Torture Garden

Autor: Octave Mirbeau
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465606947
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One evening some friends were gathered at the home of one of our most celebrated writers. Having dined sumptuously, they were discussing murder—apropos of what, I no longer remember probably apropos of nothing. Only men were present: moralists, poets, philosophers and doctors—thus everyone could speak freely, according to his whim, his hobby or his idiosyncrasies, without fear of suddenly seeing that expression of horror and fear which the least startling idea traces upon the horrified face of a notary. I—say notary, much as I might have said lawyer or porter, not disdainfully, of course, but in order to define the average French mind. With a calmness of spirit as perfect as though he were expressing an opinion upon the merits of the cigar he was smoking, a member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences said: “Really—I honestly believe that murder is the greatest human preoccupation, and that all our acts stem from it... “ We awaited the pronouncement of an involved theory, but he remained silent. “Absolutely!” said a Darwinian scientist, “and, my friend, you are voicing one of those eternal truths such as the legendary Monsieur de La Palisse discovered every day: since murder is the very bedrock of our social institutions, and consequently the most imperious necessity of civilized life. If it no longer existed, there would be no governments of any kind, by virtue of the admirable fact that crime in general and murder in particular are not only their excuse, but their only reason for being. We should then live in complete anarchy, which is inconceivable. So, instead of seeking to eliminate murder, it is imperative that it be cultivated with intelligence and perseverance. I know no better culture medium than law.” Someone protested. “Here, here!” asked the savant, “aren't we alone, and speaking frankly?” “Please!” said the host, “let us profit thoroughly by the only occasion when we are free to express our personal ideas, for both I, in my books, and you in your turn, may present only lies to the public.” The scientist settled himself once more among the cushions of his armchair, stretched his legs, which were numb from being crossed too long and, his head thrown back, his arms hanging and his stomach soothed by good digestion, puffed smoke−rings at the ceiling: “Besides,” he continued, “murder is largely self−propagating. Actually, it is not the result of this or that passion, nor is it a pathological form of degeneracy. It is a vital instinct which is in us all—which is in all organized beings and dominates them, just as the genetic instinct. And most of the time it is especially true that these two instincts fuse so well, and are so totally interchangeable, that in some way or other they form a single and identical instinct, so that we no longer may tell which of the two urges us to give life, and which to take it—which is murder, and which love. I have been the confidant of an honorable assassin who killed women, not to rob them, but to ravish them. His trick was to manage things so that his sexual climax coincided exactly with the death−spasm of the woman: 'At those moments,' he told me, 'I imagined I was a God, creating a world!”

The Jardin Des Plantes

Autor: Claude Simon
Publisher: Hydra Books
ISBN: 9780810117235
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The Nobel Prize-winning writer takes a dive into human consciousness in his latest novel, using his own battle experience during World War II to explore the "fabulous chaos" of war.

El Jard N En La Arquitectura Del Siglo Xx

Autor: Darío Álvarez Álvarez
Publisher: Reverte
ISBN: 9788429121148
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Este libro plantea una visón completa del jardín del siglo XX y sugiere los caminos de relación entre la arquitectura y el jardín en el futuro, a partir de la experiencia de la cultura moderna. Esta visión general incluye análisis compositivos y espaciales de los jardines y de su relación con la arquitectura. De esta manera se ofrece, con carácter exhaustivo, una lectura crítica del desarrollo del jardín a lo largo de todo el siglo XX ( desde los proyectos del movimiento Arts & Crafts hasta las obras de Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi, Peter Eisenman, Peter Walker, West 8, etcétera) en sus diferentes escalas (desde el edificio al paisaje, pasando por el espacio urbano). El libro atiende a cuestiones diversas del jardín: unas de índole tipológica, otras compositivas, y también de significado, de relación con el paisaje, de definición de modelos espaciales o conceptos de movimiento, etcétera. Los ejemplos analizados se han escogido fundamentalmente por constituir aportaciones innovadoras, por haber abierto caminos formales, por haberse consolidado como modelos originales, y por ser ejemplos muy didácticos. El libro pretende ser un manual que ayude a entender las diversas maneras de enfrentarse al diseño del jardín a través de la significativa experiencia de su recorrido disciplinar, histórico, proyectual y crítico a través del siglo XX; y también que ayude a ubicar toda esta experiencia en la larga tradición histórica del jardín. En su mayoría, los autores elegidos son arquitectos que han diseñado jardines en consonancia con su propia arquitectura, pero también se incluyen paisajistas y otros artistas que, bien en solitario o en colaboración con arquitectos, han realizado una obra en la cual se ha primado la creación de sistemas espaciales antes que la mera plantación de especies vegetales, con lo que han conseguido resultados muy interesantes

El Jard N De La Emperatriz Casia

Autor: Gabrielle Wang
Publisher: Editorial Norma
ISBN: 9789580473466
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Mimi is a nice Chinese girl who lives in Australia and who doesn't understand why her parents transmit her Chinese customs and traditions. One day, her art teacher gives her a set of very old pastel crayons. With them Mimi makes some drawings that transform the lives of those who look at them and her self-concept.

El Jard N Secreto

Autor: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Publisher: Ediciones Cátedra
ISBN: 8437632153
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"El jardín secreto" es un clásico de la literatura en lengua inglesa, elegido por el público de "The Big Read" de la BBC como una de las 100 mejores novelas de todos los tiempos. El relato de Mary Lennox, Colin Craven y el jardín oculto fue la primera historia para niños que se publicó en una revista para adultos y es también un libro sanador y cargado de optimismo, una auténtica celebración de la vida. La presente edición ofrece una nueva traducción, prólogo y notas textuales de la escritora Ana Belén Ramos.