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.
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?
Siggi Jepsen, incarcerated as a juvenile delinquent, in one day assigned to write a routine German lesson on the ´The Joys of Duty.´Overfamiliar with these ´joys, ´ Siggi sets down his life since 1943, a decade earlier, when as a boy he watched his father, constable of the northernmost police station in Germany, doggedly carry out orders from Berlin to stop a well-known Expressionist, their neighbor, from paintings to keep them safe from his father.
From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes an inspiring parable of music, life, and the difference between playing all the right notes...and feeling them. The Music Lesson is 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. ´´The best book on music (and its connection to the mystic laws of life) that I´ve ever read. I learned so much on every level.´´-Multiple Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker
From New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear, now available in paperback- the latest episode in the New York Times bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs´ first assignment for the British Secret Service takes her undercover to Cambridge as a professor, and leads to the investigation of a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi party. Private investigator Maisie Dobbs receives her first assignment from the British Secret Service in A Lesson in Secrets, the eighth book in Jacqueline Winspear´s award-winning mystery series. Sent to pose as a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge, she will monitor any activities ´´not in the interests of His Majesty´s government.´´ When the college´s pacifist founder is murdered, Maisie finds herself in the midst of sinister web of murder, scandal, and conspiracy, activities that point towards members of the ascendant Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei-the Nazi Party-on Britain´s shores. An instant classic, and sure to captivate long-time Maisie Dobbs fans as well as readers of Agatha Christie, Elizabeth George, and Alexander McCall Smith, A Lesson in Secrets is ´´a powerful and complex novel, one that will linger in memory as a testament to her talent and her humanity´´ (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FACT NOT FICTION BOOKCLUB AND READ BY BILL NIGHY ON AUDIO ´I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time´ Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn´t need is a pet. What he really doesn´t need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina´s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom´s side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it´s as the rugby team´s mascot, the housekeeper´s confidant, the host at Tom´s parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other... The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.