Author: Rockwell Kent
First published in 1935, Salamina details artist and adventurer Rockwell Kent’s second trip to Greenland. Salamina unfolds as a series of vivid vignettes, each illustrated with Kent’s bold black and white drawings. Through his accounts of fishing trips and Christmas festivities, shared meals and budding friendships, Kent acquaints us with the Eskimo and Danish inhabitants of the small vibrant community of Igdlorssuit. Both the native people and the forbidding Arctic landscape held a special beauty for Kent, and he describes them with an artist’s eye. Salamina is Kent’s Eskimo housekeeper (kifak), who becomes a central figure in the book when she and her daughter come to share Kent’s small hut for the year. Kent’s wry self-reflection and his poetic meditations on nature, humanity and love make this an enduring classic of travel literature and artistic quest. This Wesleyan edition includes a foreword by art historian Scott R. Ferris that highlights the cultural importance of the text and illustrations and shows that for Kent, inspiration comes from life.
A record of the author's Greenland life.
Soldiers of Salamis
Author: Javier Cercas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
In the final moments of the Spanish Civil War, a writer and founding member of Franco's Fascist Party is about to be shot, and yet miraculously escapes into the forest. When his hiding place is discovered, he faces death for the second time that day-but is spared, this time by a lone soldier. The POW becomes a national hero and a member of Franco's first government, while the soldier is forgotten. Sixty years later, Cercas's novel peels back the layers of truth and propaganda in order to discover who the real hero was. Elegantly constructed and told with self-deprecating, melancholy humor, Soldiers of Salamis is a wholly original work of literature by a modern master.
Author: Rockwell Kent, Kathryn L. Hong, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Author: Javier Negrete
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
Siglo v a. C. La joven democracia ateniense se enfrenta a un terrible desafío. El gigantesco Imperio Persa pretende destruir Atenas y conquistar Grecia. En ese momento decisivo aparecerá un hombre, un genio, un visionario: Temístocles. Él será el hilo conductor de esta deslumbrante novela que, cimentada en la historia, tiene el aliento de la tragedia y la fuerza de la épica. Desde la carga suicida de los atenienses en Maratón a la batalla de las Termópilas, pasando por la fabulosa ciudad de Babilonia, todos los hilos de la trama desembocan así en la jugada maestra de Temístocles: Salamina, la mayor batalla naval de la Antigüedad y el lugar donde se dirimió el futuro de nuestra civilización. Javier Negrete recrea este momento irrepetible con un ritmo magistral y dota de vida a un elenco inolvidable de personajes, entre los que destaca Artemisia, reina de Halicarnaso, griega de nacimiento, aliada de los persas y cuyo corazón se convierte también en un campo de batalla inesperado.
After decades of uncomfortable silence, Spain has now started dealing with its violent twentieth-century past. In recent years, a vibrant memory discourse has emerged in Spanish society: the number of films, TV series, newspaper articles, history books, and memorials dedicated to the Civil War of 1936-1939 and the ensuing dictatorship of Franco has increased dramatically. Literature has also played its part in provoking and maintaining this memory boom, and as a consequence, the study of contemporary Spanish novels has started revolving around questions on the responsibility of the author, on the impact of literature in society, on its role in shaping memories, and on its ethical status. This book takes up these questions in an attempt to combine the outlook of collective memory studies with the theoretical demands of Poststructuralist theories. Focusing on themes such as haunting and the uncanny, nostalgia, the "Bildungsroman "genre, and autobiography, its author analyses memory narratives in fourteen novels by foremost Spanish authors like Javier Marias, Luis Goytisolo, Enrique Vila-Matas, and Manuel Vicent."
Diálogos de Salamina
Author: Javier Cercas, David Trueba
The Syringa Tree
Author: Pamela Gien
Publisher: Random House
In this heartrending and inspiring novel set against the gorgeous, vast landscape of South Africa under apartheid, award-winning playwright Pamela Gien tells the story of two families–one black, one white–separated by racism, connected by love. Even at the age of six, lively, inquisitive Elizabeth Grace senses she’s a child of privilege, “a lucky fish.” Soothing her worries by raiding the sugar box, she scampers up into the sheltering arms of the lilac-blooming syringa tree growing behind the family’ s suburban Johannesburg home. Lizzie’s closest ally and greatest love is her Xhosa nanny, Salamina. Deeper and more elemental than any traditional friendship, their fierce devotion to each other is charged and complicated by Lizzie’s mother, who suffers from creeping melancholy, by the stresses of her father’s medical practice, which is segregated by law, and by the violence, injustice, and intoxicating beauty of their country. In the social and racial upheavals of the 1960s, Lizzie’s eyes open to the terror and inhumanity that paralyze all the nation’s cultures–Xhosa, Zulu, Jew, English, Boer. Pass laws requiring blacks to carry permission papers for white areas and stringent curfews have briefly created an orderly state–but an anxious one. Yet Lizzie’s home harbors its own set of rules, with hushed midnight gatherings, clandestine transactions, and the girl’s special task of protecting Salamina’s newborn child–a secret that, because of the new rules, must never be mentioned outside the walls of the house. As the months pass, the contagious spirit of change sends those once underground into the streets to challenge the ruling authority. And when this unrest reaches a social and personal climax, the unthinkable will happen and forever change Lizzie’s view of the world. When The Syringa Tree opened off-Broadway in 2001, theater critics and audiences alike embraced the play, and it won many awards. Pamela Gien has superbly deepened the story in this new novel, giving a personal voice to the horrors and hopes of her homeland. Written with lyricism, passion, and life-affirming redemption, this compelling story shows the healing of the heart of a young woman and the soul of a sundered nation.