вторник, 21 июня 2016 г.

Audiobooks by Alain de Botton- лучшая информационно-развлекательная философия для прогулок в летних лесах!

Audiobooks by Alain de Botton-
 лучшая информационно-развлекательная философия 
для перипатетических прогулок в летних лесах!
How Proust can change your life
Religion for atheists
The Art of travel
The Consolations of philosophy
The Pleasures and sorrows of work


Alain de BottonFRSL (/dəˈbɒtən/; born 20 December 1969) is a Swiss-born, British-based philosopher and award-winning television presenter. His books and television programmes discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life. At 23, he published Essays in Love(1993), which went on to sell two million copies. Other bestsellers include How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997), Status Anxiety(2004) and The Architecture of Happiness (2006).
He co-founded The School of Life in 2008 [1][2] and later that year was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).[3]
He co-founded Living Architecture in 2009, and in 2015 was awarded "The Fellowship of Schopenhauer", an annual writers award from the Melbourne Writers Festival, for this work.
In 2011, de Botton was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL).[4]


воскресенье, 12 июня 2016 г.

The Book of the month: The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Book of the month: 

'Simon Sebag Montefiore's The Romanovs is epic history on the grandest scale ... A story of conspiracy, drunken coups, assassination, torture, impaling, breaking on the wheel, lethal floggings with the knout, sexual and alcoholic excess, charlatans and pretenders, flamboyant wealth based on a grinding serfdom, and, not surprisingly, a vicious cycle of repression and revolt. Game of Thrones seems like the proverbial vicar's tea party in comparison ... Reading Montefiore's excellent account, it is hard to imagine how the monarchy could ever have survived under their catastrophic leadership' (Antony Beevor FINANCIAL TIMES)

Montefiore has an eye for the telling detail which lifts an unfamiliar narrative. His mammoth history of Russia's royal dynasty features many such vivid, amusing and surprising particulars. Indeed it is startlingly lubricious and gory ... Gore and sex aside, the author's pen produces reams of fluent, sometimes sparkling prose. Many of his reflections on the Romanov era apply well to Vladimir Putin's domains now ... The Russian court was an entrepot of power: its role as a broker allowed participants to amass wealth and bonded them in shared loyalty. But it also allowed them to compete without resorting to civil war or revolution. That sounds pretty much like the modern Kremlin (THE ECONOMIST)




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