Frans Gunnar Bengtsson's The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson's hero, Red Orm--canny, courageous, and above all lucky--is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take this place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination. Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson's book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.
Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay, two eccentric young men, join together and start developing comic heroes and a comic world from their dreams and imagination. 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon. A "towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book" (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon's "magnum opus" (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America's finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly
Joe Kavalier, un joven artista judío entrenado en las artes del escapismo del maestro Houdini, acaba de conseguir su mayor proeza: ha huido de la Praga ocupada por los nazis. Su objetivo es triunfar en América, ganar dinero rápidamente, y así poder liberar a su familia de las garras del imperio nazi. Joe Kavalier se traslada hasta el barrio de Brooklyn, Nueva York, donde vive su primo Sammy Clay. Desde el primer momento, los dos chicos entablan amistad y se lanzan al mercado incipiente del cómic, creando un superhéroe judío que viajará hasta Europa para luchar contra Hitler. En la alucinante recreación del Nueva York de los años cuarenta que ilumina la historia caben el amor, los celos, la bohemia, las reflexiones sobre la creación y toda una serie de elementos que recuerdan el glamouroso mundo de Michael Chabon, un mundo que nunca deja de ser tierno y divertido. Con esta novela, el autor de Los misterios de Pittsburg, Chicos prodigiosos y Un mundo modelo, nos ofrece un estimulante triunfo del lenguaje y la inventiva. Como Pastoral americana, de Philip Roth, o Submundo, de Don DeLillo, Las asombrosas aventuras de Kavalier y Clay es una novela universal, maestra. «De entre los jóvenes valores de la actual literatura norteamericana, Michael Chabon es probablemente el menos abiertamente experimental y el que mejor conecta con las mejores virtudes del clasicismo de la llamada generación del New Yorker, es decir, escritores como Truman Capote, J. D. Salinger o John Cheever. Comparte con ellos una concepción de la literatura basada en la solidez narrativa, la impecable construcción de personajes y la sabia combinación de drama y humor.» Mauricio Bach
In the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, prose magician Michael Chabon conjured up the golden age of comic books -- intertwining history, legend, and storytelling verve. In The Final Solution, he has condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that reimagines the classic nineteenth-century detective story. In deep retirement in the English country-side, an eighty-nine-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out -- a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot -- beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth?Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution. This brilliant homage, which won the 2004 Aga Khan Prize for fiction, is the work of a master storyteller at the height of his powers.
Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, sprang from an early passion for the derring-do and larger-than-life heroes of classic comic books. Now, once more mining the rich past, Chabon summons the rollicking spirit of legendary adventures-from The Arabian Nights to Alexandre Dumas to Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories-in a wonderful new novel brimming with breathless action, raucous humor, cliff-hanging suspense, and a cast of colorful characters worthy of Scheherazade's most tantalizing tales.They're an odd pair, to be sure: pale, rail-thin, black-clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex-soldier Amram, a gray-haired giant of a man as quick with a razor-tongued witticism as he is with a sharpened battle-ax. Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can-as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers, cheerfully separating the gullible from their money. No strangers to tight scrapes and close shaves, they've left many a fist shaking in their dust, tasted their share of enemy steel, and made good any number of hasty exits under hostile circumstances.None of which has necessarily prepared them to be dragooned into service as escorts and defenders to a prince of the Khazar Empire. Usurped by his brutal uncle, the callow and decidedly ill-tempered young royal burns to reclaim his rightful throne. But doing so will demand wicked cunning, outrageous daring, and foolhardy bravado . . . not to mention an army. Zelikman and Amram can at least supply the former. But are these gentlemen of the road prepared to become generals in a full-scale revolution? The only certainty is that getting there-along a path paved with warriors and whores, evil emperors and extraordinary elephants, secrets, swordplay, and such stuff as the grandest adventures are made of-will be much more than half the fun.From the Hardcover edition.
