Ha estallado la paz
Después de Los cipreses creen en Dios (época anterior a la guerra) y de Un millón de muertos (época de la guerra), José María Gironella en Ha estallado la paz trata de la posguerra. La familia Alvear sigue siendo el núcleo de la acción del libro y Gerona vuelve a ser la ciudad protagonista. Finalizada la contienda, todos los personajes retornan a sus hogares, excepto los exiliados, que se reparten a voleo por el mundo… La obra abarca los años inmediatamente posteriores a la guerra, con una mezcla de dramatismo, de poesía y de ironía que subyuga desde los primeros capítulos. El clima de aquellos tiempos aparece recreado con singular maestría, de tal modo que para el lector de edad madura constituye la ordenación de sus recuerdos, y para el lector joven un descubrimiento impresionante. En Ha estallado la paz, Gironella alcanza su momento cumbre de novelista nato, gran narrador que consigue fundir la historia con la ficción novelesca.
|Gironella é ía|
Trudno uwierzyć, że koneser kobiecych wdzięków i wielbiciel poezji romantycznej częściej doświadcza nudy niż miłości. David Lurie, dwukrotnie rozwiedziony pięćdziesięciodwuletni profesor literatury na uniwersytecie w Kapsztadzie, świadomie burzy swój święty spokój.
Nawiązuje romans z młodziutką studentką i wkrótce potem, zaskarżony przez nią, traci pracę i szacunek otoczenia. Wizyta u córki Lucy i zmiana trybu życia ujawniają, że nie potrafi znaleźć wspólnego języka z innymi. Nie radzi sobie też z poczuciem winy za tragedię, która spotkała Lucy. W końcu każde z nich będzie musiało znaleźć własny sposób na to, jak żyć z piętnem hańby. J. M. Coetzee otrzymał za Hańbę prestiżową nagrodę Bookera przyznawaną za najlepszą powieść anglojęzyczną roku. Jest pierwszym pisarzem w historii tej nagrody, któremu została ona przyznana dwukrotnie. Precyzyjny, klarowny język powieści doskonale oddaje znakomity przekład Michała Kłobukowskiego.
.M. Coetzee urodził się w 1940 roku w Cape Town w RPA w rodzinie o korzeniach niemieckich i brytyjskich. Pierwszym językiem przyszłego pisarza był angielski. Na początku lat 60. Coetzee wyjechał do Anglii, gdzie pracował jako programista komputerowy. Potem studiował literaturę w Nowym Jorku. W 1984 roku otrzymał tytuł profesora literatury w Cape Town. W 2002 roku wyjechał do Australii, gdzie obecnie wykłada na Uniwersytecie w Adelajdzie. Jako pisarz Coetzee debiutował w 1974 roku, ale międzynarodowy rozgłos zyskała dopiero jego powieść opublikowana w 1974 roku – "Czekając na barbarzyńców". Pierwszą nagrodę Bookera dostał w 1983 roku za "Życie i czasy Michaela K.". Drugi raz uhonorowano go tą nagrodą w 1999 roku za "Hańbę". Jednym z najważniejszych tematów pisarstwa Coetzee jest dziedzictwo apartheidu i szerzej – temat dyskryminacji, rasizmu i przemocy na całym świecie.
|Coetzee John Maxwell|
An imaginative, acid western from a rising star in the indie lit world.
Brooke and Sugar are killers. Bird is the boy who mysteriously woke beside them while between towns. For miles, there is only desert and wilderness, and along the fringes, people.
The story follows the middling bounty hunters after they've been chased from town, and Bird, each in pursuit of their own sense of belonging and justice. It features gunfights, cannibalism, barroom piano, a transgender birth, a wagon train, a stampede, and the tenuous rise of the West's first one-armed gunslinger.
Haints Stay is a new acid western in the tradition of Rudolph Wurlitzer, Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff, and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man: meaning it is brutal, surreal, and possesses an unsettling humor.
