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    Empire of Signs

    Empire of Signs

    Over Japan. Engelstalig, vertaald uit het Fran. Paperback, in zeer goede staat. 

    Brief appreciations of things Japanese, of the richness, mobility, and subtlety of the Japanese exchange of signs: published in France in 1970, and Barthes at his most seductive. These are the observations of every traveler, translated (without strain) into recognitions. The dinner tray seems a picture of the most delicate order; it is actually a palette, with which you are going to play in the course of your meal. . . (In the next piece: by chopsticks, food becomes no longer a prey to which one does violence . . . but a substance harmoniously transferred.) And this sequence of thoughts leads Barthes to remark on the absence of a center, a precious heart, a deep meaning (food is never anything but a collection of fragments). There then comes Tokyo: a city with an empty center, the forbidden grounds of the (figurehead) Emperor's palace. Japan not only affords Barthes a profusion of complex signs, it suites his penchant for the formal--and for non-meaning, the absence of a symbolic charge. The haiku is not a rich thought reduced to a brief form, but a brief event which immediately finds its proper form. Thus, also, the reflections on bowing; on Bunraku puppets; on the Zengakuren riots (a great scenario of signs climaxing in a purely vocal exercise--The Zengakuren are going to fight--without a subject or stated cause.) There is more concentrated pleasure here, along with fewer stylistic and other impediments--than in major works of the canon.

    Roland Barthes ;

    € 7,50

    Year of the Monkey

    Year of the Monkey

    Engels. Paperback, in zeer goede staat

    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids'Magical' GUARDIAN'A gripping tale of the search for meaning in times of turbulence - expressed with Smith's signature poetic flair' VOGUE'Extraordinary ... A tense, teasing mix of reality and dream' SUNDAY TIMES'Her willingness to look closely at life's closing chapters makes for a magical book' WASHINGTON POST, 'The 10 books to read in September'Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, with no design yet heeding signs, including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat.In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the year of the monkey." For Patti Smith - inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Smith melds the Western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from Southern California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places - this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment. But as Patti Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope of a better world. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

    Patti Smith ;

    € 7,50

    On Self-Hatred

    On Self-Hatred

    hardcover, Engels, als nieuw

    "The School of Life: On Self-Hatred may be the most essential of The School of Life's essential philosophy handbooks: it reminds us, yet again, that we are not alone, that much more connects us than divides us and that self-acceptance is one of the most important keys to peace of mind." - Emma Thompson, DBE British actress and screenwriter

    A guide to emotional healing and living a more self-accepting life.


    Behind many of our problems lies an often ignored factor: we don't like ourselves very much. We are sufferers of self-hatred. We tell ourselves the meanest things. It's because of self-hatred that we tend to neglect our potential at work and get entangled in unfulfilling relationships, that we lack confidence in our social lives and suffer from anxiety, despair and imposter syndrome.

    This is a book that, with immense compassion and fellow feeling, investigates the phenomenon of self-hatred while giving pragmatic advice on how to overcome it. It asks where the feeling comes from, what it makes us do and how we might become kinder and more compassionate towards ourselves.

    We have probably spent far too much of our lives disliking ourselves and attacking everything we say, do or feel, while not even realizing what we're up to. It's time to overcome our masochism and move towards a more self-forgiving and accepting stance. The School of Life: On Self Hatred is a guide to the more compassionate and gentle relationship we should have had with ourselves from the start, and can all achieve now.

    • IDENTIFIES THE ORIGINS AND CONSEQUENCES OF SELF-HATRED: and provides advice for living a more self-accepting life.
      gives us the tools to challenge our inner critic and deal with imposter syndrome.
    • ACCESSIBLE AND PRAGMATIC: with a compassionate and realistic
      tone, outlining the importance of self-care.
      include: Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person, On Confidence,
      How to Find Love and Self-Knowledge.

    The School of Life ;

    € 7,50

    The Awful End of...

    The Awful End of Prince William the Silent

    Engelstalig. Linnengebonden met omslag, hoekje uit schutblad. In zeer goede staat

    "In The Awful End of Prince William the Silent, Lisa Jardine explores the historical ramifications of the first assassination of a head of state with a hand-gun. The shooting of Prince William of Orange in the hallway of his Delft residence in July 1584 by a French Catholic - the second attempt on his life - had immediate political consequences: it was a serious setback for the Protestant cause in the Netherlands, as its forces fought for independence from the Catholic rule of the Habsburg empire. But, as Jardine illustrates, its implications for those in positions of power were even more far-reaching, as the assassination brutally and irrevocably heralded the arrival of a lethal new threat to the security of nations: a weapon that could be concealed and used to deadly effect at point-blank range." "Queen Elizabeth I, William's close Protestant ally, was devastated by his death and, being the subject of assassination plots herself, thrown into panic; in the aftermath of William's murder, legislation was enacted in the English Parliament making it an offence to bring a pistol anywhere near a royal palace. Elizabeth's terror was not misplaced - as Jardine observes, this assassination was the first in a long and bloody line that would take in those of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Archduke Ferdinand in 1914, and is all too relevant even today."--BOOK JACKET.

    Lisa Jardine ;

    € 4,50



    Engelstalige paperback, als nieuw







    'Diamond-sharp, timely and urgent' Observer, Best Debuts of 2021

    'Subtle, elegant, scorching' Vogue

    'Virtuosic, exquisite, achingly unique' Guardian

    'I'm full of the hope, on reading it, that this is the kind of book that doesn't just mark the moment things change, but also makes that change possible' Ali Smith

    'Exquisite, daring, utterly captivating. A stunning new writer' Bernardine Evaristo

    Come of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Step out into a world of Go Home vans. Go to Oxbridge, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things. Buy a flat. Buy art. Buy a sort of happiness. But above all, keep your head down. Keep quiet. And keep going.

    The narrator of Assembly is a Black British woman. She is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend's family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can't escape the question: is it time to take it all apart?

    'One of the most talked-about debuts of the year . . . You'll read it in one sitting' Sunday Times Style

    'Expertly crafted, remarkable, astonishing... A literary debut with flavours of Jordan Peele's Get Out' Bookseller, Editor's Choice

    'Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway meets Citizen by Claudia Rankine... As breathtakingly graceful as it is mercilessly true' Olivia Sudjic

    'Bold and original, with a cool intelligence, and so very truthful about the colonialist structure of British society' Diana Evans

    'This marvel of a novel manages to say all there is to say about Britain today' Sabrina Mahfouz

    Natasha Brown ;

    € 6,50
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