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A charming, funny adventure with the irrepressible mischief-maker Vitello Vitello wants to be a tough guy, and with his mum's butter knife tucked in his belt he plans to be rude to everyone and not scared of anything. Particularly not stupid dogs...Vitello lives in a terraced house by a ring road with his mum, where the traffic is noisy and his friends are annoying. He's had other adventures and been in other scrapes too. Kim Fupz Aakeson is known for his quirky, honest, humorous, and wonderful picture books and biting young adult fiction. He has written more than 80 books for children and adults and won numerous awards. He is also known for being a prolific screenwriter.
All Trixie Matkowski wants for Christmas is a breakâ€”just not the broken leg she got after slipping on some ice. With Sandy Harbor alive in the hustle and bustle of the season, it's the busiest time of the year at Trixie's Silver Bullet Diner. There are millions of things to do, including cater the town's annual Christmas pageant and community dinner with some delicious holiday comfort food.
On a Knife-Edge represents the first book-length study in English solely devoted to the work of JoAo Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999), one of Brazil's foremost poets of the twentieth century and a unique voice within Brazilian Modernism. It concentrates on the poet's later works, from A escola das facas (1980) to Andando Sevilha (1990), providing a comprehensive overview of a body of work which has so far attracted limited critical attention. Sara Brandellero reviews traditional readings of Cabral as a poet of clarity and precision, and demonstrates how ambiguity in language, imagery, and even structure was an integral part of his writing and contributed to the political impact of his work. The blurring of the opposition between life and death through the image of the knife-edge, central to the first of the works examined, provides a productive starting point for the analysis of the role of the in-between space, (or 'entre-lugar', as defined by Silviano Santiago) in Cabral's writing. The knife-edge reflects the poet's obsession with the transience of existence and conveys the violence and deprivation of his native Brazil, where life is in a constant state of flux. On a meta-textual level, it encapsulates Cabral's vision of his writing as a continual negotiation of the boundaries between poetry and prose, and evokes his sense of the elusiveness of language and of the endless possibilities that the act of writing implies. Thus, the in-between space gave Cabral new scope, as a postcolonial writer, to enter in dialogue with poetic tradition at home and abroad. Through his resistance to rigid categorizations, such as in representations of gender, and thematic exploration of grey areas such as haunting, insoluble crimes, or even the labyrinthine geography of Seville, he sought to unmask the inequities of Brazil's past and the challenges of its present.
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