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Book Kalpa Imperial

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  • Author : Angélica Gorodischer
  • Publisher : Small Beer Press
  • Release : 2013-10-22
  • ISBN : 1618730193
  • Pages : 266 pages

Download or read book Kalpa Imperial written by Angélica Gorodischer and published by Small Beer Press. This book was released on 2013-10-22 with total page 266 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ursula K. Le Guin chose to translate this novel which was on the New York Times Summer Reading list and winner of the Prix Imaginales, Más Allá, Poblet and Sigfrido Radaelli awards. This is the first of Argentinean writer Angélica Gorodischer's award-winning books to be translated into English. In eleven chapters, Kalpa Imperial's multiple storytellers relate the story of a fabled nameless empire which has risen and fallen innumerable times. Fairy tales, oral histories and political commentaries are all woven tapestry-style into Kalpa Imperial: beggars become emperors, democracies become dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories. But this is much more than a simple political allegory or fable. It is also a celebration of the power of storytelling. Gorodischer and translator Ursula K. Le Guin are a well-matched, sly and delightful team of magician-storytellers. Rarely have author and translator been such an effortless pairing. Kalpa Imperial is a powerful introduction to the writing of Angélica Gorodischer, a novel which will enthrall readers already familiar with the worlds of Le Guin.

Book Kalpa Imperial

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  • Author : Angelica Gorodischer
  • Publisher : iBooks
  • Release : 2005
  • ISBN : 9781416504115
  • Pages : 264 pages

Download or read book Kalpa Imperial written by Angelica Gorodischer and published by iBooks. This book was released on 2005 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In eleven chapters, Kalpa Imperial's multiple storytellers relate the story of a fabled nameless empire which has risen and fallen innumerable times.

Book Trafalgar

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  • Author : Angélica Gorodischer
  • Publisher : Small Beer Press
  • Release : 2013
  • ISBN : 1618730320
  • Pages : 194 pages

Download or read book Trafalgar written by Angélica Gorodischer and published by Small Beer Press. This book was released on 2013 with total page 194 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When Trafalgar's in town his friends know that even though the coffee might be terrible, the stories will be great.

Book Prodigies

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  • Author : AngŽlica Gorodischer
  • Publisher : Small Beer Press
  • Release : 2015-07-20
  • ISBN : 1618731009
  • Pages : 192 pages

Download or read book Prodigies written by AngŽlica Gorodischer and published by Small Beer Press. This book was released on 2015-07-20 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An enchanting incantatory novel of the women whose lives pass through a nineteenth century boarding house. Moving, subtle, and dreamlike.

Book Ancient  Ancient

Download or read book Ancient Ancient written by Kiini Ibura Salaam and published by . This book was released on 2012 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ancient, Ancient is a collection of short fiction by Kiini Ibura Salaam. Acclaimed author and critic Nalo Hopkinson writes, Salaam treats words like the seductive weapons they are. She wields them to weave fierce, gorgeous stories that stroke your sensibilities, challenge your preconceptions, and leave you breathless with their beauty. Indeed, Ms. Salaams stories are so permeated with sensuality that in her introduction to Ancient, Ancient, Nisi Shawl, author of the award-winning Filter House, writes, Sexuality-cum-sensuality is the experiential link between mind and matter, the vivid and eternal refutation of the alleged dichotomy between them. And it is the throbbing, glistening heart of Kiinis body of work. Salaams unusual settings and lonely characters will call to readers who hunger for sex, identity, or just a place to belong.Publishers Weekly, March 5, 2012

Book Eartheater

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  • Author : Dolores Reyes
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2020-11-17
  • ISBN : 0062987747
  • Pages : 158 pages

