Questions of Travel

William Morris in Iceland


Author: Lavinia Greenlaw

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1910749346

Category: Travel

Page: 224

View: 3012

Poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw's poetic reflections on William Morris's Icelandic Journal, one of the overlooked masterpieces of travel literature The great Victorian designer and decorative artist William Morris was fascinated by Iceland and wrote a book documenting his travels there. He gets caught up with questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of leaving or arriving, to hurry and delay, what it means to dread a place you’ve never been to or to encounter the actuality of a long-held vision. He is sensitive to the emotional landscape of his band of travelers and, above all, continuously analyzing and fixing this “most romantic of all deserts.” Lavinia Greenlaw follows in his footsteps, and interposes his prose with her own “questions of travel.” The result is a new and composite work that brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home.

Reise durch Island


Author: Ernst-Otto Luthardt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783800315918


Page: 124

View: 1514

In Island findet man eine Naturlandschaft von elementarer Ursprünglichkeit, hier liegen in enger Nachbarschaft riesige Gletscher und rauchende Vulkane, ewiges Eis und heiße Quellen, monotone Lavawüsten und grün bemooste Täler, unzählige Wasserfälle und teils zerklüftete, teils sandig weite Küsten. Islands Landschaft ist immer noch im Entstehen: Flüsse laden den von den Gletschern aus dem Gestein geschliffenen Sand an den Küsten ab und die Feuerkräfte aus dem Erdinnern lassen neue Inseln aus dem Meer emporsteigen. Man begegnet der Welt im Werden, grandiosen Naturschauspielen, kann absolute Einsamkeit und prickelndes Abenteuer erfahren. Über 180 Bilder lassen die Faszination dieses Landes spüren und vier Specials berichten unter anderem über die große alte isländische Literatur und das unsichtbare Volk der Elfen und Trolle.

Juden auf Wanderschaft


Author: Joseph Roth

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3843031738

Category: Social Science

Page: 68

View: 8100

Joseph Roth: Juden auf Wanderschaft Erstdruck: Berlin, Die Schmiede, 1927. Aus der Reihe: Berichte aus der Wirklichkeit, Band 4. Inhaltsverzeichnis Juden auf Wanderschaft Vorwort I. Ostjuden im Westen II. Das jüdische Städtchen III. Die westlichen Ghettos I. Wien II. Berlin III. Paris IV. Ein Jude geht nach Amerika V. Die Lage der Juden in Sowjetrußland Vollständige Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2015. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Maurycy Gottlieb, Juden in der Synagoge, 1878. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.

The Triumph of Human Empire

Verne, Morris, and Stevenson at the End of the World


Author: Rosalind Williams

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226899586

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 2954

In the early 1600s, in a haunting tale titled New Atlantis, Sir Francis Bacon imagined the discovery of an uncharted island. This island was home to the descendants of the lost realm of Atlantis, who had organized themselves to seek “the knowledge of Causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of Human Empire, to the effecting of all things possible.” Bacon’s make-believe island was not an empire in the usual sense, marked by territorial control; instead, it was the center of a vast general expansion of human knowledge and power. Rosalind Williams uses Bacon’s island as a jumping-off point to explore the overarching historical event of our time: the rise and triumph of human empire, the apotheosis of the modern ambition to increase knowledge and power in order to achieve world domination. Confronting an intensely humanized world was a singular event of consciousness, which Williams explores through the lives and works of three writers of the late nineteenth century: Jules Verne, William Morris, and Robert Louis Stevenson. As the century drew to a close, these writers were unhappy with the direction in which their world seemed to be headed and worried that organized humanity would use knowledge and power for unworthy ends. In response, Williams shows, each engaged in a lifelong quest to make a home in the midst of human empire, to transcend it, and most of all to understand it. They accomplished this first by taking to the water: in life and in art, the transition from land to water offered them release from the condition of human domination. At the same time, each writer transformed his world by exploring the literary boundary between realism and romance. Williams shows how Verne, Morris, and Stevenson experimented with romance and fantasy and how these traditions allowed them to express their growing awareness of the need for a new relationship between humans and Earth. The Triumph of Human Empire shows that for these writers and their readers romance was an exceptionally powerful way of grappling with the political, technical, and environmental situations of modernity. As environmental consciousness rises in our time, along with evidence that our seeming control over nature is pathological and unpredictable, Williams’s history is one that speaks very much to the present.

