kollekció: Kultúrtörténet, elemzések/tanulmányok

“A semmiből is hatalom lesz, ha valaki meggyőz egy tömegnyi keserű életű embert, hogy jogában áll jogtalanságot cselekedni.”
(Rejtő Jenő)

Peter Mark Roget - Roget's ​21st Century Thesaurus
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.

Mark Blake - Freddie ​Mercury
Freddie ​Mercury was rock’s most dazzling showman, a legendary entertainer who in 1991, at the age of just forty-five, became the first major music star to die of AIDS. Mercury’s soaring four-octave voice was a defining element in Queen’s unique sound, crucial to the success of the band’s fifteen studio albums, from Queen (1973) to Made in Heaven (1995). He was also a supremely talented songwriter and musician who wrote many of the band’s greatest hits, including ‘Killer Queen’, ‘We Are the Champions’ and their biggest triumph, the epic anthem ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. As a solo artist he released two acclaimed albums: Mr. Bad Guy in 1985 and the operatic 'Barcelona' with Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé in 1988. Mercury’s extraordinary charisma was perhaps best seen in his imperious live performances, in which he’d hold vast stadium crowds to rapturous attention. His outrageous theatrics, physicality and over-the-top costumes led one commentator to describe him as ‘a performer out to tease, shock, and ultimately charm his audience with various extravagant versions of himself’. He pushed the limits of camp in everything he did. His extreme behaviour, in a society in which being gay was only starting to be accepted, just added to Freddie Mercury’s allure. With expert understanding, Mark Blake traces Mercury’s life from his childhood in Zanzibar and India to his untimely death, and charts his astonishing achievements including in Queen’s world-conquering performance at Live Aid in 1985. In the year that marks what would have been his seventieth birthday, Freddie Mercury: A Life celebrates a remarkable life, lived to the fullest. Featuring revealing interviews with fellow musicians, producers and collaborators, and a detailed discography and timeline, this is a memorable tribute to a unique recording artist and an irreplaceable performer who rocked the world.

