This Gulf of Fire

Author: Mark Molesky
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781101875827
Release Date: 2015-11-03
Genre: History

Winner of the Phi Alpha Theta Best Subsequent Book Award Finalist: Los Angeles Times Book Prize The captivating and definitive account of the most consequential natural disaster of modern times. On All Saints’ Day 1755, tremors from an earthquake measuring perhaps 9.0 (or higher) on the moment magnitude scale swept furiously from their origin along the Atlantic seabed toward the Iberian and African coasts. Directly in their path was Lisbon, then one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the capital of a vast global empire. Within minutes, much of the city lay in ruins. But this was only the beginning. A half hour later, a giant tsunami unleashed by the quake smashed into Portugal’s coastline and barreled up the Tagus River, carrying countless thousands out to sea. By day’s end, the great wave chain would claim victims on four separate continents. To complete Lisbon’s destruction, a hellacious firestorm then engulfed the city’s shattered remains. Subjecting survivors to temperatures exceeding 1,832°F (1,000°C), it burned for several weeks, killing thousands and incinerating much of what the earthquake and tsunami had spared. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, the latest scientific research, and a sophisticated grasp of European history, Mark Molesky gives us the authoritative account of the Great Lisbon Disaster and its impact on the Western world—including descriptions of the world’s first international relief effort; the rise of a brutal, yet modernizing, dictatorship in Portugal; and the effect of the disaster on the spirit and direction of the European Enlightenment. Much more than a chronicle of destruction, This Gulf of Fire is, at its heart, a gripping human drama, involving an array of unforgettable characters—such as the Marquês de Pombal, the once-slighted striver who sees in the chaos his path to supreme power, and Gabriel Malagrida, the charismatic Jesuit whose view that the earthquake was a punishment sent by God leads inexorably to his demise. There is Dom José, the unremarkable king of Portugal, who stands by his people in their moment of greatest need but ultimately abandons them to the tyranny of his first minister. There is Kitty Witham, the plucky English nun who helps her fellow sisters escape from their collapsing convent, and Manoel Portal, the Oratorian priest who flees the burning capital on his broken leg and goes on to write one of the definitive accounts of the disaster. Philosophers, kings, poets, emperors, scientists, scoundrels, journalists, and monkeys all make their appearance in this remarkable narrative of the mid-eighteenth century. From the Hardcover edition.

Quakeland

Author: Kathryn Miles
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698411463
Release Date: 2017-08-29
Genre: Nature

A journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters. It’s a road trip full of surprises. Earthquakes. You need to worry about them only if you’re in San Francisco, right? Wrong. We have been making enormous changes to subterranean America, and Mother Earth, as always, has been making some of her own. . . . The consequences for our real estate, our civil engineering, and our communities will be huge because they will include earthquakes most of us do not expect and cannot imagine—at least not without reading Quakeland. Kathryn Miles descends into mines in the Northwest, dissects Mississippi levee engineering studies, uncovers the horrific risks of an earthquake in the Northeast, and interviews the seismologists, structual engineers, and emergency managers around the country who are addressing this ground shaking threat. As Miles relates, the era of human-induced earthquakes began in 1962 in Colorado after millions of gallons of chemical-weapon waste was pumped underground in the Rockies. More than 1,500 quakes over the following seven years resulted. The Department of Energy plans to dump spent nuclear rods in the same way. Evidence of fracking’s seismological impact continues to mount. . . . Humans as well as fault lines built our “quakeland”. What will happen when Memphis, home of FedEx's 1.5-million-packages-a-day hub, goes offline as a result of an earthquake along the unstable Reelfoot Fault? FEMA has estimated that a modest 7.0 magnitude quake (twenty of these happen per year around the world) along the Wasatch Fault under Salt Lake City would put a $33 billion dent in our economy. When the Fukushima reactor melted down, tens of thousands were displaced. If New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant blows, ten million people will be displaced. How would that evacuation even begin? Kathryn Miles’ tour of our land is as fascinating and frightening as it is irresistibly compelling.

