The Last Patriarch
Author: Najat El Hachmi
Publisher: Profile Books
The Last Patriarch is narrated by the daughter of Mimoun Driouch - the patriarch of the title - from his birth to her entrance into university. Mimoun believes that life on his parents' land is not his destiny" and so we follow his journey from rural Morocco to urban Catalua. Mimoun's own violent nature and paranoia leads to frustration and rage, which he duly takes out on his wife and children. "This was not his destiny - this phrase is repeated almost like a mantra for Mimoun, who truly believes he is meant for great things. However, as the years pass, it begins to sound hollow; he does not escape the limitations of the role assigned to him by the patriarchal system, but his daughter will. El Hachmi looks at the role of women within a patriarchal culture while tackling more contemporary issues such as immigration and integration, as well as the fractured identity that results from having roots in two very distinct cultures. It is at once a powerful saga of a Moroccan family and a story of a girl's struggle to find her own identity and break free of a domineering father.
A collection of articles and the influential inaugural lecture by the late Professor of Spanish at Exeter, edited as a tribute by colleagues in America, Europe and his own Department in Exeter. The subjects range from sentimental romance, narrative religious verse and cancionero love lyric to the problem of the bestseller in Golden Age literature. Some of the articles are difficult to obtain or were badly translated when previously published. Professor Deyermond provides a detailed review of Keith Whinnom's contribution to Spanish literary scholarship and a revised bibliography.
In the Last Blue
Author: Carme Riera
An historical narrative recreates the lives of Majorcan Jews in the seventeenth century during the Spanish Inquisition.
Author: Robert Lewis
Author: Gore Vidal
"May well be the finest of contemporary novels about the capital." THE NEW YORKER From the New Deal to the McCarthy era, follow the lives of Blaise Sanford, the ruthless Washington newspaper tycoon...his son, Peter, a brilliant liberal editor both fascinated and repelled by the imperial city...Peter's beautiful and self-destructive sister, Enid...her husband, Clay Overbury, a charismatic and ambitious politician...and James Burden Day, the powerful conservative senator. In WASHINGTON, D.C., the incomparable Vidal presents the life of politics and society in the nation's capital in the final stages of "the last empire on Earth."
Author: Quim Monzó, Peter R. Bush
Publisher: Open Letter Books
A collection of short stories from Catalan master Quim Monzo. The heroes of these tales are faced with a world always changing, where time and space move in circles, where language has become meaningless. From the boy who refuses to follow the family tradition of having his ring finger cut off; the man who cannot escape his house; Robin Hood stealing so much from the rich that he ruins them and makes the poor wealthy; Gregor the cockroach, who wakes one day to discover he has become a human teenager to Ulysses trapped in the Trojan horse, they are all trapped in a maze.
Author: Katherine Langrish
Publisher: Harper Collins
Bearing all the markings of a truely classic novel, Troll Fell, is an exciting adventure-filled tale of Peer, his evil uncles, treasure and wicked trolls. Peer Ulfsson stood miserably at his father's funeral pyre, watching the sparks whirl up like millions of shining spirits streaking away into the dark. But someone else is also at the funeral. Peer's half-uncle, Baldur Grimsson. Peer watches helplessly as Uncle Baldur sells his father's property and pockets the money. Peer is then forced to move away from the world he knows in Hammerhaven, and live with his two half-uncles at their mill near Troll Fell. Peer hopes his other uncle will be more welcoming and less ferocious than Baldur, but Baldur is an identical twin, and Grim Grimsson is just as mean-spirited and greedy as his brother. Peer lives a life of servitude, with only the company of his faithful dog, Loki, until he meets spirited Hilde, whose family farm on Troll Fell, and Nis, his uncles' house spirit. Between them, they must foil a plot by the Grimsson brothers to sell one boy and one girl to the trolls who live on Troll Fell. But the Grimssons want riches, and they will do anything to get them. And as everyone knows, trolls are rich! but they are also cunning.
This book is intended for young teenage students of English as a foreign language.
Forming a Band
Author: A. R. Schaefer, James Henke
Describes the steps musicians take to form a band, including selecting band members, a group name, the music style, and appearance.
Vera Vera Vera
Author: Hayley Squires
Publisher: A&C Black
The boy who comes back from a war far away in a wooden box is glorified and called a hero. As the funeral plans are made in a small Kent town, his siblings squabble over who he was. Maybe the fanfare isn't needed for this heroic martyr. Vera Vera Vera is a blackly comic play about what we are willing to fight for. Her first work for the theatre, Hayley Squires is a bracing new voice, clear eyed and loud, looking at violence, neglect and apathy. Depicting a gritty slice of social realism, Vera Vera Vera portrays the disjunction between the lives of the surviving family against the memories and patriotic commemoration for the dead. Looking at drug addiction, crime, verbal and domestic abuse, engrained racism, the characters' downtrodden and trapped lives are exposed with honesty and verve. This brave and uncompromising play questions both the validity of the myth of the martyred soldier and the true worth of survival for those left behind.
