Author: Jean-Philippe Blondel
Publisher: New Vessel Press
"Captivating ... The novel flies by with gentle humor, but it also poses complex questions about the meaning of art and sexuality, and offers an elegiac look at late middle age ... Irresistible, and the story’s fundamental kindness sets it apart." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) A French teacher on the verge of retirement is invited to a glittering opening that showcases the artwork of his former student, who has since become a celebrated painter. This unexpected encounter leads to the older man posing for his portrait. Possibly in the nude. Such personal exposure at close range entails a strange and troubling pact between artist and sitter that prompts both to reevaluate their lives. Blondel, author of the hugely popular novel The 6:41 to Paris, evokes an intimacy of dangerous intensity in a tale marked by profound nostalgia and a reckoning with the past that allows its two characters to move ahead in to the future.
Author: Stephen Bann,Paul Delaroche
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Paul Delaroche acquired unmatched celebrity as a painter in the first half of the nineteenth century. His major works, which include The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, The Princess in the Towerand other paintings based on historical events, achieved widespread recognition, leading an Italian critic to remark in 1853 that Delaroche was 'at the summit of all living painters'. But Delaroche's fame in his own lifetime has been followed by almost total neglect in the twentieth century. In this handsomely illustrated book, Stephen Bann redresses the imbalance of scholarship on Delaroche. He examines the artist's career from the earliest history paintings to the later, more experimental works that were influenced by photography. Bann also offers the first detailed analysis of Delaroche's major works in the context of the visual culture of the early nineteenth century. Paul Delaroche: History Paintedis the first monograph devoted to Delaroche.
Author: Sergei Lebedev
Publisher: New Vessel Press
This revelatory novel shows why Karl Ove Knausgaard has likened its celebrated Russian author to an "indomitable ... animal that won't let go of something when it gets its teeth into it." The book tells the story of a young Russian named Kirill, the sole survivor of a once numerous clan of German origin, who delves relentlessly into the unresolved past. His ancestor, Balthasar Schwerdt, son of a prominent surgeon, migrated to the Russian Empire in the 1830s, where he practiced alternative medicine, landing in the court of Catherine the Great. Schwerdt became captive to an erratic nobleman who supplied midgets, hunchbacks from Africa, and magicians to entertain the empress. Kirill’s investigation takes us through centuries of turmoil during which none of the German’s nine children or their descendants can escape their adoptive country’s cruel fate. Intent on uncovering buried mysteries, Kirill searches archives and cemeteries across Europe, while pressing witnesses for keys to understanding. The Goose Fritz illuminates both personal and political history in a passion-filled family saga about an often confounding country that has long fascinated the world.
A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices
Author: Leonard S. Marcus
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Literary Criticism
Writer. Matriarch. Mentor. Friend. Icon. Madeleine L'Engle is perhaps best recognized as the author of A Wrinkle in Time, the enduring milestone work of fantasy fiction that won the 1963 John Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature and has enthralled millions of readers for the past fifty years. But to those who knew her well, L'Engle was much more besides: a larger-than-life persona, an inspiring mentor, a strong-willed matriarch, a spiritual guide, and a rare friend. In Listening for Madeleine, the renowned literary historian and biographer Leonard S. Marcus reveals Madeleine L'Engle in all her complexity, through a series of incisive interviews with the people who knew her most intimately. Vivid reminiscences of family members, colleagues, and friends create a kaleidoscope of keen insights and snapshop moments that help readers to understand the many sides of this singularly fascinating woman.
Paintings in the Wallace Collection
Author: Stephen Duffy
Publisher: Paul Holberton Pub
Paul Delaroche was a hugely popular painter during his lifetime, first making his name with a series of historical scenes which enjoyed great acclaim at the Paris Salon. His renown extended far beyond his native country. Honored by almost every major academy, his pictures were sought by collectors in Britain, Germany, and Russia. One of his British patrons, Richard Seymour Conway (1800-1870), 4th Marquis of Hertford, acquired ten of his oil paintings and two watercolors. This group, one of the most extensive outside France, is in The Wallace Collection, which houses Lord Hertford's collections in what was once his London residence. Curator Stephen Duffy discusses in detail the twelve works, and in an introductory essay examines the life and career of the artist, on whom there will be also an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, 2010.
