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Lucretius: The Nature of the Universe

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Lucretius Nature of the Universe
Translated by: G. B. Cobbold
Product Code: 8385
ISBN: 978-0-86516-838-1
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Product Format: Paperback / softback
Price:  $12.00

We know almost nothing of the Roman author Lucretius, except that he gave to the world a didactic poem that is the oddest of ducks: a passionate, philosophic/scientific treatise that explains Epicurus's theory of atoms and touts reason and exacting knowledge of the way things are as antidotes to uncertainty and the fear of death. In six books that teeter between celebratory creation and total annihilation, its narrative is driven by pounding logic and determined pedagogical prodding. Studded as it is with vivid stories and meticulous observations of natural phenomena, The Nature of the Universe is an ancient work still able to grab hold of modern readers and not let go. As timely today as it was 2,000 years ago, it proves that the humanities and sciences can inspire and complete one another.

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Martin Martincek: Time of the Sun

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Martin Martincek: Time of the Sun
Translator: Michael Kopanic   Photographer: Martin Martincek
Product Code: 5165
ISBN: 978-0-86516-516-8
Pages: 64
Product Format: Hardcover
Price:  $83.00

What the abstract-expressionist artist of the twentieth century created with paints on canvas, Martin Martincek accomplished in photographic images. Time of the Sun treats us to new abstract realities generated by the interplay between water and the sun, captured by his camera to give to these fleeting and unique epiphanies permanent existence and to us joy forever.

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Milan Rufus: And That's the Truth: Poems in English & Slovak

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Milan Rufus: And That's the Truth: Poems in English & Slovak
Author: Milan Rufus
Product Code: 5092
ISBN: 978-0-86516-509-0
Pages: 159
Product Format: Hardbound
Price:  $31.00

Slovak-English edition of selected poems (64 poems) of Milan Rufus, poet laureate of Slovakia, illustrated with paintings by Koloman Sokol, translated from Slovak to English by Ewald Osers and Viera and James Sutherland-Smith.

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Misko

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Misko
Author: Alvena Seckar
Product Code: 4657
ISBN: 978-0-86516-465-9
Pages: 160
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $23.00

Life in the eastern mining settlements brought undue care and responsibility to young Misko Verna. It also provided a backdrop for the dignity and compassion that enabled him and his multi-cultural neighborhood family to find beauty and strength in each other amid the bleak physical conditions characterizing their day-to-day existence. Sister Alenka survives a near tragic accident, friend Leo overcomes some of the limitations of cerebral palsy, and Misko realizes his dream of preserving his home in this lively and heartwarming story.

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Oedipus of Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Oedipus of Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Author: Michael Elliot Rutenberg
Product Code: 4592
ISBN: 978-0-86516-459-8
Pages: 112
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $15.00

Rutenberg's adaptation of Seneca's Oedipus is the first translation of this Roman tragedy to interpolate excerpts from Seneca's moral philosophies into the text. This juxtaposition of Seneca's calm, rational thought with the passionate, highly theatrical language of his play creates an exciting synergy of powerful emotional and intellectual appeal. Seneca believes that human beings live at the whim of blind chance or divine will. He is interested in how we face a tragedy not of our own making, how we respond to something beyond our control. His central tenet is that we must try to accept suffering with dignity, grace, and mercy. This philosophy is as relevant today, in a world filled with repeated horrors against innocents, as it was in ancient times.

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