The slaughterhouse-five is an anti-war novel published in 1969 by author Kurt Vonnegut. Kurt Vonnegut wrote this book after he survived the bombing in Dresden when he was a prisoner of war. Slaughterhouse-five is a text whose universal message is clear: that war must be avoided at all costs. It is dehumanizing and destructive. It is based on the personal experiences of the author. Continue reading
It all starts with the story of a society of the utopian future in which books and reading are prohibited. Continue reading
It is a novel that deals with various topics, including feminism and madness, the first of them in the character of Clarissa and the second in Septimus Warren Smith. Continue reading
The grapes of wrath, a book that was published in 1939 by American novelist John Steinbeck. The book was so well crafted that it received the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It gained popularity and became an American classic. It courageously highlights the severity of the Great Depression and the challenges of migrant farmworkers. However, being popular did not save the book from being banned in a couple of cities. One of them is Kern County, in California, because of its border to Mexico. Some speculate the ban was politically motivated. Continue reading
The invisible man is a novel published in 1952 by writer, literary critique and novelist, Ralph Ellison. The invisible man addresses the social issues as well as the intellectual issues that most Africans-Americans faced in the early twentieth century, including Black Nationalism, politics, and the relationship between black identity and Marxism. It is set in the 1930s, in a small town in the American South. The “invisible man” is not invisible. Continue reading
A Critical Analysis
Beloved is a novel written by the Author, Toni Morrison, in 1987. It was published around the same time. The novel has been a success because it has been one of the best-selling in America. It has also drawn attention because it has featured on mainstream media such as the New York Times and Oprah Winfrey’s Show. Additionally, the author artistically and realistically presents a number of rather disturbing life issues. They are, but not limited to, African slavery in America, freedom, identity destruction, masculinity, and the concept of home. Though disturbing, readers can really relate to since they still affect our society today. Clearly, realistic representation in Toni Morrison’s Beloved is something readers look for. The book has good readership and more people should read this book. Continue reading
The short story “Little Zaches, Great Zinnober” was written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1819. The main idea of the work was a satirical depiction of the social world order of Germany at the beginning of the 19th century and ridicule of individual vices characteristic of all mankind.
One of the most famous works of E.T.A. Hoffmann – the fairy tale story “The Golden Pot” was created under the thunder of shells in the besieged Napoleon Dresden in 1814. Fierce battles and cannonballs flying into the city, tearing people’s eyes in front of the author’s eyes, naturally pushed the writer out of the world of everyday life into an incredibly vivid fantasy of the wonderful country of Atlantis – an ideal world in which “the sacred harmony of all things reigns”.
This poem reflects the state of autumn nature and at the same time the internal state of the lyrical hero. As the seasons change, so does the person, his feelings and moods.
“The Drunken Boat” of poetry and the sober bottom of life
Did the young man from the French Charleville know that he had created a unique work of world literature, which would later become a symbolist anthem? Probably knew. Indeed, the life of Arthur Rimbaud (1854 – 1891) was unusual and seemed to be devoid of common sense. At an age when many talents just entered literature, he had already left it. Rambo managed to write all his ingenious verses before the age of twenty. Then, after analyzing contemporary poetry, he decided that it was better to travel the world and make a living by trading.