"Haints Stay puts to mind the very best contemporary novels of the old West, including those by powerhouses like Charles Portis, Patrick DeWitt, Robert Coover, Oakley Hall, E.L. Doctorow and Sheriff Cormac McCarthy himself, not to mention Thomas McGuane’s classic screenplays for The Missouri Breaks and Tom Horn. But Colin Winnette has his own dark and delightful and surprising agenda. Be wary. He might be the new law in town.” —Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts and The Ask
"I loved it. Loved it! Haints Stay had me from the very first line — the visceral ante upped and crescendoing nearly every page. Humor, gore, that wonderful unsettling feeling you get when you're reading a book that excites you and kind of scares you as well? Yes, please." — Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls and Don't Kiss me
"From his curiously harrowing Animal Collection to the glorious guts of Fondly, I trust wherever Colin Winnette’s imagination sees fit to take me. And now — with Haints Stay — we venture to the lawless old West for a story stitched out of animal skins and language that glimmers like blood diamonds. This is a dangerous novel; let’s read it and risk our lives together." — Saeed Jones, author of Prelude to Bruise
"Funny, brutal and haunting, Haints Stay takes the traditional Western, turns it inside out, eviscerates it, skins it, and then wears it as a duster. This is the kind of book that would make Zane Grey not only roll over in his grave but rise undead from the ground with both barrels blazing." — Brian Evenson
"If the Western genre could be thought of as a pile of old stones, this book is a particular piece of lovely spit-shined agate at the top, gleaming in invitation, and under its glow the others are changed." — Amelia Gray, author of Threats and Gutshot
Colin Winnette is the author of Revelation, Animal Collection, and Fondly—which was listed among Salon's Best Books of 2013. He is an associate editor of PANK Magazine, and conducts a regular interview series for the Believer's "Logger." His writing has appeared on BuzzFeed, Electric Literature, and in the Believer.
Half an Inch of Water: Stories
A new collection of stories set in the West from "one of the most gifted and versatile of contemporary writers" (NPR)
Percival Everett's long-awaited new collection of stories, his first since 2004's Damned If I Do, finds him traversing the West with characteristic restlessness. A deaf Native American girl wanders off into the desert and is found untouched in a den of rattlesnakes. A young boy copes with the death of his sister by angling for an unnaturally large trout in the creek where she drowned. An old woman rides her horse into a mountain snowstorm and sees a long-dead beloved dog.
For the plainspoken men and women of these stories-fathers and daughters, sheriffs and veterinarians-small events trigger sudden shifts in which the ordinary becomes unfamiliar. A harmless comment about how to ride a horse changes the course of a relationship, a snakebite gives rise to hallucinations, and the hunt for a missing man reveals his uncanny resemblance to an actor. Half an Inch of Water tears through the fabric of the everyday to examine what lies beneath the surface of these lives. In the hands of master storyteller Everett, the act of questioning leads to vistas more strange and unsettling than could ever have been expected.
Half Broke Horses
A True Life Novel
Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now she brings us the story of her grandmother – told in a voice so authentic and compelling that the book is destined to become an instant classic.
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, in Jeannette Walls's magnificent, true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hard working, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town – riding five hundred miles on her pony, all alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car ("I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn't need to be fed if they weren't working, and they didn't leave big piles of manure all over the place") and fly a plane, and, with her husband, ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.
Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds – against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn't fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night. It will transfix readers everywhere.
Half of a Yellow Sun
A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by the Washington Post Book World as «the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,» Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.
With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor's beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna's twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.
Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race — and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have ever had.
|Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie|
Berlin, 1939. A young, brilliant trumpet-player, Hieronymus, is arrested in a Paris cafe. The star musician was never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black.
Fifty years later, Sidney Griffiths, the only witness that day, still refuses to speak of what he saw. When Chip Jones, his friend and fellow band member, comes to visit, recounting the discovery of a strange letter, Sid begins a slow journey towards redemption.
From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world, and into the heart of his own guilty conscience.
Half-Blood Blues is an electric, heart-breaking story about music, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.
Hall of Small Mammals: Stories
A wild, inventive ride of a short story collection from a distinctive new American storyteller.
The stories in Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals take place at the confluence of the commonplace and the cosmic, the intimate and the infinite. A fossil-hunter, a comedian, a hot- air balloon pilot, parents and children, believers and nonbelievers, the people in these stories are struggling to understand the absurdity and the magnitude of what it means to exist in a family, to exist in the world.
In “Shirley Temple Three,” a mother must shoulder her son’s burden — a cloned and resurrected wooly mammoth who wreaks havoc on her house, sanity, and faith. In “The Real Alan Gass,” a physicist in search of a mysterious particle called the “daisy” spends her days with her boyfriend, Walker, and her nights with the husband who only exists in the world of her dreams, Alan Gass. Like the daisy particle itself—“forever locked in a curious state of existence and nonexistence, sliding back and forth between the two”—the stories in Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals are exquisite, mysterious, and inextricably connected.
From this enchanting primordial soup, Pierce’s voice emerges — a distinct and charming testament of the New South, melding contemporary concerns with their prehistoric roots to create a hilarious, deeply moving symphony of stories.
Ham On Rye
"In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression."
