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Cat's Cradle

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“A free-wheeling vehicle . . . an unforgettable ride!”—The New York Times Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and ...

  • L'auteur : ,
  • Editeur: Dial Press
  • ISBN: 0307567273
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 304
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 1895
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Détails: “A free-wheeling vehicle . . . an unforgettable ride!”—The New York Times Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best. “[Vonnegut is] an unimitative and inimitable social satirist.”—Harper’s Magazine “Our finest black-humorist . . . We laugh in self-defense.”—Atlantic Monthly


God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

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“[Vonnegut] at his wildest best.”—The New York Times Book Review Eliot Rosewater—drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Ros ...

  • L'auteur : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Editeur: Dial Press
  • ISBN: 0307422976
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 288
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 476
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Détails: “[Vonnegut] at his wildest best.”—The New York Times Book Review Eliot Rosewater—drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation—is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature . . . with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is Kurt Vonnegut’s funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to. “A brilliantly funny satire on almost everything.”—Conrad Aiken “[Vonnegut was] our finest black humorist. . . . We laugh in self-defense.”—The Atlantic Monthly


Broken Angels

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Fifty years after the events of ALTERED CARBON, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolut ...

  • L'auteur : Richard Morgan
  • Editeur: Gollancz
  • ISBN: 0575085746
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 480
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 443
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Détails: Fifty years after the events of ALTERED CARBON, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless -- and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink. A breakneck-paced crime thriller, ALTERED CARBON took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. BROKEN ANGELS melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars. This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.


Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons

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Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons is a rare opportunity to experience Kurt Vonnegut speaking in his own voice about his own life, his views of the world, his ...

  • L'auteur : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Editeur: Dial Press
  • ISBN: 0593229398
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Nombre de pages: 320
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 1761
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Détails: Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons is a rare opportunity to experience Kurt Vonnegut speaking in his own voice about his own life, his views of the world, his writing, and the writing of others. An indignant, outrageous, witty, deeply felt collection of reviews, essays, and speeches, this is a window not only into Vonnegut’s mind but also into his heart. “A book filled with madness and truth and absurdity and self-revelation . . . [Vonnegut is] a great cosmic comedian and rattler of human skeletons, an idealist disguised as a pessimist.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch Includes the following essays, speeches, and works: “Science Fiction” “Brief Encounters on the Inland Waterway” “Hello, Star Vega” “Teaching the Unteachable” “Yes, We Have No Nirvanas” “Fortitude” “‘There’s a Maniac Loose Out There’” “Excelsior! We’re Going to the Moon! Excelsior!” “Address to the American Physical Society” “Good Missiles, Good Manners, Good Night” “Why They Read Hesse” “Oversexed in Indianapolis” “The Mysterious Madame Blavatsky” “Biafra: A People Betrayed” “Address to Graduating Class at Bennington College, 1970” “Torture and Blubber” “Address to the National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1971” “Reflections on my Own Death” “In a Manner that Must Shame God Himself” “Thinking Unthinkable, Speaking Unspeakable” “Address at Rededication of Wheaton College Library, 1973” “Invite Rita Rait to America!” “Address to P.E.N. Conference in Stockholm, 1973” “A Political Disease” “Playboy Interview”


New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut's darkly comic work became a symbol for the counterculture of a generation. From his debut novel, Player Piano (1951) through seminal 1960's ...

  • L'auteur : D. Simmons
  • Editeur: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230100813
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Nombre de pages: 233
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 1923
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Détails: Kurt Vonnegut's darkly comic work became a symbol for the counterculture of a generation. From his debut novel, Player Piano (1951) through seminal 1960's novels such as Cat's Cradle (1963) and Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) up to the recent success of A Man Without A Country (2005), Vonnegut's writing has remained commercially popular, offering a satirical yet optimistic outlook on modern life. Though many fellow writers admired Vonnegut - Gore Vidal famously suggesting that "Kurt was never dull" - the academic establishment has tended to retain a degree of scepticism concerning the validity of his work. This dynamic collection aims to re-evaluate Vonnegut's position as an integral part of the American post-war cannon of literature.


Cat's Eye

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Controversial painter Elaine Risley returns from Vancouver for a retrospective of her work. Here, in Toronto, the city of her youth, she confronts the subm ...

