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En esta novela corta, el genial Dostoievski relata la emoción inesperada del primer amor y la confusión del despertar sexual, desde el punto de vista de un niño. El protagonista, un pequeño de 11 años, se enamora perdidamente de Madame M, una mujer casada, y muchos años mayor. Por supuesto, todo ocurre platónicamente, pero el niño soporta diferentes peripecias con tal de complacer a su amada. La novela refleja la primera época creativa de Dostoievski, es una magnífica descripción psicológica llena de romanticismo y melancolía.

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Es “el mayor conocedor del alma humana de todos los tiempos”. En los relatos de Dostoiesvski las prostitutas y asesinos tienen nombre, padre y hermanos. Trascendió su época como uno de los autores más importantes de la literatura universal. Sus obras influenciaron a grandes escritores, en especial a los existencialistas. “Crimen y castigo” y “Los hermanos Karamázov” son dos de sus novelas más aclamadas.

 
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El Principito es uno de los libros más traducidos de la historia de la literatura. En esta novela, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry relata poéticamente la historia de un aviador que, a causa de un accidente con su avión, se pierde en el desierto. En medio de la nada, aparece un curioso hombrecito que lo hace reflexionar sobre la estupidez humana, la particular sabiduría de los niños –que todos pierden cuando crecen– y la importancia de los vínculos afectivos. Una obra imprescindible, en este caso con las ilustraciones originales del autor.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry fue un escritor y aviador francés, pionero en los vuelos postales internacionales. Prolífico y talentoso, escribió más de 15 novelas, de las cuales El Pequeño Príncipe –también conocida como El Principito–, su obra más célebre, fue traducida a más de 300 idiomas.

 
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"Vilnius kann man nicht entfliehen." Dies ist ein Kernsatz aus dem bekanntesten Roman von Gavelis, dem 1989 erschienenen "Vilniaus pokeris" (Vilniusser Poker). Die litauische Hauptstadt ist hier realer, mehr aber noch metaphysischer Ort des Geschehens. Nicht anders in diesen Erzählungen, die in allegorischer und kafkaesk-surrealer Form Probleme des postkommunistischen Litauens thematisieren. Es sind keine gemütlichen Einsichten: Da geht es um die Umtriebe der Mafia, die langen Schatten der stalinistischen Vergangenheit, um geistig-moralische Desorientierung, neue Armut und neue Reiche, die Verlockungen und die Abgründe der Macht. Auch die Helden dieser Prosastücke können oder wollen ihre Stadt nicht verlassen. Dämonische, zerstörerische Kräfte halten sie gefangen. Vilnius ist stärker als sie, und es ist überall.

 
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La obra de Roberto Arlt provocó un vuelco dentro del paradigma literario de su época; este genial autor transitó casi todos los géneros con la misma maestría. Con respecto a los cuentos reunidos en este libro, su temática refleja las inquietudes de Arlt: la marginación, la desigualdad y la hipocresía del sistema burgués. También incluye algunos relatos de corte fantástico que marcaron su estilo posterior, historias exóticas ricas en mitos y leyendas. Se trata en definitiva de una selección imperdible.

 
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La poesía y el teatro de Federico García Lorca son reconocidos universalmente, y admirados en todo el mundo por su originalidad y estilo. Menos conocidas son sus conferencias, y sin embargo tienen un valor enorme. Este libro reúne las mejores disertaciones de este artista único, sus consejos, sus agudas observaciones y una serie de sugerencias imperdibles aplicables al artista y a cualquier persona apasionada.

 
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“Escrito para la mayoría de los hombres descontentos con su vida, pero que creen poder mejorarla”, dice Thoreau sobre uno de los ensayos que conforman este libro. El autor, defensor incansable de la naturaleza y la libertad, recorre en esta selección el sentido profundo de la existencia y expone en pasajes intensamente críticos su visión sobre la inutilidad de las obligaciones que nos impone el sistema social.

 
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La poesía y el teatro de Federico García Lorca son reconocidos universalmente, y admirados en todo el mundo por su originalidad y estilo. Menos conocidos son sus textos en prosa, y sin embargo se pueden considerar revolucionarios en muchos sentidos, estas narraciones se apoderan del lector para hacer llorar o reír gracias al sello genial de este artista único.

 
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All the Gold Hurts My Mouth

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Winner, 2017 ReLit Award

Katherine Leyton's fresh and vibrant debut collection takes on the sexual politics of the twenty-first century, boldly holding up a mirror to the male gaze and interrogating the nature of images and illusions.

Confronting the forces of mass communication — whether television, movies, or the Internet — Leyton explores the subtle effects of the media on our perceptions and interactions, including the pain of alienation and the threat of violence simmering just below the surface.

And yet, for all its unflinching and raw lyricism, the poetry of All the Gold Hurts My Mouth is warm and searching, full of humour and hope. Engaging her readers with lush vocabulary and spare, tightly controlled forms, Leyton's poems become a rich quest for identity, authenticity, and nature uncorrupted. Reaching gloriously from isolation and pain to connection with love, Leyton channels the wit of feminists past to create a manifesto for our time, an affirmation of what might be possible.

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"Leyton's voice is both enigmatic and unabashed, delving into the mysteries of selfhood while offering a vivid meditation on what it means to be a woman alive today. A fearless, urgent, and beautifully wrought debut."

