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Roland Barthes (Critical Lives) - Roland Barthes (1915-1980) is one of France's most important writers and theorists of the second half of the twentieth century. His volumes of essays have been translated into many languages. His work is hugely influential in the fields of semiotics, structuralism and numerous areas of the humanities. Yet Barthes' career, hampered by illness in early adulthood, was beset by a large number of false starts. After the Second World War

The Destruction of Memory – Architecture at War

“The #Destruction of Memory: #Architecture at War" by Robert Bevan Nothing is safe from the cultural cleansing underway . . . It targets human lives, and minorities, and is marked by the systematic destruction of humanity’s ancient heritage.

The story of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish businessman who rescued many of Budapest's Jews from the Nazi Holocaust. The complete story of his life can be told for the first time following access to Russian and Swedish archival sources.

Paolo Veronese By Alessandra Zamperini - Here is a glorious survey of the work of Paolo Veronese (15281588), one of the most prolific and successful painters of the Italian late Renaissance. Together with Titian and Tintoretto, he is associated with some of the greatest Venetian art of the 16th century. Working in a dramatic Mannerist style early in his career, Veronese quickly gained a reputation for his dignified depictions of classical elegance and grandeur.

Hidden Possibilities: Essays in Honor of Muriel Spark By Robert Ellis Hosmer - Hidden Possibilities Described by David Lodge as "the most gifted and innovative writer of her generation," Muriel Spark had a literary career that spanned from the late 1940s until her death in 2006, and included poems, stories, plays, essays, and, most notably, novels. The extensive bibliography of her works included in this collection reveals the astonishing output of a powerful and sustained creative spirit.

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War - Three young men gazed at him from silver-framed photographs in his grandmother’s house, ‘beheld but not noticed, as angels are in a frieze full of mortal strugglers’. They had all been in the Second World War, a fact that surprised him. Indians had never figured in his idea of the war, nor the war in his idea of India – and he thought that he had a good idea of both. One of them, Bobby, even looked a bit like him,

Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures during World War II, Reviewed May 2015

Surrealism was a revolution. Unlike other modern movements such as cubism and geometrical abstraction, it was not based purely on artistic innovation; its aim was nothing less than the liberation, in art and in life, of the resources of the subconscious mind