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Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: A Socioeconomic History
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Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: A Socioeconomic History

by O Grada, Cormac

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Princeton. 2006. Princeton University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 9780691127194. 320 pages. hardcover. FROM THE PUBLISHER - James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom—the atheistic Everyman of Ulysses, son of a Hungarian Jewish father and an Irish Protestant mother—may have turned the world’s literary eyes on Dublin, but those who look to him for history should think again. He could hardly have been a product of the city’s bona fide Jewish community, where intermarriage with outsiders was rare and piety was pronounced. In Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce, a leading economic historian tells the real story of how Jewish Ireland—and Dublin’s Little Jerusalem in particular—made ends meet from the 1870s, when the first Lithuanian Jewish immigrants landed in Dublin, to the late 1940s, just before the community began its dramatic decline. In 1866--the year Bloom was born—Dublin’s Jewish population hardly existed, and on the eve of World War I it… Read more
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Lead Us Into Temptation
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Lead Us Into Temptation

by O hEithir, Breandan

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9780710000309
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0710000308
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London. 1978. Routledge Kegan Paul. 1st Edition. Very Good in Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 0710000308. 148 pages. hardcover. Inscribed by the Author. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This translation of O hEithir’s award-winning Irish novel, Lig Sinn i gCathu will introduce English readers to a writer who is currently being hailed as one of the most original talents to have appeared on the Irish literary scene for many years. The action of the novel takes place during the weekend of Easter 1949, when the Republic of Ireland was officially brought into being. The central character, Martin Melody, a university student, has his own personal problems: his father is dying, his state scholarship is being withheld because of non-attendance at lectures, his mother and his brother (a priest) are putting pressure on him to return to the family business and his girlfriend is pestering him because of his attitude to religion and the low company he keeps. Through Martin and his totally disreputable companion, Billy… Read more
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Cannibal Eliot and the Lost Histories of San Francisco
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Cannibal Eliot and the Lost Histories of San Francisco

by Obenzinger, Hilton

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1562790471
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San Francisco. 1993. Mercury House. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Wrappers. 1562790471. 239 pages. paperback. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In a masterful interweaving of historical truths and fiction, CANNIBAL ELIOT AND THE LOST HISTORIES OF SAN FRANCISCO vividly captures San Francisco through ‘found’ historical documents – diaries, memoirs, interviews, and other first-hand accounts – in a way no ordinary historical text can. From a Spanish sergeant’s diary entry dating from 1776 to the story of San Francisco’s first murder trial in 1828, from a fly-on-the-wall recounting of the rough-and-tumble gold rush era to a bizarre report of looting and romance amid rubble in the Great Earthquake of 1906, Obenzinger creates literary art through historical insight. Reading Obenzinger’s fictional history is like discovering San Francisco’s past for the first time – but the stories are also about America and the emergence of its western identity. We meet the city’s… Read more
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Athenian Legacies: Essays On the Politics of Going On Together
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Athenian Legacies: Essays On the Politics of Going On Together

by Ober, Josiah

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Princeton. 2005. Princeton University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0691120951. 8 halftones. 288 pages. hardcover. FROM THE PUBLISHER - How do communities survive catastrophe? Using classical Athens as its case study, this book argues that if a democratic community is to survive over time, its people must choose to go on together. That choice often entails hardship and hard bargains. In good times, going on together presents few difficulties. But in the face of loss, disruption, and civil war, it requires tragic sacrifices and agonizing compromises. Athenian Legacies demonstrates with flair and verve how the people of one influential political community rebuilt their democratic government, rewove their social fabric, and, through thick and thin, went on together. The book’s essays address amnesty, civic education, and institutional innovation in early Athens, a city that built and lost an empire while experiencing plague, war, economic trauma, and civil conflict. As Ober… Read more
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Cannibal Talk: The Man-Eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas
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Cannibal Talk: The Man-Eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas

by Obeyesekere, Gananath

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Berkeley. 2005. University of California Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Wrappers. 0520243080. 321 pages. paperback. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In this radical reexamination of the notion of cannibalism, Gananath Obeyesekere offers a fascinating and convincing argument that cannibalism is mostly ‘cannibal talk,’ a discourse on the Other engaged in by both indigenous peoples and colonial intruders that results in sometimes funny and sometimes deadly cultural misunderstandings. Turning his keen intelligence to Polynesian societies in the early periods of European contact and colonization, Obeyesekere deconstructs Western eyewitness accounts, carefully examining their origins and treating them as a species of fiction writing and seamen’s yarns. Cannibalism is less a social or cultural fact than a mythic representation of European writing that reflects much more the realities of European societies and their fascination with the practice of cannibalism, he argues. And while very limited… Read more
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The Heritage of British Literature
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The Heritage of British Literature

by Bowen / Burgess / Cecil / Greene / O'Brien

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9780500013038
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New York. 1983. Thames & Hudson. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0500013039. 224 pages. hardcover. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Contents inlcude: Diaries & Journals by Kate O'Brien / Novelists by Elizabeth Bowen / Dramatists by Graham Greene / Poets by Lord David Cecil / Afterword by Anthony Burgess / sources of illustratations / index. inventory #8394 ISBN: 0500013039.
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Brendan Prairie
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Brendan Prairie

by O'Brien, Dan

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0684803682
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New York. 1996. May 1996. Scribner. 1st Printing. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0684803682. 255 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by John Fontana. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In BRENDAN PRAIRIE, O’Brien writes with grace and eloquence of fractured lives and endangered lands. He tells the story of Bill Malone, widower, father, lover and hot-tempered man, whose world is unraveling around him. Malone’s young wife died mysteriously years ago, and something also died within him. Once a great falconer and environmentalist Malone has entered middle age a broken man, devoid of the passion and promise of his youth. His aching regret is the disappearance of his old world and he is infuriated that Brendan Prairie, his beloved retreat, is threatened by developers who want to build condominiums on the land. When the developer Andy Arnold dies in a suspicious accident and Malone’s long-ago love, Margaret Adamson, becomes involved in the investigation, old emotions are stirred and uncomfortable truths must be… Read more
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The Rescue

by O'Brien, Edna

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9780340338964
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0340338962
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London. 1983. Hodder & Stoughton. 1st British Edition. Fine in Hardcover.No Dustjacket. 0340338962. Illustrated by Peter Stevenson. 44 pages. hardcover. Cover art by Peter Stevenson. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In her third children's book, Edna O'Brien has returned again to the delightful world of Tim, the little boy whose friendship with Mattie, the mouse the magic ‘dazzle’, leads him into fantastic adventures. This time it is Mattie himself who is in mortal danger, and even with the help of a new friends, Minerva, Tim fears that all is lost. inventory #2523 ISBN: 0340338962.
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Green and Gray
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Green and Gray

by O'Brien, Geoffrey G

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Berkeley. 2007. April 2007. University of California Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Wrappers. 9780520250192. New California Poetry, 20. 102 pages. paperback. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s second collection documents the ‘remorse of the senses’ that attends each moment of experience, the pain and pleasure of not exiting a world in which injustice and distraction secure every sensual event. Attempting to reestablish experience as something other than complicity, these poems insist on ‘desiring that which is as if it were not,’ making poetry out of neighborhood flyers, the Patriot Act, and the poverty of presidential speech. Given this mandate to stay within limited resources, Green and Gray makes a virtue of refusing to abandon them, often relying on an emphatic recirculation of words and phrases to generate its own system complexities. These are poems whose materials remember their former use: the gray of the city and the green it used to be.… Read more
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Metropole
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Metropole

by O’Brien, Geoffrey G

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Berkeley. 2011. February 2011. University of California Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Wrappers. 9780520268876. New California Poetry, 33. The neW CALIFORnIA POeTRy SeRIeS presents works by emerging and established poets that reflect UC Press’s commitment to innovative and aesthetically wide-ranging literary traditions. 102 pages. paperback. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s third collection opens with a set of lyric experiments whose music and mutable syntax explore the social relations concealed in material things. O’Brien’s poems measure the 'vague cadence' of daily life, testing both the value and limits of art in a time of vanishing publics and permanent war. The long title poem, written in a strict iambic prose, charts the disappearance of the poetic into the prosaic, of meter into the mundane, while reactivating the very possibilities it mourns: O’Brien’s prosody invests the prose of things with the intensities of verse. In the… Read more
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Wireless

