Author: Franz Kafka
In einer Winternacht gelangt der Landvermesser K. in ein Dorf, das von den Beamten eines mysteriösen Schlosses oberhalb der Stadt beherrscht wird. Die Dorfbewohner begegnen K. mit Misstrauen. Rätselhafte und widersprüchliche Auskünfte behindern K.s Bemühen, einen Weg zum Schloss zu finden. K. behauptet, er sei von den Schlossbeamten als Landvermesser ins Dorf bestellt worden. Vergeblich versucht K. in den folgenden sieben Tagen, ins Schloss vorzudringen. Er kommt nicht voran. Alle Versuche K.s führen ihn im Kreis zum Ausgangspunkt zurück. Tage und Nächte scheinen immer schneller zu verlaufen. K.s Kräfte schwinden. Franz Kafka lässt für seinen letzten Roman »Das Schloss« von 1922 breiten Interpretationsspielraum. »Das Schloss« provozierte eine Vielzahl psychologischer, soziologischer und theologischer Deutungsversuche. Die unerreichbare Machtinstanz auf dem Schlossberg wurde als manipulativer Staat, Gottheit, Symbol des Lebenssinns und vieles mehr ausgelegt. Gerade, indem Franz Kafka in »Das Schloss« keinen eindeutigen Sinngehalt anbot, legte er den Grundstein für die andauernde Faszination des Romans weit über die Grenzen der Literatur hinaus.
Author: Franz Kafka
Category: Literary Criticism
Symbolsk roman om det ensomme, ufri menneskes kamp for at nå anerkendelse og fuldkommenhed.
Author: M. W. Thompson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Examines the rise of the castle from its European origins in the tenth century to c.1400.
Author: Omid Olfet
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Devon was a five-year-old when he learned that those headaches he was having were the result of a cancerous tumor behind his eye. But thanks to his family and good doctors, he survived. Or did he? The Castle is the story of his reminiscences, especially of the crystal chess set he got as a gift after his surgery. But then one of the pieces fell to the floor and shattered. Which piece? The castle, or rook as some call it. Suddenly, Devon awakens in a strange land where he finds a real castle - and some of the same people he knew in his childhood. What is real and what is not? Is he alive or dead? It's a story that will keep you wondering....
Author: Paul Mason
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Two abandoned children make their home in a castle - which turns out to be haunted by the Duke of Wellington! The ghost is a particularly determined spook who helps them hide from the castle's caretaker. But when developers want to turn their home into a spa, everyone who loves the castle must band together to save the day. Comic ghostly fun for newly confident readers aged 8+ and those looking for a fast, fun read.
Author: Donna Ball
The author of the Ladybug Farm series delivers an exhilarating new novel of a middle-aged woman who follows her heart to love and happiness. When a dashing French poet swept forty-something workaholic Sara Graves off her feet, she did something completely unexpected: She married him. Then three weeks later he died, leaving her a house she can't afford to keep in a country she's never been to. Traveling to France to settle the estate, Sara is shocked to discover that her husband wasn't the impoverished poet he claimed to be- and that the estate he left her is a 400-year-old crumbling castle in the Loire Valley. Now Sara must sell Chateau Rondelais before it (not to mention her late husband's disarmingly handsome lawyer and best friend) makes her question her decision to leave-and opens her heart to change and all its unexpected possibilities.
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: A&C Black
A magical castle with a life of its own . . . and a plucky princess who will defend it at all cost. The first book in an enchanting adventure series from a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author.
Author: Dodie Smith
Publisher: Random House
'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer's block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time.
The Myth of Czechoslovakia in Europe, 1914-1948
Author: Andrea Orzoff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Political Science
After World War I, diplomats and leaders at the Paris Peace Talks redrew the map of Europe, carving up ancient empires and transforming Europe's eastern half into new nation-states. Drawing heavily on the past, the leaders of these young countries crafted national mythologies and deployed them at home and abroad. Domestically, myths were a tool for legitimating the new state with fractious electorates. In Great Power capitals, they were used to curry favor and to compete with the mythologies and propaganda of other insecure postwar states. The new postwar state of Czechoslovakia forged a reputation as Europe's democratic outpost in the East, an island of enlightened tolerance amid an increasingly fascist Central and Eastern Europe. In Battle for the Castle, Andrea Orzoff traces the myth of Czechoslovakia as an ideal democracy. The architects of the myth were two academics who had fled Austria-Hungary in the Great War's early years. Tom?as Garrigue Masaryk, who became Czechoslovakia's first president, and Edvard Benes, its longtime foreign minister and later president, propagated the idea of the Czechs as a tolerant, prosperous, and cosmopolitan people, devoted to European ideals, and Czechoslovakia as a Western ally capable of containing both German aggression and Bolshevik radicalism. Deeply distrustful of Czech political parties and Parliamentary leaders, Benes and Masaryk created an informal political organization known as the Hrad or "Castle." This powerful coalition of intellectuals, journalists, businessmen, religious leaders, and Great War veterans struggled with Parliamentary leaders to set the country's political agenda and advance the myth. Abroad, the Castle wielded the national myth to claim the attention and defense of the West against its increasingly hungry neighbors. When Hitler occupied the country, the mythic Czechoslovakia gained power as its leaders went into wartime exile. Once Czechoslovakia regained its independence after 1945, the Castle myth reappeared. After the Communist coup of 1948, many Castle politicians went into exile in America, where they wrote the Castle myth of an idealized Czechoslovakia into academic and political discourse. Battle for the Castle demonstrates how this founding myth became enshrined in Czechoslovak and European history. It powerfully articulates the centrality of propaganda and the mass media to interwar European cultural diplomacy and politics, and the tense, combative atmosphere of European international relations from the beginning of the First World War well past the end of the Second.
