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  • Changing the Subject
    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 Gutenberg Elegies
    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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  • The Other Walk
    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 Art Of Time In Memoir
    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 Inspector Barlach Mysteries: "The Judge and His Hangman" and "Suspicion"
    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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  • Hopeful Monsters
    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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  • Readings
    Readings (English, Paperback) Sven Birkerts

    Combining the best of Sven Birkert's dazzling literary criticism with vital new essays. Here is Birkerts the literary critic in top form, discussing authors ranging from Elizabeth Bishop to Don DeLillo and topics ranging from biography to the enigma of poetic inspiration. A brilliant cultural commentator, Birkerts also offers important insights into contemporary nostalgia, our modern sense of time...

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  • Gunnar Birkerts
    Gunnar Birkerts (English, Hardback) Sven Birkerts, Martin Schwartz

    Latvian-born architect Gunnar Birkerts belongs to the second wave of modernists who arrived in the United States from abroad, a group that includes Kevin Roche and Cesar Pelli among others. This work presents his cultural perspectives as well as his family insights to bear, offering a unique portrait of a life and career.

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  • Writing Well, Longman Classics Edition
    Writing Well, Longman Classics Edition (English, Paperback) Donald Hall, Sven Birkerts

    Co-authored by two esteemed writers, Writing Well, is a beautifully-written and thoroughly readable guide to the craft of writing prose. 

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  • Reading Life
    Reading Life (English, Paperback) Sven Birkerts

    Acclaimed critic Sven Birkets decided to reinvest himself in the books that formed the landmarks of his inner life. In his words, 'Reading, the mind's traffic in signs and signifiers, is the most dynamic, changeful and possibly transformational act we can imagine.' By returning to the light-posts which marked his formative years, Birkets dissects the foundations themselves, finding strange...

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  • The Gutenberg Elegies
    The Gutenberg Elegies (Paperback) Sven Birkerts

    Discussing in personal and cultural terms the values of reading, and examining what may be lost as society turns towards CD-ROM, hypertext and audio books, the critic Sven Birkerts offers a defence of the place of reading and the printed word in the face of rapid technological advances.

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  • Tolstoy's Dictaphone
    Tolstoy's Dictaphone (English, Paperback) Sven Birkerts

    When the great Russian writer Tolstoy was first offered the use of a brand new invention called the Dictaphone, he refused it, saying that it was sure to be "too dreadfully exciting" and would distract him from his literary endeavors....

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  • The Art Of Time In Memoir
    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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