Download or read book Eartheater written by Dolores Reyes and published by HarperCollins. This book was released on 2020-11-17 with total page 158 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: NAMED A "FALL 2020 MUST-READ" AND ONE OF THE "BEST BOOKS OF FALL 2020" BY TIME, VULTURE, THE BOSTON GLOBE, COSMOPOLITAN, WIRED, TOR AND MORE Electrifying and provocative, visceral and profound, a powerful literary debut novel about a young woman whose compulsion to eat earth gives her visions of murdered and missing people—an imaginative synthesis of mystery and magical realism that explores the dark tragedies of ordinary lives. Set in an unnamed slum in contemporary Argentina, Eartheater is the story of a young woman who finds herself drawn to eating the earth—a compulsion that gives her visions of broken and lost lives. With her first taste of dirt, she learns the horrifying truth of her mother’s death. Disturbed by what she witnesses, the woman keeps her visions to herself. But when Eartheater begins an unlikely relationship with a withdrawn police officer, word of her ability begins to spread, and soon desperate members of her community beg for her help, anxious to uncover the truth about their own loved ones. Surreal and haunting, spare yet complex, Eartheater is a dark, emotionally resonant tale told from a feminist perspective that brilliantly explores the stories of those left behind—the women enduring the pain of uncertainty, whose lives have been shaped by violence and loss. Translated from the Spanish by Julia Sanches

Book Your Twenties

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  • Author : Jessica Smith
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release : 2018-02-02
  • ISBN : 9781984109149
  • Pages : 298 pages

Download or read book Your Twenties written by Jessica Smith and published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. This book was released on 2018-02-02 with total page 298 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Are you a 20-something eager to find yourself in this crazy thing we call, The Real World? *cue dramatic sound effect* Until now, we've spent our entire lives in school. The great thing about school is that with each new year comes a new syllabus! But now what? No one warned us that our twenties would feel like floating in outer space. Can someone please turn on the gravity? We need a little direction here! Are you looking to find more clarity?Do you want to get to know yourself better?Are you eager to find your why?Are you ready to own your life? If so, take a BIG ole breath because you've come to right place. You are not alone in your 20-something journey and this book was written just for you as you speed through life. This book is quirky, fun, and full of advice. It's not going to add MORE to your plate (we've got enough going on), and I've organized it into the five major areas of life:1. SELF-LOVE 2. HEALTHY MIND 3. BODY ACCEPTANCE 4. RELATIONSHIPS 5. CAREER These, I believe, are the areas in which we experience the most change during this roller coaster of a decade. Each micro chapter will give you the tools, tips, n' tricks to navigate life's ups and downs with ease, grace, and a whole lot of fun. If you're ready to take the plunge, open to page one and let's get started.

Book The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in HIstorical Outline

Download or read book The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in HIstorical Outline written by D D Kosambi and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-09-01 with total page 251 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: First published in 1965, The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in Historical Outline is a strikingly original work, the first real cultural history of India. The main features of the Indian character are traced back into remote antiquity as the natural outgrowth of historical process. Did the change from food gathering and the pastoral life to agriculture make new religions necessary? Why did the Indian cities vanish with hardly a trace and leave no memory? Who were the Aryans – if any? Why should Buddhism, Jainism, and so many other sects of the same type come into being at one time and in the same region? How could Buddhism spread over so large a part of Asia while dying out completely in the land of its origin? What caused the rise and collapse of the Magadhan empire; was the Gupta empire fundamentally different from its great predecessor, or just one more ‘oriental despotism’? These are some of the many questions handled with great insight, yet in the simplest terms, in this stimulating work. This book will be of interest to students of history, sociology, archaeology, anthropology, cultural studies, South Asian studies and ethnic studies.

Book Measuring Eternity

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  • Author : Martin Gorst
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release : 2002-11-12
  • ISBN : 0767908449
  • Pages : 354 pages

