Global Game Writers on Soccer

ISBN-10: 0803210787

ISBN-13: 9780803210783

Edition: 2008

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Description: The world7;s most popular sport, soccer, is also one of the planet7;s prevalent cultural expressions, celebrated and debated as an art form, observed with ritual and passion. Thus it has inspired literary efforts of every sort, from every corner of the globe, by women and men. The writings gathered in this volume reflect the universal and infinitely varied ways in which soccer connects with human experience. Poetry and prose from Ted Hughes, Charles Simic, Eduardo Galeano, G'252;nter Grass, Giovanna Pollarolo, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Elvis Costello-to name but a few-take us to a dizzying array of cultures and climes. From a patch of ground in Missoula, Montana, to a clearing in a Kosovo forest, from the stadiums of Burma and Iran to the northern lights over Greenland to remotest Sierra Leone, these writers show us soccer7;s stars and fans, politics and rituals, as well as the game7;s power to encourage resistance, inspire faith, and build community.

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

John Turnbull is a freelance writer on soccer and an editorial consultant. He maintains www.theglobalgame.com, a soccer Web site with an accent on women’s soccer, media, and culture. Translator and author Thom Satterlee is associate professor of English at Taylor University. Alon Raab is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis, and the author of articles, reviews, and interviews. nbsp; Contributors: Rafael Alberti, Eduard Bass, Nalinaksha Bhattacharya, Hebe de Bonafini, Lawrence Cann, Bridget Carson, Hernán Casciari, Elvis Costello, Edilberto Coutinho, Erik Eggers, Friedrich Christian Delius, György Dragomán, Philippe Dubath, álvaro Enrigue, Eduardo Galeano, Günter Grass, Einar Már Guðmundsson, William Heyen, Miroslav Holub, Ted Hughes, Ian Jack, Elísabet Jökulsdóttir, Ephraim Kishon, Simon Kuper, Anatoly Kuznetsov, Driton Latifi, Donna J. Gelagotis Lee, Mario Vargas Llosa, Subcomandante Marcos, Javier Marías, Andrew Marshall, Stanley Matthews, Christopher Merrill,nbsp;Mássimo Moratti, Lady Murasaki, Mark Nuttall, Giovanna Pollarolo, Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Paul Richards, Klaus Rifbjerg, Nelson Rodrigues, María Graciela Rodríguez, Umberto Saba, Matilde Sánchez, Thom Satterlee, Rogelio Ramos Signes, Charles Simic, Antonio Skármeta, Osvaldo Soriano, David Starkey, Gay Talese, Crispin Thomas, Bea Vidacs, Luiz Vilela, Sarah Wardle, Ch’ao Yueh-chih, and Uroš Zupan.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Note to Readers
Space
Introduction
The Orb
The Origins
Hem and Football
The Daily Life of Cameroonian Football
The Soccer Moms-1996
Atiguibas
Why Eleven of All Numbers? Football between Carnival and Freemasonry
Klapzuba's Eleven
Holland, a Country of Clubs
Readymade
Soccer Fields, Fort Missoula
"Get Him a Body Bag!" (A Brief, Enthusiastic Account)
Improvisation
Introduction
Young Shoots
A Boy Juggling a Soccer Ball
Fallen from the Sky
Combing over History
Encomiastic Arts of Our National Gamesmen
The Longest Penalty Ever
Fretting while the Scarlet Tide Make History
Streaker Disrupts Iceland vs. Albania
Football at Slack
Dead Radio
Fahrenheit 1976
Challenge
Introduction
Dreaming of Sunday Afternoons
A Fine Fla-Flu
Escaping with the Ball
Generals and Fools
1974
End of the World
Not So Much a Religion, More a Way of Life
Kimmel Springs vs. Metula
For the Sake of My Right and Not Football
Let the Games Begin
Loss
Introduction
On a Painting of Playing Football
Beauty Is Nothing but the Beginning of a Teror We Can Hardly Bear
Playing Football in Secret
Why Does My Wife Love Peter Crouch?
The Dynamo Team: Legend and Fact
Boycotting the World Cup
Football in Athens, with Her
Sierra Leone, Social Learning, and Soccer
Parity
Penalty Phase
Platko (Santander, May 20, 1928)
Belief
Introduction
The Lord's Prayer, Recast
Communicate, Lads
Five Poems for the Game of Soccer
Living to Tell a Tale (Letter to Diego)
The Empty Pleasure
Match
Zidane and Me
The Sunday I Became World Champion
Art Works Football Club
Football Is
Arsarnerit: Inuit and the Heavenly Game of Football
On the Origin of Football
Source Acknowledgments
Further Reading
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