Description : Somsundar And Manju Wait For Life To Fall Into Place, As Kolkata Waits For Rain Kolkata In The Early Seventies. The City Is Besieged By The Naxalite Movement, Which Holds Its Genteel Middle Class In A Thrall Of Terror. Caught In The Crossfire Between The Destructive Power Of The Naxalite Insurgency And The Brutal Backlash Of The Police Force S Counter-Attacks, Peace-Loving Citizens Don T Know Which Way To Turn. The First Post-Independence Generation Of Bengalis Has Barely Come Of Age, Only To Face Crippling Poverty, Unemployment, Disillusionment And Despair. As This Lost Generation Hurtles Headlong On A Sure Course To Self-Destruction, The City Is Caught In The Throes Of A Torrid, Parched, Disabling, Seemingly Endless Summer. Nerves Are On Edge As Kolkata Waits For Rain And Relief & Waiting For Rain Is Sahitya Akademi-Winner Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay S Finely Etched And Evocative Novel About Kolkata As It Was Before It Changed Forever. It Is A Kolkata Seen Through The Eyes Of Somsundar, Young, Unemployed And Despondent, A Past-His-Prime Boxer Who Must Wrestle With Reality When His Elder Brother, Suspected Of Being A Naxalite, Disappears. It Is Also The Kolkata Of Manju, Who Must Break Out Of The Cocoon Of Her Wealthy Family Background And Her Engagement To The Handsome And Successful Adri When The Tumult Of The Times Catches Up With Her. Like Thousands Of Other Kolkatans, Somsundar And Manju Must Make Sense Of Their Own Lives Before They Can Come To Terms With The Strange Times They Live In. Available For The First Time In English In A Superb Translation, This Is A Book That Is Sure To Grip The Reader With Its Riveting Narrative, Its Sharply Observed Cast Of Characters, And Its Compelling Portrayal Of A Great City In Shambles.
Description : "Drawing on interviews with artists and poets and on his own experiences in the Brazilian Northeast, Arons has written an account of how drought has impacted the region's culture. He intertwines ecological, social, and political issues with the words of some of Brazil's most prominent authors and folk poets to show how themes surrounding drought - hunger, migration, endurance, nostalgia for the land - have become deeply embedded in Nordeste identity. Through this tapestry of sources, Arons shows that what is often thought of as a natural phenomenon is actually the result of centuries of social inequality, political corruption, and unsustainable land use."--BOOK JACKET.
Description : In Israel, the High Holiday cycle marks the transition from summer to the rainy season. In Waiting for Rain, the acclaimed teacher Bryna Levy offers a compelling collection of meditations that examine the biblical and liturgical readings associated with the High Holidays, from Rosh Hashanah to Simhat Torah. Based on a series of lectures given in Jerusalem at Matan – the Women's Institute for Torah Studies, and known as "The Hoshana Rabbah Lectures," Levy's readings of the traditional texts echo the natural and spiritual tenor of this season. Waiting for Rain joins the field of biblical interpretation known as parshanut ha-mikrah. It offers fresh insights into traditional rabbinic interpretation, together with the author's perspective as a modern Orthodox woman bible scholar. Levy explores the psyches of the biblical characters and addresses issues such as our connectedness to others, the tragedy of wasted opportunity, confronting evil, the denial of death, faith and doubt, personal and communal responsibility, universalism versus particularism, the challenge of leadership, sin and atonement, and the efficacy of prayer. The result is a highly personal approach to the meaning of the High Holidays that resonates with our own modern lives. Stories about heroes and heroines, love, faith, hope, and dreams make this book a moving and engaging source for study and reflection as well as an excellent companion to the traditional High Holiday prayer services.
Description : This study of Cape Verde tackles critical development issues. It considers the struggle for self-sufficient food security, the tension between agricultural production and natural resource sustainability, and the role of government policy in food production and natural resource management.
Description : The storms of life are survived in the living, and in the poetry of Australian Poet, Jeremy Garnett. This is his first compilation of 19 poems from the past eight years. Eight years of turmoil; emotional, philosophical and, most delightfully, meteorological. Jeremy lives and writes in Darwin, the crossroads of cyclonic turmoil in northern Australia. His enjoyment of storms and their encroachment is plainly evident within these pages. His poetry has hitherto graced the local open-mic events, appeared in a number of magazines (both on & off line), featured in three international anthologies, and been written into a couple of theatrical productions.
Description : Describes the life of Archie Clare, a farmer in North Carolina, focusing on his struggle to stay in the business and his eventual decision to give up farming
Description : Describes and illustrates the stress suffered by wild animals as their source of water dries up during the heat of an African spring season.
Description : Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. In this memoir, Lamees Al Ethari traces her transition from an idyllic childhood in a large extended Iraqi family to the relative stability of family exilic life in Canada. Through memory fragments, clips of poetry, diary entries, and her own art, the author reveals the trauma of three senseless wars, a decade of dehumanizing sanctions on an innocent population, the blindness of a dictatorship to the suffering of its own people, and finally their resilience and the humanity they manage to preserve.