Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel

By David Rakoff

From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, appealing, witty, and clever novel in verse whose scope spans the 20 th century

Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has outfitted a deserved popularity as one of many best and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the grasp of an altogether assorted paintings form.

LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH leaps towns and many years as Rakoff sings the track of an the United States whose freedoms should be intoxicating, or brutal. 

The characters' lives are associated with one another via acts of generosity or cruelty. A daughter of Irish slaughterhouse employees in early-twentieth-century Chicago faces a determined selection; a hobo bargains an unforeseen safe haven at the rails through the nice melancholy; a vivacious aunt presents her smart nephew a direction out of the overwhelmed dream of postwar Southern California; an place of work lady endures the casually vicious sexism of Nineteen Fifties long island; the younger guy from Southern California revels within the electrifying sexual and creative openness of Sixties San Francisco, then later has a tendency to death acquaintances and fans because the AIDS pandemic devastates the neighborhood he cherishes; a love triangle unearths the empty materialism of the Reagan years; a wedding crumbles lower than the excellence among self-actualization and humanity; because the new century opens, a guy who has misplaced his means reveals a degree of peace in a photo he discovers in an previous box—an snapshot of natural and straightforward pleasure that unites the topics of this brilliantly conceived work.

Rakoff's insistence on good looks and the need of kindness in a egocentric international increases the unconventional some distance above mere satire.  A critic as soon as known as Rakoff "magnificent," a notice that completely describes this glorious novel in verse.

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Furor & Mystery and Other Writings (Black Widow Press Translation) (English and French Edition)

By Mary Ann Caws

Rene Char (1907-1988) used to be one in every of France's Most worthy twentieth century poets. a part of the Surrealist team within the past due 1920's-1930's, he progressively drifted clear of the gang. in the course of WWII he joined the resistance and wrote his forceful prose poems describing what he observed and skilled. this massive, bilingual anthology, contains all of his renowned books Feuillets d'Hypnos and Fureur et Mystere in addition to a sampling of alternative poems and prose poems. Insightful essays are supplied by means of Sandra Bermann, Mary Ann Caws, and Nancy Kline.

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The Rāmāyana (Penguin Classics)

By Valmiki

Certainly one of India’s maximum epics, the Ramayana pervades the country’s ethical and cultural realization. For generations it has served as a bedtime tale for Indian childrens, whereas even as enticing the curiosity of philosophers and theologians. Now this wonderful translation makes the huge paintings to be had to a brand new viewers.

Believed to were composed by means of Valmiki someday among the 8th and 6th centuries BC, the Ramayana tells the tragic and magical tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Visnu, born to rid the earth of the bad demon Ravana. Exiled for fourteen years due to his stepmother’s healthy of jealousy at the eve of his coronation, Rama enters the forests of Dandaka together with his appealing spouse Sita and dedicated brother Laksmana. Sita is kidnapped from the wooded area via Ravana who takes her to his remoted country at the a ways part of the southern ocean. the 2 brothers got down to rescue her and, alongside the way in which, make an alliance with a dispossessed monkey, king Sugriva. on the finish of a bloody battle Ravana is killed and Sita, reunited along with her husband, and successful Rama returns to Ayodhya to assert the throne that's rightfully his.

An idealized heroic story finishing with the inevitable triumph of fine over evil, the Ramayana can also be an intensely own tale of relations relationships, love and loss, responsibility and honour, of harem intrigue, petty jealousies and harmful goals. All this performed out in a universe populated through larger-than-life people, gods and celestial beings, wondrous animals and terrifying demons.

In her translation Arshia Sattar has effectively bridged either time and house to make this historic vintage obtainable to the present-day English reader. An further charm is her marvelous creation which supplies new insights and history details for either the overall reader and pupil alike.

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Don Juan (Penguin Classics)

Some of the earliest books, relatively these relationship again to the 1900s and sooner than, are actually super scarce and more and more pricey. we're republishing those vintage works in cheap, prime quality, smooth versions, utilizing the unique textual content and art.

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Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: Poems

By Raymond Carver

Winner of Poetry Magazine's Levinson Prize, an illuminating assortment from the center of his profession, Raymond Carver's poems "function as distilled, heightened types of his tales, providing us fugitive glimpses of normal lives at the edge" (Michiko Kakutani, the recent York Times).

From the exchange Paperback edition.

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The Earth Gods

By Kahlil Gibran

2013 Reprint of English. detailed facsimile of the unique version, now not reproduced with Optical popularity software program. With Illustrations reproduced from unique drawings via the writer. "This is, in my view, one of many maximum poems within the language. The Earth Gods is, probably, a publication for the mystic, a poet's ebook for poets, for the begin and the dreamer of mammoth desires. but i've got recognized those that delight themselves on being hugely useful and feet-on-the-ground, who disown any bent towards the paranormal and the occult, to pronounce it a ebook of ask yourself and gear. And as a baby of 7 to whom I learn parts of the poem on request, says unvaryingly, 'Read it again!' This, might be, for the song and the just about unearthly great thing about rhythm." -Barbara younger, during this guy From Lebanon: A examine of Kahlil Gibran

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Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

By Kim Stafford, William Stafford

"In our time there was no poet who revived human hearts and spirits extra convincingly than William Stafford." —Naomi Shihab Nye

Some time while the river is ice ask me
mistakes i've got made. question me whether
what i've got performed is my life.
—from "Ask Me"

In occasion of the poet's centennial, Ask Me collects 100 of William Stafford's crucial poems. As a conscientious objector in the course of international battle II, whereas assigned to Civilian Public carrier camps Stafford all started his day-by-day writing perform, a lifelong early-morning ritual of witness. His poetry unearths the results of violence, the day-by-day necessity of ethical judgements, and the bounty of paintings. chosen and with a notice by way of Kim Stafford, Ask Me provides the easiest from a profound and unique American voice.

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