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TransAtlantic

 

 

Colum McCann, “TransAtlantic” 
2013 | ISBN-10: 1400069599, 1408829371 | EPUB, MOBI | 320 pages | 3 MB

In the National Book Award–winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called “an emotional tour de force.” Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.

Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.

New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.

These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.

The most mature work yet from an incomparable storyteller, TransAtlantic is a profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.

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Royal Buttons

Royal Buttons

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Hands

Hands by Ray Massey

Ray Massey is a London-based photographer who shoots mainly liquids, drinks, hands and still life. Retouchers based in the studio enable photography and retouching to be produced concurrently, streamlining production and enhancing the creative process. Ray’s reputation has been established by realising conceptual advertising and producing cutting edge final images for clients around the world.

Hands by Ray Massey  

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Valley of the Omo

 Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Dassanetch. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Hamar. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Karo. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Arbore. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Karo. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Borana. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Borana. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Hamar. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Dassanetch. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Arbore. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi; a woman with a Kalashnikov. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Dassanetch. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Arbore. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Karo. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Hamar. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Hamar. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

Ethiopia: Valley of the Omo, Mursi. (Photo by Claude Gourlay)

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Waterdrop Sculptures

Waterdrop Sculptures by Josh Fancher

“I’m Josh Fancher, a 21 year old with an avid interest in photography, including macro, nature and wildlife, night photography, landscapes, cityscapes and architectural photography. Inspired by the beautiful and amazing water drop photography of Martin Waugh, I started doing water drop collisions in December of 2007. I use a 105mm Micro Nikkor lens for water drops, along with a pair of Nikon SB 600 flashes. I recently got a StopShot system (Nov 2009), which makes timing a lot easier. Before then, timing was manual, with an eye dropper, eye-hand coordination, and a lot of patience” – Josh Fancher. (Photos by Josh Fancher)
Waterdrop Sculptures by Josh Fancher
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Leaf Art

 Leaf Art by Lorenzo Duran

Artist Lorenzo Duran finds the perfect leaf and then carefully cuts away at it until he makes this amazingly delicate art.

Lorenzo Duran

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Mother India

Indian farmers plough a field in preparation for sowing cotton seeds in Nani Kisol village, around 70 km from Ahmedabad 

Indian farmers Hansaben (L), Geetaben (R) and Jesingbhai (C) plough a field in preparation for sowing cotton seeds in Nani Kisol village, around 70 km from Ahmedabad on July 11, 2012.

Agriculture contributes about 15 percent to India’s GDP but only 40 percent of farms are irrigated. The livelihood of hundreds of millions in the country of 1.2 billion people is dependent on the farming sector. (Photo by Sam Panthaky)