A National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times Notable Book: “intelligent, versatile . . . profound” stories of migration in America (The Washington Post Book World). Illuminating a new world of people in migration that has transformed the essence of America, these collected stories are a dazzling display of the vision of this critically-acclaimed contemporary writer. An aristocratic Filipina negotiates a new life for herself with an Atlanta investment banker. A Vietnam vet returns to Florida, a place now more foreign than the Asia of his war experience. An Indian widow tries to explain her culture’s traditions of grieving to her well-intentioned friends. And in the title story, an Iraqi Jew whose travels have ended in Queens suddenly finds himself an unwitting guerrilla in a South American jungle. Passionate, comic, violent, and tender, these stories draw us into a cultural fusion in the midst of its birth pangs, expressing a “consummated romance with the American language” (The New York Times Book Review).
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With the rise of the Internet, many pundits predicted that middlemen would disappear. But that hasn't happened. Far from killing the middleman, the Internet has generated a thriving new breed. In The Middleman Economy , Silicon Valley-based reporter Marina Krakovsky elucidates the six essential roles that middlemen play.
Writing from the U.S. with a Canadian background and Irish ancestry, David Cavanagh straddles a number of borders. With deft language and a compassionate voice, his poems explore complex territories of love, family, work, and nationality through the lens of personal history. They seek lost connections from a Montreal childhood, a funeral procession in Cork, or a walk with a lover among wildflowers in Vermont. Always there is yearning for meaning. And usually it's the subtle, middle ground between extremes that seems most fertile. These poems suggest that in the search for sensuous understanding lies a saving beauty and vitality. David Cavanagh is an associate dean at Johnson State College in Vermont.
1970s Calcutta. The city is teeming with thousands of young men in search of work. Somnath Banerjee "1970s Calcutta. The city is teeming with thousands of young men in search of work. Somnath Banerjee spends his days queuing up at the employment exchange. Unable to find a job despite his qualifications, Somnath decides to go into the order–supply business as a middleman. His ambition drives him to prostitute an innocent girl for a contract that will secure the future of Somnath Enterprises. As Somnath grows from an idealistic young man into a corrupt businessman, the novel becomes a terrifying portrait of the price the city extracts from its youth. Sankar’s The Middleman is the moving story of a man torn between who he is and what he wants to be. Stark and disquieting, the novel deftly exposes the decaying values and rampant corruption of a metropolis that is built on broken dreams and morbid reality. The evocative prose and vivid imagery in this first-ever translation successfully capture the textures of the Bengali original.
The Middleman is a fascinating look into the Middle East in the 1970’s: a time of great conflict precipitated by the 1973 war between Israel, Egypt and Syria, and the economic boom that created unprecedented wealth. These circumstances are the background for many of today’s Middle East crises and the missed opportunities to resolve them. Although many of the events in the story actually occurred, The Middleman is a fictional memoir centered on a Hassan Al Sawwaf, a flamboyant Arab financier, and his American lawyer. In this dynamic setting of enormous transactions and festering political conflicts, Al Sawwaf emerges as one of the wealthiest men in the world. Al Sawwaf hires Dan Quinlan to handle his legal affairs. Quinlan develops a close personal relationship with Al Sawwaf, becomes his chief executive, and finds himself in an endless drama of business crises and personal conflicts. Al Sawwaf wants to become the J.P. Morgan of the Middle East. In pursuing his goal, he meets a wealthy American hotelier, Arthur Landau, who is Jewish and has close ties to Israel. Al Sawwaf and Landau develop back channel communications between Israel and the Arab world to try to settle the 1973 conflict. This sets off complex maneuvering and political intrigue by the players. Then, Al Sawwaf comes under scrutiny from the U. S. Government for alleged connections to Watergate slush funds and corrupt business practices in Saudi Arabia. Biased U.S. prosecutors and politicians seek to discredit Al Sawwaf and the Royal Family. The U.S. media describes Al Sawwaf as a disreputable middleman and arm's dealer. Al Sawwaf believes Israel is behind these investigations. Subsequently, the U.S. indicts Al Sawwaf for assisting the President of the Phillipines in the purchase of some office buildings in New York. Conflict develops between Al Sawwaf and Quinlan because Al Sawwaf has ignores Quinlan’s advice. Quinlan has difficult choices. He wants to maintain a personal relationship with Al Sawwaf as his lawyer, but must resign as his chief executive. Quinlan believes he has failed Al Sawwaf because of the legal and business problems. Al Sawwaf relishes the opportunity to prove his innocence and the conspiracy against him, and does not see the impact of his indictment on his business and relationships.
Two years ago, my son turned to me and said, "I do not believe in the Bible". Rather than tell him about my views, or about oral tradition, I decided to do the unthinkable. In reaching for the stars, little did I know at the time, out of my greatest despair was to come the greatest find of all time. This book not only points out forbidden knowledge within the Bible, but 'what is truth' with evidence everyone can reference. The evidence is undisputable, alarming, and in contrary to many beliefs. This book will remove obstacles, connect dots, and unveil the unknown. For some it will reclaim an ancient story that was stolen, copied, plagiarized, and presented back to them under a European ethnicity resulting in an awareness many still have to this very day. It is a fact that only now you will come to learn the truth about prophecy...
This book is about managing dealers, distributors and agents in international markets - an essential guide to anyone doing business globally. If you want or need to expand business through an international network of resellers, then this book is well worth an hour or two of your time. International Sales and the Middleman provides a down-to-earth, practical, and insightful guide that will enable export sales managers to build - or rebuild - a distribution network form scratch. It provides detailed advice on selection, negotiation, initiation, training (where appropriate), motivating, development, and managing overseas agents to ensure the maximum sales result. It also includes advice on local customs. It is well known that almost all international sales have to pass through middlemen at some stage or other. But how do you go about finding the right agents, what sort of arrangements should you negotiate, and on what terms - and most important of all, how do you manage and motivate the agents once you have them...? Whether you are a new manager or one who already has the right team in place, this book will show you how to improve performance and motivate both agents and customers worldwide - with spectacular results.