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Raban, Jonathan

Overview
Works: 84 works in 596 publications in 8 languages and 19,170 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Folklore  Autobiographies  Travel writing  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: PS1314, B
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Bad land : an American romance by Jonathan Raban( Book )

41 editions published between 1960 and 2001 in 7 languages and held by 2,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Raban ambles and picks his way across the Montana prairie, called "The Great American Desert" until Congress offered 320-acre tracts of barren land to immigrants with stardust in their eyes. Raban's prose makes love to the waves of land, red dirt roads, and skeletons of homesteads that couldn't survive the Dirty Thirties. As poignant as any romance novel, there's heartbreak in the failed dreams of the homesteaders, a pang of destiny in the arbitrary way railroad towns were thrown into existence, and inspiration in the heroism of people who've fashioned lives for themselves by cobbling together homes from the ruined houses of those who couldn't make it. Through it all, Raban's voice examines and honors the vast open expanses of land and pays homage to the histories of families who eked out an existence
Surveillance by Jonathan Raban( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and French and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a post-9/11 America that has become obsessed with security and intelligence gathering, Lucy Bengstrom struggles as a freelance journalist until she is assigned to profile August Vanags, a retired professor turned best-selling author
Waxwings by Jonathan Raban( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel set in Seattle at the turn of the millennium follows two immigrants as they struggle to achieve the American dream in the midst of terrorism, economic fireworks, and unrest in the streets
Foreign land : a novel by Jonathan Raban( Book )

34 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Engelsman keert na jaren verblijf in een klein Afrikaans land naar Engeland terug. Hij voelt zich een vreemde in zijn eigen land en heeft moeite zich aan te passen
The technique of modern fiction : essays in practical criticism by Jonathan Raban( Book )

44 editions published between 1968 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford book of the sea( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Raban brings a special awareness and knowledge to his role as editor; in the words of Colin Thubron, 'nobody of his generation writes more subtly or imaginatively on travel'. Raban's introduction constitutes an important essay on the meaning of the sea in literature, and the pieces he has chosen display the exhilarating richness of writing in the tradition. Alongside extracts from the acknowledged marine masterpieces are many unexpected delights: Emily Dickinson's affirmative poem 'Exaltation is the Going'; a meditation on a seaside holiday by Larkin; Jane Austen's tart satirizing of Byron's Romanticized sea; Thoreau's contemplation of monsters and lost anchors off Cape Cod; Willard Bascom's brilliantly observed description of breaking waves. As richly varied and enthralling as the sea itself, this sparkling collection spans the centuries from AD 900 to 1990 and forms a unique and important body of writing to delight in and admire
Soft city by Jonathan Raban( Book )

45 editions published between 1974 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raban's documentary portrait of metropolitan life written as part thesis, part reportage and part autobiography
Robert Lowell's poems; a selection by Robert Lowell( Book )

19 editions published between 1974 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This selection from the work of one of the most important poets of his generation offers a complete picture of his poetic output from Poems 1939-1949 to his later collections, History, For Lizzie and Harriet and The Dolphin. As Jonathan Raban says in his Introduction, 'Lowell challenges one to be as intelligent, as imaginatively quick, and as well read as he is himself'; Raban's penetrating and illuminating introduction and his extensive notes on the poems themselves are designed to help the reader to meet this challenge
The society of the poem by Jonathan Raban( Book )

13 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain : Huckleberry Finn by Jonathan Raban( Book )

24 editions published between 1968 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arabia through the looking glass by Jonathan Raban( Book )

31 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combines travel commentary and historical and cultural observation in a sweep look at the Arab states of the Middle East, describing social levels, landscapes, cities, attitudes, traditions, and rapid changes
Passage to Juneau : a sea and its meanings by Jonathan Raban( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van een bootreis langs de noordwestkust van Amerika met veel aandacht voor lokale geschiedenis en mythologie
The Pacific Northwest landscape : a painted history( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A continuous, robust, and evolving artistic view of the region is represented in the 140 paintings selected for this spectacular book. Never before gathered in a single place, Albert Beirstadt, Sydney Laurence, Emily Carr, Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, George Tsutakawa, Richard Gilkey, Alden Mason, and Michael Brophy among many others, all take account of the water, sky, mountains, air, and light of the Pacific Northwest."--Page 4 of cover
God, man, & Mrs Thatcher by Jonathan Raban( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new Granta book of travel( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Granta has long been known for the quality of its travel writing. The 1980s were the culmination of a golden age, when writers including Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin, James Hamilton-Paterson and James Fenton set out to document life in largely unfamiliar territory, bringing back tales of the beautiful, the extraordinary and the unexpected. By the mid 1990s, travel writing seemed to change, as a younger generation of writers that appeared in the magazine made journeys for more complex and often personal reasons. Decca Aitkenhead reported on sex tourism in Thailand, and Wendell Steavenson moved to Iraq as foreign correspondent. What all these pieces have in common is a sense of engagement with the places they describe, and a belief that whether we are in Birmingham or Belarus, there is always something new to be discovered
Old Glory : an American voyage by Jonathan Raban( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and Dutch and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van een bootreis langs de Mississippi
Here there nowhere : paintings by Michael Brophy( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain( Book )

2 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life on the Mississippi evokes the great river that Mark Twain knew as a boy and young man and the one he revisited as a mature and successful author. Written between the publication of his two greatest novels, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Twain<U+2019>s rich portrait of the Mississippi marks a distinctive transition in the life of the river and the nation, from the boom years preceding the Civil War to the sober times that followed it
Coasting by Jonathan Raban( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coasting is half travel book, half autobiography, half novel (never mind the arithmetic) marvellously written and superbly constructed. The Author's intention was surely to sail through time and place, to chart the coastline of his own past, to take soundings of his future while bobbing around the edges of Britain
My holy war : dispatches from the home front by Jonathan Raban( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does the "war on terror" and a new era of religious ferocity look like to an Englishman living in the Pacific Northwest? Jonathan Raban finds that as he reads the source texts that have inspired modern-day jihad, memories of his own rigidly fundamentalist adolescent atheism help him understand why young people suffering from cultural alienation, spiritual emptiness, and moral uncertainty turn to a backward-looking version of Islam to help them resist the upheavals of modernity. Raban reflects on the Bush administration's manipulation of the threat of terrorism to undermine civil rights. In diagnosing what has gone wrong in the Iraq war, he emphasizes the US failure to understand the history of the Middle East and its loyalties of religion and ethnicity. He traces the continuing support for a disastrous war to the legacy of American Puritanism, and he explores the increasing polarization of American politics.--From publisher description
 
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Bad land : an American romance
Alternative Names
Jonathan Raban britischer Schriftsteller

Jonathan Raban British writer

Jonathan Raban Brits schrijver

Jonathan Raban escritor británico

Raban, Jonathan

ラバン, ジョナサン

レイバン, ジョナサン

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SurveillanceWaxwingsForeign land : a novelThe Oxford book of the seaSoft cityRobert Lowell's poems; a selectionArabia through the looking glassPassage to Juneau : a sea and its meanings