  • L'auteur : Margaret Atwood
  • Editeur: Emblem Editions
  • ISBN: 1551994895
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 592
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 348
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Détails: Controversial painter Elaine Risley returns from Vancouver for a retrospective of her work. Here, in Toronto, the city of her youth, she confronts the submerged layers of her past – her unconventional family, her eccentric and brilliant brother, the self-righteous Mrs. Smeath, and the two men Elaine later came to love in diverse and sometimes disastrous ways. But it is the enigmatic Cordelia, once her tormentor, then her best friend, whose elusive yet powerful presence in her life Elaine finally comes to understand. The realm of childhood and growing up, with its secrecies, cruelties, betrayals, and terrors, has never been so brilliantly evoked. By turns disquieting, humorous, compassionate, haunting and mordant, Cat’s Eye is vintage Atwood.


The Art of String Figures

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Rooted in tribal customs and cultural traditions from around the world, making string figures is an ancient pastime that continues to charm people of all a ...

  • L'auteur : International String Figure Association
  • Editeur: Courier Dover Publications
  • ISBN: 0486835510
  • Genre: Games & Activities
  • Nombre de pages: 128
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 1993
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Détails: Rooted in tribal customs and cultural traditions from around the world, making string figures is an ancient pastime that continues to charm people of all ages. This compilation of projects from String Figure Magazine presents easy-to-follow photographs and simple, step-by-step directions for creating more than two dozen captivating string figures that can jump, flip, and perform other tricks. In addition to basic instructions on how to get started, this guide features brief accounts of each figure's historical background. They include "Kidnapped Baby" and "Broken Home, Mended Home" from Hawaii, "A Flock of Birds" and "Old Man Chewing" from the Solomon Islands, and the Australian "Setting Sun." From the Congo come "Leopard's Mouth," "Rubber Band" from Tibet, and from India, "Scissors." Other figures spotlight the traditions of North America's Navajo and Kwakiutl peoples and natives of Brazil, Guyana, and Argentina. A great travel pastime and on-the-go activity, making string figures is a delightful, inexpensive, and easily acquired hobby.


New World Soundings

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-Puerto Rican understanding, and recounting the mythic adventures of McLuhanaima, "the world's first Brazilianist,as he travels through the exotic land he ...

  • L'auteur : Richard M. Morse
  • Editeur: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 1421435101
  • Genre: History
  • Nombre de pages: 314
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 1999
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Détails: -Puerto Rican understanding, and recounting the mythic adventures of McLuhanaima, "the world's first Brazilianist,as he travels through the exotic land he has chosen for definitive research.


The Vonnegut Effect

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Kurt Vonnegut is one of the few American writers since Mark Twain to have won and sustained a great popular acceptance while boldly introducing new themes ...

  • L'auteur : Jerome Klinkowitz
  • Editeur: Univ of South Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 1611171148
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Nombre de pages: 232
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 1492
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Détails: Kurt Vonnegut is one of the few American writers since Mark Twain to have won and sustained a great popular acceptance while boldly introducing new themes and forms on the literary cutting edge. This is the "Vonnegut effect" that Jerome Klinkowitz finds unique among postmodernist authors. In this innovative study of the author's fiction, Klinkowitz examines the forces in American life that have made Vonnegut's works possible. Vonnegut shared with readers a world that includes the expansive timeline from the Great Depression, during which his family lost their economic support, through the countercultural revolt of the 1960s, during which his fiction first gained prominence. Vonnegut also explored the growth in recent decades of America's sway in art, which his fiction celebrates, and geopolitics, which his novels question. A pioneer in Vonnegut studies, Jerome Klinkowitz offers The Vonnegut Effect as a thorough treatment of the author's fiction—a canon covering more than a half century and comprising twenty books. Considering both Vonnegut's methods and the cultural needs they have served, Klinkowitz explains how those works came to be written and concludes with an assessment of the author's place in American fiction.


Fever 1793

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It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fat ...

  • L'auteur : Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Editeur: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1442443073
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 272
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 433
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Détails: It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn't get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family's coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie's concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family's small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie's struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight-the fight to stay alive.


Staying with the Trouble

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In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations ...

