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Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War
Love Thy Neighbor
A Story of War
Paperback      ISBN: 0679763899
A correspondent offers a portrait of the conflict in Bosnia, from the battlefield of Sarajevo, to the atrocities that have been committed, to the lives of those caught in the crossfire of the internecine conflict. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Dracula: Prince of Many Faces : His Life and Times
Prince of Many Faces : His Life and Times
Paperback      ISBN: 0316286567
Reexamines the life of Vlad "the Impaler" Dracula, the fifteenth-century Romanian prince who served as a model for Bram Stoker's infamous vampire, in terms of the violent times in which he lived
With Their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia
With Their Backs to the World
Portraits from Serbia
Paperback      ISBN: 0465076025
Uses interviews and extended personal contact to depict thirteen Serbian individuals and one Serbian family before and after the arrest of former Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic.
Budapest: A Cultural History
A Cultural History
Paperback      ISBN: 0195314956
The views of Budapest by the River Danube are unparalleled in Europe. On one side the Buda Hills reach almost to the riverside, with Castle Hill and Gellert Hill offering outstanding panoramas. Pest, linked to Buda by a series of imposing bridges, with its mixture of late nineteenth-century Historicist and early twentieth-century Art Nouveau architecture, is still very much a "turn-of-the-century" city. For more than fifty years prior to the Second World War, Budapest was one of the outstanding cultural capitals of Central Europe, on a par with, and in some ways ahead of, Vienna and Prague. Now no longer "hidden" behind the Iron Curtain, much of that old atmosphere has returned. With its rich and often turbulent history, its unique thermal baths, its excellent public transport system, its street cafes and broad-ranging cultural scene, Budapest is a captivating metropolis, currently being rediscovered as one of the liveliest cities in the region. * City on the Danube: Straddling the majestic river, Budapest's setting is unique; bridges and baths, cafes and squares; an architecture than recalls the pre-1914 era. * City of fusions: Bartok and Kodaly fused folk and classical; the tradition continues with Budapest's vibrant mixture of live folk, gypsy, klezmer and jazz. * City of the unknown: Breaking through the barrier of the Hungarian language, often described as impenetrable, presented here are writers and poets deserving international recognition.
More Was Lost
More Was Lost
Paperback      ISBN: 1590179498
The author known for her gardening book recounts how she fell in love with, and married, a Hungarian baron while on European holiday, covering her experiences on their struggling country estate amidst the difficulties of World War II.
Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
Paperback      ISBN: 0813337925
Borderland tells the story of Ukraine. A thousand years ago it was the center of the first great Slav civilization, Kievan Rus. In 1240, the Mongols invaded from the east, and for the next seven centureies, Ukraine was split between warring neighbors: Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Austrians, and Tatars. Again and again, borderland turned into battlefield: during the Cossack risings of the seventeenth century, Russia’s wars with Sweden in the eighteenth, the Civil War of 1918–1920, and under Nazi occupation. Ukraine finally won independence in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bigger than France and a populous as Britain, it has the potential to become one of the most powerful states in Europe.In this finely written and penetrating book, Anna Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraine’s tragic past. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin’s famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Russian-speaking Donbass, from the Galician shtetlech to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the book explores Ukraine’s struggle to build itself a national identity, and identity that faces up to a bloody past, and embraces all the peoples within its borders.
The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
The Haunted Land
Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
Paperback      ISBN: 0679744991
Profiles the struggles of the people and leaders of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia as their nations endure the painful transition from dictatorship to democracy. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
A Nervous Splendor: Vienna, 1888-1889
A Nervous Splendor
Vienna, 1888-1889
Paperback      ISBN: 014005667x
Recreates an opulent and ominous period in Vienna's history, showing ways in which public events affected the hearts and minds of the Viennese people and the great artists and thinkers who lived among them
The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World
The Great Escape
Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World
Paperback      ISBN: 074326116x
Traces the early twentieth century journey of nine men from Budapest--including Edward Teller, Robert Capa, and Michael Curtiz--who fled fascism and anti-Semitism to seek sanctuary in America, where they made pivotal contributions to such causes as the development of the atomic bomb, the creation of the computer, and the evolution of modern photojournalism. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture
The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0271078707
On the eve of Passover, April 19, 1943, Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto staged a now legendary revolt against their Nazi oppressors. Since that day, the deprivation and despair of life in the ghetto and the dramatic uprising of its inhabitants have captured the American cultural imagination. The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture looks at how this place and its story have been remembered in fine art, film, television, radio, theater, fiction, poetry, and comics. Samantha Baskind explores seventy years’ worth of artistic representations of the ghetto and revolt to understand why they became and remain touchstones in the American mind. Her study includes iconic works such as Leon Uris’s best-selling novel Mila 18, Roman Polanski’s Academy Award–winning film The Pianist, and Rod Serling’s teleplay In the Presence of Mine Enemies, as well as accounts in the American Jewish Yearbook and the New York Times, the art of Samuel Bak and Arthur Szyk, and the poetry of Yala Korwin and Charles Reznikoff. In probing these works, Baskind pursues key questions of Jewish identity: What links artistic representations of the ghetto to the Jewish diaspora? How is art politicized or depoliticized? Why have Americans made such a strong cultural claim on the uprising? Vibrantly illustrated and vividly told, The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture shows the importance of the ghetto as a site of memory and creative struggle and reveals how this seminal event and locale served as a staging ground for the forging of Jewish American identity.