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· Sontag. Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser · Kerouac on Record. A Literary Soundtrack · Menno Wigman: Verzamelde gedichten · Laatste boek F. Starik: ‘Dichter van dienst’ over De eenzame uitvaart · Ngugi wa Thiong’o: Minutes of Glory and Other Stories · Theresa Lola: In Search of Equilibrium · FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE: 16 – 20 Oktober 2019 · Scott Walker and the Song of the One-All-Alone by Scott Wilson · Oliver Sacks: Everything in Its Place. First Loves and Last Tales · 65ste Kinderboekenweek van 2 t/m 13 oktober 2019 · Daniil Charms: De dappere egel · Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side by Dr Julia Shaw

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Sontag. Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser

Susan Sontag

The definitive portrait

The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face

No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture.

She was there when the Cuban Revolution began, and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel, in besieged Sarajevo. She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money—and when many gave in. No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous lovers.

Sontag tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based. It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face: the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality, that animated—and undermined—her writing. And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way, and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own.

Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo—and featuring nearly one hundred images—Sontag is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait—a great American novel in the form of a biography.

Benjamin Moser was born in Houston. He is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. For his work bringing Clarice Lispector to international prominence, he received Brazil’s first State Prize for Cultural Diplomacy. He has published translations from French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. A former books columnist for Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times Book Review, he has also written for The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, and The New York Review of Books.

Sontag
Her Life and Work
By Benjamin Moser
Hardcover: 832 pages
Illustrated
Language: English
Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers
September 17, 2019
ISBN-10: 0062896393
ISBN-13: 978-0062896391
$39.99.

Benjamin Moser:
Sontag – Haar leven en werk.
Uit het Engels vertaald door
Koos Mebius en Lidwien Biekmann.
De Arbeiderspers;
816 pagina’s;
€ 49,99.

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Kerouac on Record. A Literary Soundtrack

Kerouac on Record.

A Literary Soundtrack

 

He was the leading light of the Beat Generation writers and the most dynamic author of his time, but Jack Kerouac also had a lifelong passion for music, particularly the mid-century jazz of New York City, the development of which he witnessed first-hand during the 1940s with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk to the fore.

 

The novelist, most famous for his 1957 book On the Road, admired the sounds of bebop and attempted to bring something of their original energy to his own writing, a torrent of semi-autobiographical stories he published between 1950 and his early death in 1969. Yet he was also drawn to American popular music of all kinds – from the blues to Broadway ballads – and when he came to record albums under his own name, he married his unique spoken word style with some of the most talented musicians on the scene.

Kerouac’s musical legacy goes well beyond the studio recordings he made himself: his influence infused generations of music makers who followed in his work – from singer-songwriters to rock bands. Some of the greatest transatlantic names – Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison and David Bowie, Janis Joplin and Tom Waits, Sonic Youth and Death Cab for Cutie, and many more – credited Kerouac’s impact on their output.

In Kerouac on Record, we consider how the writer brought his passion for jazz to his prose and poetry, his own record releases, the ways his legacy has been sustained by numerous more recent talents, those rock tributes that have kept his memory alive and some of the scores that have featured in Hollywood adaptations of the adventures he brought to the printed page.

Simon Warner is a journalist, lecturer and broadcaster who teaches Popular Music Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK. He has, over a number of years, written live reviews and counterculture obituaries for The Guardian and The Independent, and has a particular interest in the relationship between the Beat Generation writers–Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and others–and rock culture. His previous books include Rockspeak: The Language of Rock and Pop (1996) and Howl for Now: A Celebration of Allen Ginsberg’s epic protest poem (2005).

Jim Sampas is a music and film producer. His musical works often focuses on major cultural figures such Jack Kerouac (who is his Uncle), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Smiths, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. He has persuaded a galaxy of stars to partake of a unique aesthetic marriage, as vintage works are resurrected in contemporary arrangements in projects covered by such major news outlets as People Magazine, NPR, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and many others.

