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Boomerang
Author: Nicola Palmarini
Publisher: EGEA spa
ISBN: 8823876672
Pages: 184
Year: 2014-07-01T16:10:49+02:00
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Il boomerang è uno strumento infido: Charlie Brown l’ha provato sulla sua pelle. Ha bisogno di perizia, spazio, tempismo. Richiede una dose di rischio. Non è un gioco, comunque la si pensi. Per questo è una metafora che racconta maledettamente bene il modo con cui abbiamo lanciato negli ultimi cent’anni i nostri percorsi di ricerca, desideri, ambizioni attraverso la tecnologia, in nome di un futuro che assomiglia sempre di più a un’utopia. Questi boomerang hanno viaggiato. Alcuni per distanze e fratture temporali brevissime. Altri stanno compiendo la loro parabola. Altri ancora ricadono – oggi, chissà come e quanto domani – sulla nostra vita, con la fine dell’utopia incisa sul legno del loro dorso. Hanno effetti devastanti per il pianeta. Colpiscono inaspettatamente (mentre dichiariamo di saper prevedere tutto), indistintamente, implacabilmente. Quando li abbiamo lanciati eravamo nel pieno del sogno di crescita, di sviluppo, di possibilità e abbiamo caricato la tecnologia di responsabilità mostruose nel promettere la salvezza per ogni disastro, la cura a ogni malattia, la soluzione a ogni equazione. Tutto era lontano e non ci siamo dati troppa pena delle conseguenze. Ma oggi?
Liquid Evil
Author: Zygmunt Bauman, Leonidas Donskis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1509508155
Pages: 192
Year: 2016-04-29
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There is nothing new about evil; it has been with us since time immemorial. But there is something new about the kind of evil that characterizes our contemporary liquid-modern world. The evil that characterized earlier forms of solid modernity was concentrated in the hands of states claiming monopolies on the means of coercion and using the means at their disposal to pursue their ends ends that were at times horrifically brutal and barbaric. In our contemporary liquid-modern societies, by contrast, evil has become altogether more pervasive and at the same time less visible. Liquid evil hides in the seams of the canvass woven daily by the liquid-modern mode of human interaction and commerce, conceals itself in the very tissue of human cohabitation and in the course of its routine and day-to-day reproduction. Evil lurks in the countless black holes of a thoroughly deregulated and privatized social space in which cutthroat competition and mutual estrangement have replaced cooperation and solidarity, while forceful individualization erodes the adhesive power of inter-human bonds. In its present form evil is hard to spot, unmask and resist. It seduces us by its ordinariness and then jumps out without warning, striking seemingly at random. The result is a social world that is comparable to a minefield: we know it is full of explosives and that explosions will happen sooner or later but we have no idea when and where they will occur. In this new book, the sequel to their acclaimed work Moral Blindness Zygmunt Bauman and Leonidas Donskis guide the reader through this new terrain in which evil has become both more ordinary and more insidious, threatening to strip humanity of its dreams, alternative projects and powers of dissent at the very time when they are needed most.
Fear
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Publisher: Galaxy Press LLC
ISBN: 1592121292
Pages: 240
Year: 2005-05-15
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A novel of compelling suspense. Professor James Lowry didn't believe in spirits, or witches, or demons. Not until a gentle spring evening when his hat disappeared, and suddenly he couldn't remember the last four hours of his life. Now, the quiet university town of Atworthy is changing - slightly at first, then faster and more frighteningly each time he tries to remember. Lowry is pursued by a dark, secret evil that is turning his whole world against him while it whispers a warning from the shadows: If you find your hat you'll find your four hours. If you find your four hours then you will die... "A classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror... one of the really, really good ones." — Stephen King
44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World
Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745659632
Pages: 208
Year: 2013-04-17
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This liquid modern world of ours, like all liquids, cannot stand still and keep its shape for long. Everything keeps changing - the fashions we follow, the events that intermittently catch our attention, the things we dream of and things we fear. And we, the inhabitants of this world in flux, feel the need to adjust to its tempo by being ‘flexible' and constantly ready to change. We want to know what is going on and what is likely to happen, but what we get is an avalanche of information that threatens to overwhelm us. How are we to sift the information that really matters from the heaps of useless and irrelevant rubbish? How are we to derive meaningful messages from senseless noise? We face the daunting task of trying to distinguish the important from the insubstantial, distil the things that matter from false alarms and flashes in the pan. Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly as the ordinary things of everyday life, hiding in the light of deceptive and misleading familiarity. To turn them into objects of attention and scrutiny, they must first be torn out from that daily routine: the apparently familiar must be made strange. This is precisely what Zygmunt Bauman seeks to do in these 44 letters: each tells a story drawn from ordinary lives, but tells it in order to reveal an extraordinariness that we might otherwise overlook. Arresting, revealing, disconcerting, these snapshots of life by the most brilliant analyst of our liquid modern world will appeal to a wide readership.
