Heir to the Glimmering World

A Novel

Author: Cynthia Ozick

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547526792

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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A teenage girl goes to work for a chaotic family of Jewish immigrants, in a New York Times bestseller that’s “a cause for celebration” (Ann Patchett). In the 1930s, New York is swarming with Europe’s ousted dreamers, alien families adapting to a new world. Rose Meadows unknowingly enters the lives of one such family when she answers an ad for an “assistant” to a Herr Mitwisser, the patriarch of a large household living in an obscure little neighborhood, in a remote corner of the sparse and weedy northeast Bronx. With an uncertain future, and no clear idea of her duties, Rose—orphaned at eighteen and recently turned out by lover—has become a refugee among refugees. Expelled from Berlin’s elite, Professor Mitwisser—a researcher obsessed with an arcane religious doctrine—lives with his wife, a prominent physicist now quietly going mad, and Anneliese, their willful sixteen-year-old daughter. When Anneliese’s fierce longing draws a new outcast into the fold—a vagrant actor running from fame—it’s up to Rose to quell the emotional, sexual, spiritual, and societal tempests brewing within the Mitwissers unsettled home. Hailed by the New York Times as “the most accomplished and graceful literary stylist of our time,” Cynthia Ozick is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Nabokov Award and PEN/Malamud Award, and Heir to the Glimmering World is yet another triumph from the author of the National Book Award finalist The Puttermesser Papers and Foreign Bodies. “A heroine to love, a story we can’t let go of, gorgeous sentences, and ideas to wrestle with. I didn’t just read the book, I devoured.” —Ann Patchett

Jewish Literatures and Cultures

Context and Intertext

Author: Anita Norich,Yaron Z. Eliav

Publisher: Society of Biblical Lit

ISBN: 1930675550

Category: Religion

Page: 260

View: 1452

Jewish literatures and cultures : context and intertext / Anita Norich -- From continuity to contiguity : thoughts on the theory of Jewish literature / Dan Miron -- Beyond influence : toward a new historiographic paradigm / Michael L. Satlow -- Hellenistic Judaism : myth or reality? / Gabriele Boccaccini -- "He was renowned to the ends of the earth" (1 Maccabees 3:9) : Judaism and Hellenism in 1 Maccabees / Martha Himmelfarb -- Roman statues, rabbis, and Greco-Roman culture / Yaron Z. Eliav -- The ghetto and Jewish cultural formation in early modern Europe : towards a new interpretation / David Ruderman -- Hybrid with what? : the variable contexts of Polish Jewish culture : their implications for Jewish cultural history and Jewish studies / Moshe Rosman -- Idols of the cave and theater : a verbal or visual Judaism? / Kalman P. Bland -- "Reverse marranism," translatability, and practice of secular Jewish culture in Russian / Gabriella Safran -- Intertextuality, Rabbinic literature, and the making of Hebrew modernism / Shachar Pinsker -- Brooklyn am Rhein? : the German sources of Jewish-American literature / Julian Levinson -- Diaspora and translation : the migrations of Jewish meaning / Naomi Seidman.

The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Author: Dinah Birch

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191030848

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 1184

View: 8487

The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion - now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.

Predicting the Markets of Tomorrow

A Contrarian Investment Strategy for the Next Twenty Years

Author: James P. O'Shaughnessy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110121838X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 4076

A unique and timely new wealth-building strategy from a legendary investment guru In his national bestsellers How to Retire Rich and What Works on Wall Street, portfolio manager extraordinaire James P. O’Shaughnessy offered investors practical advice based on rigorous quantitative analysis—advice that has consistently beaten the market. But in a recent analysis of market data, O’Shaughnessy uncovered some astonishing trends not discussed in his previous books. The Markets of Tomorrow explains O’Shaughnessy’s new research and tells ordinary investors what they must do now to revamp their portfolios. According to O’Shaughnessy, the year 2000 marked the end of a twenty-year cycle that was dominated by the stocks of larger, fastergrowing companies like those in the S&P 500. In the new cycle, the stocks of small and midsize companies are the ones that will outperform the market, along with large company value stocks and intermediate term bonds. O’Shaughnessy describes the number crunching behind his analysis and then shows individual investors exactly how to select the right mix of investments and pick top-performing small and midcap stocks. The Markets of Tomorrow is a loud and clear call to action for every investor who doesn’t want to be left behind.

Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas

Author: Adam Kirsch

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393243478

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 6082

A collection of essays from a “great poet-critic-intellectual” (Daily Beast). Adam Kirsch has been described as "elegant and astute…[a] critic of the very first order" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). In these brilliant, wide-ranging essays, published over the last eight years in the New Republic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, Kirsch shows how literature can illuminate questions of meaning, ethics, and politics, and how those questions shape the way we take pleasure in art. In Rocket and Lightship he examines the work and life of writers past and present, from intellectuals Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, and Walter Benjamin to novelists including E. M. Forster, David Foster Wallace, and Zadie Smith. Kirsch quotes G. M. Hopkins: "Nor rescue, only rocket and lightship, shone." So shines literature, in these unflinchingly bold and provocative essays—as an illuminating, regenerative, and immortalizing force.

Toward the Geopolitical Novel

U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Caren Irr

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231536313

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

View: 1404

Caren Irr's survey of more than 125 novels outlines the dramatic resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. She explores the writings of Chris Abani, Susan Choi, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Dave Eggers, Jeffrey Eugenides, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu, Norman Rush, Gary Shteyngart, and others as they rethink stories of migration, the Peace Corps, nationalism and neoliberalism, revolution, and the expatriate experience. Taken together, these innovations define a new literary form: the geopolitical novel. More cosmopolitan and socially critical than domestic realism, the geopolitical novel provides new ways of understanding crucial political concepts to meet the needs of a new century.

Similes Dictionary

Author: Elyse Sommer

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578594693

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 660

View: 9887

Whether it invokes hard work or merely a hen-house, a good simile is like a good picture—it's worth a thousand words. Packed with more than 16,000 imaginative, colorful phrases—from “abandoned as a used Kleenex” to “quiet as an eel swimming in oil”—the Similes Dictionary will help any politician, writer, or lover of language find just the right saying, be it original or banal, verbose or succinct. Your thoughts will never be "as tedious as a twice-told tale" or "dry as the Congressional Record." Choose from elegant turns of phrases “as useful as a Swiss army knife” and “varied as expressions of the human face”. Citing more than 2,000 sources—from the Bible, Socrates, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and H. L. Mencken to popular movies, music, and television shows—the Similes Dictionary covers hundreds of subjects broken into thematic categories that include topics such as virtue, anger, age, ambition, importance, and youth, helping you find the fitting phrase quickly and easily. Perfect for setting the atmosphere, making a point, or helping spin a tale with economy, intelligence, and ingenuity, the vivid comparisons found in this collection will inspire anyone.

The To Sound

Author: Eric Baus

Publisher: Wave Books

ISBN: 9780972348768

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

View: 7112

Juliana Spahr writes: "Birds with extremely long necks. Cassiopeia. A sister. A Marco Polo. A somnambulist. A documentary on the voyages of Columbus. A cartographer. Star charts. Young intellectuals in black robes. Jean-Michel Basquiat. More birds and still more birds. A mathematician. All these things appear in The To Sound’s beautifully warped cosmology. This is a stunning book that builds its own world, a world of ambiguous relations and loaded words; a lyrical world that explores the unstated connections between things. . . ."


A Quartet

Author: Cynthia Ozick

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780547526058

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 3725

“Four expertly turned stories” of comedy, deception, and revenge from the acclaimed author of Heir to the Glimmering World (TheNew York Times Book Review). A New York Times Notable Book Dictation brings together four long stories by this Pulitzer and Man Booker Prize finalist, forming a quartet of sly humor and piercing insight into the human heart. The title story imagines a fateful meeting between the secretaries to Henry James and Joseph Conrad at the peak of their fame. Timid Miss Hallowes, who types for Conrad, comes under the influence of James’s Miss Bosanquet, high-spirited, flirtatious, and scheming. In a masterstroke of genius, Ozick hatches a plot between them to insert themselves into literary posterity. Each story in the collection starts in the comic mode, with heroes who suffer willful self-deceit. From self-deception, these not-so-innocents proceed to deceive others, who don’t take it lightly. Revenge is the consequence—and for the reader, a delicious if dark recognition of emotional truth. In Dictation, an author whose stories have won four O. Henry first prizes “reveals herself a master” (The New York Times Book Review). “A testament to the seductions of language and the smoldering aspirations of art.” —O, The Oprah Magazine “A brilliant book, a necessary book, a book that radiates the true intelligence of literature from every page.” —The New York Observer

