Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten

By Langston Hughes, Emily Bernard, Carl Van Vechten

Langston Hughes is extensively remembered as a celebrated celebrity of the Harlem Renaissance -- a author whose bluesy, lyrical poems and novels nonetheless have huge charm. What's much less popular approximately Hughes is that for a lot of his lifestyles he maintained a friendship with Carl Van Vechten, a flamboyant white critic, author, and photographer whose ardent aid of black artists was once peerless.

Despite their transformations -- Van Vechten used to be forty-four to Hughes twenty-two once they met--Hughes' and Van Vechten's shared curiosity in black tradition result in a deeply-felt, if unconventional friendship that may span a few 40 years. among them they knew every person -- from Zora Neale Hurston to Richard Wright, and their letters, lovingly and expertly gathered the following for the 1st time, are packed with gossip concerning the antics of the nice and the forgotten, in addition to with speak that ranged from race kin to blues lyrics to the nightspots of Harlem, which they either enjoyed to prowl. It's a correspondence that, as Emily Bernard notes in her creation, presents "an strange checklist of leisure, politics, and tradition as visible in the course of the eyes of 2 interesting and irreverent males.

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O Moleque Ricardo

By José Lins do Rego

About the writer (from Goodreads):

José Lins do Rego Cavalcanti (July three, 1901 in Pilar Paraíba - September 12, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro) was once a Brazilian novelist such a lot recognized for his semi-autobiographical "sugarcane cycle." those novels have been the root of flicks that had distribution within the English conversing international. in addition to Graciliano Ramos and Jorge Amado he stands as one of many maximum regionalist writers of Brazil. based on Otto Maria Carpeaux (Brazilian literary critic), José Lins used to be "the final of the tale tellers". His first novel, Menino de Engenho ("Boy from the plantation"), was once released with hassle, yet quickly it obtained praised by way of the critics.

Sobre o livro:

Nascido no Engenho Santa Rosa, no inside de Pernambuco, o “moleque de eito” Ricardo tinha poucas perspectivas de ascender na vida. Aos sixteen anos, inconformado com seu destino, ele make a decision fugir para Recife e começar uma nova vida longe da roça.

Na capital pernambucana, Ricardo consegue encontrar um emprego. Porém mais do que trabalhar em troca de um salário, suas novas experiências incluem a descoberta do amor e da militância política. No entanto, o que parecia uma porta para a liberdade acaba em tragédia, com a prisão do rapaz na Ilha de Fernando de Noronha.

Primeiro romance de José Lins do Rêgo escrito em terceira pessoa, O moleque Ricardo tem um area of expertise cunho político. A trajetória do negro de engenho que busca uma nova vida na cidade, sem sucesso, reflete a lógica da cultura nordestina de que o trabalhador “alugado” tem melhor condições de vida do que o proletário urbano.

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El mal de Portnoy

By Philip Roth

Portnoy, mal de [llamado así por Alexander Portnoy (1933- )]: trastorno en el que los impulsos altruistas y morales se experimentan con mucha intensidad, pero se hallan en perpetua guerra con el deseo sexual más extremado y, en ocasiones, perverso. Al respecto cube Spielvogel: «Abundan los actos de exhibicionismo, voyeurismo, fetichismo y autoerotismo, así como el coito oral; no obstante, y como consecuencia de los angeles "moral" del paciente, ni l. a. fantasía ni el acto resultan en una auténtica gratificación sexual, sino en otro tipo de sentimientos, que se imponen a todos los demás: los angeles vergüenza y el temor al castigo, sobre todo en forma de castración» (Spielvogel, O., «El pene confuso», Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, vol. XXIV, p. 909). Spielvogel considera que estos síntomas pueden remontarse a los vínculos que hayan prevalecido en l. a. relación madre-hijo. «Roth es el escritor más valiente de Estados Unidos. Es moralmente valiente, políticamente valiente. Y Portnoy es parte de esa valentía.» Cynthia Ozick

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This Side of Paradise (Dover Thrift Editions)

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's first novel, This aspect of Paradise (1920) was once a right away, awesome luck and verified his literary recognition. probably the definitive novel of that "Lost Generation," it tells the tale of Amory Blaine, a good-looking, filthy rich Princeton pupil who halfheartedly consists of himself in literary cults, "liberal" scholar actions, and a sequence of empty flirtations with younger women. whilst he ultimately does fall really in love, even if, the younger lady rejects him for another.
After serving in France in the course of the warfare, Blaine returns to embark on a occupation in advertisements. nonetheless younger, yet already cynical and world-weary, he exemplifies the younger women and men of the '20s, defined by way of Fitzgerald as "a new release grown as much as locate all gods lifeless, all wars fought, all faiths in guy shaken."

