Stories of the Sahara

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Stories of the Sahara

Stories of the Sahara

  • Author: Sanmao,
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1408881861
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 416
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The book that has captivated millions of Chinese readers, translated into English for the very first time. 'Hypnotic . . . A record of one person's fierce refusal to follow a path laid down for her by the rest of the world' Tash Aw, Paris Review Books of the Year Sanmao: author, adventurer, pioneer. Born in China in 1943, she moved from Chongqing to Taiwan, Spain to Germany, the Canary Islands to Central America, and, for several years in the 1970s, to the Sahara. Stories of the Sahara invites us into Sanmao's extraordinary life in the desert: her experiences of love and loss, freedom and peril, all told with a voice as spirited as it is timeless. At a period when China was beginning to look beyond its borders, Sanmao fired the imagination of millions and inspired a new generation. With an introduction by Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti, this is an essential collection from one of the twentieth century's most iconic figures. 'Every story conveys Sanmao's infectious capacity for wonder' Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti 'Has endured for generations of young Taiwanese and Chinese women' New York Times 'Ground-breaking' Geographical 'A remarkable and brave book. Sanmao was a freewheeling feminist who broke all the rules and did so with a gleeful, mischievous smile' David Eimer, South China Morning Post

The Desert

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The Desert

The Desert

Lands of Lost Borders

  • Author: Michael Welland
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • ISBN: 1780233892
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 232
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From endless sand dunes and prickly cacti to shimmering mirages and green oases, deserts evoke contradictory images in us. They are lands of desolation, but also of romance, of blistering Mojave heat and biting Gobi cold. Covering a quarter of the earth’s land mass and providing a home to half a billion people, they are both a physical reality and landscapes of the mind. The idea of the desert has long captured Western imagination, put on display in films and literature, but these portrayals often fail to capture the true scope and diversity of the people living there. Bridging the scientific and cultural gaps between perception and reality, The Desert celebrates our fascination with these arid lands and their inhabitants, as well as their importance both throughout history and in the world today. Covering an immense geographical range, Michael Welland wanders from the Sahara to the Atacama, depicting the often bizarre adaptations of plants and animals to these hostile environments. He also looks at these seemingly infertile landscapes in the context of their place in history—as the birthplaces not only of critical evolutionary adaptations, civilizations, and social progress, but also of ideologies. Telling the stories of the diverse peoples who call the desert home, he describes how people have survived there, their contributions to agricultural development, and their emphasis on water and its scarcity. He also delves into the allure of deserts and how they have been used in literature and film and their influence on fashion, art, and architecture. As Welland reveals, deserts may be difficult to define, but they play an active role in the evolution of our global climate and society at large, and their future is of the utmost importance. Entertaining, informative, and surprising, The Desert is an intriguing new look at these seemingly harsh and inhospitable landscapes.

The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature

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The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature

The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature

  • Author: Joshua S. Mostow
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231113145
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 803
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This extraordinary one-volume guide to the modern literatures of China, Japan, and Korea is the definitive reference work on the subject in the English language. With more than one hundred articles that show how a host of authors and literary movements have contributed to the general literary development of their respective countries, this companion is an essential starting point for the study of East Asian literatures. Comprehensive thematic essays introduce each geographical section with historical overviews and surveys of persistent themes in the literature examined, including nationalism, gender, family relations, and sexuality. Following the thematic essays are the individual entries: over forty for China, over fifty for Japan, and almost thirty for Korea, featuring everything from detailed analyses of the works of Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Murakami Haruki, to far-ranging explorations of avant-garde fiction in China and postwar novels in Korea. Arrayed chronologically, each entry is self-contained, though extensive cross-referencing affords readers the opportunity to gain a more synoptic view of the work, author, or movement. The unrivaled opportunities for comparative analysis alone make this unique companion an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the burgeoning field of Asian literature. Although the literatures of China, Japan, and Korea are each allotted separate sections, the editors constantly kept an eye open to those writers, works, and movements that transcend national boundaries. This includes, for example, Chinese authors who lived and wrote in Japan; Japanese authors who wrote in classical Chinese; and Korean authors who write in Japanese, whether under the colonial occupation or because they are resident in Japan. The waves of modernization can be seen as reaching each of these countries in a staggered fashion, with eddies and back-flows between them then complicating the picture further. This volume provides a vivid sense of this dynamic interplay.

True Stories of Desert Adventures

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True Stories of Desert Adventures

True Stories of Desert Adventures

Usborne True Stories

  • Author: Gill Harvey
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN: 1409568997
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 144
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Deserts are some of the wildest, most inhospitable places on earth, too dry for any but the toughest creatures to survive. But their harsh beauty and hidden secrets have inspired many quests and dreams – some brave, some desperate, and some foolhardy – as these eleven stories show...

Islam in Africa South of the Sahara

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Islam in Africa South of the Sahara

Islam in Africa South of the Sahara

Essays in Gender Relations and Political Reform

  • Author: Pade Badru,Brigid M. Sackey
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • ISBN: 0810884704
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 428
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Islam in Africa South of the Sahara: Essays in Gender Relations and Political Reform draws together contributions from scholars that focus on changes taking place in the practice of the religion and their effects on the political terrain and civil society.

Allah's Garden

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Allah's Garden

Allah's Garden

  • Author: Thomas Hollowell
  • Publisher: Allah's Garden: A True Story
  • ISBN: 0964142392
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 196
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Allah's Garden is a true story focusing on a Moroccan doctor's 25-year detainment by militants in the Sahara Desert and is interwoven with an American volunteer's own adventures while in Morocco.

True Stories of Survival

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True Stories of Survival

True Stories of Survival

Usborne True Stories

  • Author: Paul Dowswell
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN: 140956911X
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 144
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From shark attacks and blazing airships to exploding spacecraft and sinking submarines, find out what made the difference between life and death in these ten thrilling stories of survival. Gripping and engaging for readers who prefer real life to fiction.

The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

A New Collection

  • Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 068480445X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 775
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Gathers more than forty Fitzgerald stories and provides brief background information on each piece

Blacks in Colonial America

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Blacks in Colonial America

Blacks in Colonial America

  • Author: Oscar Reiss
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786429577
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 301
  • View: 1880
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By the time of the American Revolution, blacks made up 20 percent of the colonial population. Early in colonial history, many blacks who came to America were indentured servants who served out their contracts and then settled in the colonies as free men. Over time, however, more and more blacks arrived as slaves, and the position of blacks in colonial society suffered precipitous decline. This book discusses the lives of blacks, both slave and free, as they struggled to make homes for themselves among the white European settlers in the New World. The author thoroughly examines colonial slavery and the laws supporting it (as early as 1686, for example, New Jersey had laws demanding the return of fugitive slaves) as well as the emancipation movement, active from the beginning of the slave trade. Other topics include blacks and the practice of Christianity in the colonies, and the service of blacks in the Revolution.

The Collected Stories Of T.Coraghessan Boyle

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The Collected Stories Of T.Coraghessan Boyle

The Collected Stories Of T.Coraghessan Boyle

  • Author: T.C. Boyle
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 1783781416
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 621
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T. Coraghessan Boyle is regarded as one of America's greatest living short-story writers. This publication brings together all his stories into one volume.