The Bear Boy

Author: Cynthia Ozick

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780224796

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 7910

Masterly American novelist at the height of her powers with a 1930s story inspired by the real-life Christopher Robin. In the outskirts of the Bronx in 1930s New York, the Mitwisser clan are German refugees who survive at the whim of their vagabond benefactor, James A'Bair. James is heir to the fortune amassed by his father, the author of a wildly popular series of children's books called The Bear Boy. Into their chaotic household comes Rose Meadows, orphaned at the age of eighteen. Employed as an assistant to the eccentric Professor Mitwisser, Rose's position within the family is precarious, especially when the arrival of James threatens the fragile balance of the household.

Das Kraus-Projekt

Aufsätze von Karl Kraus

Author: Jonathan Franzen

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644029512

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 4681

Jonathan Franzen hat schon oft gezeigt, wie viel ihm deutsche Sprache und Literatur bedeuten. Jetzt hat er sich mit einem weiteren Helden seiner Deutsch-Lektüren befasst, dem Sprach- und Kulturkritiker Karl Kraus (1874-1936), einem der bedeutendsten österreichischen Schriftsteller des beginnenden 20. Jahrhunderts, so scharfsichtig und scharfzüngig wie kein anderer seiner Zeit. Vor etwa 100 Jahren prangerte er in seiner Zeitschrift «Die Fackel» den Einfluss der Massenmedien an, kritisierte die entmenschlichenden Folgen von Technik und Konsumkapitalismus sowie die chauvinistische Rhetorik in der Zeit vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg bis in die Weimarer Republik. Aber obwohl er glühende Anhänger hatte, darunter Franz Kafka und Walter Benjamin, blieb er ein einsamer Prophet, und heute sind seine Schriften nur noch wenigen bekannt. Mit seinem «Kraus-Projekt» versucht Jonathan Franzen, das zu ändern. Er versammelt die aus seiner Sicht bedeutsamsten zwei Aufsätze des Wiener Polemikers und hat sie – unterstützt von Daniel Kehlmann und dem Kraus-Experten Paul Reitter – auf aufsehenerregende Weise, nämlich sehr persönlich kommentiert. So erfährt der Leser nicht nur Wesentliches über den literaturhistorischen Hintergrund, sondern erhält auch Hinweise zum Verständnis der komplexen Texte und neue Einblicke in Franzens Denken, Leben, Werk.

Wir Tiere


Author: Justin Torres

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641103177

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 8331

Gewalt und Mitleid, Pathos und Humor – die aufregendste junge Stimme aus den USA Drei Brüder schlagen sich durch ihre Kindheit: Sie bewerfen sich gegenseitig mit Tomaten, bauen aus Müllsäcken Drachen, verstecken sich, wenn sich die Eltern anschreien, dreschen auf Paps und Ma ein, wenn diese lachen. Die Eltern, nur wenig älter als ihre Kinder, stammen aus Brooklyn – er ist Puerto Ricaner, sie eine Weiße –, und ihre Liebe ist eine ernsthafte, gefährliche Sache, die die Familie zusammenschweißt, sie aber auch immer wieder zerreißt. Laut ist es in diesem Haushalt und leidenschaftlich, die Jungs sind immer hungrig und wollen mehr: mehr Fleisch, mehr Krach, mehr Wärme, mehr Leben. »Wir Tiere« erkundet die ungestümen Jahre des Erwachsenwerdens – wie stark wir durch unsere ersten Bindungen geformt und wie wir schließlich mit Fluchtgeschwindigkeit in unsere Zukunft geschleudert werden.

Die Hochzeit der Chani Kaufman

Author: Eve Harris

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257606931

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 1482

Sie haben sich dreimal gesehen, sie haben sich noch nie berührt, aber sie werden heiraten: die neunzehnjährige Chani Kaufman und der angehende Rabbiner Baruch Levy. Doch wie geht Ehe, wie geht Glück? Eine fast unmögliche Liebesgeschichte in einer Welt voller Regeln und Rituale. Das freche und anrührende Debüt von Eve Harris.

Aqua viva

ein Zwiegespräch

Author: Clarice Lispector

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction

Page: 110

View: 5080