Dostoyevsky is intimately linked with his heroes. It is his blood that courses through their veins, and his heart that beats in all of them. Dostoyevsky brings forth his characters in anguish, with throbbing pulse and breath that is gasping and labored. He commits the crimes his heroes commit, lives their titanically turbulent lives, repents with them, and is with them in his thoughts, which shake heaven and earth. Because of his urge to go through more and more experience with them with such terrible concreteness, we are shaken by him as by no one else.
a funny man s dream
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This dark comedy about celebrity is from the author who is “among the most perceptive and edgy chroniclers of an increasingly coarse American culture” (New York Journal of Books). The funny man is a middling comic in an unnamed city. By day he takes care of his infant son; by night he performs in small clubs. His wife waits tables to support the family. It doesn’t sound like much, but they’re happy, more or less. Until the day he comes up with it. His thing. His gimmick. And everything changes. He’s a headliner, and the venues get bigger fast. Pretty soon he has a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster, all thanks to the gimmick. Which is: He performs with his fist in his mouth. Jokes, impressions, commercials—all with his fist in his mouth. The people want him—are crazy for him—but only with his fist in his mouth. And the funny man is tired of having his fist in his mouth. Thus, as the novel begins, his career is in tatters, his family has left him, and he’s on trial for shooting an unarmed man six times. His lawyer argues that he is not guilty by reason of celebrity. It remains to be seen whether he can be saved . . . A smart satire of our absurd culture, The Funny Man documents one individual’s slide from everyman to monster—even as it reveals the potential for grace and mercy in his life.
This book comprises essays to mark the centenary of Dostoyevsky's death in 1881. The first part considers specific works and the second part ranges more widely over aspects of the great novelist's work, including essays on Dostoyevsky as philosopher, on his religious thought and on formalist and structuralist approaches to his work.
A man with a haunting past, Ed wants to drive himself to death. Love seems to be lost. Fred forces him to join therapy. Oscar, a man he loathes, knows of secret that could destroy London. A complicated story of vengeance unfolds.
This book contains more hilarious stories full of lifes everyday characters by Israels most famous humorist. Who also happens to be the Worlds best-selling humour writer with 64 million books sold in 50 languages! These are more of the best and funniest stories culled from the authors past 25 books.
Slowly, he pulled himself upward into a sitting position, his hand inching its way under the pillow. Locating the dream catcher, he wrapped his finger around it. Carefully, he twirled it around and placed it close to him, looking through the web of sinew. This was a gentle night of his childhood when he was able to visit another time in history. The dream catcher allowed him to travel the path of People of the Plains. Here he meets Tinkling Bell, Buffalo Woman, Buffalo Calf, and Painted Face. Nelson Paige and the Dream Catcher is the second in a series of four historical novels.
A beautiful Nazi spy and a British double agent match wits in this classic World War II thriller “full of action, suspense, and wheels within wheels” (Stephen Coonts). Gorgeous, cunning, and lethal, Katarina Heinrich is America’s worst nightmare. For years, the German spy has been deep undercover, posing as the happy wife of a Princeton scientist. Now she is rushing home with key intelligence pertaining to the atomic bomb. If she reaches her destination, the war will be lost. To stop her, the Allies turn to Professor Harry Winterbotham, an MI5 agent whose brilliance is matched only by his inscrutability. As Winterbotham hatches his own secret plan—one with the potential to deliver the world’s greatest weapon into the hands of the Nazis—the two spies play a deadly game of cat and mouse across the United States and Europe. From one breathtaking double cross to the next, A Gathering of Spies builds to a stunning climax among the best in espionage fiction. Lightning-paced, atmospheric, and irresistible, it is a classic story of World War II that thrills from first page to last.