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Enciclopedia dei fiori e del giardino

Enciclopedia dei fiori e del giardino

Author: I. Pizzetti
Publisher:
ISBN: 881150533X
Pages: 990
Year: 2011

Torture Garden

Torture Garden

Author: Octave Mirbeau
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465606947
Pages:
Year: 2016-02-21
One evening some friends were gathered at the home of one of our most celebrated writers. Having dined sumptuously, they were discussing murder—apropos of what, I no longer remember probably apropos of nothing. Only men were present: moralists, poets, philosophers and doctors—thus everyone could speak freely, according to his whim, his hobby or his idiosyncrasies, without fear of suddenly seeing that expression of horror and fear which the least startling idea traces upon the horrified face of a notary. I—say notary, much as I might have said lawyer or porter, not disdainfully, of course, but in order to define the average French mind. With a calmness of spirit as perfect as though he were expressing an opinion upon the merits of the cigar he was smoking, a member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences said: “Really—I honestly believe that murder is the greatest human preoccupation, and that all our acts stem from it... “ We awaited the pronouncement of an involved theory, but he remained silent. “Absolutely!” said a Darwinian scientist, “and, my friend, you are voicing one of those eternal truths such as the legendary Monsieur de La Palisse discovered every day: since murder is the very bedrock of our social institutions, and consequently the most imperious necessity of civilized life. If it no longer existed, there would be no governments of any kind, by virtue of the admirable fact that crime in general and murder in particular are not only their excuse, but their only reason for being. We should then live in complete anarchy, which is inconceivable. So, instead of seeking to eliminate murder, it is imperative that it be cultivated with intelligence and perseverance. I know no better culture medium than law.” Someone protested. “Here, here!” asked the savant, “aren't we alone, and speaking frankly?” “Please!” said the host, “let us profit thoroughly by the only occasion when we are free to express our personal ideas, for both I, in my books, and you in your turn, may present only lies to the public.” The scientist settled himself once more among the cushions of his armchair, stretched his legs, which were numb from being crossed too long and, his head thrown back, his arms hanging and his stomach soothed by good digestion, puffed smoke−rings at the ceiling: “Besides,” he continued, “murder is largely self−propagating. Actually, it is not the result of this or that passion, nor is it a pathological form of degeneracy. It is a vital instinct which is in us all—which is in all organized beings and dominates them, just as the genetic instinct. And most of the time it is especially true that these two instincts fuse so well, and are so totally interchangeable, that in some way or other they form a single and identical instinct, so that we no longer may tell which of the two urges us to give life, and which to take it—which is murder, and which love. I have been the confidant of an honorable assassin who killed women, not to rob them, but to ravish them. His trick was to manage things so that his sexual climax coincided exactly with the death−spasm of the woman: 'At those moments,' he told me, 'I imagined I was a God, creating a world!”
Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovation and Cultural Changes

Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovation and Cultural Changes

Author: Michel Conan
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks
ISBN: 0884023273
Pages: 278
Year: 2007
This book highlights the religious, artistic, political, and economic consequences of horticultural pursuits, exploring the roles of peasants, botanists, horticulturists, nurserymen and gentlemen collectors in these developments, and concluding with a reflection on the future of horticulture in the present context of widespread environmental devastation and ecological uncertainty.

Encyclopedia Of Knitting Techniques

Encyclopedia Of Knitting Techniques

Author: Lesley Stanfield, Melody Griffiths
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN: 0762408057
Pages: 160
Year: 2000-09-21
Once considered a quaint throwback to simpler times, the time-honored craft of knitting has seen a tremendous renewal lately. These days all the hippest folks are knitting their own scarves, sweaters, hats-even socks! With clear step-by-step instructions and an alphabetical format for easy reference, The Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques will have you working your way to the cutting edge quick as you can say "knit 1, purl 2".
Abitare poeticamente la terra

