Mr. Stuart Heath

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (99 of 105)
Location: Sweden
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39-year-old software drudge, born in Wales but currently resident in Sweden with my beautiful wife, our boisterous dog and two fluffy cats.


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After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
"After the Quake" comprises six short stories, all set in Japan in the weeks following the Kobe earthquake of 1995, and all influenced in some more-or-less oblique way by it, each one like a little aftershock. Murakami's way of interleaving the mundane with the fantastic works to powerful effect in every one of these tales. He expertly conjures the strange and the profound out of his apparently casual and conversational prose. The translation reads smoothly and feels quite transparent. I found these stories uniformly excellent & would recommend them to anyone.
Silencio ~ Gidon Kremer
Silencio ~ Gidon Kremer
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music about Silence, 12 Oct 2001
To entitle a collection of music 'Silencio' appears contrary, but, aptly enough, all of the pieces on this disk strive in some way to conjure forth absences, emptinesses, lacunae.
Arvo Pärt's work, such as I've heard, forms an attempt to eff the ineffable, and in so doing can seem to lose contact with the corporeal world & drift away into transparent bodilessness. His renowned piece 'Tabula Rasa' remains closer to terra-firma, however, more especially in its opening section which is replete with sinewy tension & torsion. In the piece's longer, second section, whose title is that of the CD as a whole, that sinew has snapped and an hypnotically rhythmic disconnectedness… Read more
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a&hellip by Francesco Colonna
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Joscelyn Godwin's translation has made the entire text of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili readily available to an Anglophone readership for the first time in the book's 501-year history, bringing to light what was formerly the preserve of a few savants deeply knowledgable in Renaissance Italian language and culture. What has always been accessible, meanwhile, namely the book's singularly elegant design, which combined numerous innovations in the fields of typography, page layout and illustration, have been painstakingly emulated by Thames and Hudson, and their printers, for this edition. One suspects that this book has more often been admired as an artefact and consummate relic of its time,… Read more

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