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Barbarossa, Botticelli und die Beatles

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Von den ersten Hochkulturen bis heute: Anhand der 300 wichtigsten Protagonisten aus Geschichte, Kultur und Wissenschaft erzählt Helge Hesse unterhaltsam und informativ, warum unsere Welt so geworden ist, wie sie ist.

Ramses II. führte das ägyptische Reich zu seiner höchsten Macht, Europa erwacht in Griechenland durch den ersten Philosophen Thales, Marco Polo findet China und Gutenberg die beweglichen Lettern, Machiavelli seziert die Macht des Fürsten und Luther die Allmacht des Papstes, Newton entdeckt die Kräfte des Universums und Freud das Unbewusste des Menschen. Martin Luther King stirbt für die Gleichheit der Menschen und J. F. Kennedy für eine neue Gesellschaft: Helge Hesse entdeckt verblüffende Zusammenhänge, beschreibt neue Weichenstellungen und erzählt von entscheidenden 300 ersten Taten, Malen, Entdeckungen und Erfindungen in Welt- und Kulturgeschichte, die unser Leben bis heute prägen.

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Erwin Strittmatter

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Annäherung an eine umstrittene Biographie.

Kaum ein Schriftsteller wurde von seinen Lesern in der DDR geliebt und verehrt wie Erwin Strittmatter. Und kaum einer wurde später so radikal verurteilt. Diese Biographie zeigt ihn endlich im Spiegel seriös ausgewerteter Quellen und Dokumente, die vielfach aus Strittmatters Privatarchiv stammen. Selten ist ein Autor so plastisch in seiner inneren Entwicklung und den Auseinandersetzungen seiner Zeit porträtiert worden.

»Behutsam werden die bekannten geschichtlichen Details eingeordnet, ohne Eifer und Zorn, aber auch ohne Schonung.« Volker Hage, DER SPIEGEL.

Der Bestseller erstmals im Taschenbuch – aktualisierte Ausgabe.

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Dr. Annette Leo, 1948 in Düsseldorf geboren, studierte Geschichte und Romanistik an der Humboldt-Universität. Die Historikerin und Publizistin lebt in Berlin. Veröffentlichungen u. a.: »Leben als Balance-Akt. Wolfgang Steinitz – Wissenschaftler, Jude, Kommunist« (2005), »›Das ist soʼn zweischneidiges Schwert hier unser KZ …‹ Der Fürstenberger Alltag und das Frauenkonzentrationslager Ravensbrück« (2007). Bei Aufbau erschien zuletzt »Das Kind auf der Liste. Die Geschichte von Willy Blum und seiner Familie« (2018).  

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Dear Current Occupant

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From Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight, Dear Current Occupant is a creative non-fiction memoir about home and belonging set in the 80s and 90s of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Using a variety of forms, Knight reflects on her childhood through a series of letters addressed to all of the current occupants now living in the twenty different houses she moved in and out of with her mother and brother. From blurry non-chronological memories of trying to fit in with her own family as the only mixed East Indian/Black child, to crystal clear recollections of parental drug use, Knight draws a vivid portrait of memory that still longs for a place and a home.

Peering through windows and doors into intimate, remembered spaces now occupied by strangers, Knight writes to them in order to deconstruct her own past. From the rubble of memory she then builds a real place in order to bring herself back home.

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Praise for Dear Current Occupant:

"Knight is a poet at heart, somewhat disinclined to follow the dusty rules of prose writing, and we are all richer for it. This memoir is built from shards of pure resilience, expertly pieced together into a compelling—and at times devastating—chronicle of youth, family, and sense of place. From Clark Drive to Commercial and Broadway, Dear Current Occupant is a love song to East Vancouver—it is a map of scars, and as everyone knows, scars make for good storytelling." —Carleigh Baker, author of Bad Endings, finalist for the 2018 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

"Dear Current Occupant is an astonishing book: haunting, intimate, and deeply rendered. A lyrical memoir set against the backdrop of Vancouver's gritty East Side, it triumphantly melds together prose, poetry, letters and imagery, to illuminate the pain of un-belonging, the search for a home, and the power of words to heal and transform us. It is a book that boldly takes risks, unafraid and brimming with raw energy, tenderness, and heartbreaking beauty. Chelene Knight emerges as a fierce new voice in Canadian literature, deserving of our full attention." —Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth

"I want to thank Chelene Knight for not forcing her memoir into a point "a to b" narrative. Too often complex and stigmatized stories are dumbed-down, but Knight elevates! She uplifts both her her experiences and the poetic prose and hybrid forms used to share these experiences. Dear Current Occupant will surely become a nuanced creative touchstone that shows us how our stories of survival can and should be told." —Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa and How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir

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Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver, and is currently the Managing Editor of Room Magazine. A graduate of The Writers' Studio at SFU, Chelene has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Her debut book, Braided Skin, was published in 2015. Dear Current Occupant is her second book. Chelene is also working on a historical novel set in the 1930s and 40s in Vancouver's Hogan's Alley.

