Reaktion Books

Reaktion Books

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Reaktion Books is an independent book publisher based in London. Our founding aim is to publish high-quality books mainly on art, architecture, music and desi
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Beijing is an intimate and informed portrait of a city at the centre of one of the world’s oldest civilizations and the capital of one of its newest superpowers. Over three and a half millennia, cities have risen and fallen in this place, five of them the capitals of dynastic empires. For centuries the stage for sieges, massacres, rebellions and political spectacle, Beijing has produced or inspired some of China’s greatest and most iconic works of literature, theatre and music.

Beijing by Linda Jaivin from Reaktion Books

Whether for tango, football or art, passions in Buenos Aires run high. The largest city in Argentina, it is chaotic and lively, dangerous and cosmopolitan, and presents seemingly unlimited attractions for tourists. This book provides a view into the city today, and into its past.

Whether for tango, football or art, passions in Buenos Aires run high. The largest city in Argentina, it is chaotic and lively, dangerous and cosmopolitan, and presents seemingly unlimited attractions for tourists. This book provides a view into the city today, and into its past.

Pasta, pizza, parmesan cheese – we have Italy to thank for some of our favourite foods. Home to a dazzling array of wines, cheeses, breads, vegetables and salamis, Italy has become a mecca for foodies.  Taking readers across the country’s regions and beyond, Al Dente explores how Italy’s cuisines became what they are today.

The book Al Dente: A History of Food in Italy, Fabio Parasecoli is published by Reaktion Books.

Beyond Bratwurst traces the many traditions that have combined to form German food today. From their earliest beginnings, food and cooking in Germany have been marked by geographic and climatic differences between north and south, as well as continuous cultural influences from bordering countries.

The book Beyond Bratwurst: A History of Food in Germany, Ursula Heinzelmann is published by Reaktion Books.

‘Engaging, insightful, and learned, John Lindow’s Trolls: An Unnatural History examines Scandinavia’s most famous supernatural beings, and the roles they have played, in Nordic folk and elite traditions from the Viking Age to today. Experienced or novice “trollologist”, you are sure to find this an excellent and richly rewarding read.’ – Stephen A. Mitchell, Harvard University

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Eggs by Diane Toops  Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In Hindu scripture, the world began as an egg. Laid by a swan floating on the waters of chaos, after a year the egg split into silver and gold halves, with the silver becoming the earth and the gold transforming into the sky.

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Trolls are everywhere. They lurk on the internet; they fill the pages of popular fantasy literature; they are hunted in Norwegian film. They...

''Good evening, old man! the boy greeted'' Illustration of Walter Stenström's The boy and the trolls or The Adventure in childrens' anthology Among pixies and trolls - John Bauer

Trolls are everywhere! This book is a history of trolls from their first appearances in folk tales - some people reported actual encounters with trolls, and others found such encounters plausible even if they were not sure - and follows a natural transition from folklore to trolls in other domains of popular culture.

''Good evening, old man! the boy greeted'' Illustration of Walter Stenström's The boy and the trolls or The Adventure in childrens' anthology Among pixies and trolls - John Bauer

This book explores the origins of dub in 1970s Kingston, Jamaica, and traces its evolution as a genre, approach and attitude to music to the present day. Stopping off in the cities where it has made most impact – London, Berlin, Toronto, Bristol and New York -- Remixology spans a range of genres, from post-punk to dub-techno, jungle to the now ubiquitous dubstep

Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora (Reaktion Books - Reverb) by Paul Sullivan - on my to read list.

From the moans, whimpers and sobs of human grief, to the playful linguistic twisting of nonsense, Beyond Words probes the fringes and limits of human language, and our definitions and notions of ‘voice’ and meaning, to challenge our basic assumptions about what it is to communicate and where meaning lies in language.

Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and other Vocalizations by Steven Connor - T 220 CON