Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1996). Novels and Memoirs, 1941-1951, Volume 1: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Bend Sinister, Speak Memory, an Autobiography Revisited. New York, N.Y., Literary Classics of the United States.
Brian Boyd, editor. After a brilliant literary career in Russian, Vladimir Nabokov came to the United States and went on to an even more brilliant one in English-earning a place as one of the greatest writers of his adopted home. Between 1941-1974 he published the autobiography and eight novels now collected by The Library of America in an authoritative three-volume set. This first volume contains The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Nabokov's first novel; Bend Sinister, the haunting story of a quiet philosophy professor caught up in the bureaucratic terror of a totalitarian police state; and Speak, Memory, Nabokov's dazzling memoir of his childhood. All texts have been corrected based on the author's own copies.
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1996). Novels, 1955-1962, Volume 2: Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire, Lolita a Screenplay. New York, N.Y., Literary Classics of the United States.
Brian Boyd, editor. This second volume begins with the controversial novel, Lolita, the satiric and poignant "confession" of a middle-aged European's passionate obsession with a 12-year-old American "nymphet," and the story of their wanderings across late 1940s America. Nabokov's original film adaptation is also included. Pnin is a comic masterpiece about an emigre professor in an American college town who never quite masters its language, politics, or train schedule. Pale Fire is an ostensibly autobiographical poem with wildly digressive commentary by an unbalanced academic. All texts have been corrected based on the author's own copies.
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1996). Novels, 1969-1974, Volume 3: Ada or Ardor a Family Chronicle, Transparent Things, Look at the Harlequins!. New York, N.Y., Literary of the United States.
Brian Boyd, editor. This third volume contains Ada, or Ardor, a witty and parodic account of a man's lifelong love for his sister; Transparent Things, a haunting novella of a young American's marriage, the murder of his wife, and a lone journey to uncover the truth; and Look at the Harlequins!, Nabokov's final novel about a novelist very much like himself.
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich and Fredson Bowers (1980). Lectures on Literature. New York; [Columbia, S.C.], Harcourt Brace Jovanovich ; B. Clark.
For two decades, first at Wellesley and then at Cornell, Nabokov introduced undergraduates to the delights of great fiction. Here, collected for the first time, are his famous lectures, which include Mansfield Park, Bleak House, and Ulysses. Edited and with a Foreword by Fredson Bowers; Introduction by John Updike; illustrations.
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich and Fredson Bowers (1983). Lectures on Don Quixote. San Diego, Bruccoli Clark: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
One might object that Nabokov was a powerful intellect, and the last thing one wants, on encountering Cervantes for the first time, is another quite distinct intellectual or artistic presence, to distract from a fresh reading of the masterpiece.
If that is so, so be it. But a part of what made Nabokov distinctive as a lecturer (on this subject at least) was his helpfulness towards his students, even on matters that may seem obvious to us. He insisted, we are told, "that they knew what a windmill was, and drew them one on a blackboard, and instructed them in the names of its parts. He told them why a country gentleman might mistake them for giants - they were an innovation in seventeenth-century Spain."
The students in question were at Harvard in 1951-1952, and in Cornell from 1948-1959. No doubt they were not stupid, but some of the critical authorities they would otherwise have read undoubtedly were stupid. Nabokov, who did withering exceptionally well, is withering about them. Among the numerous misconceptions about Don Quixote is the idea that the knight never wins any of his contests: he always ends up with a drubbing. But that is not true at all.
In one lecture Nabokov goes through the contests one by one, and scores them, finding that the tally is even: the Don wins as many contests as he loses."Moreover," says Nabokov, "in each of the two parts of the book the score is also even: 13 to 13 and 7 to 7, respectively. This perfect balance of victory and defeat is very amazing in what seems like such a disjointed and haphazard book. It is due to a secret sense of writing, the harmonizing intuition of the artist."
One may quibble with Nabokov's scoring, but I doubt that his students will have forgotten the key point being made, that there is a secret sense at work, an intuitive balance of give and take. Those who know Don Quixote only through its innumerable offspring are in for some surprises should they actually read the book. The Don dies disillusioned and repentant of his quest, something that was not allowed to happen at the end of The Man of La Mancha.
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich and Fredson Bowers (2002). Lectures on Russian Literature. New York. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
The author's observations on the great nineteenth-century Russian writers - Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Gorky, Tolstoy, and Turgenev. "This volume never once fails to instruct and stimulate. This is a great Russian talking of great Russians" (Anthony Burgess). Edited and with an Introduction by Fredson Bowers; illustrations.
Nader, Ralph (2016). Breaking through Power: It's Easier Than We Think. San Francisco, Calif., City Lights Open Media.
In Breaking Through Power, Nader draws from a lifetime waging - and often winning - David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government. In this succinct, Tom Paine-style wake-up call, the iconic consumer advocate highlights the success stories of fellow Americans who organize change and work together to derail the many ways in which wealth manipulates politics, labor, media, the environment, and the quality of national life today. Nader makes an inspired case about how the nation can and must be democratically managed by communities guided by the United States Constitution, not by the dictates of big businesses and the wealthy few. This is classic Ralph Nader, a crystallization of the core political beliefs and commitments that have driven his lifetime of advocacy for greater democracy.
