Image and Echo
Duality is the theme running through Xavier Roy’s magnificent photographs of Egypt. Images of ancient Egyptian civilization are echoed in photographs of modern-day Egyptians – or a relief of Horus stands alongside a real hawk – while landscapes capture unchanging scenes such as feluccas on the Nile. The 145 monochrome photographs are introduced by Gamal al-Ghitani.
Diaghilev and Friends
'I don't do anything', Diaghilev once said, 'but I am indispensable'. This compelling biography explores the mysterious and mercurial personality of the creator of the Ballets Russes. With a stellar cast of artists such as Picasso, Cocteau, Stravinsky and Prokoviev, it brings to life the sophisticated, hedonistic world of 1920s Paris, while never losing sight of the man himself, probing his vision, his demons, and his mutually destructive affair with his protege Nijinsky.
The Man, His People and the Empire
Mahatma Gandhi was a man of apparent contradictions: a London-trained lawyer who wore the clothes of India's poorest, an apostle of non-violence who urged Indians to enlist in the First World War, and a champion of independence with an enduring affection for all things British. Drawing on family archives, this monumental biography by his grandson offers a complete and balanced account of Gandhi’s life, the development of his political and religious beliefs, and his complex relations with his family.
The English Garden
A Journey Through its History
This journey through the history of the English garden features twelve of the most important, original and beautiful parks in the country. Garden design changed radically during the 18th century, when French symmetry was replaced by a new landscaped naturalism, and gardeners at Chiswick House, Castle Howard, Studley, Rousham, Stowe, Petworth and elsewhere redefined our ideas of beauty. The erudite narrative is accompanied by contemporary illustrations. No jacket.
Bel Canto Bully: The Life and Times
of the Legendary Opera Impresario Domenico Barbaja
Domenico Barbaja – gambling magnate, 'greatest man in the Kingdom of Naples' and 'the Napoleon of music impresarios' – promoted the finest voices of the bel canto period and was responsible for the emergence of the opera composers Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Eisenbeiss reconstructs Barbaja's life and travels, traces his rise from coffee waiter to millionaire and follows his passionate but sometimes fraught professional negotiations against the backdrop of the changing political powers of his day.
Sarajevo 1914–Versailles 1919: The War and Peace that Made the Modern World
Approaching the First World War from a global perspective, this collection of 28 essays seeks to explain how each of the participating countries that signed the first Versailles peace treaty on 28 June 1919 came to be there, or, in the case of Russia and China, why they were absent. Starting with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, chapters describe how the major states reacted to events in Sarajevo and how countries such as Greece, Portugal and Brazil entered the war.