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· Charlotte Brontë: Presentiment · Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam · Jack Kerouac: Old Angel Midnight · Alexander von Humboldt: Das Buch der Begegnungen Menschen – Kulturen – Geschichten aus den Amerikanischen Reisetagebüchern · Carmen Giménez Smith: Cruel Futures · Ton van Reen: Het diepste blauw (064). Een roman als feuilleton · The Poems of Basil Bunting · Journey to Armenia by Osip Mandelstam · Bettina Röhl: „Die RAF hat euch lieb“. Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68 – Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung · The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen · James Joyce: The Twilight Turns · Everything Has Already Been Written: Moscow Conceptualist Poetry and Performance by Gerald Janecek

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Charlotte Brontë: Presentiment

 

Presentiment

“Sister, you’ve sat there all the day,
Come to the hearth awhile;
The wind so wildly sweeps away,
The clouds so darkly pile.
That open book has lain, unread,
For hours upon your knee;
You’ve never smiled nor turned your head;
What can you, sister, see?”

“Come hither, Jane, look down the field;
How dense a mist creeps on!
The path, the hedge, are both concealed,
Ev’n the white gate is gone
No landscape through the fog I trace,
No hill with pastures green;
All featureless is Nature’s face.
All masked in clouds her mien.

“Scarce is the rustle of a leaf
Heard in our garden now;
The year grows old, its days wax brief,
The tresses leave its brow.
The rain drives fast before the wind,
The sky is blank and grey;
O Jane, what sadness fills the mind
On such a dreary day!”

“You think too much, my sister dear;
You sit too long alone;
What though November days be drear?
Full soon will they be gone.
I’ve swept the hearth, and placed your chair,.
Come, Emma, sit by me;
Our own fireside is never drear,
Though late and wintry wane the year,
Though rough the night may be.”

“The peaceful glow of our fireside
Imparts no peace to me:
My thoughts would rather wander wide
Than rest, dear Jane, with thee.
I’m on a distant journey bound,
And if, about my heart,
Too closely kindred ties were bound,
‘Twould break when forced to part.

“‘Soon will November days be o’er:’
Well have you spoken, Jane:
My own forebodings tell me more–
For me, I know by presage sure,
They’ll ne’er return again.
Ere long, nor sun nor storm to me
Will bring or joy or gloom;
They reach not that Eternity
Which soon will be my home.”

Eight months are gone, the summer sun
Sets in a glorious sky;
A quiet field, all green and lone,
Receives its rosy dye.
Jane sits upon a shaded stile,
Alone she sits there now;
Her head rests on her hand the while,
And thought o’ercasts her brow.

She’s thinking of one winter’s day,
A few short months ago,
Then Emma’s bier was borne away
O’er wastes of frozen snow.
She’s thinking how that drifted snow
Dissolved in spring’s first gleam,
And how her sister’s memory now
Fades, even as fades a dream.

The snow will whiten earth again,
But Emma comes no more;
She left, ‘mid winter’s sleet and rain,
This world for Heaven’s far shore.
On Beulah’s hills she wanders now,
On Eden’s tranquil plain;
To her shall Jane hereafter go,
She ne’er shall come to Jane!

Charlotte Brontë
(1816-1855)
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Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam is one of the greatest of twentieth-century poets and Voronezh Notebooks, a sequence of poems composed between 1935 and 1937 when he was living in internal exile in the Soviet city of Voronezh, is his last and most exploratory work.

Meditating on death and survival, on power and poetry, on marriage, madness, friendship, and memory, challenging Stalin between lines that are full of the sights and sounds of the steppes, blue sky and black earth, the roads, winter breath, spring with its birds and flowers and bees, the notebooks are a continual improvisation and an unapologetic affirmation of poetry as life.

Russia’s greatest poet in this century. — Joseph Brodsky

Mandelstam was a tragic figure. Even while in exile in Voronej, he wrote works of untold beauty and power. And he had no poetic forerunners… In all of world poetry, I know of no other such case. We know the sources of Pushkin and Blok, but who will tell us from where that new, divine harmony, Mandelstam’s poetry, came from? — Anna Akhmatova

Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam,
translated from the Russian and with an introduction by Andrew Davis
ISBN: 9781590179109
Pages: 128
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Series: NYRB Poets
The New York Review of Books
Paperback

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Jack Kerouac: Old Angel Midnight

Old Angel Midnight is a treasure trove of Kerouac’s experiments with automatic writing, a method he practiced constantly to sharpen his imaginative reflexes.

