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The Gods Who Send Us Gifts - An Anthology Of African Short Stories (Paperback): Ivor Agyeman-Duah The Gods Who Send Us Gifts - An Anthology Of African Short Stories (Paperback)
Ivor Agyeman-Duah; Foreword by Wole Soyinka, Baroness Amos
R338 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R69 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This anthology marks the 55th anniversary of the historic 1962 Makerere Conference of African Literature in Uganda bringing together post-independence African writers many of whom would go on to play major roles in defining Africa’s literary history.

One of them wrote; “we were amazed that fate had entrusted us with the task of interpreting a continent to the world.”

Those who gathered included the Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Christopher Okigbo, JP Clark, Kofi Awoonor, Frances Ademola, Cameron Doudu, Lewis Nkosi, Dennis Brutus, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Bloke Modisane, the African American writer Langton Hughes et al. Fifty-five years on, many have joined the ancestors but there are a few survivors who attended the launch of this Anthology at SOAS in London on 28th October 2017.

Koning Eenoog - 'n Migranteverhaal (Afrikaans, Paperback): Toef Jaeger Koning Eenoog - 'n Migranteverhaal (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Toef Jaeger; Translated by Zandra Bezuidenhout
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1957 emigreer die negejarige Henk van Woerden vanaf Nederland met sy gesin na Kaapstad – leertas in die hand, mussie oor die ore, serp om die nek, glasoog in die oogkas. Eers veertig jaar later ontdek hy wat die rede was vir hierdie vertrek na Suid-Afrika: Sy pa was ’n kollaborateur in die Tweede Wêreldoorlog. Die emigrasie is die begin van ’n lewe as buitestaander en vorm later die goue draad in sy skilderye en literêre werk.

Koning Eenoog is ’n boeiende biografie van die ewig soekende emigrant Henk van Woerden (1947–2005), ’n skrywer wat nie net ’n bekroonde oeuvre agtergelaat het nie (Een mond vol glas – Alan Paton Award en die Frans Kellendonk-prys, Ultramarijn – Gouden Uil en Inktaap) maar ook die Nederlandse literatuur oor Suid-Afrika verander het.

Recognition - An Anthology Of South African Short stories (Paperback): Recognition - An Anthology Of South African Short stories (Paperback)
R308 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The lives of South Africans have always been interwoven in complex ways. There is a long history of division; but also of profound (and often surprising) instances of mutual recognition. Recognition is an exciting anthology of short stories in which twenty-two South African writers render these intricate connections.

The writers whose stories have been selected use the transformative power of the imagination and the unique appeal of the short story to illuminate aspects of our past and present. Cumulatively their stories tell of a history tainted by misrecognition but not, finally, bound by it. Amongst the twenty-two contributors are some of our best-known short story writers: Pauline Smith, Herman Charles Bosman, H.I. E. Dhlomo, Can Themba, Nadine Gordimer, Alex La Guma, Dan Jacobson, Miriam Tlali, Ahmed Essop, Njabulo Ndebele, Mandla Langa, Chris van Wyk, Damon Galgut, Achmat Dangor and Zoe Wicomb. And there is also a selection of vibrant newer voices: Makhosazana Xaba, Nadia Davids, Mary Watson, Lindiwe Nkutha, Wamuwi Mbao and Kobus Moolman.

Chronologically the collection ranges from the 1920s to the twenty first century. It builds on its predecessor, Encounters, but devotes significant attention to the transitional and post-apartheid years: almost half the stories were published after 1994. The anthology includes a generous and detailed introduction, written by David Medalie. It traces the motif of recognition, discusses the general characteristics of short stories and the narrative devices used by writers, and includes a brief analysis of each short story.

Recognition will appeal to teachers and students of literature. It will be enjoyed by all those who love short stories and appreciate the craftsmanship involved in telling a memorable tale.

Introduction To English Literary Studies (Paperback, 3rd Edition): D Byrne, G. Kane, R. Scheepers Introduction To English Literary Studies (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
D Byrne, G. Kane, R. Scheepers 2
R325 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R23 (7%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

The third edition of Introduction To English Literary Studies, previously published as Selves and Others, is a guide on how to approach, engage with, and write about literature. Structured into chapters that deal with reading and writing, poetry, narrative, and drama, the book enables students to become successful critical readers of English literature.