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Schirrmacher

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Das Spiel mit der Macht.

Frank Schirrmachers Biographie ist vielleicht die letzte, die man exemplarisch nennen muss: Michael Angele hat das erste Porträt des großen Journalisten, Herausgebers der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung und Bestsellerautors geschrieben. Er zeichnet ein detailreiches Bild des Mannes, den man den „kindlichen Kaiser“ nannte, ebenso wie ein Panorama der Medienlandschaft und Debatten dieser Zeit, die Schirrmacher entscheidend mitbestimmte.

In der deutschen Mediengeschichte ist Frank Schirrmacher (1959--2014) eine singuläre Erscheinung. Weit über seine Funktion als Herausgeber der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung hinaus wirkte Schirrmacher als Bestsellerautor in die deutsche Öffentlichkeit und ihre Debatten hinein. Dabei verschränkten sich Machtwille und Lust am Diskurs, Aufklärung und Reaktion in spektakulärer Form. Schon zu Lebzeiten wurde er bei Eckhard Henscheid oder Rainald Goetz zur literarischen Figur, nicht zuletzt wegen seines Hangs zur Intrige und zur großen Geste. Schirrmacher, der Beamtensohn aus Wiesbaden, aufgewachsen als Anhänger von Thomas Mann und Helmut Kohl, endete als globaler Nerd des 21. Jahrhunderts, der sich im digitalen Kosmos wohler fühlte als in den deutschen Salons. Am 12. Juni 2014 starb er überraschend an Herzversagen.

"Über Schirrmacher schreiben heißt, ein Schelmenstück schreiben. Es ist das Stück, in dem er sich selbst sah." (Michael Angele)

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Michael Angele, geboren 1964 im Kanton Bern, promovierte 1999, schrieb für die Berliner Seiten der FAZ und war Dozent für Neuere Deutsche Literatur an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Seit 2009 ist er Redakteur des Freitag, seit 2015 als stellvertretender Chefredakteur. 2016 erschien sein vielbeachtetes Buch „Der letzte Zeitungsleser“.

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If I Could Turn and Meet Myself

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At his death in 1985, Alden Nowlan stood in the first rank of Canadian writers. Today, his poetry is beloved by Maritimers and popular across Canada and in the US as well. If I Could Turn and Meet Myself tells his life story, from his birth to a 14-year-old mother in 1933 through his impoverished childhood, his disturbed adolescence, his newspaper career, his struggle with cancer, and his tenure as writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick. Nowlan founded his success and peace of mind on his belief that he was a composite of many selves. In 12 books of poetry, two novels, a book of stories, and 15 years of weekly columns for the Saint John Telegraph Journal, he fictionalized his own life. At the same time, he hid some of the most significant facts about his background from everyone, including those closest to him. His overall personal honesty ensured that even today people accept his "authorized version" as the full and only story. In If I Could Turn and Meet Myself, Patrick Toner portrays a more complex and more richly humane Nowlan than any previous commentator, including Nowlan himself.

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"A pleasure and a revelation. The melancholy but triumphant life of Alden Nowlan has found a perfect chronicler in Patrick Toner. This wonderfully readable biography assembles and clarifies all the elements of love, hate, resentment, and ambition that made up the personality and art of a fine Canadian poet."

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"Patrick Toner's contribution to our appreciation of this rare and appealyingly hybrid creature is well worth the read."

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"A good biography — better, in fact, than what we have about Earle Birney and Gwendolyn MacEwen . . . Patrick Toner treats this rich material judiciously, sympathetically engaged but keeping his distance from the cultlike devotion Nowlan often inspired."

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Patrick Toner received his BA in English from St Thomas University in 1991 and his MA in English from Carleton University in 1993. He is currently a teacher and administrator in the ESL program at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. Toner's interest in Alden Nowlan began in high school. For his MA thesis he chose to write on the religious and supernatural beliefs in Nowlan's poetry. While working on what he thought would be simple thematic criticism, he discovered the true complexity of Nowlan's life and works. His research and interviews became the inspiration for If I Could Turn and Meet Myself: The Life of Alden Nowlan. Through published materials, the Nowlan letters and papers at the University of Calgary, interviews with Nowlan's family (some of whom have never before been approachable), and conversations with a legion of Nowlan's friends and acquaintances, he has probed the life of this unusual man with understanding, insight, and Nowlan's own love of a good story. In the fall of 2000 Patrick Toner appeared at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, a distinctive honour for a new author.