by O'Connell, Jack

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New York. 1993. November 1993. Mysterious Press. 1st Printing. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0892965460. 402 pages. hardcover. Jacket photograph by Barry Marcus. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The scene is the decaying New England factory town of Quinsigamond, a place fixed permanently on the American literary map by Jack O'Connell's acclaimed first novel, 'Box Nine.' Now, in 'Wireless,' events spin ever further into chaos. The action starts when an activist priest meets a grisly death within his own cathedral. The crime has all the earmarks of a gang killing from Bangkok Park, congregating point for prostitutes and pimps, musclemen, drug sellers, and crack dealers. In fact, the perp is a demented ex-FBI agent named Speer, who has arrived in Quinsigamond in search of the 'jammers' who have been hijacking local radio airwaves with their singular brand of subversive diatribes. Succeeding to the overseership of Bangkok Park is Detective Hannah Shaw. She tracks Speer's enraged quest… Read more
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Buffalo Soldiers
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Buffalo Soldiers

by O'Connor, Robert

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New York. 1993. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0679415084. 323 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Drenttel Doyle Partners. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Set on a luxuriously appointed and hopelessly corrupt Army base in Mannheim, Germany, where the soldiers prefer real-life race riots to mock combat, Robert O'Connor's viciously funny novel is conclusive proof that peace is hell and the U.S. Army is its ninth circle. In that hell, Specialist Ray Elwood is the ultimate survivor: a high-stakes drug dealer, bureaucratic con artist, and shrewd collector of other people's secrets. Elwood is contemplating cleaning up his act, although doing so will require one last, epic heroin deal. But of course it's then that his life will careen totally out of control. With its impeccably rendered cast of sycophants, drug burn-outs, and uniformed sociopaths, Buffalo Soldiers give us a scabrous, haunting vision of a military idled by the New World Order-and at all-out war with itself.… Read more
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Death of a Child

by O'Connor, Flannery

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London. 1961. Catholic Book Club. 1st of this Edition. Very Good in Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 121 pages. hardcover. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘Stories of pious children,’ writes Flannery O’Connor in her introduction to this book, ‘tend to be false.’ She goes on to tell how warily she approached a request from the Dominican nuns who run a free cancer home in Atlanta, Georgia, to help them in telling the story of a little girl who had lived and died in their care. Mary Ann was three when she was admitted with an incurable cancer and the doctors doubted that she had more than six months to live. She lived until she was twelve. This is the story of her nine years in the home and of her death. inventory #12778
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The Salesman
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The Salesman

by O'Connor, Joseph

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New York. 1999. Picador. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0312199988. 393 pages. hardcover. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This 'gripping and moving' novel, as The Guardian has noted, offers 'a taut, expertly crafted plot' while it likewise 'captures brilliantly changes of mood and unexpected quirks of behavior.' As The Salesman opens, it is the hottest summer in Dublin's history, and Billy Sweeney has more than the weather on his mind. His daughter lies in a coma in the hospital, the result of a mysterious attack at the petrol station where she worked. Devastated by the unfolding consequences of that terrible night, frustrated by officialdom, and failed by the system, Billy finally tires of seeking legal justice. He decides to take the law into his own hands, but when his plans go spectacularly wrong, the results are terrifying, often hilarious, and in the end, unforgettable. inventory #26343 ISBN: 0312199988.
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Shakespeare's Progress

by O'Connor, Frank

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New York. 1960. World. 1 of 975 Copies For Distribution To Friends of The Publisher. Very Good. No Dustjacket. 194 pages. hardcover. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Not as a professional critic, but from the special angle of the prompt-corner and the auditorium, Frank O'Connor has composed a lively and provocative study of William Shakespeare. He disagrees for the most part with the best of modern scholars- but he has read them- arguing against those who claim that Shakespeare cannot be adequately produced on the modern stage; that he is primarily a poet and not a dramatist; and that not Marlowe but Shakespeare- wrote Edward III, among other controversial points. The charm of O'Connor's book is its originality and liveliness- and it may stimulate many Shakespearean devotees into rereading his plays and reshaping their opinions. It raises questions which should interest all, but which only the more serious scholar can hope to answer with a definite yes or no. – Kirkus Review, June 15, 1960.… Read more
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The Bomb
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The Bomb

