‘Restlessly curious, insightful, and quirky, David Damrosch is the perfect guide to a round-the-world adventure in reading’ Stephen GreenblattA transporting and illuminating voyage around the globe, told through eighty classic and modern books’It is always a pleasure to talk about books with David Damrosch, who has read all of them, and he is so eloquent and understanding about them all’ Orhan PamukInspired by Jules Verne’s hero Phileas Fogg, David Damrosch, chair of Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature and founder of Harvard’s Institute for World Literature, set out to counter a pandemic’s restrictions on travel by exploring eighty exceptional books from around the globe. Following a literary itinerary from London to Venice, Tehran and points beyond, and via authors from Woolf and Dante to Nobel prizewinners Orhan Pamuk, Wole Soyinka, Mo Yan and Olga Tokarczuk, he explores how these works have shaped our idea of the world, and the ways the world bleeds into literature.To chart the expansive landscape of world literature today, Damrosch explores how writers live in two very different the world of their personal experience, and the world of books that have enabled great writers to give shape and meaning to their lives.
ISBN: 9780241501023 AUTHOR: DAVID DAMROSCH ISBN: 9780241501023 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS Subtitle:
In this new study, Andrew Gibson sets out to reverse the traditional view of Joyce and his work as the paradigm of international modernism in literature. Where criticism has usually consigned Ireland to secondary status in Joyce’s work, Gibson firmly relocates the writer and his work in Ireland, showing them at all points to be intricately bound up in Irish history, politics and culture. Crucially, he views Joyce’s departure for Europe as allegiance to an Irish migratory tradition that is centuries old, rather than the abandonment of the old country. Accounts of Joyce’s life and work have tended to give rather short shrift to his profound engagements with Irish history and politics. Gibson argues that there have been important reasons for this, themselves often historical and political. Tracing the development of Joyce as a critic and writer, he maps this development to specific political and historical events. Beginning with the political traditions and allegiances that formed part of Joyce’s family background, he pinpoints the fall of Parnell, the collapse of political hope, and the transfer of political energies to cultural activity as crucial in the writer’s early formation. Joyce’s prodigious renown has been due above all to his reputation as an experimental, modernist writer. His works’ open-endedness and seemingly infinite availability to differing interpretations has allowed criticism to constantly update his politics. The book argues that Joyce’s most important concerns were historically material and specific. Yet, it also recognises that Joyce himself encouraged and fostered the view of his work as modernist, which became the dominant tradition in Joyce studies.
ISBN: 1861892772 Publisher: REAKTION BOOKS Subtitle: Author: ANDREW GIBSON
Rather than confront the hostility his new parishioners show him, the Reverend Ernest Lindley becomes ever more isolated along with his family. It seems inevitable that his daughters should enter suitable loveless marriages but the youngest is the one who will divide his already broken family. ISBN: 1843910837 Publisher: HESPERUS Subtitle: Author: D. H. LAWRENCE
Berlin Alexanderplatz is one of the masterpieces of modern European literature and the first German novel to adopt the technique of James Joyce. It tells the story of Franz Biberkopf, who, on being released from prison, is confronted with the poverty, unemployment, crime and burgeoning Nazism of 1920s Germany. As Franz struggles to survive in this world, fate teases him with a little pleasure before cruelly turning on him. ISBN: 0826477895 Publisher: CONTINUUM INTERNATIONAL Subtitle: Author: ALFRED DOBLIN