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THE PRE- AND PROTO-HISTORIC FINNS (BOTH EASTERN AND WESTERN) WITH...
by JOHN ABERCROMBY

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English

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March 23, 2017

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THE PRE- AND PROTO-HISTORIC FINNS (BOTH EASTERN AND WESTERN) WITH THE MAGIC SONGS OF THE WEST FINNS VOLUME I & II<br /><br />Magic Songs of the West Finns, Vol. 1<br />This is the first volume of John Abercromby's extensive study of Finnish magic songs and their background. First he details the history, ethnography and linguistics of the Finns, indeed, constructs a century-long history of the entire Finno-ugric group from the evolution of vocabulary. Finally in the last (long) chapter he gets to the first part of the exposition of the 'magic songs.' This is a summary of the various characters in the songs including a whole range of Finnish gods, goddesses, heroes, wizards, nature-spirits, and so on. He also goes into detail about Finnish Shamanistic practices, including drumming, trance ceremonies, and guide spirits. This book is a treasure trove of Finnish lore, and invites repeated browsings.<br /><br />Magic Songs of the West Finns, Vol. 2 <br />This is the second volume of Abercromby's Magic Songs of the West Finns, which contains the core text here, a translation of Lönnrot's Suomen Kansan muinaisia Loitsurunoja, 'Bygone Magic Songs of the Finns.' Lönnrot was the scholar who pieced together the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland.<br /><br />Reminiscent of the Carmina Gadelica, the collection includes a wide variety of spells, formulae, prayers, and origin myths, all used on a regular basis by shamans, healers and peasants from ancient times in Finland. The songs include dozens of names of gods, goddesses, heroes, nature spirits, and weave them together using surreal and symbolic language. Although scholars could wish for better attribution of the source of each song, this collection is an incredible look into an archaic way of thought.<br />
Dictionnaire des idées reçues: (Annoté) (French Edition)
by Gustave Flaubert

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French

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Publication Date

March 23, 2017

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Un beau condensé des idées de Monsieur Tout le Monde au XIXe. A lire...<br />
Poetry of Meditation on the Sacred: An English Translation of Wal...
by A.N. Dhar

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English

Pages

88

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March 24, 2017

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<p>Well-known as a writer of Urdu and Kashmiri verse alike, Wali Muhammad 'Aseer' Kishtwari has carved out a niche for himself as a literary figure in Jammu and Kashmir. He has also made his mark as an English writer of promise with his big volume<i> Focus on Jammu & Kashmir</i> published in 2003 that got him an award from the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in the year 2007. Thereafter, as a practising Kashmiri poet, he brought out the volume titled<i> Farsh-e-Gul (Floral Carpet)</i> in the year 2010—which is a compilation of his religious verses selected form a much wider corpus. Rich in content, it has a variety of traditional verse-forms in it. <br /><p>This English translation of Aseer Kishtwari’s Kashmiri verses captures the essence of Kashmiri poetry and is largely faithful to the original text. The translations are impeccable and, at the same time, very readable. Brought out as a volume appropriately titled<i> Poetry of Meditation on the Sacred,</i> they bear testimony to A.N. Dhar's remarkable inwardness and ease as a translator. The volume also provides a useful critical introduction written by him.<br /><p>The book will prove richly rewarding and provide a stimulating experience to all those interested in reading English translation of Kashmiri poetry.</p>
The Threshold of Forever: Essays and Reviews
by Darrell Schweitzer

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English

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255

Publication Date

March 24, 2017

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Different Ethnicities Different Nationalities and Different Races...
by The Society in Okamoto of...

