The Patience Stone

Author: Atiq Rahimi
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
ISBN: 1590513827
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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“For far too long, Afghan women have been faceless and voiceless. Until now. With The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi gives face and voice to one unforgettable woman–and, one could argue, offers her as a proxy for the grievances of millions…it is a rich read, part allegory, part a tale of retribution, part an exploration of honor, love, sex, marriage, war. It is without doubt an important and courageous book.” from the introduction by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns In Persian folklore, Syngue Sabour is the name of a magical black stone, a patience stone, which absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. It is believed that the day it explodes, after having received too much hardship and pain, will be the day of the Apocalypse. But here, the Syngue Sabour is not a stone but rather a man lying brain-dead with a bullet lodged in his neck. His wife is with him, sitting by his side. But she resents him for having sacrificed her to the war, for never being able to resist the call to arms, for wanting to be a hero, and in the end, after all was said and done, for being incapacitated in a small skirmish. Yet she cares, and she speaks to him. She even talks to him more and more, opening up her deepest desires, pains, and secrets. While in the streets rival factions clash and soldiers are looting and killing around her, she speaks of her life, never knowing if her husband really hears. And it is an extraordinary confession, without restraint, about sex and love and her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. Her admission releases the weight of oppression of marital, social, and religious norms, and she leads her story up to the great secret that is unthinkable in a country such as Afghanistan. Winner of the Prix Goncourt, The Patience Stone captures with great courage and spare, poetic, prose the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. From the Hardcover edition.

Wind Bands and Cultural Identity in Japanese Schools

Author: David G. Hebert
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400721784
Format: PDF, ePub
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This well researched volume tells the story of music education in Japan and of the wind band contest organized by the All-Japan Band Association. Identified here for the first time as the world’s largest musical competition, it attracts 14,000 bands and well over 500,000 competitors. The book’s insightful contribution to our understanding of both music and education chronicles music learning in Japanese schools and communities. It examines the contest from a range of perspectives, including those of policy makers, adjudicators, conductors and young musicians. The book is an illuminating window on the world of Japanese wind bands, a unique hybrid tradition that comingles contemporary western idioms with traditional Japanese influences. In addition to its social history of Japanese school music programs, it shows how participation in Japanese school bands contributes to students’ sense of identity, and sheds new light on the process of learning to play European orchestral instruments.

Karma City

Author: Gabrion
Publisher: Europe Comics
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Karma City. A town of virtue governed by the universal laws of karma, where the public interest always comes before that of the individual. Emma List presents herself at the gates of the "white zone" of the capital city. She is authorized entry despite a slightly negative karma. A few minutes later she suffers and AVC and has a fatal car crash. What initially appears to be a routine case for agents Cooper, Napoli and Askuvi soon transforms into a wide-ranging investigation. It turns out that Emma, a paleontology researcher, had moved into the grey zone in search of an engraved mandala, evidence of the existence of pre-karmic societies...

Mister Candid

Author: Jules Hardy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743429060
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For 17 years, the FBI have been hunting a killer—a different kind of killer, with victims that are the sickos the law couldn’t touch. Who is Mr. Candid? Is he a madman or a savior? Born into a life of East-Coast privilege, Charlie Kane was a child prodigy. The gentle, handsome boy went on to Harvard, where he found the love of his life and his place in the world. Until one Thanksgiving 17 years ago, when Charlie’s world was torn apart, and the entire Kane family all but vanished.

I Am So Strong

Author: Mario Ramos
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780958278775
Format: PDF
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A big bad wolf bullies everyone he encounters in the forest into admitting that he is the strongest inhabitant of the woods, but he meets his match in an unlikely creature.

The Man Who Walked Away

Author: Maud Casey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408850311
Format: PDF
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In a trance-like state, Albert walks ? from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia ? all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he's left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images. Loosely based on the case history of Albert Dadas, a psychiatric patient in the hospital of St. André in Bordeaux in the nineteenth century, The Man Who Walked Away imagines Albert's wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him, a narrative for his pain.