The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada's most famous story. Its initial publication in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, "fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tale that has the dream quality of Kafka." The Bridegroom Was a Dog begins with a schoolteacher telling a fable to her students. In the fable, a princess promises her hand in marriage to a dog that has licked her bottom clean. The story takes an even stranger twist when that very dog appears to the schoolteacher in real life as a dog-like man. They develop a very sexual, romantic courtship with many allegorical overtones - much to the chagrin of her friends.
The federal election campaign of 2005-06 offered the usual mix of lofty rhetoric, competing interests, and skullduggery. Nonetheless, this campaign laid the foundation for a major shift in Canadian politics, bringing the Conservative Party to power and changing the balance of opposition parties. Inside the NDP War Room takes readers behind the scenes to investigate the nature of credibility in the complex communicative game of election campaigns. James McLean considers the ways in which the idea of credibility is used to explain how messages are crafted and articulated, how journalists are implicated, and what the Canadian public needs to know about what is at stake in the competition for votes. He talks to insiders about their communication practices and strategies, and reflects upon the grand narratives and small opportunistic moments brought before the Canadian public when power is up for grabs. A vivid, first-hand account of campaign strategizing, Inside the NDP War Room offers insights into the NDP breakthroughs of 2011, the full meaning of Quebec's "orange wave," and the future of a party preparing for a new reality.
Regulatory agencies worldwide have issued directives or such requirements for air quality standards in embryology laboratories. This practical guide reviews the application of clean room technology or controlled environments specifically suited for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Units. Its comprehensive coverage includes material on airborne particles and volatile organic compounds, including basic concepts, regulation, construction, materials, certification, clinical results in humans, and more.
Huh! he thought; if a woman with a pepper spray could see off two hired kidnappers, it would be too dangerous to attempt to dispose of her cleanly. He would keep that idea in abeyance. "I am a bastard," he whispered under his breath.His thoughts moved on. A French family man appears to have everything he could want and enjoys life from a luxurious home on the outskirts of Paris, but he seeks ever stronger sensations and with encouragement from some friends with loose morals, embarks on a life of unbridled pleasure seeking, some of which must remain secret. The climax reveals the cost of a game in which participants were supposed to be adult, compliant and happy. The story is seen through the eyes of the main protagonists who comment on personal and political events with the conflicts and discrepancies of human interpretation. 'Dialogue that bounces between characters like real-life conversation pulls readers into the heart of the action in this allegorical historical novel.' Clarion Review 'Reynard's motives are clear; his aim is to show the consequences of choices forged by distrust and self-gratification. This book will resonate well with cynical Francophiles and those who see clearly the moral ill woven into modern society.' Melissa Wuske A book chronicling the shady business practices and decadent leisure pursuits of narcissistic Michel Bodin over a period of 30 years, the author presents him as a case study in the endemic corruption of French society under the "kleptocracy" of the Mitterrand and Chirac administrations. A generally shrewd social commentary, it chimes with current news of the Hollande presidency. Blue Ink Review 'A libertine novel for the modern age.' Kirkus Review During his career as a senior business executive, Oscar Reynard began writing business articles, co-authored a published book on training, and for a while became a business book critic. Oscar is a bi-lingual Francophile, happily married to a French wife, and they share their lives and interests between the UK and France.
Izzy McHale wants her new Trendy Tails Pet Boutique in Merryville, Minnesota, to be the height of canine couture and feline fashions. But in a week of wedding bells, someone is about to hold their peace?
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