«De todos los autores que se publican ahora, Chabon es quizá quien ha encontrado una voz propia más clara y que conecta mejor con el lector medio.» Jordi Puntí, Babelia «Apasionante.» Francisco Casavella, El Mundo «Michel Chabon es uno de los jóvenes novelistas norteamericanos con un estilo más elegante, pretendidamente sencillo y mágicamente directo. Las tramas de sus novelas y cuentos aúnan eso tan difícil de conseguir como es un argumento sugerente, con rasgos donde sedan cita el ingenio, la ternura y la comicidad.» Diego Doncel, El Cultural «Entre los jóvenes valores de la actual literatura norteamericana, Michael Chabon es probablemente el menos abiertamente experimental y el que mejor conecta con las mejores virtudes del clasicismo de la llamada generación del New Yorker, es decir, escritores como Truman Capote, J. D. Salinger o John Cheever.»Mauricio Bach, La Vanguardia
A Best Book Of The Year Time St. Louis Post-Dispatch Kansas City Star San Francisco Chronicle NPR Seattle Times A shy manifesto, an impractical handbook, the true story of a fabulist, an entire life in parts and pieces, Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers addresses with his characteristic warmth and lyric wit the all-important question: What does it mean to be a man today?
In these lively critical and personal essays, Chabon asserts his literary manifesto: "I read for entertainment, and I write to entertain. Period."This collection of sixteen essays champions the cause of sci-fi and westerns, superheroes and horror shows, gumshoes and goblins--all the genre novels, comics, and pulp fiction that get pushed aside when literary discussion turns serious. For Chabon, the stories that give us great pleasure are in many ways our truest, best art--the building blocks of our shared imagination. Whether he's taking up Superman or Sherlock Holmes, Poe or Proust, Chabon's emphatic mission is to explore the reasons we tell each other tales, and to offer a glimpse of his own history as reader and writer. This ebook features a biography of the author.
Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more!Margaret Atwood- Lusus NaturaeDavid Mitchell- What You Do Not Know You WantJonathan Lethem- Vivian RelfAyelet Waldman - MinnowSteve Erickson- ZerovilleStephen King- Lisey and the MadmanJason Roberts - 7CHeidi Julavits- The MiniaturistRoddy Doyle - The ChildDaniel Handler - DelmonicoCharles D'Ambrosio - The Scheme of ThingsPoppy Z. Brite - The Devil of Delery StreetChina Mieville- Reports of Certain Events in LondonJoyce Carol Oates - The Fabled Light-house at Vi-a del MarPeter Straub - Mr. Aickman's Air RifleFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
A Vintage Contemporaries OriginalIncludes:Jim Shepard's "Tedford and the Megalodon"Glen David Gold's "The Tears of Squonk, and What Happened Thereafter"Dan Chaon's "The Bees"Kelly Link's "Catskin"Elmore Leonard's "How Carlos Webster Changed His Name to Carl and Became a Famous Oklahoma Lawman"Carol Emshwiller's "The General"Neil Gaiman's "Closing Time"Nick Hornby's "Otherwise Pandemonium"Stephen King's "The Tale of Gray Dick"Michael Crichton's "Blood Doesn't Come Out"Laurie King's "Weaving the Dark"Chris Offutt's "Chuck's Bucket"Dave Eggers's "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly"Michael Moorcock's "The Case of the Nazi Canary"Aimee Bender's "The Case of the Salt and Pepper Shakers"Harlan Ellison's "Goodbye to All That"Karen Joy Fowler's "Private Grave 9"Rick Moody's "The Albertine Notes"Michael Chabon's "The Martian Agent, a Planetary Romance"Sherman Alexie's "Ghost Dance"From the Trade Paperback edition.
Chabon's dazzling first story collection reveals lives anchored in fantasy but disrupted by surprising realitiesIn these eleven elegant tales, characters hold tight to private dreams even as their closest relationships crumble. Five stories follow Nathan Shapiro from the spoiled beach vacation where he learns of his parents' divorce through his anxious adolescence and a woefully misguided crush. Other stories find ex-lovers tormenting each other at an oceanside café, a has-been baseball pro at the funeral of a more successful teammate, and a Pittsburgh disc jockey still pining for a woman who married him to get her American citizenship. Graceful, witty, and moving, the stories of A Model World helped establish Chabon as one of America's most distinctive fiction writers and prose stylists. This ebook features a biography of the author.
"This book is beautiful." -- A.O. Scott, New York Times Book Review, cover review"An exuberant meld of fiction and family history." -- Hamilton Cain, O MagazineFollowing on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure--and the forces that work to destroy us.In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother's home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon's grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather." It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact--and the creative power--of keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator's grandfather and his grandmother, an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York's Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the "American Century," the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.