Abitare poeticamente la terra

Author: Aa.Vv.
Publisher: Gangemi Editore spa
ISBN: 8849265808
Pages: 114
Year: 2011-11-10T00:00:00+01:00
Questa raccolta di tesi ed esami degli studenti della Facoltà di Architettura documenta una parte del lavoro svolto nei corsi di progettazione del Prof. Paolo Portoghesi, e nello specifico all'interno del seminario coordinato da Donatella Scatena, che riguardano il periodo che intercorre tra il 1995 e il 2007, anni in cui Portoghesi ha insegnato progettazione. Portoghesi, che fino al 1995 ha avuto la cattedra di storia dell'architettura, afferma di avere un debito verso l'insegnamento della storia, strumento essenziale di conoscenza e di indagine per un progettista. La ricerca vuole testimoniare e raccontare, attraverso i lavori degli studenti, come Portoghesi abbia posto le basi di quello che sarà il suo metodo progettuale, basato sui tre concetti chiave di: architettura urbana in rapporto al luogo, concezione dello spazio come sistema di luoghi, rapporto dell'architettura con la storia e la memoria personale e collettiva. Le nozioni di architettura come luogo e spazio come sistema sono rintracciabili in tutti i progetti presentati nel testo e sono sviluppati soprattutto nelle tesi di laurea. Del rapporto invece tra natura e architettura i giovani architetti non hanno colto solo la suggestione delle forme, ma hanno cercato di carpire le leggi strutturali che regolano la crescita organica, il numero aureo, la serie di fibonacci, l'espressione frattale, l'autorganizzazione della materia e la sua metamorfosi, le regole ferree dell'ordine naturale e dell'ordine più complesso del caos. Il metodo adottato da Portoghesi, e trasmesso attraverso il seminario di Scatena, somiglia a quello di Hans Poelzig nel Bauhaus, che cercava di portare lo studente ad una scelta progettuale libera e consapevole. Con lo scopo non solo di sperimentare una diversa morfologia spaziale, ma di riappropriarsi di un rapporto etico con il mestiere dell'architetto e di sviluppare una nuova alleanza con la terra che l'uomo poeticamente abita. PAOLO PORTOGHESI, figura anomala, che unisce al talento dello storico e del critico quello dell'architetto creatore, ha diretto e dirige riviste di architettura, pubblicato centinaia di articoli e più di cinquanta volumi di storia e teoria dell'architettura, molti dei quali tradotti in più lingue. Ha cominciato a insegnare presso l'Università della Sapienza nel 1962. Attualmente è professore di Geoarchitettura presso la facoltà di architettura "Valle Giulia". È stato il primo direttore del settore architettura della Biennale di Venezia della quale è poi stato presidente. La sua opera architettonica più famosa è la moschea di Roma. DONATELLA SCATENA, architetto, ricercatore, insegna progettazione presso la Facoltà di Architettura Valle Giulia di Roma. Tra le sue pubblicazioni recenti "Sapere/Saper fare. L'insegnamento della progettazione", I° Quaderno del Dipartimento Ar_cos.
The Garden Of The Finzi-continis

The Garden Of The Finzi-continis

Author: Giorgio Bassani
Publisher: Everymans Library
ISBN: 1400044227
Pages: 246
Year: 2005
The young, middle-class Jewish narrator recounts his relationship with the Finzi-Continis, an insular, upper-class Jewish family, in Ferrara on the eve of World War II and the family's blindness to impending destruction. 10,000 first printing.
Succulents II

Succulents II

Author: Maurizio Sajeva, Mariangela Costanzo
Publisher:
ISBN: 8871664736
Pages: 234
Year: 2000

Oh, Galatea!

Oh, Galatea!