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Japanese

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Publication Date

March 23, 2017

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 本書は、さまざまな環境に置かれていながら異郷で暮らしているような気持ちを抱き続けたのではないかと思われる作家たちを取り上げ、それぞれの作品や生涯、または彼らを描いた文学・映画の中で、その疎外感や喪失感がどのように表現されているのか、あるいは彼らを取り巻く社会の中で、彼らがどのように扱われているのかを考察したものである。<br /> そうした異邦人の一人が、一八九〇年四月四日の朝早く横浜の港に降り立ったラフカディオ・ハーンである。生涯で四つの名前を名乗ったことからもうかがえるように、ハーンは常に自らのアイデンティティーを追い求めていたともいえるだろう。ハーンを皮切りに、以下、動き続けなければならないという思いに駆られながら生涯を旅の連続として過ごしたD. H. ロレンスが『処女とジプシー』において民族的他者であるジプシーをどのように扱ったかを考察し、失われた過去、あるいは未来の理想郷でありながら「時」の支配によってメランコリーとペシミズムというあきらめのムードを漂わせるアレグザンダー・ポープの『牧歌』、異邦人・異階級・ジャーナリズムというトリプルバインドの只中で生きるジャーナリストを描いたヘンリー・ジェイムズの『リヴァーバインター紙』、十九世紀のアメリカにあって黒人への教育を試みて失敗の憂き目を見たトランセンデンタリストのブロンスン・オールコット、故郷へ帰ることは自分を探すことであり、ホームには不可欠である他者からの肯定的なまなざしを求めて彷徨う異邦人を描いたトニ・モリスンの『ホーム』、ともにインディアンの血を引いているエルビス・プレスリーの『燃える星』とケヴィン・コスナーの『ダンス・ウィズ・ウルブズ』におけるインディアンネス、チカノ作家のロドリゲス、アンサルドゥーア、ウレアにおける人種と言語のハイブリッド性、日本を舞台に日本人主人公の視点からオリエンタリズムとオクシデンタリズムの交差を描いたアラン・ブラウンの『オードリー・ヘプバーンズ・ネック』の順で考察した上で、アメリカ合衆国に居ながら周囲の現代文化から隔絶しようとするアーミッシュを論じ、そのアーミッシュの一人が昭和の初めに日本を旅していた事実を紹介した後に、最後に再び、縮緬本という日本の伝統工芸を通して日本という異人の国から故郷へと戻っていった小泉八雲を論じる。
Mass for an Angel.
by Tomas Robaina

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English

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Publication Date

March 23, 2017

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Tomás Fernández Robaina considers Misa para un ángel (Ediciones Unión, 2010) [Mass for an Angel] to be a testimonio literario, straddling the novel and testimonial narrative. This small tome is also an elegy of sorts; it was written, says the publisher, “so that the soul of [Cuban writer] Reinaldo Arenas, who committed suicide in the United States, may reach eternal peace.” Robaina, who refers to his late friend as l´énfant terrible of Cuban literature, offers a fascinating combination of heartfelt reminiscences, gossip, musings, letters, article excerpts, and interviews, this book draws attention to the many stages of Arenas’ life, including his literary production; his outlook on life, work, and pleasure; his relationships in Cuba and abroad; his exile; and his subsequent battle with AIDS.
In a Rebel Prison (Expanded, Annotated)
by W.H. Lightcap

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English

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Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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Not quite twenty years old and already a cavalry combat veteran, William Lightcap was captured along with his Fifth Iowa comrades on McCook's Raid in 1864. His near escape from behind enemy lines is exciting and very nearly successful.<br /><br />But it was not to be. He was soon on his way to the hell that was Andersonville Prison. In one of the most graphic and detailed accounts of life in Confederate prison camps, Lightcap related the tactics he used to survive the brutality of everyday life.<br /><br />Surrounded by filth and death, with never enough to eat, the young man saw firsthand the cruelty of Captain Henry Wirz and his guards. But he also experienced unexpected sympathy and assistance from Confederate soldiers and civilians he encountered through months and months of suffering.<br /><br />In the end, he survived to tell the tale.<br /><br />Every memoir of the American Civil War provides us with another view of the catastrophe that changed the country forever.<br /><br />For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers, tablets, and smartphones. <br /><br />Be sure to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover above or download a sample.
Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria, : A First Century Torah Co...
by Michael Leo Samuel

