Category: Literature

  • The Last Tycoon

    By F. Scott Fitzgerald

    A mysterious girl stands and smiles at Monroe Stahr, the final of the nice Hollywood princes. Enchanted through each other, they start a passionate yet hopeless love affair.
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  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    By Daryl Gregory

    From award-winning writer Daryl Gregory, whom Library Journal known as “[a] shiny new voice of the twenty-first century,” comes a brand new breed of zombie novel—a strangely humorous, vividly scary, and finally deeply relocating tale of self-discovery and kin love.
     
    In 1968, after the 1st zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her 3 younger daughters become aware of the physique of a teenage mom in the course of a storm from snow. Wrapped within the woman’s hands is a toddler, stone-cold, now not respiring, and and not using a pulse. yet then his eyes open and search for at Wanda—and he starts off to move.

    The family members hides the child—whom they identify Stony—rather than flip him over to gurus that might spoil him. opposed to all clinical cause, the undead boy starts off to develop. For years his adoptive mom and sisters be capable of continue his lifestyles a secret—until one terrifying evening while Stony is compelled to run and he learns that he's no longer the one residing lifeless boy left within the world.

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  • Autumn and Winter Sonatas (Empire of the Senses)

    Fiction. the tale of a Don Juan for our instances, one that knows prior Don Juan's. This novel, a part of a cycle, is outfitted on transferring floor -- the erotic strikes among the ugly, the attractive, the absurd -- and that's accurately what provides them their unusual, effective attraction. "Valle-Inclan used to be born in Galicia in 1866 and died there in 1936. He spent so much of his grownup lifestyles in Madrid writing [and] ... engaging vociferously within the literary circles that met in lots of of the cafes. Like his personality Bradomin he was once (at least for a time) a Carlist, or claimed to be. in spite of the fact that, with ordinary unpredictability, he later espoused republicanism, later nonetheless, grew to become an anarchist and, on his deathbed, ... refused the final rites." (Margaret Jull Costa, "Afterword"). Translated by means of Margaret Jull Costa.
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  • L'Odeur

    By Radhika Jha

    Quand son père est tué dans une émeute au Kenya, Lîla quitte les grands espaces africains pour un appartement exigu en banlieue parisienne, chez son oncle et sa tante, d'origine indienne comme elle. C'est ainsi qu'elle découvre Paris et que sa vie prend un nouveau cours, riche en rencontres déroutantes - avec pour seul repère los angeles singularité de son odorat qui fera merveille dans l'art culinaire et qui, peu à peu, colorera les moindres moments et émotions de son life. Elle suivra avec son nez un univers d'arômes, d'épices et de sensualité jusque dans les péripéties de sa vie amoureuse. Et ce don qui est aussi une malédiction deviendra l. a. clé d'une nouvelle découverte de soi et du monde.
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  • The Swan Book: A Novel

    An artistic, cacophonous novel approximately an Aboriginal woman dwelling in a destiny global grew to become upside down—where historic myths exist side-by-side with present-day realities.

    Oblivia Ethelyne was once given her identify by way of an previous girl who came across her deep within the bowels of a gum tree, tattered and fragile, the sufferer of a brutal attack by means of wayward neighborhood youths. those are the years major as much as Australia’s 3rd centenary, and the girl who unearths her, Bella Donna of the Champions, is a refugee from weather swap wars that devastated her state within the northern hemisphere. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to stay together with her on an outdated warship in a polluted dry swamp and there she fills Oblivia’s head with tale upon tale of swans. Fenced off from the remainder of Australia by way of the military, its conventional custodians left destitute, the swamp has develop into “the world’s such a lot unknown detention camp” for Indigenous Australians. while Warren Finch, the 1st Aboriginal president of Australia invades the swamp along with his charismatic personality and the promise of salvation, Oblivia is of the same opinion to marry him, turning into First woman, a job that has her limited to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city.

    during this multilayered novel, winnter of the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal, Wright toys with the perimeters of the realm we are living in to supply us an intimate portrait of the realities dealing with Aboriginal humans. We meet speaking monkeys, genies with doctorates, spirit-guiding swans, and a complete solid of characters drawn from fantasy and legend and fairy stories. via symbolism and a blinding linguistic dexterity—the mixing of phrases and words from low and high tradition, from English, Aboriginal languages, French, and Latin—Wright superbly demonstrates how the ability of the human mind's eye can set us unfastened.
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  • On Beauty: A Novel

    By Zadie Smith

    Winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction and from the distinguished writer of White Teeth comes one other bestselling masterwork

    Having hit bestseller lists from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle, this clever, hilarious novel reminds us why Zadie Smith has rocketed to literary stardom. On Beauty is the tale of an interracial relatives dwelling within the collage city of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures within the tradition wars-on either side of the Atlantic-serve to skewer every little thing from family members lifestyles to political correctness to the combustive collision among the private and the political. packed with dead-on wit and relentlessly humorous, this journey de strength confirms Zadie Smith's recognition as an immense literary expertise.

