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First Execution
Author: Domenico Starnone
Publisher: Europa Editions Incorporated
Pages: 173
Year: 2009
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When retired teacher Domenico Stasi learns that Nina, his former student, has been accused of armed conspiracy, he agrees to help her by doing a simple task, but in doing so he becomes inexorably involved with her and her cause.
Author: Nicola Lagioia
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609453824
Pages: 464
Year: 2017-10-10
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Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy's preeminent prize for fiction, Ferocity is a cinematic suspense novel that also addresses vital social questions, a combination of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, filtered through the fierce Mediterranean vision of Elena Ferrante. Southern Italy, the 1980s. On a hot summer's night under a full moon, far from the outlying neighborhoods of a southern Italian metropolis, Clara stumbles naked, dazed, and bloodied down a major highway. When she dies no-one is able to say exactly how or why, but her brother cannot free himself from her memory or from the questions surrounding her death. The more he learns about her life and death, the more he uncovers the moral decay at the core of his family's ascent to social prominence. At once an intimate family saga, a history of an entire region, and a portrait of the moral and political corruption of a whole society, Ferocity is an exhilirating, ambitious, and vivid work of fiction by Italy's foremost literary novelist.
Me and You
Author: Niccolò Ammaniti
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 0857861999
Pages: 160
Year: 2012-02-02
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EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY, SOMETIMES . . . Lorenzo Cuni is a fourteen-year-old loner. His wealthy parents think he is away on a school skiing trip, but, in fact, he has stowed away in a forgotten cellar. He plans to live in perfect isolation for a week, keeping the adult world at bay. Then a visit from his estranged half-sister, Olivia, changes everything.
Mrs. Bridge
Author: Evan S. Connell
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1582438498
Pages: 256
Year: 2010-01-10
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"Again and again. . . I find myself being a Mrs. Bridge evangelist, telling them that it’s a perfect novel, and then pressing copies on them. . . What writing! Economical, piquant, beautiful, true." —Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. The novel is comprised of vignettes, images, fragments of conversations, events—all building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal isolation. In this special fiftieth anniversary edition, we are reminded once again why Mrs. Bridge has been hailed by readers and critics alike as one of the greatest novels in American literature.
L'è El Dì Di Mort, Alegher!
Author: Delio Tessa
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1726050610
Pages: 334
Year: 2018-08-22
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Riconosco ed onoro un solo Maestro: il popolo che parla.Squisitamente parla ancora un suo mutevole linguaggio sempre ricco, sempre vario, sempre nuovo come le nuvole del cielo. Non è morta la lingua milanese come nessun dialetto morrà. Creda pur taluno, sordo e cieco, che decadenza vi sia perché le vecchie forme, le usate espressioni piú non trova, ma decadenza non v'è. In perfetta aderenza colla necessità contingente, la parlata del popolo è simile all'architettura; a nuova vita, nuovo stile; chi non comprende, chi si lamenta è un sorpassato. Ho fatto - senza visibili frutti - del dialetto che parla il sobborgo uno studio paziente ed or qui del mio lavoro vorrei almeno alcuni punti fugacemente notare.
