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Ghosts of the Tsunami - Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone (Hardcover): Richard Lloyd Parry Ghosts of the Tsunami - Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone (Hardcover)
Richard Lloyd Parry 1
R410 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R94 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins.

Ghosts of the Tsunami - Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone (Paperback): Richard Lloyd Parry Ghosts of the Tsunami - Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone (Paperback)
Richard Lloyd Parry 1
R306 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R75 (25%) Within 10 - 17 working days

On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins.

The Magpie and the Wardrobe - A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells (Hardcover): Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli The Magpie and the Wardrobe - A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells (Hardcover)
Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli 1
R502 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R115 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells, is a lovingly curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and curious customs that have bewitched us for generations. Discover simple magic, heirloom recipes and forgotten fairytales in this eclectic treasury. The twelve chapters, representative of the seasons, present the celebrations, superstitions and folklore that shape our year. From cherished traditions like Valentine's Day to the lost excitement of May Day, The Magpie and the Wardrobe reveals a calendar bursting with history, imagination and curious facts. Take a closer look at your favourite homespun rituals and the magic we conjure every day; make a candle wish, mix a moon oil elixir, and hang your romantic hopes on the predictions of an apple peel. Illustrated by a unique collection of ephemera and embellished with trinkets and charms, this sumptuous volume will appeal to the creative and curious. Digital version available in an enhanced eBook format.

Hark! - The biography of Christmas (Paperback): Paul Kerensa Hark! - The biography of Christmas (Paperback)
Paul Kerensa 1
R198 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R42 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

In this delightful sleigh ride through Christmas history, Paul Kerensa answers the festive questions you never thought to ask... Did Cromwell help shape the mince pie? Was St Nicholas the first to use an automatic door? Which classic Christmas crooners were inspired by a Hollywood heatwave? And did King Herod really have a wife called Doris? Whether you mull on wine or enjoy the biggest turkey, the biggest tree or the biggest credit card bill, unwrap your story through our twelve dates of Christmas past. From Roman revelry to singing Bing, via Santa, Scrooge and a snoozing saviour, this timeless tale is perfect trivia fodder for the Christmas dinner table.

Christmas: A Biography (Hardcover): Judith Flanders Christmas: A Biography (Hardcover)
Judith Flanders 1
R357 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R93 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Christmas has been all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a time of eating and drinking. Yet the origins of the customs which characterize the festive season are wreathed in myth. When did turkeys become the plat du jour? Is the commercialization of Christmas a recent phenomenon, or has the emphasis always been on spending? Just who is, or was, Santa Claus? And for how long have we been exchanging presents of underwear and socks? Food, drink and nostalgia for Christmases past seem to be almost as old as the holiday itself, far more central to the story of Christmas than religious worship. Thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, in the fourth century, the Archbishop of Constantinople was already warning that too many people were spending the day not in worship, but dancing and eating to excess. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically recalling the Christmases of yesteryear, confident that they had been better then. In Christmas: A Biography, acclaimed social historian and best-selling author Judith Flanders casts a sharp and revealing eye on the myths, legends and history of the season, from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might just possibly be the first appearance of Santa Claus - in Switzerland! - to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.

Fifteen Candles - 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and Other Quinceanera Stories (Paperback): Adriana V Lopez Fifteen Candles - 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and Other Quinceanera Stories (Paperback)
Adriana V Lopez
R268 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R41 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

For the uninitiated, the quinceanera celebrates the passage of a fifteen-year-old girl into adulthood: It's a bit bat mitzvah with a dash of debutante ball, and loaded with the same potential for hilarity and adolescent angst. In this original anthology, fifteen of the brightest and funniest Latino writers, men and women alike, share their own memories of these moving and often absurd extravaganzas--tales of that unique form of familial humiliation that is borne of the best intentions, fierce love, and the infectious joy of parents finally allowing their little girl to grow up.

The Long, Long Life of Trees (Paperback): Fiona Stafford The Long, Long Life of Trees (Paperback)
Fiona Stafford
R267 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R43 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols. In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions.