Nader, Ralph (2002). Crashing the Party: Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender. New York, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. Crashing the Party is Ralph Nader's raucous and righteously indignant account of his Green Party candidacy in the 2000 American presidential election. Nader weaves an anecdotal recounting--virtually speech-by-speech--of his exhausting, 50-state campaign with impassioned summaries of his political opinions. Primarily, Nader sees the current political structure as ominously flawed: a two-party system, he says, exists in a "drowsy equilibrium," and the parties--both in thrall to corporate interests--are concerned less with the people's needs than their own self-perpetuation. An equal-opportunity critic, he slings arrows not only at what he sees as a myopic, lazy media and Republicans (he calls former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman a "latter-day Marie Antoinette"), but organized labor, prominent Democrats, and certain fair-weather Hollywood friends as well.
Nader, Ralph (2012). Seventeen Solutions, The: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. New York, Harper Paperbacks.
Pioneering reformer Ralph Nader offers a new program of seventeen ambitious but common-sense solutions to our chronic economic and social problems.
Naipaul, V. S. (1997). A Bend in the River. New York, Modern Library.
Novel by V.S. Naipaul, published in 1979. Reminiscent of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, A Bend in the River chronicles both an internal journey and a physical trek into the heart of Africa as it explores the themes of personal exile and political and individual corruption. It expresses Naipaul's skepticism about the ability of newly decolonized nations to forge independent and politically viable identities. The narrator, Salim, a Muslim Indian merchant, opens a store in a sleepy small town at a bend in the river (ostensibly the Congo River). The town's inhabitants include a Belgian priest, a witch and her son Ferdinand, and a white intellectual named Raymond and his elegant wife Yvette. The president of the new country is a demagogue called the Big Man who hires Raymond as his speechwriter. Salim loses control of his store to the commercially inexperienced Citizen Theotime, who hires Salim to manage it. Gradually the town's veneer of civilization cracks, and chaos and corruption reign.
Nakazawa, Keiji (2016). Barefoot Gen, Volume 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima. San Francisco, Calif., Last Gasp.
August 6, 2015, marked the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Today, the danger posed by nuclear weapons is as great as ever, yet few people survive who witnessed their horror. To mark the event, and honor Keiji Nakazawa's incredible work, Last Gasp created a special set of Barefoot Gen, Volumes 1-4 for institutional use. Nakazawa's manga illustrates the true impact of nuclear weapons when used against a civilian population. It is vital reading for people of all ages, and especially for today's youth. By keeping this tragedy in our collective consciousness, we can strive to never repeat it and guide humanity towards a course of peace. Barefoot Gen, Volume 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima details the events leading up to and immediately following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Nakazawa, Keiji (2016). Barefoot Gen, Volume 2: The Day After. San Francisco, Calif., Last Gasp. Barefoot Gen, Volume 2: The Day After tells the story of the day after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, as seen through the eyes of seven-year-old Gen Nakaoka. Gen, his mother, and his newborn sister face the horrors of the day after the bomb.
Nakazawa, Keiji (2016). Barefoot Gen, Volume 3: Life after the Bomb. San Francisco, Calif., Last Gasp. Barefoot Gen, Volume 3: Life After the Bomb picks up the story with Gen, his mother and his baby brother searching for a place to rest in the bomb's aftermath. Facing rejection, hunger, and humiliation, they come to realize that they still have ―and can share ―three crucial possessions: their self-respect, their hope, and their inner strength.
Nakazawa, Keiji (2016). Barefoot Gen, Volume 4: Out of the Ashes. San Francisco, Calif., Last Gasp. Barefoot Gen, Volume 4: Out of the Ashes resumes nine days after the bomb, as Gen and his mother continue to struggle for food, shelter and water amid chaos and vast human suffering. Though confronted with the most despicable aspects of humankind, Gen acts with love and compassion.
Nanni-Tate, Paola (2007). Italian Grammar Drills. Chicago, IL, McGraw-Hill.
If you want to be proficient in Italian, you eventually have to clear the bothersome hurdle of grammar. The best way to conquer this obstacle is through hands-on experience. Covering all facets of Italian grammar--from prepositions and pronouns to verbal forms and tenses--Italian Grammar Drills helps you learn often-perplexing topics with fun and engaging exercises. More than 200 drills that demonstrate how the Italian grammar system works. An answer key provides immediate clarification on any concept.
Nanni-Tate, Paola (2009). Easy Italian Step-by-Step : Master High-Frequency Grammar for Italian Proficiency. New York, McGraw-Hill.
Guaranteed to get you quickly up and running with the knowledge and skills you need to communicate in Italian with confidence. From the very beginning, you are introduced to the most essential structures--allowing you to communicate in Italian almost immediately. Gradually, through a series of interconnected "steps," you logically progress to more common concepts that govern how Italian is spoken and written. And along the way you are introduced to hundreds of carefully selected verbs and vocabulary words presented on the basis of how often they are used in everyday Italian.
Nanni-Tate, Paola (2004). Italian Verb Drills. New York, McGraw-Hill.
