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Creation of the World by Torquato Tasso. Translated by Dario Rivarossa, Salwa Khoddam, and Carter Kaplan. Illustrations by the Magic Trio: Dario Rivarossa, Eva “Nivalis“ Nieri, and Tiziana “Selkis” Grassi.

Combining myth, philosophy, theology, science, astronomy, astrology, history, politics, geography, and exploration, Torquato Tasso's Creation of the World is a sweeping vision of the universe and our place in it. This new translation is a comprehensive line-by-line rendering in modern English, allowing readers to fully appreciate the subtle nuances of Tasso's exquisite poetry as well as the stunning expanse of his learning and understanding. Over fifty illustrations offer lively and diverse interpretations of the poem, contributing to a unique aesthetic experience that readers will happily enjoy and return to again and again.

About the Author:

Torquato Tasso (1544–1595) was an Italian poet known across Europe for his poem La Gerusalemme Liberata  (Jerusalem Delivered, 1581). His late masterpiece Il Mondo Creato (Creation of the World, 1592, 1607) is an exposition of early-modern sensibility emerging from the turbulence of the late Counter-Reformation. Some scholars have suggested Tasso influenced John Milton, whose Paradise Lost reflects elements of Tasso’s style, themes, and genius.

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Radiant Snow by Horace Jeffery Hodges.

“Everything I’ve known about him is here: his subtle grasp of life’s mysteries; the sensitive observations about love, lust, and human nature; an appreciation of the natural world, of Arkansas, and of the many places he’s been since then; an ear for language, especially the language of his native Ozarks; the moral and Biblical underpinnings; the salty humor; and even his love of beer.”

~Natalie Macris

About the Author:

Horace Jeffery Hodges was born in the Arkansas Ozarks, earned a BA in English and American literature at Baylor University, and obtained a history master’s and doctorate at UC Berkeley. He has been a “Gypsy Scholar” who has taught in various places around the globe, but he now teaches at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, where he has settled down with his wife, Sun-Ae, and their two children. He has published articles, stories, poetry, and one novella as well as various translations from Korean with his wife, including Yi Kwang-Su’s epic novel The Soil.

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Reclamation by Elkie Riches

Leda Varsis is a shaman--more precisely, she is a member of the Shaman Division, serving the global military order that has survived the apocalyptic event known as the Turning. Adapted from past mysticism to military specifications, the Shaman Division provides communication channels between the enemy and mankind. When Leda is assigned to the military base of ex-London, she intends to carry out her role but the communications that come to her are not what she expects.

About the Author:

Elkie Riches is an English writer whose work features regularly in Emanations, the annual anthology of avant-garde literature published by International Authors.

Dante was a Fantasy Writer

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Dante was a Fantasy Writer by Dario Rivarossa

The word “Middle Ages” evokes fairies, elves, dragons, witches, magical enchantments, the mysteries of the Knights Templar, and popular events such as Palios, rides, and tournaments. Did all of these things already “exist” in the Middle Ages narrated by Dante, or are they just modern fantasies? And if Dante talks about such wonders, where does he? And how? On a quest to answer such questions, Dario Rivarossa leads his readers on a journey through the “open secrets” of the poem par excellence of Italian literature. Here is an original and unusual essay, capturing many aspects of The Divine Comedy that remain hidden to modern readers. Conveyed in a humorous and engaging style, the study is notable for rigorous scholarship and insightful critical observations. It is a wonderfully engaging book for both students of Dante and the non-expert audience. The book features 100 color drawings — as many as the Cantos in The Divine Comedy — prepared by the author.

About the Author:

Dario Rivarossa is a translator, essayist, journalist, illustrator, and lecturer for the Dante Alighieri Society.

Writer's Block

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Writer's Block by Vitasta Raina

Welcome to Chalet, the city of manicured luxury and western complexity, where India's rise to the promised land of elegant living and boundless consumerism is unchecked, except by the force of the millions living in the slums beyond the barrier walls. Their official fate is oblivion, and yet there is for them an existence of sorts--within the dreams and visions of those who dwell inside the Writer's Block.

About the Author:

Vitasta Raina is an architect and urban planner based in Mumbai, India. She is the author of a novella, Writer’s Block, and a collection of poetry, Someday Dream.

