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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Два шедевра Альбера Камю – роман «Чума» и пьеса «Недоразумение» – объединены темами свободы и выбора, осознания человеком собственного бессилия перед лицом жестокого рока.Холодная хроника эпидемии чумы в курортном алжирском городке превращается в трагическую и пугающую притчу о смертельной опасности, пробуждающей в человеческой душе все лучшее – или худшее. И каждый встает перед выбором: бороться за жизнь, искать выход или смириться с господством чумы и неизбежной смертью.Драма «Недоразумение» написана в полном соответствии с аристотелевскими законами «идеальной трагедии». На что готов пойти человек ради денег? И может ли он найти точку опоры, истинный смысл жизни в мире, полном взаимонепонимания и отчуждения?..
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 : 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 : Did the expanding economic life of England after the Black Death improve the lot of women, as is commonly thought? This study argues not.
Description : The Black Death came to England is 1348 and for over three centuries bubonic plague remained a continual and threatening presence in the everyday life of the country. Written with verve and rich in detail, King Death offers an important analysis of one of the most potent instruments of change in late-medieval England, and a fascinating insight into the industry of death that pestilence brought with it.
Description : "Thousands and thousands of people will love this book!" THE BOSTON GLOBE A lyrical, engrossing tale, by the author of WATERSHIP DOWN, Richard Adams creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf, fugitives from the horrors of an animal research center who escape into the isolation--and terror--of the wilderness.
Description : Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the final, awful end by respiratory failure -- are more or less accurate. But what the Plague really was, and how it made history, remain shrouded in a haze of myths. Norman Cantor, the premier historian of the Middle Ages, draws together the most recent scientific discoveries and groundbreaking historical research to pierce the mist and tell the story of the Black Death afresh, as a gripping, intimate narrative. In the Wake of the Plague presents a microcosmic view of the Plague in England (and on the continent), telling the stories of the men and women of the fourteenth century, from peasant to priest, and from merchant to king. Cantor introduces a fascinating cast of characters. We meet, among others, fifteen-year-old Princess Joan of England, on her way to Spain to marry a Castilian prince; Thomas of Birmingham, abbot of Halesowen, responsible for his abbey as a CEO is for his business in a desperate time; and the once-prominent landowner John le Strange, who sees the Black Death tear away his family's lands and then its very name as it washes, unchecked, over Europe in wave after wave. Cantor argues that despite the devastation that made the Plague so terrifying, the disease that killed more than 40 percent of Europe's population had some beneficial results. The often literal demise of the old order meant that new, more scientific thinking increasingly prevailed where church dogma had once reigned supreme. In effect, the Black Death heralded an intellectual revolution. There was also an explosion of art: tapestries became popular as window protection against the supposedly airborne virus, and a great number of painters responded to the Plague. Finally, the Black Death marked an economic sea change: the onset of what Cantor refers to as turbocapitalism; the peasants who survived the Plague thrived, creating Europe's first class of independent farmers. Here are those stories and others, in a tale of triumph coming out of the darkest horror, wrapped up in a scientific mystery that persists, in part, to this day. Cantor's portrait of the Black Death's world is pro-vocative and captivating. Not since Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror have medieval men and women been brought so vividly to life. The greatest popularizer of the Middle Ages has written the period's most fascinating narrative.
Description : In this era of pandemic fears, the gripping tale of the Great Plague that brought Europe to its knees in the mid-1600s is a surprisingly timely read. Defoe's fictionalized account of life in plague-stricken 1665 London is a harrowing and suspenseful page-turner.