A Small Nativity
Author: Aquiles Nazoa
Retells the story of Jesus' birth and the visit of the wise men.
Author: Josep Carner
Publisher: Anvil Pr Poetry Ltd
Josep Carner's Nabi' is a masterpiece of modern Catalan poetry. Based on the biblical story of Jonah, it is essentially a Christian poem, though it is scathing about the effects of religious perversion. In the widest sense a poem about the limits of rationality, it is a triumph of language - of a language which Carner helped to establish as a vehicle for serious poetry. This bilingual edition is introduced by the noted Catalan expert Arthur Terry. Josep Carner (1884-1970) was one of the leading members of a brilliant generation of Catalan poets. His work extends from the early years of the century to the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. J.L. Gili (1907-1998) was born in Barcelona and lived in England from 1934. A scholar, translator, publisher and bookseller, Joan Gili ran the Dolphin Book Company in Oxford for many years, and was well known as the translator of Lorca's Selected Poems' (Penguin).
Author: Josep Maria de Sagarra
Private Life holds up a mirror to the moral corruption in the interstices of the Barcelona high society Sagarra was born into. Boudoirs of demimonde tramps, card games dilapidating the fortunes of milquetoast aristocrats - and how they scheme to conceal them - fading manors of selfish scions, and back rooms provided by social-climbing seamstresses are portrayed in vivid, sordid, and literary detail. The novel, practically a roman-à-clef for its contemporaries, was a scandal in 1932. The 1960's edition was bowdlerized by Franco's censors. Part Lampedusa, part Genet, this translation will bring an essential piece of 20th-century European literature to the English-speaking public. From the Trade Paperback edition.
This book advocates a holistic reform of the current monetary and financial system dealing with the issues of money creation, central banks, loans, stock markets, tax justice, pension security and the international monetary system - “Bretton Woods II”. Its innovative approach presents several alternatives for each cornerstone, in addition to introducing a participatory democratic process whereby sovereign citizens can themselves determine the rules governing the new financial and monetary system. With “democratic money conventions” in each municipality, where the elements of this new money system are discussed and decided on in a participatory manner, and a federal money covenant which then elaborates a template for a referendum about the future “money constitution”, a true “sovereign” could progressively convert money from a financial weapon into a democratic tool. The envisaged democratic monetary system, by providing equal opportunities for every member of society to participate in the development of the “new rules of the game”, turns money progressively into a public good which increases the freedom for all. The new system furthermore drives the enhancement of constitutional and relational values such as human dignity, solidarity, justice, sustainability, or democracy. Money should serve life and should serve the common good. The “Bank for the Common Good” Project, which was initiated in Austria by the author Christian Felber, represents a practical example of his proposals.
Touched by Fire
Author: Manuel de Pedrolo, Peter Griffin
Publisher: Peter Griffin
A novel in five chapters, each named for the character on whom it focuses: Ange, Isa, Jau, Sogues and Anto. Each left-hand page of text is in the original Catalan, with its English translation on the facing page.Manuel de Pedrolo (1918?1990) was one of the foremost authors of twentieth-century Catalan fiction, producing scores of novels known both for their great variety and for their treatment of recurring themes of personal and collective frustration, poverty, exploitation, rebellion and liberation. The revelation of these themes in "Tocats pel foc" occurs partially in the description of the setting and in the evolution of relationships among the characters, and to a great extent in the dialogue led by the central figure, Ange.This bilingual edition was printed by Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. as Volume 10 in the series "Catalan Studies: Translations and Criticism," and was reviewed by Patricia Hart of Purdue University in the Summer 1994 issue of World Literature Today.
Author: Víctor Català
The story of a woman's emotional awakening amid the inhospitable Catalan mountains.
Author: Gabriel Josipovici
Publisher: Carcanet Press
'This is the istry of Moo Pak,' writes a schoolboy, struggling with his assignment as he sits in the Great Hall of Moor Park, now a secondary school. Once the home of Sir William Temple, here Swift wrote the Tale of the Tub and tutored the nine-year-old Stella. Later the building was a lunatic asylum, a college of theology, a code-breaking centre (during World War II), and an institute for the study of primate behaviour. So Jack Toledano, a Sephardic Jew from Egypt and ex-University lecturer in English, tells his friend Damien Anderson in the course of innumerable walks through the parks and waterways of London during the 1980s. Toledano is writing a history of Moor Park which is also a history of himself and his times, of the Jews and the English. Moo Pak unfolds that history in an eloquent and breathless sweep, as Anderson strives to record what Toledano says and what he knows of his friend, a sweep that takes in man's relation to the great apes, the nature of language, Classicism and Romanticism, Swift, Pope, madness, despair and death. Moo Pak is a palimpsest not only of themes that have preoccupied Gabriel Josipovici in the past twenty-five years but of our civilisation itself, its dreams, achievements and repressions. And it is a simple, moving tale of friendship and its aftermath.
Author: Xerardo Quintiá
Titiritess is a princess of the kingdom of Daybeforeyesterday, but instead of the good marriage and life of refinement that her parents have planned for her, she would prefer a life of adventure with another beautiful princess as her companion.
A Chance of Sunshine
Author: Jimi, Jimmy Liao
Publisher: Creative Publishing International