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Modern Languages and Literature - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Items in Modern Languages and Literature that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 90 days.


  • Malinche / Laura Esquivel ; translated by Ernesto Mestre-Reed ; illustrations by Jordi Castells
    PQ 7298.15 S638 M3513 2006
    From the international bestselling author of Like Water for Chocolate comes an extraordinary new historical novel about a passionate and tragic love affair during the conquest of the Aztecs.

  • The dark arrow of time a scientific novel / Massimo Villata
    PQ4922

  • The Cambridge history of Italian literature / edited by Peter Brand and Lino Pertile
    PQ 4038 C35 1999eb

  • The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature edited by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarría, Enrique Pupo-Walker
    PQ 7081 A1 C35 1996eb

  • The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature edited by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarría, Enrique Pupo-Walker
    PQ 7081 A1 C35 1996eb

  • The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature edited by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarría, Enrique Pupo-Walker
    PQ 7081 A1 C35 1996eb

  • The Cambridge history of Irish literature. edited by Margaret Kelleher and Philip O'Leary
    PB 1306 C36 2006eb

  • The Cambridge history of Irish literature. edited by Margaret Kelleher and Philip O'Leary
    PB 1306 C36 2006eb

  • We / Yevgeny Zamyatin ; a new translation, with an introduction, by Natasha Randall
    PG 3476 Z34 M913 2006
    Translated by Natasha Randall
    Foreword by Bruce Sterling

    Written in 1921, We is set in the One State, where all live for the collective good and individual freedom does not exist. The novel takes the form of the diary of mathematician D-503, who, to his shock, experiences the most disruptive emotion imaginable: love. At once satirical and sobering--and now available in a powerful new translation-- We is both a rediscovered classic and a work of tremendous relevance to our own times.

  • Solaris / Stanislaw Lem ; translated from the French by Joanna Kilmartin and Steve Cox
    PG 7158 L39 S613 1987
    The first of Lem's novels to be published in americanca and still the best known. A scientist examining the ocean that covers the surface of the planet Solaris is forced to confront the incarnation of a painful, hitherto unconscious memory, inexplicably created by the ocean. An undisputed SF classic. Translated by Joanna Kilmartin and Steve Cox.

  • Black consciousness and South Africa's national literature Tom Penfold
    PT6510

  • The Mexican crack writers : history and criticism / Héctor Jaimes, editor
    PQ7081

  • Felâtun Bey and Râkım Efendi : an Ottoman novel / Ahmet Midhat Efendi ; translated from the Turkish by Melih Levi and Monica M. Ringer ; with an afterword by A. Holly Shissler
    PL 248 A3173 F413 2016

    Ahmet Midhat Efendi's famous 1875 novel Felâtun Bey and Râkim Efendi takes place in late nineteenth-century Istanbul and follows the lives of two young men who come from radically different backgrounds. Râkim Efendi is an erudite, self-made man, one who is ambitious and cultivated enough to mingle with a European crowd. In contrast, Felâtun Bey is a spendthrift who lacks intellectual curiosity and a strong work ethic. Squandering his wealth and education, he leads a life of decadence.
    The novel traces Râkim and Felâtun's relationships with multiple characters, charting their romances and passions, as well as their foibles and amusing mishaps as they struggle to find and follow their own path through the many temptations and traps of European culture. The author creates a rich portrait of stratified Ottoman life through a diverse and colorful cast of characters-from a French piano teacher and an Arab nanny, to a Circassian slave girl-each deftly navigating the shifting mores of their social class. Written during the Ottoman Empire's uneasy transition to modernity, the novel's protagonists embody both the best and worst elements of two worlds, European and Ottoman. The novel provides readers with an elegant yet powerful appeal for progressive reforms and individual freedoms. Levi and Ringer's fluid translation of this Ottoman classic stands as a landmark in the history of Turkish literature in translation.