Tom Robbins - B ​Is for Beer
A ​Children's Book About Beer? Yes, believe it or not--but B Is for Beer is also a book for adults, and bear in mind that it's the work of maverick bestselling novelist Tom Robbins, internationally known for his ability to both seriously illuminate and comically entertain. Once upon a time (right about now) there was a planet (how about this one?) whose inhabitants consumed thirty-six billion gallons of beer each year (it's a fact, you can Google it). Among those affected, each in his or her own way, by all the bubbles, burps, and foam, was a smart, wide-eyed, adventurous kindergartner named Gracie; her distracted mommy; her insensitive dad; her non-conformist uncle; and a magical, butt-kicking intruder from a world within our world. Populated by the aforementioned characters--and as charming as it may be subversive--_B Is for Beer_ involves readers, young and old, in a surprising, far-reaching investigation into the limits of reality, the transformative powers of children, and, of course, the ultimate meaning of a tall, cold brewski. Questions for Tom Robbins Q: So, Tom Robbins, you’ve gone and written a children’s book about an alcoholic beverage. First, why the ode to beer? A: Why not? As ode fodder, its got to have at least as much potential as nightingales and Grecian urns. Beer is so universally beloved that 36 billion gallons of it are sold each year worldwide. Moreover, it’s been popular for thousands of years, with origins dating back to ancient Egypt and Sumer. It has deep connections to the earth -- and possibly to outer space, as well (I explain this in the book). Bittersweet, like much of life itself, it’s exceptionally thirst-quenching and enormously refreshing; it’s cheerful, accessible, affordable, lovely in color, and somewhat nourishing, being one of our few neutral foods: perfectly balanced between acidic and alkaline, between yin and yang. Best of all perhaps, beer makes us tipsy. What’s not to ode? Q: Okay, but what’s the angle with children? A: Children see beer commercials every time they watch a sporting event on TV. In the supermarket, they pass shelves and coolers overflowing with the stuff. Neon beer signs wink at them as they’re driven to school, to church or the mall. And, if their own parents and older siblings aren’t enjoying beer, then the parents and siblings of their friends surely are. Kids are constantly exposed to beer, it’s everywhere; yet, aside from wagging a warning finger and growling -- true enough as far as it goes -- “Beer is for grownups,” how many parents actually engage their youngsters on the subject? As a topic for detailed family discussion, it’s generally as taboo as sex. It’s a kind of largely unpremeditated side-stepping, and part of the reason is that most parents are themselves uninformed. Even if mommy and daddy have more than a clue about beer’s ingredients and how it’s brewed, they know nothing of its history, let alone the rich psychological, philosophical, and mythic associations bubbling beneath the surface of its wide appeal. Q: So, children need to know the “meaning” of beer? A: Well, at the very least they need a clearer understanding of why their dad keeps a second refrigerator in the garage, and why he stays up late out there on school nights with his shirt off, listening to Aerosmith. Q: Of course. How would you compare B Is for Beer to your previous nine books of fiction? A: At 126 pages, it’s shorter. It’s illustrated. And it’s less complex, although considerably more complicated than Poopie the Pukey Puppy. Q: What will you possibly do for an encore? A: Not my problem. I’ve decided to take advantage of outsourcing. My next novel will be written by a couple of guys in Bangalore. From Publishers Weekly In his children's book for grown-ups/grown-up book for children, Robbins (_Even Cowgirls Get the Blues)_ takes readers on a whimsical tour of all things beer, written in the language of a bedtime story. Factoids about everything from how beer is made to the number of gallons of beer sold globally each year (36 billion) are woven into this story about six-year-old Gracie Perkel, who craves time with her beer-guzzling Uncle Moe. When Moe disappoints Gracie, she reaches for a drink and is visited by the Beer Fairy, who flies her through the Seam and offers an education about life and, of course, beer. The drive to inform the reader about malt and hops is sometimes relentless, and the language can be frustratingly dumbed-down (If you're unfamiliar with the word podiatrist, you're not alone. Fortunately for Gracie [and now for you], Uncle Moe was quick to define podiatrist as a doctor who investigates and treats disorders of the feet. A foot specialist). Still, the premise and execution of this unique book lends itself to moments of real humor. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Svetlana le Fleming - Susan E. Kay - Colloquial ​Russian
COLLOQUIAL ​RUSSIAN is easy to use and completely up to date! Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Russian. No prior knowledge of the language is required. What makes COLLOQUIAL RUSSIAN your best choice in personal language learning? Interactive lots of exercises for regular practice Clear concise grammar notes Practical useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide Complete including answer key and reference section Whether you're a business traveller, or about to take up a daring challenge in adventure tourism, you may be studying to teach or even looking forward to a holiday - if you'd like to get up and running with Russian this rewarding course will take you from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of everyday situations. Course components: The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

Szita Szabolcs - Magyar ​sorsok Auschwitz-Birkenauban
Szinte ​hihetetlen, de Szita Szabolcs könyve a magyar Auschwitzról az első monográfia, amely magyar történész tollából erről a témáról íródott. A deportálás általa előadott története sok tekintetben elüt attól, ahogy a történészek nálunk el szokták beszélni a magyar holokausztot. A szerző nem elégszik meg ugyanis azzal, hogy kizárólag a deportálás elhatározását, előkészítését (a gettósítást), és a deportálandók kiszállítását ecsetelje, továbbmegy ennél, hogy nyomon kövesse a deportáltakat halálos útjukon, elkísérve őket egészen a gázkamrákig. Szita Szabolcs Auschwitz-története igyekszik magába integrálni a tanúságtevők múltat illető tudását, megannyi fájdalmas tapasztalati emlékét, és egyúttal biztosítja, hogy a túlélők a saját hangjukon adják tovább a maguk történetét az utókornak. Nagyon váratott már magára ez az újmódi reprezentáció a holokauszt hazai történetírásában. A magam részéről nyugodt szívvel beiktatnám Szita munkáját az iskolai tanmenetbe, mint ajánlott olvasmányt. Már csak azért is, hogy ezzel is elejét lehessen venni a holokauszttal kapcsolatos ijesztő tudatlanság és előítéletesség jövőbeli terjedésének. (Gyáni Gábor)

Muttersprache ​6. Ismeretlen szerző

Ismeretlen szerző - Muttersprache ​6.
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.

