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Circe

By Madeline Miller
  • ISBN Code: : 0316556335
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
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"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times). In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. #1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.

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Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions. Aimee Bender retells the myth of the Titans. Elizabeth McCracken retells the myth of Lamia, the child-eating mistress of Zeus. Madeline Miller retells the myth of Galatea. Kevin Wilson retells the myth of Phaeton, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Emma Straub and Peter Straub retell the myth of Persephone. Heidi Julavits retells the myth of Orpheus and Euridice. Ron Currie, Jr. retells the myth of Dedalus. Maile Meloy retells the myth of Demeter. Zachary Mason retells the myth of Narcissus. Joy Williams retells the myth of Argos, Odysseus’ dog. If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, a squid who falls in love with the sun, and a girl who gives birth to cubs, here are extravagantly imagined, bracingly contemporary stories, heralding a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.

Circe ou o pracer do azul

By Begoña Caamaño Rascado
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  • Publisher : Editorial Galaxia
  • Book Code : 8498658772
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 861
  • Pdf File: circe-ou-o-pracer-do-azul.pdf

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Unha muller leva once anos agardando polo retorno do seu home. Cando comeza a temer a probable morte do marido, recibe a carta dunha estraña, unha muller misteriosa que a informa de que o seu home non está morto, senón que vive con ela un romance apaixonado. A partir de aí vaise tecendo unha relación epistolar entre as dúas; o home dunha e amante doutra acábase convertendo só no pretexto que vai unir para sempre o destino das dúas mulleres.

Days and Nights

By Eduardo Galeano
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Book Code : 1583675124
  • Total of Pages : 220
  • Category : History
  • Members : 873
  • Pdf File: days-and-nights.pdf

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" Days and Nights of Love and War is the personal testimony of one of Latin America's foremost contemporary political writers. In this fascinating journal and eloquent history, Eduardo Galeano movingly records the lives of struggles of the Latin American people, under two decades of unimaginable violence and extreme repression. Alternating between reportage, personal vignettes, interviews, travelogues, and folklore, and richly conveyed with anger, sadness, irony, and occasional humor, Galeano pays loving tribute to the courage and determination of those who continued to believe in, and fight for, a more human existence. The Lannan Foundation awarded the 1999 Cultural Prize for Freedom to Eduardo Galeano, in recognition of those ""whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry and expression."" Originally published in Cuba, Days and Nights of Love and War won the Casa de las Amricas prize in 1978 "

Louisiana Shifters Boxed Set

By Kayla Gabriel
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  • Publisher : KSA Publishing Consultants
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 302
  • Pdf File: louisiana-shifters-boxed-set.pdf

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Bite, seduce, fight, or love... In the war for a Shifter's heart, absolutely anything goes. Sexy alpha males, fierce heroines, and a whole lot of steamy romance -- you'll find all this and more in the Louisiana Shifters series! Two full-length novels plus four novellas featuring dashing Shifter males and the feisty females that love them. Tessa Andersen finds her soul mate the moment she realizes that she's a little more than human... too bad she needs to hand bad boy Jace Copeland over to the enemy in order to save her sister. Maddie Copeland has struck a bargain with sexy Alpha Jasper McDonough: she'll be his mate, but only on paper. When push comes to shove, Jasper has other ideas, and Maddie is caught between lust and fulfilling her lifelong dreams. Jeanne needs sexy neighbor Ian to stay alive, she just doesn't know it yet... Emma might have visions of the future, but nothing could prepare her for smoking hot Shifter Connall and the mission they'll need to complete... Shy, repressed Dr. Rose will have to fight to save her Shifter patient, known to her only as Mason. With his execution looming, will she have the courage to leave everything behind in order to save him? Maddie and Jasper return, appearing in Edinburgh to track down an elusive Alpha. As they explore ancient Scottish ruins, they'll also get to explore one another...

Il richiamo della maga Circe

By Nuccio Barbone
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  • Publisher : Booksprint
  • Book Code : 8824957390
  • Total of Pages : 98
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 684
  • Pdf File: il-richiamo-della-maga-circe.pdf

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La morte di zio Tommaso impone a Gabriele l’immediato ritorno in Puglia, sua terra d’origine. L’evento determinerà un profondo cambiamento nella vita del giovane. Le sue sicurezze professionali e la volontà sul prosieguo della professione di broker, intrapresa con successo a Milano, verranno messe in discussione dal riaffiorare dei ricordi e del riappropriarsi dei valori importanti appresi durante l’adolescenza vissuta con suo zio alla masseria “La maga Circe”. Nel ripercorrere i ricordi d’infanzia, Gabriele ritorna quel fanciullo che amava la maga Circe.

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

By Brigid Pasulka
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  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Book Code : 0547055072
  • Total of Pages : 354
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 755
  • Pdf File: a-long-long-time-ago-and-essentially-true.pdf

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Half a century after the marriage of her Polish grandparents is marred by World War II and a painful tragedy, Beata recreates their journey to Krakw, where she encounters a youth culture torn between the city's past and future. A first novel.

Ulysses Explained

By David Weir
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137482877
  • Total of Pages : 254
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 217
  • Pdf File: ulysses-explained.pdf

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When it comes to James Joyce's landmark work, Ulysses , the influence of three literary giants, Homer, Shakespeare, and Dante, cannot be overlooked. Examining Joyce in terms of Homeric narrative, Dantesque structure, and Shakespearean plot, Weir rediscovers Joyce's novel through the lens of his renowned predecessors.

Ezra Pound and His Classical Sources

By Jonathan Ullyot
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350260231
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 265
  • Pdf File: ezra-pound-and-his-classical-sources.pdf

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This book uses Ezra Pound's The Cantos as a lens to understand modernism's ambition to revolutionize literature through mythical and scientific methods. Homer's Odyssey plays a unique methodological and structural role in The Cantos. The Cantos translates, interprets, abridges, adapts, critiques, parodies, trivializes, allegorizes, and “ritualizes” the Odyssey. Partly inspired by Joyce's use of different literary styles or “technics” in Ulysses, and partly inspired by medieval classicism and 19th century philology, Pound uses a plethora of methods to translate Homer and other classical texts. This book argues that The Cantos is a modernist vision of the Matter of Troy, a term used by medieval authors to designate the cycle of texts based on the Trojan war and its aftereffects, including the nostoi (returns) of the Greek heroes. This is the first study to explore how medieval classicism and translation informs Pound's mythical method and to systematically outline the variety and evolution of Pound's Odyssey translations in The Cantos.

The Heroäó»s Quest and the Cycles of Nature

By Rachel S. McCoppin
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476625751
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 409
  • Pdf File: the-heroäó-s-quest-and-the-cycles-of-nature.pdf

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This examination of the heroic journey in world mythology casts the protagonist as a personification of nature—a “botanical hero” one might say—who begins the quest in a metaphorical seed-like state, then sprouts into a period of verdant strength. But the hero must face a mythic underworld where he or she contends with mortality and sacrifice—embracing death as a part of life. For centuries, humans have sought superiority over nature, yet the botanical hero finds nothing is lost by recognizing that one is merely a part of nature. Instead, a cyclical promise of continuous life is realized, in which no element fully disappears, and the hero’s message is not to dwell on death.