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· Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women by Christina Lamb · Support PEN Belarus · Bert Bevers: Brexit blues · Nexus-Symposium The Magic Mountain Revisited. Cultivating the Human Spirit in Dispirited Times · The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong · E. du Perronprijs 2018 voor Jan Leyers · Maxime Rovere: Le clan Spinoza. Amsterdam, 1677. L’invention de la liberté · Franz Kafka, the Eternal Son. A Biography by Peter-André Alt · The Responsibilities of an Artist: Nexus-lezing door Ai Weiwei · Chronicles of a Liquid Society by Umberto Eco · Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution by Noam Chomsky · The Hatred of Literature by William Marx

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Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women by Christina Lamb

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women by Christina Lamb

From Christina Lamb, the coauthor of the bestselling I Am Malala and an award-winning journalist—an essential, groundbreaking examination of how women experience war.

In Our Bodies, Their Battlefields, longtime intrepid war correspondent Christina Lamb makes us witness to the lives of women in wartime. An award-winning war correspondent for twenty-five years (she’s never had a female editor) Lamb reports two wars—the “bang-bang” war and the story of how the people behind the lines live and survive. At the same time, since men usually act as the fighters, women are rarely interviewed about their experience of wartime, other than as grieving widows and mothers, though their experience is markedly different from that of the men involved in battle.

Lamb chronicles extraordinary tragedy and challenges in the lives of women in wartime. And none is more devastating than the increase of the use of rape as a weapon of war. Visiting warzones including the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, Bosnia, and Iraq, and spending time with the Rohingya fleeing Myanmar, she records the harrowing stories of survivors, from Yazidi girls kept as sex slaves by ISIS fighters and the beekeeper risking his life to rescue them; to the thousands of schoolgirls abducted across northern Nigeria by Boko Haram, to the Congolese gynecologist who stitches up more rape victims than anyone on earth. Told as a journey, and structured by country, Our Bodies, Their Battlefields gives these women voice.

We have made significant progress in international women’s rights, but across the world women are victimized by wartime atrocities that are rarely recorded, much less punished. The first ever prosecution for war rape was in 1997 and there have been remarkably few convictions since, as if rape doesn’t matter in the reckoning of war, only killing. Some courageous women in countries around the world are taking things in their own hands, hunting down the war criminals themselves, trying to trap them through Facebook.

In this profoundly important book, Christina Lamb shines a light on some of the darkest parts of the human experience—so that we might find a new way forward. Our Bodies, Their Battlefields is as inspiring and empowering is as it is urgent, a clarion call for necessary change.

Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has reported from most of the world’s hotspots starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 22. She moved to Peshawar to cover the mujaheddin fighting the Soviet Union and within two years she had been named Young Journalist of the Year. Since then she has won 15 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She was made an OBE by the Queen in 2013 and is an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford.

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield:
What War Does to Women
by Christina Lamb
Publisher: ‎William Collins
5 Mar. 2020
Language: ‎ English
Hardcover: ‎ 432 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 0008300003
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0008300005
£14.99

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Support PEN Belarus

This week, the Ministry of Justice in Belarus sent a letter indicating they are seeking to liquidate our sister organization PEN Belarus, which for years has supported writers and free expression in the country. It comes as the country’s authoritarian leader Aleksandr Lukashenka continues to crack down on all those who dissent. Show our colleagues and friends at PEN Belarus that they are not alone—and that we rally to support the freedom to write wherever and whenever it comes under threat.

Please join us and take action

Click here:

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Show your support for PEN Belarus.
Thank You!

 

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. They champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Their mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.

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Bert Bevers: Brexit blues

 

 

Brexit blues

Voor hetere vuren hadden ze gestaan, met
geloken blikken vol mist op verre zeevaart.

Ze dachten grage menners wel te herkennen,
en hun beduimelde beloften ras te doorzien.

Nu wachten de weglopers ginds achter breed
water bang af wat komt, in hun andere uren.

Bert Bevers
gedicht
Brexit blues
(ongepubliceerd)

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Nexus-Symposium The Magic Mountain Revisited. Cultivating the Human Spirit in Dispirited Times

♦ Nexus-Symposium ♦ The Magic Mountain Revisited♦ Cultivating the Human Spirit in Dispirited Times

∗ Zaterdag 21 september 2019 ∗ 9.15 – 17.00 uur ∗ Nationale Opera & Ballet Amsterdam

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is nexus25.jpgIntellectuele helderheid scheppen over het leven zelf’, dat was de ambitie van Thomas Mann met zijn meesterwerk De toverberg.

