L'arte di annacarsi
Author: Roberto Alajmo
Publisher: Gius.Laterza & Figli Spa
«Enorme davvero: enorme, e unica, e inspiegabile è lossessione meteorologica dei siciliani. Se cè brutto tempo si sentono in colpa, si giustificano, come se avessero invitato qualcuno a casa propria facendogli trovare la tovaglia macchiata di sugo». Una stravaganza, ma non lunica. Se andate a Scicli troverete, per esempio, uninsolita raffigurazione della Grande Madre: in tutto il Mediterraneo è una figura archetipica soavemente benigna, mentre qui si trasforma nella Madonna delle Milizie, armata e a cavallo, parecchio minacciosa. Ma è tutta la Sicilia a essere, oltre che se stessa, anche il contrario di sé, capace di amori smisurati, che si esprimono nella fisicità degli incontri: è il tatto a prevalere fra i cinque sensi. I siciliani toccano. Ti toccano un braccio mentre cercano di capire di cosa hai bisogno e anche di cosa non sai ancora di avere bisogno. La sensazione di essere toccati può rivelarsi sgradevole, per il viaggiatore, ma anche lui a poco a poco si abitua, e alla fine qualcuno persino si dispiace quando poi nessuno lo tocca più. Apparenti contraddizioni e immobili mutamenti rendono lo spirito di una terra piena di angoli insospettabili. Marsala, Palermo, Ustica, Porto Palo, Favignana, Agrigento, Siracusa, Tindari, Catania, Gela, Taormina, Messina sono solo alcune delle tappe di Roberto Alajmo, un viaggiatore capace di raccontare riallacciando i fili di una trama antichissima e tormentata: in fondo lamore per la Sicilia è quello che si prova per una canaglia. Tu sai che è una canaglia, ma non puoi farci niente.Roberto Alajmo a Le Storie di Corrado Augias: guarda il videoRoberto Alajmo a Fahrenheit: ascolta l'audio
Author: Roberto Alajmo
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Palermo’s heart lies hidden under its many outer layers. In this unusual guide to the beautiful Sicilian capital, Roberto Alajmo uncovers each stratum to reveal its true character. Although disguised as a tourist’s handbook, Palermo has much more to offer than ordinary recommendations for the intrepid traveler—it gives an insight into the city from a lifelong resident’s point of view, showcasing its hidden cultural and culinary jewels; portraying its people and their secrets; touching on its politics and contentious mafia involvement. Seeing Palermo with one’s own eyes is an ineffable experience, even for Alajmo; the essence of the city, its beauty, is the only aspect left to the reader to discover.
Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
"In four brief chapters," writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, "I have attempted both to lay out a general framework for the comparative analysis of religion and to apply it to a study of the development of a supposedly single creed, Islam, in two quite contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and the Moroccan." Mr. Geertz begins his argument by outlining the problem conceptually and providing an overview of the two countries. He then traces the evolution of their classical religious styles which, with disparate settings and unique histories, produced strikingly different spiritual climates. So in Morocco, the Islamic conception of life came to mean activism, moralism, and intense individuality, while in Indonesia the same concept emphasized aestheticism, inwardness, and the radical dissolution of personality. In order to assess the significance of these interesting developments, Mr. Geertz sets forth a series of theoretical observations concerning the social role of religion.
“[Niebuhr] is one of my favorite philosophers. I take away [from his works] the compelling idea that there’s serious evil in the world, and hardship and pain. And we should be humble and modest in our belief we can eliminate those things. But we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inaction. I take away . . . the sense we have to make these efforts knowing they are hard.”—President Barack Obama Forged during the tumultuous but triumphant postwar years when America came of age as a world power, The Irony of American History is more relevant now than ever before. Cited by politicians as diverse as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr’s masterpiece on the incongruity between personal ideals and political reality is both an indictment of American moral complacency and a warning against the arrogance of virtue. Impassioned, eloquent, and deeply perceptive, Niebuhr’s wisdom will cause readers to rethink their assumptions about right and wrong, war and peace. “The supreme American theologian of the twentieth century.”—Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Times “Niebuhr is important for the left today precisely because he warned about America’s tendency—including the left’s tendency—to do bad things in the name of idealism. His thought offers a much better understanding of where the Bush administration went wrong in Iraq.”—Kevin Mattson, The Good Society “Irony provides the master key to understanding the myths and delusions that underpin American statecraft. . . . The most important book ever written on US foreign policy.”—Andrew J. Bacevich, from the Introduction
Anthropology of Policy
Author: Cris Shore, Susan Wright
Arguing that policy has become an increasingly central concept and instrument in the organisation of contemporary societies and that it now impinges on all areas of life so that it is virtually impossible to ignore or escape its influence, this book argues that the study of policy leads straight into issues at the heart of anthropology.
