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  • Writersby Antoine Volodine

    Columbia University Press 2014;

    Here we have the anatomy of the contemporary writer, as imagined by the pseudonymous, “post-exotic? Antoine Volodine. His writers aren?t the familiar, bitter, alcoholic kind, however; nor are they great, romantic, tortured geniuses; and least of all are they media darlings and socialites. No, in Volodine?s universe, the writer is pitted in a pathetic... more...

  • Law of Desire: Storiesby Andrej Blatnik

    Columbia University Press 2014;

    Following on from his short story collection, You Do Understand?, is this expansive collection of sixteen tales about “urban nomads? lost in a labyrinth of pop culture: “We go to the movies. We read books. We listen to music. No harm in that, but it?s not real.? A best-seller in Eastern Europe, Law of Desire is Blatnik at the height of his powers.... more...

  • Celtic Fairy Talesby Joseph Jacobs; John D. Batten

    Skyhorse Publishing 2014; US$ 19.95

    Originally published in 1892, this beautifully written collection of Celtic fairy tales is bound to enrapture. Filled to the brim with, as Joseph Jacob says, “both the best, and the best known folk-tales of the Celts,? this is the first of his two collections of Celtic folklore. Included in this charming collection are tales of romance, tales that... more...

  • On Poets and Othersby Michael Schmidt; Octavio Paz

    Arcade Publishing 2014; US$ 14.95

    The Nobel Prize–winning poet and man of letters Octavio Paz was also a brilliant reader of other writers, and this book selects his best critical essays from over three decades. In the sixteen pieces collected here, Paz discusses a wide range of poets and writers, both American and international, from Robert Frost and Walt Whitman to William Carlos... more...

  • ‘Isn't All This Bloody?'by Trevor Royle

    Birlinn 2014; US$ 10.19

    As in the rest of Britain, the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 was met in Scotland with excitement and relief. In the field of literature too, the initial response was positive. Kailyard fiction and the Celtic Twilight were left behind as artless verses, patriotic articles and short stories flooded into print. But as the war progressed things changed... more...

  • India 2020by A P J Abdul Kalam; Y S Rajan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    In this ground-breaking vision document, first published in 1998, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Y.S. Rajan offer a blueprint for India to be counted among the world?s top five economic powers by the year 2020. They cite growth rates and development trends to show that the goal is not unrealistic. Past successes?the green revolution and satellite-based... more...

  • The Greatest Company in the World?by Peter Casey

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    There is simply no other major business like the Tata Group?a company whose bottom line is doing the right thing for society. How did Tata transform itself from a family-owned business to one of the most professionally managed enterprises in the world? How did it become a world leader in an array of unrelated businesses?from steel and automobile... more...

  • Ex(tra)territorialby Didier Lassalle; Dirk Weissmann

    Editions Rodopi 2014; US$ 88.00

    As a judicial concept dating back to the 17th century, the term ex(tra)territoriality has long excited the interest of scholars and writers who have, since the 20th century, not hesitated to appropriate the notion, widening and transforming it in the process. This transfer to the field of humanities has opened a new space of reflection, a space for... more...

  • Books That Cookby Jennifer Cognard-Black; Melissa Goldthwaite; Marion Nestle

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    Organized like a cookbook, Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal is a collection of American literature written on the theme of food: from an invocation to a final toast, from starters to desserts. All food literatures are indebted to the form and purpose of cookbooks, and each section begins with an excerpt from an influential American cookbook,... more...

  • A Hilltop on the Marneby Mildred Aldrich

    Hesperus Press 2014; US$ 11.99

    A unique civilian's eye-view of World War I, depicting, through heartfelt letters from an American woman, a fascinating before and after picture of a French community in disarray What looked impossible is evidently coming to pass . . . I silently returned to my garden and sat down. War again! This time war was close by?not war about which one... more...