Kerouac on Record
A Literary Soundtrack
Editor(s): Simon Warner, Jim Sampas
Hardback £25.20
Paperback £16.19
Published: 2018
Format: Hardback
Extent: 480 p.
ISBN: 9781501323348
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
£28.00

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Menno Wigman: Verzamelde gedichten

Menno Wigman (1966-2018) was een van de grootste en eigenzinnigste dichters van Nederland.

Zijn stijl werd gekenmerkt door een zwart-romantische toon die, afgewisseld met een weemoedige blik, direct tot de verbeelding sprak. Zijn gedichten waren even toegankelijk als experimenteel, een combinatie van een uitgesproken intensiteit met de beleving van het alledaagse. Wigmans Verzamelde gedichten zijn samengesteld door Neeltje Maria Min en Rob Schouten, zijn goede vrienden en de beste kenners van zijn werk.

Van Menno Wigman (1966-2018) verschenen vijf dichtbundels, een dagboek, een essaybundel en vele vertalingen, bloemlezingen en gelegenheidsuitgaven. Tot de vele prijzen die hij kreeg, behoren de Gedichtendagprijs (2002), de Jan Campert-prijs (2002), de A. Roland Holstprijs (2015) en de Ida Gerhardt Poëzieprijs (2018).

Verzamelde gedichten
Menno Wigman
336 pagina’s
Druk 1
Verschenen 27-09-19
Taal Nederlands
Poëzie
Gebonden
ISBN 9789044641936
Uitgever Prometheus
€ 29,99

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Laatste boek F. Starik: ‘Dichter van dienst’ over De eenzame uitvaart

Laatste boek van F. Starik: ‘Dichter van dienst’ over De eenzame uitvaart. Dichter van dienst is het vaarwel van F. Starik, zijn indrukwekkend en aangrijpend laatste boek over eenzame uitvaarten in Amsterdam die hij zestien jaar lang vormgaf.

‘Ik ben De Eenzame Uitvaart in de loop van tijd als een levensopdracht gaan zien, als een Taak die je tot het einde zult vervullen, niet als een project waarmee je na een tijdje weer ophoudt.

Het recept is eenvoudig en inmiddels bekend: dichters schrijven een gedicht – en dragen dat op de uitvaart voor – voor die mensen, die anders waren overgeschoten, voor wie niemand zou komen, over wie niemand had gesproken, was de dichter er niet geweest om afscheid te nemen, vaarwel te zeggen.’

Het boek: ‘Dichter van dienst’ is het vaarwel van F. Starik (1958-2018), zijn indrukwekkend en aangrijpend laatste boek over eenzame uitvaarten in Amsterdam die hij zestien jaar lang vormgaf.

Met gedichten van o.a. Maria Barnas, Wim Brands, Anneke Brassinga, Eva Gerlach, Erik Jan Harmens, Judith Herzberg, Neeltje Maria Min, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld en Menno Wigman.

F. Starik
Dichter van dienst
over De eenzame uitvaart
Uitgever: Nieuw Amsterdam
Verwacht: November 2019
ISBN 9789046825983
paperback
288 pagina’s
€ 20,99

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o: Minutes of Glory and Other Stories

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, although renowned for his novels, memoirs, and plays, honed his craft as a short story writer. From “The Fig Tree” (“Mugumo” in this collection), written in 1960, his first year as an undergraduate at Makerere University College in Uganda, to the playful “The Ghost of Michael Jackson,” written as a professor at the University of California, Irvine, these collected stories reveal a master of the short form.

Covering the period of British colonial rule and resistance in Kenya to the bittersweet experience of independence—and including two stories that have never before been published in the United States— Ngũgĩ’s collection features women fighting for their space in a patriarchal society; big men in their Bentleys who have inherited power from the British; and rebels who still embody the fighting spirit of the downtrodden.

One of Ngũgĩ’s most beloved stories, “Minutes of Glory,” tells of Beatrice, a sad but ambitious waitress who fantasizes about being feted and lauded over by the middle-class clientele in the city’s beer halls. Her dream leads her on a witty and heartbreaking adventure.

Published for the first time in America, Minutes of Glory and Other Stories is a major literary event that celebrates the storytelling might of one of Africa’s best-loved writers.

