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A Hero of Our Time

By Mikhail Lermontov
  • ISBN Code: : 1681952610
  • Publisher : Xist Publishing
  • Pages : 141
  • Category : Fiction
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A Novel About Opposites “In the first place, [his eyes] never laughed when he laughed. Have you ever noticed this peculiarity some people have? It is either the sign of an evil nature or of a profound and lasting sorrow.” - Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time ‘The Hero of Our Time’, Grigory Alexandrovich Pechorin is actually a traditional antihero who destroys the life of others around him. He is a 19th-century Casanova who can’t find peace and happiness, often contemplating on the meaning of life and destiny. His story is seen through many eyes: a fellow brother-in-arms, the narrator and ultimately Pechorin himself. How will he end up: as a misunderstood hero or as a vile villain? Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

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A taut, bighearted new novel from bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about a daughter’s relationship with her larger-than-life mother—and all that is left behind as one generation moves to the next Over the course of one weekend in London, a woman, “trying to decide what I thought about my life,” winds up wrestling with the memory of her mother. Her mother—who had also loved to visit London--died ten months earlier, but her presence is in no way diminished by her death. In The Hero of This Book, Elizabeth McCracken tracks a daughter’s relationship with her larger-than-life mother. At every turn the narrator is confronted by the past—remembered conversations, the days the two of them spent wandering through museums or going to the theater—playing alongside questions of the future: back in New England, the family home is now for sale, its considerable contents already winnowed. But the messy detritus of an ordinary life is not all that remains. Visiting familiar haunts, the woman recalls all that made her complicated mother extraordinary—her brilliant wit, her generosity, her unbelievable obstinacy, her sheer will in seizing life despite serious physical ailments. The woman, a writer, finds herself wondering how her mother had endured. Even though she wants to respect her mother’s nearly pathological sense of privacy, the woman must come to terms with whether making a chronicle of this remarkable life constitutes an act of love or betrayal. The Hero of This Book is a searing examination of grief and renewal, and of a deeply felt relationship between a child and her parents. What begins as a question of filial devotion ultimately becomes a lesson in what it means to write. At once comic and heartbreaking, with prose that delights at every turn, this is a novel of such piercing love and tenderness that we are reminded that art is what remains when all else falls away

The Circassian Miracle:

By Adel Bashqawi
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1796076856
  • Total of Pages : 1198
  • Category : History
  • Members : 759
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This work is dedicated to Circassia, the historical homeland of the Circassians, who inspired and encouraged emerging generations to maintain the torch of freedom and to lead the way, despite all obstacles and attempts of exclusion that have been tested over the years. Since the subjugation of their homeland, the Circassians were subjected to harsh conditions in all walks of life, which wasn’t easy to withstand and get through. This meant a dictatorial, savage, direct military and security jurisdiction, and domination for the duration of both tyrant tsarist imperial and Soviet/Communist eras. From the beginning of the 1990s on, the general situation has been quite different concerning the circumstances that the Circassian affairs have been clutched to. After decades of being forgotten, the people of the Caucasus region and the world at large have started to become enlightened with information that was prevented and blocked from the public. Even the historians, specialists, and academicians were not in the picture of the pain, destiny, and suffering that the Circassian nation was inflicted with for decades, specifically since the occupation and deportation of 1864.

Герой нашего времени / A Hero of our time

By Михаил Лермонтов
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  • Publisher : Litres
  • Book Code : 5041070016
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  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 799
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Издание посвящено 200-летнему юбилею М.Ю. Лермонтова и подготовлено в форме билингвы – с параллельном текстом на английском языке, что кардинальным образом облегчает понимание любых сложных мест и обеспечивает правильное расширение словарного запаса. Такая структура книги успешно послужит и русским читателям, изучающим английский язык.

