Schachmatt

Author: Stephen L. Carter

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644429316

Category: Fiction

Page: 864

View: 4918

Wenn der schwarze König fällt ... Als der geachtete Richter Oliver Garland überraschend stirbt, ist sein Sohn Talcott überzeugt, dass ein schwaches Herz die Ursache war. Doch warum wird Talcott ständig nach den «Vorkehrungen» gefragt, die sein Vater für den Todesfall getroffen habe? Warum wird er verfolgt? Und warum fehlen zwei Schachfiguren auf dem sonst so sorgsam gehüteten Schachbrett des Richters? Bald darauf wird ein zweiter Toter aus dem Umfeld Oliver Garlands aufgefunden. Und Talcott sieht sich hineingezogen in die dunkle Vergangenheit seines Vaters. Er muss alles aufs Spiel setzen: seine Ehre, seinen Ruf – und sein Leben. «Seit Tom Wolfe habe ich keinen so vielschichtigen, mitreißenden und bereichernden Roman gelesen wie ‹Schachmatt›.» (USA Today) «Ein prall erzähltes, anekdoten- und facettenreiches Werk.» (Der Spiegel) «Dieses Buch kann man einfach nicht aus der Hand legen.» (New York Times Book Review) «Wunderbar erzählt und clever konstruiert. ‹Schachmatt› ist eine lebendige und vielschichtige Familiensaga, die geschickt verbunden ist mit der Spannung eines Thrillers ... Ein wirklicher Genuss!» (John Grisham) «Man kann dieses Buch einfach nicht aus der Hand legen ... Ein ebenso außergewöhnlicher wie überzeugender Roman.» (New York Times) «Ein unterhaltsamer, eleganter und ideenreicher Roman mit einem wunderbaren Kosmos von Figuren.» (The New York Review of Books) «Scharfsichtige Beobachtungen, gepaart mit einem ernsthaften sozialen Gewissen, das den meisten Büchern dieser Art fehlt ... Ein sprachliches Meisterwerk.» (Time)

The Emperor Of Ocean Park

Author: Stephen L Carter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409015076

Category: Fiction

Page: 896

View: 2696

Judge Oliver Garland has just died in suspicious circumstances. Conservative and controversial, Garland had many enemies. Many years ago, he'd earned a judge's highest prize: a Supreme Court nomination. But in a scene of bitter humiliation in front of a televised audience and before the eyes of his family, he had to withdraw his nomination. It was a national scandal, and a private agony, one from which he never recovered. Now, year's later, The judge's death raises even more questions than his life did and seems to be leading to a second terrible scandal. Could he have been murdered? He has left a strange message for his son Talcott, a professor at an elite Ivy League law school, entrusting him with 'the arrangements' - a mysterious puzzle that only Tal can unlock, and only by unearthing the ambiguities of his father's turbulent past. When another man is found dead, and then another, Talcott must risk life, marriage and reputation, following the clues his father left him.

Die schwarze Dame

Author: Stephen L. Carter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783550087004

Category:

Page: 742

View: 8208

Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [4 volumes]

Author: Jessie Carney Smith

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313357978

Category: Social Science

Page: 1733

View: 7507

This four-volume encyclopedia contains compelling and comprehensive information on African American popular culture that will be valuable to high school students and undergraduates, college instructors, researchers, and general readers. • Contains writings from 100 contributing authors, all identified in a separate listing • Includes a chronology placing pivotal events—such as the beginning of black baseball, the modern Civil Rights Movement, and the Harlem Renaissance—in historical context • Depicts key places, events, and people through photographs as well as words • Provides a list of black radio programs and movies

Popular Fiction

The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field

Author: Ken Gelder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134250703

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 9732

In this important book, Ken Gelder offers a lively, progressive and comprehensive account of popular fiction as a distinctive literary field. Drawing on a wide range of popular novelists, from Sir Walter Scott and Marie Corelli to Ian Fleming, J. K. Rowling and Stephen King, his book describes for the first time how this field works and what its unique features are. In addition, Gelder provides a critical history of three primary genres - romance, crime fiction and science fiction - and looks at the role of bookshops, fanzines and prozines in the distribution and evaluation of popular fiction. Finally, he examines five bestselling popular novelists in detail - John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, Jackie Collins and J. R. R. Tolkien - to see how popular fiction is used, discussed and identified in contemporary culture.

Sturmvogel

Die Rosenkriege 1 - Roman

Author: Conn Iggulden

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641145570

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 8412

Ein Sturm zieht über England herauf: Der Kampf um die Krone beginnt England 1437: König Henry VI. ist krank und unfähig zu regieren, das Königshaus gerät ins Wanken. Zudem droht ein Konflikt mit Frankreich, der England in eine Katastrophe reißen könnte. Die Vermählung Henrys mit der französischen Adeligen Margaret von Anjou soll die Macht des Reiches sichern. Doch das Bündnis mit den verhassten Franzosen ruft bei der Bevölkerung Empörung hervor. Richard, Duke von York, nutzt den Hass gegen den König und seine willensstarke Gemahlin zu seinen Zwecken – die Rosenkriege beginnen ...