Author: Ippolita Avanzini
Publisher: Ippolita Avanzini
ISBN: 6051763139
Pages:
Year: 2015-06-22
Galatea lavora presso una casa editrice. È una giovane donna coraggiosa e intelligente, limitata da rituali ossessivi i quali, paradossalmente, la rendono brillante e rigorosa nell'attività che svolge e ricca di fascino nella vita di tutti i giorni. Vuole esistere in modo pieno e, attraverso il vigore del suo pensiero unito all'amore vigile e pieno di desiderio per tutto ciò che la circonda, tende in modo puro e ardito alla Verità e alla Libertà. Le incessanti domande su Dio, la tenerezza verso gli altri e la vivacità delle emozioni si mescolano a una profonda sofferenza e frenesia di espiazione: un evento sarà il pretesto per cercare aiuto da uno psicoterapeuta. Hanno inizio intense sedute settimanali che scandiscono un percorso emotivo profondo e tortuoso: la vita di Galatea e dei suoi compagni di viaggio si imbatte in sentieri inconsueti in apparenza ingannevoli. Travolto dall'esuberanza emotiva della inusuale paziente, in un susseguirsi di colpi di scena, enigmi divertenti e dolorosi misteri il suo "Dottore" ha l’arduo compito di restituirle la consapevolezza che la felicità è imperfetta ed è possibile abbandonarsi a essa. La vita non ci concede di capirla, pretende solo di essere adorata.
The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345525566
Pages: 336
Year: 2011-08-23
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.
Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Author: Elizabeth Arnim, Elizabeth Von Arnim
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1596056770
Pages: 232
Year: 2005-12-01
May 16th.-The garden is the place I go to for refuge and shelter, not the house. In the house are duties and annoyances, servants to exhort and admonish, furniture, and meals; but out there blessings crowd round me at every step-it is there that I am sorry for the unkindness in me, for those selfish thoughts that are so much worse than they feel; it is there that all my sins and silliness are forgiven, there that I feel protected and at home, and every flower and weed is a friend and every tree a lover. -from Elizabeth and Her German Garden First published anonymously in 1898, this beautiful chronicle of languid days spent in a rejuvenating Italian garden was a tremendous bestseller at the turn of the century, its cheerful satire and fresh charm endearing it to millions of readers. The first work of its author, the Countess Elizabeth von Arnim, it would form the basis of her extraordinary popularity as one of the most admired literary figures in Europe and "one of the three finest wits of her day." British novelist ELIZABETH VON ARNIM (1866-1941) wrote numerous books, including The Solitary Summer (the sequel to Elizabeth and Her German Garden) and the work she is best known for, Enchanted April.
Personology

Personology

Author: Gary Goldschneider
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN: 0762422297
Pages: 944
Year: 2005-10-11
Astrology is finally getting personal! From the best-selling author of The Secret Language of Birthdays comes a revolution in charting your horoscope based on both the date and time of your birth that makes all other horoscope books irrelevant. With his "Personology" system, Gary Goldschneider has created a unique method which divides each of the twelve signs into five sub-types-such as Aquarius-Pisces Cusp, Pisces I, Pisces II, Pisces III, and Pisces-Aries Cusp-thereby sub-dividing the astrological year into 48 personology periods. The precision this allows is far beyond anything available in any other astrology book and provides a ground-breaking new way for readers to look not only at their own lives, but their interactions with those around them. The book comes packed with easy-to-follow charts covering the sun, eight different planets, and, unique to this book, the rapid fluctuations of the moon for every year from 1900 through 2025. The result is an unprecedented level of precision, as well as a beautifully illustrated volume destined to become the one and only book horoscope readers will treasure for the next twenty years.
Defiant Gardens

Defiant Gardens

Author: Kenneth I. Helphand
Publisher:
ISBN: 1595340459
Pages: 303
Year: 2008-10-01
How is it that during a war, one can still find gardens? In the most brutal environments, on both the home front and the battlefield, they continue to flourish. Wartime gardens are dramatic examples of what Kenneth I. Helphand calls “defiant gardens” — gardens created in extreme social, political, economic, or cultural conditions. Illustrated with archival photos, this remarkable book examines gardens of war in the 20th century, including extraordinary examples built behind the trenches in World War I, in the Warsaw and other ghettos during World War II, and in Japanese-American internment camps, as well as gardens created by soldiers at their bases and encampments during wars in the Persian Gulf, Vietnam, and Korea. Winner of the Environmental Design Research Association award and other honors, Defiant Gardens proves that these man-made constructs are far more than decorative diversions or simple sanctuaries from the stresses of daily life.
Vertical gardens

Vertical gardens

Author: Anna Lambertini, Jacques Leenhardt, Mario Ciampi
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 239
Year: 2007-10-24
Vertical Gardens presents the most important architectural projects that embrace the emerging trend of designing and cultivating once inconceivable greenery on a vertical plane.
Un percorso simbolico a Firenze

Un percorso simbolico a Firenze

Author: Francesca Serci
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 245
Year: 2004