Dos ex amantes que llegaron a odiarse tanto que en la separación hasta sus tesoros más preciados sufrieron las consecuencias se reencuentran casualmente; un estudiante que debe leer su tesis sobre la formación de las nubes en ciertas condiciones meteorológicas decide no complicarse la vida y se convierte en plagiario; un jugador de béisbol en plena decadencia asiste al entierro de una joven promesa fallecida en un accidente... Estos son algunos de los personajes que habitan los relatos de la primera parte del libro: Un mundo modelo. Los de la segunda -Un mundo perdido-están todos protagonizados por el adolescente Nathan Shapiro, y en ellos se nos cuenta cómo su vida queda irremediablemente marcada por el divorcio de sus padres, cómo se enamora de una vecina casada, cómo trata de perder la virginidad con ayuda del alcohol sin demasiado éxito... Considerado como una de las grandes revelaciones de la nueva generación de escritores norteamericanos y llamado a ser el heredero de Salinger, Michael Chabon escribe con brillantez e inteligencia estas instantáneas de la Norteamérica actual, donde jóvenes y adolescentes tratan de aprender a vivir y a amar en un mundo complejo y cambiante.
Chabon's sensational debut novel: the coming-of-age story of Art Bechstein, a recent graduate whose life is forever changed by one sultry summerArt Bechstein may be too young to know what he wants to do with his life, but he knows what he doesn't want: the life of his father, a man who laundered money for the mob. Bechstein spends the summer after his graduation from a Pittsburgh university searching for his future and finding his own sort of trouble with brilliant and seductive new friends--erudite, unscrupulous Arthur Lecomte, mercurial Phlox, and Cleveland, a poetry-reciting biker. Insightful and energetic, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh beautifully renders the hard edges of a blue-collar city and the charm of its local characters. This ebook features a biography of the author.
El sindicato de policía yiddish imagina una historia alternativa en la que, durante más de sesenta años, los judíos refugiados y sus descendientes han vivido tranquilamente en el distrito federal de Sitka, un espacio temporal dependiente de Estados Unidos, en Alaska, en el que los judíos han residido en paz. Sin embargo, el sueño de «un hogar para los judíos» parece llegar a su final, y una vez más la Historia los arrastra a un destino incierto. El asesinato de un carismático miembro de la comunidad judía servirá para poner de manifiesto las poderosas fuerzas ocultas que manejan los habitantes de Sitka, así como la capacidad analítica del fabuloso detective Meyer Landsman.Rabinos que se convierten al crimen, delincuentes que creen en Dios y el detective de homicidios Meyer Landsman, que solo cree en su botella... La nueva y original novela del Premio Pulitzer por Las asombrosas aventuras de Kavalier y Klay ha vuelto a conquistar a la crítica internacional.«Una de las mejores novelas de historia alternativa junto a El hombre en el castillo de Philip K. Dick, La conjura contra América de Philip Roth o Patria de Robert Harris.»Rodrigo Fresán, Qué leerTraducción de Javier Calvo.
En su largo retiro en la campiña inglesa, un anciano de ochenta y nueve años, que según rumorean los lugareños fue años atrás un famoso detective, vive apartado del mundanal ruido. Un día irrumpe en su ordenada vida Linus Steinman, un muchacho mudo que ha escapado de la Alemania nazi con un loro gris como único compañero. ¿Qué significa la misteriosa cadena de números en alemán que el loro repite incesantemente? ¿Acaso esconde un código secreto de las SS, o es un mero sinsentido? La solución de este último caso llevará al viejo sabueso más lejos de lo que jamás imaginó. La solución final, nueva novela del célebre escritor Michael Chabon, reinventa el clásico relato detectivesco decimonónico y lo convierte en una historia de suspense moderna.
From the Pulitzer Prize winning Michael Chabon comes this bestselling novel for readers of all ages that blends fantasy and folklore with that most American coming-of-age ritual: baseball--now in a new edition, with an original introduction by the author.Ethan Feld is having a terrible summer: his father has moved them to Clam Island, Washington, where Ethan has quickly established himself as the least gifted baseball player the island has ever seen. Ethan's luck begins to change, however, when a mysterious baseball scout named Ringfinger Brown and a seven-hundred-and-sixty-five-year-old werefox enter his life, dragging Ethan into another world called the Summerlands. But this beautiful, winter-less place is facing destruction at the hands of the villainous Coyote, and it has been prophesized that only Ethan can save it. In this cherished modern classic, the New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning author brings his masterful storytelling, dexterous plotting, and singularly envisioned characters to a coming-of-age novel for readers of all ages.