Gillian Flynn - Éles ​tárgyak
A ​fiatal chicagói újságíróra, Camille Preakerre nyugtalanító megpróbáltatás vár néhány hónapos pszichiátriai kezelését követően: főszerkesztője visszaküldi fojtogató szülővárosába, hogy az ott történt gyerekgyilkosságokról tudósítson. Camille évek óta alig beszélt neurotikus, hipochonder anyjával, tizenhárom éves, gyönyörű féltestvérét, a poros kisváros lakóit valamiképp a markában tartó Ammát pedig utoljára óvodásként látta. A viktoriánus stílusú, kísérteties családi házban Camille-t megrohanják boldogtalan gyerekkorának emlékei, és akaratlanul is azonosulni kezd a meggyilkolt kislányokkal. Miközben egyre mélyebbre rántják sötét múltjának démonai, és felszakadnak soha be nem gyógyult sebei, versenyfutásba kezd az idővel, hogy kiderítse, ki lehet a tettes. Ha Camille túl akarja élni életveszélyes visszatérését, nem tehet mást, mint hogy egyszer és mindenkorra összerakja múltja kirakós játékának darabjait. "Szellemes, stílusos, remek első könyv. Igazi főnyeremény." (Harlan Coben)

Trevor Corson - The ​Story of Sushi
Everything ​you never knew about sushi— its surprising origins, the colorful lives of its chefs, and the bizarre behavior of the creatures that compose it Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in nineteenth-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food. He reveals the pioneers who brought sushi to the United States and explores how this unlikely meal is exploding into the American heartland just as the long-term future of sushi may be unraveling. The Story of Sushi is at once a compelling tale of human determination and a delectable smorgasbord of surprising food science, intrepid reporting, and provocative cultural history.

Talat S. Halman - A ​Millennium of Turkish Literature
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.

César Samudio - Leyendas ​chiricanas
26 ​leyendas de la Provincia de Chiriquí, Panamá.

Octavio Paz - The ​Monkey Grammarian
Hanumān, ​the red-faced monkey chief and ninth grammarian of Hindu mythology, is the protagonist of this dazzling narrative--a mind-journey to the temple city of Galta in India and the occasion for Octavio Paz, the celebrated Mexican poet and essayist, to explore the origin of language, the nature of naming and knowing, time and reality, and fixity and decay. * Selected Review: The very concept of grammar - a system in which language can be fixed, structured and therefore transformed - is one of the great achievements of Indian culture. In the past 50 years philosophers and linguists have devoted enormous intellectual energies to the investigation of how the concept was developed among the thinkers of ancient India, for whom the idea became a central problem in their philosophical tradition. Was language, our faculty for naming objects, given by God or did man invent it, either on his own or with powers borrowed from the divine realm? Through a species of time-space journey akin to Hanuman's, Octavio Paz explores this dilemma: ''What is language made of,'' he asks, ''and most important of all, is it already made, or is it something that is perpetually in the making?'' (New York Times) * About the Author: Octavio Paz (1914-1998) was born in Mexico City. He wrote many volumes of poetry, as well as a prolific body of remarkable works of nonfiction on subjects as varied as poetics, literary and art criticism, politics, culture, and Mexican history. He was awarded the Jerusalem Prize in 1977, the Cervantes Prize in 1981, and the Neustadt Prize in 1982. He received the German Peace Prize for his political work, and finally, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. About the Translator: Helen Lane was the preeminent translator of French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian fiction. Among the long list of authors she translated are Augusto Roa Bastos, Jorge Amado, Luisa Valenzuela, Mario Vargas Llosa, Marguerite Duras, Nélinda Piñon, and Curzio Malaparte.

Silvia Morgana - Breve ​storia della lingua italiana
Come ​si e formata la lingua italiana? Perché e stata lingua prevalentemente scritta fino all'Unita, e come e diventata anche lingua parlata della nostra nazione? Quali sono oggi le sue tendenze evolutive? Il libro ripercorre la storia dell'italiano, dalle origini all'eta contemporane, e ne individua le fasi piu significative, descrivendo i rapporti con il latino, con i dialetti, con le altre lingue, e illustrando il ruolo fondamentale che hanno avuto gli scrittori e piu recentemente i media nella sua trasformazione.

Jean Baudrillard - Le ​système des objets
Les ​objets en particulier n'épuisent pas leur sens dans leur matérialité et leur fonction pratique. Leur diffusion au gré des finalités de la production, la ventilation incohérente des besoins dans le monde des objets, leur sujétion aux consignes versatiles de la mode: tout cela, apparent, ne doit pas nous cacher que les objets tendent à se constituer en un système cohérent de signes, à partir duquel seulement peut s'élaborer un concept de la consommation. C'est la logique et la stratégie de ce système d'objets, où se noue une complicité profonde entre les investissments psychologiques et les impératifs sociaux de prestige, entre les mécanismes projectifs et le jeu complexe des modèles et des séries, qui sont analysés ici.

