The Queue

Author: Basma Abdel Aziz

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612195172

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1351


"The Queue ... has drawn comparisons to Western classics like George Orwell’s 1984 and The Trial by Franz Kafka. It represents a new wave of dystopian and surrealist fiction from Middle Eastern writers who are grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring." -- The New York Times Winner of the English PEN Translation Award In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as ‘the Gate’ has risen to power in the aftermath of the ‘Disgraceful Events,’ a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission from the Gate in order to take care of even the most basic of their daily affairs, yet the Gate never opens, and the queue in front of it grows longer. Citizens from all walks of life mix and wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, a poor woman concerned for her daughter’s health, and even the brother of a security officer killed in clashes with protestors. Among them is Yehia, a man who was shot during the Events and is waiting for permission from the Gate to remove a bullet that remains lodged in his pelvis. Yehia’s health steadily declines, yet at every turn, officials refuse to assist him, actively denying the very existence of the bullet. Ultimately it is Tarek, the principled doctor tending to Yehia’s case, who must decide whether to follow protocol as he has always done, or to disobey the law and risk his career to operate on Yehia and save his life. Written with dark, subtle humor, The Queue describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism, and illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

In the Fog of the Seasons' End

Author: Alex La Guma

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 147860932X

Category: Fiction

Page: 181

View: 2834


La Gumas powerful, firsthand account depicts the dedicated South African people who risked their lives in the underground movement against apartheid. The main characters, Beukes and Elias, are among others determined to undermine apartheids blatant oppression and demeaning tactics. The authors knack for rich descriptions and weaving the past with the present transports readers to the grind of working in an underground political organization and the challenges of confronting hardships, change, and injustice on a daily basis.

Heading South, Looking North

A Bilingual Journey

Author: Ariel Dorfman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374168628

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 282

View: 7777


Focusing on his repeated escapes from death during a military coup in Chile, an acclaimed Latin American novelist and Chilean expatriat traces the diverse and complex influences of American and Latin American culture, politics, and language on his life.

Theatre and Law

Author: Alan Read

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137469579

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 2028


Theatre & Law offers the first comprehensive account of the complex relations between legal process and performances. Through ten major principles of performance within law, it establishes how law itself is a performative mode of practice and reflects upon the co-dependence of law, performance and politics in celebrated works of theatre.

Plays For The Poor Theatre

The Saliva Milkshake; Christie in Love; Heads; Skinny Spew; Gum and Goo

Author: Howard Brenton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472537270

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 1293


These five short plays date from Brenton's early involvement in such 'shoestring' groups as Portable Theatre. They are deliberately intended for the 'poor theatre' - as relevant today as when they were first written - since each play requires a small cast and minimal set, yet yields maximum theatricality. Christie in Love, Gum and Goo, Heads and The Education of Skinny Spew, were all first staged in 1969. The Saliva Milkshake was first staged in 1975.

The Resistance Trilogy

Widows ; Death and the Maiden ; Reader

Author: Ariel Dorfman

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854593696

Category: Censorship

Page: 214

View: 3492


Three powerful political plays in one volume - with a substantial introduction by the author. Death and the Maiden ran for a year in the West End, was a hit on Broadway and was filmed by Roman Polanski. Reader is about a censor who discovers that a novel he wishes to ban is describing his own life. Widows is about the men who 'disappear' under totalitarian regimes and about the women who wait.

A Reference Grammar of Russian

Author: Alan Timberlake

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139449342

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: N.A

View: 6592


A Reference Grammar of Russian was first published in 2004. It describes and systematizes all aspects of the grammar of Russian: the patterns of orthography, sounds, inflection, syntax, tense-aspect-mood, word order, and intonation. It is especially concerned with the meaning of combinations of words (constructions). The core concept is that of the predicate history: a record of the states of entities through time and across possibilities. Using predicate histories, the book presents an integrated account of the semantics of verbs, nouns, case, and aspect. More attention is paid to syntax than in any other grammars of Russian written in English or in other languages of Western Europe. Alan Timberlake refers to the literature on variation and trends in development, and makes use of contemporary data from the internet. This book will appeal to students, scholars and language professionals interested in Russian.

