La virtù dell'elefante
Author: Paolo Isotta
Publisher: Marsilio Editori
Paolo Isotta è famoso pur non andando in televisione. È storico della musica e fa il critico musicale al «Corriere della Sera» ma è scrittore completo. Con questo libro fa una summa della sua esperienza umana, prima, artistica, poi. La virtù dell'elefante (che è quella di avere una mente robusta per sopportare una mole di sapienza) non è un'autobiografia perché non racconta la vita di Paolo Isotta secondo una sequenza cronologica: la sua vita discende dalla favola di Napoli e dei grandi personaggi, certo non solamente della musica, che egli ha incontrati. Senza aver letto questo libro è impossibile capire che cosa sia Napoli, città che si offre con aspetto lusinghiero e ingannevole, ingannevole nelle prospettive di gioia come nella querimonia perpetua. Qui un napoletano rivela che cosa si nasconda dietro la maschera. Paolo Isotta vive da quasi sessant'anni in simbiosi con la musica. Nessuno può oggi vantare un'esperienza umana e artistica pari alla sua. Così le sue memorie investono una lunghissima serie di colossi, della musica e della vita; ne sono glorificati molti, e richiamati alla mente di un'età atta all'oblio; alcuni falsi miti vengono sfatati. Anche tanti geniali, o non geniali, poveri cristi, di quelli che ogni giorno si arrampicano sugli specchi per sopravvivere; e alcuni esseri furbissimi e cattivi: raccontano le memorie. E le memorie toccano tanto musica e compositori quanto interpreti e interpretazioni. Isotta ricorda decine d'interpretazioni della stessa opera, dello stesso brano; e le richiama davanti al lettore; e quando descrive un'opera musicale, grazie alle sue parole è come se davanti al lettore venisse eseguita. Ma le sue esperienze non sono solamente musicali. In uno stile classico e fluido a un tempo, Isotta dice dei suoi poeti, scrittori, pittori: di Virgilio e Manzoni, di Flaubert e Pirandello, di Pascoli e Gottfried Benn, di Giotto, Raffaello, Bronzino, Reni, Tiepolo. Propone di risistemare il Settecento musicale; parla di Alessandro Scarlatti, di Haydn, di Beethoven, di Verdi, di Wagner e del teatro comico napoletano. E dei suoi Santi: Gennaro, Patrizia, Antonio, Padre Pio e Ipazia, pagana. Ognuno in questo libro troverà il suo.
Studies of Paris
Author: Edmondo De Amicis
Author: Maynard Solomon
Publisher: Schirmer Trade Books
Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven's life and music. This edition takes into account the latest information and literature. Includes a 30-page bibliographical essay, numerous illustrations, and a full-color pictorial biography of the composer.
Stieg Larsson is best known—all over the world now—as the author of the Millennium trilogy, but during his career as a journalist he was a critical protagonist in the battle against racism and for democracy in Sweden and Europe, and one of the founders of the anti-fascist magazine Expo. Kurdo Baksi first met Larsson in 1992; it was the beginning of an intense friendship, and a fruitful but challenging work relationship. Now, six years after Larsson's death, Baksi has written about his close friend. This is a candid and rounded memoir in which Baksi answers the questions a multitude of Larsson's readers and admirers have already asked: about his upbringing; the recurring death threats from neo-Nazi groups; his insomnia; his prodigious capacity for work on causes about which he was passionate; his feminism—so evident in his novels—and his dogmatism. But Baksi also reveals concern about Stieg's well-being, and his uncompromising side, which sometimes got him into trouble. What was he like as a colleague? Who provided the inspiration for his now-immortal characters (Baksi is one of the few who appears as himself)? Who was Lisbeth Salander? Stieg Larsson, My Friendis an eloquent and troubling insight into the life of a man who has rapidly become one of the world's bestselling authors.
Chaim Rumkowski, the Nazi-appointed head of the Jewish Council in the Lodz Ghetto, had absolute authority over selections and deportations. He also used his power to molest children in the Lodz orphanage and outside. This quiet, devastating memoir by a Holocaust survivor documents her own abuse by Rumkowski and the accounts she heard from many others who suffered at his hands.
