Forbidden Fictions: Pornography and Censorship in Twentieth-Century French Literature

By John Phillips

French tradition has lengthy been perceived by way of the English-speaking reader as by some means extra ‘erotic’ than its Anglo-Saxon an identical. Forbidden Fictions is the 1st English-language research committed completely to the extensive spectrum of French literary pornography within the 20th century. John Phillips presents a wide background of the style and the linked ethical and political matters. one of the texts tested intimately – all chosen for his or her literary or sociopolitical significance – are landmark works through Apollinaire, Louÿs, Bataille, Réage, Robbe-Grillet, Arsan, and Duvert. Phillips demanding situations present politically right tendencies in literary feedback and stereotyped censoring discourses approximately pornography to supply a brand new studying of every textual content and to demonstrate the genre’s capability for social subversion. Forbidden Fictions addresses the main arguable problems with modern sexual politics, corresponding to objectification, sadomasochism, homoeroticism and paedophilia, with specific emphasis at the feminist debate on pornography. within the mild of present controversy over the keep an eye on of pornography, this can be a well timed and scholarly overview of the moral, ethical and social arguments surrounding the censorship of sexually particular material.

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Exit Strategy: The Original Version

By Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff's most up-to-date salvo on complacent media tradition, set in 2008, positive aspects Jamie Cohen, a tender hacker who, just like the biblical Joseph, suffers betrayal after which penance (via the talk-show circuit) earlier than becoming a member of forces with a enterprise capitalist made up our minds to show every body into senseless shoppers. in the meantime, Jamie's former friends have constructed the way to kill the Web's - and the inventory market's - profit-making capacities. a stunning satire of Nineteen Nineties dot-com mania, this McLuhanesque cultural critique establishes a brand new publishing precedent: it's the first "open-source" publication, annotated through on-line readers. this primary print variation comprises the simplest in their footnotes selected by means of the writer.

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When the Night Comes: A Novel

By Favel Parrett

Longlisted for the celebrated Miles Franklin Award, this “moving account of the intensity of standard lives” (Library magazine, starred overview) tells the tale of a tender Tasmanian woman and a Danish sailor and the short stumble upon that leaves a long-lasting effect on both.

Isla is a lonely lady who strikes to Hobart along with her mom and brother to attempt to raised their lives. It’s not likely operating till they meet Bo, a crewman on an Antarctic provide send, the Nella Dan, who stocks tales approximately his adventures with them—his travels, chicken looking at, his domestic in Denmark, and lifestyles on board the send. Isla is suffering to benefit what really issues and who to belief, whereas this contemporary Viking is looking out to appreciate his prior and to discover a spot during this global for himself. although their time jointly is brief, it's adequate to alter the process either their lives.

Praised for writing that's “vivid and distinctive” (Library Journal, starred evaluate) and “exquisite in its simplicity and eloquence” (Kirkus Reviews), Favel Parrett grants a stunningly appealing novel—“spare yet memorable” (Booklist)—about the outstanding and unforeseen bond solid among strangers.

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Trigger Point

By Matthew Glass

"Glass’s really good geopolitical mystery packs as a lot gut-wrenching suspense as any mystery in fresh reminiscence . . . Glass expertly assembles the interlocking items of his frighteningly prophetic puzzle. This chilling, very important novel might be learn by way of all these in command of our country’s politics and finances."—Publishers Weekly

The yr is 2018. the USA has eventually emerged from the former decade’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the industrial recession that threatened to rip the rustic aside. Eighteen months into his first time period, President Tom Knowles sees an opportunity to place his stamp on global affairs whilst thirty-two American reduction staff are massacred in Uganda via a bunch of insurgent partisans. Knowles comes to a decision to ship in troops into a space that China considers its African sphere of impression. Privately, the message from the chinese language is hold out. Publicly, they could purely stand through and watch.