Mr Skeffington
Author: Elizabeth von Arnim
Publisher: Virago
ISBN: 0349005192
Pages: 240
Year: 2014-03-06
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Beauty; beauty. What was the good of beauty, once it was over? It left nothing behind it but acid regrets, and no heart at all to start fresh.' Approaching the watershed of her fiftieth birthday, Fanny, having long ago divorced Mr Skeffington and dismissed him from her thoughts for many years, is surprised to find herself thinking of him often. While attempting to understand this invasion, she meets, through a series of coincidences and deliberate actions, all those other men whose hearts she broke. But their lives have irrevocably changed and Fanny is no longer the exquisite beauty with whom they were all once enchanted. If she is to survive, Fanny discovers, she must confront a greatly altered perception of her self. With the delicate piquancy for which she is renowned, Elizabeth von Arnim here reveals the complexities involved in the process of ageing and in re-evaluating self-worth.
Sorella H, libra nos
Author: Mario Spinella
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 303
Year: 1968
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Il videogame trascendente
Author: Massimo Sgroi
Publisher: Guida Editori
ISBN: 8871889363
Pages: 112
Year: 2005
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L'uomo di superficie
Author: Vittorino Andreoli
Publisher: Rizzoli
ISBN: 8858623789
Pages: 198
Year: 2012-02-08
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Cos'è successo all'uomo, alla civiltà? Concentrati su un qui e ora puramente corporei, abbiamo ucciso tutti gli dei e reso la bellezza l'unica nostra religione. Non abbiamo più sogni, non coltiviamo progetti, non sopportiamo il silenzio, facciamo rumore per vincere la solitudine, sradicati come siamo dalle nostre origini, incapaci di amare, di insegnare ai nostri figli e di imparare dai nostri padri. E siamo pieni di paura. Vittorino Andreoli, che non distoglie mai l'attenzione dal destino dell'uomo contemporaneo, ripercorre la parabola della propria vita per descrivere, nel modo più personale e insieme collettivo, l'importante mutamento cui stiamo andando incontro. Dall'emergenza parsimoniosa e crudele della guerra, dove tutta la famiglia sedeva intorno al piatto in cui campeggiava un'unica grande aringa annegata nell'olio, al boom economico, in cui il dilagare del benessere ha condotto in fretta all'eccesso, alla saturazione, all'inutile; dall'entusiasmo delle scoperte scientifiche, che ci hanno permesso di rimuovere il dolore, di controllare le nascite, di nascondere ma non cancellare la morte, alle crisi, sempre uguali e sempre diverse, della Repubblica. È lungo questo tortuoso sentiero che l'ultimo esemplare di Homo sapiens sapiens giunge quasi senza accorgersene a un passo dalla fine. Oggi viviamo appiattiti sulla nostra pelle, senza radici e senza futuro. Andreoli non dà giudizi né offre ricette, non ha certezze né dogmi da imporre. Ha però uno sguardo profondamente umano, e la consapevolezza della sua e nostra fragilità, l'unica meravigliosa forza su cui possiamo e dobbiamo contare per risorgere.