How to Hygge - The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life (Hardcover): Signe Johansen How to Hygge - The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life (Hardcover)
Signe Johansen
R379 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R83 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Celebration (Paperback, Anniversary ed.): Ann McClellan The Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Celebration (Paperback, Anniversary ed.)
Ann McClellan
R356 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R58 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Lavishly illustrated and fact-filled, The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration is a fascinating and informative look into one of the world's greatest festivals. From Tokyo to Washington, D.C. these exuberant festivals celebrate the ethereal and glorious springtime blooming of the ancient cherry blossom tree and its role today as an instrument of diplomacy, landscape enhancement and eternal sign of spring and romance. Highlights include the story of the trees' cultivation and significance in Japan for more than 1000 years, how they came to the U.S. and their importance as representatives of Japanese and American friendship, plus listings of important cherry blossom tree collections and other significant viewing sites throughout the U.S. and Japan. Cherry blossoms are explored as symbols in Japanese art and artifacts, and in images of Japonism found in Western art. Extensive illustrations complement the intriguing stories of how Japanese cherry blossom trees came to be planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and of the development of the National Cherry Blossom Festival which honors the trees and their extraordinary beauty. The pivotal roles played by intrepid traveler and writer, Eliza Scidmore, and First Ladies Helen Taft and Lady Bird Johnson are included. The most significant of the more than 175 varieties of Japanese ornamental trees are featured, along with cultivation tips for home gardeners. The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration is sure to enlighten and entertain everyone touched by the cherry blossoms' transcendent beauty and delighted by the festivals that honor them. Over a million people visit Washington, D.C., each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees, originally a gift of friendship from Japan in 1912, and attend National Cherry Blossom Festival events that herald the arrival of spring in the capital city. Offering something for everyone, Festival events include an Opening Ceremony, parade, entertainment stages, fireworks, Family Day, and the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit. As the nation's greatest springtime celebration, the National Cherry Blossom Festival includes spectacular weekends and daily events featuring diverse and creative programming designed to appeal to city residents and visitors alike. Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

New Orleans Carnival Balls - The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920 (Hardcover): Jennifer Atkins New Orleans Carnival Balls - The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920 (Hardcover)
Jennifer Atkins
R662 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R179 (27%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Book of Absinthe - A Cultural History (Paperback, New): Phil Baker The Book of Absinthe - A Cultural History (Paperback, New)
Phil Baker
R256 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R38 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

La Fee Verte (or "The Green Fairy") has intoxicated artists, poets, and writers ever since the late eighteenth century. Stories abound of absinthe's druglike sensations of mood lift and inspiration due to the presence of wormwood, its infamous "special" ingredient, which ultimately leads to delirium, homicidal mania, and death. Opening with the sensational 1905 Absinthe Murdres, Phil Baker offers a cultural history of absinthe, from its modest origins as an herbal tonic through its luxuriantly morbid heyday in the late nineteenth century. Chronicling a fascinatintly lurid cast of historical characters who often died young, the absinthe scrapbook includes Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Dowson, Aleister Crowley, Arthur machen, August Strindberg, Alfred Jarry, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Allais, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. Along with discussing the rituals and modus operandi of absinthe drinking, Baker reveals the recently discovered pharmacology of how real absinthe actually works on the nervous system, and he tests the various real and fake absinthe products that are available overseas. Written with "seductive verve and gentle insight" (Times Literary Supplement), The Book of Absinthe is a witty, erudite primer to the world's most notorious drink.

Homeplace - The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina (Paperback, New edition): Michael... Homeplace - The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina (Paperback, New edition)
Michael Ann Williams
R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Within 7 - 15 working days

Challenging many of the methods and preconceptions of conventional folk-architecture studies, Homeplace examines traditional houses in the mountains of Appalachia from the perspective offered by oral histories. Michael Ann Williams bases much of her study on interviews with some of the people most intimately familiar with her subject: more than fifty individuals born and raised in southwestern North Carolina in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their testimony links the perspective of former occupants and the experiential aspects of folk architecture with more traditional scholarly studies.

Most scholarship on vernacular architecture emphasizes form and structure and is based primarily on the examination of extant buildings. While Homeplace contains floor plans and historical photographs, it also illustrates how oral history is often a more reliable guide in the interpretation of folk buildings than artifactual or documentary evidence. By foregrounding inhabitants' reminiscences, Williams brings rural Appalachian architecture to life by emphasizing human experience within the dwelling.

An examination of universal concerns--continuity and change in the inhabitants' uses and conceptualizations of interior spaces, domestic life and cultural change in southern Appalachia, the shifting importance of formal and informal spaces--Homeplace offers new insights into the folk building tradition and its cultural context that will be most helpful to those seeking a broader understanding of Appalachian life.