A Vietnamese Moses

Author: George E. Dutton
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520293434
Release Date: 2016-12-12
Genre: History

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. A Vietnamese Moses is the story of Philiphê Binh, a Vietnamese Catholic priest who in 1796 traveled from Tonkin to the Portuguese court in Lisbon to persuade its ruler to appoint a bishop for his community of ex-Jesuits. Based on Binh’s surviving writings from his thirty-seven-year exile in Portugal, this book examines how the intersections of global and local Roman Catholic geographies shaped the lives of Vietnamese Christians in the early modern era. The book also argues that Binh’s mission to Portugal and his intense lobbying on behalf of his community reflected the agency of Vietnamese Catholics, who vigorously engaged with church politics in defense of their distinctive Portuguese-Catholic heritage. George E. Dutton demonstrates the ways in which Catholic beliefs, histories, and genealogies transformed how Vietnamese thought about themselves and their place in the world. This sophisticated exploration of Vietnamese engagement with both the Catholic Church and Napoleonic Europe provides a unique perspective on the complex history of early Vietnamese Christianity.

Catastrophe Gender and Urban Experience 1648 1920

Author: Deborah Simonton
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781315522807
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: History

As Enlightenment notions of predictability, progress and the sense that humans could control and shape their environments informed European thought, catastrophes shook many towns to the core, challenging the new world view with dramatic impact. This book concentrates on a period marked by passage from a society of scarcity to one of expenditure and accumulation, from ranks and orders to greater social mobility, from traditional village life to new bourgeois and even individualistic urbanism. The volume employs a broad definition of catastrophe, as it examines how urban communities conceived, adapted to, and were transformed by catastrophes, both natural and human-made. Competing views of gender figure in the telling and retelling of these analyses: women as scapegoats, as vulnerable, as victims, even as cannibals or conversely as defenders, organizers of assistance, inspirers of men; and men in varied guises as protectors, governors and police, heroes, leaders, negotiators and honorable men. Gender is also deployed linguistically to feminize activities or even countries. Inevitably, however, these tragedies are mediated by myth and memory. They are not neutral events whose retelling is a simple narrative. Through a varied array of urban catastrophes, this book is a nuanced account that physically and metaphorically maps men and women into the urban landscape and the worlds of catastrophe.

Author: Chigozie Obioma
Publisher: Metaichmio Publications
ISBN: 9786180303841
Release Date: 2015-10-21
Genre:

Σε μια μικρή πόλη της δυτικής Νιγηρίας τέσσερα νεαρά αδέλφια –ο μικρότερος είναι εννιά και ο μεγαλύτερος δεκαπέντε– εκμεταλλεύονται την απουσία του πατέρα τους από το σπίτι για να πάνε για ψάρεμα στο απαγορευμένο κοντινό ποτάμι. Εκεί θα συναντήσουν έναν επικίνδυνο τρελό που θα προφητεύσει ότι ο μεγαλύτερος αδελφός θα δολοφονηθεί από ένα από τα αδέλφια του. Αυτή η προφητεία θα σταθεί η αφορμή να διαλυθεί ο ισχυρός δεσμός τους και η αφετηρία μιας αλυσίδας τραγικών γεγονότων σχεδόν μυθικών διαστάσεων. Μια ιστορία αγάπης, μίσους και εκδίκησης που διαδραματίζεται με φόντο τις κοινωνικοπολιτικές εξελίξεις στη Νιγηρία της δεκαετίας του ’90. Μια συγκλονιστική αφήγηση με τη φωνή του μικρότερου αδελφού, του Μπέντζαμιν, και εξαιρετική χρήση της γλώσσας. Αναφορές στην αφρικάνικη φύση, στους μύθους και τις δοξασίες της Νιγηρίας, καταγραφή της καθημερινότητας με κύριο άξονα τη σύγκρουση μεταξύ παραδοσιακού και δυτικού τρόπου ζωής, σε ένα έξοχο πρώτο βιβλίο ενός λογοτέχνη που αξιοποιεί με μοντέρνο τρόπο την αφρικάνικη αφηγηματική παράδοση και φαίνεται να έχει μακρά καριέρα μπροστά του.

