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The Art of Diplomacy

Title: Diplomacy. A very short introduction
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Year: 2010
Pages: 139
ISBN: 978-0-19-958850-3
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“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Although the words of Winston Churchill are still applicable to the concept of diplomacy, we clearly witness an extension of the concept and probably a much more complicated landscape of diplomacy nowadays. [Citeste tot Articolul]

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The Amoeba Game

Title: The Amoeba Game
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Year: 2017
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9781911335535

When verses, stories and images of the heart and soul combine, you get The Amoeba Game.

When I first saw Tara Skurtu, I was in a dark lit room, it was way too early for me and Creative Mornings on the Language of Poetry was about to start. I didn't know then that I would later find out what a tipperau is or that I would get drawn into the weirdly wimsical world of poems and raw feelings. Reading The Amoeba Game was the same. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew that it would be a journey filled with everything: meanings between the lines and tumbling words, joy and sadness, disillusions and hope, love and lust, and naked truths. And it was all that, and a bit more. [Citeste tot Articolul]

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The real shadows linger inside

Title: Lord of Shadows
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Year: 20117
Pages: 699
ISBN: 978-1-4424-6840-5
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The second part in The Dark Artifices series dives deep into the shadowhunters' world, with even more drama, romance, and plot twists.

That I was eagerly waiting for this second installment is an understatement. As always, within Cassandra Clare's worlds, as a reader you are constantly waiting, anticipating and guessing which direction will this or that head towards. Lord of Shadows continues the newest series in the Shadowhunters universe, The Dark Artifices (gloomy name, gloomy tale), only to delve deeper in each character's motivations, anxieties and flaws. [Citeste tot Articolul]

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Nothing is as it seems

Title: The Miniaturist
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Year: 2015
Pages: 433
ISBN: 9781447284666

„There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...”

They say never to judge a book by its cover. In some cases that may be right, but in most it’s the cover that first draws your attention and makes you notice a certain book among many of its kind. The cover in itself is a medium through which the publishing house and the author make a bid for your time. It works the same way that packaging would and when you find yourself groceries shopping and don’t have a set list in mind the fanciest, most colorful packaging will catch your eye and it will make you buy that product.

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The book that opened my eyes

Title: All the Light We Cannot See
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Year: 2015
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9780007548699

I’ve wanted to read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr since like forever. This is one of those books that ever since coming out last year picked up a lot of traction both from fans and from the critics and blew past a lot of other books to solidify its place on the best seller’s and the awards list, winning 2014’s Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Historical Fiction and 2015’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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If you read you’ll judge

Title: Kurt Cobain: Journals
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Year: 2003
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780141011462

Kurt Cobain filled dozens of notebooks with lyrics, drawings and writings about his plans for Nirvana and his thoughts about fame, the state of music, and the people who bought and sold him and his music. More than twenty of these notebooks survived his many moves and travels, and have been locked in a safe since his death. His journals reveal an artist who loved music, who knew the history of rock, and who was determined to define his place in that history. Here is a mesmerizing, incomparable portrait of the most influential musician of his time.

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The reluctant voice of a generation

Title: Heavier Than Heaven: The definitive biography of Kurt Cobain
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Year: 2002
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780340739396

It’s hard to think of Kurt Cobain as something other than the wild child, boy genius and voice of Nirvana. As someone that grew up in the 90’s I remember from my own childhood seeing Smells Like Teen Spirit on MTV and getting the feeling that they were larger than life because at 6 years old it was impossible to understand their magic or the power that it had over the teens that were screaming that Cobain was their idol. It then took me another 17 years before I got into Nirvana and before I could get past the wailing and automatically recognizable alternation of quiet versus screaming from the top of your lungs sort of singing that was their staple. Because you can’t get into Nirvana if you’re not one of their own – outcast, misfit, misunderstood.

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