Title: Minutes of Glory and Other Stories
Author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Publisher: New Press, The
Format Hardcover
224 pages
ISBN-10 1620974657
ISBN-13 9781620974650
Publication Date 01 March 2019
Hardcover – $24.95

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Theresa Lola: In Search of Equilibrium

Theresa Lola’s debut poetry collection In Search of Equilibrium is an extraordinary, and exacting study of death and grieving. Where the algorithms of the body and the memory fail, Lola finds the words that will piece together the binary code of family and restart the recovery program. In doing so, these unflinching poems work towards the hard-wired truths of life itself – finding hope in survival, lines of rescue in faith, a stubborn equilibrium in the equations of loss and renewal.

“You can call me arrogant, call me black Marilyn,
come celebrate with me,
I am so beautiful death can’t take its eyes off me.”

Theresa Lola’s debut poetry collection In Search of Equilibrium is an extraordinary and exacting study of death and grieving.

Where the algorithms of the body and the memory fail, Lola finds the words that will piece together the binary code of family and restart the recovery program.

In doing so, these unflinching poems work towards the hard-wired truths of life itself – finding hope in survival, lines of rescue in faith, a stubborn equilibrium in the equations of loss and renewal.

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet, born 1994. She was joint-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize. In 2018 she was invited by the Mayor of London’s Office to read at Parliament Square alongside Sadiq Khan and actress Helen McCory at the unveiling of Millicent Fawcett’s statue. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, and ASOS Magazine with Octavia Collective among others. She is an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets Programme.

In Search of Equilibrium
by Theresa Lola
Poetry
Paperback
80 pages
Publisher: Nine Arches Press
Date: 28th Feburary 2019
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1911027689
ISBN-13: 978-1911027683
Price £9.99

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FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE: 16 – 20 Oktober 2019

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance.

It also brings together key players from the fields of technology education, film, games, STM, academic publishing, and business information. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).

Norway is 2019 the Guest of Honour of Frankfurter Buchmesse – the land of big Literature: from the classics of Henrik Ibsen to the modern best-sellers of Jo Nesbø.

Frankfurter Buchmesse
16 – 20 Oktober 2019
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Scott Walker and the Song of the One-All-Alone by Scott Wilson

Scott Walker and the Song of the One-All-Alone offers, in detailed interpretative commentaries of his best songs, a sustained assessment of the work and career of Scott Walker, one of the most significant and perplexing artists of the late 20th and 21st century.

For Brian Eno, Walker was not only a great composer and a superlative lyricist but also a significant contemporary poet. Marc Almond goes further, ‘an absolute musical genius, existential and intellectual and a star right from the days of The Walker Brothers’. As Almond suggests, Walker’s work is marked by a continual engagement with existentialist philosophy informing his approach to art, politics and life. In particular, the device of the solitary figure or ‘one-all-alone’ evoked in his songs provides the basis for his lyrical exploration of the singularity of existence – in all its darkness as well as light.

Through following his own path, Walker arrived at a unique sound according to his own method that produced a genuinely new form of song. Looking closely at these songs, this book also considers the wider political implications of his approach in its rejection of external authorities and common or consensual ideals.

Scott Wilson is Professor of Media and Psychoanalysis at Kingston University, London, UK. He is the author of Stop Making Sense: Music from the Perspective of the Real (Karnac, 2015) and the editor of Melancology: Black Metal Theory and Ecology (Zone Books, 2014).

Scott Walker and the Song of the One-All-Alone
By: Scott Wilson
Published: 03-10-2019
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 232 pg
ISBN: 9781501332555
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Series: EX:CENTRICS
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
RRP: £22.99

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Oliver Sacks: Everything in Its Place. First Loves and Last Tales

From the best-selling author of Gratitude and On the Move, a final volume of essays that showcase Sacks’s broad range of interests–from his passion for ferns, swimming, and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar. Everything in Its Place is a celebration of Sacks’s myriad interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.

