In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” to order him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” Later, when Isaac calls out, “My father!” to ask him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, “Here I am.”
How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others’? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in eleven years-a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.
Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a spiraling conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home — and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.
Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers and critics loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer’s stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a mature novelist who has fully come into his own as one of the most important writers of his generation.
Eliza Sommers es una joven chilena que vive en Valparaíso en 1894, el año en que se descubre oro en California. Su amante, Joaquín Andieta, parte hacia el norte decidido encontrar fortuna, y ella decide seguirlo. El viaje infernal, escondida en la cala de un velero, y la búsqueda de su amante en una tierra de hombres solos y prostitutas atraídos por la fiebre del oro, transforman a la joven inocente en una mujer fuera de lo común. Eliza recibe ayuda y afecto de Tao Chi`en, un médico chino, quien la conducirá de la mano en un itinerario memorable por los misterios y contradicciones de la condición humana.
Endlich ist das entsetzliche Ringen vorüber, ist der furchtbare Bürgerkrieg zwischen den Nord- und Südstaaten Amerikas beendet. Der Norden hat gesiegt, wenn auch zu einem hohen, blutigen Preis: 600.000 Menschen mußten auf den Schlachtfeldern ihr Leben lassen.
Zwar ist die menschenverachtende und unwürdige Sklaverei abgeschafft, und der Norden erhebt zu Recht mit Stolz sein Haupt. Aber trotz des Kriegsendes scheinen die Parteien unversöhnt. Der Süden droht in Verbitterung und Hoffnungslosigkeit zu erstarren, sich von der Demütigung und der ruinierten Wirtschaft nicht mehr zu erholen. In Washington herrscht ein skrupelloses Regime, der Ku-Klux-Klan, ein verbrecherischer Geheimbund, wirft seine bedrohlichen Schatten auf die Zukunft.
Und doch verliert die Nation nicht den Mut, gewinnt Hoffnungslosigkeit nicht die Oberhand. Es gilt, Neuland zu betreten, den Westen zu erobern, ein neues Kapitel der amerikanischen Geschichte zu beginnen. Mit dabei bei dieser ebenso faszinierenden wie grausamen Epoche der Eroberung des Wilden Westens sind die Familien Hazard aus Pennsylvania und Main aus South Carolina, Familien, in denen sich die Geschicke Amerikas spiegeln.
Die amerikanische Originalausgabe erschien unter dem Titel >Heaven and Hell< bei Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, New York and London
Ins Deutsche übertragen von Odette Anne Brändli
Mit Ausnahme der historischen Gestalten sind sämtliche Figuren dieses Romans Geschöpfe der Phantasie des Autors. Jede Ähnlichkeit mit Lebenden oder Toten ist rein zufällig.
© 1982 by John Jakes © 1984 der deutschsprachigen Ausgabe
“The most chilling Nazi weapon in World War II turned out to be so dark and sinister, even when captured by the Allies it remained top secret—until now.”
How did Hitler’s war machine always seem to be one step ahead of England and France in the opening years of World War II? Germany occupied Norway in April 1940 just two days before the British planned to. In May, after being totally outwitted and out maneuvered in the conquest of France, rumors filtered back into British High Command that more than German precision military planning was responsible for these successes.
The Wehrmacht had somehow tapped the dark forces of the occult under their command!
From the author of the classic Alas, Babylon comes this riveting story of a Marine captain and his soldiers and their arduous, difficult retreat from Changjin Reservoir to Hungnam during the Korean War—a stirring portrait of courage and sacrifice, now back in print.
“These are not stragglers, sir. This is Dog Company…”
In Pat Frank’s classic 1951 war novel, one-hundred-twenty-six soldiers commence their long, harrowing journey at Changjin Reservoir during the height of the Korean War, but few will survive the grueling fight and eventually reach Hungnam. Vividly bringing to life the bravery, daring, and turmoil a unit of soldiers endures, Hold Back the Night reveals their gripping stories…
Captain Mackenzie, commander of Dog Company, not only bears the responsibility for victory or defeat, but also feels the full weight of the emotional toll that the war inevitably takes on him and his troops. His one consolation to inspire his band of soldiers to keep on going is an unopened bottle of Scotch that holds bittersweet memories of his wife who gave it to him as a gift.
Sergeant Ekland, a cocky, determined communications sergeant, is due for a battlefield promotion and longs for the day his tour is over so he can be reunited with his fiancée—that is if he makes it out of Korea alive.
Private Couzens, finds himself in a precarious situation with the enemy due to circumstances out of his control—a situation that causes his loyalties to come into question with his superiors.
As readers follow the lives of these men and the other unforgettable soldiers, Pat Frank’s epic novel of war, loss, and survival recounts a crucial chapter in American history.
Pat Frank was the lifelong nickname adopted by the American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant, who was born Harry Hart Frank and who is remembered today almost exclusively for his post-apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon.
