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From an Existential Vacuum to a Tragic Optimism: The Search for Meaning and Presence of God in Modern Literature

From an Existential Vacuum to a sad Optimism: the quest for that means and the Presence of God in smooth Literature employs a brand new theoretical method of serious research: Victor Frankl's logotherapy (from the Greek "logos" for observe or cause and infrequently concerning divine wisdom), a distinct type of existentialism. at the foundation of his observations of the facility of human patience and transcendence - the invention of which means even in the course of harrowing conditions - Frankl diagnoses the malaise of the present age as an "existential vacuum," a feeling of meaninglessness. He means that a panacea for this malaise could be present in creativity, love, and ethical selection - even if confronted with affliction or dying. He affirms that people may perhaps go beyond this vacuum, become aware of that means - or maybe final desiring to be present in final Being, or God - and dwell with a feeling of "tragic optimism." This e-book observes either the present age's "existential vacuum" - a malaise of vacancy and meaninglessness - and its eager for that means and God as mirrored in 3 genres: poetry, novel, and fable. half I, "Reflections of God within the Poetic Vision," addresses "tragic optimism" - wish whilst there appears to be like no cause of desire - in poems by way of William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. half II, "American Angst: vacancy and probability in John Steinbeck's significant Novels," offers a research of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and The iciness of Our Discontent - novels that jointly shape a uniquely American epic trilogy. jointly those novels inform the tale of a nation's avarice, corruption, and betrayal offset through magnanimity, heroism, and hospitality. Set opposed to the backdrop of Frankl's methods of discovering that means and success - all obliquely implying the felt presence of God - the characters are consultant each americans, in whose lives are mirrored a nation's worst vices and most sensible hopes. half III, "A Tragic Optimism: The Triumph of fine within the myth Worlds of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling," defines myth and technological know-how fiction as mirrors with which to view fact. J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the jewelry, C. S. Lewis' That Hideous power, and J. ok. Rowling's Harry Potter sequence are thought of within the gentle of Frankl's logotherapy - delivering paths to which means and the last word aspiring to be present in God. In a postmodern, fragmented age, those works verify a continual imaginative and prescient of God (often via His felt absence) and, additionally, a such a lot human longing for which means even if there seems none - supplying, as Frankl keeps, "a tragic optimism."

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In Some Other World, Maybe: A Novel

By Shari Goldhagen

In December 1992, 3 teams of young ones head to the theater to work out the motion picture model of the famed Eons & Empires comedian books. For Adam it is a final ditch attempt to connect to anything (actually, somebody, the woman he is had a weigh down on for years) in his sleepy Florida city ahead of he leaves for sturdy. Passionate fan Sharon skips university in Cincinnati so she will be able to totally enjoy the flick with out interruption from her vapid almost-friends, a likely foolish indiscretion with surprising results. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie easily are looking to have a pleasant first date and perhaps idiot round in the dead of night, if everybody they be aware of may possibly simply cease going in the way.

Over the subsequent twenty years, those unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, changing into entwined by means of friendship, intercourse, ambition, reputation and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comedian page-turner, In another global, Maybe sheds mild on what it potential to develop up in sleek America.

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By Alix Kates Shulman

Heather and Mack McKay appear to have all of it: wealth, a dream apartment within the suburbs, and lovely young ones besides the nannies to elevate them. yet their marriage has misplaced its enjoy: she is a annoyed author and he longs for a cultural trophy to hold on his belt.
   During an opportunity stumble upon in l. a., Mack invitations exiled author Zoltan Barbu—once lionized as a political hero, now turning into a has-been—to dwell with him and his spouse of their sumptuous domestic. The plan may still supply Heather with literary companionship, Mack with cultural cachet, and Zoltan himself with a pastoral surroundings during which to beat his writer’s block and convey a masterpiece.
    Of path, as occurs with triangles, issues arise—some hilarious, a few sad—as the 3 gamers pursue a video game that results in moving alliances and sexual misadventures. Shulman pokes enjoyable at our sleek malaise (why is having all of it by no means enough?), whilst she strains the ever-changing dynamics inside of a wedding. Ménage is a bravura functionality from one in all America’s most famed feminist writers.

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The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Modern Library Classics)

By Gustave Flaubert, Lafcadio Hearn

A publication that deeply inspired the younger Freud and was once the foundation for lots of artists, The Temptation of Saint Anthony was once Flaubert’s lifelong paintings, thirty years within the making. according to the tale of the third-century saint who lived on an remoted mountaintop within the Egyptian desolate tract, it's a fantastical rendering of 1 evening within which Anthony is besieged by way of carnal temptations and philosophical doubt.

This smooth Library Paperback vintage reproduces the celebrated Lafcadio Hearn translation, which translator Richard Sieburth calls “a greatest interval piece from one in every of America’s prime translators of nineteenth-century French prose. In Lafcadio Hearn’s Latinate rendering, Flaubert’s experimental drama of the trendy recognition reads as weirdly as its oneiric original.”

