By Graciliano Ramos
First released in 1934.
About the author: Graciliano Ramos was once broadly one in all crucial Brazilian authors of the 20 th century. He was once a seminal voice within the literary "regionalism" movement.
As a toddler Ramos lived in lots of towns of Northeastern Brazil, laid low with poverty and critical climatic conditions (droughts). After high-school, Graciliano went to Rio de Janeiro the place he labored as a journalist. In 1915 he traveled to Palmeira dos Indios, country of Alagoas, to dwell together with his father and in 1927 he used to be elected mayor.
In 1933 he released his first ebook, Caetés. many years later he was once jailed by way of the Getúlio Vargas govt, on a cost that was once by no means made transparent. His stories in prison could develop into a distinct own deposition, Memórias do Cárcere.
Graciliano died in 1953, on the age of 60. His "dry" type of writing and the clash among the identity and the realm are the numerous marks of his works.
About the publication (in Portuguese): Defrontado consigo mesmo e suas lembranças, no declínio de um atribulado percurso de vida, Paulo Honório, que chegara a ser um poderoso fazendeiro do sertão alagoano, conta a sua história. E o que nos fica é a figura de um homem simplório, perplexo diante da complexidade da existência sobre a qual lutou, sempre, para se manter no papel de protagonista, e que teve entretanto suas ações voltadas contra si mesmo. É o perfil de um homem envolvido quase instintivamente no jogo de poder, na arriscada aposta da lei do mais specialty, e para quem o triunfo rende apenas o vazio e o abandono.
Ao ultimate, Paulo Honório deixa de lado o que conquistou, oprimido pela constatação de que perdeu justamente o que poderia humanizar sua vida, inclusive sua mulher, Heloísa, a quem se culpa, no fundo, por ter destruído. O que escapou a Paulo Honório foi a capacidade de manter o que lhe poderia despertar a aptidão para amar.
A par da elaborada teia existencial desenvolvida ao longo da trama - pelos conflitos entre as visões de mundo incorporadas pelos personagens - destaca-se um texto riquíssimo, principalmente nas falas de Paulo Honório, construído em metáforas surpreendentes, embora disfarçadas pela concretude das palavras.
Ciúme, solidão... Não há sínteses satisfatórias para um romance como este, de linhagem genuinamente machadiana, em que a alma dos personagens se expõe com tanta crueza e exatidão. São Bernardo é a obra que projetou Graciliano Ramos como um dos maiores escritores brasileiros.
By Slavenka Drakulic
This provocative, surprising, and immensely readable novel explores sexual obsession and the damaging strength of hope.
By S. T. Joshi, Ambrose Bierce
A veteran of a few of the bloodiest battles of the Civil battle, Ambrose Bierce went directly to develop into one of many darkest and so much dying haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This quantity gathers the main celebrated and important of Bierce's writings. In the Midst of lifestyles (Tales of infantrymen and Civilians), his selection of brief fiction concerning the Civil warfare, which include the masterpieces "An incidence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic experience of the horror and randomness of conflict. Can Such issues Be? brings jointly "The dying of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and different stories of terror that make Bierce the genre's most important American practitioner among Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the bright lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce labored for many years, screens to the entire his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the sequence of memoirs that comes with the memorable "What I observed of Shiloh," he recreates his studies within the struggle and its aftermath. the amount is rounded out with a range of his most sensible uncollected tales. Acclaimed Bierce pupil S. T. Joshi offers special notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's existence and mysterious disappearance.
By Paul Auster
Paul Auster, the New York Times-bestselling writer of The long island Trilogy offers a blinding, picaresque novel set within the overdue Twenties – the period of Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, and Al Capone. Walter Claireborne Rawley, well known national as "Walt the beauty Boy," is a Saint Louis orphan rescued from the streets through a mysterious Hungarian Jew, grasp Yehudi, who teaches Walt to stroll on air. grasp Yehudi brings Walt right into a Kansas circus troupe inclusive of mom Sioux and Aesop, a tender black genius. The vaudeville act takes them throughout an unlimited and colourful kingdom, via mythic Americana the place they meet and fall prey to sinners, thieves, and villains, from the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to the Chicago mob. Walt's upward push to status and fortune mirrors America's personal coming of age, and his resilience, like that of the country, is challenged persistently and another time.