Der Junge, den es nicht gab



Author: Sjón

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104031738

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 1180

BJÖRK »Niemand verbindet Herz und Verstand poetischer als SJÓN.« Island 1918: Die Spanische Grippe versehrt das Land, Vulkan Katla verdunkelt den Himmel und Island erhält endlich seine Unabhängigkeit. Zeiten des Aufruhrs und Aufbruchs. Mittendrin Máni Steinn: ohne Eltern, ohne Arbeit und zu allem Übel kann er weder lesen noch schreiben. Schlechte Voraussetzungen für einen jungen Mann in dieser Zeit. Aber Máni liebt das Kino und findet Rettung bei den Stummfilmen – und bei der schönen Sóla. Auf ihrem Motorrad entführt sie ihn aus der Dunkelheit und zeigt ihm, dass sich der Kampf lohnt, wenn man sich treu bleibt. In einer lyrischen, bildgewaltigen Sprache verwebt Sjón Historisches mit Phantastischem. Auch sein neuer Roman ist Weltliteratur.


Gedichte in zwei Sprachen ; englisch, deutsch


Author: Lavinia Greenlaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783770145508

Category: English poetry

Page: 151

View: 1003

Der kleine Hobbit


Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423213936

Category: Baggins, Bilbo (Fictitious character)

Page: 333

View: 5696

Die aufregenden Abenteuer des Hobbits Bilbo Beutlin, der Feen und Riesenspinnen begegnet, einem gefährlichen Drachen auflauert und mit Unterstützung des fähigen Zauberers Gandalf den geraubten Schatz der Zwerge rettet.

The Casual Perfect


Author: Lavinia Greenlaw

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571260292

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 64

View: 1901

If Lavinia Greenlaw's Minsk was about home, her new collection tests the proximities of elsewhere, 'the circle round our house', the road between two lives. Its title recalls a phrase of Robert Lowell's to describe Elizabeth Bishop -- one of the book's presiding spirits, with her insistence on the provisional, on the moment in which perception is formed, on landscape as action rather than description. The Casual Perfect continues Lavinia Greenlaw's explorations of light and the borders of vision, which include a journey to the four corners of Britain to observe the solstices and equinoxes, and a cycle about the East Anglian landscape which is nine-tenths sky. Questions of travel hover around many of these poems, or questions which need to be 'travelled fully' rather than answered -- and which involve the overheard and the glimpsed, what is gleaned from traces and external signs. The result is a collection that is under-stated, spare but inclusive, which invites our presence as readers.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2013


Author: Sarah Hall,Lucy Wood,Lisa Blower,Lavinia Greenlaw,Lionel Shriver

Publisher: Comma Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 116

View: 9119

Featuring: Lisa Blower, Lavinia Greenlaw, Sarah Hall, Lionel Shriver and Lucy Wood. Edgar Allan Poe once claimed the greatest literary works were those that could be read ’in one sitting’. ‘Brevity must be in direct ratio of the intensity of the intended effect,’ he argued, once the effect has been established, of course. The stories shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 all use brevity with striking results, whether presenting a complex family history through the snapshots of a time-honoured, annual holiday, or using the form of a letter to demonstrate that a life mourned by a solitary woman is worth no less than one mourned by a nation. Each story sparks into life instantly and, like a struck match, leaves a vivid impression of its characters burning on the retina, long after the story has concluded. The landscapes they play out in also make their mark – from the panic-stricken streets of New York on 9/11, to the eerie quiet of a wood on the outskirts of a city, the haunted corners of an old Cornish house, to the rubble of a bombed-out office block in a country at war with itself. This year’s shortlist was drawn up by a panel of judges that included novelists Deborah Moggach, Mohsin Hamid and Peter Hobbs, as well as BBC Editor of Readings, Di Speirs, and the broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, who chaired the panel and who also introduces the collection.

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English


Author: Jeremy Noel-Tod,Ian Hamilton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199640254

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 705

View: 3216

Provides over 1,700 biographies of influential poets writing in English from 1910 to the present day, exploring the influences, inspirations, and movements that have shaped their works and lives.

Das Glasperlenspiel

Versuch einer Lebensbeschreibung des Magister Ludi Josef Knecht samt Knechts hinterlassenen Schriften


Author: Hermann Hesse

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518765906

Category: Fiction

Page: 920

View: 3623

Dies ist Hermann Hesses letztes, sein wichtigstes und anspruchsvollstes Werk. Es ist ein Buch der Zukunft: Der Autor transportiert das Leben seines Helden Josef Knecht in das Jahr 2200. Er entwickelt mit dem »Glasperlenspiel«, in dem nicht weniger als das Streben nach Wahrheit auf dem Spiel steht, eine Utopie. »Er hat Ratsuchenden gezeigt, wie sie bei sich selbst Rat finden konnten. Die persönlichste Hilfe hat er dadurch geleistet, daß er das Bescheidwissen verweigerte ... Dies war sein Engagement, daß er sich für kein Programm engagieren ließ, keinen Zement für eine Weltanschauung lieferte. ... Hesse war ein Meister im Sinn des Tao: er spricht, damit sich der Schüler selbst versteht; spricht er dem Meister aber nach, so hat er nichts verstanden. Hesses Schriften sind Wittgensteinsche Leitern; ist die Mauer erstiegen, werden sie nicht mehr benötigt.« Adolf Muschg

