Der Renaissance-Maler Botticelli begeistert und fasziniert die Menschen bis heute. Schon zu Lebzeiten wurden seine Werke sehr geschätzt, insbesondere die Medici waren Förderer seiner Kunst. Seine Werke sind berühmt und locken hunderttausende Fans in Ausstellungen. Doch Botticelli, bekannt für seine Gemälde wie ´Die Geburt der Venus´ oder ´Primavera´, hatte auch eine dunkle Seite. Er malte und zeichnete die Hölle, wie der Dichter Dante sie beschrieben hatte, und brauchte dafür mehr als ein Jahrzehnt. Das Werk war über Jahrhunderte verschollen, die Originalzeichnung lag viele Jahrhunderte verschlossen in den Klimakammern des Vatikan.
SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND Florence: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings. A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city. Only Langdon´s knowledge of the hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers. With only a few lines from Dante´s The Inferno to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the Renaissance´s most celebrated artworks to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat... When it was published in the summer of 2013, Inferno became a global sensation, selling over 15 million copies in hardcover. This new and exclusive illustrated edition illuminates the sights and cities which form the backdrop to Dan Brown´s most thought-provoking and compelling novel yet, and reveals the rich tapestry of history, art and literature which inspired its narrative.
*NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING TOM HANKS AND FELICITY JONES* Florence: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings. A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city. Only Langdon?s knowledge of the hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers. With only a few lines from Dante?s Inferno to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the Renaissance?s most celebrated artworks to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat? Origin, the spellbinding new Robert Langdon thriller from Dan Brown, is out now
Gabriel´s Inferno is the first in this intoxicating trilogy featuring Gabriel and Julia, following their sensual journey of forbidden love - with all the obsessive yearning of Twilight with the intensity of Fifty Shades of Grey . One man´s salvation, one woman´s sensual awakening . . . Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his dark past. A highly respected university professor, Gabriel uses his notorious good looks and charm to lead a secret life of pleasure where nothing is out of bounds. Sweet and innocent, Julia Mitchell enrols as Gabriel´s graduate student and his immediate attraction to her, and their powerful and strange connection, threatens to derail his career. Wildly passionate and sinful, Gabriel´s Inferno is an exploration of the intense power of forbidden love. Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence.
Gabriel´s Inferno is the first in this intoxicating trilogy featuring Gabriel and Julia, following their sensual journey of forbidden love - with all the obsessive yearning of Twilight and the intensity of Fifty Shades of Grey. One man´s salvation, one woman´s sensual awakening.... Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his dark past. A highly respected university professor, Gabriel uses his notorious good looks and charm to lead a secret life of pleasure where nothing is out of bounds. Sweet and innocent, Julia Mitchell enrolls as Gabriel´s graduate student, and his immediate attraction to her, and their powerful and strange connection, threatens to derail his career. Wildly passionate and sinful, Gabriel´s Inferno is an exploration of the intense power of forbidden love. Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Michael Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000873/bk_pauk_000873_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Odysseus is, without question, one of the most fascinating figures in classical mythology. Indeed, despite being an ancillary character in The Iliad, he was so beloved by ancient audiences that he warranted his own spin-off, The Odyssey. He was endemic throughout Greek thought and art, appearing in statues, theatrical pieces, poems, and orations, and he was equally prevalent in later Roman culture. Unlike other notable figures of classical antiquity who were forgotten during the Middle Ages (including a fair few who, unlike Odysseus himself, actually existed outside the realm of legend), Odysseus´ fame endured, and he made regular appearances in Medieval and Renaissance literature, including a memorable turn in Dante´s Inferno. To this day Odysseus remains a highly popular character, having appeared on both the big and small screens, having been featured in a slew of novels, and even making appearances in Japanese anime and Japanese videogames. Characters inspired by Odysseus and his adventures are a staple of modern fiction, and locations said to match those from the Odyssey are scattered throughout the Mediterranean, particularly in Greece and Italy. The true root of Odysseus´ mass appeal is that he is a figure of startling complexity. Unlike other main characters in the Epic Cycle, Odysseus does not conform to any particular archetype. While Odysseus´ defining characteristic is clearly his intelligence - he was known to the Greeks almost universally as ´´Cunning Odysseus´´ - he is no mere schemer, as he was also considered one of the bravest and most renowned warriors to fight in the Trojan War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sallie Downing. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036959/bk_acx0_036959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he´s confident, they can face any challenge. But Julianne´s graduate program threatens Gabriel´s plans for their life together, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honour of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel´s darkest secrets. In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, a search that has startling repercussions for himself and for Julianne. Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. Sylvain´s previous novels in this series, Gabriel´s Inferno and Gabriel´s Rapture, are also published by Penguin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Michael Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000612/bk_pauk_000612_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Whether around the campfire, between the covers of a great book, or in the theater, the desire to tell stories has been a common human impulse for thousands of years. These 48 lectures take you on a journey through time and around the world- from the enormous auditoriums of ancient Greece to a quiet study in the home of a 19th-century New England spinster- to introduce the history of world literature. In this course, you´ll sample some of the greatest literary expressions the world has known and experience storytelling in its many forms, including poetry, drama, and narrative. You´ll explore: the ancient world, where tribal bards created national myths and founded religious texts out of legends, history, philosophy, and local lore; the countryside and aristocratic courts of India and the Middle East, collecting stories and folklore of magical men, terrifying beasts, alluring women, and conniving tricksters that live on in today´s fairy tales and bedtime stories; the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment to trace the evolution of storytelling from the poetic masterpiece of Dante´s Inferno to the great drama pioneered by Shakespeare to sophisticated narratives such as Wu Ch´eng-en´s Monkey and Voltaire´s Candide; and the rise of Realism in the works of Flaubert, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov and the development of experimental modes by Brecht, Beckett, and Borges. Offering concise summaries and thought-provoking interpretations of some of the world´s greatest literary masterpieces, this course gives you the tools you need to appreciate these great literary works and understand how authors, playwrights, and poets throughout the centuries have practiced their craft. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grant L. Voth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000155/bk_tcco_000155_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Krieg, Angst, Zerstörung: Im Verlauf des Zweiten Weltkriegs war die Stadt Augsburg mit der dort angesiedelten Rüstungsindustrie das Ziel einer Reihe von Bombardements der Alliierten. Die schwersten Angriffe verwandelten die Nacht vom 25. auf den 26. Februar 1944 in ein Inferno. Die Menschen zitterten und beteten in den Luftschutzkellern, oben wüteten die Brände. Insgesamt verloren in diesem Bombenkrieg 1.499 Zivilisten in Augsburg ihr Leben. Fast ein Viertel des Wohnungsbestands wurde zerstört, ein Großteil der historischen Bausubstanz vernichtet oder beschädigt, darunter das Renaissance-Rathaus von Elias Holl, die Maximilianstraße mit ihren Patrizierhäusern und die Fuggerei. Am 25. Februar 2019 jährt sich diese Schreckensnacht zum 75. Mal. Anlässlich dieses Jahrestages stellt der Militärhistoriker Markus Pöhlmann die damaligen Ereignisse umfassend dar, beleuchtet Augsburgs Zeit im Nationalsozialismus und lässt Zeitzeugen eindrücklich von ihren Erlebnissen berichten.
´´But already my desire and my will were being turned like a wheel, all at one speed, by the Love which moves the sun and the other stars.´´ (Dante, The Divine Comedy) One of the surest signs of fame is to be known solely by one´s first name, with the mention of just that first name making clear who is being spoken of. So it is with Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), known simply as Dante thanks to the success of The Divine Comedy, one of the seminal works in Western literature. With Divine Comedy, Dante is often considered the master of contemporary Italian, as well as a forerunner of the Renaissance, which began to flourish in Florence around the same time. The Divine Comedy tells of Dante´s journey through Hell (the Inferno), Purgatory, and Paradise, guided by famous poets including Virgil. Dante´s epic discusses religion, philosophy, and a wide range of subject matter throughout his travels. Dante took nearly 13 years to compose The Divine Comedy, all the while living in exile from his home city of Florence, and the work influenced just about every important writer any literary scholar can name, among them, Boccaccio (1313-75); Chaucer (circa 1344-1400); John Milton (1608-74); William Blake (1757-1827); Victor Hugo (1802-85); Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski) (1857-1924); James Joyce (1882-1941); and Ezra Pound (1885-1972). One of the greatest poems in English, T.S. Eliot´s ´´The Waste Land´´, is in many ways derivative of Dante. Dante Alighieri, especially when one considers his time and environment, was bold and fearless, following the calling and mission of the artist in the purest sense. He not only took his contemporaries to task in an enormous fashion, he also embraced the timeless challenges that metaphysical questions present. Dante had the nerve to force his listener to question life´s toughest mysteries, and offer at least one possible blueprint for redemption. His mind, his langu... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098264/bk_acx0_098264_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.