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Primo Levi

“I always thought that [building] bridges is the best job there is because roads go over bridges, and without roads we’d still be like savages. In short, bridges are like the opposite of borders, and borders are where wars start.” –Primo Levi, ‘La chiave a stella’ (The Wrench)

Primo Levi (1919-1987) was one of Italy’s most distinguished writers. A survivor of the Holocaust, his memoirs on the Nazi death camps (If This Is a Man and The Truce) are internationally recognised as among the most powerful and profound testimonies to have come out of the extermination of the European Jewry.

This book is the first comprehensive introduction to Levi and his writing for English-speaking readers. The author draws attention to the literary worth of Levi’s entire output — not just the Holocaust testimonies for which he is primarily known — and situates his works in the context of Italian culture and society from the 1920s to the 1980s. A man with many identities — chemist, industrial manager and writer — he tried, through his writing, to build bridges between different cultures and fields of enquiry.

General readers who are acquainted with Levi’s writings will find this book fascinating, as will students and scholars of Holocaust Literature, Italian Studies and Contemporary Italian Literature.

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Boston Noir 2

Whereas the original Boston Noir comprised all-new stories, this sequel is made up of reprints of the classic stories from Boston’s colorful literary history. As these stories reveal, lurking beneath this city on a hill’s outward sheen are the human dramas endemic to every American city, fuelled by longing, perversion, drugs, petty crime, and murder.

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Within the Hollow Hills

As legend has it, the Hollow Hills are the hidden abode of the gods — they withdrew to them when people began to no longer believe in the gods. Within these Hills the gods still live, delighting in the joys of companionship and riches of song and story. And sometimes the song of the Lordly Ones can still be heard by travelers on the road. Some people even enter the faery halls and learn new songs and stories to reenchant the world.

In this book, a sequel to the popular From Isles of Dream, John Matthews has collected the best imaginative writings by contemporary Celtic writers. Included are tales and songs by such as Robin Williamson, R.J. Stewart, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Caitlin Matthews, David Spangler, and Margaret Elphinstone. This is a unique collection that will become a perennial favorite of all lovers of fantasy, imagination, and Celtic lore.

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Writing the Everyday

Prose works examined include Bernice Morgan’s best-selling novel Random Passage, short stories by Helen Porter and Governor General’s award-winner Joan Clark, as well as poetry by Mi’kmaq Elder Rita Joe and “People’s Poet” Maxine Tynes, and the adult work of well-known children’s author Sheree Fitch. Fuller demonstrates how these writers overturn regional stereotypes to present a complex and intriguing portrait of women’s lives in Canada’s most eastern provinces.

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Who’s who in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Unique in its breadth of coverage, Who’s Who in Contemporary Women’s Writing is a comprehensive, authoritative and enjoyable guide to women’s fiction, prose, poetry and drama from around the world in the second half of the twentieth century. Over the course of 1000 entries by over 150 international contributors, a picture emerges of the incredible range of women’s writing in our time, from Toni Morrison to Fleur Adcock- all are here. This book includes the established and well-loved but also opens up new worlds of modern literature which may be unfamiliar but are never less than fascinating.

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South Asian Novelists in English

With the publication of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel, DEGREESIMidnight’s Children DEGREESR in 1981, followed by the unprecedented popularity of his subsequent works, the cinematic adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s DEGREESIThe English Patient, DEGREESR many other best-sellers written by South Asian novelists writing in English have gained a tremendous following. This reference is a guide to their lives and writings. The volume focuses on novelists born in South Asia who have written and continue to write about issues concerning that region. Some of the novelists have published widely, while others are only beginning their literary careers.

The volume includes alphabetically arranged entries on more than 50 South Asian novelists. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a summary of the novelist’s critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. Since many of the contributors are personally acquainted with the novelists, they are able to offer significant insights. The volume closes with a selected bibliography of studies of the South Asian novel in English, along with a list of anthologies and periodicals.

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The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945

In this expertly crafted, richly detailed guide, Raymond Leslie Williams explores the cultural, political, and historical events that have shaped the Latin American and Caribbean novel since the end of World War II. In addition to works originally composed in English, Williams covers novels written in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and Haitian Creole, and traces the profound influence of modernization, revolution, and democratization on the writing of this era.

Beginning in 1945, Williams introduces major trends by region, including the Caribbean and U.S. Latino novel, the Mexican and Central American novel, the Andean novel, the Southern Cone novel, and the novel of Brazil. He discusses the rise of the modernist novel in the 1940s, led by Jorge Luis Borges’s reaffirmation of the right of invention, and covers the advent of the postmodern generation of the 1990s in Brazil, the Generation of the "Crack" in Mexico, and the McOndo generation in other parts of Latin America.

An alphabetical guide offers biographies of authors, coverage of major topics, and brief introductions to individual novels. It also addresses such areas as women’s writing, Afro-Latin American writing, and magic realism. The guide’s final section includes an annotated bibliography of introductory studies on the Latin American and Caribbean novel, national literary traditions, and the work of individual authors. From early attempts to synthesize postcolonial concerns with modernist aesthetics to the current focus on urban violence and globalization, The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945 presents a comprehensive, accessible portrait of a thoroughly diverse and complex branch of world literature.