Dr. Oliver Sacks (1933 – 2015) spent more than fifty years working as a neurologist and writing books about the neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations. The New York Times referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine,” and over the years he received many awards, including honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Royal College of Physicians. His memoir On the Move was published shortly before his death in August 2015.

Everything in Its Place
First Loves and Last Tales
By Oliver Sacks
Category: Science | Psychology
Hardcover
Apr 23, 2019
ISBN 9780451492890
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451492897
ISBN-13: 978-0451492890
$24.26

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65ste Kinderboekenweek van 2 t/m 13 oktober 2019

           

De 65ste Kinderboekenweek vindt plaats van woensdag 2 t/m zondag 13 oktober 2019. Anna Woltz schrijft het Kinderboekenweekgeschenk. André Kuipers schrijft het Prentenboek van de Kinderboekenweek met illustraties van Natascha Stenvert.
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Daniil Charms: De dappere egel

Daniil Charms die in werkelijkheid Daniil Ivanovic Juvacov heette, werd in 1905 in St. Petersburg geboren, waar hij in 1942 stierf.

In 1926 richtte hij met Aleksandr Vvdenski en Nikolaj Zabolotski de avantgardegroep Oberiu (Objeedinenije realnogo iskoesstva – ‘Vereniging van reële kunst’) op. Hun doel was een artistieke revolutie door te voeren, parallel aan de politieke revolutie.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Charms2.jpgAlhoewel ze het woord niet gebruikten pleitten ze voor absurde kunst. De doodsteek kwam toen ze in 1930 beschuldigd werden van protest tegen de dictatuur van het proletariaat. Charms werd in 1931 veroordeeld tot verbanning naar Koersk, waarvandaan hij in 1933 terugkeerde.

Hij legde zich toen, omdat zijn werk voor volwassenen niet-publicabel was geworden, toe op kinderliteratuur.

Uiteindelijk werd hij in 1941, tijdens het beleg van het Leningrad (tot 1924 Petersburg genoemd), weer gearresteerd en krankzinnig verklaard. Charms stierf begin 1942, vermoedelijk uitgehongerd, in de psychiatrische afdeling van de gevangenis Kresty in Leningrad. Hij heeft geen graf.

Na zijn dood werden zijn manuscripten teruggevonden. In de jaren zestig begonnen publicaties van dit onuitgegeven werk te verschijnen, aanvankelijk vooral in het Westen. Op grond hiervan kreeg Charms algauw de reputatie van Ruslands belangrijkste absurdistische auteur.

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daniil charms
De dappere egel
2019
60 pagina’s
vertaling: jan paul hinrichs
isbn 978 90 78627 82 1
uitgeverij vleugels
€ 21,80

uitgeverij vleugels
van ’t hoffstraat 27
2665 jl bleiswijk
t 06 30 49 77 49
email: info@uitgeverijvleugels.nl
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Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side by Dr Julia Shaw

A smart and highly readable exploration of why we think and do bad things.

Dr Julia Shaw shows us that the same dispositions that make us capable of heinous crimes may also work to our advantage. And, if evil is within all of us, should it be said to exist at all?

In Making Evil, Shaw uses a compelling mix of science, popular culture and real life examples to break down timely and important issues. How similar is your brain to a psychopath’s? How many people have murder fantasies? Can A.I. be evil? Do your sexual proclivities make you a bad person? Who becomes a terrorist?

Dr Julia Shaw is a scientist in the Department of Psychology at University College London (UCL). Her academic work, teaching and role as an expert witness have focused on different ways of understanding criminal behaviour. Dr Shaw has consulted as an expert on criminal cases, delivered police-training and military workshops, and has evaluated offender diversion programs. She is also the co-founder of Spot, a start-up that helps employees report workplace harassment and discrimination, and employers take action. Her work has been featured in outlets such as CNN, the BBC, the New Yorker, WIRED, Forbes, the Guardian and Der Spiegel.

Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side
Dr Julia Shaw (Author)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Main edition (7 Feb. 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786891301
ISBN-13: 978-1786891303
Hardcover: 320 pages
Feb 2019
Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3 x 22 cm

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