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November (Paperback): Christopher Woodall November (Paperback)
Christopher Woodall
R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

November may be said to have four sets of protagonists: a group of night- shift workers in southeast France; their friends, relatives, lovers, and acquaintances; the factory in which they work; and the work itself. Christopher Woodall is a writer and translator. His translations include Piero Camporesi's Exotic Brew and Lydie Salvayre's The Company of Ghosts. November is his first novel. This novel takes place over the course of two and a half hours one evening in November 1976 at the plastic die-casting workshop where these men are employed. Staggering in scope, November is a virtuosic performance -a contemporary take on the classical modernist novel, anatomizing the ways we live, think, and labor; what we have lost; and what we are losing.

Sweets and Toxins (Paperback): Christopher Woodall Sweets and Toxins (Paperback)
Christopher Woodall
R271 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R50 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The twenty-first century doesn't much care for subtlety. Now is the era of the gist, the elevator pitch, the big idea boiled down. This is precisely why Christopher Woodall's fiction gives such pleasure. His meticulous stories about love, death, fidelity, friendship, and human solitude do not wave their narrative arms wildly, demanding unwarranted attention. They speak in a calm voice, inviting the reader closer-inviting him not merely to react but to feel and think. Sweets and Toxins is the first collection of short fiction to be published by this talented novelist and it marks him as a writer whose sharp eye for detail and feeling for people is a rare commodity indeed. He is one of the major English authors writing today.

Between Two Cultures - an Introduction to Economic History (Paperback, Reprinted ed): Christopher Woodall Between Two Cultures - an Introduction to Economic History (Paperback, Reprinted ed)
Christopher Woodall
R384 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R47 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Serious history buffs will relish this behind-the-scenes tour of the theoretical and methodical challenges that face economic historians seeking to communicate a 'sense of historical perspective, and a feeling for the ineffable complexity of life."—Booklist

In this wise and witty work, a world-renowned economic historian takes us behind the scenes to observe a small band of scholars reconstructing the past with tools of economic analysis and the narrative power of the traditional historian. Despite the methodological gulf between economics and history, both disciplines depend heavily on documents that have survived scattering, aging, and destruction.

When the written record runs out, the economic historian is not necessarily at a dead end: "If a detective fails to uncover written evidence enabling him to identify the murderer, he looks around for finger prints, cigarette butts, bunches of keys, stains on clothing or signs of a break-in." Similarly the economic historian hunts for clues in old coins, in inscriptions on tombs and monuments, in bricks and stone, in the shape of fields and the layout of cities.

Ever the reliable guide, Cipolla maps out regions of new understanding in such areas as slavery, banking, voyages of discovery, and inventions brought to us by economic historians. And he shows with copious examples how our perceptions of everyday life in other tinmes have sharpened and changed under relentless examination by a new breed of historian.

"A scholarly, entertaining look at the objectives and techniques of economic historiography. . . . Cipolla's presentation of economic history as a humanistic rather than scientific discipline makes economic historiography seem fascinating and rather fun."—Kirkus Reviews


Kingdom - The Expression of God's Rule: A Thorough-Going Guide to the Fundamental Nature of Kingdom as the Basis for... Kingdom - The Expression of God's Rule: A Thorough-Going Guide to the Fundamental Nature of Kingdom as the Basis for Christians in Their Governance by God and Toward Each Other (Paperback)
Christopher Woodall
R482 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Synopsis: It has been said that history teaches us that history teaches us nothing. However true this may be in general terms, the fact that we so frequently look to the past in an attempt to shape our future by applying its lessons in the present suggests we remain keen to learn. In the context of the subject of this book, though the stalwarts of the faith can serve as tremendous examples, it is to the lessons of Scripture that we must turn if we are to have a better idea of what the kingdom of God is, what that means for us as believers, and how we can be better equipped to extend its values in today's world. Thus, what we understand by the term "kingdom of God" will not only determine whether we believe ourselves to be its citizens, but also how we think we should conduct ourselves in the light of such knowledge. It is the contention of this book that the biblical concept of kingdom as the expression of God's rule requires greater clarity of presentation in order to prevent it from confusion and/or distortion amongst Christians. Author Biography: Chris Woodall is former Associate Professor of Dogmatics at North-West University, South Africa. He is the author of Covenant: The Basis of God's Self-Disclosure (Wipf & Stock).

Kingdom (Hardcover): Christopher Woodall Kingdom (Hardcover)
Christopher Woodall
R804 R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Save R170 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Bolsheviks and the Red Army 1918-1921 (Paperback): Francesco Benvenuti The Bolsheviks and the Red Army 1918-1921 (Paperback)
Francesco Benvenuti; Translated by Christopher Woodall
R607 Discovery Miles 6 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The emergence of the military agency of the Soviet state is a crucial but neglected aspect of inter-war Soviet history, and in this pioneering study Francesco Benvenuti provides a detailed analysis of the politics (as opposed to the operational activities) of the Red Army during the Civil War. Several historians have suggested that the roots of Stalinism may be found in the Bolshevik experience during the Civil War, and Benvenuti shows that the military opposition inside the party was much stronger than conventionally supposed: Trotsky's subsequent political weakness owed much to his ruthless pursuit of military goals not always in direct harmony with party interests, as did his technocratic attempts to extend the role of specialist advisers at the expense of party officials.