The Films in My Life
Author: François Truffaut
Publisher: Diversion Books
An icon. A rebel. A legend. The films of Francois Truffaut defined an exhilarating new form of cinema for moviegoers the world over. Before Francois Truffaut was a great director, he was a critic who stood at the vanguard, pioneering an innovative way to view movies and to write about the cinematic arts. Now, for the first time in eBook, the legendary director shares his own words, as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time examines the art of movie-making through engaging and deeply personal reviews about the movies he loves. Truffaut writes extensively about his heroes, from Hitchcock to Welles, Chaplin to Renoir, Bunuel to Bergman, Clouzot to Cocteau, Capra to Hawks, Guitry to Fellini, sharing analysis and insight as to what made them film legends, and how their work led Truffaut and his fellow directors into classics like THE 400 BLOWS, JULES AND JIM, and the French New Wave Movement. Articulate and candid, THE FILMS IN MY LIFE is for everyone who has sat in a dark movie theater and dreamed. "Truffaut brings the same intelligence and grace to the printed page that he projects onto the screen. THE FILMS IN MY LIFE provides a rare knowledgeable look at movies and moviemaking." —NEWSDAY
The Unnamable Present
Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The strikingly original ninth book in Roberto Calasso’s monumental exploration of civilization The ninth part of Roberto Calasso’s monumental work in progress, The Unnamable Present, resonates deeply with the first book, The Ruin of Kasch (originally published in 1983, and recently reissued by FSG in a new translation). But while Kasch is an iconoclastic exploration of modern civilization, The Unnamable Present propels us into the twentieth century. Tourists, terrorists, secularists, hackers, fundamentalists, humanists—these are all tribes that inhabit and stir up the unnamable present. But for most everyone else, this is a world that is more elusive than ever before, one that "has no style of its own and uses every style," one that is impossible to grasp in its entirety. This is a world that seems to have no definition or past, but is suddenly illuminated when from behind it the silhouette of history emerges—especially of that period between 1933 and 1945, when the world itself was bent on self-annihilation. W. H. Auden gave the title “The Age of Anxiety” to a long poem set toward the end of the war. Today those voices sound more remote, as if they came from another realm. And though the anxiety hasn’t diminished, it no longer predominates. What predominates is something inchoate—and occasionally lethal. The Unnamable Present a globe-spanning meditation on how previously recognizable institutions of societal control, terror, history, religion, language, and government have scattered and reformed to create a reality that takes its shape from shapelessness itself. Translated with sensitivity by Calasso’s longtime translator, Richard Dixon, The Unnamable Present is a strikingly original and provocative triumph from the writer The Paris Review called “a literary institution of one.”
Author: Dosso Dossi
Publisher: Getty Publications
Dosso Dossi has long been considered one of Renaissance Italy's most intriguing artists. Although a wealth of documents chronicles his life, he remains, in many ways, an enigma, and his art continues to be as elusive as it is compelling. In Dosso's Fate, leading scholars from a wide range of disciplines examine the social, intellectual, and historical contexts of his art, focusing on the development of new genres of painting, questions of style and chronology, the influence of courtly culture, and the work of his collaborators, as well as his visual and literary sources and his painting technique. The result is an important and original contribution not only to literature on Dosso Dossi but also to the study of cultural history in early modern Italy.
Author: Lesley J. Rogers, Giorgio Vallortigara, Richard J. Andrew
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Discusses brain asymmetry from four perspectives - function, evolution, development and causation - covering a wide range of species, including humans.
Memories of Class
Author: Zygmunt Bauman
A discussion of the mechanism of class formation and institutionalisation of class conflict. It traces the formation of a class society back to the patterns of 'surveillance power' and control, and shows how these patterns preceded and made possible the industrial system.
Purgatory is the second part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the Inferno, and preceding the Paradiso. The poem was written in the early 14th century. It is an allegory telling of the climb of Dante up the Mount of Purgatory, guided by the Roman poet Virgil, except for the last four cantos at which point Beatrice takes over as Dante's guide. In the poem, Purgatory is depicted as a mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, consisting of a bottom section (Ante-Purgatory), seven levels of suffering and spiritual growth (associated with the seven deadly sins), and finally the Earthly Paradise at the top. Allegorically, the poem represents the Christian life, and in describing the climb Dante discusses the nature of sin, examples of vice and virtue, as well as moral issues in politics and in the Church. The poem outlines a theory that all sin arises from love – either perverted love directed towards others' harm, or deficient love, or the disordered or excessive love of good things.
Author: Sergei Eisenstein, Sergej M. Ėjzenštejn
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press
Theorieën van de Russische filmregisseur (1898-1948) over de vele mogelijkheden van het medium film
Author: David Shotter
Taking into account the latest research on the subject, David Shotter has updated this second edition of Tiberius Caesar throughout and provides a concise and accessible survey of the character and life of Tiberius Caesar, heir of Augustus Caesar and emperor of Rome from AD 14 to AD 37. Tiberius Caesar sheds light on many aspects of the reign of this enigmatic emperor, including the influential and often problematic relationships Tiberius maintained with the senate, his heir Germanicus and Sejanus. Other key topics discussed include: * Tiberius's rise to power * Tiberius's struggle to meet the demands of his role * how far Tiberius's policies differed from those of Augustus * why Tiberius retired from official duties in AD 26. Also included is a revised and expanded bibliography and a new index, all of which, added together, makes for an invaluable book in the study of Roman history.
The author takes a fresh look at time, unraveling its many mysteries and looking back at cycles of time that are lost to modern humans. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.