By Michael Cunningham
From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Hours, comes this generally praised novel of 2 boyhood pals: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and uncertain of himself; and Bobby, hip, darkish, and inarticulate. In big apple after collage, Bobby strikes in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who's homosexual, to father Clare's baby. Then, whilst Clare and Bobby have a child, the 3 flow to a small apartment upstate to elevate "their" baby jointly and, with a strange good friend, Alice, create a brand new type of relations. A domestic on the finish of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of city lifestyles today.
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Pipes, Russia Under the Old Regime, London 1974. , one in which the entire country was being treated as the patrimonial property of its ruler. The estates in this system were organized top-down and did not represent a social force independent from the government. Nor could there exist independent legal institutions such as the French “parliaments” with hereditary judges. A strong, centralized state authority claimed the role of the solitary subject of social life. The reforms of Peter I did not change this system of general dependence.
Firstly, it is not true that Peter I was merely a pragmatic utilitarian without any overall vision of his own transformations. 7 Emphasis on this – indeed, obvious – fact must have been necessary in the period of struggle for the delegitimization of autocracy – but it can hardly be ignored that the reverse side of that attitude was a certain undervaluation of the civilizing aspect of Peter’s achievements. In this respect the reformer Tsar – rather than a mere cautious pragmatist – became a proper “revolutionary on the throne” (Herzen’s words), 6 7 In his book that is today considered a classic, Istoki i smysl russkogo komunizma (Paris 1955, p.
Pipes, Russia under the Old Regime, pp. 128-120. Vedomosti, published since 1703, was the first Russian newspaper. V. Utechin, Russian Political Thought. A Concise History, New York-London 1964, pp. 48-51. See Boris A. Uspensky, Victor M. Zhivov, Car i bóg. Semiotyczne aspekty sakralizacji monarchy w Rosji [Tsar and God. Semiotic Aspects of the Monarch’s Sacralization in Russia], Warsaw 1992, pp. 64-65. 36 There is, undoubtedly, much truth in these observations. However, it must not be forgotten that the activist concept of wielding power was typical, to a various extent, of many European absolute monarchies of the 18th century – especially those that had to face the problem of backwardness.
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