Race, corporatism, and last-stand idealism: who better to explore these themes than Pulitzer Prize winner Chabon, whose linguistic razzle-dazzle discloses acute observations about our shared culture--and its borders. Its 2004, and longtime band mates Archy and Nat (married to beloved local midwives) still preside over Brokeland Records, a used-record emporium and de facto town center in a fictional space somewhere between Berkeley and Oakland. Alls well until a former NFL quarterback, one of the country's richest African Americans, decides to build his latest Dogpile megastore on nearby Telegraph Avenue. Not only could this spell doom for the little shop and its cross-race, cross-class dream, but it opens up past history regarding Archy's untethered dad and a Black Panther-era crime.
Chabon's second story collection, about couples and families suffused with yearning but crippled by broken loveParalysis in the face of insight afflicts many characters in this stunning volume. In the title story, a boy named Paul does nothing to protect his feral friend Timothy from the scorn of teachers and classmates alike, even though he knows the reasons for Timothy's irritating games. In other stories, a young alpha couple sees a future together in the defects of a house up for sale, a heartbroken thief finds his ex-girlfriend's grandma to be an easy mark, and a man drifts away from a wife who has experienced a terrible misfortune. At times darkly funny, and others achingly beautiful, Werewolves in Their Youth renders the sad compromises of adulthood and the vivid fantasies of childhood with clarity and warmth.This ebook features a biography of the author.
Chabon's extraordinary story of one turbulent weekend in the life of a struggling writer, a satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative classA wildly successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and seven years later he still hasn't grown up. He's now a writing professor in Pittsburgh, plummeting through middle age, stuck with an unfinishable manuscript, an estranged wife, a pregnant girlfriend, and a talented but deeply disturbed student named James Leer. During one lost weekend at a writing festival with Leer and debauched editor Terry Crabtree, Tripp must finally confront the wreckage made of his past decisions. Mordant but humane, Wonder Boys features characters as loveably flawed as any in American fiction. This ebook features a biography of the author.
For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end. Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder-right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.
For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end. Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder--right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.
The Caldecott medal-winning d'Aulaires once again captivate their young audience with this beautifully illustrated introduction to Norse legends, telling stories of Odin the All-father, Thor the Thunder-god and the theft of his hammer, Loki the mischievous god of the Jotun Race, and Ragnarokk, the destiny of the gods. Children meet Bragi, the god of poetry, and the famous Valkyrie maidens, among other gods, goddesses, heroes, and giants. Illustrations throughout depict the wondrous other world of Norse folklore and its fantastical Northern landscape.
Brown Sugar Kitchen is more than a restaurant. This soul-food outpost is a community gathering spot, a place to fill the belly, and the beating heart of West Oakland, a storied postindustrial neighborhood across the bay from San Francisco.The restaurant is a friendly beacon on a tree-lined parkway, nestled low and snug next to a scrap-metal yard in this Bay Area rust belt. Out front, customers congregate on long benches and sprawl in the grass, soaking up the sunshine, sipping at steaming mugs of Oakland-roasted coffee, waiting to snag one of the tables they glimpse through the swinging doors. Deals are done, friends are made; this is a community in action. In short order, they'll get their table, their pecan-studded sticky buns, their meaty hash topped with a quivering poached egg. Later in the day, the line grows, and the orders for chef-owner Tanya Holland's famous chicken and waffles or oyster po'boy fly. This is when satisfaction arrives.Brown Sugar Kitchen, the cookbook, stars 86 recipes for re-creating the restaurant's favorites at home, from a thick Shrimp Gumbo to celebrated Macaroni & Cheese to a show-stopping Caramel Layer Cake with Brown Butter-Caramel Frosting. And these aren't all stick-to-your-ribs recipes: Tanya's interpretations of soul food star locally grown, seasonal produce, too, in crisp, creative salads such as Romaine with Spring Vegetables & Cucumber-Buttermilk Dressing and Summer Squash Succotash. Soul-food classics get a modern spin in the case of B-Side BBQ Braised Smoked Tofu with Roasted Eggplant and a side of Roasted Green Beans with Sesame-Seed Dressing. Straight-forward, unfussy but inspired, these are recipes you'll turn to again and again.Rich visual storytelling reveals the food and the people that made and make West Oakland what it is today. Brown Sugar Kitchen truly captures the sense--and flavor--of this richly textured and delicious place.
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