In die geest brengt het Nexus Instituut inmiddels al een kwart eeuw de belangrijkste denkers en kunstenaars van over de hele wereld bijeen.

Om de 25e verjaardag in stijl te vieren, staat het bijzondere Nexus-symposium, ‘The Magic Mountain Revisited’, geheel in het teken van de thematiek en muziek uit De toverberg.

Als een hedendaagse Settembrini en Naphta gaan Bernard-Henri Lévy en Aleksandr Dugin met elkaar de strijd aan over Verlichting en anti-Verlichting.

Vervolgens discussiëren vooraanstaande intellectuelen en kunstenaars over leven, dood, cultuur en politiek; gevolgd door Toverberg-muziek verzorgd door de wereldberoemde tenor Ian Bostridge.

Ten slotte bespreekt een groep geëngageerde jongeren wat dit alles betekent voor hun generatie: wat voor Bildung krijgen zij, welke keuzes kunnen zij maken, wat zijn de uitdagingen voor de toekomst?

programma
9.15 uur Opening door Rob Riemen
9.30 uur Debat Bernard-Henri Lévy en Aleksandr Dugin
10.30 uur Koffiepauze
11.00 uur Eerste gespreksronde
12.45 uur Lunch
13.30 uur Muziek Ian Bostridge (zang) en Saskia Giorgini (piano)
14.15 uur Tweede gespreksronde
16.00 uur Einde zaalprogramma
17.00 uur Einde

Spreker(s)
Edoardo Albinati – Italiaanse romanschrijver
Ian Bostridge – wereldberoemd tenor
Antonio Damasio – hersenonderzoeker
Aleksandr Dugin – politiek filosoof en adviseur van Poetin
Rebecca Foon – componist en klimaatactivist
Saskia Giorgini – pianist
Intissar Kherigi – mensenrechtenactivist in Tunesië
Flavia Kleiner – politiek activist
Nadine Labaki – Libanees filmmaker
Bernard-Henri Lévy – Frankrijks bekendste publieke intellectueel
Joan Magrané Figuera – componist
Andrea Marcolongo – classica en schrijver
Celeste Marcus – student Joodse ideeëngeschiedenis
Sari Nusseibeh – Palestijns filosoof
Pamela Paul – hoofdredacteur New York Times Book Review
Jesse Paris Smith – musicus en klimaatactivist
Wojtek Wieczorek – student en dichter
Leon Wieseltier – publiek intellectueel

Nexus-Symposium
The Magic Mountain Revisited
Cultivating the Human Spirit in Dispirited Times

Zaterdag 21 september 2019
9.15 – 17.00 uur
Nationale Opera & Ballet Amsterdam

NEXUS INSTITUUT
Postadres
Nexus Instituut
Kollenbergweg 1
1101 AT AmsterdamTelefoon 085 0471229
E-mail info[at]nexus-instituut.nl

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The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong

From blogger Heather B. Armstrong (dooce), author of It Sucked and Then I Cried, comes The Valedictorian of Being Dead (Gallery), an irreverent new memoir – reminiscent of Brain on Fire – about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving 10 rounds of a chemically-induced coma approximating brain death.

For years, Heather Armstrong has alluded to her struggle with depression on her website, dooce. It’s scattered throughout her archive, where it weaves its way through posts about pop culture, music, and motherhood. But in 2016, Heather found herself in the depths of a depression she just couldn’t shake, an episode darker and longer than anything she had previously experienced. She had never felt so discouraged by the thought of waking up in the morning, and it threatened to destroy her life. So, for the sake of herself and her family, Heather decided to risk it all by participating in an experimental clinical trial involving a chemically induced coma approximating brain death.

Now, for the first time, Heather recalls the torturous eighteen months of suicidal depression she endured and the month-long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to quiet all brain activity for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline. Ten times. The experience wasn’t easy. Not for Heather or her family. But a switch was flipped, and Heather hasn’t experienced a single moment of suicidal depression since.

Disarmingly honest, self-deprecating, and scientifically fascinating, The Valedictorian of Being Dead brings to light a groundbreaking new treatment for depression.

Author: Heather B. Armstrong
The Valedictorian of Being Dead:
The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live
Binding: Hardcover
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER TRADE
Pages: 272
ISBN13: 9781501197048
ISBN10: 1501197045
List Price $26.00

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The Valedictorian of Being Dead

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E. du Perronprijs 2018 voor Jan Leyers

De Vlaamse televisiemaker, muzikant en schrijver Jan Leyers (1958) is de winnaar van de E. du Perronprijs 2018.

