From ‘Best of the Booker’ winner Salman Rushdie, an incisive and inspiring collection of non-fiction essays, criticism and speeches that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the evolution of language and culture. Gathering pieces written between 2003 and 2020, including several never previously in print, ‘Languages of Truth’ chronicles a period of momentous cultural shifts.
Following the international critical acclaim of ‘The Cost of Living’, this final volume of Deborah Levy’s ‘Living Autobiography’ is an exhilarating, thought-provoking and boldly intimate meditation on home and the spectres that haunt it.
Fifty Sounds is a personal dictionary of the Japanese language, recounting her life as an outsider in Japan. Irreverent, humane, witty and wise, Fifty Sounds is an exceptional debut about the quietly revolutionary act of learning, speaking, and living in another language.
With the death of her aunt, Maria Stepanova is left to sift through an apartment full of faded photographs, old postcards, diaries, and heaps of souvenirs: a withered repository of a century of life in Russia. Carefully reassembled, these shards tell the story of how a seemingly ordinary Jewish family managed to survive the twentieth century.
From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street, to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, Constantine Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa, and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, ‘Homo Irrealis’ is a deep reflection of the imagination’s power to shape our memories under time’s seemingly intractable hold.
How can one live well in the world? What does it mean to be happy? In this selection, Aristotle probes the nature of happiness and virtue in a quest to divine an ethical value system. Exploring ideas of community, responsibility, courage, friendship, agency, reasoning, desire and pleasure, these are some of the most profound and lasting ancient writings on the self to have influenced Western thought.
In this collection of wise, witty and fascinating essays, Borges discusses the existence of Hell, the flaws in English literary detectives, the philosophy of contradictions, and more. Varied and enthralling, these pieces examine the very nature of our lives, from cinema and books to history and religion.
This volume gathers together some of Charles Baudelaire’s most important critical writings. It provides a stimulating survey of important ideas and individuals in the critical world of the great poet who has been called the father of modern criticism.