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  • Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas Mosley
    Hopeful Monsters (English, Paperback) Nicholas Mosley

    Hopeful Monsters is a tour de force of intellect and eros - one in which Albert Einstein taunts a lecture hall full of Nazis and Ludwig Wittgenstein is an awkward guest at an English garden party. It is a love story in which a young English physicist and a German-Jewish anthropologist pursue each other across landscapes that range from Hitler's Germany to Los Alamos on the eve of the atomic age....

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  • Agape Agape by William Gaddis
    Agape Agape (English, Paperback) William Gaddis

    William Gaddis published four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a new movement in American letters. Now comes his final work of fiction, a subtle, concentrated culmination of his art and ideas. For more than fifty years Gaddis collected notes for a book about the mechanization of the arts, told by way of a social history of the player piano in America. In...

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  • The Art Of Time In Memoir by Sven Birkerts
    The Art Of Time In Memoir (English, Paperback) Sven Birkerts

    'Memoir is, for better and often for worse, the genre of our times,' Birkerts writes. This piece of elegant literary criticism seeks to understand what makes some memoirs memorable and others self-serving. Birkerts argues that the memoirists strategies for presenting the subjective experience of time reveal the power and resonance of the writer's life. By examining Virginia Woolf's A Sketch of the...

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  • The Gutenberg Elegies by Sven Birkerts
    The Gutenberg Elegies (English, Paperback) Sven Birkerts

    In this boldly original challenge to the new information technologies--an essential work for anyone who cares about the future of books--Birkerts shows how, in our abrupt, heedless switch from book to screen, we as a society are allowing our inner lives to be diminished.

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  • Changing the Subject by Sven Birkerts
    Changing the Subject (English, Paperback) Sven Birkerts

    Trenchant, expansive essays on the cultural consequences of ongoing, all-permeating technological innovation...

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  • The Other Walk by Sven Birkerts
    The Other Walk (English, Paperback) Sven Birkerts

    In this deeply appealing and engaging collection of essays, Sven Birkerts looks back through his own life, as well as at the generations before him and ahead at the lives of his children. Through vignette-style meditations, Birkerts plunges readers into remembered incidents and resurfaces a few pages later with surprising and provocative new perspectives. Written for readers from all backgrounds,...

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  • The The Inspector Barlach Mysteries: The Inspector Barlach Mysteries "The Judge and His Hangman" and "Suspicion" by Friedrich Durrenmatt
    The The Inspector Barlach Mysteries: The Inspector Barlach Mysteries "The Judge and His Hangman" and "Suspicion" (English, Paperback) Friedrich Durrenmatt

    This volume offers bracing new translations of two precursors to the modern detective novel by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, whose genre-bending mysteries recall the work of Alain Robbe-Grillet and anticipate the postmodern fictions of Paul Auster and other contemporary neo-noir novelists. Both mysteries follow Inspector Barlach as he moves through worlds in which the distinction between crime and...

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