The book offers an integrated, progressive introduction to the study of literature in English, creative writing, and literary genres. Critical literacy exercises help students engage with literary concepts and develop their thinking skills. Margin glosses explain difficult terms, while information boxes provide additional contextual information or pose self-reflective questions.

Introduction To English Literary Studies is written for university and university of technology students taking first-year courses in literature and creative writing. It is ideal for both face-to-face and distance education courses.

On Leopard Rock - A Life Of Adventures (Paperback): Wilbur Smith On Leopard Rock - A Life Of Adventures (Paperback)
Wilbur Smith 1
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The first ever memoirs from the Number One global bestselling adventure author.

Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction. From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna airplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction.

Always candid, sometimes hilarious, and never less than thrillingly entertaining, On Leopard Rock is testament to a writer whose life is as rich and eventful as his novels are compellingly unputdownable.

You Make Me Possible - The Love Letters Of Karina M. Szczurek & Andre Brink (Paperback): Karina M. Szczurek You Make Me Possible - The Love Letters Of Karina M. Szczurek & Andre Brink (Paperback)
Karina M. Szczurek
R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Novelist Andre Brink married Karina Szczurek when he was 71 and she was 29. They were together for 10 years before he died on a plane, beside her, high above Africa in February 2015.

Selected and edited by Karina M. Szczurek, the love letters between herself and the writer Andre Brink included in You Make Me Possible tell in detail the story of how they met in Austria in December 2004, fell in love, and decided to forge a future together. The intense correspondence which followed in the weeks after their fateful encounter recounts their courtship in words, revealing their initially unacknowledged attraction, their fears and longings, and writing a new world of recognition and togetherness into being.

The letters chronicle the time between their first meeting and Karina's decision to relocate to South Africa to be with Andre in 2005.

Decolonising the Mind - The Politics of Language in African Literature (Paperback): Ngugi wa Thiong'o Decolonising the Mind - The Politics of Language in African Literature (Paperback)
Ngugi wa Thiong'o 1
R410 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R32 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ngugi describes this book as 'a summary of some of the issues in which I have been passionately involved for the last twenty years of my practice in fiction, theatre, criticism and in teaching of literature.' East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda): EAEP

Race, Nation, Translation - South African Essays, 1990-2013 (Paperback): Zoe Wicomb Race, Nation, Translation - South African Essays, 1990-2013 (Paperback)
Zoe Wicomb; Edited by Andrew Van Der Vlies
R380 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The most significant nonfiction writings of Zoë Wicomb, one of South Africa’s leading authors and intellectuals, are collected here for the first time in a single volume.

This compilation features critical essays on the works of such prominent South African writers as Bessie Head, Nadine Gordimer, Njabulo Ndebele, and J.M. Coetzee, as well as writings on gender politics, race, identity, visual art, sexuality and a wide range of other cultural and political topics. Also included are a reflection on Nelson Mandela and a revealing interview with Wicomb.

In these essays, written between 1990 and 2013, Wicomb offers insight on her nation’s history, policies, and people. In a world in which nationalist rhetoric is on the rise and diversity and pluralism are the declared enemies of right-wing populist movements, her essays speak powerfully to a wide range of international issues.

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter - Essays (Paperback): Scaachi Koul One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter - Essays (Paperback)
Scaachi Koul 1
R371 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R71 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A debut collection of fierce, funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in western culture, addressing sexism, stereotypes, and the universal miseries of life

In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

Die Singende Hand - Versamelde Gedigte 1984-2014 (Afrikaans, Paperback): Breyten Breytenbach Die Singende Hand - Versamelde Gedigte 1984-2014 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Breyten Breytenbach
R445 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R63 (14%) In stock

Die Singende Hand: Versamelde Gedigte 1984 – 2014 is Breyten Breytenbach se derde versamelbundel.

Dit vorm ’n drieluik met die vorige twee bande, Ysterkoei-Blues en Die Ongedanste Dans.

I Write What l Like (Paperback, 40th Anniversary Edition): Steve Biko I Write What l Like (Paperback, 40th Anniversary Edition)
Steve Biko; Foreword by Njabulo S. Ndebele
R190 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R33 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

I Write What I Like features the writing of the famous activist and Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko. Before his untimely death in detention at age 30, he was instrumental in uniting Black Africans in the struggle against the apartheid government in South Africa.