Immigrant Kitchen - Food, Ethnicity, and Diaspora (Paperback): Vivian Nun Halloran Immigrant Kitchen - Food, Ethnicity, and Diaspora (Paperback)
Vivian Nun Halloran
R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Within 7 - 15 working days
Playa Fire: Spirit and Soul at Burning Man (Hardcover): Stewart Harvey Playa Fire: Spirit and Soul at Burning Man (Hardcover)
Stewart Harvey
R840 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R228 (27%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Foreword by Burning Man founder Larry HarveyA stunning visual and narrative homage--featuring more than 100 black & white and color photographs, many never before seen--that captures the wonder and metaphysical power of Burning Man past present, and future, and the magic that draws us to it, by the ultimate Burning Man insider.Growing up in 1950s Oregon, brothers Stewart and Larry Harvey rebelled against their small-town culture and the conformist norms of Eisenhower's America. Stewart turned to photography. Larry, drawn by the siren call of the burgeoning counter-cultural movement, fled to San Francisco, where he met a group of alternative artists like himself. During his frequent visits south, Stewart, camera always in hand, photographed the intimate creative worlds of Larry and his friends--images that would chronicle the birth of one of the most important cultural, artistic, and social movements of the twentieth century: Burning Man.Filled with the rare insights of Stewart's decades-long friendships with his brother and the five other founders, as well as the many people who have shaped it, Playa Fire is a Burning Man story like no other. An artist and writer of striking emotional depth, Stewart marries stunning photos reflecting the beauty and grandeur of the desert landscape and the ephemeral, hallucinatory beauty of Black Rock City with a compelling narrative journey that captures the landmark festival's spiritual essence.Drawn from his personal archives and taken over thirty years at Burning Man--many at "First Camp"--his panoramic photographs are accompanied by never-before-seen memorabilia, including Larry's original sketch of the first Man as well as family photos of the young Harvey brothers and their band of merrymakers. An exquisite work of art that embodies the radical imagination at the core of this transformative event, Playa Fire celebrates both the spectacle and the meditative that is Burning Man. It is an enchanting portrait for die-hard "Burners," arts enthusiasts, and the intellectually curious fascinated by this iconoclastic, beloved cultural phenomenon.

Beauty and the East - A Book of Oriental Body Care (Paperback): Wendy Buonaventura Beauty and the East - A Book of Oriental Body Care (Paperback)
Wendy Buonaventura; Illustrated by Isobel Eady
R449 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R79 (18%) Within 7 - 15 working days

This fascinating story of body care and the creation of sensual ambiance focuses on customs practised in the Middle East, Africa and India and takes a humorous look at the often converse attitudes towards the body prevailing in the West.
Ancient books of the East are full of the language and lore of sensuality. They praise women's beauty and speak with a bawdy humour about the erotic arts, which included poetry, dance and rituals of beautification. In the Middle East a visit to the steam baths took the entire day and was used as an excuse for festivities, with female dancers and musicians brought in to entertain. From earliest times make-up had a magical, protective element, and many superstitions are still associated with cosmetics. The use of perfume was developed into a fine art, and there were countries which owed their rise and fall to the control of the trade in aromatic oils and spices. When Cleopatra invited Anthony to dine, the floors were strewn deep with rose petals.
Elaborate rituals of beauty and the creation of a sensual environment are by no means a thing of the past. Today, in the most modest homes, incense is still burned to create a soothing atmosphere and guests' hands are sprinkled with rose water as a sign of welcome. Other similar attentions continue to mark out the countries of the East for their legendary hospitality.
The book also includes anecdotes by Western women who were initiated into the secrets of the steam baths and descriptions by contemporary women of customs handed down by their mothers and grandmothers. Some of these customs are now known in the West, especially henna for the hair, kohl for the eyes, and the therapeutic use of essentialoils. Yet there are many other body care methods using natural substances which have great appeal today, when many women are abandoning synthetic and expensive products in favour of effective alternatives which do not harm the environment.
A pot pourri of practical information and delightful stories, the book includes extracts from poetry and literature and is illustrated throughout with original sketches and line drawings.

Iroquois Medical Botany (Paperback, New edition): James W. Herrick, Dean R. Snow Iroquois Medical Botany (Paperback, New edition)
James W. Herrick, Dean R. Snow; Edited by Dean R. Snow; Foreword by Dean R. Snow
R464 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R78 (17%) Within 7 - 15 working days

This is the first book to provide a guide to understanding the use of herbal medicines in traditional Iroquois culture. The world view of the Iroquois League or Confederacy - the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations - is based on a strong cosmological belief system. This is evident, especially in their medical practices, which connect man to nature and the powerful forces in the supernatural realm. This book relates Iroquois cosmology to cultural themes by showing the inherent spiritual power of plants and how the Iroquois traditionally have used and continue to use plants as remedies.

The WI Country Woman's Year 1960 (Hardcover): Elizabeth Paget The WI Country Woman's Year 1960 (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Paget 1
R399 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R68 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Book of Tea (Paperback, 112 Ed): Kakuzo Okakura The Book of Tea (Paperback, 112 Ed)
Kakuzo Okakura
R51 R43 Discovery Miles 430 Save R8 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days

'Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.'In this charming book from 1906, Okakura explores Zen, Taoism, Tea Masters and the significance of the Japanese tea ceremony.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

Human Rights and African Customary Law - With 1999 Addendum (Paperback): T.W. Bennett Human Rights and African Customary Law - With 1999 Addendum (Paperback)
T.W. Bennett
R345 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R67 (19%) Within 4 - 8 working days

African customary law, the personal law of the majority of South Africans, gained equal status with common law for the first time with the introduction of the 1993 Constitution. This book explores the many conflicts between the African legal tradition and human rights.