  • The queue : a novel / Basma Abdel Aziz ; translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette
    PJ 7904 A95 T3313 2016
    " The Queue ... has drawn comparisons to Western classics like George Orwell's 1984 and The Trial by Franz Kafka. It represents a new wave of dystopian and surrealist fiction from Middle Eastern writers who are grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring." -- The New York Times

    Winner of the English PEN Translation Award

    In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as 'the Gate' has risen to power in the aftermath of the 'Disgraceful Events,' a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission from the Gate in order to take care of even the most basic of their daily affairs, yet the Gate never opens, and the queue in front of it grows longer.

    Citizens from all walks of life mix and wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, a poor woman concerned for her daughter's health, and even the brother of a security officer killed in clashes with protestors. Among them is Yehia, a man who was shot during the Events and is waiting for permission from the Gate to remove a bullet that remains lodged in his pelvis. Yehia's health steadily declines, yet at every turn, officials refuse to assist him, actively denying the very existence of the bullet.

    Ultimately it is Tarek, the principled doctor tending to Yehia's case, who must decide whether to follow protocol as he has always done, or to disobey the law and risk his career to operate on Yehia and save his life.

    Written with dark, subtle humor, The Queue describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism, and illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it.

  • The languages of Scandinavia : seven sisters of the North / Ruth H. Sanders
    PD 1545 S26 2017
    From fjords to mountains, schools of herring to herds of reindeer, Scandinavia is rich in astonishing natural beauty. Less well known, however, is that it is also rich in languages. Home to seven languages, Scandinavia has traditionally been understood as linguistically bifurcated between its five Germanic languages (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faroese) and its two Finno-Ugric ones (Finnish and S#65533;mi). In The Languages of Scandinavia , Ruth H. Sanders takes a pioneering approach: she considers these Seven Sisters of the North together.

    While the two linguistic families that comprise Scandinavia's languages ultimately have differing origins, the Seven Sisters have coexisted side by side for millennia. As Sanders reveals, a crisscrossing of names, territories, and even to some extent language genetics--intimate language contact--has created a body of shared culture, experience, and linguistic influences that is illuminated when the story of these seven languages is told as one. Exploring everything from the famed whalebone Lewis Chessmen of Norse origin to the interactions between the Black Death and the Norwegian language, The Languages of Scandinavia offers profound insight into languages with a cultural impact deep-rooted and far-reaching, from the Icelandic sagas to Swedish writer Stieg Larsson's internationally popular Millennium trilogy. Sanders's book is both an accessible work of linguistic scholarship and a fascinating intellectual history of language.

  • The Cambridge history of Chinese literature. edited by Kang-i Sun Chang and Stephen Owen
    PL 2265 C36 2010eb

  • The Cambridge history of Chinese literature. edited by Kang-i Sun Chang
    PL 2265 C36 2010eb

  • The Cambridge introduction to Sanskrit / A.M. Ruppel
    PK 438 I5 R836 2017
    Ideal for courses in beginning Sanskrit or self-study, this textbook employs modern, tried-and-tested pedagogical methods and tools, but requires no prior knowledge of ancient languages or linguistics. Devanāgarī script is introduced over several chapters and used in parallel with transliteration for several chapters more, allowing students to progress in learning Sanskrit itself while still mastering the script. Students are exposed to annotated original texts in addition to practise sentences very early on, and structures and systems underlying the wealth of forms are clearly explained to facilitate memorisation. All grammar is covered in detail, with chapters dedicated to compounding and nominal derivation, and sections explaining relevant historical phenomena. The introduction also includes a variety of online resources that students may use to reinforce and expand their knowledge: flash cards; video tutorials for all chapters; and up-to-date links to writing, declension and conjugation exercises and online dictionaries, grammars, and textual databases.

