The definitive illustrated edition of the international bestseller with gorgeous new photography of the celebrated netsuke collection, and sumptuous full-colour images hand-picked by Edmund de Waal from his family archive 264 Japanese wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great-uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined. From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siècle Paris, from occupied Vienna to post-war Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. This new enhanced ebook is bursting with extra content exclusive to this edition. There are five videos including one of Edmund de Waal discussing the netsuke collection, another of the Paris opera house much frequented by Charles Ephrussi, and a third takes a visit to the sumptuous Palais Ephrussi in Vienna. There is music from Vienna and Tokyo to listen to as you read, a new essay from the author about this illustrated edition, and the full album of Secessionist watercolours painted especially for the family. There is a very moving recording of Edmund de Waal reading the final chapter and lastly, there are the netsuke themselves. Individually animated and intimately displayed, this edition allows each netsuke comes to life, as if you were holding it in the palm of your hand.
The Black Snow
Author: Paul Lynch
Publisher: Little, Brown
The startling new novel from a brilliant young Irish novelist on the rise, who "has a sensational gift for a sentence" (Colum McCann on Red Sky in Morning). In Donegal in the spring of 1945, a farmhand runs into a burning barn and does not come out alive. The farm's owner, Barnabas Kane, can only look on as his friend dies and all 43 of his cattle are destroyed in the blaze. Following the disaster, the bull-headed and proudly self-sufficient Barnabas is forced to reach out to the community for assistance. But resentment simmers over the farmhand's death, and Barnabas and his family begin to believe their efforts at recovery are being sabotaged. Barnabas is determined to hold firm. Yet his teenage son struggles under the weight of a terrible secret, and his wife is suffocated by the uncertainty surrounding their future. As Barnabas fights ever harder for what is rightfully his, his loved ones are drawn ever closer to a fate that should never have been theirs. In The Black Snow, Paul Lynch takes the pastoral novel and--with the calmest of hands---tears it apart. With beautiful, haunting prose, Lynch illuminates what it means to live through crisis, and puts to the test our deepest certainties about humankind.
Author: Paul Yoon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Though he is a stranger in a strange land, a North Korean war refugee, seeking a new life in a port town on the coast of Brazil, longs to connect with four people who slip in and out of his life, but must confront his traumatic past so he might let go and move on.
Author: Arthur Gold, Robert Fizdale
Examines the life of Misia Sert, a talented pianist who was painted and loved by Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec and whose tastes in art, music, dance and literature dominated Paris before and after World War I
An international bestseller: An extraordinary young swordswoman sets out to defeat a tyrant in the first installment in a dark and magical fantasy series. With her big violet eyes, pointed ears, and blue hair, there is no one like Nihal in all of the Overworld. Living in one of the many towers of the Land of the Wind, she’s an expert in swordplay and the leader of a handful of friends that includes Sennar the wizard. She is an orphan, brought up by an armorer and a sorceress, and her past is shrouded in mystery. But things suddenly change when the Tyrant takes charge. Soon, Nihal finds herself forced to take action as she is faced with the most difficult mission she could imagine. Fierce, strong, and armed with her black-crystal sword, Nihal sets out to become a real warrior. But as she forges a path alongside Sennar, she may find the price of victory is far greater than she feared. The debut of the epic series that also includes Sennar’s Mission and The Last Talisman, Nihal of the Land of the Wind is an unforgettable tale of a remarkable young woman growing up in darkness who finds the heroine within. Nihal of the Land of the Wind is the 1st book in the Chronicles of the Overworld, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The Cat who Saw Red
Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
After moving into an old mansion whose previous owner committed suicide, prize-winning reporter Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats are disturbed by strange occurrences and start to investigate when Qwilleran's old girlfriend disappears
Author: Bat Yeʼor
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
This provocative and disturbing book is about the transformation of Europe into Eurabia, a cultural and political appendage of the Arab/Muslim world. Eurabia is fundamentally anti-Christian, anti-Western, anti-American, and antisemitic, while striving for Israel's disappearance and the vilification and isolation of America. The institution responsible for this transformation, and that continues to propagate its ideological message, is the Euro-Arab Dialogue, developed by European and Arab politicians and intellectuals over the past thirty years. With all the drama of a master writer, Bat Ye'or presents a wide range of historical and contemporary documents and facts to tell the story of how the European Union is being subverted by Islamic hostility to the very ethics and values of Europe itself. Readers who seek a fair resolution of the Arab-Israel conflict will be shocked by the evidence produced in these pages of unfair pressures and deliberate distortions. Europe's independence of spirit is shown in the process of being undermined. This book challenges the current demonization of Israel and should be essential reading for everyone interested in true peace in the Middle East
Profiles in Terror
Author: Aaron Mannes
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Presents information on terrorist organizations in the Middle East, with descriptions of their ideology, financial resources, areas of operation, targets, and a chronology of the attacks and events they are responsible for.
