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8 of the Best Translated Historical Fiction Novels

8 of the Best Translated Historical Fiction Novels

[ad_1] This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Rachel is a writer from Arkansas, most at home surrounded by forests and animals much like a Disney Princess. She spends most of her time writing stories and playing around in imaginary worlds. You can follow her writing at rachelbrittain.com. Twitter and Instagram: @rachelsbrittain View All posts by Rachel Brittain Translated fiction provides a window into cultures and experiences outside the ones we know. It’s one of the reasons I love to read novels in translation. They’re a marriage between two writers, author and translator, working together to tell two different stories the same way. That’s a feat in and of itself, especially since most people can’t or don’t read a novel in both its original and translated languages to note similarities and differences. How genuinely does the translator capture the original author’s voice, prose, tone? Most of us will never know. But on the other hand, we gain access to a story we might never read …

7 Unforgettable Indigenous Historical Fiction Books

7 Unforgettable Indigenous Historical Fiction Books

[ad_1] Historical fiction is a genre that balances entertainment and education. It can be a light-hearted romp that happens to be set in a different time period without getting too bogged down in specific historical details, or it can be a meticulously researched story that fills in the gaps of a historical figure’s life. Either way, historical fiction allows us to walk around in the shoes of someone living in very different circumstances, and at its best, it spotlights the people and stories that have been neglected in history books. That’s why task #10 of the 2024 Read Harder Challenge is “Read a historical fiction book by an Indigenous author.” Indigenous history is often suppressed or whitewashed: colonizers rarely want to own up to the violence and cruelty of taking land by force. Historical fiction can be a more accessible way to experience these stories, as opposed to nonfiction. The Indigenous historical fiction books listed below are mostly from North America. Book Riot is based in North America, and I think it’s important for us …

Shardlake Reviews: Critics Heap Praise On New Historical Drama

Shardlake Reviews: Critics Heap Praise On New Historical Drama

[ad_1] If historical dramas with a touch of mystery are your thing, then Shardlake might just be one to add to your watchlist. The four-episode Disney+ series is set in Tudor England and stars The Innocents actor Arthur Hughes as a fictional lawyer tasked by Oliver Cromwell (Sean Bean) to investigate a murder against the backdrop of real-life political drama and religious reform. Shardlake is based on the mystery novels by CJ Sansom, and began streaming on Wednesday, just days after the author died, aged 71. Critics have already praised Shardlake’s gritty historical setting and engaging characters, although some have also highlighted issues with pacing. Read on to check out the consensus so far… “Murderous monks ignite this magnificent CJ Sansom story… Sean Bean channels his inner-Cromwell in this tale of a loner lawyer investigating a gruesome decapitation at a Tudor monastery. It’s mean, moody – and the perfect tribute to its author who died this week.” “There isn’t a lot of joy to be found here. What there is instead is tension. As the …

Should We Continue to Read and Honor Immoral Historical Philosophers?

Should We Continue to Read and Honor Immoral Historical Philosophers?

[ad_1] In 2020, the University of Edinburgh renamed what was then called Hume Tower, removing the name of the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume on the grounds that Hume supported slavery and was a racist. Recently, David Ashton and Peter Hutton have written two pieces (here and here, and see also the post on this at Daily Nous here) in which they argue that neither of those claims are true. For that reason, they say, it was a mistake to rename Hume Tower. In this piece, it is not my main intention to assess whether Ashton and Hutton are correct either about Hume or about the decision to rename the tower. Whether or not Hume supported slavery or was a racist, there is no question that many important Enlightenment thinkers did and were, and also adopted other immoral views or attitudes, such as sexism and anti-Semitism. For example, George Berkeley enthusiastically supported slavery (which is why Trinity College Dublin removed his name from its main library in 2023). Even if Hume can be vindicated …

Historical Roots and Psychology of Liberals, Conservatives

Historical Roots and Psychology of Liberals, Conservatives

[ad_1] Source: Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash We live in polarizing times. It’s tempting to see the great political divide between liberals and conservatives as a recent phenomenon. A brief look at the historical roots of liberalism and conservatism shows that these conflicts began generations ago. Modern psychological research offers some understanding of these divergent ways of thinking. It helps to view these differences from the perspective of a parable. The Blind Men and the Elephant The parable of the blind men and the elephant appears in the earliest Buddhist writings. Versions of it appear in many religious traditions. In the story, a group of blind men stumble upon a creature they have never met. One holds the elephant’s tusk and says, “This is like a spear.” Another man holds the ear and says, “No, you’re wrong. It’s far more like a fan.” Another has the tail and exclaims, “You morons! This creature is like a snake.” Another man rests his palms on the elephant’s sides and sighs, “I do not understand how you …

