Word for Word
A Translator's Memoir of Literature, Politics, and Survival in Soviet Russia
A Russian Jew, who lived in Germany, France and Palestine before her family settled in the USSR in 1933, Lilianna Lungina (1920–1998) became a celebrated literary translator, introducing Russian readers to the work of writers including Knut Hamsun, Heinrich Böll, Colette and Ibsen. Lilya lived through some of the most harrowing events of the 20th century, yet her memoir, as told to Oleg Dorman and illustrated with personal photographs, shows how misfortune can lead to ‘surprising and improbable happiness and richness’.
The Wooden Horse
The Liberation of the Western Mind, from Odysseus to Socrates
Keld Zeruneith argues that the Trojan Horse marks a paradigm shift from physical warfare to strategic thinking; and from a close reading of ancient Greek philosophy, drama and poetry he makes a compelling argument about the origins of modern consciousness.
In the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Fascist Italy and the People's Republic of China
The Russian art historian Igor Golomstock presents an illustrated, comparative study of the official art of Stalin’s USSR, the Third Reich, Mussolini’s Italy and the People’s Republic of China under Mao, with a postscript on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Translated by Robert Chandler.
Ending the African Slave Trade
After the Acts of 1807 and 1833 that abolished slavery across the British Empire, the Royal Navy patrolled the African coast to enforce the law; yet there were still slave markets around the Indian Ocean in the 1860s. This book tells of four British naval officers who took direct action – against Admiralty guidelines which advised adjudication rather than violence – to free captives and disrupt the slave trade along the coasts of Africa and Arabia.
Wealth, Rivalry and Asia's New Geopolitics
Michael Wesley assesses the battle for primacy in Asia between the United States and other nations, particularly China, examining the local geopolitical and cultural power dynamics of a rapidly enriched continent that holds 60 per cent of the world’s population.
The True Origins of the Once and Future King
Adam Ardrey follows up the detective work in his Finding Merlin with this account of his wider investigations into the legend of King Arthur. He reaches the startling conclusion that the historical Arthur came from Scotland, and also presents evidence to suggest that some of the story’s most familiar features – the Round Table, the Sword in the Stone and the Lady of the Lake – have their origins in the landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
The Elvis Encyclopedia
Elvis's output was prodigious: over 100 singles, more than 100 albums and dozens of films and TV specials. As a leading music and movie star he came into contact with almost everyone of note in the entertainment industry and his humble origins and unprecedented success made his private life a particular source of fascination for fans. This book draws all these strands together in a comprehensive alphabetical reference work of all things Elvis.
Between the Sheets
Nine 20th Century Women Writers and Their Famous Literary Partnerships
In her accounts of nine 20th-century women and their literary partnerships, Lesley McDowell gives each a role – Hilda Dolittle is the ‘Novice’ in her affair with Ezra Pound, Anaïs Nin the ‘Mistress’ of Henry Miller, Rebecca West ‘Mother’ of HG Wells’s child – but none of them is labelled ‘victim’. These women writers, McDowell argues, ‘chose their own fates knowingly’ to further their own literary ambitions and poetic consciousness.
Before & After Alexander
The Legend and Legacy of Alexander the Great
Professor Billows explores the career of Philip II of Macedon and the powerful state and army which his son Alexander inherited; and after a brief review of Alexander’s conquests, examines the decades following his death and the development of the Hellenistic empires.
Russia’s magnificent literary tradition has immortalized many places, from the streets of Dostoyevsky’s St Petersburg to Tolstoy’s country estate. Starting in Moscow, this guidebook charts the city’s literary museums and writers’ houses before moving to St Petersburg, and then through the entire country. The authors provide an overview of Russian literature as well as an insight into the contemporary social and political landscape, and five specially commissioned maps show the locations of the sites. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
In the Footsteps of Abraham
The Holy Land in Hand-Painted Photographs
The birthplace of three great Abrahamic faiths, the Holy Land occupies a unique status in history. In the 1920s Arie Speelman, a Dutch Christian, commissioned the hand-colouring of 1,200 black-and-white slides of the area. This book explains their background and reproduces a magnificent selection of these images, which were bequeathed to Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. They offer a rare glimpse of towns, villages and landscapes before the onset of modernization, as Jesus might have seen them.
Let's Have A Bite!
A Banquet of Beastly Rhymes
Here are the culinary adventures of an extraordinary menagerie – Hugh the blue emu, Theodor the lemur (who 'Goes door to door/ Selling boar bristle brushes'), Iggy the guinea piggy, and the zoo VIP (Very Idle Panda), to name just a fraction – told in rhymes and hilarious pictures. Ronald Searle obviously relished drawing creatures such as William the billy goat cooking 'spaghetti of sweater yarn', but he didn't forget to hide a little mouse for young readers to find in every picture. Age 6+