Alasdair Gray - A ​Short Survey of Classical Scottish Writing
Specially ​commissioned as one of the launch titles in the Pocket Classics series, Alasdair Gray has written, in his own inimitable style, a wonderfully engaging account of the evolution of Scottish literature. Spanning eight centuries, this appreciation of the extraordinary diversity of Scotland's literary output is by turns illuminating, scholarly, incisive, provocative and hilarious - in short a unique introduction to the Scottish Classics.

Szögi László - Magyarországi ​diákok bécsi egyetemeken és akadémiákon 1789-1848 / Ungarländische Studenten an wienerischen Universitäten und Akademien, 1789-1848
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.

Jakob Grimm - Wilhelm Grimm - Örök ​mesék
Szeretjük ​a meséket. Gyerekkorunk legszebb óráit hozzák vissza. Csak a mese, az örök mese révén érezhetjük azt, hogy kitágul a világ, és helye van benne mindennek, jónak, rossznak, szörnyűnek, csodálatosnak. Az örök mesék közül a Grimm-testvérek által összegyűjtött történetek mindig is kitüntetett helyen lesznek a világ meseirodalmában. A lélek, a fantázia, a szóval leírható csoda birodalmába vezetnek.

Unpacking ​My Library Ismeretlen szerző

Ismeretlen szerző - Unpacking ​My Library
As ​words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as object—whether pristine collectible or battered relic—is growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books spotlights the personal libraries of thirteen favorite novelists who share their collections with readers. Stunning photographs provide full views of the libraries and close-ups of individual volumes: first editions, worn textbooks, pristine hardcovers, and childhood companions. In her introduction, Leah Price muses on the history and future of the bookshelf, asking what books can tell us about their owners and what readers can tell us about their collections. Supplementing the photographs are Price's interviews with each author, which probe the relation of writing to reading, collecting, and arranging books. Each writer provides a list of top ten favorite titles, offering unique personal histories along with suggestions for every bibliophile.

Sara Nelson - So ​Many Books, So Little Time
In ​early 2002, Sara Nelson - editor, reporter, reviewer, mother, daughter, wife, and compulsive reader - set out to chronicle a year's worth of reading, to explore how the world of books and words intermingled with children, marriage, friends, and the rest of the "real" world. She had a system all set up: fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books...and it all fell apart the first week. That's when she discovered that the books chose her as much as she chose them, and the rewards and frustrations they brought were nothing she could plan for: "In reading, as in life, even if you know what you're doing, you really kind of don't." From Solzhenitsyn to Laura Zigman, Catherine M. to Captain Underpants, this is the captivating result. It is a personal journey filled with wit, charm, insight, infectious enthusiasm - and observations on everything from Public Books (the ones we pretend we're reading), lending trauma, and the idiosyncrasies of sex scenes ("The mingling of bodies and emotions and fluids is one thing. But reading about it: now, that's personal"), to revenge books, hype, the stresses of recommendation (what does it mean when someone you like hates the book you love?), the odd reasons we pick up a book in the first place, and how to put it down if we don't like it ("The literary equivalent of a bar mitzvah, the moment at which you look at yourself and announce: Today I am an adult").

Roberto Ágreda Maldonado - Mitos, ​leyendas y cuentos populares de Bolivia
Text ​mainly in Spanish with some bilingual text in Quechua and Spanish and Aymara and Spanish.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte - No ​me cogeréis vivo
«Escribo ​con tanta libertad que me sorprende que me dejen.» Este libro recoge los artículos publicados por Arturo Pérez-Reverte en la revista El Semanal desde finales del año 2001 hasta el 2005. «... Esta página no puede escribirse con bisturí. Carezco de talento para eso. Los ajustes de cuentas se hacen empalmando la chaira y acuchillando en corto, a lo que salga. En poco más de un folio, y con este panorama, uno pelea y apenas tiene tiempo de mirar a cuántos se la endiña. Sigue adelante, y que el diablo reconozca a los suyos. La justificación es que nadie me obliga, ni vivo de esto. Que podría firmar un libro cada dos años y observar la vida desde el escaparate de una librería. Pero ya ven. Unos domingos me divierto horrores, otros me desahogo, y otros digo en voz alta, o lo intento, lo que algunos no tienen medios para decir. Sin embargo, no es posible quedar bien con todos. Aquí no caben florituras ni sutilezas, si vas a lo que vas. Y menos en esta triste España, donde la gente sólo se da por aludida cuando le pateas los cojones. Pero mochar parejo trae daños colaterales. Víctimas inocentes. La justificación es que uno da la cara y se la juega sin red, sin Dios ni amo, en vez de llevárselo muerto por poner la foto y marear la perdiz, o por hacerle a los demagogos y mangantes que cortan el bacalao -o a quienes pretenden cortarlo- un francés con todas sus letras...» Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Új ​magyar tájszótár Ismeretlen szerző

