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              The Four Books
               

              The Four Books (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged edition)

              By Lianke, Yan; Read by Backman, George; Producer Studios, Audible; Translated by Rojas, Carlos

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              From master storyteller Yan Lianke, winner of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, The Four Books is a powerful, daring novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labor camp for intellectuals during Mao's Great Leap Forward. A... renowned author in China, and among its most censored, Yan's mythical, sometimes surreal tale cuts to the bone in its portrayal of the struggle between authoritarian power and man's will to prevail against the darkest odds through camaraderie, love, and faith. In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and academics are detained to strengthen their loyalty to Communist ideologies. Here, the Musician and her lover, the Scholar - along with the Author and the Theologian - are forced to carry out grueling physical work and are encouraged to inform on each other for dissident behavior. The prize: winning the chance at freedom. They're overseen by a preadolescent supervisor, the Child, who delights in reward systems and excessive punishments. When agricultural and industrial production quotas are raised to an unattainable level, the ninety-ninth district dissolves into lawlessness. And then, as inclement weather and famine set in, they are abandoned by the regime and left alone to survive.
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              ISBN 9780655651079
              Published NZ 1 Feb 2020
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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              The Four Books
               

              The Four Books (Audio disc / Other, Unabridged edition)

              By Lianke, Yan; Read by Backman, George; Producer Studios, Audible; Translated by Rojas, Carlos

              • RRP: $54.99
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              From master storyteller Yan Lianke, winner of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, The Four Books is a powerful, daring novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labor camp for intellectuals during Mao's Great Leap Forward. A... renowned author in China, and among its most censored, Yan's mythical, sometimes surreal tale cuts to the bone in its portrayal of the struggle between authoritarian power and man's will to prevail against the darkest odds through camaraderie, love, and faith. In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and academics are detained to strengthen their loyalty to Communist ideologies. Here, the Musician and her lover, the Scholar - along with the Author and the Theologian - are forced to carry out grueling physical work and are encouraged to inform on each other for dissident behavior. The prize: winning the chance at freedom. They're overseen by a preadolescent supervisor, the Child, who delights in reward systems and excessive punishments. When agricultural and industrial production quotas are raised to an unattainable level, the ninety-ninth district dissolves into lawlessness. And then, as inclement weather and famine set in, they are abandoned by the regime and left alone to survive.
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              ISBN 9780655651086
              Published NZ 1 Feb 2020
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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              Shanghai 1937
                

              Shanghai 1937 (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

              By Harmsen, Peter; Narrator Backman, George

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              This deeply researched book describes one of the great forgotten battles of the 20th century. At its height it involved nearly a million Chinese and Japanese soldiers, while sucking in three million civilians as unwilling spectators and, often, victims. It turned what had been a ...Japanese adventure in China into a general war between the two oldest and proudest civilizations of the Far East. Ultimately, it led to Pearl Harbor and to seven decades of tumultuous history in Asia. The Battle of Shanghai was a pivotal event that helped define and shape the modern world.In its sheer scale, the struggle for China's largest city was a sinister forewarning of what was in store for the rest of mankind only a few years hence, in theaters around the world. It demonstrated how technology had given rise to new forms of warfare, or had made old forms even more lethal. Amphibious landings, tank assaults, aerial dogfights and most importantly, urban combat, all happened in Shanghai in 1937. It was a dress rehearsal for World War II or perhaps more correctly it was the inaugural act in the war the first major battle in the global conflict.Actors from a variety of nations were present in Shanghai during the three fateful autumn months when the battle raged. The rich cast included China's ascetic Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and his Japanese adversary, General Matsui Iwane, who wanted Asia to rise from disunity, but ultimately pushed the continent toward its deadliest conflict ever. Claire Chennault, later of 'Flying Tiger' fame, was among the figures emerging in the course of the campaign, as was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. In an ironic twist, Alexander von Falkenhausen, a stern German veteran of the Great War, abandoned his role as a mere advisor to the Chinese army and led it into battle against the Japanese invaders.
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              ISBN 9781522667094
              Released NZ 14 Jun 2016
              Publisher Audible Studios on Brilliance
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              The Four Books
                

              The Four Books (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

              By Lianke, Yan; Translated by Rojas, Carlos; Narrator Backman, George

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              Shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize 2016 In the 99th district of a sprawling labour camp, the Author, Musician, Scholar, Theologian and Technician - and hundreds just like them - are undergoing Re-education, to restore their revolutionary zeal and credentials. In c...harge of this process is the Child, who delights in draconian rules, monitoring behaviour and confiscating treasured books. But when bad weather arrives, followed by the 'three bitter years', the intellectuals are abandoned by the regime and left on their own to survive. Divided into four narratives, The Four Books tells the story of the Great Famine, one of China's most devastating and controversial periods.
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              ISBN 9781799759775
              Released NZ 31 Dec 2019
              Publisher Brilliance Corporation
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              The Beautiful Room Is Empty
                

              The Beautiful Room Is Empty (Audio CD / Audio)