Author: Jean-Philippe Blondel
Publisher: Paul Zsolnay Verlag
Cécile hat das Wochenende bei den Eltern verbracht. Am Montagmorgen sitzt sie erschöpft im Frühzug und ärgert sich, dass sie nicht doch schon am Vorabend zurück zu Mann und Kind gereist ist. Der Platz neben ihr ist frei, ein Mann setzt sich. Cécile erkennt ihn sofort: Philippe Leduc. Auch Philippe hat Cécile gleich erkannt. Doch sie schweigen geschockt. Beide. Jeder für sich erinnern sich Cécile und Philippe in den eineinhalb Stunden bis Paris, wie verliebt sie vor dreißig Jahren waren, als sie zusammen ein romantisches Wochenende in London verbringen wollten und dort alles aus den Fugen geriet. Je näher der Gare de l’Est kommt, desto mehr will man wissen: Endet die Reise dort, oder gibt es ein nächstes Mal?
Author: Joseph GWILT (and (John Sebastian)),John Sebastian GWILT
The Art of Commemoration at the End of the Enlightenment
Author: Erika Naginski
The Life and Films of David Lean
Author: Gene Phillips
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Two-time Academy Award winner Sir David Lean (1908–1991) was one of the most prominent directors of the twentieth century, responsible for the classics The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Doctor Zhivago (1965). British-born Lean asserted himself in Hollywood as a major filmmaker with his epic storytelling and panoramic visions of history, but he started out as a talented film editor and director in Great Britain. As a result, he brought an art-house mentality to blockbuster films. Combining elements of biography and film criticism, Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David Lean uses screenplays and production histories to assess Lean’s body of work. Author Gene D. Phillips interviews actors who worked with Lean and directors who knew him, and their comments reveal new details about the director’s life and career. Phillips also explores Lean’s lesser-studied films, such as The Passionate Friends (1949), Hobson’s Choice (1954), and Summertime (1955). The result is an in-depth examination of the director in cultural, historical, and cinematic contexts. Lean’s approach to filmmaking was far different than that of many of his contemporaries. He chose his films carefully and, as a result, directed only sixteen films in a period of more than forty years. Those films, however, have become some of the landmarks of motion-picture history. Lean is best known for his epics, but Phillips also focuses on Lean’s successful adaptations of famous works of literature, including retellings of plays such as Brief Encounter (1945) and novels such as Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), and A Passage to India (1984). From expansive studies of war and strife to some of literature’s greatest high comedies and domestic dramas, Lean imbued all of his films with his unique creative vision. Few directors can match Lean’s ability to combine narrative sweep and psychological detail, and Phillips goes beyond Lean’s epics to reveal this unifying characteristic in the director’s body of work. Beyond the Epic is a vital assessment of a great director’s artistic process and his place in the film industry.
Representation & Reality
Author: Neil Levine
In this work, esteemed architectural historian Neil Levine investigates the complex history of representation from the 18th to the 20th century. Using the lens of a continuous theoretical argument, Levine provides a detailed survey and critical analysis of major works by a host of modern architects.
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Dressler Verlag
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Am Anfang war ein Traum. Und dann war Leben! Wenn ihr Leben ein Buch wäre, sagt Madeleine, würde sich beim Rückwärtslesen nichts ändern: Heute ist genau wie gestern und morgen wird sein wie heute. Denn Madeleine hat einen seltenen Immundefekt und ihr Leben lang nicht das Haus verlassen. Doch dann zieht nebenan der gut aussehende Olly ein - und Madeleine weiß, sie will alles, das ganze große, echte, lebendige Leben! Und sie ist bereit, dafür alles zu riskieren. So hat man die Liebe noch nie gelesen! Eine außergewöhnlich berührende Liebesgeschichte für Fans von Jojo Moyes und John Green mit besonderen Illustrationen, Skizzen, Notizen und E-Mails.
A Research Project of the Commission on the Coastal Environment, International Geographical Union
Author: P. Fabbri
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Social Science
Human clustering in coastal areas The coastal zone has gained a solid reputation as a place vocated for recreational activities and this is generally related to the presence of the sea. The relationship, however, does not appear univocal or simple: the sea can be perceived as a hostile element by humans and the more general question of whether the presence of the shore is in itself a favourable, repulsive, or irrelevant factor to settlement is a debatable point, at least for pre-industrial societies. Back in the early part of the 19th century, Friedrich Hegel regarded oceans and rivers as unifying elements rather than dividing ones, thus implying a trend towards the concentration of human settlements along them. 'The sea', he wrote, 'stimulates 1 courage and conquest, as well as profit and plunder', although he realized that this did not equally apply to all maritime peoples. In Hegel's view, different approaches to the sea were mainly the results of cultural factors and, in fact, he recognized that some people living in coastal areas perceive the sea as a dangerous and alien place and the shore as aftnis terrae.
An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors
Procès-verbaux Et Témoignages Du Comité Permanent Des Prévisions Budgétaires en Général
Author: Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates