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Translation as Transhumance (Paperback, Revised edition): Mireille Gansel Translation as Transhumance (Paperback, Revised edition)
Mireille Gansel; Translated by Ros Schwartz; Foreword by Lauren Elkin; Edited by (associates) Lauren Hook; Preface by JC Duclos; Afterword by …
R275 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R57 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mireille Gansel grew up in the traumatic aftermath of her family losing everything-including their native languages-to Nazi Germany. In the 1960s and 70s, she translated poets from East Berlin and Vietnam to help broadcast their defiance to the rest of the world. In this half memoire, half philosophical treatise Gansel's debut illustrates the estrangement every translator experiences for the privilege of moving between tongues, and muses on how translation becomes an exercise of empathy between those in exile.

The Bedroom - An Intimate History (Hardcover): Michelle Perrot The Bedroom - An Intimate History (Hardcover)
Michelle Perrot; Translated by Lauren Elkin
R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An erudite and highly enjoyable exploration of the most intriguing of personal spaces, from Greek and Roman antiquity through today The winner of France's prestigious Prix Femina Essai (2009), this imaginative and captivating book explores the many dimensions of the room in which we spend so much of our lives--the bedroom. Eminent cultural historian Michelle Perrot traces the evolution of the bedroom from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans to today, examining its myriad forms and functions, from royal king's chamber to child's sleeping quarters to lovers' trysting place to monk's cell. The history of women, so eager for a room of their own, and that of prisons, where the principal cause of suffering is the lack of privacy, is interwoven with a reflection on secrecy, walls, the night and its mysteries. Drawing from a wide range of sources, including architectural and design treatises, private journals, novels, memoirs, and correspondences, Perrot's engaging book follows the many roads that lead to the bedroom--birth, sex, illness, death--in its endeavor to expose the most intimate, nocturnal side of human history.

Jean Cocteau - A Life (Hardcover): Claude Arnaud Jean Cocteau - A Life (Hardcover)
Claude Arnaud; Translated by Lauren Elkin, Charlotte Mandell
R909 R856 Discovery Miles 8 560 Save R53 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This passionate and monumental biography reassesses the life and legacy of one of the most significant cultural figures of the twentieth century Unevenly respected, easily hated, almost always suspected of being inferior to his reputation, Jean Cocteau has often been thought of as a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. In this landmark biography, Claude Arnaud thoroughly contests this characterization, as he celebrates Cocteau's "fragile genius-a combination almost unlivable in art" but in his case so fertile. Arnaud narrates the life of this legendary French novelist, poet, playwright, director, filmmaker, and designer who, as a young man, pretended to be a sort of a god, but who died as a humble and exhausted craftsman. His moving and compassionate account examines the nature of Cocteau's chameleon-like genius, his romantic attachments, his controversial politics, and his intimate involvement with many of the century's leading artistic lights, including Picasso, Proust, Hemingway, Stravinsky, and Tennessee Williams. Already published to great critical acclaim in France, Arnaud's penetrating and deeply researched work reveals a uniquely gifted artist while offering a magnificent cultural history of the twentieth century.

Flaneuse - Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London (Paperback): Lauren Elkin Flaneuse - Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London (Paperback)
Lauren Elkin 1
R331 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R94 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

*Shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay* Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 by the Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Observer, The Millions and Emerald Street 'Flaneuse [flanne-euhze], noun, from the French. Feminine form of flaneur [flanne-euhr], an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities. That is an imaginary definition.' If the word flaneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia - then what exactly is a flaneuse? In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as 'a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk'. Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flaneuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring along the way the paths taken by the flaneuses who have lived and walked in those cities. From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, Flaneuse considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light-footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.

Flaneuse - Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London (Paperback): Lauren Elkin Flaneuse - Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London (Paperback)
Lauren Elkin
R419 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R117 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The End of Oulipo? - An Attempt to Exhaust a Movement (Paperback, New): Lauren Elkin The End of Oulipo? - An Attempt to Exhaust a Movement (Paperback, New)
Lauren Elkin
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Oulipo celebrated its fiftieth birthday in 2010, and as it enters its sixth decade, its members, fans and critics are all wondering: where can it go from here? In two long essays Scott Esposito and Lauren Elkin consider Oulipo's strengths, weaknesses, and impact on today's experimental literature.

Flaneuse: Una Paseante En Paris, Nueva York, Tokio, Venecia Y Londres (Spanish, Hardcover, None ed.): Lauren Elkin Flaneuse: Una Paseante En Paris, Nueva York, Tokio, Venecia Y Londres (Spanish, Hardcover, None ed.)
Lauren Elkin
R589 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R52 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Bedroom - An Intimate History (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Michelle Perrot The Bedroom - An Intimate History (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Michelle Perrot; Narrated by Christa Lewis; Translated by Lauren Elkin
R670 R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Save R149 (22%) Out of stock
Flaneuse - Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Lauren... Flaneuse - Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Lauren Elkin; Narrated by Abby Craden
R962 R734 Discovery Miles 7 340 Save R228 (24%) Out of stock
The Bedroom - An Intimate History (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Michelle Perrot The Bedroom - An Intimate History (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Michelle Perrot; Narrated by Christa Lewis; Translated by Lauren Elkin
R1,006 R765 Discovery Miles 7 650 Save R241 (24%) Out of stock
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