The Best American Short Stories 2018


Author: Roxane Gay,Heidi Pitlor

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 0544582888


Page: 352

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Best-selling, award-winning, pop culture powerhouse Roxane Gay guest edits this year's Best American Short Stories, the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction. "I am looking for the artful way any given story is conveyed," writes Roxane Gay in her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2018, "but I also love when a story has a powerful message, when a story teaches me something about the world." The artful, profound, and sometimes funny stories Gay chose for the collection transport readers from a fraught family reunion to an immigration detention center, from a psychiatric hospital to a coed class sleepover in a natural history museum. We meet a rebellious summer camper, a Twitter addict, and an Appalachian preacher--all characters and circumstances that show us what we "need to know about the lives of others."

Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History


Author: Richard J. Evans

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 140870742X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 800

View: 6109

At the time of his death at the age of 95, Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) was the most famous historian in the world. His books were translated into more than fifty languages and he was as well known in Brazil and Italy as he was in Britain and the United States. His writings have had a huge and lasting effect on the practice of history. More than half a century after it appeared, his books remain a staple of university reading lists. He had an extraordinarily long life, with interests covering many countries and many cultures, ranging from poetry to jazz, literature to politics. He experienced life not only as a university teacher but also as a young Communist in the Weimar Republic, a radical student at Cambridge, a political activist, an army conscript, a Soho 'man about town', a Hampstead intellectual, a Cambridge don, an influential journalist, a world traveller, and finally a Grand Old Man of Letters. In A Life in History, Richard Evans tells the story of Hobsbawm as an academic, but also as witness to history itself, and of the twentieth century's major political and intellectual currents. Eric not only wrote and spoke about many of the great issues of his time, but participated in many of them too, from Communist resistance to Hitler to revolution in Cuba, where he acted as an interpreter for Che Guevara. He was a prominent part of the Jazz scene in Soho in the late 1950s and his writings played a pivotal role in the emergence of New Labour in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This, the first biography of Eric Hobsbawm, is far more than a study of a professional historian. It is a study of an era.

A Useful Fiction

Adventures in British Democracy


Author: Patrick Hannan

Publisher: Seren Books/Poetry Wales PressLtd

ISBN: 9781854114952

Category: Political Science

Page: 207

View: 7212

Providing a punchy commentary on how the mere question of devolution influences all areas of political debate, this perceptive yet entertaining study focuses on the changing makeup of British culture. Analyzing the effects of devolution on Labor’s ability to govern the country as a whole, this detailed survey also reviews the politicians’ love of invoking “Britishness;” the role of newspapers, the broadcast media, and nationalist political parties in dictating what it means to be a citizen; the place of the royal family and class in the 20th century; and those financially responsible for the various parts of the country. Theorizing as to what principles should underlie the democratic running of Britain and its constituent parts—and how the parliamentary system should change as those parts devolve—this political examination applies a dry sense of humor in recognizing some of the absurdities thrown around during the course of the discussion. Nailing its arguments with an unerring eye, this is an enlightening and accessible look at Great Britain today as well as what it might become.

Granta 118

Exit Strategies


Author: John Freeman

Publisher: Granta

ISBN: 1905881576

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 3958

Be it a wrong turn, a bad relationship, a debilitating illness or a war, every action creates a reaction, every move is followed by another move. How do we get out of what we've gotten ourselves into? Granta 118 zooms in close on the phenomenon of the exit strategy. In a new story, Alice Munro writes of an elderly woman whose attempts to care for her husband are undermined by her own deteriorating thought processes; Claire Messud searches for her father's past in Beirut, Lebanon as he lays dying in a hospital in the US; and Aleksandar Hemon remembers the importance of smuggling his family's dog out of war-torn Sarajevo. Exit Strategies also features new writing by John Barth, Anne Tyler, Ann Beattie, and newcomer Chinelo Okparanta - examining how we get ourselves out and the repercussions that follow. Hindsight is 20/20, but it's what we do moving forward that defines us and - in the best of all worlds - redeems us.

The Granta


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literature, Modern

Page: N.A

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Official Year Book of the Union


Author: South Africa. Office of Census and Statistics

Publisher: N.A


Category: South Africa

Page: N.A

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Author: Granta

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literature

Page: N.A

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