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A Brief Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature

By David Tresilian

This brief ebook deals a distinct evaluation of contemporary Arabic literature, targeting advancements during the last fifty years and delivering a advisor to the literary panorama, indicating the main landmarks within the form of authors, rules, and debates.

This is the second one of 2 titles released to release a brand new sequence providing perception into Arabic advances in technology and tradition. geared toward the overall reader, the titles are illustrated and comprise glossaries, indices, and recommendations for extra reading.

David Tresilian has taught at Columbia college and the yankee college in Cairo. He has been on the American collage of Paris due to the fact that 1999.

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Western Swing: A Novel

By Tim Sandlin

"What propels Western Swing is a cheerfully retro conviction that during spite of earlier errors, misplaced hopes, and emotional discomfort, those humans belong together." -New York instances ebook Review

Lana Sue has had too many husbands and too little good fortune as a country-western singer. Loren Paul's a semi-successful author shortly sitting on most sensible of a western Wyoming mountain expecting Cosmic answers.

Together or aside, Loren Paul and Lana Sue are sleek people heroes in this deliciously ribald saga of the hot Wild West-a lively story of affection and loss, of nation tune and coming home.

"The humor of Western Swing is the major to Tim Sandlin's memorable characters...a incredible and gratifying experience." -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Sandlin's is a publication approximately working into the sunlight and preserving on, with humor, ardour, and religion, regardless of the way you burn or mess up." -Los Angeles instances ebook Review

"Tim Sandlin writes approximately loopy humans. no longer frightening crazies, however the type of fascinating, humorous eccentrics with whom the reader want to spend a night ingesting beer...Western Swing is humorous, clever and a effervescent pleasure to read." -Kansas urban Star

"Ongoing lifestyles is what this publication is all about...Sandlin's voice is a wry mixture of cynicism and innocence. upload to good constructed feel of the unusual, and you have got a publication that is enjoyable to learn, brimming with high-spirited zaniness."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Quality and Pleasure in Latin Poetry

Initially released in 1974, those stories of Latin poetry have been commissioned with major reasons in brain: to inspire a clean studying of numerous Latin poets from the time of Catullus to Horace, and to demonstrate numerous, serious ways to literature. because the literary research of Latin built in faculties and universities there has been a proliferation of serious concepts, that have been greeted with bewilderment via a few, with hostility by means of others. This booklet doesn't try and adjudicate ultimately among them. There could be nobody 'prescription' for reading poetry; yet this doesn't suggest that there aren't any legitimate criteria of judgement. feedback has to be versatile, imaginitive and sympathetic, however it should also be rigourous. To counteract emotions of disorientation the editors attempted to supply samples of the simplest severe paintings in development on the time of e-book.

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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

By Kenzaburo Oe

Nip the Buds, Shoot the children recounts the exploits of 15 teenage penal complex boys evacuated in wartime to a distant mountain village the place they're feared and detested by way of the neighborhood peasants. while plague breaks out, the villagers flee, blockading the lads contained in the abandoned city. Their short try and construct self reliant lives of self-respect, love, and tribal valor is doomed within the face of demise and the grownup nightmare of war.

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Sunset Park: A Novel

By Paul Auster

A New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling writer of Invisible and The long island Trilogy comes a brand new novel set in the course of the 2008 fiscal cave in. Sunset Park opens with twenty-eight-year-old Miles Heller trashing out foreclosed homes in Florida, the most recent cease in his flight around the state. while Miles falls in love with Pilar Sanchez, he unearths himself fleeing once more, going again to manhattan, the place his kinfolk nonetheless lives, and into an deserted condominium of younger squatters in sundown Park, Brooklyn. Woven jointly from a number of issues of view―that of Miles's father, an self sufficient e-book writer attempting to remain afloat, Miles's mom, a celebrated actress getting ready her go back to the recent York level, and many of the women and men who stay within the house―"Auster turns out to hold all of humanity within him" (Jan Stuart, The Boston Globe).

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Myths of Power: A Marxist Study of the Brontës

Myths of energy - Anniversary variation units out to interpret the fiction of the Brontë sisters in mild of a Marxist research of the ancient stipulations during which it was once produced. Its objective isn't really simply to narrate literary evidence, yet by way of an in depth severe exam of the novels, to discover in them an important constitution of principles and values which regarding the Brontës' ambiguous state of affairs in the class-system in their society. Its goal is to forge shut kin among the novels, nineteenth-century ideology, and ancient forces, with the intention to remove darkness from the novels themselves in a notably new viewpoint. whilst initially released in 1975 (second version in 1988), it was once the 1st full-length Marxist learn of the Brontës and is now reissued to have fun 30 years given that its first ebook. It incorporates a new advent by way of Terry Eagleton which displays at the alterations that have occurred in Marxist literary feedback because 1988, and situates this reissue of the second one version in present debates.

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