Six weeks later, inventory costs on Wall highway are plummeting. Rumors of insolvency hang-out a huge funding financial institution, that is major the rout. while the financial institution refuses a central authority bailout, and it turns into recognized that the chinese language state-run People’s funding company is its significant shareholder, the stock-marker slide becomes a panic. Are usa inventory costs being manipulated by way of the chinese language executive? because the president’s staff takes drastic motion to guard the U.S. economic climate, the chinese language govt moves again to guard its pursuits, and the war of words shifts swiftly from Wall road to Africa, the place American and chinese language forces stand eye to eye. Who will blink first?

An monetary and geopolitical mystery from a author defined because the inheritor to Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton, Trigger Point strikes from the Oval workplace to Africa to Beijing and paints a terrifying portrait of the place we can be headed.

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The Diviners (Phoenix Fiction)

By Margaret Laurence

In The Diviners, Morag Gunn, a center elderly author who lives in a farmhouse at the Canadian prairie, struggles to appreciate the loneliness of her eighteen-year-old daughter. With strange wit and intensity, Morag acknowledges that she wishes solitude and paintings up to she wishes the affection of her kinfolk. With an afterword via Margaret Atwood.

"Mrs. Laurence's [novel] is either poetic and muscular, and her heroine is definitely one of many extra humane, unglorified, unpolemical, plausible ladies to have seemed in fresh fiction."—The New Yorker

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Push Not the River (The Poland Trilogy Book 1)

By James Conroyd Martin

A breathtaking and epic novel within the grand romantic sort, PUSH now not THE RIVER is the wealthy tale of Poland within the overdue 1700s--a time of heartache and turmoil because the country's as soon as peaceable everyone is being torn aside through neighboring international locations and divided loyalties. it truly is then, on the younger and weak age of seventeen, while woman Anna Maria Berezowska loses either one of her mom and dad and needs to go away the one domestic she has ever known.

With Empress Catherine's Russian armies streaming in to take their spoils, Anna is instantly thrust right into a global of affection and hate, loyalty and deceit, patriotism and treason, existence and demise. Even sort Aunt Stella, Anna's new parent who quickly involves personify Poland's braveness and spirit, cannot defend Anna from the doubtful way forward for the country.

Anna, a toddler now not, turns to like and luxury within the kind of Jan, a courageous patriot and architect of democracy, unaware that her attractive and enigmatic cousin Zofia has already set her points of interest at the good-looking younger fighter. hence Anna walks unwittingly into Zofia's jealous wrath and darkly sinister intentions. pressured to outlive a number of tragic occasions, lots of them orchestrated via the artful Zofia, a bolstered Anna starts off to benefit to put herself within the means of destiny--for love and for state. Heeding the proud spirit of her past due father, Anna turns into an enormous participant within the struggle opposed to the nations who come to partition her loved Poland.

PUSH no longer THE RIVER relies at the real eighteenth century diary of Anna Maria Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived throughout the upward push and fall of the historical 3rd of may perhaps structure. bright, romantic, and thrillingly paced, it paints the emotional and unforgettable tale of the metamorphosis of a nation--and of a proud and resilient younger lady.

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The Last Kind Words: A Novel (Terrier Rand)

By Tom Piccirilli

From award-winning writer Tom Piccirilli comes what Lee baby calls “perfect crime fiction,” a unconditionally unique novel introducing the Rands, a vipers’ nest of crooks and cons, one iteration stealing from the subsequent. Upon the razor-thin part among love and violence lives a couple of brothers, their bonds frayed by means of betrayals and guilt, their loyalty to one another their final salvation.

Raised to choose a pocket ahead of he may well stroll, Terry Rand minimize unfastened from his relatives after his older brother, Collie, went on a mindless killing spree that left 8 lifeless. 5 years later, basically days prior to his scheduled execution, Collie contacts Terry and asks him to come back domestic. Collie claims he wasn’t liable for one of many murders—and insists that the true killer continues to be at the loose.

Dogged via his personal demons, Terry is swept again into the schemes and scams of his family members: His father, Pinsch, a retired cat burglar, brokenhearted as a result of his sons. His card-sharp uncles, Mal and gray, who’ve incurred the anger of the neighborhood mob. His grandfather, Shep, whose brain is failing yet whose arms can nonetheless slip out a pockets  from around the room. His teenage sister, Dale, who’s flirting dangerously with the trap of the relations company. And Kimmie, the girl Terry deserted, who’s now elevating a baby with Terry’s former ally.  

