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.
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.
Excerpt from The Lesson System: The Story of Its Origin and Inauguration Real discoveries are something more than transient guesses, even as great inventions imply something more than mere discoveries. Now, the present Uniform Lesson was both a discovery and an invention; and more than one man´s invent ive brain and forceful heart had a forming hand in the mat ter. The original thought of it, as something desirable, timely, and practicable, was of the nature of a discovery, as the finding out of ways and means for putting the idea into e¿ect must be reckoned among the most useful of modern inventions. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, ´´The Lessons of History ´´is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own.
Im Mittelpunkt von TANGO LESSON steht die Filmemacherin Sally. Während sie mit Unterbrechungen an einem Drehbuch für Hollywood schreibt, das ihr immer weniger gefällt, entdeckt sie den Tango. Sie nimmt Unterricht bei Pablo, einem argentinischen Tangotänzer. Im Laufe der Tanzstunden verlieben sie sich ineinander und schließen einen Handel ab: Wenn er eine Tangotänzerin aus ihr macht, wird sie einen Filmstar aus ihm machen. Sein Teil des Handels ist erfüllt, als sie gemeinsam in einer Show auftreten. Doch ihr Versuch, in Buenos Aires einen Film mit Pablo zu drehen, enthüllt die komplexe Struktur ihrer Beziehung und der Geschichte: wie kannst du dich führen lassen, wenn dien Instinkt will, dass du führst?
From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside.
From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn´t commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.
The new novel from the author of Our Endless Numbered Days. Ingrid writes letters to her husband Gil about their life together. She hides each in the thousands of books Gil has collected. Despite their two daughters, despite their beautiful house by the sea and Gil´s talent as a writer, their marriage has been troubled. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach.