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 : The American Civil War still threatens to tear the nation in twain. Private Ian Campbell betrayed his company and his duty because he fell in love with a handsome Yankee prisoner-of-war, Drew Conrad. Both men are on the run, desperate to reach Campbell¿s family home in West Virginia, which may have escaped the conflict unscathed and may offer them both peace and salvation from the cruelties and hatreds heightened by the war.
Description : During the Cold War, state-sponsored musical performances were central to the diplomatic agendas of the United States and the Soviet Union. But states on the periphery of the conflict also used state-funded performances to articulate their positions in the polarized global network. In Albania in particular, the postwar government invested heavily in public performances at home, effectively creating a new genre of popular music: the wildly popular light music. In Audible States: Socialist Politics and Popular Music in Albania, author Nicholas Tochka traces an aural history of Albania's government through a close examination of the development and reception of light music at Radio-Television Albania's Festival of Song. Drawing on a wide range of archival resources and over forty interviews with composers, lyricists, singers, and bureaucrats, Tochka describes how popular music became integral to governmental projects to improve society--and a major concern for both state-socialist and postsocialist regimes between 1945 and the present. Tochka's narrative begins in the immediate postwar period, arguing that state officials saw light music as a means to cultivate a modern population under socialism. As the Cold War ended, postsocialist officials turned again to light music, now hoping that these musicians could help shape Albania into a capitalist, "European" state. Interweaving archival research with ethnographic interviews, Audible States demonstrates that modern political orders do not simply render social life visible, but also audible. Incorporating insights from ethnomusicology, governmentality studies, and post-socialist studies, Audible States presents an original perspective on music and government that reveals the fluid, pervasive, but ultimately limited nature of state power in the modern world. A remarkably researched and engagingly written study, Audible States is a foundational text in the growing literature on popular music and culture in post-socialist Europe and will be of great interest for readers interested in popular music, sound studies, and the politics of the Cold War.
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 : A great writer's sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict The Great Fire is Shirley Hazzard's first novel since The Transit of Venus, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1981. The conflagration of her title is the Second World War. In war-torn Asia and stricken Europe, men and women, still young but veterans of harsh experience, must reinvent their lives and expectations, and learn, from their past, to dream again. Some will fulfill their destinies, others will falter. At the center of the story, Aldred Leith, a brave and brilliant soldier, finds that survival and worldly achievement are not enough. Helen Driscoll, a young girl living in occupied Japan and tending her dying brother, falls in love, and in the process discovers herself. In the looming shadow of world enmities resumed, and of Asia's coming centrality in world affairs, a man and a woman seek to recover self-reliance, balance, and tenderness, struggling to reclaim their humanity. The Great Fire is the winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Fiction.
Description : Sister Bernard has lived in a grey-stone convent in rural France for more than seventy years. In that time, a once youthful and lively cloister has gradually emptied, until only Bernard and two other nuns remain. Now, the three women pack away their few possessions into wooden boxes, preparing to leave the building that has been their home for decades. For the nuns, the closing of the convent means more than losing a home; the walls have shielded them from a changing modern world, for Sister Bernard the quiet monotony of the religious life has protected her from memories of the past - the disgrace of when she was a young woman in wartime France; when her devotion to God faded in the face of her need for a young Nazi soldier; and when she experienced the full horror and violence of war.