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Blog entries on '02 December 2005'

Friday 02 December 2005

The Levys

Duckworth have kindly sent on Bernard-Henry Lévy's War, Evil and the End of History (originally out, in the US, from Melville House - worth noting is that Lévy will be interviewed on MobyLives Radio next week) and Le Contre-Ciel by René Daumal:

Le Contre-Ciel (‘The Counter-Heaven’) marked the start of one of the most daring and inventive careers in all of French literature. Written when its author was only twenty-two, it was honoured with the prestigious Prix Jacques Doucet, awarded by the reigning triumvirate of French letters, André Gide, Paul Valéry, and Jean Giraudoux. It is an exploration of, among other things, death as a beginning to life rather than end, a means of shedding superficial identity and experiencing understanding and awareness—concepts that Daumal later developed in his two great prose masterpieces, A Night of Serious Drinking and the posthumously published Mount Analogue.

Talking of the boss's publishing house, Melville have just published Bernard-Henry's daughter Justine Lévy's novel Nothing Serious (Winner of the Grand Prix Litteraire de l’Héroïne 2004):

Stylish, intelligent, and often scathingly funny, Nothing Serious is an unblinking portrayal of the search for self amidst the reckless glamorization of love.

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Friday 02 December 2005

December's Books of the Month

I meant to say this yesterday, but the very fact that it was the first of December rather passed me by. The over-warm office and the late-Autumn, mild wetness of the weather is not helping me work out the season either, so I was rather thrown. Anyway, books of the month ...

RSB interviewee (and contributorDai Vaugan's latest novel Non-Return (Seren) is our fiction book of the month. I can only endorse the Amazon reviewer who said, "Dai Vaughan's most accomplished work to date: epic, angry and hugely entertaining, Non-Return makes most contemporary fiction look distinctly tired"

Our non-fiction book of the month is Robert Fisk's massive The Great War for Civilisation (which the Guardian thought needed serious pruning), but which strikes me as hugely important.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 02 December 2005

MobyLives Radio

Yours truly will be doing his UK correspondent thing on MobyLives Radio today, talking briefly about this week's UK book news. (If you've not listened to MobyLives Radio do take the time, aside from my nonsense, it is very good indeed.)

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Friday 02 December 2005

More RSB rss

In an attempt to keep improving the service for those folk who read RSB via newsfeeders (e.g. bloglines or newsgator), we've added (as I've mentioned) a content feed (separate to the blog feeds) and now we also have a combined blog and content feed. (For more on RSB webfeeds - many thanks Lee.)

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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October's Books of the Month

The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM
Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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