Author: Domenico Starnone
Publisher: ALFAGUARA
ISBN: 9896656258
Year: 2018-06-18
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Um romance magistral sobre as forças subterrâneas do amor. De um dos mais destacados autores italianos, vencedor dos Prémios Strega, Bridge, Castiglioncello e Comisso. Eleito um dos melhores livros do ano The New York Times * Kirkus Reviews * The Sunday Times «Aprendemos os dois que, para vivermos juntos, devemos dizer um ao outro muito menos do que aquilo que calamos.» O amor é um jogo sublime. E uma perigosa armadilha. Como muitos casamentos, o de Vanda e Aldo foi sendo desgastado pelo tempo, a tensão, o atrito, a rotina, a infidelidade. Mas sobreviveu ileso. Ou talvez não. Olhando de perto, com atenção, é possível ver as finas fissuras que podem estilhaçar o casamento, como uma pequena jarra que se toca ao de leve e se desfaz em mil pedaços. O que deixamos para trás quando deixamos alguém? Uma casa, uma família, um passado, uma ideia de futuro? Quão fortes são os laços que nos unem aos que amamos? E quão livres nos permitem ser? Domenico Starnone oferece-nos um olhar incisivo e terno sobre o amor, o casamento, a família, o legado que deixamos aos nossos filhos e o lugar que a liberdade individual pode ter no meio de tudo isso. Um romance provocador, intensíssimo e verdadeiro, pela mão de um dos maiores nomes da literatura italiana contemporânea. Os elogios da crítica: «Um livro de enorme inteligência e impacto emocional.» The New York Times «O relato agudo de um casal em crise. (...) Uma história brilhante e cortante como um pedaço de vidro.» The Guardian «Um romance superlativo. A radiografia de um amor que de amor apenas tinha o nome. A escrita brilhante de Starnone é como um tornado.» Il Giornale «Um estudo magistral sobre a passagem do tempo.» National Post «Delicado e viciante.» Il Corriere della Sera «A autópsia complexa e devastadora de uma relação.» The Times «Cada detalhe faz sentido, desde o nome do gato da família à forma particular de Aldo atar os sapatos. Laços é uma joia literária, que se destaca pelas personagens singulares e pela clareza do estilo.» BBC «Um dos romancistas mais destacados de Itália, embora menos conhecido. Um pós-modernista ao estilo de Italo Calvino.» The New York Times «Um escritor atípico, um lobo solitário que vive a literatura através da experiência pessoal. (...) Sempre original.» La Stampa «Uma corajosa anatomia de um casal em crise.» Il Messaggero
Leonardo's Bicycle
Author: Paco Ignacio Taibo, II
Publisher: Mysterious Press
ISBN: 0446404918
Pages: 373
Year: 1996-09-01
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A brilliantly crafted collage of noir adventure and political psychodrama, Leonardo's Bicycle chronicles the effects of a century of violence on the nature of imagination. While a cast of revolutionaries, radicals, criminals, and dreamers chase a wild goose into a hail of gunfire, Leonardo da Vinci hovers overhead on a bicycle.
The Days of Abandonment
Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609450299
Pages: 192
Year: 2005-09-01
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"She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years."-Corriere della Sera "Ferrante dissects the personal microcosm so well, and with awesome lucidity and precision shows us the meanderings of a woman's mind, the suffering that accompanies being abandoned, and the awful rumbling of time passing."-El Mundo "Elena Ferrante has given us a startlingly beautiful novel of exceptional and bold strength."-Il Manifesto "Severe and rigorously unsentimental, packed full of passages written with dizzying intensity at a rare and acute pitch. Ferrante is at her best when her writing holds tight to those nagging, niggling obsessions that make up our mental landscapes."-La Stampa A national bestseller for almost an entire year, The Days of Abandonment shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.
The Romanian
Author: Bruce Benderson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440628262
Pages: 416
Year: 2006-02-02
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Winner of the 2004 Prix de Flore—one of France's most distinguished literary prizes—a wildly romantic, true-life love story “History follows a trail of sputtering desire, often calling upon the delusions of lovers to generate the sparks. If it weren’t for us, the world would suffer from a dismal lack of stories," writes Bruce Benderson in this brutally candid memoir. “What astonishes and intrigues is Benderson’s way of recounting, in the sweetest possible voice, things that are considered shocking,” wrote Le Monde. What’s so shocking? It’s not just Benderson’s job translating Céline Dion’s saccharine autobiography, which he admits is driving him mad; but his unrequited love for an impoverished Romanian in “cheap club-kid platforms with dollar signs in his squinting eyes,” whom he meets while on a journalism assignment in Eastern Europe. Rather than retreat, Benderson absorbs everything he can about Romanian culture and discovers an uncanny similarity between his own obsession for the Romanian (named Romulus) and the disastrous love affair of King Carol II, the last king of Romania (1893-1953). Throughout, Benderson—“absolutely free of bitterness, nastiness, or any desire to protect himself,” wrote Le Monde—is sustained by little white codeine pills, a poetic self-awareness, a sense of humor, and an unwavering belief in the perfect romance, even as wild dogs chase him down Romanian streets.