Recorded in a series of notebooks between 1956-1959, what Kerouac called his “endless automatic writing piece” began while he shared a cabin with poet Gary Snyder. Kerouac tried to emulate Snyder’s daily Buddhist meditation discipline, using the technique of “letting go” to free his mind for pure spontaneous writing, annotating the stream of words flowing through his consciousness in response to auditory stimuli and his own mental images.

Kerouac continued his exercise in spontaneous composition over the next three years, including a period spent with William Burroughs in Tangiers. He made no revisions to the automatic writing entries in his notebooks, which were collected and transcribed for publication as originally written.

Old Angel Midnight attests to the success of Kerouac’s experiment and bears witness to his commitment to his craft, and to the pleasure he takes in writing: “I like the bliss of mind.”

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was a principal actor in the Beat Generation, a companion of Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady in that great adventure. His books include On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, Lonesome Traveler, Visions of Cody, Pomes All Sizes (City Lights), Scattered Poems (City Lights), and Scripture of the Golden Eternity (City Lights).

Title Old Angel Midnight
Author Jack Kerouac
Preface by Ann Charters, Michael McClure
Collection City Lights/Grey Fox
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Poetry
Published 2016
Format Paperback
ISBN-10 087286703X
ISBN-13 9780872867031
94 pages
List Price $13.95

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Alexander von Humboldt: Das Buch der Begegnungen Menschen – Kulturen – Geschichten aus den Amerikanischen Reisetagebüchern

Großes Humboldt-Gedenken 2018/2019: bibliophiler Prachtband.

Wagemut und Wissbegier, ein feines Beobachtungs- und Differenzierungsvermögen und vor allem die unbändige Lust an immer neuen Begegnungen machten Alexander von Humboldt vor 200 Jahren zu einem epochalen Weltentdecker.

«Das Buch der Begegnungen», das die emphatischsten Zeugnisse aus den «Amerikanischen Reisetagebüchern» versammelt, zeigt einen warmherzigen Menschen ohne Berührungsängste. Auf seiner Reise in die amerikanischen Tropen von 1799 bis 1804 hielt der preußische Kosmopolit eine Vielzahl exotischer Physiognomien fest und sah die Welt, wie sie vor ihm noch keiner gesehen hatte. Als einer der ersten Europäer überhaupt kritisierte er Kolonialismus, Sklavenhandel und christlichen Bekehrungseifer.

Dagegen betonte er die Würde und den kulturellen Reichtum vermeintlich primitiver Völker. Überzeugt davon, dass es keine unterlegenen oder gar minderwertigen Ethnien gebe, war er seinen Zeitgenossen weit voraus. Und selbst im 21. Jahrhundert kommt Alexander von Humboldt als Anwalt einer universellen Humanität wie gerufen.

Bibliophiler Prachtband: gebunden in bedrucktes Leinen, zweifarbig gedruckt, fadengeheftet, mit farblich abgestimmtem Lesebändchen, gestaltetem Vorsatz sowie Originalillustrationen Alexander von Humboldts.

Ottmar Ette ist Professor für Romanistik an der Universität Potsdam und gehört zu den führenden Experten zu Humboldts Werk. Er leitete das Forschungsprojekt zur Auswertung von Humboldts Amerikanischen Reisetagebüchern.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1759), deutscher Universalgelehrter und Expeditionsreisender von internationalem Renommee, machte als Pionier diverser naturwissenschaftlicher Fachdisziplinen von sich reden: von der Botanik und Zoologie über die Klimatologie bis hin zur Astronomie. Seit seiner Amerikanischen Forschungsreise 1799-1804 gilt er als «wissenschaftlicher Wiederentdecker Amerikas» und Mitbegründer der empirisch fundierten Geographie. Doch auch als Ethnologe, Kulturtheoretiker und couragierter Humanist war er seiner Mitwelt weit voraus.

