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Published in Poland after WWII, this collection of concentration camp stories depicts atrocious war crimes becoming an unremarkable part of a daily routine. Prisoners eat, work, sleep, and fall in love a few yards from where other prisoners are systematically slaughtered. The will to survive overrides compassion, and the line between the normal and abnormal wavers, than vanishes. Borowski, a concentration camp victim himself, understood what human being will do to endure the unendurable. 180p.
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(The Collected Works, Volume IV). This volume collects Feiffer's finest extended graphic narratives of the late '50s and early '60s. Its centerpiece, 'Passionella,' a retelling of Cinderella set in modern Hollywood, concerns a chimney sweep whose fairy godmother transforms her into the 'mysterious exotic bewitching temptress' - and movie star - Passionella. B&W illustrations throughout. 180p.
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The Drowned and the Saved

By Primo Levi

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By the end of his life, Primo Levi had become increasingly convinced that the lessons of the Holocaust were destined to be lost as it took a place among the routine atrocities of history. This book is a dark meditation on the meaning of the Nazi extermination after the passing of forty years. 203p.
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Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

By Winsor McCay

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A reprinting of the first edition of Rarebit Fiend, a book so rare today that only two or three copies are known to exists. Zit is one of the most successful feats in comic strip history, with not only McCay’s remarkable draughtsmanship, but a freedom from the taboos that would later exist, an incredible anticipation of techniques that did not appear again for decades – bird’s-eye views, strange perspectives, and, of course, McCay’s wonderful imagination. The dreams are important for capturing the period, but they are also permanent creations that say much about rarebit dreams today. Sixty cartoon sequences; original title page and notes are reprinted unaltered from the 1905 edition. B&W illustrations. 62p.
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From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today - and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that chldhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into popular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Originally published in 1982. Notes, Bibliography, Index. 177p.
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Cyclopean alien Zig and his best friend, the robotic encyclopedia Wikki, travel to a distant planet in search of a new lifeform to use as a pet, a distant planet called: Earth! There, Zig and Wikki find themselves suprisingly small compared to Earth creatures, and their quest to tame titanic dragonflies, toads, and raccoons is a dangerous one indeed. Full of wildlife facts! (Ages: 4-8).
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