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Frisch, Shelley Laura

Works: 43 works in 135 publications in 2 languages and 7,323 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Introductions  Fiction  Local history  Diaries  Romance fiction  Miscellanea  Chick lit 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Shelley Laura Frisch
The secret pulse of time : making sense of life's scarcest commodity by Stefan Klein( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Have you ever fantasized about having more time - now, this minute, to accomplish everything you need and want to get done today? Or wondered why time flies when you are thoroughly engrossed in something? Or why minutes pass so slowly when you're standing in line at the store or airport, or on hold waiting for a customer service rep to answer your call? Or how, simply, to find more time to relax and unwind?" From the bookjacket
Kafka, the decisive years by Reiner Stach( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second volume (but the first volume written) of a planned three-volume, definitive biography of Franz Kafka. Eighty years after his death in 1924, Kafka remains one of the most intriguing figures in the history of world literature. Now, after more than a decade of research, working with over four thousand pages of journal entries, letters, and literary fragments, Reiner Stach re-creates the atmosphere in which Kafka lived and worked from 1910 to 1915. These are the years of Kafka's fascination with early forms of Zionism despite his longing to be assimilated into the minority German culture in Prague; of his off-again, on-again engagement to Felice Bauer; of the outbreak of World War I; and above all of the composition of his seminal works-The Metamorphosis, Amerika, The Judgment, and The Trial
Kafka, the years of insight by Reiner Stach( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of Reiner Stach's acclaimed and definitive biography of Franz Kafka tells the story of the final years of the writer's life, from 1916 to 1924--a period during which the world Kafka had known came to an end. Stach's riveting narrative, which reflects the latest findings about Kafka's life and works, draws readers in with a nearly cinematic power, zooming in for extreme close-ups of Kafka's personal life, then pulling back for panoramic shots of a wider world scarred by World War I, disease, and inflation. In these years, Kafka was spared military service at the front, yet his work as a civil servant brought him into chilling proximity with its grim realities. He was witness to unspeakable misery, lost the financial security he had been counting on to lead the life of a writer, and remained captive for years in his hometown of Prague. The outbreak of tuberculosis and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire constituted a double shock for Kafka, and made him agonizingly aware of his increasing rootlessness. He began to pose broader existential questions, and his writing grew terser and more reflective, from the parable-like Country Doctor stories and A Hunger Artist to The Castle. A door seemed to open in the form of a passionate relationship with the Czech journalist Milena Jesenska. But the romance was unfulfilled and Kafka, an incurably ill German Jew with a Czech passport, continued to suffer
Dietrich & Riefenstahl : Hollywood, Berlin, and a century in two lives by Karin Wieland( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leni Riefenstahl and Marlene Dietrich both came of age in Weimar Berlin, a time of great political ferment. Both women seized upon the revolutionary energy of the 1920s, seeking careers on the stage and in film. In the 1930s, Riefenstahl became the official filmmaker of the Third Reich, a progenitor of fascist symbolism. Dietrich's slender and androgynous beauty made her a fashion icon. Both women had their grand passions, but neither abandoned ambition for the sake of love. Wieland brings to vivid life a time of international upheaval, chronicling radical evolutions of politics, fame, and femininity on a grand stage
Kafka, the early years by Reiner Stach( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and German and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How did Kafka become Kafka? This eagerly anticipated third and final volume of Reiner Stach's definitive biography answers that question with more facts, detail, and insight than ever before, describing the complex personal, political, and cultural circumstances that shaped the young Franz Kafka (1883-1924). It tells the story of the years from his birth in Prague to the beginning of his professional and literary career in 1910, taking the reader up to just before the breakthrough that resulted in his first masterpieces, including "The Metamorphosis." Brimming with vivid and often startling details, Stach's narrative invites readers deep inside this neglected period of Kafka's life. The book's richly atmospheric portrait of his German Jewish merchant family and his education, psychological development, and sexual maturation draw on numerous sources, some still unpublished, including family letters, schoolmates' memoirs, and early diaries of his close friend Max Brod. The biography also provides a colorful panorama of Kafka's wider world, especially the convoluted politics and culture of Prague. Before World War I, Kafka lived in a society at the threshold of modernity but torn by conflict, and Stach provides poignant details of how the adolescent Kafka witnessed violent outbreaks of anti-Semitism and nationalism. The reader also learns how he developed a passionate interest in new technologies, particularly movies and airplanes, and why another interest--his predilection for the back-to-nature movement--stemmed from his "nervous" surroundings rather than personal eccentricity. The crowning touch to a masterly biography, this is an unmatched account of how a boy who grew up in an old Central European monarchy became a writer who helped create modern literature."--
