Author: David Le Breton
Publisher: LIT EDIZIONI
David Le Breton torna sullo stesso tema di Il mondo a piedi (Feltrinelli, 2001 â€ścome un camminatore che, anni dopo, torna su un percorso che ha immensamente amatoâ€ť. Uomo di grande sensibilitĂ e cultura, illuminato interprete del suo tempo, Le Breton raccoglie in queste pagine schizzi paesaggistici, riflessioni e aneddoti sul camminare e sui camminatori, rievoca tradizioni e personaggi storici e ci offre un punto di vista inedito e ispirato su un aspetto insolito del viaggio. Percorrere sentieri e rotte insolite, sondare foreste e montagne, scalare colline solo per il piacere di ridiscenderle, poter contare solo sulle proprie forze fisiche, esposti di continuo agli stimoli del mondo fuori e dentro se stessi: questo Ă¨ il camminare, un anacronismo in una contemporaneitĂ che privilegia la velocitĂ , il rendimento, lâ€™efficienza. Per Le Breton camminare Ă¨ un lungo rito dâ€™iniziazione, una scuola universale, una filosofia dellâ€™esistenza che purifica lo spirito e lo riconduce allâ€™umiltĂ , un atto naturale e trasparente che restaura la dimensione fisica del rapporto con lâ€™ambiente e ricorda il sentimento della nostra esistenza.
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. In this heart-pounding follow-up to Tangled by New York Times bestseller Emma Chase, Kate reveals that there is trouble in paradise, when unexpected circumstances force her and Drew to "renegotiate" their relationship. There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. Iâ€™ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himselfâ€”and of me. But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice; the most important of my life. Drew already made hisâ€”in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know thatâ€™s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville, Ohio, alone. Well, sort of alone... What I've come to realize is that old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead.
*The ultimate insider's guide to Malta*Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides*Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 250 titles and 1.5 million copies in print worldwide*Appeals to both the local market (more than 433,000 people call Malta home) and the tourist market (almost 1.2 million people visit Malta every year!)*Fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographsWith its picturesque villages and ports, sandy and rocky beaches, and its impressive ancient buildings, Malta offers a wonderful variety of experiences in deceivingly small spaces. The main island of the Maltese archipelago, Malta is the economic and administrative hub of the island group. It is known for its crystal clear seas and hours and hours of sunshine. Its 7,000-year history of shifting between East and West has made Malta a very unique nation in the Mediterranean. Whether you are a visitor or a long-time resident, 111 Places in Malta That You Shouldn't Miss will take you exploring through Malta's historic secrets and little known nooks.
Author: Paul ValĂ©ry
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
The Cahiers/Notebooks of Paul Valery are a unique form of writing. They reveal Valery as one of the most radical and creative minds of the twentieth century, encompassing a wide range of investigation into all spheres of human activity. His work explores the arts, the sciences, philosophy, history and politics, investigating linguistic, psychological and social issues, all linked to the central questions, relentlessly posed: what is the human mind and how does it work?, what is the potential of thought and what are its limits? But we encounter here too, Valery the writer: exploratory, fragmentary texts undermine the boundaries between analysis and creativity, between theory and practice. Neither journal nor diary, eluding the traditional genres of writing, the Notebooks offer lyrical passages, writing of extreme beauty, prose poems of extraordinary descriptive power alongside theoretical considerations of poetics, ironic aphorisms and the most abstract kind of analysis. The concerns and the insights that occupied Valery's inner voyages over more than 50 years remain as relevant as ever for the contemporary reader: for the Self that is his principal subject is at once singular and universal.
Author: Charles Dickens
The Pre-Platonic Philosophers
Author: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Greg Whitlock
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
"Whitlock's translation definitively confirms that Nietzsche grouped Socrates with the earlier Greeks, rather than with Plato and other "mixed character philosophers" as many interpreters have claimed. That Nietzsche's philosophical sympathies lay with the pre-Platonics, as opposed to the pre-Socratics, bears substantially on his later rejection of absolutes such as Truth, Knowledge, Beauty, and Being." "The Pre-Platonic Philosophers is invaluable both as a record of Nietzsche's views on the early Greek thinkers and as a prefigurement of key aspects of his mature philosophy."--BOOK JACKET.
