Takis Würger is a major up-and-coming international writer whose profile promises only to grow with this new book, a historical novel set in 1942 and partially based on real events. The inspiration for its eponymous character, Stella Goldschlag, was the subject of a 1993 biography and featured in a 2019 German docudrama, The Invisibles . Stella sparked a major media conversation about memory and historical representation when it was published in Germany in 2019. It became a bookseller favorite and hit the bestseller lists for thirteen weeks there. Stella will appeal to fans of Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader and the TV series Babylon Berlin , based on the books of Volker Kutscher. In Germany, the novel was praised by Booker International shortlisted author Daniel Kehlmann, who said: “You may start this book feeling skeptical, but you will read gripped and startled, and you will finish it feeling real admiration.” Würger’s previous novel, The Club , was the winner of the lit.Cologne prize for debut fiction and a major bestseller in Germany. Grove’s edition was well received by Adelle Waldman in the New York Times Book Review and Malcolm Forbes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune , and New York Times -bestselling author Megan Abbott praised it as “cunning, sinuous . . . so wildly entertaining.” The novel is translated by Liesl Schillinger, a New York-based literary critic, translator, and writer, who considers it one of the most exciting projects she has worked on. She is looking forward to getting the word out, including to writer friends such as Amor Towles and fellow literary critics. Stella was the subject of major international publishing auctions and has sold in fourteen territories, including to Gallimard in France, Feltrinelli in Italy, and Salamandra in Spain. German rights were acquired by Hanser Verlag in a very competitive auction and German paperback rights were sold in a significant preempt. In Germany, the novel was a major bestseller, reaching #4 on the Spiegel bestseller list and spending thirteen weeks on the list. It was also a bestseller in Italy and is due to be published in other territories in 2020 or 2021. Books like All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale have shown the continuing readership for World War II stories, and while this novel operates in a much speedier mode, it will appeal to many of those readers, as well as fans of Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan and the works of Anna Funder. Würger traveled to the US to promote The Club with the support of the Goethe Institut and Deutsches House/NYU, and we hope for their support with this new novel. A talented journalist who works as a war reporter for Der Spiegel , Würger was named one of Medium ’s “Top 30 Journalists Under 30” in 2010 and awarded a CNN Journalist Award in 2013. He has reported around the world, including warzones in Afghanistan, Libya, the Ukraine, and the Middle East.
Лихие 90-ые годы. В стране начало "перестройки". Трудное время для всех. Судьбы людей ломались, калечились. Без веры в Бога опустошенные они метались, и многие из них падали в пропасть. Монашка в миру – этот путь для себя выбрала Фотиния с Богом в сердце; под покровом Божьей Матери она не свернëт с праведного пути, чтобы помогать людям с заблудшей душой "подняться с колен".
Upon completing the path that led him to fully develop compassion and wisdom, Shakyamuni arrived at enlightenment, the state of Buddhahood that marks the end of suffering. Replying to the requests made of him, he transmitted three cycles of teachings to explain the path he had taken and the methods he used. Traditionally, Buddhism counts 84,000 teachings, and the four seals of the Dharma contain the essence of all these. Like a royal seal that historically proved authenticity and authority, the four seals give a true description of our current situation and that to which we can progress: All phenomena are impermanent by nature. All contaminated phenomena are suffering by nature. All phenomena are empty and devoid of inherent existence. Nirvana is a state of absolute peace. The first two seals allow us to understand the characteristics of our condition and the last two, the qualities of liberation. In this way, the teaching shows the Buddha’s path and the Buddhist perspective. Today, Buddhism is no longer an exotic movement but a methodology that has taken root and is practiced in the West. Nevertheless, do we really know what it means to be Buddhist? Using the introspective process of investigation that is precious to this tradition, Lama Khenpo Ngedön directly involves the reader in this discovery by asking simple, to-the-point questions and then bringing together the elements of an answer connected with these four statements.
