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The Dark Interval - Letters for the Grieving Heart (Hardcover): Rainer Maria Rilke The Dark Interval - Letters for the Grieving Heart (Hardcover)
Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Ulrich Baer 1
R332 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R67 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From one of the most famous poets in history comes a new selection of writings to bereaved friends and acquaintances, providing comfort in a time of grief and words to soothe the soul.

Throughout his life, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke addressed letters to individuals who were close to him, who had contacted him after reading his works, or whom he had met briefly - anyone with whom he felt an inner connection. Within his vast correspondence, there are about two dozen letters of condolence. In these direct, personal and practical letters, Rilke writes about loss and mortality, assuming the role of a sensitive, serious and uplifting guide through life's difficulties. He consoles a friend on the loss of her nephew, which she experienced like the loss of her own child; a mentor on the death of her dog; and an acquaintance struggling to cope with the end of a friendship. The result is a profound vision of mourning and a meditation on the role of pain in our lives, as well as a soothing guide for how to get through it.

Where things become truly difficult and unbearable, we find ourselves in a place already very close to its transformation...

What Snowflakes Get Right - Free Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus (Hardcover): Ulrich Baer What Snowflakes Get Right - Free Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus (Hardcover)
Ulrich Baer
R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Angry debates about polarizing speakers have roiled college campuses. Conservatives accuse universities of muzzling unpopular opinions, betraying their values of open inquiry; students sympathetic to the left openly advocate against completely unregulated speech, asking for "safe spaces" and protection against visiting speakers and even curricula they feel disrespects them. Some even call these students "snowflakes"-too fragile to be exposed to opinions and ideas that challenge their worldviews. How might universities resolve these debates about free speech, which pit their students' welfare against the university's commitment to free inquiry and open debate? Ulrich Baer here provides a new way of looking at this dilemma. He explains how the current dichotomy is false and is not really about the feelings of offended students, or protecting an open marketplace of ideas. Rather, what is really at stake is our democracy's commitment to equality, and the university's critical role as an arbiter of truth. He shows how and why free speech has become the rallying cry that forges an otherwise uneasy alliance of liberals and ultra-conservatives, and why this First Amendment absolutism is untenable in law and society in general. He draws on law, philosophy, and his extensive experience as a university administrator to show that the lens of equality can resolve this impasse, and can allow the university to serve as a model for democracy that upholds both truth and equality as its founding principles.

L'esprit, D'escalier (Hardcover): Paul Oliver, Dave Eggers, Ulrich Baer, Rachael Thomas, Giolla Leith Cqoimhin Mac,... L'esprit, D'escalier (Hardcover)
Paul Oliver, Dave Eggers, Ulrich Baer, Rachael Thomas, Giolla Leith Cqoimhin Mac, …
R938 R873 Discovery Miles 8 730 Save R65 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Stairs, ladders and lifts are the motifs of Thomas Demand's latest monograph, "L'Esprit d'Escalier," which is published on the occasion of his show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. The title actually refers to so-called "staircase wit," that concise French expression for the chagrin of missed retorts--those hapless comebacks one only ever thinks up belatedly (i.e. when already descending the stairs): "I should've said (fill in blank) " etc. One of Demand's ironic allusions to his title is a new work titled "Landing," which shows the shards of broken Qing vases on a staircase--a mishap caused by a visitor to The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge in January 2006, who stumbled on his shoelaces and crashed into the three eighteenth-century vases, smashing them to pieces. As ever, Demand combines conceptual rigor and exacting craft in his painstakingly re-created sets, with their eerie edge of artifice. "L'Esprit d'Escalier" presents an overview of his current work in 23 large photographs, plus a film project and an architectural installation specially prepared for his Irish Museum exhibition. Alongside an excerpt from David Foster Wallace's "Girl with Curious Hair," it also includes commissioned writings by Dave Eggers, Paul Oliver, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Rachael Thomas and Enrique Juncosa.

Jane Eyre (Warbler Classics) (Paperback): Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre (Warbler Classics) (Paperback)
Charlotte Bronte; Afterword by Ulrich Baer
R406 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R70 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
110 Stories - New York Writes after September 11 (Paperback, New Ed): Ulrich Baer 110 Stories - New York Writes after September 11 (Paperback, New Ed)
Ulrich Baer
R580 R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Save R103 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Visit the 110 Stories web site
Read the Table of Contents
Read the Introduction

Named as one of "USA Today's" "most promising books on September 11th."