The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading

By Phyllis Rose
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  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Book Code : 0374709793
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 860
  • Pdf File: the-shelf.pdf

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Phyllis Rose embarks on a grand literary experiment—to read her way through a random shelf of library books, LEQ–LES Can you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an Upper East Side lending library in an effort to do just that. Hoping to explore the "real ground of literature," she reads her way through a somewhat randomly chosen shelf of fiction, from LEQ to LES. The shelf has everything Rose could wish for—a classic she has not read, a remarkable variety of authors, and a range of literary styles. The early nineteenth-century Russian classic A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov is spine by spine with The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Stories of French Canadian farmers sit beside those about aristocratic Austrians. California detective novels abut a picaresque novel from the seventeenth century. There are several novels by a wonderful, funny, contemporary novelist who has turned to raising dogs because of the tepid response to her work. In The Shelf, Rose investigates the books on her shelf with exuberance, candor, and wit while pondering the many questions her experiment raises and measuring her discoveries against her own inner shelf—those texts that accompany us through life. "Fairly sure that no one in the history of the world has read exactly this series of novels," she sustains a sense of excitement as she creates a refreshingly original and generous portrait of the literary enterprise.

Nevsky: A Hero of the People

By Ben McCool
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  • Publisher : IDW Publishing
  • Book Code : 1623020271
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  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Members : 446
  • Pdf File: nevsky.pdf

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A true legendary Russian hero, a groundbreaking Russian filmmaker! Alexander Nevsky is a central figure in Russian history, having lived during one of Russia''s darkest periods - the invasion of the Teutonic Knights. Alexander Nevsky helped establish the Russian nation by defeating the Teutonic Knights, invaders from the last vestiges of the Holy Roman Empire, with an army comprised of ordinary citizens who were poorly-equipped soldiers, but fought for their freedom. This ragtag band, against overwhelming odds, defeated the invaders in an epic battle on the frozen lake Peipus - a spectacular achievement that is still celebrated in Russia to this day. In 1938, the great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, much acclaimed for his masterful historical interpretations, as seen in "Battleship Potemkin" (1925) and "Ivan the Terrible" (1944), brought the story of Alexander Nevsky to life on the silver screen in an innovative and brilliant way, by developing new film techniques that remain in use almost 100 years later by some of the greatest directors of our time. Now, following in the steps of Eisenstein, IDW is proud to present one of the most compelling historical graphic novels ever produced - one that is as relevant today as it was at any time in history!

The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov

By Vladimir E. Alexandrov
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136601570
  • Total of Pages : 848
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 859
  • Pdf File: the-garland-companion-to-vladimir-nabokov.pdf

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First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Travels of Daniel Ascher

By Déborah Lévy-Bertherat
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  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Book Code : 1590517083
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 145
  • Pdf File: the-travels-of-daniel-ascher.pdf

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A sensation in France, this is a story about literary deceptions, family secrets, and a thrilling quest for the truth Who is the real author of The Black Insignia? Is it H. R. Sanders, whose name is printed on the cover of every installment of the wildly successful young adult adventure series? Or is it Daniel Roche, the enigmatic world traveler who disappears for months at a time? When Daniel’s great-niece, Hélène, moves to Paris to study archeology, she does not expect to be searching for answers to these questions. As rumors circulate, however, that the twenty-fourth volume of The Black Insignia series will be the last, Hélène and her friend Guillaume, a devoted fan of her great-uncle’s books, set out to discover more about the man whose life eludes her. In so doing, she uncovers an explosive secret dating back to the darkest days of the Occupation. In recounting the moment when one history began and another ended, The Travels of Daniel Ascher explores the true nature of fiction: is it a refuge, a lie, or a stand-in for mourning?