To master speaking and writing Italian, you have to be comfortable using its verb system. Unfortunately for many language learners, however verb conjugation is a major roadblock in their pursuit of Italian-speaking confidence. If you are one of these learners, Italian Verb Drills is here to help by allowing you to overcome these obstacles so that you can confidently use verbs when expressing yourself in Italian.
Napoleoni, Loretta (2003). Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks. London; Sterling, Va., Pluto Press.
From the Contras to al-Qaeda, Loretta Napoleoni maps out the arteries of an international economics system that feeds armed groups the world over with an endless supply of cash. Chasing terror money, she takes the readr from CIA headquarters to the smuggling routes of the Far East, from the back rooms of Wall Street to Hawala exchanges in the Middle East.
Narayan, R. K. (2000). The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
In this 'Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic' from Penguin, master novelist R.K. Narayan, drawing inspiration from the work of the 11th century Tamil Poet Kamban, recreates the thrill of the original epic, which, he suggests, can be enjoyed for its psychological insight, spiritual depth, practical wisdom or just as a wonderful tale of deities and demons.
Naremore, James (2014). An Invention without a Future: Essays on Cinema. Berkeley, Calif., University of California Press.
In 1895, Louis Lumière supposedly said that cinema is "an invention without a future." James Naremore uses this legendary remark as a starting point for a meditation on the so-called death of cinema in the digital age, and as a way of introducing a wide-ranging series of his essays on movies past and present. These essays include discussions of authorship, adaptation, and acting; commentaries on Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Vincente Minnelli, John Huston, and Stanley Kubrick; and reviews of more recent work by non-Hollywood directors Pedro Costa, Abbas Kiarostami, Raúl Ruiz, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Important themes recur: the relations between modernity, modernism, and postmodernism; the changing mediascape and death of older technologies; and the need for robust critical writing in an era when print journalism is waning and the humanities are devalued. The book concludes with essays on four major American film critics: James Agee, Manny Farber, Andrew Sarris, and Jonathan Rosenbaum.
Naremore, James (2015). The Magic World of Orson Welles. Champaign, IL, University of Illinois Press.
Orson Welles remains one of the most discussed figures in cinematic history. In the centenary year of Welles's birth, James Naremore presents a revised third edition of this incomparable study, including a new section on the unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind. Naremore analyzes the political and psychological implications of the films, Welles's idiosyncratic style, and the biographical details -- both playful and vexing -- that impacted each work.
Naremore, James (1998). More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts. Berkeley, Calif., University of California Press. Film noir evokes memories of stylish, cynical, black-and-white movies from the 1940s and '50s-melodramas about private eyes, femmes fatales, criminal gangs, and lovers on the run. James Naremore's prize-winning book discusses these pictures, but also shows that the central term is more complex and paradoxical than we realize. It treats noir as a term in criticism, as an expression of artistic modernism, as a symptom of Hollywood censorship and politics, as a market strategy, as an evolving style, and as an idea that circulates through all the media. This new and expanded edition of More Than Night contains an additional chapter on film noir in the twenty-first century.
Nasar, Sylvia (1998). A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994. New York, NY, Simon & Schuster.
Nasar has written a notable biography of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash (b. 1928), a founder of game theory, a RAND Cold War strategist and winner of a 1994 Nobel Prize in economics. She charts his plunge into paranoid schizophrenia beginning at age 30 and his spontaneous recovery in the early 1990s after decades of torment. He attributes his remission to will power; he stopped taking antipsychotic drugs in 1970 but underwent a half-dozen involuntary hospitalizations. Born in West Virginia, the flamboyant mathematical wizard rubbed elbows at Princeton and MIT with Einstein, John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener. He compartmentalized his secret personal life, shows Nasar, hiding his homosexual affairs with colleagues from his mistress, a nurse who bore him a son out of wedlock, while he also courted Alicia Larde, an MIT physics student whom he married in 1957. Their son, John, born in 1959, became a mathematician and suffers from episodic schizophrenia. Alicia divorced Nash in 1963, but they began living together again as a couple around 1970. Today Nash, whose mathematical contributions span cosmology, geometry, computer architecture and international trade, devotes himself to caring for his son. Nasar, an economics correspondent for the New York Times, is equally adept at probing the puzzle of schizophrenia and giving a nontechnical context for Nash's mathematical and scientific ideas. - Publishers Weekly
Nasser, Gamal Abdel (1955). Egypt's Liberation: The Philosophy of the Revolution. Washington, D.C., Public Affairs Press.
"These impressions of the philosophy of the revolution of July 23, 52 were not meant to be published as a book. These thoughts are an effort to explore ourselves," says Premier Nasser in the preface to this short and in many ways remarkable book.
It is remarkable because it is an account of a revolution by a revolutionary leader who is conscious of the limitations of revolution--and of force.
It is remarkable for the absence of the Jacobin spirit which has undermined the spirit and institutions of the once revolutionary Liberal Democracies to the point where they tremble before the counter-revolutions that threaten the doom of order and liberty.
It is remarkable for the absence of personal egotism and power-lust so common to initiators of coups d'etat.
And it is remarkable for the painful, humble, self-searching and self-analysis that the leader of the Egyptian revolution makes of himself and -- even more courageously -- of his country and its people. In short, it is quite uniquely honest. -- Dorothy Thompson
National Geographic Society (2007). Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips. Washington, D.C., National Geographic Society.
Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic's travel writers, Journeys of a Lifetime spans the globe to highlight the best of the world's most famous and lesser known sojourns. It presents an incredible diversity of possibilities, from ocean cruises around Antarctica to horse treks in the Andes. Every continent and every possible form of transport is covered.
Naylor, R. T. (2004). Hot Money and the Politics of Debt. Montreal; Ithaca, McGill-Queen's University Press.
McGill University economist Naylor depicts a post-WWII intercontinental inferno of high finance involving deceit, corruption, fraud, greed, conspiracy, tax evasion, drug dealing, arms smuggling and politico-monetary "peekaboo" sleight-of-hand as government VIPs worldwide, international bankers, labor unions, the CIA, the Mafia, the Vatican, the Moonies, Latin American juntas, African potentates and Middle East terrorists, Hong Kong and Panama innovators, covert contra-aiders and assorted illicit combines variously divert billions from the economy of nations. Secret Swiss and "offshore" bank accounts, dummy corporations and the like siphon off "hot money," which in some cases, charges the author, may equal a country's entire national debt."There would be no debt crisis," he concludes, "without large-scale capital flight." Dozens of such intrigues are chronicled here with massive data, some of it "alleged," "claimed," "rumored" or "likely," yet all of it rings with credibility.
Neill, Peter (2000). American Sea Writing: A Literary Anthology. New York, Library of America.
The publisher reached way back into the archives of American literature for this collection, beginning with William Strachey's 1609 account of being blown off course on the way to the Jamestown, VA, settlement and shipwrecked in Bermuda. This amalgam of fiction and nonfiction includes short stories and excerpts from novels, dramas, diaries, and journals from such authors as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Melville, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Eugene O'Neill, Ernest Hemingway, Rachel Carson, and Peter Matthiessen, among others. In a word: outstanding.
Nelles, H.V. (2004). A Little History of Canada. New York, Oxford University Press.
In this overview, H.V. Nelles presents Canadian history as one of continous transformation. From the arrival of French and British traders and colonists who added new social elements to the indigenous societies of North America, to the reconfiguration of this huge territory under British imperial authority, through the integration of diverse colonies into a national federation, and down to the new, volatile political order that has emerged in the last sixty years, Nelles' interpretation of Canadian history offers a view of Canada constantly emerging, adjusting, and redefining itself. A Little History of Canada provides an essential understanding of the main themes in Canada's transformation from a land of indigenous nations to the multicultural mosaic of today. For anyone who is interested in knowing how Canada developed into the nation it is today, this introduction is indispensable.
Nelson, Victoria (2001). The Secret Life of Puppets. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.
This unusual work examines the roles of art and religion in relationship to each other from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Until the Renaissance, art was visibly influenced by religion. Yet in modern eras, states Nelson (On Writer's Block), the roles have been reversed, with art, entertainment, and literature responding to a universal human need for religious meaning and even influencing New Age and other spiritual approaches. Nelson studies many expansive facets of such provocative topics as the grotto as representative of the underworld; puppets and dolls in art and literature and their deeper contexts (e.g., as reflected in the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke and E.T.A. Hoffmann, among others); the macabre works of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe and their subliminal reach into repressed religious impulses; and the symbolism of expressionistic film genres and sf. She draws upon varied examples and sets her findings against frameworks of scientific, artistic, and philosophical thought.
Nemerov, Howard (1977). The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
The former Poet Laureate of the United States, Nemerov gives us a lucid and precise twist on the commonplaces of everyday life. The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1978.
"The world causes in Nemerov a mingled revulsion and love, and a hopeless hope is the most attractive quality in his poems, which slowly turn obverse to reverse, seeing the permanence of change, the vices of virtue, the evanescence of solidities and the errors of truth." - Helen Vendler, New York Times Book Review
Neruda, Pablo (1973). Residence on Earth (Residencia En La Tierra). [New York, New Directions Pub. Corp.
No living poet is as famous today as Pablo Neruda was in his lifetime. He was a world figure, as famous as Robert Frost or T.S. Eliot, but with the added cachet in some circles of being a politically active man of the left. His poetry exerted an enormous influence throughout Latin America, and he remains beloved in his native Chile. We think we know him, with his sensuous songs of love, his tender odes to the sea, his melancholy lyrics of loss, and his fiery political statements. But despite its popularity in this country, his work appeared here only in slim volumes or truncated collections which provided mere snapshots of a larger, complicated life. Now, 30 years after his death, the most comprehensive collection of Neruda's poetry is available in English. It brings us not only more of the poetry we know, but also previously unavailable material. We can appreciate his amazing productivity and his willingness to experiment. We can follow his themes through the years, and trace changes in his thinking. At close to 1000 pages it shows us, like a crowded mural by Diego Rivera, a complete life.
The son of a railway engineer, Neruda wrote poetry from an early age and won prizes as a teenager. His first two books, self published and rather traditional, brought little attention from the public, although they were well-crafted and polished. His third, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924), was considered unpublishable because of its frank celebration of sex. Only the recommendation of one of Chile's most respected writers convinced a publisher to take it on.