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"An outstanding debut, filled with complicated yet still vivid imagery. Leyton's lines lift off the page to throttle you."

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"In this fierce debut, Leyton explores women as palaces and grand pianos, gleaming objects admired and shattered. Through her lyrically exuberant voice, whirring with musicality and subversive jabs, art becomes a looking glass. Just as 'women hum to drown their hunger,' these poems bring the salve of self-creation to their reader."

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"Katherine Leyton debuts with a brash, provocative collection centred around how women are seen by men, as expressed in popular culture, and how women internalize that male gaze."

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Katherine Leyton was the inaugural writer-in-residence at the Al & Eurithe Purdy A-Frame in the summer of 2014. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including the Malahat Review, Hazlitt, the Globe and Mail, and the Edinburgh Review. She is also the founder of the highly unorthodox video poetry blog, HowPedestrian.ca. A native of Toronto, Leyton has lived in Rome, Montreal, Edinburgh, and Forli.

 
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Agony is the first in a trilogy of long confessional poems. It uses semi-rigorous mathematical and logical constraints to view the author's life and body, telescopically, as little bits of time and space. Everything written here is as true as possible – that is to say, pretty true. It attempts autobiography as a refutation of autobiography, and an elevation of the self as self-effacement. Love pops up as a theme quite a bit. So does self-mutilation, etc. There are a lot of numbers, but don't worry, it's more about politics and fantasy than numbers, even though, as usual, they show up everywhere. Just like pieces of your body after you've cut them off and scattered them all over the world, and then go out looking for them again, for some reason.

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Praise for Agony:

Steven Zultanski’s Agony is a guide to making millions with a startup that puts human faces (literally) on the windows of suburban homes. The key word here is “literally:” the literal is Zultanski’s most important discovery, a reinvention of Shklovsky’s “making strange” for a tertiary age, a time when the language of metaphor has been zombified (after first being deadened and then deconstructed). In a manner that parodies and surpasses the lunacy of American pundits, Zultanski leads us on a mathematical journey into the volume of humanity’s tears and saliva exchange in kisses, and the square-footage of breasts and pet-intestines to explore the Markson-esqe, Mobius sociality of the solipsistic self. This unabashed autobiography, told through a hyperbolic argot of tax-code and quantum physics, is a sacrifice that atones for the banality it is born of (QED). Using the body as a literal yard-stick – its intimate history of inspirations and exhalations, excretions and accretions, pressed flat against the world, as a face against a window – this book leads the advance attack on the insipid dehumanization performed by standards of measure, statistics, and self-help. Call it conceptualism, lyricism, the new literality, or agonic financial planning – whatever it is, Agony is not for the faint of heart.

— Matvei Yankelevich

The best way to enjoy Steven Zultanski’s Agony is to remove your skin, including your facial skin, and spill into the mathematical calculations of how many cubic inches of human tears it takes to fill a fountain. When you put your skin back on and go outside for a walk, you'll realize that the lyric poem has just endured a substantial 21st century upgrade.

— Robert Fitterman

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Steven Zultanski is the also the author of Pad and Cop Kisser. He co-curates the Segue Reading Series and occasionally curates and edits other things too. He lives in New York City.

 
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It was a long silence that brought me to the erasure poem. Not mine, but my brother's, during his many months in a coma. I came across a notebook of his—a pocketsized, handwritten field guide of prairie grasses. I read it for companionship, signs of consciousness, attention. I read it for the rhythms of his still and distant hand…. I was reading a taxonomy of grief: silique drifted into soliloquy.>

Between 2008 and 2014, while her brother was in a lengthy coma, award-winning poet Jennifer Still engaged in a private collaboration with the art and wonder that was his handwritten field guide of prairie grasses. The result: the stunning works of poetry and imagery encapsulated in Comma.

Still was moved by an overarching impulse of grief to create these poems. In the brittle lexicon of botany, and in the hum of the machines keeping her brother alive, she developed a hands-on method of composition that plays with the possibilities of what can be 'read' on a page. Comma enacts a state of transformation and flux, all in an effort to portray the embodiment of grief and regeneration that can be achieved in the physical breakdown and reassembly of lyric poetic forms.

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"Comma is a living, breathing field guide to the unconscious—Still's poems flicker and leap from the page. This collection is an immersive, tactile wonder, a compassionate, steadfast companion: a truly remarkable exploration by a truly remarkable artist."&madsh;Christine Fellows, singer/songwriter/poet and author of Burning Daylight

"Comma offers an unaccountably delicate experience. Yet these deft images and words are like slivers piercing situations and sensibility with guileless insight. The grace with which Jennifer Still's poems express experience is magical. Read the poetry as you might search for a special midnight star, by attending to the edges of vision (and words) where brightness shines best."—Jeanne Randolph, author of Shopping Cart Pantheism

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Jennifer Still's first collection,Saltations, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her second collection, Girlwood, was a finalist for the 2012 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and the first-prize winner of the John V. Hicks Manuscript Award. That same year, she was awarded the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, and in 2013, she won the Prairie Fire/Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award. Still has served as faculty for the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity Wired Writing Studio and is a poetry editor for CV2. She was the 2015 University of Winnipeg Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence and will be the 2017 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. She lives in Winnipeg.

 
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