This 40th anniversary edition includes a foreword by Njabulo S. Ndebele, personal reflections on Steve Biko and Black Consciousness, as well as Biko’s first known published piece of writing. In addition, it features all the material of the original Picador Africa edition: a collection of Biko’s columns entitled I Write What I Like published in the journal of the South Africa Student Organisation under the pseudonym of ‘Frank Talk’; other journal articles, interviews and letters written by Steve Biko at the time; an Introduction by Nkosinathi Biko; a preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and a moving memoir by Father Aelred Stubbs, which pays tribute to the courage and power of this young leader, who was to become one of Africa’s heroes.

The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover): Dk The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R627 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R157 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes.

This bold book covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, plus lost plays and less well-known works of poetry. Easy-to-understand graphics and illustrations bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life, including illustrated timelines which offer an at-a-glance summary of the action for each play. With detailed plot summaries and an in-depth analysis of the major characters and themes, this is a brilliant, innovative exploration of the entire canon of Shakespeare plays, sonnets and poetry.

Whether you're a Shakespeare scholar or a student of the great Bard, The Shakespeare Book offers a fuller appreciation of his phenomenal talent and lasting legacy.

Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback): Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback)
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A younger generation of South Africans are developing important and innovative ways of understanding South Africa’s past, challenging narratives that have, over the last decades, been informed by notions of forgiveness and reconciliation. Carli Coetzee uses the image of history-rich blood to explore these approaches to intergenerational memory. In this book, she revisits older archives and analyses contemporary South African cultural and literary forms.

The emphasis on blood challenges the privileged status skin has had as an explanatory category in thinking about identity. Instead, Coetzee emphasises intergenerational transfer and continuity. She argues that a younger generation is contesting the terms through which to understand contemporary South Africa and interpreting the legacies of the past that remain under the visible layer of skin.

The chapters each concern blood: Mandela’s prison cell as laboratory for producing bloodless freedom, the kinship relations created and resisted in accounts of Eugene de Kock in prison, Ruth First’s concern with information leaks in her accounts of her time in prison, the first human-to-human heart transplant and its relation to racialised attempts to salvage white identity, the #Fallist moment, the Abantu Book Festival, and activist scholarship and creative art works that use blood as a trope for thinking about change and continuity.

Year of the Monkey (Paperback): Patti Smith Year of the Monkey (Paperback)
Patti Smith
R375 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): Kathryn Simpson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
Kathryn Simpson
R223 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R43 (19%) In stock

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Die keer toe ek my naam vergeet het (Paperback): F.A. Venter Die keer toe ek my naam vergeet het (Paperback)
F.A. Venter
R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Die eerste uitgawe van Die keer toe ek my naam vergeet het verskyn in 1995, vyf jaar nadat die skrywer F.A. Venter ’n beroerte gekry het. In hierdie outobiografiese vertelling dokumenteer hy die pynlike en stadige proses van herstel: hy moet weer leer loop, leer praat, leer skryf. Dit is verder ’n verhaal oor die verhouding tussen Venter en sy geliefde vrou, Stella. In Die Afrikaanse literatuur 1652–2004 beskryf J.C. Kannemeyer Die keer toe ek my naam vergeet het as een van Venter se “belangrikste bydraes tot die Afrikaanse prosa”: “Die aangrypende verhaal van ouderdom en lyding, maar ook van ’n mooi huwelik en toegewyde liefde, is terselfdertyd ’n getuienis van die onblusbare gees van die skeppende mens wat, ten spyte van alle teenspoed, kan voortgaan met die werk waarvoor hy hier op aarde geplaas is.” Op ’n eerlike en roerende wyse, en met ’n tikkie humor, raak Venter die universele, tydlose temas van siekte, oudword en die dood aan. Uiteindelik is dit ’n verhaal van aanvaarding: “Ek het baie verloor – die kosbaarste. Maar ek het ook geleer om te verduur. Te aanvaar. Tevrede te wees. Anders sou dit ondraaglik wees.”

