…a species of large freshwater Lymnaeid snail which boasts a wide Holarctic distribution. Great pond snails occur solely in freshwater habitats, with individuals typically preferring slowly running or standing water bodies. Like many other freshwater snails L. stagnalis is an opportunistic feeder feeding on a range of organic matter.
The Women of Algiers in their Apartment is a collection of short stories written by Assia Djebar. One of the most popular North African (Maghreb) writers, her work deals with the role of Algerian women after independence. Written in complex and literary style, the short stories depict women who were active in the Algerian revolution alongside men with the ideal of becoming more free and equal. As the people of Algeria gain independence from the French, the post-colonial government takes power and these women realize that their repression would continue on in new forms. This book is similar to the recent biography Reading Lolita in Tehran, written by Azar Nafisi (Link to Catalog)
“Furuğ kadının kendi bedeni ve cinsel hisleri hakkında cesurca şiirler yazarken yazarken bir yandan da klasik Farsça şiirde ve özellikle de Hakani ve Mevlana’da gördüğümüz yinelemelerle, şiirin içine gönderilerle, erilin ‘gözünden’ kaçan ayrıntıları duyurarak, dilin bütünselliğini parçalayarak, sosyal zorbalığın yanında bizzat dilin gramatik zorbalığına karşı koyarak ve diğer bazı özellikleriyle dişil dilde şiir örneklerini vermiştir. Hem de neredeyse altmış yıl öncesinden.”
On this day in 1956, the first Eurovision Song Contest (then known as the Eurovision Grand Prix) was held in Lugano, Switzerland. The idea for the event came about in a 1955 meeting of the European Broadcasting Union in Monaco, after they were inspired by the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy. The first ever Eurovision broadcast lasted for one almost two-hour show on May 24th, primarily broadcast over radio. The event saw seven European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland) submit two songs each. The winner was picked by a jury panel made up of representatives from the participating countries who voted for their favourite song in secret. In 1956, the prize went to Switzerland’s own Lys Assia with the song ‘Refrain’. The tradition of the Eurovision song contest continues annually to this day, though the format is very different to how it was in 1956 - most notably the increased number of participant countries (37 took part this year), the fact that each country only enter one song each, and the points system. The 2014 Eurovision contest was won by Austria’s Conchita Wurst for the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix’.