Description : 'Gulp it down; it beats getting drunk.' - Salman Rushdie on WATER MUSIC 'If Dickens were alive today he would be writing this sort of book.' - Rosie Boycott, Books of the Year, The Times, on TORTILLA CURTAIN'establishes Boyle as the equal of Robertson Davies and John Irving. You only hope the Coen Brothers get the film rights, so that this most thrillingly visual of American storytellers is given the movie he deserves' Guardian on RIVEN ROCK 'surreal, daring and compassionate. Easily one of the best books of this year' Daily Mail on A FRIEND OF THE EARTH Maverick, unpredictable and accomplished, T.C. Boyle has been called the 'trickster of American letters'. AFTER THE PLAGUE is his latest collection of short stories - here are tales that superbly veer from the psychological to the slapstick, from surrealism to satire, once again proving him to be one of America's most formidable writers
Description : Praise for the first edition:"An eminently approachable text. . . .To give a sense of immediacy and vividness to the long period in such a short space is a major achievement.Ó ÑThomas Munck, History ÒHuppertÕs book is a little masterpiece every teacher should welcome.ÓÑArthur J. Slavin, Renaissance Quarterly Ò[T]his superb synthesis will surely stand out . . .[It is] beautifully written, soundly researched, and highly knowledgeable.Ó ÑBook Review Ò. . . thoroughly engrossing . . . an excellent introductionÓ ÑLibraries and Culture ÒLively and clear enough for undergraduates; sophisticated and analytical enough for mature scholars.ÓÑDonald Weinstein, University of Arizona A work of genuine social history, After the Black Death leads the reader, as concretely as possible, into the real villages and cities of European society. The book begins with a description of family and community structure, social conflict, and religious beliefs. Once the fundamental traits of both rural and urban society are noted, it considers the elites, armed rebellion, poverty, criminality, sexual behavior, and marriage practices. For this second edition, George Huppert has added a new chapter on the incessant warfare that was characteristic of this age and on its transformation by the new commercial capitalism. He has also thoroughly revised and updated the bibliographical essay. Interdisciplinary Studies in History, Harvey J. Graff, General Editor
Description : A corroded biological weapon releases its deadly load into the atmosphere and wipes out the human population of the Network. If not for the leadership of Valda, a sophisticated and self-improved android, the other androids would cease to function. She rallies them to improve the Nubs that form the Network and she pushes the Livestock Specialists into cloning humans from the samples on hand. Despite having advanced technology and expertise, the androids need human wombs. Militia patrols extend their search areas. A surveillance aircraft is deployed. The first human found is a male loner, not what Valda wants but he has his uses. Women are found and brought out of their miserable existences into the pampered luxury of the Nubs. They are convinced, either by acceptance of what they were told or by hypnosis, to be party to the cloning experiment. Valda’s ambition is to repopulate the Nubs with people worthy of the heritage of the Few. The newly acquired women are given an education and coached to serve as the future mothers and teachers of the new generation of the Few. Driven by the desire to learn and improve herself, Valda continues to ring in changes. Even the plans of meticulous androids can fail. Valda has to cope with disgruntled women as well as her experiments...
Description : "Thoughtful, provocative, and lucidly written, this is a remarkably successful attempt to reconstruct the history of the Jews of Europe in a comparative perspective."—Carlo Ginzburg, author of The Cheese and the Worms
Description : The first extended study of the painting of Florence and Siena in the later 14th century, this book presents a rich interweaving of considerations of connoisseurship, style, iconography, cultural and social background, and historical events.
Description : With special emphasis on the period following the Black Death, this new collection of essays explores agriculture and rural society during the late Middle Ages. Combining a broad perspective on agrarian problems—such as depopulation and social conflict—with illustrative material from detailed local and regional research, this compilation demonstrates how these general problems were solved within specific contexts. The contributors supply detailed studies relating to the use of the land, the movement of prices, the distribution of property, the organization of trade, and the cohesion of village society, among other issues. New research on regional development in medieval England and other European countries is also discussed.
Description : Did the expanding economic life of England after the Black Death improve the lot of women, as is commonly thought? This study argues not.