Sol Plaatje - A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876-1932 (Paperback): Brian Willan Sol Plaatje - A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876-1932 (Paperback)
Brian Willan
R380 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Sol Plaatje is celebrated as one of South Africa’s most accomplished political and literary figures. A pioneer in the history of the black press, editor of several newspapers, he was one of the founders of the African National Congress in 1912, led its campaign against the notorious Natives Land Act of 1913, and twice travelled overseas to represent the interests of his people. He wrote a number of books, including – in English – Native Life in South Africa (1916), a powerful denunciation of the Land Act and the policies that led to it, and a pioneering novel, Mhudi (1930). Years after his death his diary of the siege of Mafeking was retrieved and published, providing a unique view of one of the best known episodes of the South African War of 1899–1902. At the same time Plaatje was a proud Morolong, fascinated by his people’s history. He was dedicated to Setswana, and set out to preserve its traditions and oral forms so as to create a written literature. He translated a number of Shakespeare’s plays into Setswana, the first in any African language, collected proverbs and stories, and even worked on a new dictionary. He fought long battles with those who thought they knew better over the particular form its orthography should take. This book tells the story of Plaatje’s remarkable life, setting it in the context of the changes that overtook South Africa during his lifetime, and the huge obstacles he had to overcome. It draws upon extensive new research in archives in southern Africa, Europe and the US, as well as an expanding scholarship on Plaatje and his writings. This biography sheds new light not only on Plaatje’s struggles and achievements but upon his personal life and his relationships with his wife and family, friends and supporters. It pays special attention to his formative years, looking to his roots in chiefly societies, his education and upbringing on a German-run mission, and his exposure to the legal and political ideas of the nineteenth-century Cape Colony as key factors in inspiring and sustaining a life of more or less ceaseless endeavour.

Atticus Finch - The Biography (Paperback): Joseph Crespino Atticus Finch - The Biography (Paperback)
Joseph Crespino
R432 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
North Carolina Literary Review, Number 28, 2019 (Paperback): Margaret D. Bauer North Carolina Literary Review, Number 28, 2019 (Paperback)
Margaret D. Bauer
R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The North Carolina Literary Review has included African American writers of North Carolina since the first issue, but the 2019 issue features North Carolina African American Literature, from award-winning contemporary fiction writer Stephanie Powell Watts back to the enslaved poet George Moses Horton. In between, readers will find interviews with novelist Jason Mott, poet Glenis Redmond, and 2018 North Carolina Hall of Fame inductee Randall Kenan; poetry by Redmond, L. Teresa Church, Kevin Dublin, and Amber Flora Thomas; and essays on C. Eric Lincoln, Charles Chesnutt, and Harriet Jacobs. Among the scholars analyzing these writers is Dr. Trudier Harris, formerly the J. Carlyle Sitterson Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, now University Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Alabama. Throughout this section, content is complemented by African American art of North Carolina, including works by the late John Biggers and Ivey Hayes and contemporary artists like Monique Luck and Antoine Williams. Rebecca Duncan and Lyn Triplett reintroduce journalist-poet Zoe Kincaid Brockman in the Flashbacks section of the issue, which also includes poetry by James Applewhite and the winning poem of the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition by Catherine Carter, and an essay on and a recollection of. The North Carolina Miscellany section includes the winning essay in NCLR's 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition by Nancy Werking Poling, the winning essay of the North Carolina Humanities Council's 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award by Jennifer Brown, and the second place Applewhite Prize poem by Sally Thomas. More finalists from NCLR's 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition can be found throughout the issue. This issue is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Senegal Abroad - Linguistic Borders, Racial Formations, and Diasporic Imaginaries (Paperback): Maya Angela Smith Senegal Abroad - Linguistic Borders, Racial Formations, and Diasporic Imaginaries (Paperback)
Maya Angela Smith
R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Senegal Abroad explores the fascinating role of language in national, transnational, postcolonial, racial, and migrant identities. Capturing the experiences of Senegalese in Paris, Rome, and New York, it depicts how they make sense of who they are-and how they fit into their communities, countries, and the larger global Senegalese diaspora. Drawing on extensive interviews with a wide range of emigrants as well as people of Senegalese heritage, Maya Angela Smith contends that they shape their identity as they purposefully switch between languages and structure their discourse. The Senegalese are notable, Smith suggests, both in their capacity for movement and in their multifaceted approach to language. She finds that, although the emigrants she interviews express complicated relationships to the multiple languages they speak and the places they inhabit, they also convey pleasure in both travel and language. Offering a mix of poignant, funny, reflexive, introspective, and witty stories, they blur the lines between the utility and pleasure of language, allowing a more nuanced understanding of why and how Senegalese move.

Oxford Literature Companions: The Duchess of Malfi (Paperback): Su Fielder Oxford Literature Companions: The Duchess of Malfi (Paperback)
Su Fielder
R254 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R15 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companions provide student-friendly analysis of a range of popular A Level set texts. Each book offers a lively, engaging approach to the text, covering characterisation and role, genre, context, language, themes, structure, performance and critical views, whilst also providing a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work with the text. Each book also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides detailed advice on assessment and a bank of exam-style questions and annotated sample student answers. This guide covers The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster and is suitable for the most recent AS/A level specifications.

