The Dedalus Book of English Decadence:Vile Emperors and Elegant Degenerates
In this brilliantly original book, Camille Paglia identifies some of the major patterns that have endured in western culture from ancient Egypt and Greece to the present. According to Paglia, one source of continuity is paganism, which, undefeated by Judeo-Christianity, continues to flourish in art, eroticism, astrology, and pop culture. Others, she says, are androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, which has created our art and cinema. Paglia follows these and other themes, from Nefertiti and the Venus of Willendorf to Apollo and Dionysus, from Botticelli and Michaelangelo to Shakespeare and Blake and finally to Emily Dickinson, who, along with other major 19th-century authors, becomes a remarkable example of Romanticism turned into Decadence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Durante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008724/bk_tant_008724_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note: This is a review and analysis of Brazillionaires, not the original book. This review and analysis is not endorsed by or affiliated with the original author. When we think of Brazil, we think of beautiful beaches and beautiful people. It is a tapestry of people from different backgrounds all just having fun. However, this is far from the whole truth of what is going on Brazil. Despite Brazil being part of the BRIC nations, those with the most potential for growth in the global economy, Brazil is considered economically backwards in many ways. You get an idea of this when you look deeper into its politics and economic policies. In this edition of Summary Shorts, we will analyze and summarize the ideas put forth in Brazillionaires, a book that truly exposes the dark side of Brazil´s rise and arguably its inexorable fall. Enjoy! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doron Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098438/bk_acx0_098438_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
La historia del Caballero Des Grieux y de Manon Lescaut es el titulo completo de la novela que escribio en el siglo XVIII Antoine-Francois Prevost, llamado el abate Prevost, por que habia asumido ordenes menores. La obra, a pesar de que el autor quiso mostrarlo como libro moralizante causo gran escandalo en sus tiempos, en el siglo XVIII cuando fue publicada, ya que ese retrato descarnado de una mujer que unicamente vive para el placer y el lujo no tenia antecedentes literarios.This novel, although the author wanted it to be a moralizing book, caused a great scandal when it was published in the eighteenth century due to it´s lurid portrait of a woman who only lives for pleasure and luxury, a concept which didn´t have any literary antecedents at the time. 1. Spanish. Santiago Munevar. http://samples.audible.de/bk/yoyo/000121/bk_yoyo_000121_sample.mp3.
The Day of the Rope is a fictional tale about what can happen in a country that has rejected its heritage and descended into degeneracy and decadence.A handful of the inhabitants discover the true power behind the ruling class, and the methods they use to remain above the law. Feeling like strangers in the land of their forefathers, Ethan and Wayne navigate the ethical minefield of violent revolution as they try to reclaim their nation from those who have subverted it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Devon Stack. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/158879/bk_acx0_158879_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I´ve never been a failure. I don´t allow myself to make mistakes. I´ve lived my life to painstaking perfection. Until now. I can´t seem to get anything right. And when you work for the FBI, mistakes can cost lives. Busting BDSM club Decadence for drug trafficking is my chance to prove myself. And no pushy Dominant is going to throw me off my game, not even sinfully sexy club owner Derek Carter. I have to keep him close in order to uncover his secrets, but keeping him close to my body while guarding my heart is proving more difficult than I ever imagined. He might just be my biggest mistake yet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scarlett Day, Jason Winters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/inbl/000148/bk_inbl_000148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence - gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by ´´Dead Bolt´´, a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam. A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with ´´model´´ Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox´s past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend - and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031055/bk_acx0_031055_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a race of dark beasts, humanity stands on the brink of extinction. The outlands are soaked with the blood of the fallen. The midlands are rotting with decadence and despair. Elfkind, estranged by past crimes, watches and waits for nature to run its course. And then the two collide. Ayden´s life has long been guided by two emotions: love for his sister, and hatred of all things human. When he´s captured in battle, he is enslaved in the service of a human prince, Freyrik Farr. Freyrik´s always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Teetering on a dagger´s edge between duty and high treason, Freyrik discovers that some choices can change a life, and some an entire world. Between prejudice, politics, pride, and survival, Ayden and Freyrik must carve a new path, no matter how daunting. For nothing less than the fate of both their peoples rests on the power of their perseverance - and their love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Craig Beck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067640/bk_acx0_067640_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The history of decadent culture runs from ancient Rome to 19th-century Paris, Victorian London, fin de siecle Vienna, Weimar Berlin, and beyond. The decline of Rome provides the pattern for both aesthetic and social decadence, a pattern that artists and writers in the 19th century imitated, emulated, parodied, and otherwise manipulated for aesthetic gain. What begins as the moral condemnation of modernity in mid-19th century France on the part of decadent authors such as Charles Baudelaire ends up as the perverse celebration of the pessimism that accompanies imperial decline. This delight in decline informs the rich canon of decadence that runs from Joris-Karl Huysmans´s À Rebours to Oscar Wilde´s The Picture of Dorian Gray.In Decadence, David Weir explores the conflicting attitudes towards modernity present in decadent culture by examining the difference between aesthetic decadence - the excess of artifice - and social decadence, which involves excess in a variety of forms, whether perversely pleasurable or gratuitously cruel. Such contrariness between aesthetic and social decadence led some of its practitioners to substitute art for life and to stress the importance of taste over morality, a maneuver with far-reaching consequences. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Halstead. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012361/bk_tant_012361_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.