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              Who Were The Brothers Grimm?
               

              Who Were The Brothers Grimm? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By dePaola, Tomie; Illustrated by O'Brien, John

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              Known as the keepers of modern-day fairy tales, The Brothers Grimm are as legendary as their stories. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1780s Germany and were inseparable throughout their childhood. While pursuing their law degrees, the two became fascinated with folktales and... folk songs.
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              ISBN 9780448483146
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2017
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
              Interest Age Children
              Series Who Was...? (Paperback)
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              Who Was Marco Polo?
               

              Who Was Marco Polo? (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

              By Holub, Joan; Illustrated by O'Brien, John

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              A biography of the famous explorer, Marco Polo.

              ISBN 9780448445403
              Released NZ 5 Jul 2007
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
              Interest Age 9-12 years
              Series Who Was...? (Paperback)
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              The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Casebook Study of Gilbert Sorrentino's Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things: Volume XXIII, Part 1
               

              The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Casebook Study of Gilbert Sorrentino's Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things: Volume XXIII, Part 1 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by O'Brien, John

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              Over the past twenty years, the Review of Contemporary Fiction has earned a reputation for being one of the most important journals covering contemporary literature. Through essays, excerpts and an extensive book review section, the Review is dedicated to the discussion and celeb...ration of innovative fiction, and some of the most influential authors of the twentieth century have been featured in its pages. (See pg. 30 for a full list of available issues).Spring 2003 The spring issue of the Revew of Contemporary Fiction features a casebook study on Gilbert Sorrentino's Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things--a darkly comic recreation of the New York artistic and literary world of the 1950s and 60s told in the weary voice of a cynical and sardonic narrator. Featured on the Center for Book Culture website (www.centerforbookculture.org), casebook studies are designed to serve as a resource for readers--especially teachers and students--who desire some guidance in engaging challenging works of modern and contemporary literature. Each casebook contains an introduction by the casebook editor which offers an overview of the novel, its place in the author's oeuvre, and its critical reception. The other three to five essays that constitute a casebook offer different approaches to the novel and different interpretive strategies with which to understand it. Bookstores are encouraged to place standing orders for the Review of Contemporary Fiction (discount and terms are the same as for Dalkey titles).
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              ISBN 9781564782960
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2003
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The Review of Contemporary Fiction
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              New Cuban Fiction: Volume 26, Number 3
               

              New Cuban Fiction: Volume 26, Number 3 (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Fall 2006 ed.)

              Edited by O'Brien, John; Van Lanen, E. J.; Berg, Mary G.; Carmell, Pamela

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              This issue publishes short stories by Cuba's most exciting contemporary writers, providing readers a unique opportunity to view both the life and art of a culture that has been shut off for almost half a century.

              ISBN 9781564784643
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2006
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Review of Contemporary Fiction
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              States of Intoxication: The Place of Alcohol in Civilisation

              States of Intoxication: The Place of Alcohol in Civilisation (Paperback)

              By O'Brien, John

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              This book provides an illuminating perspective on alcohol use, drawing on approaches from both anthropological research and historical sociology to examine our ambivalent attitudes to alcohol in the modern West. From anthropological research on non-Western, non-modern cultures, t...he author demonstrates that the use of alcohol or other psychoactive substances is a universal across human societies, and indeed, has tended to be seen as unproblematic, or even a sacred aspect of culture, often used in a highly ritualised context. From historical sociology, it is shown that alcohol has also been central to the process of state formation, not only as a crucial source of revenue, but also through having an important role in the formation of political communities, which frequently are a source of existential fear for ruling groups. Tracing this contradictory position occupied by alcohol over the course of history and civilisation, States of Intoxication sheds light on the manner in which it has produced the very peculiar modern perspective on alcohol.
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              ISBN 9780367821135
              Released NZ 9 Jan 2020
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization
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              The Review of Contemporary Fiction: v. 28: Novelist as Critic
               

              The Review of Contemporary Fiction: v. 28: Novelist as Critic (Paperback)

              Edited by O'Brien, John

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              This review, edited by John O'Brien, contains a collection of critical essays by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction.

              ISBN 9781564785244
              Released NZ 15 Dec 2008
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
              Interest Age General Audience
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              The Review of Contemporary Fiction: New Writing on Writing: Volume XXVIII-3: Dalkey Archive Annual
               

              The Review of Contemporary Fiction: New Writing on Writing: Volume XXVIII-3: Dalkey Archive Annual (Paperback)

              Edited by O'Brien, John

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              Modeled on the old Evergreen Review, the Dalkey Archive Annual brings together pieces from forthcoming books and authors to give readers a forecast of what the Press has in store, and is a guide to some of the directions in contemporary fiction that we think are most interesting.... This issue will include work from the Fall 08 and Spring 09 seasons, including authors such as Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Gert Jonke, Fernando del Paso, Ignacio de Loyola Brandāo, Mati Unt, Christine Montalbetti, Eloy Urroz, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Dumitru Tsepeneag, and others. The Review of Contemporary Fiction is a tri-quarterly journal that features critical essays on fiction writers whose work resists convention and easy categorization. The Review's aesthetic focus has been called many things--postmodern, experimental, avant-garde, metafictional, subversive--but in bringing this aesthetic to a wider audience it also seeks to expose the artificial barriers that exist between and within cultures. To this end, the Review has a special affinity for the works of foreign writers who may otherwise go unread in the United States, as well as American writers whose work has gone unchampioned in their own country. An extensive book review section also covers recent works of innovative writing. Above all, the Review of Contemporary Fiction attempts to expand readers' notions of what fiction is and what it can do.
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              ISBN 9781564785237
              Released NZ 15 Aug 2008
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The Review of Contemporary Fiction
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              The Cat in Numberland
               

              The Cat in Numberland (Hardback, illustrated edition)

              By Ekeland, Ivar; Illustrated by O'Brien, John

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              At Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert's Hotel Infinity, the resident cat is puzzled. The hotel is fully booked -- the rooms are full of Numbers, both Odds and Evens -- yet guests continue to arrive. When Zero shows up, there's a massive room switching, and he stays, even though Mr. Hilbert ins...ists he's not really a Number. Then the Letters appear and everyone still has a room, even though no Numbers have left. No matter how many guests arrive or depart, the hotel accommodates them all, and is always full. But when the Fractions arrive, demanding rooms, real chaos threatens. Can an ingenious solution be found to house them all? Based on mathematician David Hilbert's famous paradox of the Grand Hotel, The Cat in Numberland offers a refreshingly clear explanation of infinity for readers of all ages. John O'Brien's imaginative line drawings further elucidate the complex concept, as well as simple functions like addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.
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              ISBN 9780812627442
              Released NZ 7 Apr 2006
              Publisher Bookwise International
              Interest Age Children / Young Adults
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              Accidents May Happen

              Accidents May Happen (Paperback, illustrated edition)

              By Jones, Charlotte F.; Illustrated by O'Brien, John

              Describes how a wide variety of things such as nursery rhymes, the national anthem, anesthesia, cellophane, raisins, and dynamite came into being.

              ISBN 9780385322409
              Released NZ 1 May 2000
              Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
              Interest Age 8-12 years
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              Review of Contemporary Fiction: Dalkey Archive Annual 3
               

              Review of Contemporary Fiction: Dalkey Archive Annual 3 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by O'Brien, John

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              The Review of Contemporary Fiction was founded in 1981 to promote a vision of literary culture that is not limited to the immediately popular, and to ensure that important world writers outside the popular attention continue to be written about and discussed.

              ISBN 9781564785916
              Released NZ 15 Dec 2009
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Dalkey Archive Annual
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