Ismeretlen szerző - Új ​magyar tájszótár
ÚJ ​MAGYAR TÁJSZÓTÁR IV. kötet N-S A magyar tudomány már régóta nélkülöz egy olyan szótárt, amely korszerűen mutatja be nyelvjárásaink szókincsét. Igényelik ezt a munkát a nyelvészeken és a néprajztudósokon kívül az írók, műfordítók, tanárok, a kritikai kiadások előkészítői, a népművelők és az érdeklődő olvasók is, hiszen az egyes írók műveiben előforduló tájszavakról máshol nemigen tájékozódhatnak. Az Új Magyar Táj szótár ezeket az évtizedek óta meglevő, napjainkban, a magyar néphagyományok ápolásának fellendülése idején pedig egyre fokozódó igényeket kívánja kielégíteni. A több mint félmillió adatot öt kötetben, mintegy 120 ezer szócikkben elrendezve tartalmazza. Az első kötetben található az adatok forrásainak és földrajzi lelőhelyeinek jegyzéke. Ez utóbbi különösen fontos, mivel a szótárban nem kizárólag a mai Magyarország területéről, hanem a szomszédos országok magyarlakta vidékeiről is szép számban vannak adatok. Az összesen mintegy 4000 földrajzi név azonosításában kívánja segíteni az olvasót a 24 szelvényből álló térképmelléklet is. Ez a szótár Szinnyei József nevezetes Magyar Tájszótárának szerves folytatása. Az 1890 és 1960 közé eső időszakban összegyűjtött hatalmas tájszóanyagot teszi hozzáférhetővé.

Pósa (Muhi) Mária - Az ​oromi és völgyesi tanyavilág monográfiája
Pósa ​(Muhi) Mária 1945-ben Kanizsán született. Az elemi iskolát Kanizsán, a gimnáziumot Zentán fejezte be. Oklevelét a szabadkai Közgazdasági Kar első fokozatán, agroközgazdász szakirányon 1969-ben szerezte. 1966-tól él megszakítás nélkül Oromon. 1970-ben létesített munkaviszonyt az oromi Udarnik mezőgazdasági vállalatban. Ebben a vállalatban, illetve jogutódaiban dolgozta le mind a 36 munkaévét. 2006-tól nyugdíjas.

Ismeretlen szerző - Az ​agyagművesség évezredei a Kárpát-medencében
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.

P. Vas János - "Hej, ​betyárok!"
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.

A. S. Byatt - Unruly ​Times: Wordsworth and Coleridge in Their Time
With ​a novelist's insight and eye for detail A. S. Byatt examines the relationship between Wordsworth and Coleridge, against the background of the great changes of their times — in society, politics, education and literature. As she charts their personal lives, traces the growth of their ideas and shows how these are reflected in their work, we are presented with vivid pictures, not only of Wordsworth and Coleridge,but of their families, friends and contemporaries — Southey, de Quincey, Lamb, Hazlitt, Byron and Keats.

Jillian Keenan - Sex ​with Shakespeare
A ​provocative, moving, kinky, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, love, obsession, and spanking When it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her—until a production of The Tempest sent Shakespeare’s language flowing through her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tells the story of how the Bard’s plays helped her embrace her unusual sexual identity and find a love story of her own. Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Keenan’s smart and passionate memoir brings new life to his work. With fourteen of his plays as a springboard, she explores the many facets of love and sexuality—from desire and communication to fetish and fantasy. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Keenan unmasks Helena as a sexual masochist—like Jillian herself. In Macbeth, she examines criminalized sexual identities and the dark side of “privacy.” The Taming of the Shrew goes inside the secret world of bondage, domination, and sadomasochism, while King Lear exposes the ill-fated king as a possible sexual predator. Moving through the canon, Keenan makes it abundantly clear that literature is a conversation. In Sex with Shakespeare, words are love. As Keenan wanders the world in search of connection, from desert dictatorships to urban islands to disputed territories, Shakespeare goes with her —and provokes complex, surprising, and wildly important conversations about sexuality, consent, and the secrets that simmer beneath our surfaces.