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Authenticity is a Feeling

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Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART is a compelling hybrid of history, memoir, and performance theory. It tells the story of the interdisciplinary performance group PME-ART and their ongoing endeavour to make a new kind of highly collaborative theatre dedicated to the fragile but essential act of "being yourself in a performance situation."

Written, among other things, to celebrate PME-ART's twentieth anniversary, the book begins when Jacob Wren meets Sylvie Lachance and Richard Ducharme, moves from Toronto to Montreal to make just one project, but instead ends up spending the next twenty years creating an eccentric, often bilingual, art. It is a book about being unable to learn French yet nonetheless remaining Co-Artistic Director of a French-speaking performance group, about the Spinal Tap-like adventures of being continuously on tour, about the rewards and difficulties of intensive collaborations, about making performances that break the mold and confronting the repercussions of doing so. A book that aims to change the rules for how interdisciplinary performance can be written about today.

When Jacob finished a first draft of the book he sent it to many of those who had co-created or worked on PME-ART projects asking for their comments. Therefore, the book also features contributions from: Caroline Dubois, Richard Ducharme, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Adam Kinner, Sylvie Lachance, Nadia Ross, Yves Sheriff, Kathrin Tiedemann and Ashlea Watkin.

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Praise for Authenticity Is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART:

"In Authenticity is a Feeling, Jacob Wren investigates the possibility of "being oneself in a performance situation"—including the performance of this beautiful, quiet, vulnerable book. In it, he recounts his utopian efforts at non-hierarchical collaboration over the last twenty years—not only with the members of his oddball, charming performance collective, PME-ART, but also with his spectators and readers. As he once told an audience: "we're only going to be in the same room together for the next hour and a half and then we’ll probably never see each other again. But so many things seem impossible nowadays. And just because something's impossible doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try." Curious reader, open the book and try spending some time with him. It may even make some things seem possible." —Barbara Browning, author of The Gift

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"Part dance, part social critique, part heady fucking around. PME-ART interrogates the idea of the performance itself. But it never fails to be that performance, and a damn good one. God bless Canada." —Brian Parks, The Village Voice

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Jacob Wren makes literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed, and Polyamorous Love Song (a finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the 2016 ReLit Award for Fiction, and was named one of The Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2014). His most recent novel Rich and Poor, was a finalist for the 2016 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. As Co-Artistic Director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created the performances En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize, Individualism Was a Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information and Every Song I’ve Ever Written. He travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art. Connect with him on his blog (www.radicalcut.blogspot.com) or on Twitter @everySongIveEve.

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Where the Nights Are Twice as Long

Eso, DavidLynes, Jeanette (Hrsg.) | Goose Lane Editions


Under the covers of Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets, David Eso and Jeanette Lynes collect letters and epistolary poems from more than 120 Canadian poets, including Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Louis Riel, Alden Nowlan, Anne Szumigalski , Leonard Cohen, John Barton, and Di Brandt, and many others, encompassing the breadth of this country's English literary history.

Presented in order not of the chronology of composition, but according to the poets' ages at the time of writing, the poems in the book comprise a single lifeline. The reader follows an amalgam of the Poet from the passionate intensity of youth, through the regrets and satisfactions of adulthood and middle age, and into the reflective wisdom of old age.

All the writings are about love, but love in a dizzying array of colours, shapes, and sizes. Deep, enduring love, unrequited love, passionate love, violent love. Here are odes and lyric ecstasies, tirades and tantrums, pastoral comforts and abject horrors — all delivered with the vibrancy, wit, and erudition of our finest poets. Where the Nights Are Twice as Long is more than an anthology: it is an unforgettable journey into the long night of love.

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"The love letter is not dead, just different, a new book proves."

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"Part of the appeal of Eso's and Lynes's anthology is that the lover's discourse is revealed as tricky and duplicitous. At once mythic and collective, it is also intimate and particular, directed not to an imaginary world of readers and writers but to a certain somebody, an often unnamed but nevertheless profoundly known beloved."

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"[T]he new book proves that while some things change — using email to send letters rather than paper — the joy, and sometimes pain, of love is constant."