"Vivid, creative."--"Forecast"

"A smart idea...[drawing from] the incredible talent pool of New York City writers to consecrate the attack on the World Trade Center."
--"Kirkus Reviews"

"The wide range of writing styles and viewpoints, as well as Art Spiegelman's striking cover art, make this anthology a popular read."
--"Library Journal"

"The works collected here capture both the diversity of the people of New York and how surreal the catastrophe felt for those close to Ground Zero. A touching and memorable collection."
--Carlos Orellana, "Booklist," September, 2002

"110 Stories, with an arresting cover image by Art Speigelman, presents a fractured view of last year's events...What we're left with is the way the tragedy fits into individual lives, the impression it makes on impressionable, expressive people."
--"Newsday"

"Effective in producing a wonderful sense of alienation which allows the reader to perceive language and events afresh."
-- "Politics and Culture"

"[A] heartfelt collection of poems, recollections, and short works."
-- "School Library Journal"

"A testament to the power of words to transform trauma into something manageable."
--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

"Even if you found the event itself sufficiently searing, many of these pieces provide a new way of approaching the devastation, loss, bewilderment, the sense of morality-- and immorality-- connections and disconnects that it engendered." "The East Hampton Star"

"New York University professor UlrichBaer turned to literature to escape post-9-11 media commentary and political rhetoric...The book creates a community of writers and a place to collect memories."--"The Jewish Week"

New York is a city of writers. And when the city was attacked on 9/11, its writers began to do what writers do, they began to look and feel and think and write, began to struggle to process an event unimaginable before, and even after, it happened. The work of journalists appeared immediately, in news reports, commentaries, and personal essays. But no single collection has yet recorded how New York writers of fiction, poetry, and dramatic prose have responded to 9/11.

Now, in 110 Stories, Ulrich Baer has gathered a multi-hued range of voices that convey, with vivid immediacy and heightened imagination, the shock and loss suffered in September. From a stunning lineup of 110 renowned and emerging writers-including Paul Auster, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Edwidge Danticat, Vivian Gornick, Phillip Lopate, Dennis Nurkse, Melvin Bukiet, Susan Wheeler-these stories give readers not so much an analysis of what happened as the very shape and texture of a city in crisis, what it felt like to be here, the external and internal damage that the city and its inhabitants absorbed in the space and the aftermath of a few unforgettable hours. As A.M. Homes says in one of the book's eyewitness accounts, "There is no place to put this experience, no folder in the mental hard drive that says, 'catastrophe.' It is not something that you want to remember, not something that you want to forget." This collection testifies to the power of poetry and storytelling to preserve and give meaning to what seems overwhelming. It showcasesthe literary imagination in its capacity to gauge the impact of 9/11 on how we view the world.

Just as the stories of the World Trade towers were filled with people from all walks of life, the stories collected here reflect New York's true diversity, its boundless complexity and polyglot energy, its regenerative imagination, and its spirit of solidarity and endurance.

The editoras proceeds will be donated to charity. Cover art donated by Art Spiegelman.

List of Contributors: Humera Afridi, Ammiel Alcalay, Elena Alexander, Meena Alexander, Jeffery Renard Allen, Roberta Allen, Jonathan Ames, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Auster, Jennifer Belle, Jenifer Berman, Charles Bernstein, Star Black, Breyten Breytenbach, Melvin Jules Bukiet, Peter Carey, Lawrence Chua, Ira Cohen, Imraan Coovadia, Edwidge Danticat, Alice Elliot, Eric Darton, Lydia Davis, Samuel R. Delany, Maggie Dubris, Rinde Eckert, Janice Eidus, Masood Farivar, Carolyn Ferrell, Richard Foreman, Deborah Garrison, Amitav Ghosh, James Gibbons, Carol Gilligan, Thea Goodman, Vivian Gornick, Tim Griffin, Lev Grossman, John Guare, Sean Gullette, Jessica Hagedorn, Kimiko Hahn, Nathalie Handal, Carey Harrison, Joshua Henkin, Tony Hiss, David Hollander, A.M. Homes, Richard Howard, Laird Hunt, Siri Hustvedt, John Keene, John Kelly, Wayne Koestenbaum, Richard Kostelanetz, Guy Lesser, Jonathan Lethem, Jocelyn Lieu, Tan Lin, Sam Lipsyte, Phillip Lopate, Karen Malpede, Charles McNulty, Pablo Medina, Ellen Miller, Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky, Mark Jay, Tova Mirvis, Albert Mobilio, Alex Molot, Mary Morris, Tracie Morris, Anna Moschovakis, Richard Eoin Nash, Josip Novakovich, Dennis Nurkse, Geoffrey O'Brien, Larry O'Connor, Robert Polito, NellyReifler, Rose-Myriam RA(c)jouis, Roxana Robinson, Avital Ronell, Daniel Asa Rose, Joe Salvatore, Grace Schulman, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Dani Shapiro, Akhil Sharma, Suzan Sherman, Jenefer Shute, Hal Sirowitz, Pamela Sneed, Chris Spain, Art Spiegelman, Catharine R. Stimpson, Liz Swados, Lynne Tillman, Mike Topp, David Trinidad, Val Vinokurov, Chuck Wachtel, Mac Wellman, Owen West, Rachel Wetzsteon, Susan Wheeler, Peter Wortsman, John Yau, Christopher Yu.

