Search Results: "Sven Lindqvist"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"This is a useful, unpretentious volume that may give context and hope to the fight against racism, while admittedly charting no new territory."
Lindqvist (``Exterminate All the Brutes'': One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide, 1996, etc.) honors courageous visionaries from the 18th to the mid- 20th centuries who stood up to the prevailing racism of their time- -a well-intentioned notion only partially carried off. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1996

"Admirers of Edward Said's Orientalism will find Lindqvist's book an eminently worthy companion. (b&w illustrations)"
An impressionistic history of European colonialism, in which the author argues that Enlightenment ideals of social evolution and human perfectibility, carried to their logical extreme, resulted in genocide. Read full book review >

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TERRA NULLIUS by Sven Lindqvist
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"A gruesome, chilling anthropology lesson from an unconventional instructor."
Sharp, lucid examination of Australia's establishment as a white-occupied country, largely effected by the genocidal treatment and displacement of the aboriginal population. Read full book review >

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PORKER'S TAXI by Sven Nordqvist
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"The book's small size (6''x7'') and simple, cartoony illustrations add to the appeal. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Porker—the appealingly bulbous bear in Porker Finds a Chair (1989)—tries to use the wheelbarrow he's just found as a taxi. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER WALK by Sven Birkerts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"It's impossible to read these close-to-the-ground essays without reminiscing on one's own past, connecting the dots between possessions and emotions, say, or reconciling memories of old lovers and friends with the way things turned out."
Intellectualized personal remembrances of things past. Read full book review >

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READINGS by Sven Birkerts
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Pessimists about book culture will find plenty of simpatico musings; others had best check their optimism beforehand."
Apart from a few purely literary digressions, Birkerts (English/Mount Holyoke Coll.) continues to pluck at the nerve he first touched with his bibliophilic, anti-technology The Gutenberg Elegies. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"A piece of hard work, dredged and sifted often to the dregs of misery—but it registers and holds."
Keen, affecting, suspicious, evocative, subtly cool memoir of Birkerts's first 30 years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2007

"Birkerts is a dedicated reader and a novelist's best friend."
A literary critic (Readings, 1999, etc.) and professor (English/Harvard Univ.) revisits some novels he read years ago and finds in them both enduring beauty and a sometimes shifting resonance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"'New York has taught me to put capital and capitalists closer to the center of modern history,' Beckert writes. His account is a dazzlingly successful exercise in doing just that."
A fascinating history of New York during the late 19th-century, a time when big money was changing the face of the city. Read full book review >

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CHANGING THE SUBJECT by Sven Birkerts
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Cogent and thoughtful, if nostalgic, essays urging our attention not to iPads and smartphones but to art."
A literary critic questions the effect of digital technology on minds, literature, and creativity. Read full book review >

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BERLIN BLUES by Sven Regener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Quietly funny and vaguely sad: an existential traipse implying that it's those who have no history who make the world go 'round."
The lead singer of a British rock band offers wryly comic glimpses of a young and thoroughly insignificant Berlin man on the eve of one of the most momentous events in late-20th-century European history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A simplistic and unconvincing jeremiad."
An inveterate bookworm bemoans the end of a literary era. Read full book review >