Author: Domenico Starnone
Publisher: Europa Editions
ISBN: 1609454448
Pages: 176
Year: 2018-03-06
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Sharp, succinct storytelling and breathtaking prose combine in this new novel by the author of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, New York Times editor's pick, a Sunday Times and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, Ties. Imagine a duel between an elderly man and a mere boy. The same blood runs through their veins. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator whose reputation is slowly fading. The other, Mario, is his four-year-old grandson. The older combatant has lived for years in solitude, focusing obsessively on his work. The younger one has been left by his querulous parents with his grandfather for a 72-hour stay. Shut inside an apartment in Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico's own childhood, grandfather and grandson match wits, while outside lurks Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence is not easily shaken. Trick is a gripping, wry, brilliantly devised drama, "an extremely playful literary composition," as Jhumpa Lahiri describes it in her introduction, about aging, family, art, and reconciling with one's past.
Portraits of a Marriage
Author: Sándor Márai
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1400096677
Pages: 371
Year: 2012-03
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An English-language translation of a definitive work by the acclaimed Hungarian novelist follows the experiences of a passionate triangle of lovers including wealthy bourgeois couple Peter and Ilona and their survival-minded servant, Judit.
The Commitments
Author: Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307833089
Pages: 176
Year: 2013-02-06
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In the first volume of the Barrytown Trilogy, Roddy Doyle, winner of the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, introduces The Commitments, a group of fame-starved, working-class Irish youths with a paradoxical passion for the music of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and a mission—to bring Soul to Dublin. Doyle writes about the band with a fan's enthusiasm and about Dublin with a native's cheerful knowingness. His book captures all the shadings of the rock experience: ambition, greed, and egotism—ans the redeeming, exhilarating joy of making music. The Commitments is one of the most engaging and believable novels about rock'n'roll ever written, a book whose brashness and originality have won it mainstream acclaim and underground cachet.
Careless People
Author: Sarah Churchwell
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 0143126253
Pages: 432
Year: 2015-01-27
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Originally published: London: Virago, 2013
Difficult Loves
Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544133412
Pages: 320
Year: 2017-08-29
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Intricate interior lives are brilliantly explored in these short stories, now presented in one definitive collection as Calvino intended them In Difficult Loves, Italy’s master storyteller weaves tales in which cherished deceptions and illusions of love—including self-love—are swept away in magical instants of recognition. A soldier is reduced to quivering fear by the presence of a full-figured woman in his train compartment; a young clerk leaves a lady’s bed at dawn; a young woman is isolated from bathers on a beach by the loss of her bikini bottom. Each of them discovers hidden truths beneath the surface of everyday life. This is the first edition in English to present the collection as Calvino originally envisioned it, and includes two stories newly translated by Ann Goldstein.
A Late Divorce
Author: A. B. Yehoshua
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0544135881
Pages: 364
Year: 2012-12-01
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A novel of a Jewish family coming together, and coming apart, by an award-winning “master storyteller” (The Wall Street Journal). “Anyone who has had experience of the sad and subtle ways in which human beings torment one another under license of family ties will appreciate the merits of A.B. Yehoshua’s A Late Divorce.” —London Review of Books A powerful story about a family—and a country —in crisis. The father of three grown children comes back to Israel to get a divorce from his wife of many years; another woman, newly pregnant, awaits him in America. Narrated in turn by each family member—husband and wife, sons and daughter, young grandson—the drama builds to a crescendo at the traditional family gathering on Passover eve. “Each character here is brilliantly realized. . . . Thank goodness for a novel that is ambitious and humane and that is about things that really matter” —New Statesman “A master storyteller whose tales reveal the inner life of a vital, conflicted nation.” —The Wall Street Journal