Colonialism : a theoretical overview by Jürgen Osterhammel( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This highly acclaimed book represents a new approach to colonialism. Concise but sweeping, it encompasses the processes of colonization and decolonization from the early modern period to the twentieth century." "Virtually all other authors to date have looked at strategies of colonial conquest, exploitation, and rule from the imperial point of view. Osterhammel shows that the colonial situation developed in ways that duplicated neither the metropolis nor the pre-colonial society, but instead blended these and added a new direction characteristic only of colonial realms. Osterhammel emphasizes that the Europeans were normally not considered dangerous invaders by local population until they threatened the traditional cultures with missionaries, European schools, and bureaucracy."--Jacket
Who am I?--and if so, how many? : a philosophical journey by Richard David Precht( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A U.S. release of an existential work in Germany blends pop culture, cutting-edge research in neuroscience, and traditional philosophy to tour some of today's most relevant philosophical questions, exploring such topics as the nature of truth and the actual value of good behavior
Maybe Esther : a family story by Katja Petrowskaja( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An inventive, unique, and extraordinarily moving literary debut that pieces together the fascinating story of one woman's family across twentieth-century Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany. Katja Petrowskaja wanted to create a kind of family tree, charting relatives who had scattered across multiple countries and continents. Her idea blossomed into this striking and highly original work of narrative nonfiction, an account of her search for meaning within the stories of her ancestors. In a series of short meditations, Petrowskaja delves into family legends, introducing a remarkable cast of characters: Judas Stern, her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomatic attaché in 1932 and was sentenced to death; her grandfather Semyon, who went underground with a new name during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, forever splitting their branch of the family from the rest; her grandmother Rosa, who ran an orphanage in the Urals for deaf-mute Jewish children; her Ukrainian grandfather Vasily, who disappeared during World War II and reappeared without explanation forty-one years later--and settled back into the family as if he'd never been gone; and her great-grandmother, whose name may have been Esther, who alone remained in Kiev and was killed by the Nazis. How do you talk about what you can't know, how do you bring the past to life? To answer this complex question, Petrowskaja visits the scenes of these events, reflecting on a fragmented and traumatized century and bringing to light family figures who threaten to drift into obscurity."
The Ottoman Empire : a short history by Suraiya Faroqhi( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suraiya Faroqhischildert knapp, kenntnisreich und lebendig die Geschichte eines der mächtigsten Reiche des späten Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, das noch zu Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts das gesamte Gebiet der heutigen Staaten Türkei, Irak, Syrien, Libanon, Israel sowie Teile Griechenlands umfaßte.Die Darstellung folgt der Chronologie der politischen Geschichte vom 14. Jahrhundert bis zur Auflösung des Reiches nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg und bezieht dabei die Geschichte von Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft und Kultur überall gleichwertig ein. Achtung: Aus lizenzrechtlichen Gründen dürfen die Abbildungen in diesem eBook leider nicht wiedergegeben werden
The lure of the linguistic : speculations on the origin of language in German Romanticism by Shelley Laura Frisch( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study focuses on how Romantic speculations on the origin of language blended eighteenth-century European mystical and Enlightenment musings about language to produce lyrical and compelling depictions of its origins and development. Johann Gottlieb Fichte's essays and lectures on language and Gotthilf Heinrich Schubert's treatise on dream symbolism were pivotal in expanding the Romantic understanding of language as far more than a vehicle of everyday communication. For Fichte, language was the pinnacle of human reason; Schubert anticipated Freud's dream language theories a century later by exploring the universal and highly symbolic language of dreams."
Fromms : how Julius Fromm's condom empire fell to the Nazis by Götz Aly( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book with dozens of photos and documents recounts the history of the first branded condoms in Germany and the culture that allowed them to thrive, the machinations by which the Nazis robbed Jews of their businesses, and the tragedy of a man whose love for his country was betrayed by its government and his fellow citizens