De jury honoreert zijn boek Allah in Europa: reisverslag van een ongelovige. Volgens de jury een: ‘fascinerend boek waarin een veelheid aan ideeën en opinies aan de orde komt, waaraan de lezer zijn of haar eigen mening kan scherpen’.

De andere genomineerden voor de prijs waren Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer met Grand Hotel Europa en Jolande Withuis Raadselvader. 

Leyers krijgt 2500 euro voor de E. du Perronprijs, een initiatief van de gemeente Tilburg, de Tilburg School of Humanities & Digital Sciences van de Tilburgse universiteit en de organisatie Kunstloc Brabant.

E. du Perronprijs 2018 voor het boek Allah in Europa: reisverslag van een ongelovige van Jan Leyers

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Maxime Rovere: Le clan Spinoza. Amsterdam, 1677. L’invention de la liberté

1677. Un groupe d’intellectuels publie à Amsterdam un livre intitulé Œuvres posthumes avec pour nom d’auteur : B.d.S.

Qui se cache derrière ces initiales? Bento de Spinoza, certes… mais pas seulement.

Son livre est le produit d’échanges palpitants entre les savants de toute l’Europe, de querelles entre les communautés juives et chrétiennes mal unies, d’amitiés éternelles et même d’amours déçues.

Cette fantaisie historique et philosophique, entièrement fondée sur les faits et les textes, transforme la biographie du philosophe Spinoza en un fascinant portrait d’hommes et de femmes épris de liberté, lancés dans l’aventure de la raison moderne.

Synthèse de décennies de recherches collectives, le roman de Maxime Rovere éclaire la naissance et les enjeux d’une philosophie qui n’en finit pas de nous aider à comprendre le monde, et nous avec lui.

Maxime Rovere
Le clan Spinoza
Amsterdam, 1677.
L’invention de la liberté
Littérature française
Libres Champs
560 pages
109 x 178 mm
Broché
Paru le 23/01/2019
EAN : 9782081422506
ISBN : 9782081422506
Prix : €10,00

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Franz Kafka, the Eternal Son. A Biography by Peter-André Alt

Franz Kafka remains one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

His novels, stories, and letters are still regarded today as the epitome of the dark, fascinating, and uncanny, a model of the modernist aesthetic.

Peter-André Alt’s landmark biography, Franz Kafka, the Eternal Son, recounts and explores Kafka’s life and literary work throughout the cultural and political upheavals of central Europe.

Alt’s biography explores Franz Kafka’s own view of life and writing as a unity that shaped his identity. He locates links and echoes among the author’s work, life, and surroundings, situating him within the traditions of Prague’s German literature, modernity, psychoanalysis, and philosophy as well as within its Jewish culture, arts, theater, and intellectual tradition.

In this biographical tour de force, Kafka emerges as an observant flaneur and wistful loner, an anxious ascetic, an ecstatic and skeptic, a specialist in terror, and a master of irony. Alt masterfully illuminates Kafka’s life not as source material but as a mirror of his literary genius. Readers begin to see Kafka’s unforgettable novels and stories as shards reflecting the life of their creator.

About the Author
Peter-André André Alt is a German literary scholar and the president of the Free University in Berlin.
Kristine A, Thorsen is a lecturer emeritus of German at Northwestern University.

Franz Kafka, the Eternal Son
A Biography
Contributors
Peter-André Alt (Author)
Kristine Thorsen (Translator)
Publication Date September 2018
Categories Biography
704 pages
Trim Size 7 x 10
ISBN 0-8101-2607-9
Northwestern University Press
-Cloth Text
– $120.00
ISBN 978-0-8101-6243-3
-Paper Text
– $45.00
ISBN 978-0-8101-2607-7

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A Biography

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The Responsibilities of an Artist: Nexus-lezing door Ai Weiwei

Dictatuur, schendingen van mensenrechten, milieuvervuiling, verdronken vluchtelingen: dit zijn niet alleen de urgentste kwesties in de wereldpolitiek, maar ook de thema’s in het werk van Ai Weiwei.

Met zijn enorm veelzijdige creativiteit en maatschappelijke engagement zet hij als een van de beroemdste en grootste kunstenaars van onze tijd vrijwel alles op het spel: hij werd gearresteerd, zijn paspoort werd ingenomen, en afgelopen zomer nog sloopten de Chinese autoriteiten zonder waarschuwing zijn studio in Beijing.

