The Silent Cry [EPUB]

The Silent Cry [EPUB]
The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe
2016 | EPUB | 1.27MB

The Silent Cry follows two brothers who return to their ancestral home, a village in densely forested Western Japan. After decades of separation, the reunited men are each preoccupied by their own personal crises. One brother grapples with the recent suicide of his dearest friend, the birth of his disabled son, and his wife's increasing alcoholism. The other brother sets out to incite an uprising among the local youth against the disintegration of the community's culture and economy due to the imposing franchise of a Korean businessman nicknamed the "Emperor of the Supermarkets". Both brothers live in the shadow of the mysteries surrounding the untimely deaths of their older brother and younger sister, as well as their great-grandfather's political heroism. When long-kept family secrets are revealed, the brothers' strained bond is pushed to its breaking-point and their lives are irrevocably changed.

Considered Oe's most essential work by the Nobel Prize committee, The Silent Cry is as powerfully relevant today as it was when first published in 1967.

Death by Water [EPUB]

Death by Water [EPUB]
Death by Water by Kenzaburo Oe
2015 | EPUB | 3.21MB

Kenzaburo Oe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for creating "an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today." In Death by Water, his recurring protagonist and literary alter-ego returns to his hometown village in search of a red suitcase fabled to hold documents revealing the details of his fathers death during WWII: details that will serve as the foundation for his new, and final, novel.

Since his youth, renowned novelist Kogito Choko planned to fictionalize his fathers fatal drowning in order to fully process the loss. Stricken with guilt and regret over his failure to rescue his father, Choko has long been driven to discover why his father was boating on the river in a torrential storm. Though he remembers overhearing his father and a group of soldiers discussing an insurgent scheme to stage a suicide attack on Emperor Mikado, Choko cannot separate his memories from imagination and his family is hesitant to reveal the entire story. When the contents of the trunk turn out to offer little clarity, Choko abandons the novel in creative despair. Floundering as an artist, hes haunted by fear that he may never write his tour de force. But when he collaborates with an avant-garde theater troupe dramatizing his early novels, Kogito is revitalized by revisiting his formative work and he finds the will to continue investigating his fathers demise.

Diving into the turbulent depths of legacy and mortality, Death by Water is an exquisite examination of resurfacing national and personal trauma, and the ways that storytelling can mend political, social, and familial rifts.

1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution [EPUB]

1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution [EPUB]
1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution selected by Boris Dralyuk
2016 | EPUB | 0.8MB

1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution is a collection of literary responses to one of the most cataclysmic events in modern world history, which exposes the immense conflictedness and doubt, conviction and hope, pessimism and optimism which political events provoked among contemporary writers - sometimes at the same time, even in the same person. This dazzling panorama of thought, language and form includes work by authors who are already well known to the English-speaking world (Bulgakov, Pasternak, Akhmatova, Mayakovsky), as well as others, whose work we have the pleasure of encountering here for the very first time in English.

Edited by Boris Dralyuk, the acclaimed translator of Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry (also published by Pushkin Press), 1917 includes works by some of the best Russian writers - some already famous in the English-speaking world, some published here for the very first time. It is an anthology for everyone: those who are coming to Russian literature for the first time, those who are already experienced students of it, and those who simply want to know how it felt to live through this extreme period in history.

POETRY:

  • Marina Tsvetaeva, 'You stepped from a stately cathedral ', 'Night. - Northeaster. - Roar of soldiers. - Roar of waves.'
  • Zinaida Gippius, 'Now', 'What have we done to it?', '14 December 1917'
  • Osip Mandelstam, 'In public and behind closed doors'
  • Osip Mandelstam, 'Let's praise, O brothers, liberty's dim light'
  • Anna Akhmatova, 'When the nation, suicidal'
  • Boris Pasternak, 'Spring Rain'
  • Mikhail Kuzmin, 'Russian Revolution'
  • Sergey Esenin, 'Wake me tomorrow at break of day'
  • Mikhail Gerasimov, 'I forged my iron flowers'
  • Vladimir Kirillov, 'We'
  • Aleksey Kraysky, 'Decrees'
  • Andrey Bely, 'Russia'
  • Alexander Blok, 'The Twelve'
  • Titsian Tabidze, 'Petersburg'
  • Pavlo Tychyna, 'Golden Humming'
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky, 'Revolution: A Poem-Chronicle', 'To Russia', 'Our March'

PROSE:

  • Alexander Kuprin, 'Sashka and Yashka'
  • Valentin Kataev, 'The Drum'
  • Aleksandr Serafimovich, 'How He Died'
  • Dovid Bergelson, 'Pictures of the Revolution'
  • Teffi, 'A Few Words About Lenin', 'The Guillotine'
  • Vasily Rozanov, from 'Apocalypse of Our Time'
  • Aleksey Remizov, 'The Lay of the Ruin of Rus''
  • Yefim Zozulya, 'The Dictator: A Story of Ak and Humanity'
  • Yevgeny Zamyatin, 'The Dragon'
  • Aleksandr Grin, 'Uprising'
  • Mikhail Prishvin, 'Blue Banner'
  • Mikhail Zoshchenko, 'A Wonderful Audacity'
  • Mikhail Bulgakov, 'Future Prospects'

The Last Great Strike: Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America [EPUB]

The Last Great Strike: Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America [EPUB]
The Last Great Strike: Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America by Ahmed White
2015 | EPUB | 7.62MB

In May 1937, seventy thousand workers walked off their jobs at four large steel companies known collectively as Little Steel. The strikers sought to make the companies retreat from decades of antiunion repression, abide by the newly enacted federal labor law, and recognize their union. For two months a grinding struggle unfolded, punctuated by bloody clashes in which police, company agents, and National Guardsmen ruthlessly beat and shot unionists. At least sixteen died and hundreds more were injured before the strike ended in failure. The violence and brutality of the Little Steel Strike became legendary. In many ways it was the last great strike in modern America.

Traditionally the Little Steel Strike has been understood as a modest setback for steel workers, one that actually confirmed the potency of New Deal reforms and did little to impede the progress of the labor movement. However, The Last Great Strike tells a different story about the conflict and its significance for unions and labor rights. More than any other strike, it laid bare the contradictions of the industrial labor movement, the resilience of corporate power, and the limits of New Deal liberalism at a crucial time in American history.

D DAY Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 [Audiobook]

D DAY Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 [Audiobook]
D DAY Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 [Audiobook] by Holger Eckhertz, read by P J Ochlan
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 6 hrs 7 mins | 167.03MB

This is the hidden side of D-Day which has fascinated readers/listeners around the world.

Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? What were their experiences on facing the tanks, the flamethrowers and the devastating air superiority of the Allies?

This book sheds fascinating light on these questions, bringing together statements made by German survivors after the war, when time had allowed them to reflect on their state of mind, their actions and their choices of June 6. We see a perspective of D-Day which deserves to be added to the historical record, in which ordinary German troops struggled to make sense of the onslaught that was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied soldiers. We see, too, how the Germans fought in the great coastal bunkers, perceived as impregnable fortresses, but in reality often becoming tombs for their crews. Above all, we now have the unheard human voices of the individual German soldiers - the men who are so often portrayed as a faceless mass.