Download or read book Measuring Eternity written by Martin Gorst and published by Crown. This book was released on 2002-11-12 with total page 354 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The untold story of the religious figures, philosophers, astronomers, geologists, physicists, and mathematicians who, for more than four hundred years, have pursued the answer to a fundamental question at the intersection of science and religion: When did the universe begin? The moment of the universe's conception is one of science's Holy Grails, investigated by some of the most brilliant and inquisitive minds across the ages. Few were more committed than Bishop James Ussher, who lost his sight during the fifty years it took him to compose his Annals of all known history, now famous only for one date: 4004 b.c. Ussher's date for the creation of the world was spectacularly inaccurate, but that didn't stop it from being so widely accepted that it was printed in early twentieth-century Bibles. As writer and documentary filmmaker Martin Gorst vividly illustrates in this captivating, character-driven narrative, theology let Ussher down just as it had thwarted Theophilus of Antioch and many before him. Geology was next to fail the test of time. In the eighteenth century, naturalist Comte de Buffon, working out the rate at which the earth was supposed to have cooled, came up with an age of 74,832 years, even though he suspected this was far too low. Biology then had a go in the hands of fossil hunter Johann Scheuchzer, who alleged to have found a specimen of a man drowned at the time of Noah's flood. Regrettably it was only the imprint of a large salamander. And so science inched forward via Darwinism, thermodynamics, radioactivity, and, most recently, the astronomers at the controls of the Hubble space telescope, who put the beginning of time at 13.4 billion years ago (give or take a billion). Taking the reader into the laboratories and salons of scholars and scientists, visionaries and eccentrics, Measuring Eternity is an engagingly written account of an epic, often quixotic quest, of how individuals who dedicated their lives to solving an enduring mystery advanced our knowledge of the universe.

Book Our Great Qing

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  • Author : Johan Elverskog
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release : 2008-07-31
  • ISBN : 082486381X
  • Pages : 265 pages

Download or read book Our Great Qing written by Johan Elverskog and published by University of Hawaii Press. This book was released on 2008-07-31 with total page 265 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "In a sweeping overview of four centuries of Mongolian history that draws on previously untapped sources, Johan Elverskog opens up totally new perspectives on some of the most urgent questions historians have recently raised about the role of Buddhism in the constitution of the Qing empire. Theoretically informed and strongly comparative in approach, Elverskog’s work tells a fascinating and important story that will interest all scholars working at the intersection of religion and politics." —Mark Elliott, Harvard University "Johan Elverskog has rewritten the political and intellectual history of Mongolia from the bottom up, telling a convincing story that clarifies for the first time the revolutions which Mongolian concepts of community, rule, and religion underwent from 1500 to 1900. His account of Qing rule in Mongolia doesn’t just tell us what images the Qing emperors wished to project, but also what images the Mongols accepted themselves, and how these changed over the centuries. In the scope of time it covers, the originality of the views advanced, and the accuracy of the scholarship upon which it is based, Our Great Qing seems destined to mark a watershed in Mongolian studies. It will be essential reading for specialists in Mongolian studies and will make an important contribution and riposte to the ‘new Qing history’ now changing the face of late imperial Chinese history. Specialists in Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhism’s interaction with the political realm will also find in this work challenging and thought-provoking." —ChristopherAtwood, Indiana University Although it is generally believed that the Manchus controlled the Mongols through their patronage of Tibetan Buddhism, scant attention has been paid to the Mongol view of the Qing imperial project. In contrast to other accounts of Manchu rule, Our Great Qing focuses not only on what images the metropole wished to project into Mongolia, but also on what images the Mongols acknowledged themselves. Rather than accepting the Manchu’s use of Buddhism, Johan Elverskog begins by questioning the static, unhistorical, and hegemonic view of political life implicit in the Buddhist explanation. By stressing instead the fluidity of identity and Buddhist practice as processes continually developing in relation to state formations, this work explores how Qing policies were understood by Mongols and how they came to see themselves as Qing subjects. In his investigation of Mongol society on the eve of the Manchu conquest, Elverskog reveals the distinctive political theory of decentralization that fostered the civil war among the Mongols. He explains how it was that the Manchu Great Enterprise was not to win over "Mongolia" but was instead to create a unified Mongol community of which the disparate preexisting communities would merely be component parts. A key element fostering this change was the Qing court’s promotion of Gelukpa orthodoxy, which not only transformed Mongol historical narratives and rituals but also displaced the earlier vernacular Mongolian Buddhism. Finally, Elverskog demonstrates how this eighteenth-century conception of a Mongol community, ruled by an aristocracy and nourished by a Buddhist emperor, gave way to a pan-Qing solidarity of all Buddhist peoples against Muslims and Christians and to local identities that united for the first time aristocrats with commoners in a new Mongol Buddhist identity on the eve of the twentieth century.

