The Zahir

A Novel of Obsession

The Zahir

The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover. Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn't have any answers, but he has plenty of questions of his own. Then one day Mikhail finds the narrator and promises to reunite him with his wife. In his attempt to recapture a lost love, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.

The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession

The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession

‘The Zahir’, Paulo Coelho's novel, now available in ebook , incorporates exclusive new content including an extra section containing interviews with Paulo and plenty of information for those for whom the book just wasn't enough.

The Zahir LP

The Zahir LP

When his war correspondent wife goes missing with a friend who may be a lover, a celebrity novelist comes under suspicion until the friend reappears and invites him to undertake a spiritual journey to Kazakhstan.

Zahir

Zahir

Woe to any that wake the Zahir! The one with the evil-eye. Deep in the Amazon there resides a tribe never before encountered by modern man and only rumored to exist by the native Yanomamo. The Zallu! In the heart of the forest they live in harmony with nature, expending their lives in the service of the Mother. Small in stature and meek of temperament, true gathers with no weapons and no need to kill. Yet now the Mother is threatened. The tall ones have come with their mechanical demons that eat tress and scar the land. The Zallu have nothing to give in her defense; nothing except their lives. The Zallu are the keepers and the protectors! And they hide a great secret. They know of the creature known as a Zahir. A monster that knows only one desire; To kill. Visit www.gregoryjsaunders.com

Unthinking Thinking

Jorge Luis Borges, Mathematics, and the New Physics

Unthinking Thinking

This authoritative study explores the scientific and mathematical cultural milieu that patterns much of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges's narrative design. Although criticism of Borges's fiction and essays has long emphasized philosophical traditions, Merrell expands the context of this interrogation of traditions by revealing how early twentieth-century and contemporary mathematics and physics also participated in a similar exploration. Topics treated include the semiotic flows of paradox and contradiction, the patterns of infinities, the limits of natural and mathematical languages, and the narrative function in scientific theory. Against this, background, Merrell provides incisive readings of Borges's complex fiction and essays.

Labyrinths

Selected Stories & Other Writings

Labyrinths

Forty short stories and essays have been selected as representative of the Argentine writer's metaphysical narratives

Thermal Processing of Bio-Materials

Thermal Processing of Bio-Materials

As a result of developments in biotechnology, bioengineering, and related sciences, processing of bio-materials and bioproducts has become an area of strategic importance. Written in a textbook style, this book attempts to bring together both the theory and practice of thermal processing of bio-materials. After giving the basic information on material properties, the authors describe the principal techniques such as freezing, chilling, membrane concentration, evaporation, drying, and sterilization. New methods of drying based on the authors' research experiences are presented to a great extent. Much attention is paid to quality interactions, including degradation of thermo and xerolabile bio- products. Given the strong effect of temperature on micro-organisms, a separate chapter is dedicated to thermobacteriology.

Borges' Short Stories

A Reader's Guide

Borges' Short Stories

A Readers Guide to ten of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges' best-known and most widely studied short stories.

The New Digital Shoreline

How Web 2.0 and Millennials Are Revolutionizing Higher Education

The New Digital Shoreline

Two seismic forces beyond our control – the advent of Web 2.0 and the inexorable influx of tech-savvy Millennials on campus – are shaping what Roger McHaney calls “The New Digital Shoreline” of higher education. Failure to chart its contours, and adapt, poses a major threat to higher education as we know it. These forces demand that we as educators reconsider the learning theories, pedagogies, and practices on which we have depended, and modify our interactions with students and peers—all without sacrificing good teaching, or lowering standards, to improve student outcomes. Achieving these goals requires understanding how the indigenous population of this new shoreline is different. These students aren’t necessarily smarter or technologically superior, but they do have different expectations. Their approaches to learning are shaped by social networking and other forms of convenient, computer-enabled and mobile communication devices; by instant access to an over-abundance of information; by technologies that have conferred the ability to personalize and customize their world to a degree never seen before; and by time-shifting and time-slicing. As well as understanding students’ assumptions and expectations, we have no option but to familiarize ourselves with the characteristics and applications of Web 2.0—essentially a new mind set about how to use Internet technologies around the concepts of social computing, social media, content sharing, filtering, and user experience. Roger McHaney not only deftly analyzes how Web 2.0 is shaping the attitudes and motivations of today’s students, but guides us through the topography of existing and emerging digital media, environments, applications, platforms and devices – not least the impact of e-readers and tablets on the future of the textbook – and the potential they have for disrupting teacher-student relationships; and, if appropriately used, for engaging students in their learning. This book argues for nothing less than a reinvention of higher education to meet these new realities. Just adding technology to our teaching practices will not suffice. McHaney calls for a complete rethinking of our practice of teaching to meet the needs of this emerging world and envisioning ourselves as connected, co-learners with our students.

Islamic Imperial Law

Harun-Al-Rashid's Codification Project

Islamic Imperial Law

Despite the historical and contemporary significance of the Sharia, it has not yet been possible to solve the puzzle of its origins. Whereas previous research has postulated a greater or lesser degree of endogenous Islamic development, the present study reaches a different conclusion, namely that at the end of the 8th century Muslim state lawyers in Baghdad codified an Islamic “Imperial Law”, oriented strongly towards Roman-Byzantine law. It is part of an Islamic-Byzantine context, and can only be explained against this intercultural background.