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The Lament of the Border-Guard

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Rating: 3.48 out of 5

A row of pharaohs

A row of pharaohs Description:

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Rating: 3.76 out of 5

To Abel And Others

To Abel And Others Description:

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Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Design as Art

Design as Art Description:

One of the last surviving members of the futurist generation Bruno Munari s i Design as Art i is an illustrated journey into the artistic possibilities of modern design translated by Patrick Creagh published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics br br The designer of today re establishes the long lost contact between art and the public between living people and art as a living thing br br Bruno Munari was among the most inspirational designers of all time described by Picasso as the new Leonardo Munari insisted that design be beautiful functional and accessible and this enlightening and highly entertaining book sets out his ideas about visual graphic and industrial design and the role it plays in the objects we use everyday Lamps road signs typography posters children s books advertising cars and chairs these are just some of the subjects to which he turns his illuminating gaze br br How do we see the world around us The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art design and the media have changed our vision forever br br Bruno Munari born in Milan was the i enfant terrible i of Italian art and design for most of the twentieth century contributing to many fields of both visual paint sculpture film industrial design graphics and non visual arts literature poetry He was twice awarded the Compasso d Oro design prize for excellence in his field br br If you enjoyed i Design as Art i you might like John Berger s i Ways of Seeing i also available in Penguin Modern Classics br br One of the most influential designers of the twentieth century Munari has encouraged people to go beyond formal conventions and stereotypes by showing them how to widen their perceptual awareness br i International Herald Tribune i

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

The Uses of Literature

The Uses of Literature Description:

Italian novelist and short story writer Calvino has been accused of making protons quarks and living cells talk as if they were people but here he defends his approach as a kind of animism attuned to the way the universe works His fascination with myth is evident in pieces on Ovid s Metamorphoses and the separate odysseys that make up Homer s Odyssey Three intertwined essays on French utopian socialist Fourier present him as a precursor of Women s Lib a satirist and visionary thinker whose scheme for a society in which each person s desires could be satisfied deserves to be taken seriously In other pieces Calvino brings a fresh unpredictable approach to why we should reread the classics how cinema and comic strips influence writers and the cartoon universe of Saul Steinberg His message is that writers need to establish erotic communion with the humdrum objects of everyday reality

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Pereira Declares: A Testimony

Pereira Declares: A Testimony Description:

Dr Pereira is an aging overweight br journalist who has failed to notice br the menacing cloud of fascism over br Salazarist Portugal until one day he br meets an aspiring young writer and br anti fascist Breaking out of his apolitical torpor Pereira reluctantly rises to heroism

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

Involuntary Witness (Guido Guerrieri #1)

Involuntary Witness (Guido Guerrieri #1) Description:

A nine year old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime Faced with small town racism Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life

Rating: 3.79 out of 5

Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Six Memos for the Next Millennium Description:

Italo Calvino was due to deliver the i Charles Eliot Norton Lectures i but they were left unfinished at his death The surviving drafts explore the concepts of i Lightness Quickness Multiplicity Exactitude and Visibility i i Constancy i was to be the sixth in serious yet playful essays that reveal Calvino s debt to the comic strip and the folktale With his customary imagination and grace he sought to define the virtues of the great literature of the past in order to shape the values of the future This collection is a brilliant pr cis of the work of a great writer whose legacy will endure through the millennium he addressed

Rating: 3.35 out of 5

Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea

Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea Description:

A triumphant celebration of a river that has forever been at the center of the great movements of history br br In this fascinating journey through the history and culture of the Danube Claudio Magris whose knowledge is encyclopedic and curiosity limitless invites the reader to accompany him along the whole course of the river from the Bavarian hills through Austro Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea In each town he raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments Kafka and Freud Wittgenstein and Marcus Aurelius Lukcs Heidegger and Cline Canetti and Ovid He also encounters a host of more obscure but no less intriguing personalities philosophers novelists diplomats and patriots on an odyssey that brings middle European culture to life in its most picturesque and evocative forms br br i Danube i is among the first of a new list of nonfiction paperbacks published as Harvill Press Editions

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Memory of the Abyss

Memory of the Abyss Description:

Marcello Fois racconta la vita di uno dei banditi sardi pi spietati l uomo su cui Mussolini mise la taglia pi alta e attraverso la storia di una vita che in molti modi fu eroica racconta anche il sacrificio di una terra che negli stessi anni era in cerca un identit Da bambino Samuele Stocchino sa molte cose anche della sua vita futura ma le ha dentro senza una lingua per esprimerle Da soldato in trincea recita silenzioso l eroe senza macchia e torna in patria italiano e decorato Dopo aver disertato a Caporetto rispedito a morire ritorna cambiato I compaesani si sono spartiti i suoi averi e la sua vita nasce il bandito l ultima deriva di un morto vivente

Rating: 3.64 out of 5