Book Ways of Thinking of Eastern Peoples

Download or read book Ways of Thinking of Eastern Peoples written by Hajime Nakamura and published by University of Hawaii Press. This book was released on 1981-05-01 with total page 740 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "There is hardly any book equal to Ways of Thinking of Eastern Peoples in terms of its thorough and systematic presentation of the intricate thought patterns of Asian peoples. The book not only is an essential reference for the student of Asian culture, but also for students of philosophy, religion, anthropology, and art, as it is an excellent source for aiding the student in gaining a deeper understanding of each facet of Oriental thought." --Isshi Yamada, Northwestern University "The clearest discussion and analysis of these complex subjects that I have found. My advanced undergraduate students find this work to be 'stimulating', 'challenging' and comprehensible.' The organization of the text enhances the usefulness of this volume, but it is the high quality of the scholarship that makes Ways of Thinking a most valuable addition to Asian studies and to the academic training of upper division students." --Ann B. Radwan, University of North Florida "I find Ways of thinking a most provocative source for exploring with my students certain basic themes in Eastern religion and culture. Used carefully, it is a most stimulating and effective source for tapping Eastern 'ways' at a fundamental level of inquiry." --Wilbur M. Fridell, University of California, Santa Barbara

Book Journey to the West

Download or read book Journey to the West written by Wu Cheng'en and published by Asiapac Books Pte Ltd. This book was released on 2018-08-14 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The bestselling Journey to the West comic book by artist Chang Boon Kiat is now back in a brand new fully coloured edition. Journey to the West is one of the greatest classics in Chinese literature. It tells the epic tale of the monk Xuanzang who journeys to the West in search of the Buddhist sutras with his disciples, Sun Wukong, Sandy and Pigsy. Along the way, Xuanzang's life was threatened by the diabolical White Bone Spirit, the menacing Red Child and his fearsome parents and, a host of evil spirits who sought to devour Xuanzang's flesh to attain immortality. Bear witness to the formidable Sun Wukong's (Monkey God) prowess as he takes them on, using his Fiery Eyes, Golden Cudgel, Somersault Cloud, and quick wits! Be prepared for a galloping read that will leave you breathless!

Book Ambiguity Machines

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  • Author : Vandana Singh
  • Publisher : Small Beer Press
  • Release : 2018-02-13
  • ISBN : 1618731424
  • Pages : 305 pages

Download or read book Ambiguity Machines written by Vandana Singh and published by Small Beer Press. This book was released on 2018-02-13 with total page 305 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Philip K. Dick Award finalist Praise for Vandana Singh: “A most promising and original young writer.”—Ursula K. Le Guin “Lovely! What a pleasure this book is . . . full of warmth, compassion, affection, high comedy and low.”—Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses “Vandana Singh’s radiant protagonist is a planet unto herself.”—Village Voice “Sweeping starscapes and daring cosmology that make Singh a worthy heir to Cordwainer Smith and Arthur C. Clarke.”—Chris Moriarty, Fantasy & Science Fiction “I’m looking forward to the collection . . . everything I’ve read has impressed me—the past and future visions in ‘Delhi’, the intensity of ‘Thirst’, the feeling of escape at the end of ‘The Tetrahedron’...” —Niall Harrison, Vector (British Science Fiction Association) “...the first writer of Indian origin to make a serious mark in the SF world ... she writes with such a beguiling touch of the strange.” —Nilanjana Roy, Business Standard In her first North American collection, Vandana Singh’s deep humanism interplays with her scientific background in stories that explore and celebrate this world and others and characters who are trying to make sense of the people they meet, what they see, and the challenges they face. An eleventh century poet wakes to find he is as an artificially intelligent companion on a starship. A woman of no account has the ability to look into the past. In "Requiem," a major new novella, a woman goes to Alaska to try and make sense of her aunt’s disappearance. Singh's stories have been performed on BBC radio, been finalists for the British SF Association award, selected for the Tiptree award honor list, and oft reprinted in Best of the Year anthologies. Her dives deep into the vast strangeness of the universe without and within and with her unblinking clear vision she explores the ways we move through space and time: together, yet always apart.