by Oda, Makoto

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Tokyo. 1990. Kodansha. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0870119818. Translated from the Japanese by D. H. Whittaker. 217 pages. hardcover. Jacket illustration is a detail from 'Genius Ioci' by Edgar Ende. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In his debut in English, novelist and internationally known activist Makoto Oda offers us one of the most profound and timely works of imaginative fiction to emerge from postwar Japan. Within its impressionistic framework exists a universe of people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds - American Indians, whites, blacks, Japanese, Koreans - all affected by the desecration of social order and the environment symbolized by the first atomic bomb. The novel takes place against a constantly changing canvas of time and place. It begins in and around a small Southwestern town in the 1940s, when an Indian tribe is thrown off sacred tribal land because of a secret government project. Later the scene shifts to the war zone in the Pacific and to the city of… Read more
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A Personal Matter

by Oe, Kenzaburo

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New York. 1968. Grove Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. Translated from the Japanese by John Nathan. 214 pages. hardcover. Jacket photo: Design Photographers International. Cover design: Kuhlman Associates. FROM THE PUBLISHER - At thirty-three, Kenzaburo Oe is acknowledged to be the most dynamic and revolutionary writer to have emerged in Japan since the end of the War. Last year, to mark his first decade as a writer, Oe's collected works-to-date were published in a six-volume edition, which consisted of two volumes of essays, primarily political (Oe is an uncompromising spokesman for Japan's New Left), dozens of short stories, and no less than eight novels. To date, this Complete Works has sold an astonishing nine hundred thousand copies, which gives a good indication of his popularity. The key to Oe's unprecedented popularity lies in the fact that he is without doubt the first truly modern Japanese writer. In the brief span of ten years Oe has managed a feat which… Read more
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An Echo of Heaven
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An Echo of Heaven

by Oe, Kenzaburo

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Tokyo. 1996. Kodansha. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 4770019866. Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani. 204 pages. hardcover. FROM THE PUBLISHER - A group of Mexicans sit in the desert, gazing up at the image of their new saint a seductive woman with a smile like Betty Boop’s - projected onto an outdoor screen. The woman is Marie Kuraki, recruited to act the part of a sorrowing mother, to help unite the workers on a cooperative farm in a remote village in Mexico. By becoming a saint, Marie, an unbeliever in search of spiritual peace, reaches the end of a long journey induced by a series of personal tragedies: above all, by the death of her two sons, which happened when one of them was pushing his brother in a wheelchair along a path above a cliff by the sea. To rebuild her life, Marie leaves her home in Japan to go to a commune in California, under the shy guidance of a guru called Little Father; then on to Mexico, where she falls briefly under the spell of the Dark… Read more
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Nip the Buds Shoot the Kids
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Nip the Buds Shoot the Kids

by Oe, Kenzaburo

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New York. 1995. Marion Boyars. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0714529974. Translated from the Japanese by Paul St. John Mackintosh & Maki Sugiyama. 189 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Susi Mawani. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The first novel by Japan's most celebrated living writer, Nip The Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of fifteen teenage reformatory boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime. The narrator who acts as nominal leader of the small band, his younger brother and their comrades are all delinquent outcasts, feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, their hosts abandon them and flee, then blockade them inside the empty village, together with a young Korean, an army deserter and a girl evacuee. However, the boys' brief, doomed attempt to build autonomous lives of self-respect, love and tribal valour inevitably fails with the reflux of death and the adult nightmare of war. Nip The Buds, Shoot the Kids encapsulates all… Read more
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The Silent Cry
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The Silent Cry

by Oe, Kenzaburo

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Tokyo. 1974. Kodansha. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 0870112325. Translated from the Japanese by John Bester. 274 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by S. Katakura, adapted from the print Face (Last Moments before Death) by Tomio Kinoshita. FROM THE PUBLISHER - For the hero of The Silent Cry, the return of his younger brother from America is a straw that, half unwittingly, he clutches at to save himself from drowning in a flood of disaster. Reeling from a series of shocks that include the bizarre suicide of his best friend and the birth of a deformed baby that threatens to drive his wife to alcoholism, he falls in with his brother's suggestion that they all start a new life together far from the city. So begins a journey of regression for the Nedokoro family, a journey that takes it back not only to its home—to the village set in the brooding valley— but also into its own past. As the younger brother sets out to establish his own and the family's identity by reliving… Read more
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