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The Acrobats

By Mordecai Richler

Residing in a rat-infested inn in Franco's post-war Spain, André Bennett, a Canadian painter, loves Toni, his woman good friend, who desires him to come back domestic. Roger Kraus, a Nazi at the run, shadows the younger artist day and evening. They meet on a bridge over the last evening of the fiesta, and because the sky is shredded through exploding fireworks, the tale attracts to its violent climax. initially released in 1954, The Acrobats marks Mordecai Richler's gorgeous debut as a novelist.

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On the Edge

On the Edgeis a huge fresco of a brutal modern Spain in loose fall

On the Edge opens with the invention of a rotting corpse within the marshes at the outskirts of Olba, Spain―a city wracked through depression after the burst of the commercial bubble, and a microcosm of a global of defeat, debt, and corruption. caught during this city is Esteban―his small manufacturing facility bankrupt, his investments stolen by means of a “friend,” and his unloved father, a mute invalid, totally his own burden. a lot of the radical unfolds in Esteban’s uncooked and tormented monologues. yet different voices resound from the wreckage―soloists stepping forth from the choir―and their phrases, sharp as knives, crowd their terse, hypnotic monologues of wreck, prostitution, and loss.

Chirbes alternates this choir of voices with an imposing third-person narration, injecting a profound and relocating lyricism and delivering the desire new energy can emerge from the putrid swamps. On the Edge, while it excoriates, pulsates with strong existence, and its rhythmic, torrential sort marks the radical as an indelible masterpiece.

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Pas sur la neige

By Jean-Michel Maulpoix

"Quelqu'un marcherait sur l. a. neige, sous un ciel jaune et gris d'hiver. À pas lents, un peu lourds, qui se rapprochent ou qui s'éloignent. Juste une silhouette, enveloppée dans un manteau de laine noire. Un rudiment de signe sombre cerné par los angeles blancheur. Allant, sans que l'on sache pourquoi, ni vers où. Devant lui, nul chemin seen. Seulement l'hiver qui tombe, recouvrant sans un bruit l'empreinte de ses pas sur l. a. neige.

Quelqu'un marche dans le silence. Quelqu'un s'efface dans l'invisible. Sans paroles, sans parfum. Personne à son côté. Parfois levant l. a. tête. Parfois baissant les yeux. Mais c'est en lui que tombe los angeles neige où il proceed de marcher.

Neige : le nom d'autre selected où chaque pas s'enfonce de son poids d'énigme."

Jean-Michel Maulpoix

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A Jest of God (Phoenix Fiction)

By Margaret Laurence

A thirty-four-year-old tuition instructor residing along with her mom, Rachel Cameron feels trapped in an atmosphere of small-town deceit and pettiness—her personal and that of others. She longs for touch with one other man or woman who stocks her rebellious spirit. ultimately, by means of confronting either love and loss of life, Rachel earns the liberty she desperately needs.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, A Jest of God used to be additionally the foundation of the motion picture Rachel, Rachel.

"Mrs. Laurence tells [her tale] unsparingly, with absolute authority, utilizing her thorough figuring out of Rachel to attract us into her affliction. we all know Rachel, sympathize together with her, and in a feeling, develop into Rachel, so actual is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has remarkable readability, appealing aspect, in addition to the emotional influence of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review

"Laurence's rendition is as regards to ideal . . . reaffirming her skill to attract, with no pathos, life-sized girls. . . . Skillfully wrought and eloquently told."—Marilyn Gardner, Christian technological know-how Monitor

One of Canada's so much finished writers, Margaret Laurence(1926-1987) was once the recipient of many awards, together with the celebrated Governer General's Litarary Award for The Diviners and A Jest of God.

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