Erotic Nihilism in Late Imperial Russia

By Otto Boele
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  • Publisher : Univ of Wisconsin Press
  • Book Code : 0299232735
  • Total of Pages : 255
  • Category : History
  • Members : 253
  • Pdf File: erotic-nihilism-in-late-imperial-russia.pdf

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Banned shortly after its publication in 1907, the Russian novel Sanin scandalized readers with the sexual exploits of its eponymous hero. Wreaking havoc on the fictional town he visits in Mikhail Artsybashev’s story, the character Sanin left an even deeper imprint on the psyche of the real-life Russian public. Soon “Saninism” became the buzzword for the perceived faults of the nation. Seen as promoting a wave of hedonistic, decadent behavior, the novel was suppressed for decades, leaving behind only the rumor of its supposedly epidemic effect on a vulnerable generation of youth. Who were the Saninists, and what was their “teaching” all about? Delving into police reports, newspaper clippings, and amateur plays, Otto Boele finds that Russian youth were not at all swept away by the self-indulgent lifestyle of the novel’s hero. In fact, Saninism was more smoke than fire—a figment of the public imagination triggered by anxieties about the revolution of 1905 and the twilight of the Russian empire. The reception of the novel, Boele shows, reflected much deeper worries caused by economic reforms, an increase in social mobility, and changing attitudes toward sexuality. Showing how literary criticism interacts with the age-old medium of rumor, Erotic Nihilism in Late Imperial Russia offers a meticulous analysis of the scandal’s coverage in the provincial press and the reactions of young people who appealed to their peers to resist the novel’s nihilistic message. By examining the complex dialogue between readers and writers, children and parents, this study provides fascinating insights into Russian culture on the eve of World War I.

Gender, Sex and the Shaping of Modern Europe

By Annette F. Timm,Joshua A. Sanborn
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350180025
  • Total of Pages : 496
  • Category : History
  • Members : 111
  • Pdf File: gender-sex-and-the-shaping-of-modern-europe.pdf

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At a time when issues of gender and sexuality are as prominent as they have ever been, Gender, Sex and the Shaping of Modern Europe provides an authoritative exploration of the history of these deeply connected subjects over the last 250 years. Incorporating a blend of history and historiography, Annette F. Timm and Joshua A. Sanborn write engagingly on gender and sexuality in a way that illuminates our understanding of historical change and individual experience throughout Europe. The new and improved 3rd edition of this textbook now includes: · Personal vignette textboxes which shed light on key themes through individual life stories · Added material on Russia, Eastern Europe, the Holocaust and the 21st century · Historiographical updates throughout that bring the text up-to-date with new scholarship · 30 new images and maps Through 6 thematic chapters that cover democracy, capitalism, imperialism and war, Timm and Sanborn trace the social construction of gender roles, consider gender's influence on political and economic developments during the period and reflect on where European society's relationship with gender will go both now and in the future.

How the Russians Read the French

By Priscilla Meyer
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  • Publisher : Univ of Wisconsin Press
  • Book Code : 0299229335
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 238
  • Pdf File: how-the-russians-read-the-french.pdf

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Russian writers of the nineteenth century were quite consciously creating a new national literary tradition. They saw themselves self-consciously through Western European eyes, at once admiring Europe and feeling inferior to it. This ambivalence was perhaps most keenly felt in relation to France, whose language and culture had shaped the world of the Russian aristocracy from the time of Catherine the Great. In How the Russians Read the French, Priscilla Meyer shows how Mikhail Lermontov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Lev Tolstoy engaged with French literature and culture to define their own positions as Russian writers with specifically Russian aesthetic and moral values. Rejecting French sensationalism and what they perceived as a lack of spirituality among Westerners, these three writers attempted to create moral and philosophical works of art that drew on sources deemed more acceptable to a Russian worldview, particularly Pushkin and the Gospels. Through close readings of A Hero of Our Time, Crime and Punishment, and Anna Karenina, Meyer argues that each of these great Russian authors takes the French tradition as a thesis, proposes his own antithesis, and creates in his novel a synthesis meant to foster a genuinely Russian national tradition, free from imitation of Western models. Winner, University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