Greekscapes

Author: Costis Hadjimichalis
Publisher: Melissa Publishing House
ISBN: 9602043121
Release Date: 2012-07
Genre: Photography

This book aims to contribute an alternative analysis and representation of contemporary Greek cultural landscapes. Cultural landscapes, including Greek ones, are both material and symbolic and as such they are products of human labour and social representations. The research identifies and documents the many facets and readings of Greek cultural landscapes, going beyond dominant touristic and picturesque approaches, which are exceptionally effective in erasing the social processes that define landscapes. In doing this, the research uses a novel methodology for the selection and documentation of 75 landscapes covering most of Greece. Aerial Photography (high and low oblique) is used for each particular landscape, in combination with scientific texts, terrestrial material (historical photos, maps, diagrams) and extracts from Greek literature.

Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Metaichmio Publications
ISBN: 9786180309683
Release Date: 2016-11-24
Genre: Fiction

Μερικές φορές ένα κορίτσι δέχεται το άγγιγμα της Πολεμόχαρης Μητέρας. Τέτοιο κορίτσι είναι και η Θορν. Πασχίζοντας να πάρει εκδίκηση για τον θάνατο του πατέρα της, ζει μονάχα για να πολεμά. Τώρα, όμως, ο άντρας που τη δίδαξε πώς να σκοτώνει την κατηγορεί για φόνο. Μερικές φορές, μια γυναίκα γίνεται πολεμίστρια. Ξαφνικά βρίσκεται μπλεγμένη στις δολοπλοκίες του Πατέρα Γιάρβι, του πανούργου θεράποντα της Γκέτλαντ. Διασχίζοντας τον μισό κόσμο, αναζητώντας συμμάχους ενάντια στον αδίστακτο Υψηλό Βασιλέα, θα υποστεί μια σκληρή μαθητεία στο αίμα και τον δόλο. Μερικές φορές, μια πολεμίστρια γίνεται όπλο. Στο ταξίδι αυτό, έχει στο πλευρό της τον Μπραντ, έναν πολεμιστή που απεχθάνεται να σκοτώνει –αποτυχημένο τόσο στα δικά της μάτια όσο και στα δικά του–, με μία και μοναδική ευκαιρία να εξιλεωθεί. Τα όπλα υπηρετούν έναν και μόνο σκοπό. Άραγε η Θορν θα παραμείνει σε όλη της τη ζωή έρμαιο των ισχυρών ή θα καταφέρει να χαράξει τον δικό της δρόμο;

Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Metaichmio Publications
ISBN: 9786180305616
Release Date: 2016-03-10
Genre: Fiction

«Ορκίστηκα να πάρω εκδίκηση για τον θάνατο του πατέρα μου. Μπορεί να ’μαι μισός άντρας, αλλά ο όρκος που πήρα ήταν ολόκληρος». Αδύναμος κι ανάξιος στα μάτια του πατέρα του, ο πρίγκιπας Γιάρβι είναι ολομόναχος σ’ έναν κόσμο που κυβερνάται από σιδηρά χέρια και ψυχρές καρδιές. Ανίκανος να κρατήσει ασπίδα ή να χειριστεί πέλεκυ, πρέπει ν’ ακονίσει τον νου του μέχρι να γίνει το φονικότερο απ’ όλα τα όπλα. Όταν η τραγωδία και οι δολοπλοκίες τον ξεριζώνουν από τη ζωή που γνώριζε, ο Γιάρβι ορκίζεται ν’ ανακτήσει έναν θρόνο που ποτέ δεν επιθύμησε. Πρώτα όμως πρέπει να επιβιώσει από τη σκληρότητα, τις αλυσίδες και τα πικρά νερά της Τσακισμένης Θάλασσας – κι όλα αυτά με μονάχα ένα γερό χέρι.

Aristophanes Lysistrate

Author: Aristophanes
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1542929261
Release Date: 2017-02-03
Genre:

Stin arkha�a Ath�na, i �ntres �nai aporrophim�ni ap' ton p�lemo me tous Sparti�tes kai paramelo�n tis yina�kes kai ta spitik� tous. Apifdism�nes, i yina�kes apophas�zoun me epikephal�s ti Lisistr�ti na kir�xoun erotik� apokh�, me skop� na tous exanang�soun na sin�psoun epit�lous ir�ni. Kai, molon�ti i engr�tia den �nai i m�ni l�si, i Sparti�tisses sp�fdoun ki aft�s na enotho�n maz� tous, apait�ntas ir�ni ap� tous diko�s tous �ntres, ton op�on i apous�a ap� ti siziyik� kl�ni �khi y�ni ep�sis aisthit�.