The Call of the Wild (Warbler Classics) (Paperback): Jack London, Ulrich Baer The Call of the Wild (Warbler Classics) (Paperback)
Jack London, Ulrich Baer
R204 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R38 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Scarlet Letter (Warbler Classics) (Paperback): Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ulrich Baer, Carol Gilligan The Scarlet Letter (Warbler Classics) (Paperback)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ulrich Baer, Carol Gilligan
R252 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R45 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rilke on Love (Paperback): Rainer Maria Rilke Rilke on Love (Paperback)
Rainer Maria Rilke; Edited by Ulrich Baer; Translated by Ulrich Baer
R183 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R35 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Remnants of Song - Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan (Hardcover): Ulrich Baer Remnants of Song - Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan (Hardcover)
Ulrich Baer
R1,567 R1,263 Discovery Miles 12 630 Save R304 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a bold reassessment, this book analyzes the works of Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan, two poets who frame our sense of modern poetry and define the beginning and end of modernity itself.
The two poets share a feature that seems to block their placement in such an easy chronological or historical scheme: each accounts for an experience that will not fully enter memory, but dissipates in the mind in the form of trauma, fragments, and shock. While Baudelaire, as Paul Valery was the first to show, explores the trauma of the minute personal shocks of everyday existence in modern life, Celan engages with the catastrophic magnitude of the Holocaust and how it has altered our understanding of history. Can we relate the shocks registered in Baudelaire's poems to the historical horror addressed in Celan's work without denying either the singularity of suffering and loss or the uniqueness of the historical event of the Shoah?
Drawing on trauma studies and Holocaust research, "Remnants of Song" challenges existing interpretations of Baudelaire and Celan by constantly holding in view both the aesthetic dimension of their works and their historical import. The author demonstrates that the act of engaging with a poem on its own terms may serve as an important model for an ethical response to the radical experiences of trauma. Answering Adorno's famous dictum that there can be no poetry after Auschwitz, he shows that Celan's poetry continues to posit its own truth by drawing on Baudelaire as a precedent--yet it does so in ways that have little to do with conventional understandings of history.

The Rilke Alphabet (Hardcover): Ulrich Baer The Rilke Alphabet (Hardcover)
Ulrich Baer; Translated by Andrew Hamilton
R1,865 R1,501 Discovery Miles 15 010 Save R364 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The enduring power of Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry rests with his claim that all we need for a better life on earth is already given to us, in the here and now. In twenty-six engaging and accessible essays, Ulrich Baer's The Rilke Alphabet examines this promise by one of the greatest poets in any tradition that even the smallest overlooked word may unlock life's mysteries to us. Fueled by an unebbing passion and indeed love for Rilke's poetry, Baer examines twenty-six words that are not only unexpected but also problematic, controversial, and even scandalous in Rilke's work. In twenty-six mesmerizing essays that eschew jargon and teutonic learnedness for the pleasures and risks of unflinchingly engaging with a great artist's genius, Baer sheds new light on Rilke's politics, his creative process, and his deepest and enduring thoughts about life, art, politics, sexuality, love, and death. The Rilke Alphabet shows how Rilke's work provides an uncannily apt guide to life even in our vexingly postmodern condition. Whether it is a love letter to frogs, a problematic brief infatuation with Mussolini, a sustained reflection on the Buddha, the evasion of the influence of powerful precursors, or the unambiguous assertion that freedom must be lived in order to be known, Rilke's writings pull us deeply into life. Baer's decades-long engagement with Rilke as a scholar, translator, and editor of Rilke's writings allows him to reveal unique aspects of Rilke's work. The Rilke Alphabet will surprise and delight Rilke fans, intrigue newcomers to his work, and deepen every reader's sense of the power of poetry to penetrate the mysteries and confusions of our world.