Renata Adler - Gone: ​The Last Days of The New Yorker
Renata ​Adler's fulminating, fascinating defense and prosecution of her longtime employer The New Yorker may not be the best book ever written on the subject. Brendan Gill's Here at the New Yorker remains the classic, and Nancy Franklin's profile of Katharine White in Life Stories is more graceful and insightful. But Gone is without doubt the hottest (as ex-editor Tina Brown might say) chronicle of the magazine's history: a scathing portrait of a world with the mad logic of Alice's Wonderland and intrigues as viciously intricate as anything in le Carré. Adler's narrative zooms like a speedboat through decade after decade of controversy. Still, Gone is essentially a heart-shredding account of the fall of a dynasty--that of longtime editor William Shawn, one of the century's crucial journalistic geniuses. "Mr. Shawn was the father," recalls Adler, "Lillian Ross, the mother. The son was Jonathan Schell; the spirit was J.D. Salinger. This family, it seemed to me, was ferociously judgmental." Yet nobody is more ferocious than the author herself, who was taken into the bosom of this family and stomps all its members to smithereens. According to Adler, she was one of the lucky few invited into the circle of Mr. Shawn's biological clan, not to mention the parallel world of his mistress and "office wife" Lillian Ross. The author is quick to take Ross to task for her own trash-talking memoir of Shawn. Yet Adler is hardly a whit less destructive in Gone, although she wields the shiv with far greater literary skill. Indeed, those who still worship at the late editor's shrine will be shocked at her portrait of Shawn as a cruel despot who nurtured and destroyed talent according to meticulously articulated, infinitely arbitrary, altogether lunatic rules adjudicated by himself alone. Apparently he had three main responses to criticism: silence, lies, and high-handedness cloaked as high-mindedness. Adler rages at Shawn's hypocrisy, citing his refusal to give his son Wallace Shawn a job on the basis of the magazine's "No Nepotism rule." Not only was this rule nonexistent but the editor rubbed salt in the wound by hiring Schell instead, who happened to be the younger Shawn's college roommate. Adler notes that the writers who bullied the conflict-averse Shawn tended to prosper, while those who revered him withered away, unpublished. Amazingly, she blames literature's loss of Salinger on Shawn: the ever-elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye "said that the reason he chose not to publish the material he had been working on was to spare Mr. Shawn the burden of having to read, and to decide whether to publish, Salinger writing about sex." Space, alas, prevents full comment on all of Adler's red-hot disclosures. Suffice it to say, however, that like a certain Truman Capote piece she insists on trashing, Adler's memoir of her office family is written in cold blood indeed. --Tim Appelo

Mary Ann Shaffer - Annie Barrows - Guernseys ​litteratur- och potatisskalspajssällskap
Januari ​1946: London är på väg att återhämta sig efter kriget och författaren Juliet Ashton funderar över sin nästa bok. Så får hon en dag ett brev från en man hon aldrig träffat, Dawsay Adams från ön Guernsey i Engelska kanalen som under kriget varit ockuperad av nazisterna. Adams har hittat Juliets namn på försättsbladet till en bok av Charles Lamb och nu undrar han om hon känner till fler böcker av samme författare. Juliet och Dawsey Adams börjar brevväxla. Han berättar om öns läsecirkel, Guernseys litteratur- och potatisskalssällskap, och snart har Juliet inlett brevväxling med flera av läsecirkelns medlemmar. Hon fängslas så av deras öden och berättelser om livet på ön att hon bestämmer sig för att åka dit. En resa som kommer att förändra hennes liv

