Author: Gustave Le Bon
A Prayer Journal
Author: Flannery O'Connor
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
"I would like to write a beautiful prayer," writes the young Flannery O'Connor in this deeply spiritual journal, recently discovered among her papers in Georgia. "There is a whole sensible world around me that I should be able to turn to Your praise." Written between 1946 and 1947 while O'Connor was a student far from home at the University of Iowa, A Prayer Journal is a rare portal into the interior life of the great writer. Not only does it map O'Connor's singular relationship with the divine, but it shows how entwined her literary desire was with her yearning for God. "I must write down that I am to be an artist. Not in the sense of aesthetic frippery but in the sense of aesthetic craftsmanship; otherwise I will feel my loneliness continually . . . I do not want to be lonely all my life but people only make us lonelier by reminding us of God. Dear God please help me to be an artist, please let it lead to You." O'Connor could not be more plain about her literary ambition: "Please help me dear God to be a good writer and to get something else accepted," she writes. Yet she struggles with any trace of self-regard: "Don't let me ever think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for Your story." As W. A. Sessions, who knew O'Connor, writes in his introduction, it was no coincidence that she began writing the stories that would become her first novel, Wise Blood, during the years when she wrote these singularly imaginative Christian meditations. Including a facsimile of the entire journal in O'Connor's own hand, A Prayer Journal is the record of a brilliant young woman's coming-of-age, a cry from the heart for love, grace, and art.
Author: Shea Olsen, Elizabeth Craft
These are the things that I've always wanted: To get the top grades in my class. To make my grandmother proud. And most of all, proof that I could succeed where the rest of my family had not: a Stanford acceptance letter, early admission. My mother and my sister were obsessed with boys and love and sex. So obsessed that they lost sight of their futures, of what they wanted. And in the end, they lost everything. I'll never let a boy distract me. I promised myself that. But that was before Tate. Before the biggest pop star on the planet took an interest in me. Before private planes and secret dates and lyrics meant for me alone. There's so much I don't know. Like why he left music. Where he goes when we're not together. What dark past he's hiding. But when we kiss, the future feels far away. And now…I'm not sure what I want.
Author: F. T. F. T. Marinetti
Il nostro Partito Politico Futurista è nato naturalmente dalla grande corrente spirituale del movimento artistico futurista.Unico nella storia il nostro Partito è stato concepito, voluto e attuato da un gruppo di artisti poeti, pittori, musicisti, ecc.: che, carichi di genio e di coraggio ormai provati, dopo avere svecchiato brutalmente e modernizzato l'arte italiana sono giunti logicamente ad una concezione di politica assolutamente sgombra di retorica, violentemente italiana e violentemente rivoluzionaria, libera, dinamica e armata di metodi assolutamente pratici.Poichè un passato illustre schiacciava l'Italia e un avvenire infinitamente glorioso ribolliva nel suo seno, appunto in Italia, sotto il nostro cielo troppo voluttuoso, l'energia futurista doveva nascere, dieci anni fa, organizzarsi, canalizzarsi, trovare in noi i suoi motori, i suoi apparecchi di illuminazione e di propagazione. L'Italia, più di qualunque altro paese, aveva un bisogno urgente di futurismo, poichè moriva di passatismo. L'ammalato inventò il proprio rimedio. Noi siamo i suoi medici occasionali. Il rimedio vale per gli ammalati di ogni paese.
Author: Serena Vitale
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Recreates the four months leading up to the duel in which Pushkin was killed.
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher: Harper Collins
A young girl's disappearance rocks a community and a family in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation) Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover the unlikeliest of suspects—a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. As grisly evidence mounts against the troubled war hero, the family must wrestle with the possibility of having lost a daughter forever. Carthage plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded young corporal haunted by unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, while unraveling the story of a disaffected young girl whose exile from her family may have come long before her disappearance. Dark and riveting, Carthage is a powerful addition to the Joyce Carol Oates canon, one that explores the human capacity for violence, love, and forgiveness, and asks if it's ever truly possible to come home again.
Masonry constructions are the great majority of the buildings in Europe’s historical centres and the most important monuments in its architectural heritage and the demand for their safety assessments and restoration projects is pressing and constant. Nevertheless, there is a lack of a widely accepted approach to studying the statics of masonry structures. This book aims to help fill these gaps by presenting a new comprehensive, unified theory of statics of masonry constructions. The book, result of thirty years of research and professional experience, through an interdisciplinary approach combining engineering, architecture, advances from the simple to the complex and analyses statics of a large variety of masonry constructions, as arches, domes, cross and cloister vaults, piers, towers, cathedrals and buildings under seismic actions.
This is the first detailed and definitive study of the development and initial success of fascism as it originated in Italy right after the First World War.
This Is Not America
Author: Alan Friedman
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
What has happened to America, and what's become of the American dream? Behind the self-confident image of world's most influential country, we now see a nation tearing itself apart. The United States may be arguably the world's only superpower, but its internal tensions are a symptom of suffering and division, a condition only exacerbated by the election of President Donald Trump. In this searing account, expatriate journalist Alan Friedman returns after thirty years in Europe and examines the real America through the mouths of its citizens. Set against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election campaign and the inauguration of President Trump, Friedman tells a vivid story of terrible inequality - from the excesses of Wall Street to the grinding poverty of Mississippi - and explores the issues, from racism and gun control to Obamacare, that have polarised a nation. Drawing on his personal interviews with Trump and with Russia's President Putin, Friedman paints a detailed portrait of the new leader of the free world and explores the real risks of the Trump presidency for America and for the world. Dark and provocative, This Is Not America may just be the most important book of the year.
The Dead City
Author: Gabriele D'Annunzio
Author: Smithsonian Institution
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press
Depicts artifacts and objects from the collections of the various museums of the Smithsonian Institution that honor the human impulses of discovery, imagination, and memory
Travels in Icaria
Author: Etienne Cabet
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Radical in its day, this landmark utopian 1840 novel traces the journey of fictional British Lord Clarisdall to the exotic island nation of Icaria. To Clarisdell's amazement, devoid of competition or property, Icaria flourishes, triumphing over the social evils of 19th-century capitalism.