Tears of Longing – Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song
Gavril Nagarian, Lord Drakhaon of Azhkendir, is believed dead - perished in the heat of battle. Yet he still lives, and is entrusted with a sacred mission: to rescue the aged Magus, who has been kidnapped and in whose possession are the five priceless rubies that compose the fabled Tears of Artamon. Ancient law decrees that whoever possesses the stones has the power to impose his will over the Empire of New Rossiya. But the task exacts a cost. The drakhaoul that destroyed his forebears has penetrated Gavril's psyche and is gaining power over his soul. As these dark forces seek immortality inside him, so Gavril must feed on the blood of innocents - or die. Toppled by the loss of the Tears of Artamon, Emperor Eugene of Tielen is tormented by his own daemon, but he must defend his lands against King Enguerrand of Francia who claims ownership of the Tears. Yet both men share a common goal: to destroy Gavril Nagarian and the Drakhaoul that lives within him once and for all. Ingenious and unforgettable, Children of the Serpent Gate delivers a thrilling conclusion to the epic trials of a man of honour in a world in chaos - one that can only be laid to rest by an Emperor's Tears.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Revelation 7:15-17
"Drinking a toast to the visible world, his impending disappearance from it be damned". That's how John Updike describes one of his elderly protagonists in this, his final collection of short stories. He might have been writing about himself. In MY FATHER'S TEARS, the author revisits his signature characters, places, and themes - Americans in suburbs, cities, and small towns grappling with faith and infidelity - in a gallery of portraits of his aging generation, men and women for whom making peace with the past is now paramount. The Seattle Times called MY FATHER'S TEARS "a haunting collection" that "echoes the melancholy of Chekhov, the romanticism of Wordsworth and the mournful spirit of Yeats".
Переиздание дебютного альбома группы Blood, Sweat & Tears «Child Is Father To The Man», вышедшего в 1968 году.
Tears in the Rain is set in the fictional African state of Kangara. After the much sought after independence,the people of Kangara were disillusioned as their much expected Eldorado never came.The corruption of Power became the order of the day as politicians became gods and ruled over the people they swore to protect like slaves. The ganjos are make~ shift houses built by the poor masses of Kangara due to their inability to afford conducive houses. Instead of providing low cost houses for the masses,the government decides to demolish these ganjos without providing alternatives for the people. Its a straight battle between the government and the voice of the opposition. The combination of poetry and drama is a distinct attribute of this piece...and a voice is heard on the Olosunta hills...and the plains of Ugele has been deserted. ..
Bonus Tracks: 13. All Of The Angels 14. The Madness Of Roland 15. Queen Of Compromise 16. Until I Drown 17. War Of Attrition 18. Raoul And The Kings Of Spain (Acoustic)19. Break It Down Again (Acoustic)