Book A Mission to Heaven

Download or read book A Mission to Heaven written by Changchun Qiu and published by . This book was released on 1913 with total page 488 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book Eloquent Zen

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  • Author : Kenneth Kraft
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release : 1997-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780824819521
  • Pages : 284 pages

Download or read book Eloquent Zen written by Kenneth Kraft and published by University of Hawaii Press. This book was released on 1997-01-01 with total page 284 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Zen master Daito (1282-1337) played a leading role in the transmission of Zen (Ch'an) from China to Japan. He founded Daitokuji, a major monastery that has been influential for centuries, and he provided interpretations of Chinese texts. Daito's traditional biography is full of vivid episodes, including his years among the beggars of Kyoto and ending with his dramatic death in the meditation posture. Despite his importance, however, Daito has remained virtually unknown in the West. With the publication of Eloquent Zen Kenneth Kraft offers the first comprehensive account of the life and teachings of one of the greatest of Japan's Zen masters. Dr. Kraft begins with the foundations of medieval Japanese Zen. He shows that Daito's predecessors were concerned with clarifying the essentials of Zen as it began to take root in Japan. During this formative phase, the Zen pioneers embraced varied conceptions of enlightenment and divergent notions of authenticity. Kraft places Daito's contributions within this context, offering new insights about early Japanese Zen and about Zen itself. Throughout this study, Kraft looks closely at the complex role of language in Zen--a tradition supposedly distrustful of words. Daito wrote haiku-like poetry, participated in brilliant dialogues, and delivered powerful sermons. His virtuosity in articulating the way of Zen, "beyond words, beyond silence, " is nowhere more apparent than in his use of the capping phrase, an interpretive and commentarial device unique to Zen. Analyzing Daito's use of this device, Kraft elucidates the significance of the literary and aesthetic dimensions of the Zen tradition. Eloquent Zen includes valuable translations of Daito's poetryand other writings. Illustrations include three classic portraits of Daito and rare examples of his calligraphy. This lucid and engaging study will interest scholars and nonspecialists interested in Zen, Japanese culture, and Asian philosophy, poetry, and related fields.

Book Zen Poems

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  • Author : Peter Harris
  • Publisher : Everyman's Library
  • Release : 1999-03-23
  • ISBN : 0375405526
  • Pages : 258 pages

Download or read book Zen Poems written by Peter Harris and published by Everyman's Library. This book was released on 1999-03-23 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The appreciation of Zen philosophy and art has become universal, and Zen poetry, with its simple expression of direct, intuitive insight and sudden enlightenment, appeals to lovers of poetry, spirituality, and beauty everywhere. This collection of translations of the classical Zen poets of China, Japan, and Korea includes the work of Zen practitioners and monks as well as scholars, artists, travelers, and recluses, ranging from Wang Wei, Hanshan, and Yang Wanli, to Shinkei, Basho, and Ryokan.

Book Information for Foreigners

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  • Author : Griselda Gambaro
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Release : 1992-03-01
  • ISBN : 0810133059
  • Pages : 175 pages

Download or read book Information for Foreigners written by Griselda Gambaro and published by Northwestern University Press. This book was released on 1992-03-01 with total page 175 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: One of Latin America's most important and prolific writers, Griselda Gambaro has focused on the dynamics of repression, complicity, and violence--specifically, the terror of violent regimes and their devastating effects on the moral framework of society. Information for Foreigners is a drama of disappearance, an experimental work dealing with the theme of random and meaningless punishment in which the audience is led through darkened passageways to a series of nightmarish tableaux. The collection also includes The Walls and Antigona Furiosa.