The Fear of Hell
Author: Piero Camporesi
Publisher: Penn State Press
The Fear of Hell is a provocative study of two of the most powerful images in Christianity&â€”hell and the eucharist. Drawing upon the writings of Italian preachers and theologians of the Counter-Reformation, Piero Camporesi demonstrates the extraordinary power of the Baroque imagination to conjure up punishments, tortures, and the rewards of sin. In the first part of the book, Camporesi argues that hell was a very real part of everyday life during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Preachers portrayed hell in images typical of common experience, comparing it to a great city, a hospital, a prison, a natural disaster, a rioting mob, or a feuding family. The horror lay in the extremes to which these familiar images could be taken. The city of hell was not an ordinary city, but a filthy, stinking, and overcrowded place, an underworld &"sewer&" overflowing with the refuse of decaying flesh and excrement&â€”shocking but not beyond human imagination. What was most disturbing about this grotesque imagery was the realization by the people of the day that the punishment of afterlife was an extension of their daily experience in a fallen world. Thus, according to Camporesi, the fear of hell had many manifestations over the centuries, aided by such powerful promoters as Gregory the Great and Dante, but ironically it was during the Counter-Reformation that hell's tie with the physical world became irrevocable, making its secularization during the Enlightenment ultimately easier. The eucharist, or host, the subject of the second part of the book, represented corporeal salvation for early modern Christians and was therefore closely linked with the imagery of hell, the place of perpetual corporeal destruction. As the bread of life, the host possessed many miraculous powers of healing and sustenance, which made it precious to those in need. In fact, it was seen to be so precious to some that Camporesi suggests that there was a &"clandestine consumption of the sacred unleavened bread, a network of dealers and sellers&" and a &"market of consumers.&" But to those who ate the host unworthily was the prospect of swift retribution. One wicked priest continued to celebrate the mass despite his sin, and as a result, &"his tongue and half of his face became rotten, thus demonstrating, unwillingly, by the stench of his decaying face, how much the pestiferous smell of his contaminated heart was abominable to God.&" When received properly, however, the host was a source of health and life both in this world and in the world to come. Written with style and imagination, The Fear of Hell offers a vivid and scholarly examination of themes central to Christian culture, whose influence can still be found in our beliefs and customs today.
Author: Rebecca Solnit
A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of Men Explain Things to Me Drawing together many histories--of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores--Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction--from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja--finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.
Author: Hart Crane
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Crane's first collection of poems, published when he was twenty-seven, displays a prodigious gift already at the height of its powers.
Author: Agustin Gomez-Arcos
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Discusses the traditions of travel in the Western world, including heroic journeys, pilgrimages, and scientific expeditions, the influence of travel on identity, travelling peoples, and the effect of travel and travellers on society
Elogio della lentezza
Author: Carl HonorĂ©
Da Slow Food al sesso tantrico, dal pilates alla medicina omeopatica, negli ultimi anni la rivoluzione slow si Ă¨ diffusa negli ambiti piĂą disparati della nostra iperattiva ed efficientissima quotidianitĂ . Contro la tirannia dellâ€™orologio e i ritmi frenetici che riempiono a dismisura ogni minuto dedicato al lavoro, alla salute, alla famiglia, questo manuale ci offre la possibilitĂ di scoprire, e mettere in pratica, un salutare ritorno alla lentezza: ritagliarsi ogni giorno uno spazio in cui spegnere computer, cellulari, radio e tv, concedersi un pasto cucinato con le proprie mani, scegliere un passo meno frenetico e trovare il tempo di guardarsi attorno. Carl HonorĂ©, ormai considerato il profeta della slow life, con questo bestseller consegna nelle nostre mani un monito innovativo e rivoluzionario: â€śQuando ci si dimentica di rallentare, quando si accelerano cose che non vanno accelerate, câ€™Ă¨ sempre un prezzo da pagareâ€ť.
Sensing the World
Author: David Le Breton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Sensing the World: An Anthropology of the Senses is a highly original and comprehensive overview of the anthropology and sociology of the body and the senses. Discussing each sense in turn â€“ seeing, hearing, touch, smell, and taste â€“ Le Breton has written a truly monumental work, vast in scope and deeply engaging in style. Among other pioneering moves, he gives equal attention to light and darkness, sound and silence, and his disputation of taste explores aspects of disgust and revulsion. Part phenomenological, part historical, this is above all a cultural account of perception, which returns the body and the senses to the center of social life. Le Breton is the leading authority on the anthropology of the body and the senses in French academia. With a repute comparable to the late Pierre Bourdieu, his 30+ books have been translated into numerous languages. This is the first of his works to be made available in English. This sensuously nuanced translation of La Saveur du monde is accompanied by a spicy preface from series editor David Howes, who introduces Le Breton's work to an English-speaking audience and highlights its implications for the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, and the cross-disciplinary field of sensory studies.