Mary Ann Shaffer - Annie Barrows - Scrisori ​din insula Guernsey
Un ​dar pentru cititorii pasionați, o întoarcere nostalgică în lumea îndrăgită a lui Shakespeare, a lui Jane Austen sau a surorilor Brontë. În ianuarie 1946, într-o Londră care abia iese din umbra celui de-Al Doilea Război Mondial, Juliet Ashton caută un subiect pentru noua ei carte. Cine s-ar fi gândit că îl va găsi în scrisoarea unui bărbat necunoscut, de pe insula Guernsey? Cei doi încep un fascinant schimb de scrisori despre lumea excentrică în care trăiește bărbatul misterios. Pentru a scăpa de tragedia ocupației germane, bărbatul și prietenii lui inventează un club de lectură cu cei mai neobișnuiți membri, de la crescători de porci și fermieri la frenologi, toți mari iubitori de literatură. Și toți îi trimit lui Juliet poveștile lor de zi cu zi. Plin de mult umor și căldură, romanul reprezintă o odă adusă cuvântului scris și felului în care el apropie oamenii. „O bijuterie… incisivă și cu observații extraordinar de fine. O capodoperă fragilă despre dragoste, război și despre marele ajutor pe care ți-l dau cărțile bune și prieteniile adevărate.“ - People

Mary Ann Shaffer - Deine ​Juliet
Eines ​Tages erhält die Schriftstellerin Juliet, die in den späten vierziger Jahren in London lebt, einen erstaunlichen Brief. Absender ist Dawsey Adams, ein Bauer von der Kanalinsel Guernsey, der antiquarisch ein Buch erworben hat, das zuvor ihr gehörte. Da ihre Adresse vorn im Buch steht, wendet er sich an sie, um mehr über den Autor zu erfahren, der ihn fasziniert. Zwischen der Literatin und dem Bauern entspinnt sich ein anrührender Briefwechsel, durch den Juliet von der Existenz der "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" erfährt, einer literarischen Gesellschaft, die die Inselbewohner - ungeübte Leser - gründeten, um sich über die schwere Kriegszeit hinwegzuhelfen. Je mehr Juliet über Dawsey und die anderen erfährt, desto mehr wünscht sie sich sie zu treffen. Sie beschließt, auf die Insel zu reisen. Dort stößt sie auf die Geschichte von Elizabeth, einem verschollenen Mitglied der Literarischen Gesellschaft, und ihre große Liebe zu einem deutschen Offizier. Und sie lernt Dawsey kennen...

Richard Adams - The ​Iron Wolf and Other Stories
In ​this volume, Richard Adams has collected together nineteen enchanting folk-tales from almost as many parts of the world - from Europe to China and from Polynesia to the Arctic Circle. Each has a special magic, an aura that is sometimes beautiful and fascinating, sombre and frightening, or exciting and colourful. But what unites all these stories is the essential quality of folk-lore, something that transcends the boundaries of nations, of custom and time, that gives them their permanence and universality of appeal. "Authors need folk-tales," Richard Adams says, "in the same way as composers need folk-song. They're the headspring of the narrator's art, where the story stands forth at its simple, irreducible best. They don't date, any more than dreams, for they are the collective dreams of humanity." In order to preserve as far as possible the immediacy and directness of authentic folk story-telling, each of the nineteen tales is presented as being told by an imagined narrator to one or more hearers at a particular time and place, sometimes past, sometimes present. However, the reader is never told the identity either of the teller or his hearers, but is left free to infer both them and the occasion solely from the narrator's own words. This original technique adds a novel dash of piquancy to this fine collection.

Csinta Samu - A ​lélekmentő
Kallós ​Zoltán élete csoda. Célkitűzéseit minden megpróbáltatások ellenére véghez viszi. A sok ezer dal, ballada, népi tárgy és viselet, amit élete és tevékenysége során összegyűjtött, minden emlékműnél többet jelent. Aki teheti, nézze meg Válaszúton a fantasztikus Kallós múzeumot, és látogassa meg a csodálatos szórványkollégiumot, ahová a Mezőségről járnak tanulni a gyerekek. Isten éltessen, Zoli! Én araszolok utánad az ötéves hátrányommal. Novák Ferenc Tata Lévén, hogy mindig karácsonykor voltunk Mérában, a Nádas-mentén, Zoli megkérdezte, mit vegyen az én kamasz fiamnak. Te, mondom, olyan gyönyörűek azok a bujkák, vegyél egyet. No, vett egy bujkát, s mit ad Isten, Mátyás István „Mundruc" mejjest ajándékozott karácsonyra Péterkének. Alul egy jó meleg pulóver, rajta a cifrabujka, úgy mentünk a karácsonyi istentiszteletre. Ünnep másnapján már a mérai fiúk cifrabujkában ültek a templomban. Így jött be újból divatba a divatját múlt cifrabujka. Borbély Jolán