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· Francisca Stoecklin: Angst (Gedicht) · Lawrence Weschler: En hoe gaat het met u, dokter Sacks? · Brandon Shimoda: The Grave on the Wall · Marcel Schwob: Chez Le Mastroquet (Poème) · Marcel Schwob: La Lumière (Poème) · Sontag. Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser · Laatste boek F. Starik: ‘Dichter van dienst’ over De eenzame uitvaart · Oliver Sacks: Everything in Its Place. First Loves and Last Tales · Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side by Dr Julia Shaw · Francisca Stoecklin: Morphina (Gedicht) · 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak · Robert Southey: The Pauper’s Funeral (Poem)

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Francisca Stoecklin: Angst (Gedicht)

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Angst

O wie ist diese Nacht so schwer,
Und wie hangen die Wolken so tief.
Warum stöhnen die sanften Tiere,
Bluten laubdunkle Bäume,
Seufzt in jedem Winkel der Tod?
Wo sind die blassen Engel geblieben
Und die zittergoldenen Sterne?
Ist Gott gestorben?
O, diese Nacht ist tausend Jahre schwer.

Auf der Brücke geht noch mit hastigen Schritten ein Mann.
Er wird zu spät kommen –

In der Mansarde salbt der junge Priester
Den Mund der Sterbenden.
Eine schwarze Blume wächst furchtbar in ihre Fieber,
Aber selig umglänzt der Mond ihre Wangen.

In meinem Zimmer knistert die Kerze.
Schmächtige Schatten steigen aus den Wänden:
Leben, die ich gelebt habe und vergaß.
Ein Gesicht weint lange in meinen Händen.

Francisca Stoecklin
(1894-1931)
Angst
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Lawrence Weschler: En hoe gaat het met u, dokter Sacks?

Begin jaren tachtig ontmoette Lawrence Weschler de toen nog hard aan de weg timmerende Oliver Sacks in New York.

Het was een onzekere periode voor de jonge neuroloog: Sacks’ eerste boek Ontwaken in verbijstering was tien jaar eerder al verschenen, maar hij had het grote publiek nog niet bereikt.

Met de jaren groeide Sacks’ bekendheid en werd de vriendschap tussen hem en Weschler hechter. Op zijn sterfbed vroeg Sacks zijn goede vriend of hij zijn verhaal zou willen optekenen. Dit boek is het resultaat van dat verzoek.

In En hoe gaat het met u, dokter Sacks? brengt Weschler Sacks’ extravagante persoonlijkheid prachtig tot leven. We worden teruggevoerd naar Sacks’ jongere jaren vol drugs en turbulentie, volgen hem in zijn werk als neuroloog en schrijver, zien hem patiënten helpen en vrienden vermoeien, en we volgen zijn strijd met medische en wetenschappelijke instellingen om aandacht te krijgen voor zijn belangrijkste bekommernis als neuroloog: de individuele menselijke ziel.

Weschler is erin geslaagd om Sacks’ belangrijkste vraag voor zijn patiënten – Hoe gaat het met u? – terug te kaatsen naar de beroemde neuroloog zelf.

Lawrence Weschler (1952) schreef meer dan twintig jaar voor The New Yorker. Daarnaast gaf hij les aan prominente Amerikaanse universiteiten waaronder Princeton, Columbia, Brown en New York University. Aan de laatstgenoemde universiteit was hij tot 2013 directeur van het New York Institute for the Humanities. Weschlers oeuvre bestaat uit veelgeprezen literaire non-fictie over allerlei politieke en culturele onderwerpen.

En hoe gaat het met u, dokter Sacks?
Lawrence Weschler
Oorspronkelijke titel: And How AreYou, Dr. Sacks?
Paperback
De Bezige Bij 2019
Aantal pagina’s 496
Paperback: 34,99

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Brandon Shimoda: The Grave on the Wall

The Grave on the Wall is a memoir and a book of mourning, a grandson’s attempt to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather’s lifelong struggle.

Award-winning poet Brandon Shimoda has crafted a lyrical portrait of his paternal grandfather, Midori Shimoda, whose life—child migrant, talented photographer, suspected enemy alien and spy, desert wanderer, American citizen—mirrors the arc of Japanese America in the twentieth century.

In a series of pilgrimages, Shimoda records the search to find his grandfather, and unfolds, in the process, a moving elegy on memory and forgetting.