The Keeper of Ruins
Author: Gesualdo Bufalino
In this collection of twenty-odd short stories the situations vary - the reader is invited to consider Noah's ark as it first takes the ground after the Flood, and to experience a brush with Jack the Ripper in foggy Victorian London.
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
A sensual and Gothic tale of obsession and sexual awakening, Sabine is a tasty literary treat by an anonymous author that features old money and older secrets, spoiled schoolgirls, lesbians, and a school that may or may not be run by a vampire. It is the 1950s and existentialism is flourishing in Paris. But Viola, a seventeen year-old English girl, is languishing in an elite boarding school in the dull French countryside. Under the distracted tutelage of Aimée, the students lounge about the crumbling gray château playing records and smoking Gitanes, awaiting the arrival of some suitable distraction. Then a new teacher arrives—Sabine—with her long tanned legs and mane of golden hair. Sabine questions everything and challenges the girls to look at their world anew. Passion strikes Viola. But there are sinister forces at play in the château and when Sabine becomes ill with a blood disorder, Viola uncovers a dangerous secret. Smart, sexy, and atmospheric, Sabine is a tale of schoolgirl love with a gripping mystery that leaves you turning back to the first page after you’ve finished the last.
Author: G. A. Borgese
This is a new release of the original 1938 edition.
One of America's foremost writers collects the best stories submitted to NPR's popular monthly show--and illuminates the powerful role storytelling plays in all our lives When Paul Auster and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered introduced The National Story Project, the response was overwhelming. Not only was the monthly show a critical success, but the volume of submissions was astounding. Letters, emails, faxes poured in on a daily basis- more than 4,000 of them by the time the project celebrated its first birthday. Everyone, it seemed, had a story to tell. I Thought My Father Was God gathers 180 of these personal, true-life accounts in a single, powerful volume. They come from people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Half of the contributors are men; half are women. They live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas, and they come from 42 different states. Most of the stories are short, vivid bits of narrative, combining the ordinary and the extraordinary, and most describe a single incident in the writer's life. Some are funny, like the story of how a Ku Klux Klan member's beloved dog rushed out into the street during the annual KKK parade and unmasked his owner as the whole town looked on. Some are mysterious, like the story of a woman who watched a white chicken walk purposefully down a street in Portland, Oregon, hop up some porch steps, knock on the door-and calmly enter the house. Many involve the closing of a loop, like the one about the woman who lost her mother's ashes in a burglary and recovered them five years later from the mortuary of a local church. Hilarious blunders, wrenching coincidences, brushes with death, miraculous encounters, improbable ironies, premonitions, sorrows, pains, dreams-this singular collection encompasses an extraordinary range of settings, time periods, and subjects. A testament to the important role storytelling plays in all our lives, I Thought My Father Was God offers a rare glimpse into the American soul.
Food and Evolution
Author: Marvin Harris, Eric B. Ross
Publisher: Temple University Press
Many topics of interest to health professionals, such as vegetarianism, dietary fibers, lactose intolerance, favism, cannibalism and changes in nutritional status wrought by the decline of hunter-gathering and the rise of horticulture. Many sections will appeal to the general reader. --Journal of Applied Nutrition The old adage you are what you eat may be more accurate than anyone could have ever imagined. This unprecedented interdisciplinary effort by scholars in primatology, biological anthropology, archaeology, nutrition, psychology, agricultural economics, and cultural anthropology suggests that there is a systematic theory behind why humans eat what they eat. Includes discussions ranging in time from prehistory to the present, and from the most simple societies to the most complex, including South American Indian groups, African hunter-gatherers, and countries such as India, Bangladesh, Peru, and Mexico. Exceptionally well-edited. High quality individual papers are of comparable scope and are uniformly well referenced and detailed in presentation of supporting data Introductory and concluding chapters as well as section overviews create an integrated whole. --Choice Compelling...complete and...recommended. --Science Books & Films Should be of value to all nutrition educators who have an interest in the social, cultural, and international aspects of foods and nutrition. --Journal of Nutrition Education
The two of us
Author: Alberto Moravia
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Tony has no idea that he is about to fall for the lively, elfin Lucy. But the course of true love never did run smoothly - and reading his side of the story as well as hers is an irresistible treat for all 'Mates, Dates' fans.
This reprint of a study by Dr. Audrey Richards (1899-1984) describes the living conditions of the Bemba of North-Eastern Rhodesia, with special reference to the effects of migrant labour on the social and economic life of a mainly agricultural society. Although primarily concerned with the production, distribution, and consumption of food, and with conditions of labour and standards of living, the book gives a vivid picture of the social structure of the Bemba - their political organisation and the functions of the chief, systems of land-tenure, kinship groupings, and the whole complex of economic, social, and magico-religious factors which arise in any community. The book has been widely recognised as an authoritative study particularly among economists and anthropologists.