The frank eroticism brought attention, but the book's technical merits and emotional intimacy made it endure. Rimbaud and Baudelaire were strong influences, but Neruda's voice rang out clear. His striking images capture the ecstasies and torments of young love. Looking back, we can see the melancholy that followed him throughout his life, and the familiar themes, such as sex as a way to unite with the earth, and love as a salvation from isolation. Twenty Poems remains his most beloved book; its sales reached one million in 1961.
Neruda, Pablo (1977). Memoirs. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
The south of Chile was a frontier wilderness when Pablo Neruda was born in 1904. In these memoirs he retraces his bohemian student years in Santiago; his sojourns as Chilean consul in Burma, Ceylon, and Java, in Spain during the civil war, and in Mexico; and his service as a Chilean senator. Neruda, a Communist, was driven from his senate seat in 1948, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. After a year in hiding, he escaped on horseback over the Andes and then to Europe; his travels took him to Russia, Eastern Europe, and China before he was finally able to return home in 1952. The final section of the memoirs was written after the coup in 1972 that overthrew Neruda's friend Salvador Allende.
Many of the century's most important literary and artistic figures were Neruda's friends, and figure in his memoirs--Garcia Lorca, Aragon, Picasso, and Rivera, among them--and also such political leaders as Gandhi, Nehru, Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara. In his uniquely expressive prose, Neruda not only explains his views on poetry and describes the circumstances that inspired many of his poems, but he creates a revealing record of his life as a poet, a patriot, and one of the twentieth century's true men of conscience.
Neruda, Pablo and Margaret Sayers Peden (1990). Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda. Berkeley, University of California Press.
The atom, a tuna, laziness, love--the everyday elements and essences of human experience glow in the translucent language of Neruda's odes. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote three books of odes during his lifetime. Odas elementales was published in 1954, followed in subsequent years by Nuevas odas elementales and Tercer libro de las odas. Margaret Sayers Peden's selection of odes from all three volumes, printed with the Spanish originals on facing pages, is by far the most extensive yet to appear in English. She vividly conveys the poet's vision of the realities of day-to-day life in her trans-lations, while her brief introduction describes the genesis of the poems.
Neruda, Pablo and Alastair Reid (1981). Isla Negra: A Notebook. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
In the over one hundred poems contained in Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda fashioned a kind of poetic autobiography in which he set out to explore and gather the various "lives" or "selves" he had left behind him in the huge span of his writing existence. Written in his "autumnal" period, from the vantage point of Isla Negra, the small village on the Pacific coast of Chile which he came to regard as the center of his world, the book reads like a series of notes in which present and past interact, and is perhaps the most self-confronting of all his collections.
Neruda, Pablo and Jack Schmitt (1991). Canto General. Berkeley, University of California Press.
An epic poem ("General Song") of Latin America by Pablo Neruda, published in two volumes in 1950. Mixing communism with nationalistic pride, Neruda depicts Latin American history as a grand, continuous struggle against oppression. Comprising more than 300 poems, Canto General is arranged into 15 sections, or cantos, that chronicle successive historical periods and follow the foibles of famous emperors, explorers, dictators, and freedom fighters. The opening poem, "Amor America" ("America, My Love"), is a lyrical ode to the continent as it existed before the arrival of Spaniards, when it was troubled only with wars between Indian tribes. Other notable individual poems in the epic include the Whitmanesque "Alturas de Macchu Picchu" (The Heights of Macchu Picchu) and the patriotic "Canto General de Chile" ("General Song of Chile").
Comprising 15 sections and over 300 separate poems, this epic traces the history of Spanish America from the pre-Colombian innocence to present corruption. Despite the heavy-handed, overt, and somewhat dated Communist propaganda, the permanent value of this masterpiece lies in the personal prophetic vision, grandiose scheme, and heterogeneity of verse forms. Neruda coalesces contrasting styles, from the sublime, almost mystical lyricism of self-exploration in "The Heights of Macchu Picchu" to the prosaic, oratorical bombast of "The Sand Betrayed." Although excerpts have been previously translated and regularly anthologized, this landmark edition, accurate and literal, marks the first time this monumental work appears in English in its entirety.
Neruda, Pablo and Ilan Stavans (2003). The Poetry of Pablo Neruda. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
The great Chilean poet Neruda, who received the Nobel Prize in 1971, two years before his death at age 69, acknowledged the twofold path of his poetry when he wrote, "I have a pact of love with beauty: / I have a pact of blood with my people." The earth's glory was the portal to truth for Neruda, and his nature poems are as ravishing in the splendor of their brilliant metaphors and the eroticism of their luscious detail as his renowned love poems. The poet's deep compassion for humankind, ardor for history, and attention to politics also inspired him to write incisively of conquistadors and tyrants, war and corporate imperialism. Passionate and prolific, Neruda himself was a force of nature, filling 35 books with poetry remarkable for its "simplicity, honesty, and conviction." Critic Ilan Stavans has created the first comprehensive English-language survey of Neruda's legendary oeuvre, judiciously selecting and expertly discussing 600 poems to create a genuinely invaluable and deeply pleasurable volume.