Alexander von Humboldt, Ottmar Ette (Hrsg.)
Das Buch der Begegnungen
Menschen – Kulturen – Geschichten aus den Amerikanischen Reisetagebüchern
Gebundenes Buch, Leinen,
416 Seiten,
17,0 x 24,0 cm
mit ca. 10 Abb.
ISBN: 978-3-7175-2444-1
€ 45,00
Verlag: Manesse
Erscheinungstermin: 25. Juni 2018

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Carmen Giménez Smith: Cruel Futures

A Latina feminist State of the Union address at the intersection of pop culture and interiority.

Cruel Futures is a witchy confessional and wildly imagistic volume that examines subjects as divergent as Alzheimers, Medusa, mumblecore, and mental illness in sharp-witted, taut poems dense with song. Chronicling life on an endangered planet, in a country on the precipice of profound change compelled by a media machine that produces our realities, the book is a high-energy analysis of popular culture, as well as an exploration of the many social roles that women occupy as mother, daughter, lover, and the resulting struggle to maintain personhood—all in a late capitalist America.

Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She writes lyric essays as well as poetry, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Casanova Variations (2009); the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (2010); and the full-length collections Odalisque in Pieces (2009), Milk and Filth (2013), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Cruel Futures: City Lights Spotlight No. 17 (City Lights Publishers, 2018).

Giménez Smith’s work explores issues affecting the lives of females, including Latina identity, and frequently references myth and memory. With the publication of Odalisque in Pieces, Giménez Smith was featured as a New American Poet on the Poetry Society of America’s website. Her poems have been included in the anthologies Floricanto Si! U.S. Latina Poets (1998) and Contextos: Poemas (1994).

Giménez Smith is the editor-in-chief of Puerto del Sol and publisher of Noemi Press. She was appointed as poetry co-editor (along with Steph Burt) at The Nation in 2017 and teaches at Virginia Tech University.

Title Cruel Futures
Author Carmen Giménez Smith
Collection City Lights Spotlight
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Format Paperback
ISBN-10 0872867587
ISBN-13 9780872867581
Publication Date 15 April 2018
Main content page count 88
List Price $15.95

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Ton van Reen: Het diepste blauw (064). Een roman als feuilleton

Hij kijkt uit over het water en de weilanden. Op de parkeerplaats zijn een paar caravans gearriveerd. En opleggers met kermismateriaal.

Een hydraulische kraan zet het onderstuk van de vliegende schotel neer. In een paar minuten krijgt het ding al vorm. Tonnetjes die rondtollen en ook nog eens rond de as van de schotel vliegen.

Hij is jaloers op de jongelui die met bloot bovenlijf aan het werk zijn. Gespierde kerels. Net zoals hij zelf vroeger was. Hij hoopt dat ze sterk blijven. Niet aftakelen. Niemand heeft de straf van een onwillig lichaam verdiend.

Kon hij nog maar eens één keer de Wijer afvaren. Roeiend. De benen stevig geplant tegen de schotten.

Ton van Reen: Het diepste blauw (064)
wordt vervolgd

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The Poems of Basil Bunting

The first critical edition of the complete poems of Basil Bunting (1900 – 1985), published on the fiftieth anniversary of his masterpiece, Briggflatts.

Basil Bunting is one of the most important British poets of the twentieth century, admired early on by Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky, and acknowledged since the 1930s as a major figure in the Modernist movement. Faber published a selection of his early work in Pound’sActive Anthology (1933), but Bunting’s reputation was not confirmed until decades later with the publication of his masterpiece, Briggflatts, by Fulcrum Press in 1966.

Bunting’s work was published throughout most of his life in editions from Oxford University Press, Bloodaxe Books, New Directions and various small presses. This is the first critical edition of the complete poems, and offers an accurate text with variants from all printed sources. Don Share annotates Bunting’s often complex and allusive verse, with much illuminating quotation from his prose writings, interviews and correspondence. He also examines Bunting’s sources (including Persian literature and classical mythology), and explores the Northumbrian roots of Bunting’s poetic vocabulary and use of dialect.

This important work of literary scholarship offers, for the first time, an edition commensurate with the achievement of this neglected Modernist master.

