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    Ilia Mikhailovich Zdanevich (Georgian: ილია ზდანევიჩი, Russian: Илья́ Миха́йлович Здане́вич) (April 21, 1894 – December 25, 1975), known as Iliazd (Georgian: ილიაზდ), was a Georgian and French writer and artist, and an active participant in such avant-garde movements as Russian Futurism and Dada.

    He was born in Tbilisi to a Polish father, Michał Zdaniewicz, who taught French in a gymnasium and a Georgian mother, Valentina Gamkrelidze, who was a pianist and student of Tchaikovsky. (His older brother Kiril also became a well-known artist.) He studied in the Faculty of Law of Saint Petersburg State University. In 1912 he and his brother, along with their friend Mikhail Le-Dantyu, became enthusiastic about the Tbilisi painter Niko Pirosmanashvili; Ilya’s article about him, “Khudozhnik-samorodok” (“A natural-born artist”), his first publication, appeared in the February 13, 1913, issue of Zakavkazskaia Rech’. Later in 1913 he published a monograph Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov under the pseudonym Eli Eganbyuri (Russian: Эли Эганбюри). In June 1914 the journal Vostok published his article “Niko Pirosmanashvili,” in which he mythologized the biography of the older artist, linking him with the Silver Age and the Russian avant-garde.[1] He became involved with the new Futurist movement, participating in their discussions and writing about them and Marinetti in the Russian press, and was drawn to other avant-garde movements as well, such as Zaum and dadaism.

  • A New Vision of Ageing

    We consider ageing as a downwards curve, but this is mainly due to a negative mindset. If we change our view on age and just dare to be who we really are, then age becomes irrelevant. Life will then evolve, instead of going downwards. German author and international consultant who has spent half of her life in foreign cultures all over the world. As an author, she likes to reverse parameters. In her books about ageing, she presents her research on people over 80 who are doing things that one would not expect from that age. She unveils the key-factors for a completely different old age and shows that a creative lifestyle is the entrance door to joyful life and happy ageing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

  • Attempt to Climb the shadow of the Rose

    This Book has been translated with the assistance of the Sharjah International Book Fair Translation Grant Fund 

    Sensitive, passionate, outflowing, this is how critics received the new collection of poems “Attempt to Climb the Shadow of the Rose” by (Sudanese poet) Yousuf Al-Habob, which have launched early 2016 at Cairo International Book Fair.

  • Beautiful Antonio / IL BELL’ Antonio

    Having spent some time in Rome, Antonio – the handsomest young man in Catania – returns to his native town with the reputation of being a playboy and with a long list of amorous adventures behind him. To please his father, Antonio agrees to marry the beautiful Barbara. A year after their marriage however – scandal erupts. Barbara is still a virgin! The bride’s family attempt to annul the marriage and Antonio’s honour seems irrevocably lost.

  • Çalikuşu (the Wren)

    The events in the novel take place in the early twentieth century, near the collapse of a war weary Ottoman Empire and the creation of the Turkish republic. Most of the novel is recounted in first-person diary format by Feride. In the first section, Feride describes her childhood, beginning from the beginning and leading to the events that led her to a strange hotel room. The second and largest section consists of diary entries describing her adventures in Anatolia. The third section is the only one written from the third person point of view, describing Feride’s visit to her home.

  • Doctor Glas

    Stark, brooding, and enormously controversial when first published in 1905, this astonishing novel juxtaposes impressions of fin-de-siècle Stockholm against the psychological landscape of a man besieged by obsession. Lonely and introspective, Doctor Glas has long felt an instinctive hostility toward the odious local minister. So when the minister’s beautiful wife complains of her husband’s oppressive sexual attentions, Doctor Glas finds himself contemplating murder. A masterpiece of enduring power, Doctor Glas confronts a chilling moral quandary with gripping intensity.

  • Flower-Girl

    The translation of this book was supported by Luthuanian Culture Institute.

    Birute Mar was awarded the Lithuanian Government’s prize for culture and art 2020. On 9 March 2020, the actress and director as well as the founder of Solo Theatre, Birute Mar, was awarded the Lithuanian Government’s Prize for Culture and Art for merits to Lithuanian culture and art.

  • German-Georgian Medical Dictionary (small)

    The present German-Georgian medical dictionary contains about 6100 words. The dictionary will be useful for medical professionals, medical students and postgraduates, as well as translators of relevant literature.

  • Guinea Pig Investigates

    When mysterious crimes occur, all animals from nearby homes, and even those that live on the street, ask help from Detective Gerard, a guinea pig. However, he is an enormous sweet tooth, so he gets to work only on the basis of tasty fees. Together with Gerard you will find out who has eaten a cat’s breakfast, you will run away from hungry predators, you will find out everything about an unknown scarecrow that scares good animals, you will investigate dark crannies and fight with fears. And most importantly, you will learn how to catch intruders using deduction and logic.

  • Hopeless

    Tommaso Soldini’s Hopeless is almost feral. One of those novels that are not only hard to define, but flout the very idea of definition. Unabashedly set in a very near future (2024-25), it narrates the vicissitudes of an investigative journalist, Michele Incassa, father of two girls, who is unexpectedly abandoned by his wife Gemma. In order to win her back, he finds himself chasing her shadow in the Petite Princesse, a club for swingers suspended between dream and reality. As if this were not enough, a news report embroils him in a meticulously inventive reconstruction of an attempted murder, in particular of the hours and days before the incident. These parallel interwoven narratives dismantle the predictable, routine notions of what we call — in a naïve simplification — “reality”, or even “truth”.