The most comprehensive English-language collection of work ever by "the greatest poet of the twentieth century - in any language" - Gabriel García Márquez
Neruda, Pablo, Nathaniel Tarn, et al. (1990). Selected Poems. Boston, Houghton Mifflin.
In his long life as a poet, Pablo Neruda succeeded in becoming what many poets have aspired to but never achieved: a public voice, a voice not just for the people of his country but for his entire continent. Widely translated, he probably reached more readers than any poet in history; justly so, for, as he often said, his "poet's obligation" was to become a voice for all those who had no voice, an aspiration that stemmed from his long-time commitment to the communist faith. Born in 1904 in the rainy south of Chile, he enjoyed from an early age the luck of attention. One of his first books, Twenty Love Poems, became a bible for lovers in the Spanish language, and confirmed him in his poet's vocation. At the same time he pursued a lifelong career as a diplomat, serving in a series of consular posts in the Far East and Europe. In 1971, while serving as Chilean ambassador to France, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. In a famous essay, "On Impure Poetry," Neruda calls for "a poetry as impure as old clothes, as a body with its foodstains and its shame, with wrinkles, observations, dreams, wakefulness, prophesies, declarations of love and hate, stupidities, shocks, idylls, political beliefs, negations, doubts, affirmations, and taxes."
Newman, Kim and British Film Institute. (1996). The BFI Companion to Horror. London, Cassell.
Focusing primarily on the cinema, but encompassing literature, television, radio, popular music, history and folklore, this text provides a secret history of the horror genre from its pre-cinema beginnings in the 18th-century gothic novel and the Victorian ghost story through 100 years of film. In addition to entries on actors, directors, writers, technicians, horror-themed films and television series, the book provides essays on classic horror characters like Frankenstein and Dracula, and on recurrent situations like decapitation and body-snatching.
Newton, Helmut and June Newton (2009). (1996). Helmut Newton: Sumo. Los Angeles, CA, Taschen.
The biggest, most lavish book production of the 20th century is back. SUMO was a titanic book in every respect: a 480-page tribute to the 20th century's most influential, intriguing and controversial photographer, breaking records for weight and dimensions. Fifty people worked with Helmut and June Newton for three years to complete a book that weighed 30kg (66lbs). But size wasn't everything. Control and quality - printing, paper, binding - were all critical in making SUMO a worldwide publishing sensation, which is in many famous collections all around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Now, 10 years after the original publication, SUMO is back in a more economical edition, but one with the same DNA as its unique progenitor. The original SUMO, edited by June Newton, featured over 350 pictures, most published for the first time, covering every aspect of Newton's outstanding career: from the stunning fashion images that influenced generations of younger photographers, to his powerful, erotic nudes and celebrity portraits. Also included is a booklet with a 'making of' section, detailing the meticulous selection process, and the trial and error, experiment and innovation that went into creating the original SUMO, the book that redefined the photographic monograph. However, proud owners of the new edition won't wrestle with their copy of SUMO. It comes with a unique stand for displaying the book at home.
Newton, Huey P. (2009)). To Die for the People. San Francisco, Calif., City Lights Books.
Huey P. Newton's To Die for the People represents one of the most important analyses of the politics of race, black radicalism, and democracy written during the civil rights-Black Power era. It remains a crucial and indispensible text in our contemporary efforts to understand the continuous legacy of social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Newton's ability to see theoretically, beyond most individuals of his time, is part of his genius. The opportunity to recognize that genius and see its applicability to our own times is what is most significant about this new edition.
Newton, Isaac, I. Bernard Cohen, et al. (1999). The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Berkeley, University of California Press.
This text is based on the 1726 third edition, which was the final version corrected by Newton. This reprint additionally includes extracts from the earlier versions plus up-to-date mathematical forms.
In his monumental 1687 work Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, known familiarly as the Principia, Isaac Newton laid out in mathematical terms the principles of time, force, and motion that have guided the development of modern physical science. Even after more than three centuries and the revolutions of Einsteinian relativity and quantum mechanics, Newtonian physics continues to account for many of the phenomena of the observed world, and Newtonian celestial dynamics is used to determine the orbits of our space vehicles.
This completely new translation, the first in 270 years, is based on the third (1726) edition, the final revised version approved by Newton; it includes extracts from the earlier editions, corrects errors found in earlier versions, and replaces archaic English with contemporary prose and up-to-date mathematical forms.
Newton's principles describe acceleration, deceleration, and inertial movement; fluid dynamics; and the motions of the earth, moon, planets, and comets. A great work in itself, the Principia also revolutionized the methods of scientific investigation. It set forth the fundamental three laws of motion and the law of universal gravity, the physical principles that account for the Copernican system of the world as emended by Kepler, thus effectively ending controversy concerning the Copernican planetary system.