Nietzsche : a philosophical biography by Rüdiger Safranski( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his Blistering Prose, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) uprooted the traditional study of philosophy as firmly grounded in rationality and truth and lay the foundations for the radicalism of twentieth-century Western thought, as it would emerge after his death. Contemporary thinkers have reinterpreted, revised, and repeated Nietzsche's ideas, but no one has transcended them, and today, no student of philosophy can afford to ignore the life and work of this towering figure. In his seminal work, acclaimed biographer Rudiger Safranski integrates philosophical analysis with biographical detail to portray this difficult, often contradictory man with an objective, even-handed grace." "Following Nietzsche's own dictum that "life is a testing ground for thought," Safranski, the author of biographies of Heidegger and Schopenhauer, offers a critical reappraisal of Nietzsche's philosophy by examining the intersection of his life and work, attempting what Nietzsche considered the most important of human tasks: to be "an adventurer, a circumnavigator of the inner world called human.""--Jacket
Puppy love by Frauke Scheunemann( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hercules is a dachshund, and his new mistress Caroline is the greatest human being on earth. She's the one who rescued him from the animal shelter, who smells of summer and strawberries, and who laughs when the little pup snuggles up with her on the sofa. So when Caroline is badly treated by her bossy, dog-hating boyfriend, Hercules decides it's high time he rescued his mistress for a change. And so begins an epic quest to find his favourite woman the perfect man. Touching, original, and very funny, this book is a story about love, life, and the best friend a girl could ever have
Who am I? And if so, how many? : a journey through your mind by Richard David Precht( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There are many books about philosophy, but Who Am I? And If So How Many? is different from the rest. Never before has anyone introduced readers so expertly and, at the same time, so light-heartedly and elegantly to the big philosophical questions. Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, history, and even pop culture, Richard David Precht deftly elucidates the questions at the heart of human existence: What is truth? Does life have meaning? Why should I be good? and presents them in concise, witty, and engaging prose. The result is an exhilarating journey through the history of philosophy and a lucid introduction to current research on the brain. Who Am I? And If So, How Many? is a wonderfully accessible introduction to philosophy. The book is a kaleidoscope of philosophical problems, anecdotal information, neurological and biological science, and psychological research."--Publisher's description
Leonardo's legacy : how Da Vinci reimagined the world by Stefan Klein( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci and explains the profound impact his ideas have had on our times, discussing his paintings, fascination with water, and dream of flying. Revered today as, perhaps, the greatest of Renaissance painters, Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist at heart. The artist who created the Mona Lisa also designed functioning robots and digital computers, constructed flying machines and built the first heart valve. His intuitive and ingenious approach, a new mode of thinking, linked highly diverse areas of inquiry in startling new ways and ushered in a new era. In this work, the author, a science journalist, deciphers the forgotten legacy of this universal genius and demonstrates that today we have much to learn from Leonardo's way of thinking. The author sheds light on the mystery behind Leonardo's paintings, takes us through the many facets of his fascination with water, and explains the true significance of his dream of flying. It is a glimpse into the complex and brilliant mind of this inventor, scientist, and pioneer of a new world view, with profound consequences for our times
Zionism : a brief history by Michael Brenner( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anschaulich wird über die politische Bewegung informiert, die seit dem Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts die zunehmende Einwanderung von Juden nach Palästina und schliesslich die Gründung des Staates Israel im Jahre 1948 bewirkte. Es zeigt zugleich die Wurzeln des Nahostkonflikts
Einstein : a biography by Jürgen Neffe( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wild-haired eccentric genius, revolutionary scientist, eternal child, peace activist Albert Einstein is well established in the popular imagination. Beloved for his contributions to our understanding of the cosmos and for his mischievous persona, Einstein nevertheless remains enigmatic. The significance of this theory of relativity continues to be puzzled over. His personal life - particularly his troubled relationship with his family and his numerous affairs with women - has been the topic of heated controversy. And his fabled naivete is the topic of endless speculation
I'm off then : my journey along the Camino de Santiago by Hape Kerkeling( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overweight, overworked, and physically unfit, Kerkeling was an unlikely candidate to make an arduous pilgrimage across the French Alps. But that didn't stop him from trying, which he describes in this humorous and inspiring travelogue. 35 photos throughout
Black rebels : African-Caribbean freedom fighters in Jamaica by Werner Zips( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The island of Cuba : a political essay by Alexander von Humboldt( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Kafka, the decisive years
Kafka, the decisive yearsColonialism : a theoretical overviewWho am I?--and if so, how many? : a philosophical journeyThe Ottoman Empire : a short historyFromms : how Julius Fromm's condom empire fell to the NazisNietzsche : a philosophical biographyWho am I? And if so, how many? : a journey through your mindLeonardo's legacy : how Da Vinci reimagined the world
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Frisch, Shelley

Frisch, Shelley 1952-

Frisch, Shelley L. 1952-

Frisch, Shelley Laura

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