Drawn Closer

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Drawn Closer by Amy B. Trosino

"The pen and ink drawings in this book are samples from my life placed under a microscope. They are highly autobiographical and invite the viewer to look closely for hidden and obvious meanings in detail. Through this technique, the immersion into every aspect of being, from the minute cellular level of the physical to the vast intangible potency of the spiritual, is revealed." --Amy B. Trosino

About the Artist:

Amy B. Trosino is the founder of Artventure Studio, where she teaches a variety of subjects including illustration, ceramics, book making and gallery design. Her work has appeared in Art and Beyond, Art Buzz: The 2013 Collection, House Calls, Drink, Charleston, The Crescent Review Literary Journal, The Georgia Guardian, and at the Annual Children's Book Fair in Bologna, Italy.

The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

As a phenomenon of intellectual history, The Scarlet Letter represents a definitive formulation of the classic liberal ideas that mark the emergence of the modern world. Like the Declaration of Independence, The Scarlet Letter stands on the shoulders of well-evolved political and theological discussions advancing a range of independent notions concerning human nature, individualism, community, open public disclosure, the “real” authority of law, separation of government institutions and powers, and the separation of church and state. Featuring a penetrating afterword by Carter Kaplan, the International Authors edition of The Scarlet Letter is intended for students and scholars seeking to cultivate a deep appreciation for Hawthorne's genius and art.

About the Author:

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American short story writer and novelist. Widely studied in American schools and universities, Hawthorne is known for his imaginative genius, clever humor, and penetrating understanding of the human condition.

Fantasy Worlds

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Fantasy Worlds edited by Carter Kaplan

An anthology of fantastic fiction, poetry and essays for college and university students, Fantasy Worlds presents a fresh approach to the study of the field, with readings that stand not only as masterpieces of the genre, but also as some of the very best works from the canon of world literature. Selections from the mists of legend, the Renaissance, the Victorian era, as well as early-modern and contemporary periods are represented in this handsome and entertaining volume.

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Emanations: I Am Not a Number edited by Carter Kaplan and International Authors

Justifying the assembly of yet another highly-regarded international literary anthology transcends conventional assessment measures, for justification is never an appropriate step to understanding the dynamics that lead to an accurate description of a volume of this nature. Considerations attending that descriptive task include the identification of a variety of conflicting factors: the manipulation of pattern recognition, the emergence of cross-cultural traditions, specious grammatical confluences, graphic grotesqueries, the illusion of narrative, the reification of abstractions—moreover rendered in the theatrical contrivance of a physical book, which plainly forces meaning and refracts understanding, so as to superimpose an unreal and scenic impression. The implications for literary art, like the attending syntactical possibilities themselves, are innumerable. Something “ingenious” is achieved when the countless opportunities for hermeneutic speculation at last fracture and break apart in our failure to arrive at what we could reasonably call an endpoint—where explanation and appreciation, in fluent apposition, minimize tension. Suffice it to say, therefore, that here are tales, here are poems, here are memoirs. Collectively regarded, arbitrarily divided, or as offered in the packaging of their removable labels, these are our emanations.

Emanations: I Am Not a Number presents the work of writers and artists from around the world.

Emanations 5

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Emanations: 2 + 2 = 5 edited by Carter Kaplan and International Authors

Two past lives plus two past lives equals five past lives. Two hand grenades plus two hand grenades equals five hand grenades. Two votes plus two votes equals five votes. Two speech crimes plus two speech crimes equals five speech crimes. Two laurel wreaths plus two laurel wreaths equals five laurel wreaths. Two genetically modified organisms plus two genetically modified organisms equals five genetically modified organisms. Two celebrities plus two celebrities equals five celebrities. Two political parties plus two political parties equals five political parties. Two decapitations plus two decapitations equals five decapitations. Two pandemics plus two pandemics equals five pandemics. Two financial crises plus two financial crises equals five financial crises. But two volumes of Emanations plus two volumes of Emanations equals FOUR volumes of Emanations. The addition of the fifth fake integer is embodied in this volume, and all it contains are real emanations.

International Authors’ fifth collection of fiction, poetry and essays, Emanations: 2 + 2 = 5 presents the work of sixty writers and artists from around the world.