Nicholi, Jr., M.D., Armand M. (1999). The Harvard Guide to Psychiatry, Third Edition. Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Four years in the making, this entirely revised edition of a classic text provides a lucid and erudite review of the state of psychiatry today. Since the publication of the last edition in 1988, remarkable advances have been made in laboratory and clinical psychiatric research; the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) has been published; managed care has radically altered the provision of all medical care; and the profession of psychiatry has come to a sophisticated new understanding of the interplay between psychiatric knowledge and issues in the larger society. All these changes are reflected in the new text. Of particular interest are the masterful and lucid reviews of current knowledge in the neurobiology of mental disorders, in the section on brain and behavior. The section on psychopathology clarifies newly emerging diagnostic categories and offers new insight into addictions, anxiety disorders, and disorders of cognition. Like its predecessors, The Harvard Guide To Psychiatry focuses throughout on the relationship between the physician and the patient. This remarkable work is reader-friendly, explaining clinical terms with clarity and precision. Part medical text, part consumer guide, this reference is in a category all its own. Of particular interest is its attention to the all-important doctor-patient relationship. If you can't talk comfortably with your shrink--it's his problem, not yours; find someone else.
Nichols, Bill (1976). Movies and Methods: An Anthology. Berkeley, University of California Press.
Film teachers and students will welcome this new anthology, which makes available in one source a comprehensive selection of recent theoretical work on film, including many articles difficult to locate in the scattered literature. The contents are drawn almost entirely from the publications of the past fifteen years, and include work by the most original film thinkers--some well known to a wide public, some widely known among readers of film journals. Several important filmmakers are also represented.
The materials have been grouped in critical categories reflecting recent approaches to the medium. In place of older questions such as the relation of film to other arts, or film's ability to capture an imprint of reality, the questions emphasized in the anthology concern film's ideological operations, the nature of film genres, the role of the auteur in the creative process, the representation of social groups (such as women) in film, the logical of narrative and formal organizations in films, the treatment of films as myths, and new theoretical perspectives. Thus the contents reflect the use of political, structualist, semiological and psychoanalytic methods, as well as those of more traditional criticism. There is virtually no duplication of materials included in the Mast & Cohen anthology Film Theory and Criticism.
The editor has provided an overall general introduction, and mini-introductions to each text. A glossary of terms used in structuralist-semiological work is included, and lists of additional readings are provided.
Its scope and careful organization will make this volume a fundamental resource for film scholarship and teaching.
The original Movies and Methods volume (1976) captured the dynamic evolution of film theory and criticism into an important new discipline, incorporating methods from structuralism, semiotics, and feminist thought. Now there is again ferment in the field. Movies and Methods, Volume II, captures the developments that have given history and genre studies imaginative new models and indicates how feminist, structuralist, and psychoanalytic approaches to film have achieved fresh, valuable insights.
In his thoughtful introduction, Nichols provides a context for the paradoxes that confront film studies today. He shows how shared methods and approaches continue to stimulate much of the best writing about film, points to common problems most critics and theorists have tried to resolve, and describes the internal contraditions that have restricted the usefulness of post-structuralism. Mini-introductions place each essay in a larger context and suggest its linkages with other essays in the volume.
A great variety of approaches and methods characterize film writing today, and the final part conveys their diversity--from statistical style analysis to phenomenology and from gay criticisms to neoformalism. This concluding part also shows how the rigorous use of a broad range of approaches has helped remove post-structuralist criticism from its position of dominance through most of the seventies and early eighties.
The writings collected in this volume exhibit not only a strong sense of personal engagement but als a persistent awareness of the social importance of the cinema in our culture. Movies and Methods, Volume II, will prove as invaluable to the serious student of cinema as its predecessor; it will be an essential reference work for years to come.
Nickles, Jane (2017). 2017 Certified Specialist of Wine Study Guide. Washington, D.C., Society of Wine Educators.
An educational resource published by the Society of Wine Educators. Intended for use by candidates preparing to take the Certified Specialist of Wine Exam.
Nicosia, Gerald (1994). Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac. Berkeley, University of California Press.
"By far the best of the many books published about Jack Kerouac's life and work, accurately and clearly written, with a sure feeling for Jack's own prose." - William S. Burroughs
"Memory Babe is the most relentless and thoroughly researched of the Kerouac biographies. . . . There is a day-by-day tracing of Kerouac's thoughts and movements astonishing in its exactitude. . . . For those who believe Kerouac was a great writer, there is no more useful guide to the Duluoz Legend, as Kerouac called his pantheon of novels." - Barry Gifford
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, Maudemarie Clark, et al. (1997). Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality. Cambridge, U.K.; New York, Cambridge University Press. Daybreak marks the arrival of Nietzsche's "mature" philosophy and is indispensable for an understanding of his critique of morality and "revaluation of all values." This volume presents the distinguished translation by R. J. Hollingdale, with a new introduction that argues for a dramatic change in Nietzsche's views from Human, All too Human to Daybreak, and shows how this change, in turn, presages the main themes of Nietzsche's later and better-known works such as On the Genealogy of Morality. The edition is completed by a chronology, notes and a guide to further reading.
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm and Walter Arnold Kaufmann (1992). Basic Writings of Nietzsche. New York, Modern Library.
One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche's most important works, from his first book to his last: The Birth of Tragedy; Beyond Good and Evil; On the Genealogy of Morals; The Case of Wagner; and Ecce Homo. Edited and translated by the great Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann, this volume provides a definitive guide to the full range of Nietzsche's thought.
Included also are seventy-five aphorisms, selections from Nietzsche's correspondence, and variants from drafts for Ecce Homo.