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" As the letters, poems, emails and texts in this collection are grouped according to the age of the poets at the time of writing, poets and their eras collide. And what grand collisions they are. The book is rich in loss and endings, longevity and, no matter what the age, erotic and sometimes erratic explorations in the realm of love."

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"At times beautiful, at times rueful, Where the Nights Are Twice as Long is a collection of letters written by Canadian poets to those they loved. The result is a diverse portrait of the life cycle of a romantic relationship, from the first infatuation to I-still-can't-forget-you melancholy."

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"Here is a wild map, from incandescent sparks to considered glow, of love's landscape in Canadian poetry. David Eso and Jeanette Lynes have put together something outside the ordinary."

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"an amayzing galaktik compilaysyun all brillyant poets all brillyant passyuns evree nuans evree change n trope uv all th loves ium sew happee a b in ths byond brillyant book."

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"With obvious diligence, the editors have solicited, collected, or dug up love letters by 129 English Canadian poets."

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"The editors of Where the Nights Are Twice as Long have organized the letters (and occasional love poems) according to the writer's age at the time of composition. The results reveal much about the evolution (and disintegration) of our passions as they are worn down or deepened over time.#&34;

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"This is a Canada we haven't seen before. Romantic, intimate, a valentine shaped like a maple leaf designed for lovers of Canadian literature and its oh-so-human practitioners."

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David Eso's work as scholar, poet, anthologist, and impresario unites Canadian literary heritage with its impending renaissance. Eso has appeared in Filling Station, CV2, Strangers in Paris, Canadian Literature, Arc, Freefall, Vallum, Under the Mulberry Tree, the Globe and Mail, and on CBC. His chapbooks include Entries from My Affair with an Escape Artist (2003), A Wide Path to the Narrowing Future (2010) and Asiarific (2014). As a familiar face at literary readings across Canada, Charles Noble calls Eso "a force of nature and force of culture." Eso is currently a graduate student at the University of Calgary where he is studying the letters of Robert Kroetsch.

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Jeanette Lynes is the author of six collections of poetry. Her most recent book of poems, Archive of the Undressed (2012), was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her previous poetry received the Bliss Carman Award and The New Quarterly's Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award. Lynes' seventh book of poems, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems is forthcoming from Wolsak and Wynn in 2015 under its Buckrider Books Imprint. Her first novel, The Factory Voice (2009) was long-listed for The Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. She is the inaugural Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Neurociencia y Educación

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Los nuevos conocimientos sobre neurociencia indican que la enseñanza debe cambiar. El cerebro de los niños se ha modificado con el uso de la tecnología y los antiguos paradigmas educativos ya no son aplicables. Descubre los nuevos métodos para encender la motivación y crear súper estudiantes.

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Quincy Fisher es Psiquiatra, especialista en problemáticas infantiles, desde hace diez años investiga procesos y estrategias de intervención para lograr que personas con dificultades cerebrales de distintos tipos logren adaptarse y desarrollarse de manera saludable en todas las áreas.

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Del vino y del hachís

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“El vino es como el hombre: no sabe jamás hasta qué punto se lo puede estimar o despreciar, amar o aborrecer, ni de cuántos actos sublimes o delitos monstruosos es capaz”, Baudelaire –el poeta maldito– analiza en este texto extraordinario las bondades del vino y compara sus efectos con los del hachís. “Compararé esos dos medios artificiales con los cuales el hombre, exasperando su personalidad, crea en sí mismo, una especie de dios”, asegura Charles Baudelaire, y el resultado es inquietante y magnífico.

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Baudelaire es uno de los grandes poetas franceses de todos los tiempos, fue un innovador completo y se lo considera el padre de la poesía moderna. “Las flores del mal” es su obra cumbre, pero también se destacan “Paraísos artificiales” y “Pequeños poemas en prosa”.

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La pata del mono

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Cuidado con lo que deseas porque puede convertirse en realidad. Así actúa la pata del mono, un poderoso y antiguo talismán que cumplirá los deseos de la familia White. Pero, ¿y si la elección fuera equivocada? En medio de una atmósfera inquietante, el genial W.W. Jacobs propone una historia profunda en la cual lo inesperado irrumpe como una lava peligrosa dentro de lo cotidiano.

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Curiosamente, William Wymark Jacobs (1863-1943), escritor de humor muy exitoso en su época, es recordado por haber escrito el mejor cuento de terror del siglo XX: “La pata del mono”. Su obra es prolífica y suele ser considerado como uno de los mejores exponentes dentro de los clásicos realistas.

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