Kafka: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
30 January 2017, 11:03
2005 | EPUB | 2.17MB
Franz Kafka is among the most intriguing and influential writers of the last century. During his lifetime he worked as a civil servant and published only a handful of short stories, the best known being The Transformation. His other three novels, published after his death, helped to found his reputation as a uniquely perceptive interpreter of the twentieth century.
Discussing both Kafka's crisis-ridden life and the subtleties of his art, Ritchie Robertson provides an intriguing and accessible look at the life of this fascinating author. Using Metamorphosis as a recurring example, Robertson shows how Kafka's work explores such characteristically modern themes as the place of the body in culture, the power of institutions over people, and the possibility of religion after Nietzsche had proclaimed "the death of God."
The Meaning of Flowers: Myth, Language & Lore [EPUB]
28 January 2017, 03:04
1998 | EPUB | 11.67MB
Should you send a rose of crimson or of white to the one you love? What gift of flowers best expresses thanks to a dear friend? From ancient days, long before words complicated what we say to one another, flowers have been our messengers, invested with our most cherished feelings. Illustrated with luscious collages by acclaimed artist Ann Field, this enchanting tribute to the power and symbolism of flowers offers a contemporary introduction to an age-old tradition.
The text draws on botanical, historical, and mythological sources worldwide, from ancient Rome to Victorian England, from Asia to the Americas, presenting portraits of almost 50 blossoms favored for all time. In Persia, for instance, the black medulla of the red tulip was said to represent the lover's heart, burnt to a coal by love's passion. To Victorians, lavender signified a broken trust, hollyhocks fertility, and nasturtiums a jest or whimsy. Blending fact, folktale, natural history, and original art, The Meaning of Flowers explores the language and lore of nature's most intimate and beautiful gifts.
The Big Green Book of Italian Verbs [PDF]
26 January 2017, 10:54
2013 | PDF | 3.18MB
A colorful addition to the popular Big Book of Verbs series
What does The Big Green Book of Italian Verbs have that the competition doesn't? It has more verbs, a better selection of conjugations, more usage examples, and clearer presentation of tense formation and usage. Also, this book streamlines the learning process by indicating the principal parts and irregularities of each conjugated verb.
Destined to become the new verb bible for English students of Italian, The Big Green Book of Italian Verbs includes:
- 555 of the most useful Italian verbs, fully conjugated
- Tense names provided in English and Italian
- Example sentences for all 555 verbs
- Full facing-page of contextual sentences for the top 50 verbs
- A two-page Formation and Usage spread for each tense
- An index of the 2,700 most common verbs, cross-referenced to all 555 verbs
- A list of confusing irregular forms and their infinitives
- Plus verb tests and drills to improve competence