(…)

Night, float us.
Offshore wind, shout,
ask the sea
what’s lost, what’s left,
what horn sunk,
what crown adrift.

(Fragment from: Coda by Basil Bunting)

The first critical edition of the complete poems of Basil Bunting, published on the fiftieth anniversary of his masterpiece, Briggflatts. Basil Bunting is one of the most important British poets of the twentieth century, admired early on by Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky, and acknowledged since the 1930s as a major figure in the Modernist movement.

Faber published a selection of his early work in Pound’sActive Anthology (1933), but Bunting’s reputation was not confirmed until decades later with the publication of his masterpiece, Briggflatts, by Fulcrum Press in 1966. Bunting’s work was published throughout most of his life in editions from Oxford University Press, Bloodaxe Books, New Directions and various small presses.

This  first critical edition of the complete poems offers an accurate text with variants from all printed sources. Don Share annotates Bunting’s often complex and allusive verse, with much illuminating quotation from his prose writings, interviews and correspondence. He also examines Bunting’s sources (including Persian literature and classical mythology), and explores the Northumbrian roots of Bunting’s poetic vocabulary and use of dialect.

This important work of literary scholarship offers, for the first time, an edition commensurate with the achievement of this neglected Modernist master.

The Poems of Basil Bunting
Basil Bunting
Hardcover
624 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Main edition (2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 057123500X
ISBN-13: 978-0571235001
£30.00

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Journey to Armenia by Osip Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam visited Armenia in 1930, and during the eight months of his stay, he rediscovered his poetic voice and was inspired to write an experimental meditation on the country and its ancient culture.

This edition also includes the companion piece, “Conversation About Dante,” which Seamus Heaney called “Osip Mandelstam’s astonishing fantasia on poetic creation.” An incomparable apologia for poetic freedom and a challenge to the Bolshevik establishment, the essay was dictated by the poet to his wife, Nadezhda Mandelstam, in 1934 and 1935, during the last phase of his itinerant life. It has close ties to the Journey to Armenia.

Osip Mandelstam (1891–1938) was born and raised in St. Petersburg, where he attended the prestigious Tenishev School, before studying at the universities of St. Petersburg and Heidelberg and at the Sorbonne.

Mandelstam first published his poems in Apollyon, an avant-garde magazine, in 1910, then banded together with Anna Akhmatova and Nicholas Gumilev to form the Acmeist group, which advocated an aesthetic of exact description and chiseled form, as suggested by the title of Mandelstam’s first book, Stone (1913). During the Russian Revolution, Mandelstam left Leningrad for the Crimea and Georgia, and he settled in Moscow in 1922, where his second collection of poems, Tristia, appeared.

Unpopular with the Soviet authorities, Mandelstam found it increasingly difficult to publish his poetry, though an edition of collected poems did come out in 1928. In 1934, after reading an epigram denouncing Stalin to friends, Mandelstam was arrested and sent into exile. He wrote furiously during these years, and his wife, Nadezhda, memorized his work in case his notebooks were destroyed or lost. (Nadezhda Mandelstam’s extraordinary memoirs of life with her husband, Hope Against Hope and Hope Abandoned, published in the 1970s, later helped to bring Mandelstam a worldwide audience.

Journey to Armenia by Osip Mandelstam,
introduction by Henry Gifford,
translated from the Russian by Sydney Monas, Clarence Brown, and Robert Hughes
Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781907903472
Pages: 192
Publication Date in Hardcover:
September 25, 2018

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Bettina Röhl: „Die RAF hat euch lieb“. Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68 – Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung

Bettina Röhl über ihre letzten gemeinsamen Jahre mit ihrer Mutter Ulrike Meinhof

Brauchte die Bundesrepublik die Revolte von 68? Ist 68 gar das Jahr einer „Neugründung“ der heutigen Bundesrepublik? Die APO-Bewegung – und ihre „Speerspitze“, die RAF – ist das wohl meist beschriebene Thema der neueren politischen Geschichte des Landes. Mit bisher unbekannten Fakten und den Stimmen neuer Zeitzeugen unterlegt, liefert Bettina Röhl, die als Kind die Gründung der RAF hautnah miterlebte, eine spannende Analyse und erzählt die scheinbar bekannte Geschichte neu. Bei ihren Recherchen fand Bettina Röhl zahlreiche bisher unveröffentlichte Briefe, Dokumente und Fotos, die den Leser die damalige Zeit hautnah miterleben und nachvollziehen lassen.

