Broad brush analyses of the changing face of the bureaucracy In this illuminating memoir Javid Chowdhury shares his varied experiences over four decades in the IAS:
He is Guts, the Black Swordsman, a warrior of legendary prowess — relent, fear, merci. As cold and brutal as the iron of the massive sword he wields. Bent on revenge against the unholy forces that have branded him for sacrifice, but especially on Griffith, one of the demon lords of the Godhand. But Griffith was once a man, the leader of the Hawks, a renowned cadre of elite fighters with a young Guts as its fiercest champion. Though forged in a crucible of cruelty and violence, nothing could prepare Guts for a confrontation with Nosferatu Zodd, a superhuman beast who slaughters Guts’ comrades as easily as a scythe cuts wheat. Even Guts and Griffith are no match for the abomination’s power...but something Griffith wears around his neck may well be!
Een pijp langs de Antwerpse Scheldekade: het enige aanknopingspunt bij de verdwijning van Albrecht Stuyt, een missiepriester aan wie een geurtje van pedofilie kleeft. Bizar genoeg vinden duikers bij het dreggen niet het lijk van de geestelijke, maar wel dat van Pina Gonzalez, een voormalig hoertje uit het Schipperskwartier. Commissaris Liese Meerhout van de Antwerpse moordbrigade krijgt kop noch staart aan het verhaal. Het parket beschouwt de zaak van de verdrinkingsdood van de prostituee als afgedaan, maar Liese zoekt koppig verder.
Wanneer uiteindelijk ook het verminkte lijk van de gewurgde missionaris aanspoelt, stapelen de vragen zich op. Want wie zit achter de moord? De hebberige neef van Stuyt? Een Afrikaanse smokkelbende? Corrupte pooiers en genadeloze smokkelaars.
Algauw raakt Liese Meerhout verstrikt in een kluwen van intriges, doodsbedreigingen, rauwe seks en gewetenswroeging. Niets blijkt moeilijker dan zoeken naar de waarheid in dood water.
Some guys put on a suit and tie for work. I take them off. And then I sell three things: My time. My body.
And my cock.
I work for an exclusive escort agency in Los Angeles. The clients are wealthy women—ready, willing and able to pay $5,000 for safe, satisfying sex with no strings attached. To them, it’s a fantasy come true. To me, it’s just a job. And it’s a short-term strategy. I’ve given myself five years to work hard, fuck hard and invest well. Then I’ll have what I need to take care of my mother and sister for life. After that, I’m walking away from the grind to open a boxing club at the beach. My plan is going smoothly. Until I meet Isabella. And then—with a missing sister, a deranged billionaire and undeniable erotic heat—everything changes. Touch of Heat is a three-part erotic suspense serial.
In 1886 a 19 year-old journalist disguised himself as a tramp and visited the worst lodging houses of London to 'see things as they really are.' Dottings of a Dosser is an account of his experiences and an attempt to come up with a solution. Howard Joseph Goldsmid (1866-1895) warned that if something was not done to improve the situation of the poorest in society then the country might end up confronting a revolution.
Two years later 'Jack the Ripper' murdered five prostitutes in Whitechapel and Spitalfields. His victims were mostly middle-aged women who lived in the similar common lodging houses to those that Goldsmid described. They were people 'who have neither house nor room that they can call their own, and who night after night, week in, week out, for many a weary year, ''doss'' in the nearest lodging-house, and hardly dare to dream of any other or better accommodation.
While they live their principal care is to find the necessary fourpence each night, together with a few coppers more for food, or at all events for drink. When they die they depend upon the kindly feeling of their chums and fellow-dossers for the means of burial, or upon the scantier, if more certain, mercy of the parish sexton and the workhouse hearse.' 'Are you prepared, reader, to meet such company? If so, come with me round some of the places I have visited. You will have the advantage that, while my tour was made in the flesh, yours may be completed in the spirit. And much is to be learned from such an expedition, even if made only in imagination, by those who have but very dimly realized the fact that there are dens of misery unutterable, and of vice indescribable, in some quarters of this wealth-teeming, yet poverty-producing, metropolis.'
A brilliant and provocative reinterpretation of Shakespeare's largely forgotten epic poems, and the political controversy they incited. As the year 1600 approached, unrest was stirring in post-Reformation England. The people pitted themselves against Queen Elizabeth, questioning the monarchy and exploring republicanism. Amidst this tension, William Shakespeare published a pair of epic poems dedicated to his patron, the Earl of Southampton, which would quickly become bestsellers: Venus of Adonis in 1593 and The Rape of Lucrece one year later. Although wildly popular during Shakespeare's lifetime, both works are rarely studied today. To modern readers, the epics are meandering, dense, and seemingly uneventful. But in her engaging new book, leading Shakespearean scholar Clare Asquith reveals the provocative political message that would have been obvious and compelling to Shakespeare's contemporaneous readers: Just as Lucrece had been degraded, England had been violated by a turbulent and tyrannical monarchy. Henry VIII and his successors had stolen the property and possessions of the English people and their religious institutions--making away with 25,000 square miles of land and count price pieces of art, jewelry, books, and more. At the heart of this cultural upheaval, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece gave England's rest and disenfranchised populous exactly what it was looking for: an authoritative historical analysis that justified--and even urged--direct action against the Tudors. A fascinating narrative history rooted in original scholarship and groundbreaking interpretations, Shakespeare and the Resistance is the definitive account of Shakespeare's political poems and the dramatic reactions they incited.