Identity
Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745633080
Pages: 140
Year: 2004-08-06
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This topical new book by Zygmunt Bauman explores the notion of identity in the modern world. As we grapple with the insecurity and uncertainty of liquid modernity, Bauman argues that our socio-political, cultural, professional, religious and sexual identities are undergoing a process of continual transformation. Identities the world over have become more precarious than ever: we live in an era of constant change and disposability - whether it's last season's outfit, or car, or even partner - and our identities as a result have become transient and deeply elusive. In a world of rapid global change where national borders are increasingly eroded, our identities are in a state of continuous flux. Identity - a notion that by its very nature is elusive and ambivalent - has become a key concept for understanding the changing nature of social life and personal experience in our contemporary, liquid modern age. In this brief book, Zygmunt Bauman explains compellingly why this is so.
Fatalità
Author: Ada Negri
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1517598753
Pages: 100
Year: 2015-10-02
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Fatalità
Babel
Author: Zygmunt Bauman, Ezio Mauro
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1509507639
Pages: 180
Year: 2016-05-17
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We are living in an open sea, caught up in a continuous wave, with no fixed point and no instrument to measure distance and the direction of travel. Nothing appears to be in its place any more, and a great deal appears to have no place at all. The principles that have given substance to the democratic ethos, the system of rules that has guided the relationships of authority and the ways in which they are legitimized, the shared values and their hierarchy, our behaviour and our life styles, must be radically revised because they no longer seem suited to our experience and understanding of a world in flux, a world that has become both increasingly interconnected and prone to severe and persistent crises. We are living in the interregnum between what is no longer and what is not yet. None of the political movements that helped undermine the old world are ready to inherit it, and there is no new ideology, no consistent vision, promising to give shape to new institutions for the new world. It is like the Babylon referred to by Borges, the country of randomness and uncertainty in which ‘no decision is final; all branch into others’. Out of the world that had promised us modernity, what Jean Paul Sartre had summarized with sublime formula ‘le choix que je suis’ (‘the choice that I am’), we inhabit that flattened, mobile and dematerialized space, where as never before the principle of the heterogenesis of purposes is sovereign. This is Babel.
Il tempo dello yoga. Passato e futuro di una filosofia del corpo
Author: Gianni Lodi
Publisher: FrancoAngeli
ISBN: 884640730X
Pages: 192
Year: 1998
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Caos Del Triperuno
Author: Teofilo Folengo
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1530784654
Pages: 198
Year: 2016-03-29
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Liquid Fear
Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745654495
Pages: 200
Year: 2013-05-08
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Modernity was supposed to be the period in human history when the fears that pervaded social life in the past could be left behind and human beings could at last take control of their lives and tame the uncontrolled forces of the social and natural worlds. And yet, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, we live again in a time of fear. Whether its the fear of natural disasters, the fear of environmental catastrophes or the fear of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, we live today in a state of constant anxiety about the dangers that could strike unannounced and at any moment. Fear is the name we give to our uncertainty in the face of the dangers that characterize our liquid modern age, to our ignorance of what the threat is and our incapacity to determine what can and can't be done to counter it. This new book by Zygmunt Bauman one of the foremost social thinkers of our time is an inventory of liquid modern fears. It is also an attempt to uncover their common sources, to analyse the obstacles that pile up on the road to their discovery and to examine the ways of putting them out of action or rendering them harmless. Through his brilliant account of the fears and anxieties that weigh on us today, Bauman alerts us to the scale of the task which we shall have to confront through most of the current century if we wish our fellow humans to emerge at its end feeling more secure and self-confident than we feel at its beginning.
The War of the Worlds
Author: Herbert George Wells
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 288
Year: 1898
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H.G. Wells's hugely influential book tracks the exploits of a writer who struggles to survive an alien invasion of Victorian England. After seeing the monstrous Martians firsthand, the narrator attempts to evade their destructive mechanized vehicles and must stay on the run to avoid detection. As he meets other desperate humans, he becomes increasingly pessimistic about any chance of survival. The novel stands as a major milestone in science-fiction literature, inspiring legions of subsequent writers and an endless array of hostile-alien scenarios.