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Hell in Contemporary Literature
Author: Rachel Falconer
Publisher:
ISBN: 0748634436
Pages: 262
Year: 2007
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What does it mean when people use the word 'Hell' to convey the horror of an actual, personal or historical experience? Now available in paperback, this book explores the idea that modern, Western secular cultures have retained a belief in the concept of Hell as an event or experience of endless or unjust suffering. In the contemporary period, the descent to Hell has come to represent the means of recovering - or discovering - selfhood. In exploring these ideas, this book discusses descent journeys in Holocaust testimony and fiction, memoirs of mental illness, and feminist, postmodern and postcolonial narratives written after 1945. A wide range of texts are discussed, including writing by Primo Levi, W.G. Sebald, Anne Michaels, Alasdair Gray, and Salman Rushdie, and films such as Coppola's Apocalypse Now and the Matrix trilogy. Drawing on theoretical writing by Bakhtin, Levinas, Derrida, Judith Butler, David Harvey and Paul Ricoeur, the book addresses such broader theoretical issues as: narration and identity; the ethics of the subject; trauma and memory; descent as sexual or political dissent; the interrelation of realism and fantasy; and Occidentalism and Orientalism.Key Features*Defines and discusses what constitutes Hell in contemporary secular Western cultures*Relates ideas from psychoanalysis to literary traditions ranging from Virgil and Dante to the present*Explores the concept of Hell in relation to crises in Western thought and identity. e.g. distortions of global capitalism, mental illness, war trauma and incarceration*Explains the significance of this narrative tradition of a 'descent to hell' in the immediate political context of 9/11 and its aftermath
The Five Gates of Hell
Author: Rupert Thomson
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408833166
Pages: 368
Year: 2012-08-01
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There were very few land burials in Moon Beach. It was considered old-fashioned, unhealthy and something that only happened to the poor. Instead the dead were buried in ocean cemeteries, twelve miles out. A special festival was held every year in their honour. Children loved it. They were given white chocolate bones, marzipan skulls and ice-cream coffins on a stick. There were costume parties too. You had to wear something blue because that was the colour people went when they were buried under the sea. You could paint your hands and face if you liked, or even dye your hair. That's what people did in Moon Beach. Turned blue once a year. And then they turned blue forever...
Godlike
Author: Richard Hell
Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN: 1888451777
Pages: 150
Year: 2005-07-01
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Godlike, Richard Hell's second novel, combines the grit, wit, and invention of Go Now with the charged lyricism and emotional implosiveness of his music. Godlike is a heartwrenching tale of one whose values in life are the values of poetry. Set largely in the early '70s, but structured as a middle-aged poet's 1997 notebooks and drafts for a memoir-novel, the book recounts the story of a young man's affair with a remarkable teenage poet.
Go Now
Author: Richard Hell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684832771
Pages: 176
Year: 1997-06-25
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On the road with the Blank Generation, "Go Now" takes readers on a wild trip across the country and into the head of a down-on-his-luck punk musician. ""Go Now" is a vile, scabrous, unforgivable, and deserving of the widest possible audience".--William Gibson.
Ports of Hell
Author: Johnny Strike
Publisher: Critical Vision
ISBN: 1900486334
Pages: 155
Year: 2004-02-01
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Ports of Hell tells the story of Jamie Coats, a young man who falls in with Elias, who claims to be from Lemuira. On Elias's instructions, Coates travels to Thailand and Mexico, and later Hawaii and Sri Lanka, acquiring brutal enemies and becoming caught in a struggle that threatens his sanity and life. Conspiracy themes and the picaresque are in play throughout in this novel from the founding member of the seminal US punk band Crime. 'This is what marks the artist, he has been there and brought it back' - William S. Burroughs
Elevator to Hell
Author: Matthew Benjamin, Benjamin Matthew
Publisher: Black and Blue Publishing
ISBN: 0615489265
Pages: 388
Year: 2012-09-01
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Perhaps crime doesn't pay. But doing nothing doesn't either. Still, does any degree of abuse or mistreatment warrant fratricide-killing one's own brother? Or, more precisely, half-brother? And when does old fashioned greed take over and disguise itself as simple ambition or self-preservation? Find out. Discover how the rock and roll bastard from Detroit, Nic Reilly, fights his way to the top of the record business and then loses everything, including himself-with most of it taking place during the implosion years of the file-sharing revolution as the music industry melts to the ground.
Hengestone!
Author: Ron F. Collins
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493188232
Pages: 262
Year: 2014-04-02
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What happens when a scroll from the lost library of Alexandria is discovered under the Parthenon and used to open a dimensional doorway at Stonehenge? Hengestone! Hell on Earth.