Heartfelt Hero- Exploring the real hero of our times

By Amit Jha
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  • Publisher : Blue Rose Publishers
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 157
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 120
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Who is the real hero in our society? Is it a singer with melodious voice who has fan-following in millions or a soldier who died guarding the nation or a common man struggling for his family needs or a devotee who has spent his life for a religious cause? Heartfelt hero is a story that takes the reader to a journey of finding out the real hero of our times. The story is about Arjun who is blessed with a magical voice. He aspires to become a professional singer and song writer. He gets enrolled for an engineering degree in Avadh Engineering College and falls in love with Aditi there. Arjun proposes Aditi, only to get rejected. Aditi eventually marries Rahul who happens to be a Captain in Indian Army. Set in the temple town of Ayodhya, the story studies the significance of Lord Ram in modern India. The story also looks into the role that Ram Mandir had in changing the political discourse of the country and determining its destiny. After graduation, Arjun moves to Delhi to chase his dreams. In the turn of events, Captain Rahul dies in his line of duty while fighting the terrorists. After Rahul’s death, what emerges between Arjun and Aditi?

Mystifying Russian soul

By Nikolai Gogol,Fyodor Dostoevsky,Leo Tolstoy,Alexander Pushkin,Ivan Turgenev
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  • Publisher : Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 223
  • Pdf File: mystifying-russian-soul.pdf

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Why is the name of this composite book “Mystifying Russian soul”? Let’s apply to Wikipedia: “The concept arouse in the second part of the 19th century due to a philosophy of the leading Russian writers such as Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. In their popular in Europe books not ethic, but aesthetic principles as well as not entertaining, but moral needs are playing the dominant role. “Spirit” of such writings turned into “Soul” and lead to a concept “Mystifying Russian soul” popular abroad. Except Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy almost all the writers who became classics of Russian and world literature took part in this process. The composite book “Mystifying Russian soul” contains more than twenty their novels, tales, plays and poems.

A Karenina Companion

By C.J.G. Turner
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  • Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
  • Book Code : 1554588065
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 302
  • Pdf File: a-karenina-companion.pdf

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Although Anna Karenina has been described as “the European novel” by Frank Leavis, the geographical setting of the novel and, increasingly, its temporal and cultural setting, render it a foreign novel to most readers. A Karenina Companion offers a wealth of information, including a great deal that has previously not been available in English, for the scholarly and literary appreciation of this great novel. Chapter 1 is a biographical introduction and Chapter 2 an examination of the way in which the novel was composed. In Chapter 3 the author brings together Tolstoi’s own substantial comments on his work. Chapter 4 adduces the main differences between the latest edition of the text and what has been the standard edition for over 50 years. Chapter 5 outlines what Tolstoi was reading as he was writing the novel. The final chapter provides a survey of significant secondary literature, with English-language works listed in appendices. A Karenina Companion will facilitate both the reading and understanding of the novel by English speakers and the writing of informed and reliable critical appreciations.

A Free Agent

By Frederic Wakeman
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  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Book Code : 1787207773
  • Total of Pages : 281
  • Category : History
  • Members : 500
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AN EXCITING, POWERFUL NOVEL ABOUT A DEDICATED UNDERCOVER MAN FOR WHOM THE COLD WAR IS A RED-HOT, EXPLOSIVE REALITY! From New Guinea to Athens to Africa, this sweeping, powerful novel traces the exciting and always dangerous career of a hero of our time. First as a dive-bomber pilot, then as an undercover agent, Mark Marklay daily risks his life for his country. And he freely accepts the blind obedience demanded of him even when it means blotting out private scruples or leaving his beautiful Greek wife in the middle of their honeymoon. But he is forced to re-evaluate his marriage, his life and the entire Cold War struggle when he is betrayed and captured while on a dangerous mission in Africa—and is confronted with evidence that the informer has been his own wife! “...impressive beyond anything Wakeman has done before. It fulfills an obligation to entertain without bypassing the mind or overlooking chances to kick sacred cows when they stray onto the path.”—The New York Times Book Review