This book is representative of the oldest and most prestigious competitions held in the former Soviet Union. This material, formerly unavailable to the Western world, is now accessible in English for the first time.
The Dingo Debate explores the intriguing and relatively unknown story of Australia’s most controversial animal – the dingo. Throughout its existence, the dingo has been shaped by its interactions with human societies. With this as a central theme, the book traces the story of the dingo from its beginnings as a semi-domesticated wild dog in South-east Asia, to its current status as a wild Australian native animal under threat of extinction. It describes how dingoes made their way to Australia, their subsequent relationship with Indigenous Australians, their successful adaption to the Australian landscape and their constant battle against the agricultural industry.
During these events, the dingo has demonstrated an unparalleled intelligence and adaptable nature seen in few species. The book concludes with a discussion of what the future of the dingo in Australia might look like, what we can learn from our past relationship with dingoes and how this can help to allow a peaceful co-existence. The Dingo Debate reveals the real dingo beneath the popular stereotypes, providing an account of the dingo’s behaviour, ecology, impacts and management according to scientific and scholarly evidence rather than hearsay.
This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Australian natural history, wild canids, and the relationship between humans and carnivores.
In poems that are at once colloquial and elegant, Perillo strives to bridge the gap between the exuberant voice of the streets and the rarefied voice of literary tradition. Using the long lines and narrative style that have been identified with some of the finest male poets of our times, Perillo tells the stories of female experience with a grim eye for the comic and an ear turned to language's highest pitch.
Three stories: three alien encounters. What happens to the first people on Mars? How difficult is it to communicate with aliens? And what about N.W. Smith, returning after decades to the most dangerous place in the System?
Alex Austin is nearing thirty; a self-confessed fake, charlatan, degenerate and – worst of all – a failed poet, Alex’s life has become a meaning sequence of bad habits and poor decisions. He ekes out a living doing a job that makes him feel dirty and ashamed.
His only friend, JB – the developmentally arrested offspring of two famous psychologists – is just as broken as he is. He’s emotionally uninvestable: incapable of experiencing pleasure or joy without resorting to unhealthy extremes, Alex’s days are divided between sofa-mining and grief-surfing; shiftily rummaging down the backs of display model couches for fallen coins and notes, and cynically manipulating strangers’ grief for his own depraved gratification. As his self-destructive behaviour escalates and his self-loathing deepens, Alex is relently, savagely cross-examined and berated by the voice of his own conscience, which speaks to him in the sneering, righteous tones of a retired TV news show host. When Edie – a former grief conquest, now wise to his scam – shows up out of his sordid past, he’s not sure if she’s here to save him or destroy him, and he can’t decide which is the more terrifying prospect. Anhedonia is a darkly comic study of the way human beings fetishise death; a story about the struggle to find meaning in the disconnected jumble of reality TV, deodorant ads and celebrity murderers; a tribute to the best of our culture and an indictment of the worst. Edited by C Z Hazard, Cover by Jay Heath
Marit zieht für ihre große Liebe extra von Hamburg in die Kleinstadt.
Doch dann verlässt Tobias sie von einen Tag auf den anderen und Marit steht vor dem nichts. Spontan nimmt sie einen Job im Coffeeshop an, was eigentlich so gar nicht ihr Ding ist. Und während sie sich mit ihrem dauerentspannten Kollegen Moritz und den anderen skurrilen Kleinstadtbewohnern herumschlägt, tritt plötzlich ein ganz neuer Mann in ihr Leben. Als sie im Coffeeshop einen USB-Stick findet, macht sie sich auf die Suche nach dessen Besitzer. Mit Julian hat sie zunächst nur per E-Mail Kontakt, doch Marit merkt, dass sie mehr möchte. Von Julian, vom Leben.