              By White, Edmund; Read by Backman, George

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              When the narrator of White's poised yet scalding autobiographical novel first embarks on his sexual odyssey, it is the 1950s, and America is a big gray country of families on drowsy holiday. That country has no room for a scholarly teenager with guilty but insatiable stirrings to...ward other men. Moving from a Midwestern college to the Stonewall Tavern on the night of the first gay uprising and populated by eloquent queens, butch poseurs, and a fearfully incompetent shrink The Beautiful Room is Empty conflates the acts of coming out and coming of age.
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              ISBN 9781511341790
              Released NZ 3 Nov 2015
              Publisher Audible Studios on Brilliance
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              Series Edmund Trilogy
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              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages
                

              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

              By Dorren, Gaston; Narrator Backman, George

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              English is the world language, except that most of the world doesn't speak it - only one in five people does. Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world's 7.4 billion people in their mother tongues, you would need to know no fewer than 20 languages. He sets o...ut to explore these top 20 world languages, which range from the familiar (French, Spanish) to the surprising (Malay, Javanese, Bengali). Babel whisks the listener on a delightful journey to every continent of the world, tracing how these world languages rose to greatness while others fell away, and showing how speakers today handle the foibles of their mother tongues. Whether showcasing tongue-tying phonetics or elegant but complicated writing scripts, and mind-bending quirks of grammar, Babel vividly illustrates that mother tongues are like nations: Each has its own customs and beliefs that seem as self-evident to those born into it as they are surprising to the outside world. Among many other things, Babel will teach you why modern Turks can't read books that are a mere 75 years old, what it means in practice for Russian and English to be relatives, and how Japanese developed separate dialects for men and women. Dorren lets you in on his personal trials and triumphs while studying Vietnamese in Hanoi, debunks 10 widespread myths about Chinese characters, and discovers that Swahili became the lingua franca in a part of the world where people routinely speak three or more languages. Witty, fascinating, and utterly compelling, Babel will change the way you look at and listen to the world and how it speaks.
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              ISBN 9781799719892
              Released NZ 6 Aug 2019
              Publisher Brilliance Corporation
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              Tiger Tracks
                

              Tiger Tracks (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

              By Faust, Wolfgang; Narrator Backman, George

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              Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir is his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage. Depicting a running tank eng...agement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of Western Russia against the full might of the Red Army: the T34s, the Stalin tanks, the Sturmovik bombers, and the feared Katyusha rocket brigades. His astonishing testimony reveals the merciless decisions that panzer crews made in action, the devastating power of their weaponry, and the many ways that men met their deaths in the snow and ice of the Ostfront. First published in the late 1940s, this memoir's savage realism shocked the postwar German public. Some were outraged at the book's final scenes while others wrote that now, at last, I know what our men did in the East. Today it stands as one of the great semiautobiographical accounts of warfare in World War II - a crescendo of horror, grim survival, and a fatalistic acceptance of the panzer man's destiny. Originally published in the German Federal Republic as Panzerdammerung (Panzer Twilight). The only other surviving memoir by this author is The Last Panther - an astonishing account of panzer warfare in the final hours of the Third Reich.
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              ISBN 9781536618419
              Released NZ 25 Oct 2016
              Publisher Audible Studios on Brilliance
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              A Boy's Own Story
                

              A Boy's Own Story (Audio CD / Audio)

              By White, Edmund; Read by Backman, George

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              Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The audiobook's unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a c...ruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with powerful evocations of shame and yearning, this is an American literary treasure.
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              ISBN 9781511338561
              Released NZ 24 Nov 2015
              Publisher Audible Studios on Brilliance
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              Series Edmund Trilogy
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              The Farewell Symphony
                

              The Farewell Symphony (Audio CD / Audio)

              By White, Edmund; Read by Backman, George

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              Following A Boy's Own Story (now a classic of American fiction) and his richly acclaimed The Beautiful Room Is Empty, here is the eagerly awaited final volume of Edmund White's groundbreaking autobiographical trilogy. Named for the work by Haydn in which the instrumentalists leav...e the stage one after another until only a single violin remains playing, this is the story of a man who has outlived most of his friends. Having reached the six-month anniversary of his lover's death, he embarks on a journey of remembrance that will recount his struggle to become a writer and his discovery of what it means to be a gay man. His witty, conversational narrative transports us from the 1960s to the near present, from starkly erotic scenes in the back rooms of New York clubs to episodes of rarefied hilarity in the salons of Paris to moments of family truth in the American Midwest. Along the way, a breathtaking variety of personal connections and near misses slowly builds an awareness of the transformative power of genuine friendship, of love and loss, culminating in an indelible experience with a dying man. And as the flow of memory carries us across time, space and society, one man's magnificently realized story grows to encompass an entire generation. Sublimely funny yet elegiac, full of unsparingly trenchant social observation yet infused with wisdom and a deeply felt compassion, The Farewell Symphony is a triumph of reflection and expressive elegance. It is also a stunning and wholly original panorama of gay life over the past thirty years the crowning achievement of one of our finest writers.
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              ISBN 9781511341806
              Released NZ 3 Nov 2015
              Publisher Audible Studios on Brilliance
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              Series Edmund Trilogy
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