Nixon, Bruce, Robert Flynn Johnson, et al. (2005)). Manuel Neri: Artists' Books/the Collaborative Process. New York, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; In association with Hudson Hills Press.
A display of artists' books by Manuel Neri in The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Sketchy illustrations, poetry, original sculptures and more are captured with color photography, revealing the intense and painstaking process of collaboration between author and artist. Three of the poetry books were written by Neri's primary model since 1972, Mary Julia Klimenko; other exhibitions include and introduction for a series of unique books that pair Neri's original drawings with poems by Pablo Neruda. A comprehensive essay by independent scholar and former editor-in-chief of Artweek Bruce Nixon rounds out this insightful look into the sublime intersection of verbal and visual imagery.
Normark, Don (1999). Chávez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story. San Francisco, Chronicle Books.
In 1949, photographer Don Normark walked up into the hills of Los Angeles, looking for a good view. Instead, he found Chavez Ravine, a ramshackle Mexican-American neighborhood tucked away in Elysian Park like a "poor man's Shangri-la." Enchanted, he stayed for a year amidst the wild roses, tin roofs, and wandering goats of this uniquely intact rural community on the city's outskirts. Accepted by the residents, Normark was able to photo-graph a life that, though bowed down by poverty, was lived fully, openly, and joyfully. That ended in 1950, when the residents of Chavez Ravine received letters from the government directing them to sell their homes and leave. Some sold, some were dragged out of their houses kicking and screaming. The emptied houses were razed to make way for Dodger Stadium. The past fifty years have not erased the memories of Los Desterrados, the uprooted descendents of Chavez Ravine. Now available in paperback, this beautiful, haunting book captures their images, their stories, and their bittersweet memories. A social and cultural history of Los Angeles and Mexican America, Chavez Ravine reclaims and celebrates this lost village from a simpler time.
Norris, Frank (1994). The Octopus: A Story of California. New York, Penguin Classics.
This is a turn-of-the-century epic of California wheat farmers struggling against the rapacity of the Pacific and Southwestern Railroad, which will stop at nothing to extend its domination. The company controls the local paper, the land, the legislature and, when the farmers organize to protect themselves, even manages to control their representative on the state rate-fixing commission. An unremitting tale of greed and betrayal, originally intended as one-third of Norris' never-completed "Epic of the Wheat" trilogy.
Norris, Frank (2003). Mcteague: A Story of San Francisco. New York, Signet Classic.
Something of a cult classic, McTeague was one of the founding works of unflinching realism and naturalism in American writing. McTeague was first published in 1899; this new Modern Library edition brackets the book's 100-year journey through literary consciousness, from its first splash as a rather lurid literary sensation in its retelling of a true-life crime in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, to its renewed popularity among modern readers.
Norris, Frank and Donald Pizer (1986). Novels and Essays. New York, N.Y., Literary Classics of the United States: Distributed by Viking Press.
Donald Pizer, editor. Three novels and the collected literary essays of America's most promising naturalist writer. Norris's grim and vivid studies of decadent urban society and crude rural life in northern California combine his interests in the emerging sciences of psychology and economics with a taste for exciting action and disturbing drama. Contains Vandover and the Brute, McTeague, and The Octopus, along with essays addressing literary theory, American fiction, and the social responsibilities of the artist. "An opportunity to read, or re-read, in an authentic new edition, the work of one of the trailblazers in American literature." - The New York Times
North, David (2014). The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century. Oak Park, MI, Mehring Books.
David North argues that, to the extent that the twentieth century is defined as an epoch of intense capitalist crisis, it is most appropriately characterized as 'unfinished.' The central economic, social and political contradictions that confront mankind at the start of the twenty-first century are essentially the same as those it confronted at the beginning of the twentieth.
Nottage, Lynn (2009). Ruined. New York, Theatre Communications Group.
A rain forest bar and brothel in the brutally war-torn Congo is the setting for Lynn Nottage's extraordinary new play. The establishment's shrewd matriarch, Mama Nadi, keeps peace between customers from both sides of the civil war, as government soldiers and rebel forces alike choose from her inventory of women, many already 'ruined' by rape and torture when they were pressed into prostitution. Inspired by interviews she conducted in Africa with Congo refugees, Nottage has crafted an engrossing and uncommonly human story with humor and song served alongside its postcolonial and feminist politics in the rich theatrical tradition of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage.
Novalis (1989). Pollen and Fragments: Selected Poetry and Prose of Novalis. Grand Rapids, MI, Phanes Press.
Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey (1996). The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.
From its humble beginnings as a novelty in a handful of cities, cinema has risen to become a billion-dollar industry and the most spectacular and original contemporary art form. In The Oxford History of World Cinema, an international team of film historians traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the avant-garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong.
The Oxford History of World Cinema tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel, and they outline the evolution of national cinemas round the world--the varied and distinctive film traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. A unique aspect of the book are the special inset features on the film-makers and personalities--Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman--who have had an enduring impact in popular memory and cinematic lore. With over 280 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, this is the buff's ultimate guide to cinema worldwide.
Nystrom, Andrew Dean (2009). Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Tetons: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone. Birmingham, AL, Wilderness Press.
Nystrom serves up an accessible guide to best day hikes and overnight backcountry trips in Yellowstone and the Teton Range.
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