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English

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March 23, 2017

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"Philo is one of the great thinkers of the ancient world, yet he no longer remains enigmatic to biblical interpreters. I enthusiastically recommend Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria."<br />Dr. Marvin Wilson, <br />Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies<br />Gordon College, Wenham, MA<br /><br />"Philo proves to be a staunch supporter of the classical approach to biblical characters, immediately and unequivocally defending them and dispelling any possible negative interpretation of their behavior. In situations where such 'mainstream' commentaries as Nachmanides or Rabbi S.R. Hirsch find fault in the behavior of the matriarchs or patriarchs, Philo is quick to defend; in fact, there are many instances in which he inserts a virtuous spin on seemingly neutral situations...Rabbi Leo Samuel has done an outstanding service, both to Philo and to modern readers. In Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria, Philo’s ancient Torah commentary becomes readable and meaningful, exciting and contemporary. I look forward to future volumes..."<br />Rabbi Ari D. Kahn, <br />Echoes of Eden on the Pentateuch <br /><br />The intellectual fecundity of Philo's era was remarkable. He lived at one of the most creative periods of Western Civilization, as two of the greatest traditions--Semitic and Greek--were continuing to winnow the useful insights of their counterpart's teachings, while they refined their own modes of thoughts and religious expression. Philo became Hellenistic Judaism's greatest philosopher and was the first ancient Judaic thinker to compose a commentary on the Torah. His style of interpretation included the exegetical, legal, linguistic, proto-midrashic, and theological strands of 1st century Jewish thought. Reading Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria offers the reader a glimpse into the unknown world of 1st Hellenistic Judaism, which in many ways resembled the Western world we now inhabit. <br /><br />Michael Leo Samuel has meticulously culled from all of Philo’s exegetical remarks, arranging them according to the biblical verses. He provides extensive parallels from the corpus of rabbinical literature, Greek philosophy, and Christian theology in presenting how Philo impacted the great minds of Late Antiquity and beyond.<br /><br /><br /><br />Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel is the son of a Holocaust survivor. He holds two rabbinic ordinations from the Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch Yeshiva of 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn and holds a D. Min degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is an avid student of the Greek classics, Biblical and Talmudic scholarship, Jungian Psychology, Western Medieval Theology, Modern Philosophy, and 20th century psychology. He is the author of The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Theology of the Caring God (1996), Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis (2010), A Shepherd’s Song: Psalm 23 and the Shepherd Metaphor In Jewish Thought (2014), and Torah from Alexandria: Philo as a Biblical Commentator (Volumes, 1-3),(2014-2015)<br /><br /><br />Keywords: Books , Religion & Spirituality , Judaism , Sacred Writings , Torah Bible Study & Reference, Commentaries, Old Testament, Mystical Torah, Middle Platonism, Hellenistic Jewish Philosophy <br />
Flora Annie Steel: A Critical Study of an Unconventional Memsahib
by The University of Alberta Press

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English

Pages

304

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March 23, 2017

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Flora Annie Steel (1847–1929) was a contemporary of Rudyard Kipling and rivaled his popularity as a writer during her lifetime, but her legacy faded due to gender-biased politics. She spent 22 years in India, mainly in the Punjab. This collection is the first to focus entirely on this “unconventional memsahib” and her contribution to turn-of-the-century Anglo-Indian literature. The eight essays draw attention to Steel’s multifaceted work—ranging from fiction to journalism to letter writing, from housekeeping manuals to philanthropic activities. These essays, by recognized experts on her life and work, will appeal to interdisciplinary scholars and readers in the fields of British India and Women’s Studies. <br /><br />Contributors: Amrita Banerjee, Helen Pike Bauer, Ralph Crane, Gráinne Goodwin, Alan Johnson, Anna Johnston, Danielle Nielsen, LeeAnne M. Richardson, Susmita Roye
Science Fiction and Futurism: Their Terms and Ideas (Critical Exp...
by , C.W. Sullivan III

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English

Pages

236

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February 27, 2017

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Science and science fiction have become inseparable--with common stories, interconnected thought experiments, and shared language. This reference book lays out that relationship and its all-but-magical terms and ideas. Those who think seriously about the future are changing the world, reshaping how we speak and how we think.<br /> This book fully covers the terms that collected, clarified and crystallized the futurists' ideas, sometimes showing them off, sometimes slowing them down, and sometimes propelling them to fame and making them the common currency of our culture.<br /> The many entries in this encyclopedic work offer a guided tour of the vast territories occupied by science fiction and futurism. In his Foreword, David Brin says, "Provocative and enticing? Filled with 'huh!' moments and leads to great stories? That describes this volume."

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