Terry items jointly the day his brother became rabid, delving right into a blood historical past that finds the Rand genealogy is rotten to the roots, and the secrets and techniques his ancestors buried are actually coming livid and vengeful to the surface.

A meditation on how love can confine anyone simply as simply because it can loose him, juxtaposing surprising violence and sly humor, The final type Words is the brilliantly creative relations saga that just a singular expertise like Tom Piccirilli might conjure.

Includes a preview of Tom Piccirilli’s subsequent e-book, The final Whisper within the Dark

Praise for The final sort Words
 
“A crime noir secret as hard-boiled as any in contemporary reminiscence, recalling the paintings of Chandler, Pelecanos and Connelly . . . Readers actually may be pinned to their seats until eventually the final web page is turned.”—Bookreporter
 
“At as soon as a gloomy and brooding page-turner and a heartfelt story in regards to the ties that bind.”—Lisa Unger, New York instances bestselling writer of Heartbroken
 
“[A] caustic mystery . . . The characters have robust voices and bristle with humorous quirks.”—The long island occasions publication Review
 
“[Piccirilli] merits a breakout novel, and this simply could be it.”—Booklist (starred evaluation)

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What's for Dinner?

By James Schuyler

James Schuyler's totally unique What's for Dinner? encompasses a solid of characters who seem to have escaped from a Norman Rockwell portray to run amok. In tones which are variously droll, deadpan, and lyrical, Schuyler tells a narrative that revolves round 3 small-town American families. The Delehanteys are an old style Catholic kinfolk whose dual teenage boys have become thoroughly out of hand, irrespective of that their father is rarely one to spare the rod. Childless Norris and Lottie Taylor were fortunately married for years, whilst Lottie has been slowly ingesting herself to loss of life. magazine, a contemporary widow, is at the prowl for romance. taking flight to an establishment to dry out, Lottie reveals herself stuck up in a curious comedy of workforce remedy manners. even as, even if, she starts off an ascent from the depths of despair—illuminated with the peculiar grace and humor that readers of Schuyler's masterful poetry be aware of so well—to a brand new knowing, that may flip her into an implausible redeemer inside of an not going world.

What's for Dinner? is without doubt one of the most pleasurable and strange works of yankee literature. fascinating and darkish, off-kilter yet pedestrian, mercurial but matter-of-fact, Schuyler's novel is an captivating invention that captures either the fragility and the tenacity of standard existence.

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Pictor's Metamorphoses: and Other Fantasies

By Hermann Hesse

In the spring of 1922, numerous months after finishing Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse wrote a fairy story that used to be additionally a love tale, encouraged by way of the lady who was once to develop into his moment spouse. That tale, Pictor's Metamorphoses, is the center-piece of this anthology of Hesse's luminous brief fiction. in response to The Arabian Nights and the paintings of the Brothers Grimm, the 19 tales amassed right here characterize a part century of Hesse's brief writings. They show the complete variety of Hesse's lifetime fascination with fantasy--as dream, fairy story, satire, or allegory.

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Sick City: A Novel

By Tony O'Neill

Sick City is enjoyable, twisted and brutal….O’Neill might be our generation’s Jim Thompson.”
— James Frey, writer of Bright glossy Morning< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

 

“Tony O’Neill works his L.A. humans the best way Dutch Leonard had his hand down the pants of each degenerate in his nice Detroit novels.”
— Barry Gifford, writer of Wild at Heart

 

From Tony O’Neill, the writer of Down and Out on homicide Mile and coauthor of the Neon Angel and the New York occasions bestselling Hero of the Underground, comes Sick City—a wild experience of 2 junkies, Hollywood, and the Sharon Tate intercourse tape. Readers of Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty) and Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) will take nice take pleasure in Sick urban, “a disturbingly twisted journey via Hollywood’s underbelly with a degenerate forged of colorfully interwoven characters” (Slash).

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