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Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems introduces English readers to one of the most celebrated poets of contemporary China. Gaining recognition as a post-Misty poet in the late ’80s, Xi Chuan was famous for his condensed, numinous lyricism, and for radiating classical Chinese influences as much as Western modernist traditions. After the crushing failure of Tiananmen Square and the death of two of his closest friends, he stopped writing for three years. He re-emerged transformed: he began writing meditative, expansive prose poems that dismantled the aestheticism and musicality of his previous self.
Divided into two sections that hinge around this formal break, Notes on the Mosquito offers the greatest hits of a deeply engaging poet whos poems intertwine the mountains and roads of Xinjiang with insects and mythical beasts, ghosts, sacred spirits, and a Sanskrit brick.
Ever wondered what all the fuss was about? What that book with that strange title was that all your Dutch friends were raving about? Now, finally, you have a chance to find out!
HHhH is the debut novel of frenchman Laurent Binet, for which he received the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman in France (the main prize for debut novels), was nominated for the Europese Literatuur Prijs (prize for the best translated novel) and that has been the literary underground hype of 2011 in the Netherlands. Moreover: we could claim that the hype, which came very slowly, has partly started in Boekhandel van Rossum. We've been pushing the book since the day it came out in 2010. For more than a year, English speaking customers heard us talk about the book, but couldn't share in the experience reading it. These days are finally over, because now HHhH is available in English. Good news, because you can't afford to have lived and not read HHhH.
Eigenlijk is het verbazingwekkend dat nog nooit iemand een algemene geschiedenis van schuld heeft geschreven, merkt historisch antropoloog David Graeber op in een interview met wetenschapsprogramma Labyrint, dat u hieronder kunt bekijken. Juist omdat, zo toont zijn boek Debt: the first 5000 years aan, schuld zo'n centraal thema is in onze morele, politieke én economische geschiedenis.
On May 31st American philosopher Martha Nussbaum will visit Amsterdam. Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She will speak at the International School of Amsterdam in Amstelveen about her latest translated book: Creating Capabilities. The lecture will be organized by the John Adams Institute in cooperation with Ambo Anthos. Boekhandel van Rossum will be present at the lecture and will have all recent titles by Nussbaum available for sale. You can preorder your books on the form here at a special price. You can find more information and order tickets at the John Adams Institute. Tickets are going fast, so order them today! Below you can read about Nussbaum's three latest books.
G.K. Chesterton was in zijn tijd (de vroege twintigste eeuw) een grote ster aan het letterenfirmament. Hij schreef over filosofie, politiek, kunst, geloof en literatuur in fictie, nonfictie, toneelstukken en poëzie. Hij gold als de "prins van de paradox", en stond erom bekend zijn tegenstanders met evenveel vuur als humor te lijf te gaan.
Accretion, articulation, exploration, transformation, naming, sentiment, private and public property – these are just a few of Juliana Spahr's interests. In this, her third collection of poetry, we find her performing her characteristic magic, turning these theoretical concerns into a poetic odyssey.
The moment I started reading this book I fell, head first, into a little boys world. The main character, from whose perspective we read the story, is a five-year-old boy called Jack. He was born and has spent his whole life, five years, in one small room. This room is his home. Jack and his mother, Ma, are being kept locked up there, by the man who abducted his mother seven years ago.
His mother’s pain is huge, yet to protect him she has built a special life for him. His life exists out of a complicated mixture of lies and truths, this all, of course, to protect him. And since he knows no other existence he is completely content, not realizing what he is missing.
Jack’s thoughts are surprising, touching, frightening and joyful. The ability the writer, Emma Donoghue, has to pull you into the five-year-old boy’s mind is remarkable. It makes reading the book an intense and moving journey full of suspense, which you have to experience yourself to appreciate.
- Shows how people can live together and overcome the challenge of religious terrorism by adopting a “secular outlook” on life and politics.
- Shows how secularism can answer the problem of religious terrorism.
- Provides new perspectives on how religious minorities can be integrated into liberal democracies.
- Reveals how secularism has gained a new political and moral significance.
- Also examines such topics as atheism, religious criticism and free speech