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Blackburn’s beautiful and empathetic narrative uses memoir, travel, and several sciences to investigate the nature of time by way of an exploration of Doggerland, the submerged landmass that until 6,000 years ago connected Britain to Europe. A phenomenon as well as a casualty of climate change, Doggerland, which at various periods was a savannah and a frozen steppe, existed only vaguely until North Sea trawlers began hauling up bones, fossils, and tools in the early 20th century. Fascinated with “trying to see through the fact of absence” to what is over yet still exists, Blackburn traveled through Denmark, Holland, and the British coast, talking with archeologists, geologists, and fossil collectors about the deep past. She’s a meticulous observer and her narrative is full of wonderful details, from the laminations that preserve imprints of footsteps or raindrops from tens of thousands of years ago to the rhino fossil with bits of hawthorn in its teeth. Intertwined with these field expeditions are Blackburn’s more personal excavations of time. Revisiting places she once lived, she’s plunged into a past that has all the immediacy of the present; just as when she holds an ancient artefact or repeats an African folktale, she’s struck by the simultaneity of different times. This includes the intimation that “time passes backwards as well as forwards,” and Blackburn’s effort to think her way into the lives of the Doggerlanders as they saw their homeland drowning gives a taste of what people in low-lying areas are beginning to face now as the climate undergoes its next, wrenching upheaval.

Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101871676
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Published: Pantheon - August 6th, 2019

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In Who Killed My Father, Edouard Louis has created both a tender love letter from a son to his father, chronicling the timeline of their strained and yet loving relationship, and a searing indictment of the French government’s policies against the poor and the marginalized. In this slim volume, less than a hundred pages in total, Louis navigates between two modes: loving melancholy for his father of which he writes: “I knew I loved you, but I felt a need to tell other people that I hated you” and seething anger for the upper and the ruling class who are indifferent towards the poor and marginalized. Who Killed My Father is required reading for our troubled times where political awareness must be matched with empathy and love.

 

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By Edouard Louis, Lorin Stein (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811228503
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 26th, 2019

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In 1974 Francisco Franco died. The Spanish people could finally begin openly discussing the legacy of the Spanish Civil War in order to build a future. However, in a country where repression was the norm until recently, how do you have a transparent dialogue? In 1975 the Paneros, an infamous literary family, aired a scandalous documentary about their lives that, in the decades since, has been interpreted as an attempt to answer this question. Shulman's amazing book chronicles the story of the Paneros, the treacherous twists and turns they navigated, as well as the impact of their now cult favorite documentary.

The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062484192
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Published: Ecco - March 5th, 2019

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