  • L'auteur : Donna J. Haraway
  • Editeur: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822373785
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Nombre de pages: 304
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 488
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Détails: In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures. Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF—string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far—Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway's reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time.


And So It Goes

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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 The first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a writer ...

  • L'auteur : Charles J. Shields
  • Editeur: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 142997379X
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Nombre de pages: 528
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 515
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Détails: A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 The first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a writer who changed the conversation of American literature. In 2006, Charles Shields reached out to Kurt Vonnegut in a letter, asking for his endorsement for a planned biography. The first response was no ("A most respectful demurring by me for the excellent writer Charles J. Shields, who offered to be my biographer"). Unwilling to take no for an answer, propelled by a passion for his subject, and already deep into his research, Shields wrote again and this time, to his delight, the answer came back: "O.K." For the next year—a year that ended up being Vonnegut's last—Shields had access to Vonnegut and his letters. And So It Goes is the culmination of five years of research and writing—the first-ever biography of the life of Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut resonates with readers of all generations from the baby boomers who grew up with him to high-school and college students who are discovering his work for the first time. Vonnegut's concise collection of personal essays, Man Without a Country, published in 2006, spent fifteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 300,000 copies to date. The twenty-first century has seen interest in and scholarship about Vonnegut's works grow even stronger, and this is the first book to examine in full the life of one of the most influential iconoclasts of his time.


El oligopolio que domina el sistema eléctrico

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Cinco grandes compañías eléctricas poseen la mayor parte de la capacidad instalada y de la energía producida en España, a la vez que controlan la tota ...

  • L'auteur : Enrique Palazuelos
  • Editeur: Ediciones AKAL
  • ISBN: 8446048361
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Nombre de pages: 432
  • Langue: French/English
  • Vues: 976
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Détails: Cinco grandes compañías eléctricas poseen la mayor parte de la capacidad instalada y de la energía producida en España, a la vez que controlan la totalidad de las redes de distribución y venden la mayor parte de la electricidad a los clientes finales. Forman un oligopolio que domina tanto el mercado mayorista como el minorista de energía eléctrica. De modo que el funcionamiento del sistema eléctrico constituye un negocio de colosales dimensiones, que proporciona grandes beneficios a esas grandes compañías, está garantizado por los poderes públicos y lo financian los consumidores. Consecuentemente, esa posición de poder es un factor determinante para calibrar las posibilidades y los límites del curso que pueda seguir la transición eléctrico-energética. Alrededor de la transformación del sistema eléctrico entran en juego cuestiones vitales para toda la sociedad, en las que se dilucida cómo garantizar el suministro de un producto fundamental, cómo evitar los precios abusivos y cómo contribuir a un drástico descenso de la emisión de gases de efecto invernadero. Este trabajo pretende aportar una reflexión sobre lo que ha venido ocurriendo en el sistema eléctrico, como condición imprescindible para explicar sus características actuales y para afrontar el debate sobre qué transición, con qué prioridades y con qué actores cabe llevar a cabo la transformación del sistema. Después de un capítulo introductorio en el que se plantean las premisas básicas del análisis, el libro se estructura en dos partes que abordan la posición de poder del oligopolio eléctrico desde perspectivas complementarias. Una lo hace a través del dominio que ejercen en las diferentes tecnologías con las que se genera la electricidad. La otra lo hace a través del dominio que ejercen en los sucesivos segmentos (producción, distribución, comercialización) y los mercados (mayorista y minorista) que componen el sistema eléctrico. Por último, el capítulo final presenta un conjunto de consideraciones y propuestas acerca de la estrategia a seguir para transformar el sistema eléctrico. Las características que adopte la transición eléctrica dependerán fundamentalmente del acierto con que se fije y se aplique esa estrategia de transformación, guiada por objetivos económicos, sociales y ecológicos. Lo cual inevitablemente tendrá que ir acompañado de la solvencia con la que los poderes públicos (parlamento, gobierno, reguladores del mercado, garantes de la competencia) entablen una negociación “disputada” con las grandes compañías para que prevalezcan los intereses democráticos de la mayoría de la sociedad. Por consiguiente, el contenido del libro está orientado hacia un público interesado en conocer las características del sistema eléctrico, como condición imprescindible para valorar la envergadura de los desafíos pendientes y para participar en el debate sobre la transición eléctrica, energética y ecológica.


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