Emanations: Foray into Forever

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Emanations: Foray into Forever edited by Carter Kaplan and International Authors

We have become eternity, where the past is a memory, the future is expectation, and all that remains is now. Always. But there is a way out. Infinity itself tells its place in a blinding flash as ecstasy fills the skies and what we are dissolves into stars: the oracles are revealed behind a mask slowly lowered before what was everything, or nothing at all but pure and radiant emanations.

International Authors’ fourth collection of fiction, poetry and essays, Emanations: Foray into Forever showcases the work of fifty writers and artists from around the world.

Emanations: Third Eye

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Emanations: Third Eye edited by Carter Kaplan and International Authors

We conceive three personae, all drawing form and substance from distant wells that gush forth as fleet images and liquid myth, revealing our manifold selves: First, the calculus of mechanism in space. Second, living breath drawn from the continuum of eroding time--shifting principle of a vegetating Cosmos. Finally, the third self, the third I, the ocular stage upon which we perceive this enfolding process. Here all aspiration shall find fulfillment in sentient manifestations. Behold, a myriad of ancient shapes in mathematical eternity, mental rebirth, and furious sunbursts of curious ambition: the audacious call of our deep, assured, and long-echoing emanations.

The third anthology to be released by International Authors, Emanations: Third Eye presents the work of over forty writers and artists from around the world.

Emanations 2nd Sight

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Emanations: Second Sight edited by Carter Kaplan and International Authors

The attempt itself reveals both the machinery and the resolve. Rising against the gravitational seductions of former disbelief, the unclosing eye is disabused of shadowy fear and caging illusion. In these pages of poetry, fiction, essays and art, spheres of an original geometry draw together and at long last illuminate that elusively crystalizing plane of second sight, angelic knowledge, and bright eternity. Here, should fortune favor our bold attempt, we might grasp the fires of joy, forge them into thunderbolts, and launch them high to ignite the stars of our most exalted and passionate emanations.

The second anthology to be released by International Authors, Emanations: Second Sight showcases the work of thirty writers from around the world. With illustrations by Bienvenido Bañez, Jr., Troy C. Frantz, Terrance Lindall, Kai Robb, and Dario Rivarossa.

Emanations

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Emanations edited by Carter Kaplan and International Authors

Our expectations descend through chasms of arcane wonder, where the Internet shapes marvelous new communities, even as the Academy breaks the chains of worn convention and formal discipline, sending forth a new class of scholars to explore the frontiers of unique realms. Amidst this progress, strangely enough and yet quite appropriately, consciousness rebels. In these pages are stories, poems, and essays that are exuberant, eloquent, and original—where expression and intelligence commingle in a flash of awakening. Whether this new consciousness is human or perhaps something greater remains to be seen, but by looking into our emanations we might find an answer.

The first anthology to be released by International Authors, Emanations showcases the work of sixteen writers from around the world. With illustrations by Kai Robb, Dario Rivarossa and Vitasta Raina.

Diogenes

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Diogenes by Carter Kaplan

Combining delicate craft with wicked cleverness, Diogenes employs ancient Aristophanic devices to conjure a vision of the “new” modern condition. Far-seeing, humorous and often disturbing, Carter Kaplan ranges like a spirit of the air, winging fearlessly from Athens to Atlantis, and thence to the flickering lights beyond. Rare indeed do we find opportunities to step back from the contemporary scene to view life from the perspective of eternity. Such opportunities are not to be missed. With an introduction by Elkie Riches.

Tally Ho

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Tally-Ho, Cornelius! by Carter Kaplan

Jerry Cornelius comes back to life as a most improbable Anglican theologian in this lively tale of love, God's will and the New World Order. Set against the pulsing background of New York City rebuilding at the dawn of our young and uncertain century, this happy and charming novel bubbles over with the myths and ambitions that feed the hallucinating classes as they chase their aspirations. Jerry Cornelius is our affliction and our respite. Michael Moorcock writes, "Rev. Dr. Jerry Cornelius remains an enigmatic and at the same time wholly transparent figure amongst modern media brands, at once instantly recognizable and invisible."

About the Author:

Carter Kaplan is a professor, writer and editor. He has pioneered the application of poetry and fiction to the study of analytic philosophy, as presented in his book Critical Synoptics: Menippean Satrie and the Analysis of Intellectual Mythology. In addition to a number of academic articles and reviews, he is the author of the novel Tally-Ho, Cornelius!, and the Aristophanic comedy Diogenes.

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