After the success of Alas, Babylon, Frank concentrated on writing for magazines and journals, putting his beliefs and concerns to political use, and advising various government bodies.
His other books include Mr. Adam and Forbidden Area.
Forced by circumstance to seek refuge with Fleur, her young daughter, in the remote abbey of Saint Marie-de-la-Mer, Juliette reinvents herself as Soeur Auguste under the tutelage of the kindly Abbess. But times are changing: the murder of Henri IV becomes the catalyst for massive upheaval in France.
A new appointment is made, and Juliette's new life begins to unravel. For the new Abbess is Isabelle, the eleven-year-old child of a corrupt and noble family. Worse, Isabelle has brought with her a ghost from Juliette's past, masquerading as a cleric, a man she has every reason to fear.
La lliada de Homero sigue cantando desde el fondo de los siglos. Canta cincuenta y un días del último año de una guerra que llevará, una década después, a la conquista y la destrucción de la ciudad de Troya.
Canta a los dioses, hombres y héroes, memorables por su ira y por su ambición, por su audacia y por su astucia, por su venganza y su piedad, dentro de los limites de un campo de batalla eterno. Guiado por la idea de adaptar el texto para una lectura pública. Alessandro Baricco relee y rescribe la lliada de Homero, como si tuviéramos que devolver a Homero allí mismo, a la lliada. para contemplar uno de los más majestuosos paisajes de nuestro destino. Trabajando a partir de la traducción de María Grazia Ciani. construye con el material original un conceríato de veintiuna voces (la última es la de Demodoco, un aedo que, tras la estela de la Odisea y de otras fuentes, narra el final de Troya): los personajes homéricos son llamados a escena -dejando a los dioses en el fondo- para relatar, con una voz cercanísima a nosotros, su historia de pasiones y de sangre, su gran guerra, su gran aventura.
Исторический роман «Homo sum» посвящен зарождению в недрах христианских общин Египта и Сирии института монашества.
It is 1939; the Nazis have occupied Poland. A young doctor disturbed by the fate of Poland joins the staff of an insane asylum only to find a world of pain and absurdity to match that outside.
This first novel by the prolific science fiction author and essayist was completed in 1948, but wasn’t published in Poland until 1975, after Lem’s reputation was well established. Appearing in English for the first time, this is very much the work of a brash writer finding his way.
As Poland falls to the Nazis during WW II in 1939, Stefan Trzyniecki, a young doctor, finds employment at a provincial insane asylum. He has been lured there by a fellow medical student who promises, “It’s like being outside the Occupation, in fact it’s even like being outside the world!” Stefan hopes that the asylum will be “a kind of extraterrestrial observatory” with “a delicious solitude in which a man naturally endowed with a fine intellect could develop in peace.” But the insanity of the outside world soon intrudes on the madness within. While corrupt and callous doctors perpetrate hideous abuses on mental patients, the Nazis are capturing Polish resistance fighters nearby. When the Nazis move to liquidate the asylum and turn it into an SS hospital, betrayals abound; Stefan survives, but he has been transformed.
Lem, who attended medical school in Poland, evokes the monstrosities of an archaic mental institution with the knife-edged clarity of bitterness. The ironies of Stefan’s existence, which are echoed in many ways in Kundera’s recent The Unbearable Lightness of Being , reveal much about how the author found his voice.
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“Insane asylums have always distilled the spirit of the age.” So claims one of the central characters in this, Lem’s first novel, written in 1948 before he began his career in science fiction. And so Lem chose to set in a mental institution this gripping story of a young Polish doctor’s attempt, following the Nazi invasion of 1939, to make sense of his world. The institution proves a microcosm of the chaos outside, for here doctors seem as deranged as their patients. That one patient is a famous poet also allows Lem to probe into the nature of art and provides insight into his literary development. Obviously the work of a young author, both in its passion and its occasional pontification, this should appeal particularly to college students but is highly recommended for all.David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Flight Lieutenant Silk, a twice-decorated Lancaster pilot in WW II, rejoins the R.A.F. and qualifies to fly the Vulcan bomber. Piloting a Vulcan is an unforgettable experience: no other aircraft comes close to matching its all-round performance. And as bombers go, it’s drop-dead gorgeous.
But there’s a catch. The Vulcan has only one role: to make a second strike. To act in retaliation for a Russian nuclear attack. Silk knows that knows that if he ever flies his Vulcan in anger, he’ll be flying from a smoking wasteland, a Britain obliterated. But in the mad world of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Vulcan is the last—the only—deterrent.
Hungry Hill is a passionate story of five generations of an Irish family and the copper mine on Hungry Hill. Their fortunes and fates were closely bound with this copper mine, and the tale is told with all the magic and excitement that Daphne du Maurier never fails to command.