New England White

Author: Stephen L Carter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409001253

Category: Fiction

Page: 736

View: 922

When The Emperor of Ocean Park was published, the Observer declared: 'The book is superb, both as a thriller and as a novel of social observation.' Now, with that same astute social observation, narrative drive, and richness of plot and character, Stephen Carter returns us to the New England university town of Elm Harbor, where the murder of a renowned African-American economist opens a door on the racial complications of the town's past, on one family's secrets, and on the most hidden and powerful bastions of African-American political influence. At the centre are Lemaster and Julia Carlyle. He is president of the university, she is a dean at the divinity school - African-Americans living in 'the heart of whiteness'. Lemaster's connections lead to the President of the United States, his old college room-mate. Julia is connected to the dead man, Kellen Zant, her lover before she met Lemaster. The meeting point of these connections - a murder committed and covered up in Elm Harbor thirty years ago, and the shocking plans carried out by a fraternity of the 'darker nation' - forms the core of a mystery that deepens even as Julia, guided by clues left her by Zant, closes in on the politically earth-shattering motive behind his murder. Suspenseful from first to last, galvanising in its exploration of the profound difference between allegiance to ideas and to people, New England White is a resounding confirmation of Stephen Carter's gifts as a writer of fiction.

African American Mystery Writers

A Historical and Thematic Study

Author: Frankie Y. Bailey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786452331

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

View: 4092

The book describes the movement by African American authors from slave narratives and antebellum newspapers into fiction writing, and the subsequent developments of black genre fiction through the present. It analyzes works by modern African American mystery writers, focusing on sleuths, the social locations of crime, victims and offenders, the notion of “doing justice,” and the role of African American cultural vernacular in mystery fiction. A final section focuses on readers and reading, examining African American mystery writers’ access to the marketplace and the issue of the “double audience” raised by earlier writers. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Während des Sturms

Roman

Author: Scott Spencer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442732159

Category:

Page: 477

View: 1448

Beyond the White Negro

Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading

Author: Kimberly Chabot Davis

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252096312

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 5980

Critics often characterize white consumption of African American culture as a form of theft that echoes the fantasies of 1950s-era bohemians, or "White Negroes," who romanticized black culture as anarchic and sexually potent. In Beyond the White Negro, Kimberly Chabot Davis claims such a view fails to describe the varied politics of racial crossover in the past fifteen years. Davis analyzes how white engagement with African American novels, film narratives, and hip-hop can help form anti-racist attitudes that may catalyze social change and racial justice. Though acknowledging past failures to establish cross-racial empathy, she focuses on examples that show avenues for future progress and change. Her study of ethnographic data from book clubs and college classrooms shows how engagement with African American culture and pedagogical support can lead to the kinds of white self-examination that make empathy possible. The result is a groundbreaking text that challenges the trend of focusing on society's failures in achieving cross-racial empathy and instead explores possible avenues for change.

Betrayal

How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era

Author: Houston A. Baker Jr.

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511442

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 7189

Houston A. Baker Jr. condemns those black intellectuals who, he believes, have turned their backs on the tradition of racial activism in America. These individuals choose personal gain over the interests of the black majority, whether they are espousing neoconservative positions that distort the contours of contemporary social and political dynamics or abandoning race as an important issue in the study of American literature and culture. Most important, they do a disservice to the legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., and others who have fought for black rights. In the literature, speeches, and academic and public behavior of some black intellectuals in the past quarter century, Baker identifies a "hungry generation" eager for power, respect, and money. Baker critiques his own impoverished childhood in the "Little Africa" section of Louisville, Kentucky, to understand the shaping of this new public figure. He also revisits classical sites of African American literary and historical criticism and critique. Baker devotes chapters to the writing and thought of such black academic superstars as Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, and Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Hoover Institution senior fellow Shelby Steele; Yale law professor Stephen Carter; and Manhattan Institute fellow John McWhorter. His provocative investigation into their disingenuous posturing exposes what Baker deems a tragic betrayal of King's legacy. Baker concludes with a discussion of American myth and the role of the U.S. prison-industrial complex in the "disappearing" of blacks. Baker claims King would have criticized these black intellectuals for not persistently raising their voices against a private prison system that incarcerates so many men and women of color. To remedy this situation, Baker urges black intellectuals to forge both sacred and secular connections with local communities and rededicate themselves to social responsibility. As he sees it, the mission of the black intellectual today is not to do great things but to do specific, racially based work that is in the interest of the black majority.