  • Postcolonial modernism and the picaresque novel literatures of precarity / Jens Elze
    PQ6147.P5

  • Evaluating second language courses / Dale Griffee, ELS Language Center, Lubbock, Texas, Greta Gorsuch, Texas Tech University
    PB 35 G775 2016

  • The days of abandonment / Elena Ferrante ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
    PQ 4866 E6345 G5613 2005
    0 woman, abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for, finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment and is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity and the possibility that life may never return to normal. I could not put this novel down. Elena Ferrante will blow you away. - Alice Seibold, author of The Lovely Bones

  • The death of Ivan Ilyich / Leo Tolstoy ; translated from the Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky ; with an introduction by Richard Pevear
    PG 3366 A13 P47 2012

    Tolstoy's most famous novella is an intense and moving examination of death and the possibilities of redemption, here in a powerful translation by the award-winning Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

    Ivan Ilyich is a middle-aged man who has spent his life focused on his career as a bureaucrat and emotionally detached from his wife and children. After an accident he finds himself on the brink of an untimely death, which he sees as a terrible injustice. Face to face with his mortality, Ivan begins to question everything he has believed about the meaning of life. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a masterpiece of psychological realism and philosophical profundity that has inspired generations of readers.


  • Pier Paolo Pasolini : performing authorship / Gian Maria Annovi
    PQ 4835 A48 Z565 2017
    Before his mysterious murder in 1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini had become famous--and infamous--not only for his groundbreaking films and literary works but also for his homosexuality and criticism of capitalism, colonialism, and Western materialism. In Pier Paolo Pasolini: Performing Authorship , Gian Maria Annovi revisits Pasolini's oeuvre to examine the author's performance as a way of assuming an antagonistic stance toward forms of artistic, social, and cultural oppression. Annovi connects Pasolini's notion of authorship to contemporary radical artistic practices and today's multimedia authorship.

    Annovi considers the entire range of Pasolini's work, including his poetry, narrative and documentary film, dramatic writings, and painting, as well as his often scandalous essays on politics, art, literature, and theory. He interprets Pasolini's multimedia authorial performance as a masochistic act to elicit rejection, generate hostility, and highlight the contradictions that structure a repressive society. Annovi shows how questions of authorial self-representation and self-projection relate to the artist's effort to undermine the assumptions of his audience and criticize the conformist practices that the culture industry and mass society impose on the author. Pasolini reveals the critical potential of his spectacular celebrity by using the author's corporeal or vocal presence to address issues of sexuality and identity, and through his strategic self-fashioning in films, paintings, and photographic portraits he destabilizes the audience's assumptions about the author.

  • For two thousand years / Mihail Sebastian ; translated from the Romanian by Philip Ó Ceallaigh ; with a foreword by Mark Mazower
    PC 839 S37 D413 2017
    Available in English for the first time, Mihail Sebastian's classic 1934 novel delves into the mind of a Jewish student in Romania during the fraught years preceding World War II.

    This literary masterpiece revives the ideological debates of the interwar period through the journal of a Romanian Jewish student caught between anti-Semitism and Zionism. Although he endures persistent threats just to attend lectures, he feels disconnected from his Jewish peers and questions whether their activism will be worth the cost. Spending his days walking the streets and his nights drinking and conversing with revolutionaries, zealots, and libertines, he remains isolated, even from the women he loves. From Bucharest to Paris, he strives to make peace with himself in an increasingly hostile world.

    For Two Thousand Years echoes Mihail Sebastian's struggles as the rise of fascism ended his career and turned his friends and colleagues against him. Born of the violence of relentless anti-Semitism, his searching, self-derisive work captures a defining moment in history and lights the way for generations to come--a prescient, heart-wrenching chronicle of resilience and despair, resistance and acceptance.

  • Poesía indígena de América / selección y prólogo de Guillermo Alberto Arévalo
    PQ 6208 I53 P64 1995

  • Sous tant de paupières : Bergman avant la mondialisation des écrans / Freddy Buache
    PT 9875 B533 B83 2010

  • Zhivi kak khocheshʹ : roman / M.A. Aldanov
    PG 3476 A327Z3
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