Hidden away in an Oxford back street is a crumbling Georgian mansion, unknown to any but the few who possess a key to its unassuming front gate. Its owner is the mercurial, charismatic Mark Winters, whose rackety trust-fund upbringing has left him as troubled and unpredictable as he is wildly promiscuous.
Als ein desillusionierter Lehrer zum wiederholten Mal von seinen Schülern terrorisiert wird, holt er zum Gegenschlag aus. Er entführt zwei der schlimmsten Querulanten und erteilt ihnen eine Lektion der blutigen Art.
Now in paperback. Euripides, the last of the three great tragedians of ancient Athens, reached the height of his renown during the disastrous Peloponnesian War, when democratic Athens was brought down by its own outsized ambitions. ´´Euripides,? the classicist Bernard Knox has written, ´´was born never to live in peace with himself and to prevent the rest of mankind from doing so.? His plays were shockers: he unmasked heroes, revealing them as foolish and savage, and he wrote about the powerless-women and children, slaves and barbarians-for whom tragedy was not so much exceptional as unending. Euripides´ plays rarely won first prize in the great democratic competitions of ancient Athens, but their combustible mixture of realism and extremism fascinated audiences throughout the Greek world. In the last days of the Peloponnesian War, Athenian prisoners held captive in far-off Sicily were said to have won their freedom by reciting snatches of Euripides´ latest tragedies. Four of those tragedies are presented here in new translations by the contemporary poet and classicist Anne Carson. They are Herakles, in which the hero swaggers home to destroy his own family; Hekabe, set after the Trojan War, in which Hektor´s widow takes vengeance on her Greek captors; Hippolytos, about love and the horror of love; and the strange tragic-comedy fable Alkestis, which tells of a husband who arranges for his wife to die in his place. The volume also contains brief introductions by Carson to each of the plays along with two remarkable framing essays: ´´Tragedy: A Curious Art Form? and ´´Why I Wrote Two Plays About Phaidra.?
Mit Esprit und Einfühlungsgabe beschreibt die Pianistin Anna Goldsworthy die Hoffnungen und Ungewissheiten ihrer eigenen Jugend. Wir erleben die Heranwachsende mit all ihren Zweifeln, ihrem Unverständnis sowie den Konflikten mit Gleichaltrigen und ihrer Familie. Vor allem aber ist Piano Lessons eine liebevolle Huldigung an eine großartige Lehrerin und das Wunder der Musik.