Rustic Speech and Folk-Lore

Author: Elizabeth Mary Wright



Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 184

View: 7926


Example in this ebook Under the heading of ‘The Varieties of English Speech’ an article of mine appeared in The Quarterly Review of July, 1907. The favourable reception accorded to it at the time prompted me to embark forthwith on a larger work dealing with the same subject. Many books both scientific and popular have been written concerning dialect speech and lore, but nearly all of them are special investigations of some particular dialect. I have taken a bolder flight than this. I have not given a detailed account of any one dialect, but I have surveyed them all, and have gathered words, phrases, names, superstitions, and popular customs, here and there, wherever I found something that appealed to me, and that I felt would appeal to others as well as myself. It was impossible to make any one category exhaustive, for such was the mass of material open to me for selection, I might say I was ‘fairly betwattled and baffounded’. The only thing to be done was to make my selections fairly representative of the whole. My aim in dealing with the linguistic side of my subject has been to show that rules for pronunciation and syntax are not the monopoly of educated people who have been taught to preach as well as practise them. Dialect-speaking people obey sound-laws and grammatical rules even more faithfully than we do, because theirs is a natural and unconscious obedience. Some writers of literary English seem to enjoy flinging jibes at dialect on the assumption that any deviation from the standard speech must be due to ignorance, if not to vulgarity besides. Since I wrote the last chapter of this book, I read in a criticism of Stanley Houghton’s Play Trust the People, this sentence describing the Lancashire ‘father an old mill-hand and the homely mother to match’: ‘They are both drawn, you feel, to the life, and talk with ease, not to say gusto, that curious lingo which seems to an outsider mainly distinguished by its contemptuous neglect of the definite article’, The Times, Friday, Feb. 7, 1913. Now the definite article in north-west Lancashire is t, in the south-west and south t, or th, and in mid and south-east Lancashire th. When this t stands before a consonant, and more especially before a dental such as t, d, it is not by any means easy for the uninitiated to detect the difference in sound between the simple word and the same word preceded by the article, between, for example, table and t table, or dog and t dog. But this is not ‘contemptuous neglect’ on the part of the Lancastrian! It would be nearer the mark to say that the Lancashire dialect is characterized by its retention of a form of the definite article very difficult to pronounce in certain combinations. Further, I have endeavoured to show by means of numerous illustrations, how full the dialects are of words and phrases remarkable not only for their force and clearness, but often also for their subtle beauty, that satisfying beauty of the thing exactly fitted to its purpose. I have also drawn up lists showing the numbers of old words and phrases once common in English literature, still existing in the dialects. Occasionally writers of modern verse seek to restore some of the words of this type to their former position in literary English, thereby causing the reviewer to stumble dreadfully, though he thinketh he standeth. I quote the following from a literary periodical dated May 2, 1913: ‘He debates if he shall make “a nest within a reedy brake”, or, failing this delectable situation, offers himself a quaint alternative, Or I shall see with quiet eye, The dappled paddock loping by. We had always supposed in our ignorance that “paddock” was a term applied to green fields or pastures. How Mr. ... could have seen a paddock “lope” we do not know, and perhaps it would not be kind to ask him to explain.’ To be continue in this ebook


Author: Ariel Dorfman

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573651328

Category: Censorship

Page: 83

View: 6295


A censor discovers that the subversive novel he is about to ban is describing his own life and hinting that a terrible fate awaits his son. He must hunt down the author before it comes true...

Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought

Author: P. R. Hay

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253215116

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 3298


Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought provides an inclusive and balanced survey of the major issues debated by Western environmentalists over the last three decades. Peter Hay examines issues in philosophy, religion, politics, and economics as presented or criticized by environmentalists. Topics covered include the roots of environmental philosophy; the development of ecophilosophy, deep ecology, and ecofeminism; how religion relates to environmental values; environmentalists' writings on science and epistemology; animal liberation; the role of place; the economic dimensions of environmental thought; environmental writing in various political traditions; and "green" writers' critiques of political movements. The work draws from the disciplines of philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and cultural studies. Clearly and accessibly written and including a comprehensive bibliography, Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought is well suited both as a handbook and guide to the large environmental literature and as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental studies

The Catastrophist

A Novel

Author: Ronan Bennett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1596913053

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5773


Living in Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo only to be near his lover, an idealistic journalist, novelist James Gillespie becomes caught up in the terror, violence, and corruption that marks that country's slide into civil war in the early 1960s. Reprint.

A Doll's House ; The Wild Duck ; The Lady from the Sea

Author: Henrik Ibsen,Eleanor Marx Aveling

Publisher: Everyman's Classic Library in Paperback

ISBN: 9780460872935

Category: Drama

Page: 242

View: 2944


The first novel from a gifted new Irish writer explores the prickly issue of emigration through the eyes of a young boy,growing up against the backdrop of rural Ireland,facing the trauma of leaving the world he knows for a world he hasonly heard of.

The MMA Encyclopedia

Author: Jonathan Snowden,Kendall Shields

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1554908442

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 340

View: 8536


' "Did you see the big fight this weekend'" The question used to be about boxing matches, when the giants of the fight world were Mike Tyson and Roy Jones. Now fans are leaving the sweet science in droves for the combat sport of the future: mixed martial arts (MMA). MMA has drawn millions on cable and network television, as well as out-performed professional wrestling and boxing on pay-per-view. Fans are attracted to the sport, but unlike boxing (where strategy and technique are limited to using both your left and right hands), an MMA fight can be surprisingly complicated. The MMA Encyclopedia puts the fighters, the facts, and the fundamentals of the world's fastest growing sport at your fingertips as the definitive reference guide to mixed martial arts. The encyclopedia will break the MMA language barrier for those who don't know a wristlock from a wristwatch, while at the same time offering perspective and analysis that will entertain the hardcore fan who already has the basics down pat. With three appendices that detail the results of every MMA'fight in history, this the ultimate reference book for the ultimate sport.


And the Lying Liars who Tell Them : a Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

Author: Al Franken

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780452285217

Category: Humor

Page: 421

View: 7993


Offers a whimsical critique of the Right, exposing their deceptive practices, challenging conceptions about the media's liberal bias, and identifying inconsistencies in the Bush administration.

The Empire’s Old Clothes

What the Lone Ranger, Babar, and Other Innocent Heroes Do to Our Minds

Author: Ariel Dorfman

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822391643

Category: Social Science

Page: 221

View: 4633


In this powerful cultural critique, Ariel Dorfman explores the political and social implications of the smiling faces that inhabit familiar books, comics, and magazines. He reveals the ideological messages conveyed in works of popular culture such as the Donald Duck comics, the Babar children’s books, and Reader’s Digest magazine. The Empire’s Old Clothes was widely praised when it was first published in 1983. This edition, including a new preface by the author, makes a contemporary classic newly available.


The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

Author: Howard Brenton

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848423312

Category: Drama

Page: 71

View: 6793


A riveting political thriller based on the arrest and imprisonment of one of China's leading dissident artists.