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Pandora's Box by Frank Wedekind

Posted by crispino at March 19, 2014, 8:35 pm in Ebooks » Misc

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Pandora's Box (1904) (Die Büchse der Pandora) is a play by the German dramatist Frank Wedekind. It forms the second part of his pairing of 'Lulu' plays (the first is Earth Spirit [1895]), both of which depict a society "riven by the demands of lust and greed".

G. W. Pabst directed a silent film version (Pandora's Box), which was loosely based on the play, in 1929. Both plays together also formed the basis for the opera Lulu by Alban Berg in 1935 (premiered posthumously in 1937).

In the original manuscript, dating from 1894, the 'Lulu' drama was in five acts and subtitled 'A Monster Tragedy'. Wedekind subsequently divided the work into two plays: Earth Spirit (German: Erdgeist, first printed in 1895) and Pandora's Box (German: Die Büchse der Pandora). It is now customary in theatre performances to run the two plays together, in abridged form, under the title Lulu. Wedekind is known to have taken his inspiration from at least two sources: the pantomime Lulu by Félicien Champsaur, which he saw in Paris in the early 1890s, and the sex murders of Jack the Ripper in London in 1888.... read more

The Public Domain by James Boyle

Posted by amauri at October 4, 2013, 6:24 pm in Ebooks » Misc

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In this enlightening book James Boyle describes what he calls the range wars of the information age—today’s heated battles over intellectual property. Boyle argues that just as every informed citizen needs to know at least something about the environment or civil rights, every citizen should also understand intellectual property law. Why? Because intellectual property rights mark out the ground rules of the information society, and today’s policies are unbalanced, unsupported by evidence, and often detrimental to cultural access, free speech, digital creativity, and scientific innovation.

Boyle identifies as a major problem the widespread failure to understand the importance of the public domain—the realm of material that everyone is free to use and share without permission or fee. The public domain is as vital to innovation and culture as the realm of material protected by intellectual property rights, he asserts, and he calls for a movement akin to the environmental movement to preserve it. With a clear analysis of issues ranging from Jefferson’s philosophy of innovation to musical sampling, synthetic biology and Internet file sharing, this timely book brings a positive new perspective to important cultural and ... read more

The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray

Posted by timon at August 28, 2013, 7:58 pm in Ebooks » Misc

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William Makepeace Thackeray was a nine th century English novelist who was most famous for his classic novel, Vanity Fair, a satirical portrait of English society. With an early career as a satirist and parodist, Thackeray shared a fondness for roguish characters that is evident in his early works such as Vanity Fair, The Luck of Barry Lyndon, and Catherine, and was ranked second only to Charles Dickens during the height of his career. In his later work, Thackeray transitioned from the satirical tone for which he was known to a more traditional Victorian narrative, the most notable of which is The History of Henry Esmond. Thackeray died in 1863.

The Book of Snobs is a collection of satirical works, first published in the magazine Punch as The Snobs of England, By One of Themselves. Published in 1848, the book was serialised in 1846/47 around the same time as Vanity Fair.... read more

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) by Suzanne Collins

Posted by colibri at April 17, 2012, 8:58 pm in Ebooks » Misc

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Mockingjay is the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Mockingjay was released on August 24, 2010, with an initial print run of 1.2 million copies which was bumped up from 750,000 copies.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: After her rescue by rebels, Katniss reluctantly agrees to become "the Mockingjay", a symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol. As part of a deal, she demands that the leader of District 13, President Coin, grant immunity to all of the victors of the Hunger Games. She also demands the right to kill President Snow herself. In a daring rescue, Peeta and other victors are rescued from the Capitol. However, Peeta has been brainwashed into hating Katniss, and tries to kill her upon their reunion in District 13.... read more

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

Posted by colibri at April 17, 2012, 8:33 pm in Ebooks » Misc

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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and... read more

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

Posted by Artavan at April 13, 2012, 6:58 pm in Ebooks » Misc

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Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eigh to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Six -year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to ... read more

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Complete by Leonardo da Vinci

Posted by imarion at April 13, 2012, 12:03 am in Ebooks » Misc

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A book which is the result of thirty years of research and observation of a great intellect itself makes it apart from all others in the bookshelves. This book gives new meaning to his visuals. This book gives an insight into the various observation made by this great researcher in various field of science, art, astronomy, and painting. His study of perspective modern optics makes it clear that he studied the subjects of various branches of modern science and understood its interdependence and individual existence. The random observations and studies of Leonardo Da Vinci are compiled in an excellent way. This book brings out the... read more

Balaam by Moses Aaron

Posted by Aketeron at April 4, 2012, 6:02 pm in Ebooks » Misc

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Brilliant literature is often challenging, bizarre, and demands total attention and hard work on the reader’s part. Balaam, by Moses Aaron is such a work. It is a powerful story of a madman who believes he is heathen prophet Balaam; who many readers will know was the most vilified of Biblical characters. Aaron’s Balaam uses dialogue with an imaginary doctor to sort through the horrors of his mind. This is not a book for everyone. Readers will be challenged by the author’s unconventional writing style, and will find the unpunctuated text difficult to negotiate.... read more

The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Posted by Aketeron at March 17, 2012, 7:22 pm in Ebooks » Misc

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Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Antichrist" might be more aptly named "The Antichristian," for it is an unmitigated attack on Christianity that Nietzsche makes within the text instead of an exposition on evil or Satan as the title might suggest. In "The Antichrist," Nietzsche presents... read more

Noam Chomsky - Deterring Democracy

Posted by imarion at March 16, 2012, 11:30 am in Ebooks » Misc

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Deterring Democracy is a book published in 1992 by Noam Chomsky, which explores the differences between the humanitarian rhetoric and imperialistic reality of United States foreign policy and how it affects various countries around the world.... read more

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