撒哈拉的故事 (1)

  • 爱的寻求
    吃过饭后我们在天台上坐着,那夜没有风,荷西叫我开灯,灯亮了,一群一群的飞虫马上扑过来,它们绕着光不停地打转,好似这个光是它们活着唯一认定的东西。 我们两人看着这些小飞虫。 “你在想什么呢?”荷西说。 ...

1453 (5)

  • The Present Terror of the World
    The sultan regarded himself not only as a Muslim ruler but as the heir to the Roman Empire and set about reconstructing a multicultural capital in which all citizens would have certain rights. The ...
  • "Remember the Date"
    For fifty-three days their tiny force had confounded the might of the Ottoman army; they had faced down the heaviest bombardment in the Middle Ages from the largest cannon ever built – an estimate...
  • Terrible Engines
    The Saxon miners had worked ceaselessly for ten days; they had constructed fourteen tunnels, but Grant destroyed them all. Mehmet acknowledged the failure of both towers and mines -- and kept the g...
  • The Dark Church
    It is far better for a country to remain under the rule of Islam than be governed by Christians who refuse to acknowledge the rights of the Catholic church. --Pope Gregory VII, 1073
  • The Red Apple
    The Ottoman Empire in 1453 was already a multicultural creation that sucked in people it conquered with little concern for ethnic identity. Its crack troops were Slavs, its leading general Greek, i...

四君主 (1)

  • 第168页
    16世纪宗教迫害的景象: 当弗朗索瓦从艾格莫尔特回到巴黎时,他十分满意地看到对新教徒的迫害正在一如既往地无情继续。这种迫害还经常伴有可怕的酷刑。到现在,数百人已在火刑柱上被烧死,数千人无家可归。1540年...

茶叶侦探 (1)

  • 第83页
    吴晓波写道:“三大商帮尽管都富可敌国,可都是被豢养大的寄生虫,他们的财富与市场的充分竞争无关,与产业开拓无关,与技术革新无关,因而与进步无关。” 所谓乾隆盛世的真相如何呢?英国人约翰·巴罗在《我看乾...

看不见的城市 (2)

  • 城市和眼睛之四
    假如你觉得两个拱廊中之一比较愉快,那是因为三十年前有一个穿着绣花的宽袖衣服的女子在那里走过,又或许是因为这个拱廊在某个时刻反射的阳光使你想起什么地方的另一个拱廊。
  • 城市和亡灵之二
    到了生命的某一个时刻里,在你认识的人之中,已去世的会比活着的多。这时你的心就会拒绝接受更多的面孔和更多的表情,你遇见的每一张新面子都是旧的容貌,它们各自寻得合适的面具。
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