Beyond the Barbed Wire: An Artists View of the Holocaust is the story of Ben Altman and the miracle of life. As a child, Ben wanted to become a painter, but his life circumstances did not allow that freedom; instead he learned the practical skills of a tailor. During World War II, Ben´s first wife and son were captured and taken to Auschwitz. After spending the night together on the streets of a ghetto in Poland, they were separated when Ben left them in the early morning to find work. He never saw them again. Later, Ben was also captured by the Nazis and placed in five different camps around Poland.Ben survived the camps because his skills were useful to the Nazis. After his camp was freed by the Russians, Ben went on to live in San Francisco and to make his living as a tailor, eventually becoming the official tailor for the San Francisco Opera House.It was after his retirement that a lifetime of memories poured out of him, and onto his canvases. The images of his dreams and emotions are not only a powerful reminder of a brutal period in his life and in human history, but they are also an inspiration and a reminder that our thoughts create who we are. Featuring commentary and insight by Fred Alan Wolf, best selling author and star of the hit film What the Bleep Do We Know?, Beyond the Barbed Wire is testament of the human will to survive and transcend even the most horrifying and powerless situations, while never losing hope and never losing sight of our dreams. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Alan Wolf. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000174/rt_real_000174_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With amazing insight, Anton Chekhov wrote of the lives of the Russian common man as well as the landowner. He established the style of the modern short story and influenced many great writers, including George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf. Presented here are eleven of Chekhov´s best works. In ´´The Black Monk´´, a man blissfully chats with the vision of a wise, mysterious monk, and in ´´The Kiss´´, an awkward young soldier is kissed by mistake. The remaining nine stories (´´A Misfortune´´, ´´An Artist´s Story´´, ´´Not Wanted´´, ´´Expensive Lessons´´, ´´The Head of the Family´´, ´´Mire´´, ´´Anyuta´´, ´´The Helpmate´´, and ´´The Trousseau´´) are equally enchanting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ralph Cosham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/comm/000072/bk_comm_000072_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In like manner had sprung to life the love between Hugh Vallincourt and Diane Wielitzska, and rarely has the web of love enmeshed two more dissimilar and ill-matched people—Hugh; a man of seven-and-thirty, the strict and somewhat self-conscious head of a conspicuously devout old English family, and Diane, a beautiful dancer of mixed origin, the illegitimate offspring of a Russian grand-duke and of a French artist’s model of the Latin Quarter.
The diplomatic origins, so-called, of the War are only the fever chart of the patient; they do not tell us what caused the fever. To probe for underlying causes and deeper forces one must operate within the framework of a whole society and try to discover what moved the people in it. (Barbara W. Tuchman) The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny. In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist´s selectivity, Tuchman brings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the Anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev´s Russian Ballet and Stravinsky´s music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaures was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nadia May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001145/bk_blak_001145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Although we often think of an artist´s work as a window into their own inner world, that is not always the case. In the life of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, however, we can see perhaps the closest link to be found anywhere between a creative product and the shifting moods of a turbulent soul, which found its outlet through the glorious music created by the great Russian composer. To know his music, you must know the man, and this fast-moving series of eight lectures from an award-winning composer and accomplished teacher offers an insightful look into both the circumstances of Tchaikovsky´s life and the impact that life had on his music. You´ll learn about his fear of conducting, his disastrous marriage and subsequent suicide attempt, his depression, and the constant anxiety that his closeted homosexuality would become public-a fear that proved prophetic and led to a second, and successful, attempt to take his own life. Torn by the conflicts between his own Romantic inclination for expression and the requirements of Classical structure - he was the first full-time, formally trained, professional composer in Russian history - Tchaikovsky´s music is a delicate balancing act. Heart versus head, emotion versus reason, release versus control, the expressiveness demanded of his Russian soul and the strictures of Classical technique - all of these conflicts find their way into his music, and give it its extraordinary emotional power. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Greenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000126/bk_tcco_000126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anton Chekhov´s life was short, intense, and dominated by battles, both with his dependents and with the tuberculosis that was to kill him at age 44. He was one of the greatest playwrights and short-story writers ever born, but he was torn between medicine and literature, as he was between family and friends, between a longing for solitude and a need for company. When he was a child, his family life was at times made a hell by a monstrous father, a possessive sister, and delinquent elder brothers; his own adult life was tortuously balanced between the affections of a series of mistresses and a marriage to an actress that was not as idyllic as it has traditionally been painted. Donald Rayfield´s biography strips the whitewash from the image of Chekhov and shows us what lay behind his restrained, ironic facade. The result does not denigrate him but shows him in the full heroism of his brief, prodigiously creative life. Rayfield has spent more than three years combing the Chekhov archives all over Russia (Chekhov was a restless traveler for the whole of his life, going from Siberia to the Cote d´Azur) and has uncovered thousands of documents and letters from Chekhov´s lovers, friends, and family, most of them never published before, which cumulatively tell of a life far more entangled and turbulent than we ever previously suspected. Anton Chekhov is a vivid portrait of Russia and Russian society 100 years ago, as well as an investigation of the emotions, ideas, conflicts, and experiences that Chekhov built into his stories and plays. Above all, it is the moving story of an artist´s sometimes ruthless, often covert fight to save his creativity from strangulation by illness and family. It will establish itself as the definitive modern biography. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001307/bk_blak_001307_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The diplomatic origins, so-called, of the War are only the fever chart of the patient; they do not tell us what caused the fever. To probe for underlying causes and deeper forces one must operate within the framework of a whole society and try to discover what moved the people in it.´´ --Barbara W. Tuchman The fateful quarter-century leading up to the World War I was a time when the world of Privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of Protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny. In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist´s selectivity, Tuchman bings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the Anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted Hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev´s Russian Ballet and Stravinsky´s music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaures was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended. ´´Tuchman [was] a distinguished historian who [wrote] her books with a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish. . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration.´´ --The New York Times ´´Tuchman proved in The Guns of August that shecould write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding, eschewing both the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord.´´ --Time The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman´s classic histories of the First World War era During the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a century of rapid, unprecedented change, a privileged few enjoyed Olympian luxury as the underclass was ´´heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate.´´ In The Proud Tower, Barbara W. Tuchman brings the era to vivid life: the decline of the Edwardian aristocracy; the Anarchists of Europe and America; Germany and its self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; Diaghilev´s Russian ballet and Stravinsky´s music; the Dreyfus Affair; the Peace Conferences in The Hague; and the enthusiasm and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized by the assassination of Jean Jaurès on the night the Great War began and an epoch came to a close. Praise for The Proud Tower ´´[Barbara W. Tuchman´s] Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August was an expert evocation of the first spasm of the 1914-1918 war. She brings the same narrative gifts and panoramic camera eye to her portrait of the antebellum world.´´-Newsweek ´´A rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration.´´-The New York Times ´´An exquisitely written and thoroughly engrossing work . . . The author´s knowledge and skill are so impressive that they whet the appetite for more.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´[Tuchman] tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding.´´-Time
Olga Ivanovna, a beautiful young woman floating around in a famous and fabulous social circle, falls in love with a simple man who does not belong to the same social group, Osip Dymov. Dymov worked at the same hospital as her father. When her father fell ill, Dymov was captivated by Olga´s dedication to her father, and she soon returned the romantic notions. As they settled into married life, Olga continued to frequent with her artistic friends, visiting them every day and continuing to live a fun, exciting life. Dymov continued living his routine, science-oriented life. Olga´s love of Dymov is challenged by Ryabovsky, one of the young men of her artistic circle, with whom she was on an artist´s tour away from home. Olga and Ryabovsky enter into a love affair, while Dymov is at home, working constantly and sending Olga money for her voyage. As the affair falls apart and another tragedy comes to the forefront, Olga must come to terms with her decisions and realize what was in front of her all along. Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian writer and playwright, considered by many to be one of the best writers of short stories in the history of literature. Chekhov was also a successful physician, but writing was his true passion. He was quoted as saying ´´Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Courvoisier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001132/bk_gdan_001132_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.