What We Are Reading Today: Building the Land of Dreams, by Eberhard L. Faber

Updated 05 July 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: Building the Land of Dreams, by Eberhard L. Faber

  • Eberhard Faber tells the vivid story of how American rule forced New Orleans through a vast transition — from the ordered colonial world of hierarchy and subordination to the fluid, unpredictable chaos of democratic capitalism.

In 1795, New Orleans was a sleepy outpost at the edge of Spain’s American empire.

By the 1820s, it was teeming with life, its levees packed with cotton and sugar.

New Orleans had become the unquestioned urban capital of the antebellum South.

Looking at this remarkable period filled with ideological struggle, class politics, and powerful personalities, Building the Land of Dreams is the narrative biography of a fascinating city at the most crucial turning point in its history, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

Eberhard Faber tells the vivid story of how American rule forced New Orleans through a vast transition — from the ordered colonial world of hierarchy and subordination to the fluid, unpredictable chaos of democratic capitalism.

The change in authority, from imperial Spain to Jeffersonian America, transformed everything.

As the city’s diverse people struggled over the terms of the transition, they built the foundations of a dynamic, contentious hybrid metropolis. 


The Six: World-famous authors at Emirates Literature Festival

The Emirates Literature Festival is set to run from March 1-9, 2019. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 November 2018
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The Six: World-famous authors at Emirates Literature Festival

DUBAI: Set to run from March 1-9, 2019, the festival boats a stellar lineup of authors, including these famous faces.

Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin is best known for his “Inspector Rebus” detective series, the 22nd of which, “In a House of Lies,” was published in 2018. He is set to speak on stage on March 8 and 9.

Jane Hawking
Stephen Hawking’s wife for more than twenty years, Jane Hawking is a writer and lecturer. Her 2002 memoir, “Traveling to Infinity,” was turned into the critically-acclaimed 2015 movie, “The Theory of Everything.”

Frank Gardner
The renowned British correspondent was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to journalism in 2005 and is set to give a talk on March 9.

Zeina Hashem Beck
The Lebanese poet’s most recent collection, “Louder than Hearts,” won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.

Aziz Mohammed
The Saudi writer and poet published his debut novel, “The Critical Case of ‘K’,” in 2017 and it was shortlisted for the International Prize for the Arabic Fiction in 2018.

Dubai Abulhoul Alfalasi
The author of “Galagolia,” the first Emirati fantasy novel in English, she is currently writing a series of children’s books on Emirati folklore.