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A Woman in Berlin

By Anonymous
  • ISBN Code: : 1250156750
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice For eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in her apartment building and among its residents. "With bald honesty and brutal lyricism" (Elle), the anonymous author depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity, as well as their cravenness, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians. "Spare and unpredictable, minutely observed and utterly free of self-pity" (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), A Woman in Berlin tells of the complex relationship between civilians and an occupying army and the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject--the mass rape suffered by all, regardless of age or infirmity. A Woman in Berlin stands as "one of the essential books for understanding war and life" (A. S. Byatt, author of Possession).

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  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 805
  • Pdf File: memory-and-autobiography.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book by one of Latin America’s leading cultural theorists examines the place of the subject and the role of biographical and autobiographical genres in contemporary culture. Arfuch argues that the on-going proliferation of private and intimate stories – what she calls the ‘biographical space’ – can be seen as symptomatic of the impersonalizing dynamics of contemporary times. Autobiographical genres, however, harbour an intersubjective dimension. The ‘I’ who speaks wants to be heard by another, and the other who listens discovers in autobiography possible points of identification. Autobiographical genres, including those that border on fiction, therefore become spaces in which the singularity of experience opens onto the collective and its historicity in ways that allow us to reflect on the ethical, political, and aesthetic dimensions not only of self-representation but also of life itself. Opening up debate through juxtaposition and dialogue, Arfuch’s own poetic writing moves freely from the Holocaust to Argentina’s last dictatorship and its traumatic memories, and then to the troubled borderlands between Mexico and the United States to show how artists rescue shards of memory that would otherwise be relegated to the dustbin of history. In so doing, she makes us see not only how challenging it is to represent past traumas and violence but also how vitally necessary it is to do so as a political strategy for combating the tides of forgetting and for finding ways of being in common.

The Securitization of Rape

By S. Hirschauer
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137410825
  • Total of Pages : 266
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 283
  • Pdf File: the-securitization-of-rape.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book uniquely applies securitization theory to the mass sexual violence atrocities committed during the Bosnia war and the Rwandan genocide. Examining the inherent links between rape, war and global security, Hirschauer analyses the complexities of conflict related sexual violence.

År null

By Ian Buruma
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  • Publisher : Forlaget Press
  • Book Code : 8232800070
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : History
  • Members : 167
  • Pdf File: År-null.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Alle snakker om fredsvåren. Vi glemmer at en verden i ruiner møtte menneskene våren 1945. Titalls millioner mennesker var døde eller skadede. Hatet mot okkupantmakten, krigsforbrytere og overløpere skulle få utløp – samtidig som lov og rett og sivilisasjon mange steder måtte gjenoppbygges fra grunnen. Folk sultet og var syke, svartebørsen blomstret, millioner kom hjem fra slagmarken, konsentrasjonsleirenes redsler ble avdekket, flyktninger i hundretusenvis var på vandring. Ian Buruma er en av verdens mest kjente historikere i dag. På bakgrunn av vanlige folks fortellinger verden over har han skrevet en stort anlagt beretning om året da verden ble født på ny.