Pottery is an art of essentials: earth, water, and fire, guided by the human element of spirit. Zen is also concerned with the basics: the training of the mind and body, the ultimate craftsmanship of the soul.Zen and the Art of Potteryexplores the links between pottery and Zen, between art, life, and spirit. This unique book is at once a celebration of pottery, the art and its traditions, and a hands-on guide to its methods. The first chapters discuss principles and practice, discipline and tradition—the Zen potter's attitudes to life and work. Later chapters translate those ideas into practical potting techniques, presenting both rudimentary and advanced lessons. The book also includes photographs and descriptions of pots by the author, his Japanese master, his students, and by a number of renowned modern potters.
Sources of Inspiration
Author: Carolyn Genders
Publisher: A&C Black
This book contains a wealth of images - of both natural and manmade objects - that will spark the imagination of all who see them. In this book the author shows how these images can be visually abstracted and then refined and developed to create beautiful patterns and designs. The result is a useful guide to how the creative process works and a glorious sourcebook of images.
The Challenge of the Threshold
Author: Jocelyne Streiff-Fenart, Aurelia Wa Kabwe-Segatti
Publisher: Lexington Books
The containment policies aimed at regulating immigration flows towards Europe and emerging economies like South Africa have profoundly altered the dynamics of migration in Africa. Drawing on original empirical research, this volume explores the notion of threshold as an operative concept to envisage in turn: the discursive frameworks of containment policies, the challenges to local spaces and their equilibrium, and finally, the sense of liminality experienced by migrants caught in those situations.
Food in the Louvre
Author: Paul Bocuse, Yves Pinard, Musée du Louvre
Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor
With a foreword by Michelin three-star chef Paul Bocuse, this beautifully illustrated volume celebrates culinary-themed artwork with insightful text and recipes by the Grand Louvre’s chef Yves Pinard. A vital element of daily life and one of the great pleasures of the world, food in all its guises has been exalted in works of art for centuries. With a foreword by Paul Bocuse, this volume serves up a smorgasbord of culinary-themed art—from fruit baskets to sumptuous banquet scenes to images of the hunt and still-life paintings. Yves Pinard, head chef of the Grand Louvre restaurant, provides animated commentary of forty works from the renowned museum and includes a sampling of his own recipes inspired by the paintings. Details from masterpieces such as Chardin’s jar of olives and Delacroix’s succulent lobsters are complemented by opulent feasts presented against the backdrop of lavish interiors or a simple peasant meal in the countryside. From ancient Greek and Egyptian carvings to nineteenth-century oil paintings, each work is accompanied by a concise text illuminating its historical and cultural context, delivered in a lighthearted and playful tone.
Author: Heiner Gillmeister
Publisher: A&C Black
Supported by a startling wealth of linguistic and documentary research, Gillmeister charts the global evolution of tennis from its origins in the early Middle Ages to the appearance of the modern game in the 20th century. Along the way, he debunks established myths about the history of the game, including those surrounding the invention of the Davis Cup. 136 illustrations, 16 in color.
Archaeologies of Vision
Author: Gary Shapiro
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
While many acknowledge that Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault have redefined our notions of time and history, few recognize the crucial role that 'the infinite relation' between seeing and saying plays in their work. Shapiro reveals the full extent of Nietzsche and Foucault's concern with the visual.