First published in 1925, “The Everlasting Man” by G. K. Chesterton is a powerful argument against the theories of evolution and comparative religion. Chesterton deeply disagreed with the view of animal and human evolution popularized by “The Outline of History” written by H. G. Wells in 1919. Wells argued that human civilization was nothing more than a logical progression from simple animal life and that Jesus Christ was no more than a charismatic leader. In Wells’ view, the Christian religion was merely one amongst many and nothing more. Armed with persuasive arguments and research, Chesterton sought to prove that man was far more than just a special kind of animal and that Jesus was more than just a charismatic individual. Chesterton argues that humans are quite unlike any other animal on earth and have achieved more and understand more than would be possible without the presence of a divine creator. Christianity provides its believers with a true answer to the chaos and suffering the world experienced before Jesus brought his message to his disciples. “The Everlasting Man” made a lasting impression on such respected authors as C. S. Lewis and continues to inspire the faithful with its compelling defense of Christianity. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
Richard Baxter was one of the most important leaders of the Puritan church in England in the 17th century. Born in Shropshire, England sometime in 1615, Baxter was poorly educated as a child, but diligently pursued his education as a young man and decided to enter the church at age 23. He was ordained as a pastor in 1638 and began a long and prolific career as a church leader, poet, theologian and writer. It is estimated he wrote as many as 141 books over his lifetime before his death in 1691. Baxter was appointed vicar of Kidderminster in 1647 and would remain in this post for nearly 19 years, except for those times during the English Civil War when he was forced to flee due to his religious beliefs. During his time at Kidderminster Baxter refined his ideas for reforming the ministry. First appearing as early as 1656, “The Reformed Pastor” was written by Baxter to assist other ministers in performing their duties to their congregations and to lead by example by living lives of faith and virtue. Baxter’s teachings have inspired and influenced ministers for centuries and continue to provide a strong moral guide for religious leaders to this day.
“Charity and Its Fruits” is a collection of sermons by Jonathan Edwards, one of America’s most important religious leaders and theologians. Edwards was a significant force in the rise of religious devotion in the United States in the 1730s known as the First Great Awakening and became a popular American revivalist preacher. His “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is one of the most famous sermons ever given and remains a widely read classic of American literature. “Charity and Its Fruits” is one of Edwards’ earlier collections of sermons and the works are concerned with the topics of charity, Christian love, and devotion to God. These inspiring and comforting sermons show what is possible when the faithful act with a charitable spirit rather than with an envious or selfish one. Edwards preached a life of humility, good deeds, and quiet devotion. His discussion of 1 Corinthians 13 remains one of the most powerful ever written. “Charity and Its Fruits” is a reassuring and accessible introduction to one of America’s most famous religious figures.
Written in 1746, “Religious Affections” is the widely influential work by Jonathan Edwards, one of America’s most important religious leaders and theologians. Edwards was a significant force in the rise of religious devotion in the United States in the 1730s known as the First Great Awakening and became a popular American revivalist preacher. His “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is one of the most famous sermons ever given and remains a widely read classic of American literature. In “Religious Affections”, Edwards examines how a true conversion to Christianity occurs and sets out in detail how to test if one is converted in earnest. Edwards argues that while both emotion and intellect are involved when a person converts, it is the grace of Christ that allows one to truly awaken to the Christian faith. The “Religious Affections” referenced in the title are described by Edwards as the fruit of the Spirit and it is from these fruits, with love being the chief among them, that all other Christian graces and virtues grow. Edwards’ powerful treatise remains an essential and informative read for all divinity students and devout Christians seeking a better understanding of their faith.
First published in 1395, Julian of Norwich’s “Revelations of Divine Love” is a classic and important work of Christian mysticism, and the first book in English written by a woman. It is an account of her sixteen divine and mystical visions and her meditations on them, which she experienced after being struck by a serious illness at age 30 in 1373. Notable also for being written in plain Middle English, rather than the more common Latin for religious texts of the time, Julian of Norwich puts forth her ideas for divine love and beauty. Reflecting upon her illness and the visions she experienced, she believes she received three gifts from God: an understanding of the passion and love of Christ, an understanding of the importance of her own suffering, and the gift of greater piety and reverence as a result of her illness. Julian of Norwich found indescribable beauty even in the smallest of objects and insisted that God loved and cared for each of His creations. Written at a time of immeasurable loss and upheaval as a result of the Black Plague, “Revelations of Divine Love” is an important and beautiful historical work of Christian theology.