The Pompidou Years, 1969-1974 (Hardcover): Serge Berstein, Jean-Pierre Rioux The Pompidou Years, 1969-1974 (Hardcover)
Serge Berstein, Jean-Pierre Rioux; Translated by Christopher Woodall
R2,094 Discovery Miles 20 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the most authoritative account available of the presidency of Georges Pompidou. Pompidou consolidated the constitutional changes made by de Gaulle, to the extent that he is now regarded as the Fifth Republic's second founding father, and continued his haughty attitudes to foreign policy. He also launched a program of modernization and industrialization: under Pompidou France saw both the climax and the end of the postwar boom. Serge Berstein and Jean-Pierre Rioux analyze the politics of the period, and also give an overview of France's economy, culture and society.

The Cameo Glass of Thomas and George Woodall (Hardcover): Christopher Woodall Perry The Cameo Glass of Thomas and George Woodall (Hardcover)
Christopher Woodall Perry
R1,596 R1,404 Discovery Miles 14 040 Save R192 (12%) Out of stock

Doceuments work of the most important names associated with 19th century cameo glass.

Company of Ghosts (Paperback): Lydie Salvayre Company of Ghosts (Paperback)
Lydie Salvayre; Translated by Christopher Woodall
R250 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R42 (17%) Out of stock

When a process-server arrives at a housing project on the edge of Paris to draw up a routine inventory of goods in view of seizure, the reception he receives from distrainees Rose Melie and her teenage daughter Louisiane is more than he has bargained for. Rose, forever unhinged by the trauma of a childhood spent under Nazi occupation, mistakes him for a collaborationist thug and assails him with her alternately tragic and hilarious memories of Vichy France. Louisiane, for her part, treats the process-server to an exaggerated display of courtesy laced with precocious classical erudition and a stream of late-pubescent revelations. In a narrative that lurches giddily between 1942 and 1997, Lydie Salvayre picks at the sores of recent French history, impertinently exposing continuities of authoritarianism. In Some Useful Advice for Apprentice Process-Servers--a short piece also included in this book--the author grants the process-server a right of reply, which he uses to chilling effect.

The Bolsheviks and the Red Army 1918-1921 (Hardcover): Benvenuti Francesco Benvenuti The Bolsheviks and the Red Army 1918-1921 (Hardcover)
Benvenuti Francesco Benvenuti; Translated by Woodall Christopher Woodall
R1,141 Discovery Miles 11 410 Out of stock

The emergence of the military agency of the Soviet state is a crucial but neglected aspect of inter-war Soviet history, and in this pioneering study Francesco Benvenuti provides a detailed analysis of the politics (as opposed to the operational activities) of the Red Army during the Civil War. Several historians have suggested that the roots of Stalinism may be found in the Bolshevik experience during the Civil War, and Benvenuti shows that the military opposition inside the party was much stronger than conventionally supposed: Trotsky's subsequent political weakness owed much to his ruthless pursuit of military goals not always in direct harmony with party interests, as did his technocratic attempts to extend the role of specialist advisers at the expense of party officials.

Enigmas - The Egyptian Moment in Art and Society (Paperback, New): Mario Perniola Enigmas - The Egyptian Moment in Art and Society (Paperback, New)
Mario Perniola; Translated by Christopher Woodall
R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Out of stock

'What do we fear most? Repetition or difference? The return of a barbarism that is remote and prehistoric or the advent of a barbarism that is technological as post-human?' In this succinct and innovative book, Mario Perniola, one of Italy's most influential philosophers and critics, argues that our society is living through an 'Egyptian moment' - a postmodern era marked by a particular brand of reification. As the products of high technology come increasingly to assume organic properties, to be endowed with an independent capacity for perception, humanity becomes thing-like, not in the familiar sense of unconscious alienation, but rather in the sense of a deliberate and cynical treatment of itself as an object. We are, he claims, undergoing a process of self-mummification. Perniola mixes philosophy and aesthetics with clarity and erudition, whether he is discussing 'strategic beauty' in the work of Baltasar Gracian, the 'anti-cynicism' of Carlo Michelstaedter, or Guy Debord's notion of the secret. In his approach to such topics as periodization, the place of the mirror in Western thought, hermeneutics and utopianism, he draws from 'high' and 'mass' culture with sometimes startling effect. The scope of Perniola's enquiry is impressively wide, ranging from Pulcinella to the latest form of video culture, via baroque aesthetics. But his focus, always, is on contemporary experience, an experience brought about neither by a return of the repressed nor by future shock but by their enigmatic coincidence. Enigmas provides an original and acutely perceptive guide to a condition in which ancient past and imaginable future are not merely similar, but can all to easily be confused.

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