In 2270 millions of people live on an artificial planet called Titanium – in a world of total social wellbeing and endless technological progress. For more than 250 years they have had no knowledge about those who were left on Earth, went through a global ecological catastrophe and formed a military alliance with powerful aliens to survive. For a long time these two human civilizations have been hundreds of light years apart, but now they are destined to reunite in order to face the only true enemy of mankind and fight for their future.
Three breath-taking non-fiction stories that you'll never forget. The Stolen Life of Okada Yoshiko. The untold story of how a courageous japanese actress survived in Stalin's Russia. In 1938 the japanese actress and former "star" of the silent film Okada Yoshiko illegally left Japan with the man she loved most of all Sugimoto Ryokich1. In a year and nine months Sugimoto was executed by shooting and Okada was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor... "...And Never the Twain Shall Meet...". In 1935 a Moscow-based correspondent of japanese newspaper fell madly in love with russian girl and made up his mind to "smuggle" her to Japan... in a trunk. Betrayal. In 1902 a young modest girl Maria Prove moved from Geneva to Russia hoping to get a good job. In this country she met her first love, got married and gave birth to a daughter. At the age of 52, basing on information against her, she was taken into custody at Lubianka prison, charged with espionage against the Soviet State and in six months was transported under guard to a distant Siberian prison camp (GULAG).
Given. There is a special magic in the moment when a photographer is making a deal with his vis-a-vis, thus defining the miracle we call photography. In this case the frame is an immersion, a joined effort, a dialogue. Somebody is giving his or her image to a person with a camera, trusting that person and taking part in the creative initiative. But is there an accurate word that defines something which originally belonged to the other and was taken from him or her without permission? Stolen. I am talking about a photograph taken without a permission. Digitalized sneak shot of a fleeting moment in someone else's life with no beginning and no end. It could become an eternity, but we just can not stop and really believe it. Nevertheless, it becomes eternal because there is nothing more endless and immediate than a silence of a moment, even the shortest one. Strange or familiar people in the focus of a camera lens. Camera hidden in the folds of a coat. Click of a shutter shooting from the hip on a subway escalator, on a street, in a cafe or... in an operating room of a field hospital. Which is more sincere? The given or the stolen? The vision! The vision of a photographer who documents reality in its most expected and unexpected manifestations. That is why today I combine both of these principles and turn them into allies and partners in that very magical instant which I devoted my whole life to - my photography. Welcome
"The Shadow Line - a short novel based at sea - was first published in 1916. It depicts the development of a young man upon taking a captaincy in the Orient, with the shadow line of the title representing the threshold of this development. Conrad also extensively uses irony by comparison in the work, with characters such as Captain Giles and the ship's "factotum" Ransome used to emphasise strengths and weaknesses of the protagonist.
As these three specially commissioned stories amply demonstrate, Conrad is our greatest writer of the sea. His characters are tested by dramatic events 'that show in the light of day the inner worth of a man, the edge of his temper, and the fibre of his stuff; that reveal the quality of his resistance and the secret stuff of his pretences, not only to others but also to himself'. In Typhoon, Conrad's funniest story, Captain MacWhirr blunders into a hurricane that reveals the sea's treachery, violence and terror. Falk is desperate to get married, but first he must tell of his terrible experiences as sole survivor of a stricken ship that once drifted into the ice-caps of Antarctica. The Shadow-Line is a poignant and beautiful story. Written during the First World War and based on Conrad's fond evocation of his own first command, it expresses his solidarity with all who were obliged to cross in early youth the shadow-line of their war-torn generation. Includes a glossary of nautical terms.
The Moonstone, generally recognized as the first detective novel is not only a work of historical importance but also a work that transcends the genre it created, in the artfulness of its plotting, in its compassionate depiction of servants, and in its enlightened resolution of the theme of the British Empire, its crimes and their consequences. Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.
An authoritative guide to the rise of Chinese shadow banking and its systemic implications Shadow Banking in China examines this rapidly growing sector in the Chinese economy, and what it means for your investments. Written by two world-class experts in Chinese banking, including the Chief Advisor to the China Banking Regulatory Commission and former Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong, this book is unique in providing true, first-hand perspectives from authorities within the world's largest economy. There is little widely-available information on China's shadow banking developments, and much of it is rife with disparate data, inaccuracies and overblown risks due to definitional and measurement differences. This book clears the confusion by supplying accurate information, on-the-ground context and invaluable national balance sheet analysis you won't find anywhere else. Shadow banking has grown to be a key source of credit in China, and a major component of the economy. This book serves as a primer for analysts and investors seeking real, useful information about the sector to better inform investment decisions. Discover what's driving the growth of shadow banking in China Learn the truth about both real and inflated risks Dig into popular rhetoric and clarify common misconceptions Access valuable data previously not published in English Despite shadow banking's critical influence on the Chinese economy, there have been very few official studies and even fewer books written on the subject. Understanding China's present-day economy and forecasting its future requires an in-depth understanding of shadow banking and its inter-relationship with the banking system and other sectors. Shadow Banking in China provides authoritative reference that will prove valuable to anyone with financial interests in China.
It is commonly assumed that the rise of modern democracies put an end to the spectacular and ceremonial aspects of political rule that were so characteristic of monarchies and other earlier regimes. The medieval idea that the king had two bodies – a mortal physical body and an eternal political body – strikes us today as alien and remote from our understanding of politics: with the transition from monarchy to modern representative democracy, the idea of the body politic was abandoned. Or was it? In this remarkable and highly original book Philip Manow shows that the body politic, though so often pronounced dead, remains alive in modern democracies. It is just one of the many ideas that we have inherited from our predecessors and that continue to shape our modern forms of political life. Why did the semi-circle become the main seating plan for modern parliaments? Why do we think that parliament should mirror the diversity of society? Why does the president's motorcade always have more than one identical-looking Cadillac? Why do we pay so much attention to the physical features and appearance – the body – of our political leaders today? In answering these and other questions Manow sheds fresh light on the pre-modern origins of our modern political institutions and practices and shows convincingly that all political power – including democracy – requires and produces its own political mythology.
The ancients believed that every person has an Idea of himself somewhere in another better world, and that he is only a mere Shadow of that idea, surrounded by the shadows of others. In the novel that world of ideas is the world of the Ena, winged eternal creations of Light. But now the Enas world is far from perfection just like the world of humans. The Last War has begun, and heroes have to face a choice between the Light and the Darkness. Read the first chapter to start your journey with us!