Author: Horace Walpole (4th earl of Orford.),G M. B
From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
Author: Matthew Johnson
In this engaging book Matthew Johnson looks 'behind the castle gate' to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle Ages. Traditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence, and as statements of wealth or power or both. By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants, Matthew Johnson uncovers a whole new vantage point. He shows how castles functioned as stage-settings against which people played out roles of lord and servant, husband and wife, father and son. Building, rebuilding and living in a castle was as complex an experience as a piece of medieval art. Behind the Castle Gate brings castles and their inhabitants alive. Combining ground-breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives it will be read avidly by all with an interest in castles.
Or, Stories of Instruction and Delight. Being Les Veillees Du Chateau
Author: Stéphanie Félicité comtesse de Genlis
Or, The History of William Stephens, of the Isle of Wright, Esq; Lately Deceased. A Political Novel, Never Before Published in Any Language ...
Author: Thomas Stephens
Author: Malcolm Paterson
Publisher: Oratia Media Ltd
Category: Auckland (N.Z.)
Tui and his cousin Jennifer are much too busy playing a video game to want to visit Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill. But then Nanny Marei tells them the mountains got giants and fortresses, just like their game! Explore Maungakiekie with Tui and Jennifer as they travel back into its history meeting the Goddess of Fire, Māori tribes, Chinese gardeners, Sir John Logan Campbell, and the tourists of today.
52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged, or Just Plain Tired Homemaker
Author: Lynn Bowen Walker
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Category: Family & Relationships
Being a keeper at home demands that women possess a wide range of skills. Now the training, skills and tips every woman needs are all here in one delightful-to-read volume. Five minutes a day, 52 weeks a year is all a woman needs to get the most of this inspiring, helpful read.
A Collection of Short Stories
Author: Syrrina Haque
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
From dancing to masking, the Pakistani woman drudges through in her search for home. In this collection of eleven short stories, author Syrrina Haque explores the concept of home. Is home a physical entity or a spiritual domain? For some people, is home merely a facade? Demonstrating the diversity of the socio-cultural terrain of Pakistan, these stories of life revolve around the theme of physical, spiritual, and psychological displacement and how this relates to the concept of home. In "From Boundaries to Boundaries," a thirty-nine-year-old mother of three leaves her abusive husband and Pakistani home for Canada; she hopes for a fresh beginning and a break from her past. In "Burka," thirteen-year-old Burka-clad Gulbano flees her home to escape marrying a fifty-year-old Talib-but her fate is worse than she could have imagined. These true-to-life characters search for new horizons to appease their hidden side and arrive at castles built with only with sand. They try to traverse from boundary to boundary in search of a destination, but they find themselves entrapped in their own cocoons."
Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art
Author: Ga.) Arts Festival of Atlanta (1996 Atlanta
Publisher: MIT Press
This book addresses one of the most troubling questions of contemporary art theory and practice: Who is contemporary art for? Although the divide between contemporary art and the public has long been acknowledged, this is the first time that artists, critics, and the public have come together to debate the problem and to make artmaking, criticism, and public reaction part of the same process. Like the exhibitions, discussions, and seminars held at "The Castle" during the summer 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, this book is based on the premise that contemporary artists and the general public have something to say to each other. By positing the space of "conversation" as one in which artworks can be experienced as creative sites open to multilayered interpretations by changing audiences, the book provides an antidote to the modernist connoisseurial silence that has long been used to define quality. The book is divided into three sections. The first contains essays by project curator Mary Jane Jacob, critic and coeditor Michael Brenson, and cultural critic Homi K. Bhabha. Their essays describe fresh approaches to contemporary art and its audiences at a time of increased access through technology and decreased government funding. The second section contains essays by the six artists/collaborative teams involved in the project. Their works, aimed at public participation, included installation-performances, collaborations with Atlanta communities, cross-country tours, and the creation and presentation of food as a means to stimulate conversation and construct community. The artists are: artway of thinking (Italy), Ery Camara (Senegal/Mexico), Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg (Brazil/Switzerland), Regina Frank (Germany), IRWIN (Slovenia), and Maurice O'Connell (Ireland).The final section contains seven essays by the critics, curators, educators, administrators, and artists who led the "Conversations on Culture" at The Castle. The essays are by Jacquelynn Baas, Michael Brenson, Lisa Graziose Corrin, Amina Dickerson and Tricia Ward, Steven Durland, Susan Krane, and Susan Vogel.
A Dramatic Romance in Five Acts
Author: Matthew Gregory Lewis