    Named one of many Ten top Books of the yr by means of the New York instances booklet overview, leisure Weekly, Time, and Publishers Weekly A New York instances, Wall road magazine, united states this day, San Francisco Chronicle, la occasions, Boston Globe, Denver Post, and Publishers Weekly bestseller A Los Angeles instances, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlantic per month, Newsday, Christian technology Monitor, and Minneapolis megastar Tribune top e-book of the yr Short-listed for the guy Booker Prize BACKCOVER: Praise for On Beauty:

    "A completely unique story . . . splendidly attractive, splendidly saw . . . That infrequent factor: a singular that's as affecting because it is unique, as provocative because it is humane."
    -Michiko Kakutani, The manhattan Times

    "A factor of good looks. Oh satisfied day whilst a author as proficient as Zadie Smith fulfills her early promise with a unique as entire, great and penetrating as On Beauty."
    -Los Angeles Times

    "Smith's area of expertise is her skill to render the recent international, in its brilliant multiculturalism, with a type of dancing, bold pleasure. . . . Her plots and folks sing with existence. . . . the most effective of the yr, a best suited deal with. "
    -Chicago Tribune

    "Short-listed for [the 2005] guy Booker Prize, On good looks is a rollicking satire . . . a vastly sturdy read."
    -San Francisco Chronicle
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  • Enchanted Night: A Novella

    By Steven Millhauser

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Martin Dressler comes a stunningly unique new ebook set in a Connecticut city over one awesome summer season evening. The scrumptious forged of characters incorporates a band of juvenile women who holiday into houses and easily go away notes studying "We Are Your Daughters," a tender lady who meets a phantom lover at the tree swing in her again backyard, a gorgeous model who steps down from her division shop window, and all of the dolls "no longer believed in," left deserted within the attic, who magically come to life.

    With every one new booklet, Steven Millhauser greatly stretches not just the bounds of fiction but in addition of his doubtless unlimited talents. Enchanted Night is a impressive piece of fiction, a compact story of loneliness and wish that's as hypnotic and wealthy because the language Millhauser makes use of to weave it.
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  • The Land of 10,000 Madonnas

    Five kids backpack via Europe to satisfy the mysterious loss of life want in their buddy during this heartwarming novel from the writer of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy.
     
    Jesse lives together with his historical past professor dad in a home lined with postcards of pictures of the Madonna from around the world. They’re gotten used to this existence: motherless dudes dwelling between millions of Madonnas. yet Jesse has a middle situation that may eventually reduce his lifestyles tragically brief. sooner than he dies, he arranges a mysterious journey to Europe for his 3 cousins, his ally, and his female friend to take after he passes away. It’s a visit that might eternally switch the lives of those younger youngsters and one who may help them come to phrases with Jesse’s death.
     
    With vibrant writing, poignant subject matters, and considerable doses of humor all through, Kate Hattemer’s moment novel is a pleasing trip approximately searching for a person else’s solutions simply to discover your self.
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  • A Prince of Swindlers

    By Guy Boothby

    One of literature’s first, maximum, and such a lot dastardly gentleman rogues ultimately joins the Penguin Classics crime list

    First released in 1900, A Prince of Swindlers introduces Simon Carne, a gentleman thief predating either E. W. Hornung’s A. J. Raffles and Maurice Leblanc’s Arsène Lupin. The British Viceroy first meets Carne whereas touring in India. Charmed, he invitations the reclusive hunchbacked student to London, little suspecting that his visitor is de facto an adventurer and a grasp of conceal. Carne—aided through his unswerving butler, Belton—embarks on against the law spree, stealing from London’s richest electorate after which making fools of them by way of posing as a detective investigating the thefts. Now again in print after over a century, man Boothby’s story gives you to please a brand new new release of crime fans.

    For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts improved by means of introductions and notes by means of distinctive students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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  • Melancholy and the Archive: Trauma, History and Memory in the Contemporary Novel

    By Jonathan Boulter

    Depression and the Archive examines how trauma, background and reminiscence are represented in key works of significant modern writers comparable to David Mitchell, Paul Auster, Haruki Murakami and Jose Saramago. The booklet explores how those authors build an important relationships among websites of memory-the archive turns into a important trope here-and the self that has been subjected to numerous traumas, a variety of losses. The archive-be it a bureaucratic place of work (Saramago), an underground bunker (Auster), a geographical house or panorama (Mitchell) or perhaps a gap (Murakami)-becomes the potential wherein the self makes an attempt to maintain and preserve his or her experience of background while the economic climate of trauma threatens to erase the grounds of such protection: because the topic or self is threatened so the archive turns into a festishized web site in which heritage is housed, accommodated, created, even fabricated. The archive, in Freudian phrases, turns into an area of depression accurately because the topic preserves not just a private historical past or a culture's background, but additionally the historical past of the traumas that necessitates the construction of the archive as such.
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