Seiobo auf Erden



Author: László Krasznahorkai

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 310400708X

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 2332

»Die Universalität von Krasznahorkais Blick zerstreut alle Zweifel an der zeitgenössischen Literatur.« W. G. Sebald Seiobo ist eine japanische Göttin, deren Pfirsiche nur alle 3000 Jahre blühen, aber Unsterblichkeit schenken. Der Glaube an solche Geschichten ist uns längst abhanden gekommen, nicht aber ihre Sehnsucht. Ihr geht László Krasznahorkai in seinem neuen Buch nach. Er beobachtet, wie es in jeder Epoche und in allen Kulturen vollkommene Dinge gab und gibt: der im Fluss reglos stehende Reiher, die Grimasse einer No-Maske, die äußerste Nacktheit im Gesicht einer Ikone, die Zerbrechlichkeit einer Buddha-Statue. Seine Helden sind Maler, Schauspieler, Wissenschaftler – Menschen, die erzittern, wenn die Dinge plötzlich die Augen vor uns schließen.

The Built Moment


Author: Lavinia Greenlaw

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571347126

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

View: 9287

Lavinia Greenlaw's latest collection, The Casual Perfect (2011), focused on 'the achievement of the provisional'. In the near decade since writing those poems, she has found herself exploring what we build out of the provisional: beginnings and endings, arrivals and departures, and the moments we fix as memories, fixing too their joy and pain. The Built Moment is divided into two sections. The first, 'The Sea is an Edge and an Ending', is a sequence of poems about her father's disappearance into Alzheimer's. It is not a narrative of illness so much as a meditation on the metaphysics of memory loss. What does it mean only to exist in the present, for your sense of self to come loose and for the past to float free? The second half of the book is called 'The Bluebell Horizontal'. If the first section is about loss (the verticals), this section is about possibility (the horizontals). It includes a prayer ('Men I Have Heard in the Night'), a blessing ('Fleur de Sel') and a speculation on why we cling on to pain ('The Break'). There are poems about Joy Division and David Bowie, and an elegy for first love. There are structures that arrest remembering and forgetting - monoliths and oubliettes - and the fundamental arrest of a poet's difficulty with words. These poems are about what we make and hold onto and offer one another. They are also about how, as we get older and death becomes more and more a part of life, what we build and what we break out of becomes more important than ever.

In the City of Love's Sleep


Author: Lavinia Greenlaw

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571337643

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 7434

This is a story about a woman and a man who meet by chance. Nothing of any importance is said, yet she suddenly turns away, leaves the room, and starts to run. She is in shock from what this man has brought back to life: an electrical affinity, a higher self, a feeling of having been woken, recognized, and desired. Iris, a museum conservator in her late forties, is in the midst of separating from her husband, with whom she has two daughters. Her house is falling down, money is tight, and her husband is unwell. The man she meets is Raif, a stalled academic whose wife has died and whose girlfriend is about to move in. He is not as mysterious as he appears. Iris and Raif have no say. For all we talk about love; name its parts; explain it to each other, it is something that just happens to us. We repeat steps laden with memory. In the City of Love's Sleep reveals love in all its inscrutable complexity: the raw nature of feeling and its uncontrollable, inconsistent, unsettling truths.

Das Siedlungswesen in der Roessener Kultur und in der Postroessener Epoche


Author: Friedrichkarl Steurich

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN: 9783631668948

Category: History

Page: 960

View: 9683

Der Autor besieht architektonische Besonderheiten, zeigt widerspruchliche Befunde auf und untersucht die markanten Eigenarten der Rossener Kultur (ca. 4750/4700 - 4600/4550 BC), der Bischheimer Gruppe (ca. 4600/4450 4450/4400 BC) und der Michelsberger Kultur (ca. 4300 3500 BC). "

Die Musik der verlorenen Kinder



Author: Mary Morris

Publisher: Aufbau Digital

ISBN: 3841211429

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3580

Die Musik war ihre einzige Liebe – bis sie einander fanden. Amerika, um 1920: Fasziniert von der neuen Musik, die ganz Chicago erobert, widersetzt sich Benny Lehrman dem Willen seines Vaters und kämpft darum, Pianist werden zu dürfen. Im Nachtclub der Familie der jungen Pearl findet er Zuflucht, Freundschaft – und erlebt seine erste Liebe. Doch schon bald steht er vor der Wahl zwischen der Musik und denen, die ihm nahestehen. Das dramatische Schicksal zweier Familien in den Roaring Twenties – so mitreißend wie eine Nacht voller Musik. „Eine schillernde Geschichte voller Poesie und Feuer.“ New York Times.