The Essential Poe (Paperback): Edgar Allan Poe The Essential Poe (Paperback)
Edgar Allan Poe; Introduction by Ulrich Baer
R276 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Claims of Literature - A Shoshana Felman Reader (Paperback): Emily Sun, Eyal Peretz, Ulrich Baer The Claims of Literature - A Shoshana Felman Reader (Paperback)
Emily Sun, Eyal Peretz, Ulrich Baer; Shoshana Felman
R1,162 R964 Discovery Miles 9 640 Save R198 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shoshana Felman ranks as one of the most influential literary critics of the past five decades. Her work has inspired and shaped such divergent fields as psychoanalytic criticism, deconstruction, speech-act theory and performance studies, feminist and gender studies, trauma studies, and critical legal studies. Shoshana Felman has not only influenced these fields: her work has opened channels of communication between them. In all of her work Felman charts a way for literary critics to address the ways in which texts have real effects in the world and how our quest for meaning is transformed in the encounter with the texts that hold such a promise.The present collection gathers the most exemplary and influential essays from Felmanas oeuvre, including articles previously untranslated into English. The Claims of Literature also includes responses to Felmanas work by leading contemporary theorists, including Stanley Cavell, Judith Butler, Julia Kristeva, Cathy Caruth, Juliet Mitchell, Winfried Menninghaus, and Austin Sarat. It concludes with a section on Felman as a teacher, giving transcripts of two of her classes, one at Yale in September 2001, the other at Emory in December 2004.

Shakespeare on Love (Paperback): William Shakespeare Shakespeare on Love (Paperback)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Ulrich Baer
R243 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R46 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Importance of Being Earnest (Warbler Classics) (Paperback): Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest (Warbler Classics) (Paperback)
Oscar Wilde; Afterword by Ulrich Baer
R181 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R35 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (Warbler Classics) (Paperback): Ulrich Baer The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (Warbler Classics) (Paperback)
Ulrich Baer; James Weldon Johnson
R226 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R42 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Journal of the Plague Year (Warbler Classics) (Paperback): Daniel Defoe A Journal of the Plague Year (Warbler Classics) (Paperback)
Daniel Defoe; Afterword by Ulrich Baer
R272 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Warbler Classics) (Paperback): Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray (Warbler Classics) (Paperback)
Oscar Wilde; Afterword by Ulrich Baer
R269 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Nietzsche on Love (Paperback): Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche Nietzsche on Love (Paperback)
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Edited by Ulrich Baer; Translated by Ulrich Baer
R183 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R35 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dickinson on Love (Paperback): Emily Dickinson Dickinson on Love (Paperback)
Emily Dickinson; Edited by Ulrich Baer
R180 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R34 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wilde on Love (Paperback): Oscar Wilde Wilde on Love (Paperback)
Oscar Wilde; Edited by Ulrich Baer
R182 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R34 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Heart of Darkness (Warbler Classics) (Paperback): Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness (Warbler Classics) (Paperback)
Joseph Conrad; Afterword by Ulrich Baer
R164 R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Save R23 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Frankenstein - The 1818 Text (Paperback): Mary Shelley Frankenstein - The 1818 Text (Paperback)
Mary Shelley; Afterword by Ulrich Baer
R250 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R45 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Prophet with The Forerunner and The Madman (Paperback): Kahlil Gibran The Prophet with The Forerunner and The Madman (Paperback)
Kahlil Gibran; Introduction by Ulrich Baer, Glenn Wallis
R244 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R46 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
We Are But a Moment (Paperback): Ulrich Baer We Are But a Moment (Paperback)
Ulrich Baer
R303 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R51 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Rilke Alphabet (Paperback): Ulrich Baer The Rilke Alphabet (Paperback)
Ulrich Baer; Translated by Andrew Hamilton
R548 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R78 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The enduring power of Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry rests with his claim that all we need for a better life on earth is already given to us, in the here and now. In twenty-six engaging and accessible essays, Ulrich Baer's The Rilke Alphabet examines this promise by one of the greatest poets in any tradition that even the smallest overlooked word may unlock life's mysteries to us. Fueled by an unebbing passion and indeed love for Rilke's poetry, Baer examines twenty-six words that are not only unexpected but also problematic, controversial, and even scandalous in Rilke's work. In twenty-six mesmerizing essays that eschew jargon and teutonic learnedness for the pleasures and risks of unflinchingly engaging with a great artist's genius, Baer sheds new light on Rilke's politics, his creative process, and his deepest and enduring thoughts about life, art, politics, sexuality, love, and death. The Rilke Alphabet shows how Rilke's work provides an uncannily apt guide to life even in our vexingly postmodern condition. Whether it is a love letter to frogs, a problematic brief infatuation with Mussolini, a sustained reflection on the Buddha, the evasion of the influence of powerful precursors, or the unambiguous assertion that freedom must be lived in order to be known, Rilke's writings pull us deeply into life. Baer's decades-long engagement with Rilke as a scholar, translator, and editor of Rilke's writings allows him to reveal unique aspects of Rilke's work. The Rilke Alphabet will surprise and delight Rilke fans, intrigue newcomers to his work, and deepen every reader's sense of the power of poetry to penetrate the mysteries and confusions of our world.

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