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Poems of New York   Everyman's Library presents Poems of New York, one hundred and twenty-five poems written in and about New York City: beginning with the famous swaying catalogues of detail in Walt Whitman's 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry' and the visionary thrill of Hart Crane's 'The Tunnel', the collection spans over a century of New York, the city as it has been, all that has disappeared, what remains. The collection includes poems by Federico García Lorca, W.H. Auden, May Swenson, Charles Tomlinson, Adrienne Rich, the New York Poets, the Beat Poets, leading to the present with Kevin Young, Willie Perdomo, and Melanie Rehak. Read Allen Ginsberg's darkly comic musings in his playful poem 'I am a Victim of Telephone', originally published in his City Lights pocket book King of May: America to Europe (1963-1965):
sibylle knauss   Alongside recent examinations of his early life as an artist (a Williams College exhibition, the forthcoming film Max with Noah Taylor and John Cusack), his sexuality (Hitler's Secret), and his protégés (the still-controversial Leni Riefenstahl, who just turned 100), Eva's Cousin continues the cultural fascination with Adolf Hitler. A bestseller in its native Germany and throughout Europe, the novel sparked a media firestorm upon publication last year. In her first book translated into English, author Sibylle Knauss filters the Hitler myth through an unusual lens: his mistress Eva Braun. After a radio interview in which she expressed an interest in writing about the Führer's lover, Knauss met Braun's last surviving relative, her cousin Gertrude Weisker. Together with Braun, Weisker spent the last year of the war at Hitler's private country retreat; only after the death of her husband over fifty years later did she finally break her silence about that period. Her memories and experiences became the story of Marlene, a naïve girl who comes to the Berghof at the behest of Eva Braun. Amid the menacing luxury of the Nazi lifestyle, Marlene comes of age under the guidance of her idolized cousin. Yet, as she becomes aware of her country's impending defeat through illicit BBC broadcasts, her knowledge begins to divide her from both Eva and Germany. A novel that "illuminates the banality of the domestic face of evil," Eva's Cousin is a chilling and sensitive portrait of innocence and complicity in a time of darkness.
elie wiesel   Elie Wiesel's novel The Judges considers the religious and philosophical issues central to Wiesel's life and work, and indeed, to understanding guilt or innocence in the context of twentieth century life. Written in a highly metaphorical mode reminiscent of Franz Kafka or Samuel Beckett, The Judges is the story of five strangers who find themselves, after a forced airplane landing, under the care of an enigmatic, vaguely sociopathic figure tended by a sarcastic hunchback. Reluctantly they are drawn into a game of self-revelation which could expose their dearest secrets and earn one of them a death sentence.
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