Bettina Röhl wurde 1962 in Hamburg geboren, wo sie 1982 Abitur machte. 1986 begann sie neben ihrem Studium der Geschichte und Germanistik ihr Volontariat bei der Zeitschrift TEMPO. Sie arbeitete für Spiegel TV, Welt online, Cicero, Wirtschaftswoche und viele andere Medien und veröffentlichte zahlreiche Buchbeiträge. 2001 wurde sie mit ihren Veröffentlichungen zu Joschka Fischers Gewaltvergangenheit in stern und BILD bekannt. Nach „So macht Kommunismus Spaß“ ist „Die RAF hat euch lieb“ ihr zweites historisch-biographisches Buch über die linke Geschichte der Bundesrepublik.

Bettina Röhl
„Die RAF hat euch lieb“
Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68
Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung
Gebundenes Buch mit Schutzumschlag,
640 Seiten,
13,5 x 21,5 cm mit 16 S. Bildteil
ISBN: 978-3-453-20150-7
€ 24,00
Verlag: Heyne Verlag
Erschienen: 10.04.2018
Sprache: Deutsch

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The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Thriller with film rights sold to the creators of The Girl On the Train.

This one will keep you guessing.’ – Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement. It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves.

The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong. The Wife Between Us is the first collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.

Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor. Prior to her tenure in book publishing, she worked at Allure Magazine and earned her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. Her writing has been published in the New York Times and Publishers Weekly. Greer lives in Manhattan with her husband, two children, and very needy dog, Rocky. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of several novels including Skipping a Beat. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others. She is the mother of three sons and lives just outside Washington, D.C.

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
The Wife Between Us
Trade Paperback
Publ Date: July 26, 2018
Category: Fiction / Thriller
Publisher: Pan Books / Macmillan
Pages: 352
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1509842837
ISBN-13: 978-1509842834

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James Joyce: The Twilight Turns

 

The Twilight Turns

The twilight turns from amethyst
To deep and deeper blue,
The lamp fills with a pale green glow
The trees of the avenue.

The old piano plays an air,
Sedate and slow and gay;
She bends upon the yellow keys,
Her head inclines this way.

Shy thought and grave wide eyes and hands
That wander as they list — –
The twilight turns to darker blue
With lights of amethyst.

James Joyce
(1882-1941)
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Everything Has Already Been Written: Moscow Conceptualist Poetry and Performance by Gerald Janecek

In this book, Gerald Janecek provides a comprehensive account of Moscow Conceptualist poetry and performance, arguably the most important development in the arts of the late Soviet period and yet one underappreciated in the West.

Such innovative poets as Vsevolod Nekrasov, Lev Rubinstein, and Dmitry Prigov are among the most prominent literary figures of Russia in the 1980s and 1990s, yet they are virtually unknown outside Russia. The same is true of the numerous active Russian performance art groups, especially the pioneering Collective Actions group, led by the brilliantly inventive Andrey Monastyrsky.

Everything Has Already Been Written strives to make Moscow Conceptualism more accessible, to break the language barrier and to foster understanding among an international readership by thoroughly discussing a broad range of specific works and theories. Janecek’s study is the first comprehensive analysis of Moscow Conceptualist poetry and theory, vital for an understanding of Russian culture in the post-Conceptualist era.

Gerald Janecek is professor emeritus of Russian and Eastern Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Look of Russian Literature: Avant-Garde Visual Experiments, 1900-1930; ZAUM: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism; and Sight and Sound Entwined: Studies of the New Russian Poetry.

Gerald Janecek (Author)
Everything Has Already Been Written
Moscow Conceptualist Poetry and Performance
Paper Text – $39.95
ISBN 978-0-8101-3901-5
Cloth Text – $120.00
ISBN 978-0-8101-3902-2
Publication Date: December 2018
Series: Studies in Russian Literature and Theory
Literature & Criticism
Russia Drama & Performance Studies
Page Count 312 pages
Northwestern University Press

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