Monsoon Feelings: A History of Emotions in the Rain

Monsoon Feelings: A History of Emotions in the Rain
The monsoon is the season of pouring rain and intense emotions: love and longing, hope and fear, pleasure and pain, devotion and joyous excess. Through a series of evocative essays exploring rain-drenched worlds of poetry, songs, paintings, architecture, films, gardens, festivals, music and medicine, this lavishly illustrated collection examines the history of monsoon feelings in South Asia from the twelfth century to the present. Each essay is written by a specialist in the field of South Asian arts and culture and investigates emotions as reflections and agents of social, cultural and political change across borders of language and religion and between different arts and cultural practices. This history of emotions in the rain is as rich, surprising, beautiful and devastating as the thundering monsoon clouds and will delight general and scholarly audiences alike.
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The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar – Essays on Poets and Poetry

The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar – Essays on Poets and Poetry
One of our foremost commentators examines the work of a broad range of English, Irish, and American poets. Helen Vendler’s essays, book reviews, and occasional prose from the past two decades, taken together, are an eloquent plea for the centrality in humanistic study and modern culture of poetry’s subversive, sustaining, and demanding legacy.
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The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar – Essays on Poets and Poetry

The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar – Essays on Poets and Poetry
One of our foremost commentators examines the work of a broad range of English, Irish, and American poets. Helen Vendler’s essays, book reviews, and occasional prose from the past two decades, taken together, are an eloquent plea for the centrality in humanistic study and modern culture of poetry’s subversive, sustaining, and demanding legacy.
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The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats (Penguin Modern Classics)

A unique history of the Beats, in the words of the movement’s most central member, Allen Ginsberg, based on a seminal series of his lectures

In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem ‘Howl’, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation – partly to preserve his own memories of those years. The Best Minds of My Generation presents the best of these candid, intimate and illuminating lectures, revealing Kerouac, Burroughs and the rest of the Beats as Ginsberg knew them: friends, confidantes, literary mentors and fellow visionaries in a group who started a revolution.

‘Marvellous … spellbinding … preserving intact the story of the literary movement Ginsberg led, promoted and never ceased to embody’ The New York Times Book Review

‘An awesome exhaustive feat … fascinatingly readable’ Sunday Times

‘Astonishingly intimate … Full of penetrating insight and fascinating literary gossip, the book is a major contribution to the core Beat canon … situates the Beats in cultural history in a way that no other exploration of their work does’ San Francisco Chronicle

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Dark Days (Penguin Modern)

Dark Days (Penguin Modern)

‘So the club rose, the blood came down, and his bitterness and his anguish and his guilt were compounded’

Drawing on Baldwin’s own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, these searing essays blend the intensely personal with the political to envisage a better world.

Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York’s underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.

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A Handbook for My Lover

A Handbook for My Lover
Guised as an instructive manual, A Handbook for My Lover chronicles six years in the life of an unconventional affair between a young writer and her older lover, a photographer. This sensuous epistle documents the woman’s demands and desires, her fantasies and eccentricities as she negotiates the minefield that is their relationship in the absence of any destination. A Handbook For My Lover is an erotic memoir that revels in the ephemeral pleasures of everyday moments. Feisty and provocative, it is an examination of the shifting equations of power and vulnerability within the intimacies of love and lovemaking.
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Ateet Ka Darwaza

Ateet Ka Darwaza
अपने यात्रा वृत्तान्तों से हिन्दी में एक नई शुरुआत करने वाले असग़र वजाहत अपने आपको सामाजिक पर्यटक या सोशल टूरिस्ट कहते हैं। वे जिस जगह जाते हैं वहाँ का कोरा विवरण नहीं लिखते बल्कि यात्रा वृत्तान्तों के माध्यम से उन जगहों की सांस्कृतिक विविधता और जीवन के रंग दिखाने का प्रयास करते हैं जिससे पाठक उनके साथ उनकी यात्रा में पूरी तरह जुड़ जाता है। ‘अतीत का दरवाज़ा’ में लेखक असग़र वजाहत अपने पाठकों को मध्य एशिया के जोर्डन, यूरोप के रूमानिया-हंगरी के मारामारोश क्षेत्र और दक्षिण अमरीका के मैक्सिको देश की यायावरी पर ले जाते हैं। तीनों जगहें जितनी यायावरी की दृष्टि से आकर्षक हैं, उतना ही उनका ऐतिहासिक और सांस्कृतिक महत्त्व भी है और यहाँ पर मानव-सभ्यता के अनेक पुरातत्व अवशेष मिलते हैं।
यात्रा-वृत्तान्त के अतिरिक्त असग़र वजाहत अनेक विधाओं में लिखते हैं-उपन्यास, कहानी, नाटक और निबन्ध। उनकी अन्य लोकप्रिय पुस्तकें हैं – बाक़र गंज के सैयद, सबसे सस्ता गोश्त, सफ़ाई गन्दा काम है, जिस लाहौर नईं देख्या ओ जम्या ई नईं, गोडसे@गांधी.कॉम और भीड़तंत्र।
अपने यात्रा वृत्तान्तों से हिन्दी में एक नई शुरुआत करने वाले असग़र वजाहत अपने आपको सामाजिक पर्यटक या सोशल टूरिस्ट कहते हैं। वे जिस जगह जाते हैं वहाँ का कोरा विवरण नहीं लिखते बल्कि यात्रा वृत्तान्तों के माध्यम से उन जगहों की सांस्कृतिक विविधता और जीवन के रंग दिखाने का प्रयास करते हैं जिससे पाठक उनके साथ उनकी यात्रा में पूरी तरह जुड़ जाता है। ‘अतीत का दरवाज़ा’ में लेखक असग़र वजाहत अपने पाठकों को मध्य एशिया के जोर्डन, यूरोप के रूमानिया-हंगरी के मारामारोश क्षेत्र और दक्षिण अमरीका के मैक्सिको देश की यायावरी पर ले जाते हैं। तीनों जगहें जितनी यायावरी की दृष्टि से आकर्षक हैं, उतना ही उनका ऐतिहासिक और सांस्कृतिक महत्त्व भी है और यहाँ पर मानव-सभ्यता के अनेक पुरातत्व अवशेष मिलते हैं।
यात्रा-वृत्तान्त के अतिरिक्त असग़र वजाहत अनेक विधाओं में लिखते हैं-उपन्यास, कहानी, नाटक और निबन्ध। उनकी अन्य लोकप्रिय पुस्तकें हैं – बाक़र गंज के सैयद, सबसे सस्ता गोश्त, सफ़ाई गन्दा काम है, जिस लाहौर नईं देख्या ओ जम्या ई नईं, गोडसे@गांधी.कॉम और भीड़तंत्र।
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