Life and a Half
Author: Sony Lab'Ou Tansi
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Listed as one of the 100 best books on Africa, Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi's response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo. The novel takes place in an imaginary African country run by the latest in a series of cannibalistic dictators who has captured Martial, the leader of the opposition, and his family. Though shot, knifed, butchered, and bled, Martial's spirit lives on to guide his followers in their fight against the dictators. Facing censorship, Tansi insisted that his book was a fable and that if he were ever given the opportunity to write about real events, he would be much more direct rather than follow the torturous paths of a novel. This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast-paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.
Windows on the World
Author: Frédéric Beigbeder
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
A daring, moving fictional account of the last moments of a father and his two sons atop the World Trade Centre on September 11.
Author: Octave Mirbeau
Publisher: Dedalus Limited
Part two of Octave Mirbeau's autobiographical trilogy, ABBE JULES tells of a priest's lifelong struggle with his passions. With the realism of Zola and the decadent vision of D'Aurevilly, and reflecting the impressionism of Monet, Pissaro and Van Gogh, Mirbeau's novel presents us with a small boy's vision of provincial France, where family, education and religion conspire to produce a petit bourgeois tortured by repressed desire, violent fantasies, and forbidden lusts.
Cinema and the City
Author: Mark Shiel, Tony Fitzmaurice
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This book brings together the literature of urban sociology and film studies to explore new analytical and theoretical approaches to the relationship between cinema and the city, and to show how these impact on the realities of life in urban societies.
Women in Evidence
Author: Sébastien Japrisot
Publisher: Plume Books
A young newlywed, a prostitute, a Hollywood bombshell, a Japanese art student, and a lawyer all fall in love with the same Frenchman, who appears in a very different guise to each. Originally published as The Passion of Women. Reprint.
Author: Alfred Jarry
Publisher: Atlas Press
Author: Ad Reinhardt
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Ad Reinhardt is probably best known for his black paintings, which aroused as much controversy as admiration in the American art world when they were first exhibited in the 1950s. Although his ideas about art and life were often at odds with those of his contemporaries, they prefigured the ascendance of minimalism. Reinhardt's interest in the Orient and in religion, his strong convictions about the value of abstraction, and his disgust with the commercialism of the art world are as fresh and valid today as they were when he first expressed them.
Is the Bible God's Word?
Author: Ahmad Deedat
Publisher: Islamic Propagation Centre International
A brief rebuttal to several points of Biblical theology by this well known debater is the subject of this booklet which is one of the authors most popular books.
A new novel by the author of Whatever follows the lives and fortunes of Bruno and Marcel, born to a bohemian mother during the 1960s, who are brought up separately and pursue their own individual paths--as Bruno battles madness and sexual obsession and Michel, a molecular biologist, comes up with a unique way to express his disgust with the violence of humankind. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Have Mercy on Us All
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When a Parisian town crier receives anonymous, ominous messages warning of an imminent outbreak of the Black Death, genius detective Commissaire Adamsberg and his straight-edged sidekick, Danglard, begin to suspect that the predictions are linked to strange marks that have appeared on doorways, a mystery that is complicated by a suspicious death. Original. 25,00 first printing.
Writing in French in the 1950s, Ferdinand Léopold Oyono (1929–2010) had only a brief literary career, but his anticolonialist novels are considered classics of twentieth-century African literature. Like Oyono’s Houseboy, also available from Waveland Press, this novel fiercely satirizes the false pretenses of European colonial rule in Africa. Meka, a village elder, has always been loyal to the white man. It is with pride that he first hears he is to receive a medal. While waiting for the ceremony, however, Meka’s pride gives way to skepticism. At the same time, his wife has realized that the medal is being given to her husband as compensation for the sacrifices they have made. The events following the ceremony confirm Meka’s new estimation of the white man. Both subtle and oftentimes humorous, this beautifully told story lays bare the hollowness of the mission in Africa. It fuels opportunities for discussing colonial politics around class and race as well as for exploring indigenous Cameroon life and values.
Author: Nelly Arcan
A young woman recounts her ill-fated love affair with a man who was all wrong for her from the beginning.
Author: Anthony Burgess
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Anthony Burgess draws on his love of music and historyin this novel he called “elephantine fun” to write.
Antiquitez de Rome
Author: Joachim Du Bellay, Edmund Spenser, Malcolm C. Smith, Jan van der Noot, State University of New York at Binghamton. Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies
Publisher: Pegasus Pr
"The first text to make available Du Bellay's masterpiece, Antiquitez, as well as Songe ou vision, together with Spenser's versions, Ruines of Rome and Visions of Bellay on facing pages. Edited by the distinguished Malcolm Smith, the volume also contains Spenser's Theatre for Worldlings (with early versions of the Songe) and accompanying woodcuts. Textual notes deal with sources, allusions, and ways of interpreting. The notes, the first detailed analysis of Spenser's poems vis-a-vis Du Bellay's originals, are the best available."