaged in theirown particular fields. As a consequence, this book should be of interest to a wide audi ence. In particular, for all those engaged in the social sciences and the philosophy of science, it is unique document, since bridges to the natural sciences in a mutually illuminating way are hard to find. Whether as a primary source or as inspirational reading, we feel this book has a place in every library. The material comes from an international meeting held in September 13-16, 1987 at Stanford University, organized by F. Varela and J.-P. Dupuy at the request of the Program of Interdisciplinary Research of Stanford University. We are grateful to Rene Girard, the Program Director, for making it possible with the help of the Mellon Foundation.


Autor: Margherita Sarrocchi
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226735060
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The first historical heroic epic authored by a woman, Scanderbeide recounts the exploits of fifteenth-century Albanian warrior-prince George Scanderbeg and his war of resistance against the Ottoman sultanate. Filled with scenes of intense and suspenseful battles contrasted with romantic episodes, Scanderbeide combines the action and fantasy characteristic of the genre with analysis of its characters’ motivations. In selecting a military campaign as her material and epic poetry as her medium, Margherita Sarrocchi (1560?–1617) not only engages in the masculine subjects of political conflict and warfare but also tackles a genre that was, until that point, the sole purview of men. First published posthumously in 1623, Scanderbeide reemerges here in an adroit English prose translation that maintains the suspense of the original text and gives ample context to its rich cultural implications.

Literature And The Gods

Autor: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307537730
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Brilliant, inspired, and gloriously erudite, Literature and the Gods is the culmination of Roberto Calasso’s lifelong study of the gods in the human imagination. By uncovering the divine whisper that lies behind the best poetry and prose from across the centuries, Calasso gives us a renewed sense of the mystery and enchantment of great literature. From the banishment of the classical divinities during the Age of Reason to their emancipation by the Romantics and their place in the literature of our own time, the history of the gods can also be read as a ciphered and splendid history of literary inspiration. Rewriting that story, Calasso carves out a sacred space for literature where the presence of the gods is discernible. His inquiry into the nature of “absolute literature” transports us to the realms of Dionysus and Orpheus, Baudelaire and Mallarmé, and prompts a lucid and impassioned defense of poetic form, even when apparently severed from any social function. Lyrical and assured, Literature and the Gods is an intensely engaging work of literary affirmation that deserves to be read alongside the masterpieces it celebrates. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Blue Bloods

Autor: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
ISBN: 148473226X
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Blue Bloods: Within New York City's most elite families, there lurks a secret society: its members are powerful, wealthy - and unhuman. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires. Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to Prada and pearls. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler's life changes dramatically: haunted by the death of a classmate, she craves raw meat and finds herself the romantic interest of Jack Force, the most popular boy in school. As one discovery leads to the next, Schuyler finds herself drawn into the elusive social circle of the Blue Bloods—and a mystery that threatens to destroy them all. Masquerade: Schuyler wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires, and travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help - her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, glamorous Blue Bloods prepare for the Four Hundred Ball - an exclusive gala hosted by the city's powerful undead but it's at the after-party masquerade that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire's destiny. Revelations: Schuyler's heritage is under scrutiny: is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is the sinister Silver Blood coursing through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is stranded in the Force household, trapped with her nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force. But when an ancient center of power is threatened, the Blue Bloods need Schuyler on their side. Romance, glamour, and vampire lore collide in Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling Blue Bloods series.

Paul Celan In Italia

Autor: Diletta D’Eredità
Publisher: Sapienza Università Editrice
ISBN: 8898533640
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Ci sono opere che non «raffigurano» spazi ma li creano, ed è il caso di Paul Celan, che chiede alla sua poesia di essere ‘occupabile’, e tradursi, trasferirsi nella lettura altrui, modificandosi. In questo senso la sua poesia è dicibile come traduzione- interpretazione, dinamica ripetizione, rilettura del testo, nello spazio e nel tempo. I contributi italiani raccolti in questo volume cercano spazi materiali, memoriali, artistici, intermediali, didattici, geopoetici, biografici, psicanalitici, linguistici nella poesia celaniana, e ne aprono di nuovi a partire da questa. Ogni sette anni, nel 2014 a Roma come già nel 2007 a Napoli, abbiamo provato a fare il punto della riflessione recente su Paul Celan in Italia. Molti giovani studiosi si sono confrontati con qualche più esperto lettore e interprete (artistico, esegetico, poetico) di Celan, ed è emersa una vicinanza alla terra e alla materia, che anche quando è maceria combusta rimanda alla possibile ricostruzione in spazi che chiedono di essere aperti, districati e scoperti.

The Rule Of Metaphor

Autor: Paul Ricoeur
ISBN: 9780802064479
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This full-scale examination of the philosophy of metaphor from Aristotle to the present, brings together and discusses significant viewpoints on metaphor held by writers in various disciplines.


Autor: Wilhelm Jensen
Publisher: Green Integer Books
ISBN: 9781892295897
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Here together in one volume is the strange and evocative 'Pompeiian Fancy' by German author Wilhelm Jensen and one of the major texts of psychoanalysis in Freud's oeuvre, discussing the role of delusion and dream in Jensen's work. Freud's analysis is at the same time a brilliant literary interpretation of a symbolic work and a statement of the importance of literature on his own thinking and the world of scientific stduy.

Edda Gabler

Autor: Henrik Ibsen
ISBN: 9781545005408
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Hedda Gabler is a play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen was present at the world premiere, which took place on 31 January 1891 at the Residenztheater in Munich. It is recognized as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama. The title character, Hedda, is considered one of the great dramatic roles in theatre.Hedda's married name is Hedda Tesman; Gabler is her maiden name. On the subject of the title, Ibsen wrote: "My intention in giving it this name was to indicate that Hedda as a personality is to be regarded rather as her father's daughter than her husband's wife."