Author: David Weber, Eric Flint
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
AMERICAN FREEDOM AND JUSTICE VS. THE TYRANNIES OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY The new government in central Europe, called the Confederated Principalities of Europe, was formed by an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians led by Mike Stearns who were transplanted into 17th-century Germany by a mysterious cosmic accident. The new regime is shaky. Outside its borders, the Thirty Years War continues to rage. Within, it is beset by financial crisis as well as the political and social tensions between the democratic ideals of the 20th-century Americans and the aristocracy which continues to rule the roost in the CPE as everywhere in Europe. Worst of all, the CPE has aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, the effective ruler of France. Richelieu has created the League of Ostend in order to strike at the weakest link in the CPE's armor¾its dependence on the Baltic as the lifeline between Gustav Adolf's Sweden and the rest of his realm. The greatest naval war in European history is about to erupt. Like it or not, Gustavus Adolphus will have to rely on Mike Stearns and the technical wizardry of his obstreperous Americans to save the King of Sweden from ruin. Caught in the conflagration are two American diplomatic missions abroaRebecca Stearns' mission to France and Holland, and the embassy which Mike Stearns sent to King Charles of England headed by his sister Rita and Melissa Mailey. Rebecca finds herself trapped in war-torn Amsterdam; Rita and Melissa, imprisoned in the Tower of London. And much as Mike wants to transport 20th-century values into war-torn 17th-century Europe by Sweet Reason, still he finds comfort in the fact that Julie, who once trained to be an Olympic marksman, still has her rifle . . . At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
How does a modern, educated latina, disconnected from her traditional Mexican-American family, discover her true identity and "orgullo" (cultural pride)? Dina Salazar likes to think she has it together. Dodging the bullet of early marriage and motherhood that every other female in her family has succumbed to, she's her own woman. Or is she? Is she free ...or just lost? Adventurous, athletic Dina has a satisfying career and her freedom from emotional entanglements. She has it all. All except the love of her life, Rick Ramos-THE HATED ONE-who ended up marrying another woman nearly six years before. All except the closeness of her blue-collar family, who live in a Latino barrio of Salinas, ninety miles south of Silicon Valley. All except the feeling of belonging to her cultural heritage. She speaks Spanish but who is she really? An American disguised as an Hispanic woman? Or an Hispanic disguised as an American? Is she a mixed mutt with an American mind and a latino heart? In her attempts at educating herself and climbing the socio-economic ladder, has Dolores Salazar lost her latino heart and soul? When Dina learns that her stern, disapproving Mexican-born grandmother has a shameful secret, a son Abuelita Gmez had to abandon in Mexico sixty years before, Dina is reluctant at first to get involved. The uncle she has never known (a drug lord) has died mysteriously-killed, her grandmother believes, by a rival in the Juarez drug cartel. In time the family learns that the rival and suspect is the late drug lord's son-in-law, and Abuelita's grand-daughter, Dina's Mexican cousin, Teresa, has no choice but to flee her ruthless husband. To Dina's dismay, her grandmother urges HER to find out where her grand-daughter and great grandson are seeking refuge in Mexico. Her grandmother tells her that Dina is the only one that can rescue Teresa and her son, for Dina is the smart and brave one of the family-and the only one who speaks Spanish. What's a girl to do when la familia calls? *** "A delightful, endearing story! You can't help but root for Dina in her journey of self-discovery." --Brenda Novak, Nationally Best-selling Author "Dina is a character that many Latinos can identify with-a woman trying to weave her own place between cultures. Around Dina, Donna Del Oro has done her own weaving: a heady plot .of crime, romance, family conflict and intrigue." --Carlos Alcala, Sacramento Bee Columnist
Author: Alan Jones
Publisher: Institution of Surveyors Australia
Author: Dolores Dorantes, Rodrigo Flores Sanchez
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Jen Hofer. Bilingual Edition. INTERVENIR/INTERVENE is a searing, tender, unflinching collaboration between two Mexican poets Dolores Dorantes, who lived in Ciudad Juarez for 25 years and now has political asylum in Los Angeles, and Rodrigo Flores Sanchez, who lives in Mexico City. INTERVENIR/INTERVENE asks questions no one should have to ask: in a climate of state- sponsored violence, what kinds of speech, writing, relation are possible? We are being intervened. How do we collaborate? How do we resist? INTERVENIR/INTERVENE es una colaboracion mordaz, tierna e impavida entre dos poetas mexicanos Dolores Dorantes, que vivio 25 anos en Ciudad Juarez y ahora tiene asilo politico en Los angeles, y Rodrigo Flores Sanchez, que vive en la Ciudad de Mexico. INTERVENIR/INTERVENE hace preguntas que nadie deberia verse obligado a preguntar: en un clima de violencia promovida por el Estado, que tipos de expresion, de escritura, de relacion, son posibles? Estamos siendo intervenidos. Como colaboramos? Como resistimos?"