By Keith Ridgway
A outstanding experience right into a literary fourth measurement: half noir, half London photo, all unsettlingly amazing
Hawthorn and his companion, baby, are known as to the scene of a mysterious taking pictures in North London. the single witness is unreliable, the clues are scarce, and the sufferer, a tender guy who lives within reach, swears he used to be shot via a ghost vehicle. whereas Hawthorn battles with fatigue and unusual goals, the crime and the narrative slip from his take hold of and the tales of alternative Londoners take over: a tender pickpocket at the run from his boss; an editor in ownership of a annoying manuscript; a teenage lady who spends her days on the Tate glossy; a pack of wolves; and a madman who has been contaminated through the previous top Minister Tony Blair. Haunting those disparate lives is the shadowy determine of Mishazzo, an elusive crime tycoon who might be operating the town, or would possibly not exist in any respect.
By Sam Cabot
Father Thomas Kelly has been known as to the Vatican. A Cardinal’s determined plea: discover a lacking record that includes a mystery so surprising it may shatter the Church. Livia Pietro, in Rome, has been referred to as prior to the Noantri Conclave. Her venture: sign up for the Jesuit priest on his search—because one misstep may possibly smash her humans as well.
As Thomas and Livia are thrown right into a treacherous whirlwind of artwork, faith, and age-old secrets and techniques, they locate themselves pursued through enemies who will do something to prevent them. purely the Conclave is familiar with the real gravity of the document’s revelations. The Noantri—Livia and her people—are vampires. And the unbelievable secrets and techniques in their previous are some distance too risky for guy to ever be aware of.
By Umberto Eco
En 1992, à Milan, un groupe de journalistes, cinq hommes et une jeune femme, sont embauchés pour créer un nouveau quotidien qu’on leur promet dédié à los angeles recherche de l. a. vérité, mais qui se révèle un pur device de calomnie et de chantage.
Ils fouillent dans le passé pour mettre en web page leur « numéro zéro », et c’est le présent qui leur saute au visage…
« L’ombre de Mussolini, donné pour mort, domine tous les événements italiens depuis 1945 » : est-ce là le délire d’un journaliste d’investigation paranoïaque ? Mais alors, pourquoi le retrouve-t-on assassiné un beau matin ?
Attentats, tentatives de coups d’Etat, empoisonnements, complots, stratégie de l. a. manipulation, de los angeles désinformation et de los angeles tension : quand tout est vrai, où est le faux ?
Umberto Eco nous offre ici l. a. tragédie burlesque de notre temps.
By Ivo Andric
From Library magazine review:
This novel, the 1st quantity in Nobel Prize winner Andric's Bosnian trilogy, debuted in 1963. LJ 's reviewer heaped upon it excessive compliment, discovering it "rich with humanity and the humor that incorporates wisdom" ( LJ 11/1/63). The plot explores the lives of the population of town of Travnik within the early years of the nineteenth century. With Bosnia a lot within the information nowadays, this is still "an crucial addition for all fiction collections."
By Richard Brautigan
So the Wind will not Blow all of it Away is a beautifully-written, brooding gem of a singular - set within the Pacific Northwest zone of Oregon the place Brautigan spent such a lot of his early life. during the eyes, ears and voice of Brautigan's younger protagonist the reader is lightly led right into a small-town story the place the narrator unintentionally shoots useless his ally with a gun. the radical offers with the repercussions of this tragedy and its ordinary subject matter of 'What if...' fuels affliction, remorse and self-blame in addition to a few darkly comedian passages of bitter-sweet romance and melancholy. desirous about the lately came upon, An unlucky girl, those past due Brautigan novels are a becoming epitaph to a posh, contradictory and infrequently misunderstood genius.
By Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: really good, appealing, significantly gifted, and winning, yet slowly going less than -- probably for the final time. Sylvia Plath masterfully attracts the reader into Esther's breakdown with such depth that Esther's madness turns into thoroughly actual or even rational, as possible and obtainable an event as going to the films. Such deep penetration into the darkish and harrowing corners of the psyche is a unprecedented accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.
This P.S. version positive factors an additional sixteen pages of insights into the e-book, together with writer interviews, suggested examining, and more.