Eating for England - The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Nigel... Eating for England - The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Nigel Slater 2
R309 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R72 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Written in a style similar to that of Nigel Slater's multi-award-winning food memoir `Toast', this is a celebration of the glory, humour, eccentricities and embarrassments that are The British at Table.The British have a relationship with their food that is unlike that of any other country. Once something that was never discussed in polite company, it is now something with which the nation is obsessed. But are we at last developing a food culture or are we just going through the motions?`Eating for England' is an entertaining, detailed and somewhat tongue-in-cheek observation of the British and their food, their cooking, their eating and how they behave in restaurants, with chapters on - amongst other things - dinner parties, funeral teas, Indian restaurants, dieting and eating whilst under the influence.Written in Nigel Slater's trademark readable style, `Eating for England' highlights our idiosyncratic attitude towards the fine art of dining.

A Taste of Paris - A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food (Hardcover): David Downie A Taste of Paris - A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food (Hardcover)
David Downie
R478 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R121 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Corsets and Codpieces - A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era (Paperback): Karen Bowman Corsets and Codpieces - A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era (Paperback)
Karen Bowman
R325 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R68 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Gospel of Food - Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat (Paperback): Barry Glassner The Gospel of Food - Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat (Paperback)
Barry Glassner
R266 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R41 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

For many Americans, eating is a religion. We worship at the temples of celebrity chefs. We raise our children to believe that certain foods are good and others are bad. We believe that if we eat the right foods, we will live longer, and if we eat in the right places, we will raise our social status. Yet what we believe to be true about food is, in fact, quite contradictory.

Part expose, part social commentary, The Gospel of Food is a rallying cry to abandon the fads and fallacies in favor of calmer, more pleasurable eating. By interviewing chefs, food chemists, nutritionists, and restaurant critics about the way we eat, sociologist Barry Glassner helps us recognize the myths, half-truths, and guilt trips they promulgate, and liberates us for greater joy at the table.

Meet Me at the Bamboo Table - Everyday Meals Everywhere (Paperback): A V Crofts Meet Me at the Bamboo Table - Everyday Meals Everywhere (Paperback)
A V Crofts
R313 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R69 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days

In our ever-more-globalized world, how better to connect than with food, and who better to connect us than a chowhound communications professor? A.V. Crofts has spent decades eating (and learning) her way around the world. She's studied in China, taught in Italy, and conducted humanitarian communications trainings in war-torn Sudan. Here, she traces a lifetime of meals across states and continents for the ways that food ties us together. With warm, thoughtful prose, Crofts invites us to the only coffee shop in Kunming; to a home-cooked feast at a civil rights pilgrimage in Alabama; to a surprise Thanksgiving in Germany; and to her annual Lunar New Year dumpling party in Seattle.This full-color visual tour-de-force will delight foodies, armchair travelers, and anyone who's ever learned a little something from a special meal. Photos, "sketchnotes," and other ephemera from Crofts's globetrotting coalesce into a truly beautiful meditation on how food nourishes community.A.V. Crofts works at the University of Washington as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Global Health. Her work has been published in Gastronomica and Saveur and on her popular blog avcrofts.com.

Mr. Burns and Other Plays (Paperback): Anne Washburn Mr. Burns and Other Plays (Paperback)
Anne Washburn
R364 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R83 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

"One of the most spectacularly original plays in recent memory."--"Entertainment Weekly"

"Fascinating and hilarious . . . With each of its three acts, "Mr. Burns" grows grander."--"Village Voice"

"When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? . . . Mr. Burns has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas . . . with depths of feeling to match its breadth of imagination."--"The New York Times"

An ode to live theater and the resilience of "The Simpsons," Anne Washburn's apocalyptic comedy "Mr. Burns"--"even better than its hype" ("New York Post")--is an imaginative exploration of how the culture of one generation can evolve into the mythology of the next. Following an enthusiastic critical reception from New York critics for its world premiere, Mr. Burns will receive its London premiere in spring 2014. Also included in the collection are "The Small," "I Have Loved Strangers," and "Orestes," all of which, together, develop a theme of destruction, from the personal to the city to civilization and, finally, to the destruction of form.

Anne Washburn's plays include "The Internationalist," "A Devil at Noon," "Apparition," "The Communist Dracula Pageant," "I Have Loved Strangers," "The Ladies," "The Small," and a transadaptation of Euripides's "Orestes." Her awards include a Guggenheim, NYFA Fellowship, Time Warner Fellowship, and a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist. She is a member of 13P, The Civilians, and is a New Georges affiliated artist.

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