That Old Back Magic: 9 Must-Read Historical Fantasy Books

That Old Back Magic: 9 Must-Read Historical Fantasy Books

[ad_1] Set in the Spanish Golden Age, during a time of high‑stakes political intrigue and glittering wealth, The Familiar follows Luzia, a servant in the household of an impoverished Spanish nobleman, who reveals a talent for little miracles. Her social‑climbing mistress demands Luzia use her gifts to win over Madrid’s most powerful players, but what begins as simple amusement takes a dangerous turn. Luzia will need to use every bit of her wit and will to survive — even the help of Guillén Santángel, an immortal familiar whose own secrets could prove deadly for them both. The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo is on sale now. We as humans tend to romanticize the past, but these books fantasize the past by giving history speculative elements! Who doesn’t wish the past had more magic? Or at least more dragons. Er, any dragons, really. (Do dinosaurs count as kinda-dragons?) After all, a lot more people from centuries ago believed in magic and supernatural creatures than we do today. (Silly science, ruining all our fun.) But it’s still exciting …

the 2024 Venice Biennale’s Historical Sections

the 2024 Venice Biennale’s Historical Sections

[ad_1] If you take a look at a given artist list for a recurring exhibition over the past hundred years, you’ll most certainly find yourself recognizing quite a few names (several if it was a consequential show), while also wondering to yourself who are some of these artists you’ve never heard of and what about their work drew the curators to them, only for them to become a footnote in art history. In many ways, resurrecting artists like those is the central concern of one half of the 2024 Venice Biennale. Titled “Nucleo Storico,” this portion is split into three parts: “Portraits,” “Abstractions,” and “Italians Everywhere.” They are each given their own space and inserted into the main exhibition as a pause or an intervention into the steady flow of contemporary art. Related Articles For anyone who has been following the tenure of the Biennale’s curator Adriano Pedrosa at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, where he is artistic director, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Pedrosa would fill part of his exhibition …

Israel and the Puritans: A dangerous historical romance

Israel and the Puritans: A dangerous historical romance

[ad_1] “Humankind cannot bear very much reality,” T.S. Eliot wrote in the first of his Four Quartets. Today’s Israel-Hamas war and America’s own increasingly warlike divisions are forcing some of us to bear realities we haven’t borne quite so heavily before. Some of those realities involve attitudes against Jews that Eliot held and that may have become menacing again — as have the recent frantic efforts to censure antisemitism itself, sometimes in ways that risk prompting even worse antisemitism.  But larger eruptions of hatred and mayhem in America’s increasingly divided, uncivil society are driven not by antisemitism or by today’s Jews, nor by the riptides of global capital and technology and the desperate migrations and belligerent nationalisms that they accelerate. More than most of us recognize, they’re driven by ancient religious passions that figured deeply in Israel’s and America’s origins. Both nations’ professedly “liberal” and civic-republican cultures are profoundly and perhaps fatally conflicted, in ways that prompt not only news headlines but also biblically resonant upheavals, even when the participants don’t consider themselves religious at all.  Some of these conflicts have generated the …

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson steps down as DUP’s leader after being charged with historical sexual offences | Politics News

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson steps down as DUP’s leader after being charged with historical sexual offences | Politics News

[ad_1] Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has stepped down as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party with immediate effect after he was charged with historical sexual offences. In a statement, the DUP said: “The party chairman has received a letter from Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP confirming that he has been charged with allegations of an historical nature and indicating that he is stepping down as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party with immediate effect. “In accordance with the party rules, the party officers have suspended Mr Donaldson from membership, pending the outcome of a judicial process. “The party officers have this morning unanimously appointed Mr Gavin Robinson MP as the interim party leader.” Donaldson has led the party since 2021, but has been the MP for Lagan Valley since 1997. Prior to joining the DUP, he was part of the Ulster Unionist Party’s delegation to negotiate the Good Friday Peace agreement. Follow Sky News on WhatsApp Keep up with all the latest news from the UK and around the world by following Sky News Tap here It …

What Is the Historical Context of Easter?

What Is the Historical Context of Easter?

[ad_1]   Christians celebrate Easter in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the early Church, there were different dates for the Easter celebration. Many people are also unaware of the connection between Easter and the connection to the Jewish feasts. The Feast of First Fruits is relevant to our understanding of the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Drawing from the New Testament, we will discover how Paul made the connection. It is, however, not only the Jews that influenced how we celebrate Easter today.   The Paschal Controversy The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, by Piero della Francesca, 1463, Source: Wikimedia Commons   Setting a date for Easter became quite a controversy in the Early Church. In Asia Minor, churches determined when to celebrate the resurrection of Christ according to the Jewish Pesach feast. This feast is set on the 14th day of the first month of the Jewish calendar. The first new moon of Spring began this first month, called Nissan (or Nisan). Like a birthday, the 14th day of Nissan …