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THE DIVINERS – Romance, by Margaret Laurence

She began writing short stories shortly after her marriage. Jean Margaret Laurence was born in 1926. She was a Canadian novelist, one of the major figures in Canadian literature. In 1944 she attended Winnipeg’s United College (an arts and theology college associated with the University of Manitoba). She became associated with the intellectual movement the “Social Gospel”, which remained important ...

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EXISTENTIALIST IDEAS MADE WITHOUT EMBARRASSMENT – Milton Acorn: Cold bundles within falling heavens

His power comes from images always drawn from everyday Island life. Milton James Rhode Acorn was a Canadian poet. He was born in Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) and was a World War II veteran. http://meetingbenches.com/2017/04/stunning-canadian-landscapes-quebec-region/ In Montreal he published his early poems in an political magazine. With a radical personality and strong working-class sentiments, he translated these elements into his ...

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THE ROMANTIC – Poem, by Adam Mickiewicz

Adam Bernard Mickiewicz was a Polish-Lithuanian poet of the Romantic period. He is seen as one of Poland’s Three Bards. http://www.allposters.com/-sp/The-Birthplace-of-Adam-Bernard-Mickiewicz-1798-1855-at-Zaosie-Posters_i10076977_.htm?ac=true He was a creator of Romantic drama and has been compared both at home and in Western Europe to Byron and Goethe. Born into an impoverished noble family, he studied at the University of Wilno and in 1817 he ...

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JAPANESE BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ

Immediately after World War II have been written modern dramas, which were able to move an international audience. http://meetingbenches.com/2017/04/satsuma-domain-japan-kagoshima-landscapes/ Early works of Japanese literature were influenced by cultural contact with Chinese literature. Japanese literature has a long history and showcases the idiosyncrasies of such a culturally dominant nation. You need to remember that – since Japan reopened its ports to ...

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THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ – Novel by Dalia Sofer

All her childhood seemed like a dream. Allow Iran (so abruptly), has left a void in her, as if her life had not been quite real. http://meetingbenches.com/2017/04/iranian-inner-landscapes/ For a long time she lived with a sense of duality in living between two cultures, two people, two stories. Dalia Sofer was born in Tehran in 1972 and now lives in New ...

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WHERE THE RAIN IS BORN – Writings About Kerala, by Anita Nair

Among the top bestselling authors of fictional writing, the most famous is Anita Nair, who has earned the fame being India’s well known author of many novels. She was working as the creative director of an advertising agency in Bangalore, when she wrote her first book. She lives in Bangalore and is an Indian English-language writer, who was born in ...

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THE CAVES OF PERIGORD – Novel, by Martin Walker

Martin Walker is a senior director of a private think-tank based in Washington, DC. He is also emeritus editor of United Press International (and was a journalist for The Guardian for 25 years, serving as bureau chief in Moscow and the United States). He has written for such publications as The New York Times and The Times Literary Supplement. He ...

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AND WE DON’T REALLY KNOW – Reading Jacques Prévert

He was a French poet and screenwriter, and his poems remain very popular in the French-speaking world. His poems are often about life in Paris and life after the Second World War. Prévert’s first collection of poetry “Paroles” (Words) appeared late in 1945. One of his most famous poems – Barbara – were very popular among French youth in 50-es. ...

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OUR MAN IN IRAQ – Novel by Robert Perišić

Currently he lives and works in Zagreb and his books are considered as authentic portrayals of society in transformation. Our Man in Iraq is a novel by Croatian author Robert Perišić, writer, freelance journalist and screenwriter. He graduated in Literature and Croatian language from the University of Zagreb and since the beginning of the 1990s he has written short stories ...

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SPRING SHADES IN BOOKS AND MUSIC

At the spring equinox days are 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. It’s springtime outside, slugger. It’s springtime and soon all the trees will have leaves. Cherry trees bloom in the springtime. Springtime synonyms? Blossom, florescence, floruit, flower, flush, heyday, high noon, prime, salad days. Springtime refers also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection ...

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