Emigres - French Words That Turned English (Hardcover): Richard Scholar Emigres - French Words That Turned English (Hardcover)
Richard Scholar
R689 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R149 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The fascinating history of French words that have entered the English language and the fertile but fraught relationship between English- and French-speaking cultures across the world. English has borrowed more words from French than from any other modern foreign language. French words and phrases-such as a la mode, ennui, naivete and caprice-lend English a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that would otherwise elude the language. Richard Scholar examines the continuing history of untranslated French words in English and asks what these words reveal about the fertile but fraught relationship that England and France have long shared and that now entangles English- and French-speaking cultures all over the world. Emigres demonstrates that French borrowings have, over the centuries, "turned" English in more ways than one. From the seventeenth-century polymath John Evelyn's complaint that English lacks "words that do so fully express" the French ennui and naivete, to George W. Bush's purported claim that "the French don't have a word for entrepreneur," this unique history of English argues that French words have offered more than the mere seasoning of the occasional mot juste. They have established themselves as "creolizing keywords" that both connect English speakers to-and separate them from-French. Moving from the realms of opera to ice cream, the book shows how migrant French words are never the same again for having ventured abroad, and how they complete English by reminding us that it is fundamentally incomplete. At a moment of resurgent nationalism in the English-speaking world, Emigres invites native Anglophone readers to consider how much we owe the French language and why so many of us remain ambivalent about the migrants in our midst.

Spies: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): Michael Frayn Spies: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
Michael Frayn
R225 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R43 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For more than 25 years, York Notes have been helping students throughout the UK to get the inside track on the written word. Firmly established as the nation's favourite and most comprehensive range of literature study guides, each and every York Note has been carefully researched and written by experts to make sure that you get the most wide-ranging critical analysis, the most detailed commentary and the most helpful key points and checklists. York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. Written by established literature experts, they introduce students to a more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Chaucer - A European Life (Paperback): Marion Turner Chaucer - A European Life (Paperback)
Marion Turner
R602 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An acclaimed biography that recreates the cosmopolitan world in which a wine merchant's son became one of the most celebrated of all English writers Geoffrey Chaucer is often called the father of English literature, but this acclaimed biography reveals him as a great European writer and thinker. Uncovering important new information about Chaucer's travels, private life, and the circulation of his writings, Marion Turner reconstructs in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer's adventurous life, focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination. From the wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence, the book recounts Chaucer's experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter's nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament, and as a diplomat in Milan. At the same time, the book offers a comprehensive exploration of Chaucer's writings. The result is a landmark biography and a fresh account of the extraordinary story of how a wine merchant's son became the poet of The Canterbury Tales.

Against Demagogues - What Aristophanes Can Teach Us about the Perils of Populism and the Fate of Democracy, New Translations of... Against Demagogues - What Aristophanes Can Teach Us about the Perils of Populism and the Fate of Democracy, New Translations of the Acharnians and the Knights (Hardcover)
Robert C. Bartlett
R482 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Timeless comedies on resisting tyranny from one of history's greatest comic playwrights. Against Demagogues presents Robert C. Bartlett's new translations of Aristophanes' most overtly political works, the Acharnians and the Knights. In these fantastically inventive, raucous, and raunchy comedies, the powerful politician Cleon proves to be democracy's greatest opponent. With unrivalled power, both plays make clear the dangers to which democracies are prone, especially the threats posed by external warfare, internal division, and class polarization. Combating the seductive allure of demagogues and the damage they cause, Against Demagogues disentangles Aristophanes' serious teachings from his many jokes and pratfalls, substantiating for modern readers his famous claim to "teach justice" while "making a comedy" of the city. The book features an interpretive essay for each play, expertly guiding readers through the most important plot points, explaining the significance of various characters, and shedding light on the meaning of the plays' often madcap episodes. Along with a contextualizing introduction, Bartlett offers extensive notes explaining the many political, literary, and religious references and allusions. Aristophanes' comedic skewering of the demagogue and his ruthless ambition-and of a community so ill-informed about the doings of its own government, so ready to believe in empty promises and idle flattery-cannot but resonate strongly with readers today around the world.

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