Fever, FUO, a diary

Author: Regine Dubono

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1105528650

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 515

Quixote's Ghost

The Right, the Liberati, and the Future of Social Policy

Author: David Stoesz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198040040

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 9850

American social policy, writes David Stoesz, is currently experiencing an alarming paradigm shift. Quixote's Ghost, a provocative new analysis of the ideological fight for control of American social welfare policy, demonstrates how the Right pirated the pragmatism championed by the Left since the New Deal and what that means for the future of social policy. Stoesz's fascinating account documents how conservative think tanks arose to combat the dominance of liberal intellectualism in the university system, and by now have taken command of the "means of analysis," flooding Congress with proposals and effectively shifting American public philosophy from liberalism to conservatism. While the Right devoted enormous amounts of energy in reconstructing social policy, Stoesz argues that the American liberal-intellectual class-the Liberati-abandoned its original mission, defecting from the welfare state project to pursue a philosophical tangent, postmodernism, that vilified social policy and romanticized oppressed populations. Presenting case studies from welfare reform and children's services, he illustrates how both the Right and the Left have shortchanged American social policy. In the process, he proposes radical pragmatism as the solution to counter the dominance of an emerging welfare-industrial complex and revive a Progressive orientation to social policy. Only through citizen empowerment, social mobility, and government restructuring, Stoesz argues, can we effectively craft a new approach to social policy that meets the requirements of the 21st century and transcends the impasse between the Left and the Right. Quixote's Ghost, framed by the metaphor of a Romantic Left whose actions-like Don Quixote's obsession with chivalry-are out of synch with the present reality, will be of immense interest to students and academics alike. As one of the few books to chart this radical shift in social policy and its implications on the ground, it will be sure to challenge both the Right and the Left to craft a new approach to thinking about American social policy.

Winterspiele

Author: Jean-Claude Mourlevat,Bettina Bach

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783570304556

Category:

Page: 411

View: 9088

Der Unfall auf der A35

Author: Graeme Macrae Burnet

Publisher: Europa Verlag GmbH & Company KG

ISBN: 3958902049

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 2858

Eigentlich gibt es nichts Außergewöhnliches an dem tödlichen Autounfall auf der A35 unweit des elsässischen Städtchens Saint Louis. Doch eine Frage treibt Kommissar Georges Gorski um: Wo war das Unfallopfer Bertrand Barthelme in der Nacht, in der er mit seinem Wagen frontal gegen einen Baum krachte? Als Barthelmes Spuren zu einer jungen Prostituierten in Straßburg führen, die just in jener Nacht erdrosselt wurde, ist der kauzige Provinzkommissar alarmiert. Schnell verstrickt sich Gorski in einem mysteriösen Rätsel um den Toten, das tief hinter die harmlose Fassade der verschlafen wirkenden Kleinstadt Saint Louis blicken lässt. Und auch Barthelmes Sohn Raymond beginnt dem Geheimnis seines verstorbenen Vaters nachzuspüren, das die wohlgeordnete Welt des 17-Jährigen schon bald gehörig ins Wanken bringt ... Bestsellerautor Graeme Macrae Burnet meldet sich mit einem außergewöhnlichen literarischen Kriminalroman zurück, der die Fans von Sein blutiges Projekt und Das Verschwinden der Adèle Bedeau begeistern wird. Gewohnt raffiniert und voller schwarzem Humor blickt er in Der Unfall auf der A35 erneut tief in die Psyche seiner Charaktere und spürt den dunklen Seiten des elsässischen Kleinstadtlebens nach. Ein meisterhafter Kriminalroman, der das Genre ebenso geschickt wie sprachlich brillant neu erfindet.

Diese alte Sehnsucht

Roman

Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832185410

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8891

Großes amerikanisches Erzählkino Jack Griffin wollte niemals werden wie seine Eltern. Seit dreißig Jahren ist er verheiratet, hat eine wohlgeratene Tochter und wurde nach seiner Karriere als Hollywood-Drehbuchautor Professor an einem kleinen College im Nordosten. Doch nun ist er Mitte fünfzig und erkennt, dass ihn die Lebensmuster seiner wunderbar scheußlichen Eltern längst eingeholt haben. Der Pulitzer-Preisträger Richard Russo, der in den USA schon seit Langem zu den bedeutenden Schriftstellern zählt, zeigt in seinem facettenreichen Roman, dass wir den Rollenbildern, denen wir zu entfliehen suchen, niemals ganz entkommen: Wir wiederholen sie – oder verkehren sie in ihr Gegenteil. ›Diese alte Sehnsucht‹ führt ebenso unterhaltsam wie kunstvoll vor, dass Familie dort ist, wo uns das Schlimmste, aber auch das Beste geschieht. »Eine romantische Komödie aus der Lebensmitte, voller Humor und Zuversicht.« The Guardian

Die Malerin

Roman

Author: Susan Vreeland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453869967

Category: Italy

Page: 351

View: 1795

Mitternachtsstimmen

Roman

Author: John Saul

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453430044

Category:

Page: 477

View: 6172

Lincoln

Roman

Author: Gore Vidal

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442729128

Category:

Page: 843

View: 5261