Als geen ander kan Ai Weiwei dus vertellen over de verantwoordelijkheid van de kunstenaar. Wat vermag de kunst in een tijd waarin dissidenten worden opgesloten en journalisten zonder pardon het land uit worden gezet?
Hoe ver mag de kunstenaar gaan?
Hoe ver moét hij gaan?
Hoor het bij de Nexus-lezing 2019, The Responsibilities of an Artist.

The Responsibilities of an Artist
Nexus-lezing Ai Weiwei
25 mei 2019
14.30 – 17.30
Aula VU Amsterdamhttps://nexus-instituut.nl/

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Chronicles of a Liquid Society by Umberto Eco

The final book from one of Europe’s cultural giants: an entertaining collection of essays about the modern world – from unbridled individualism to mobile phones.

Umberto Eco was an international cultural superstar. A celebrated essayist as well as novelist, in this, his last collection, he explores many aspects of the modern world with irrepressible curiosity and wisdom written in his uniquely ironic voice.

Written by Eco as articles for his regular column in l’Espresso magazine, he brings his dazzling erudition, incisiveness and keen sense of the everyday to bear on topics such as popular culture and politics, unbridled individualism, conspiracies, the old and the young, mobile phones, mass media, racism, good manners and the crisis in ideological values.

It is a final gift to his readers – astute, witty and illuminating.

“ A swan song from one of Europe’s great intellectuals…Eco entertains with his intellect, humor, and insatiable curiosity…there’s much here to enjoy and ponder ”.  Tim Parks, Guardian

Chronicles of a Liquid Society
by Umberto Eco
Paperback
ISBN 9781784705206
Hardback
ISNB 9781911215318
2017/2018
Harvill Secker / Vintage
320 pages
Language & Literary Studies

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Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution by Noam Chomsky

The Balkans, in particular the turbulent ex-Yugoslav territory, have been among the most important world regions in Noam Chomsky’s political reflections and activism for decades.

His articles, public talks, and correspondence have provided a critical voice on political and social issues crucial not only to the region but the entire international community, including “humanitarian intervention,” the relevance of international law in today’s politics, media manipulations, and economic crisis as a means of political control.

This volume provides a comprehensive survey of virtually all of Chomsky’s texts and public talks that focus on the region of the former Yugoslavia, from the 1970s to the present. With numerous articles and interviews, this collection presents a wealth of materials appearing in book form for the first time along with reflections on events twenty-five years after the official end of communist Yugoslavia and the beginning of the war in Bosnia.

The book opens with a personal and wide-ranging preface by Andrej Grubačić that affirms the ongoing importance of Yugoslav history and identity, providing a context for understanding Yugoslavia as an experiment in self-management, antifascism, and mutlethnic coexistence.

Noam Chomsky (1928) is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

Title: Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution
Author: Noam Chomsky
Edited by Davor Džalto
Preface by Andrej Grubačić
Subjects: Politics / History-Europe
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-442-5
Published: 04/2018
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Size: 6×9
240 pages
$15.63

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The Hatred of Literature by William Marx

For the last 2,500 years literature has been attacked, booed, and condemned, often for the wrong reasons and occasionally for very good ones. The Hatred of Literature examines the evolving idea of literature as seen through the eyes of its adversaries: philosophers, theologians, scientists, pedagogues, and even leaders of modern liberal democracies.

From Plato to C. P. Snow to Nicolas Sarkozy, literature’s haters have questioned the value of literature—its truthfulness, virtue, and usefulness—and have attempted to demonstrate its harmfulness.

Literature does not start with Homer or Gilgamesh, William Marx says, but with Plato driving the poets out of the city, like God casting Adam and Eve out of Paradise. That is its genesis. From Plato the poets learned for the first time that they served not truth but merely the Muses. It is no mere coincidence that the love of wisdom (philosophia) coincided with the hatred of poetry. Literature was born of scandal, and scandal has defined it ever since.

In the long rhetorical war against literature, Marx identifies four indictments—in the name of authority, truth, morality, and society. This typology allows him to move in an associative way through the centuries. In describing the misplaced ambitions, corruptible powers, and abysmal failures of literature, anti-literary discourses make explicit what a given society came to expect from literature. In this way, anti-literature paradoxically asserts the validity of what it wishes to deny. The only threat to literature’s continued existence, Marx writes, is not hatred but indifference.

William Marx is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Paris Nanterre.

The Hatred of Literature
William Marx
Translated by Nicholas Elliott
Belknap Press
Harvard University Press
ISBN 9780674976122
Publ.: January 2018
Hardcover
240 pages
€27.00

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