“Shimoda brings his poetic lyricism to this moving and elegant memoir, the structure of which reflects the fragmentation of memories. . . . It is at once wistful and devastating to see Midori’s life come full circle . . . In between is a life with tragedy, love, and the horrors unleashed by the atomic bomb.”––Booklist

Title: The Grave on the Wall
Author: Brandon Shimoda
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10 0872867900
ISBN-13 9780872867901
Publication Date: 06 August 2019
222 pages
List Price $16.95

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Marcel Schwob: Chez Le Mastroquet (Poème)

  

Chez Le Mastroquet

Boutique sang de boeuf jusqu’au premier étage.
A travers le treillis défoncé du grillage
Des carreaux maculés. -Deux rideaux mal blanchis
Frôlant le crépi mort de leurs plis avachis.
Trois melons étalés en pleine devanture,
Près de beignets dorés dans un bain de friture.
Des raviers blancs suant du jus noir de pruneaux.
L’or fameux des harengs baisant de vieux cerneaux.
La trogne enluminée, à la rondeur bonasse,
Du patron ballonné jusqu’au cou de vinasse
Met une tache rouge au milieu du comptoir.
Quelques bouchers sanglants sortis de l’abattoir,

Coiffés d’une viscope à tournure de mitre,
Avalent sur le zing le vin bleuté d’un litre
Et puisent, pour se mettre en goût, au tas d’oeufs durs.
Contre le fond graisseux et charbonné des murs,
Une vieille qui dort laisse pendre sa lippe:
Un limousin plâtré crache en fumant sa pipe.

Marcel Schwob
(1867-1905)
Chez Le Mastroquet
Juin 1888

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Marcel Schwob: La Lumière (Poème)

 

La Lumière

La lumière bleue est passée,
Allons vers les lumières blanches.
O chérie es-tu donc lassée?

Nous avons des ailes aux hanches,
Puisqu’on nous a chassés du bleu,
Ouvrons, chérie, ouvrons nos ailes,
Voguons comme des caravelles
Vers le soleil tout blanc de feu.
La lumière blanche est passée,
Allons vers la lumière rouge.
M’amour, je te tiens embrassée,
J’ai mon couteau sanglant qui bouge.
Vivons ici dans le vermeil.
Ton petit doigt aura pour bague
Un coeur foré d’un coup de dague:
J’ai de l’or -as-tu point sommeil.
La lumière rouge est passée,
Allons vers la lumière verte.
Viens chauffer ta gorge glacée:
Entrons, la porte est grande ouverte.
Buvons tout cet or vert fondu;
Buvons, nous verrons monter, lentes,
Des flammes blanches et sanglantes.
Mignonne, m’as-tu répondu?
La lumière verte est passée,
Allons vers la lumière pâle,
Allons: notre forme effacée
Glissera sous ces flots d’opale.

Marcel Schwob
(1867-1905)
La Lumière

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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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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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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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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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Francisca Stoecklin: Morphina (Gedicht)

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Morphina

Im Traume fand ich dich,
Mädchen, in mondener Nacht
Kamst du mir zögernd entgegen.
Auf deiner Stirne träumte ein Stern,
Deine kleinen Schritte klangen wie Glas,
Um deinen Mund ein überweltliches Lächeln.
Deine schmalen Schultern froren im Wind.
Ich umschlang dich, deinen eisigen Körper.
Schwester! wie lange bist du gestorben …
Wir sanken, wir fielen.

Mohn umblühte unser Sterben.

Francisca Stoecklin
(1894-1931)
Morphina
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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is shafak-elif.jpegFor Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works.

Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life – friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . .

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey.

She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). An advocate for women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation.

Shafak contributes to many major publications around the world and she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. She has judged numerous literary prizes and is chairing the Wellcome Prize 2019.

She lives in London and can be found at www.elifshafak.com
Twitter @Elif_Safak; Instagram @shafakelif

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
Elif Shafak (Author)
Hardcover
6 Jun 2019
320 pages
Publisher: Viking
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0241293863
ISBN-13: 978-0241293867
Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.7 x 20.4 cm
RRP: £14.99

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Robert Southey: The Pauper’s Funeral (Poem)

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The Pauper’s Funeral

What! and not one to heave the pious sigh!
Not one whose sorrow-swoln and aching eye
For social scenes, for life’s endearments fled,
Shall drop a tear and dwell upon the dead!
Poor wretched Outcast! I will weep for thee,
And sorrow for forlorn humanity.
Yes I will weep, but not that thou art come
To the stern Sabbath of the silent tomb:
For squalid Want, and the black scorpion Care,
Heart-withering fiends! shall never enter there.
I sorrow for the ills thy life has known
As thro’ the world’s long pilgrimage, alone,
Haunted by Poverty and woe-begone,
Unloved, unfriended, thou didst journey on:
Thy youth in ignorance and labour past,
And thine old age all barrenness and blast!
Hard was thy Fate, which, while it doom’d to woe,
Denied thee wisdom to support the blow;
And robb’d of all its energy thy mind,
Ere yet it cast thee on thy fellow-kind,
Abject of thought, the victim of distress,
To wander in the world’s wide wilderness.

Poor Outcast sleep in peace! the wintry storm
Blows bleak no more on thine unshelter’d form;
Thy woes are past; thou restest in the tomb;–
I pause–and ponder on the days to come.

Robert Southey
(1774 – 1843)
The Pauper’s Funeral

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