The Hermeneutics of Hell
Author: Gregor Thuswaldner, Daniel Russ
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319521985
Pages: 322
Year: 2017-09-15
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This collection of essays analyzes global depictions of the devil from theological, Biblical, and literary perspectives, spanning the late Middle Ages to the 21st century. The chapters explore demonic representations in the literary works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Dante Alighieri, Charles Baudelaire, John Milton, H.P. Lovecraft, and Cormac McCarthy, among others. The text examines other media such as the operas Orfeo and Erminia sul Giordano and the television shows Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, and Mad Men. The Hermeneutics of Hell, featuring an international set of established and up-and-coming authors, masterfully examines the evolution of the devil from the Biblical accounts of the Middle Ages to the individualized presence of the modern world.
The Hounds of Hell
Author: Esmeralda Oropeza
Publisher: Esmeralda Oropeza
ISBN: 1535611294
Pages: 84
Year: 2017-10-04
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When the Hounds of Hell invade Akureian, the group burns Odette’s home and takes her brother, leaving her and her parents homeless. Knowing that her brother is most likely dead, she decides to avenge his death by seeking the leader of the Hounds of Hell, thus starting a secret identity of Talon, the most feared assassin in all the kingdom. Driven by anger and hate, Odette is determined to correct the injustice done to her life and parents. The Hounds’ leader is all she wants. Will she be able to avenge her brother and finally calm her inner demons? Or will her hate blind her, causing everything she loves to fall apart, right before her eyes?
Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction
Author: A. Bennett
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137022698
Pages: 228
Year: 2012-07-06
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Afterlife and Narrative explores why life after death is such a potent cultural concept today, and why it is such an attractive prospect for modern fiction. The book mines a rich vein of imagined afterlives, from the temporal experiments of Martin Amis's Time's Arrow to narration from heaven in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones .
The Crossover Novel
Author: Rachel Falconer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135865000
Pages: 280
Year: 2008-10-21
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"Highly recommended" by Choice While crossover books such as Rowling's Harry Potter series have enjoyed enormous sales and media attention, critical analysis of crossover fiction has not kept pace with the growing popularity of this new category of writing and reading. Falconer remedies this lack with close readings of six major British works of crossover fiction, and a wide-ranging analysis of the social and cultural implications of the global crossover phenomenon. A uniquely in-depth study of the crossover novel, Falconer engages with a ground-breaking range of sources, from primary texts, to child and adult reader responses, to cultural and critical theory.
A JOURNEY FROM HELL TO HEAVEN
Author: AJOY GHOSH
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491715405
Pages: 154
Year: 2013-11-27
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"A Journey from Hell to Heaven" is an endeavor by Ajoy Ghosh, an Indian Author, to introduce a few people in our society. It is told that every human is different and every human’s life unique. You will travel from Hell to Heaven when you will read their stories in this book. The author only introduces those people and their good or bad acts what they did. He didn’t tell what actual pain and sufferings they finally got due to their misdeeds and sinful acts in many stories. There are people you will find here who suffered a lot in their life without any apparent fault and misdeeds. The stories are not fictitious, but true. The names and places are changed and kept unchanged in a few stories. All stories are based on either’s Author’s own experiences or collected from his close sources. The year given in the story title is the actual year when Author or somebody known to him met the principal characters of the story.
North of Hell
Author: Miguel Correa Mujica, Alexis Romay, Reinaldo Arenas
Publisher: Green Integer Books
ISBN:
Pages: 86
Year: 2008-02-01
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A powerful, angry novel about conditions in contemporary Cuba.
Cat Out of Hell
Author: Lynne Truss
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 1612194435
Pages: 240
Year: 2015-03-03
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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Lynne Truss (Eats, Shoots & Leaves) is back with a mesmerizing and hilarious tale of cats and murder For people who both love and hate cats comes the tale of Alec Charlesworth, a librarian who finds himself suddenly alone: he’s lost his job, his beloved wife has just died. Overcome by grief, he searches for clues about her disappearance in a file of interviews between a man called "Wiggy" and a cat, Roger. Who speaks to him. It takes a while for Alec to realize he’s not gone mad from grief, that the cat is actually speaking to Wiggy . . . and that much of what we fear about cats is true. They do think they’re smarter than humans, for one thing. And, well, it seems they are! What’s more, they do have nine lives. Or at least this one does – Roger’s older than Methuselah, and his unblinking stare comes from the fact that he’s seen it all. And he’s got a tale to tell, a tale of shocking local history and dark forces that may link not only the death of Alec’s wife, but also several other local deaths. But will the cat help Alec, or is he one of the dark forces? In the deft and comedic hands of mega-bestseller Lynne Truss, the story is as entertaining as it is addictive” (The Sunday Telegraph) – an increasingly suspenseful and often hysterically funny adventure that will please cat lovers and haters alike. And afterwards, as one critic noted, “You may never look at a cat in quite the same way again” (The Daily Mail).
The Theological Turn in Contemporary Gothic Fiction
Author: Simon Marsden
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319965719
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