  • How The World Works

    A Brief Survey of International Relations.

  • Hymnes à l’amour

    Présentation de l’éditeur
    Pourquoi le père d’Anne a-t-il demandé, dans son testament, qu’on donne à une certaine dame résidant à Genève le disque bien connu d’Edith Piaf Hymne à l’amour ? Pourquoi la même chanson a-t-elle une si grande importance pour sa mère, comme si elle avait été l’hymne national d’une passion défunte ?Plus tard, bien plus tard, Anne partira pour Genève, à la recherche de la mystérieuse dame qu’avait aimée son père. Ce beau livre, écrit avec tendresse, recèle bien d’autres histoires. Par exemple celle de Madeleine, qui avait illuminé les jeunes années de l’auteur. Il était si doux, pour les enfants, de se blottir contre ses jolis seins. Malgré la déchéance finale de Madeleine, elle aussi inspire un hymne à l’amour.De temps en temps, l’illustre grand-père, François Mauriac, apparaît au moment le plus insolite. Va-t-il se fâcher ? Le temps qui a passé permet d’en rire. On oublie pour un instant tous ces cœurs blessés, qu’Anne Wiazemsky sait faire renaître avec l’ambiguïté du souvenir.

  • Istanbul Elefteria

    Yılmaz in this novel retraces through the narration of a love story, one of the darkest pages in the history of Turkey: the attacks on the properties of the Greek community of Istanbul but also of the Armenian and Jewish ones. These events, also known as the Istanbul pogrom, were yet another act for the removal of the Greek minority from the country, before the expulsions of the 1960s.

  • Last Train to Istanbul

    Ayşe Kulin is a Turkish contemporary novelist and columnist. Kulin graduated in literature from the American College for Girls in Arnavutköy. She released a collection of short stories titled Güneşe Dön Yüzünü in 1984. A short story from this called Gülizar was made into a film titled Kırık Bebek in 1986, for which she won a screenplay award from the Turkish culture ministry. Kulin worked as a screen writer, cinematographer and producer for many films, television series and advertisements. In 1986, she won the Best Cinematographer Award from the Theatre Writers association for her work in the television series Ayaşlı ve Kiracıları.

  • Les séparées

    Présentation de l’éditeur
    Quand s’ouvre le roman, le 10 mai 1981, Alice et Cécile ont seize ans. Trente ans plus tard, celles qui depuis l’enfance ne se quittaient pas se sont perdues. Alice, installée dans un café, laisse vagabonder son esprit, tentant inlassablement, au fil des réflexions et des souvenirs, de comprendre la raison de cette rupture amicale, que réactivent d’autres chagrins. Plongée dans un semi-coma, Cécile, elle, écrit dans sa tête des lettres imaginaires à Alice. Tissant en une double trame les décennies écoulées, les voix des deux jeunes femmes déroulent le fil de leur histoire. Depuis leur rencontre, elles ont tout partagé : leurs premiers émois amoureux, leurs familles, leur passion pour la littérature, la bande-son et les grands moments des « années Mitterrand ». Elles ont même rêvé à un avenir professionnel commun.

  • Life and Death

    ” …I am not only answering you. I am answering, through you, the whole of humanity – not only the contemporary humanity, but also the humanity that will be coming when I will not be here to answer.” (OSHO)

  • Mephisto

    The translation of this work was supported by a grant from the Goethe-Institut.

    Klaus Mann – Thomas Mann’s son – wrote MEPHISTO while living in exile from the Germany of World War II. In it he captures the Isherwood-like atmosphere of Nazi Germany while telling a satiric story about the rise to power of one man – a thinly veiled caricature of his own brother-in-law. The man is Hendrik Hofgen, a character actor who in his own life plays a bizarre part in the elite circle of the Third Reich. Hofgen is publicly a revolutionary, but secretly he is a man driven by an obsessive need for power and fame. Although he benefits from the prestige of being married to the daughter of an eminent politician, he endangers his rise in Nazi society by his compulsive involvement with ‘a black Venus.’ His brilliant success as Mephisto in FAUST brings him the support of the Führer’s prime minister, who appoints him head of the State Theater. His dreams are finally realized, but the story ends on a note of despair as Hofgen is forced to confront the emptiness of his life. Mann weaves his tale with amazing skill. The result is a fascinating novel of decadence and evil.

  • Montessori and new Technologies

    On one hand, we want our children to be prepared for whatever may lie ahead in this digital age.  On the other hand, research is leading us to determine what is best for the health and learning of young children in regard to the use of devices. As Montessorians, one of our first considerations is the developmental phase of the child.  Once we have considered what our core values lead us to do, it’s important to take a look at how this lines up with current research findings. One final point to recognise is how educators might use technology to further benefit the learning of their students.  Teachers’ use of technology can take on many forms, and there are plenty of options to explore!

  • Mr. and Mrs. Reeves

    A young woman, a tour guide on a cruise ship, befriends an elderly couple after they announce politely that they would ‘prefer not to’ go on the luxury cruise their son has booked for them. They’d rather go to see a film. This old-fashioned modesty creates a turning point in the young woman’s life. The couple’s kindness, generosity and appreciation of simple pleasures help her cling on to her own humanity in the face of the demands of modern life.