Hamilton Stark is a New Hampshire pipe fitter and the sole inhabitant of the house from which he evicted his own mother. He is the villain of five marriages and the father of a daughter so obsessed that she has been writing a book about him for years. Hamilton Stark is a boor, a misanthrope, a handsome man: funny, passionately honest, and a good dancer. The narrator, a middle-aged writer, decides to write about Stark as a hero whose anger and solitude represent passion and wisdom. At the same time that he tells Hamilton Stark's story, he describes the process of writing the novel and the complicated connections between truth and fiction. As Stark slips in and out of focus, maddeningly elusive and fascinatingly complex, this beguiling novel becomes at once a compelling meditation on identity and a thoroughly engaging story of life on the cold edge of New England.
Hammerhead Ranch Motel
The sequel to the remarkable Florida Roadkill – an extraordinarily original novel from a new young American author – a funny, stylish, irreverent and shocking thriller. Tim Dorsey's sparklingly original debut novel – Florida Roadkill – was a hyper, jump-cut, manic black comedy that took Florida Noir to new extremes. Fellow writers and critics were quick to acclaim the bright new talent that created a high-voltage crime tale suffused with blacker-than-black humour and an infectious fascination with Florida 's strange beauty. In Florida Roadkill, the strangely lovable homicidal maniac Serge Storms drove a series of stolen cars around Florida in pursuit of five million dollars hidden in the boot of the wrong car, leaving behind him a bewildering trail of bodies. Now, Serge takes up the chase once more, tracking the car and its hidden money to a dilapidated motel in Tampa – the Hammerhead Ranch Motel.
Handle with Care
Charlotte O'Keefe's beautiful, much-longed-for, adored daughter Willow is born with osteogenesis imperfecta – a very severe form of brittle bone disease. If she slips on a crisp packet she could break both her legs, and spend six months in a half body cast. After years of caring for Willow, her family faces financial disaster. Then Charlotte is offered a lifeline. She could sue her obsetrician for wrongful birth – for not having diagnosed Willow's condition early enough in the pregnancy to be able to abort the child. The payout could secure Willow's future. But to get it would mean Charlotte suing her best friend. And standing up in court to declare that if she would have prefered that Willow had never been born…
Jedna z najgłośniejszych polskich powieści lat dziewięćdziesiątych, długo obecna na listach bestsellerów. Opowieść o wielkim uczuciu, nadziei i niespełnionej miłości. Poruszająca historia niemieckiego lekarza, który po II wojnie został w polskim Gdańsku. Głębokie studium melancholii na tle wielkich wydarzeń z najnowszej historii Polski i Niemiec. Pełne poezji obrazy Gdańska z pierwszej połowy XX wieku i Gdańska budzącego się do życia po wojennej katastrofie. Współczesne losy bohaterów skonfrontowane ze wstrząsającymi scenami słynnych samobójstw – niemieckiego poety Heinricha Kleista i polskiego pisarza Stanisława Ignacego Witkiewicza. Książka wielokrotnie nagradzana, inscenizowana w radiu, telewizji i teatrze, przyniosła autorowi sławę. W roku 1997 ukazało się jej niemieckie wydanie.
Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain: Stories
Populating a small town in the Pacific Northwest, the characters in Lucia Perillo's story collection all resist giving the world what it expects of them and are surprised when the world comes roaring back. An addict trapped in a country house becomes obsessed with vacuum cleaners and the people who sell them door-to-door. An abandoned woman seeks consolation in tales of armed robbery told by one of her fellow suburban housewives. An accidental mother struggles to answer her daughter's badgering about her paternity. And in three stories readers meet Louisa, a woman with Down syndrome who serves as an accomplice to her younger sister's sexual exploits and her aging mother's fantasies of revenge. Together, Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain is a sharp-edged, witty testament to the ambivalence of emotions, the way they pull in directions that often cancel one another out or twist their subjects into knots. In lyrical prose, Perillo draws on her training as a naturalist and a poet to map the terrain of the comic and the tragic, asking how we draw the boundaries between these two zones. What's funny, what's heartbreaking, and who gets to decide?
Happiness, Like Water
"Astonishing. Okparanta’s narrators render their stories with such strength and intimacy, such lucidity and composure, that in each and every case the truths of their lives detonate deep inside the reader’s heart, with the power and force of revelation." — Paul Harding
Here are Nigerian women at home and transplanted to the United States, building lives out of longing and hope, faith and doubt, the struggle to stay and the mandate to leave, the burden and strength of love. Here are characters faced with dangerous decisions, children slick with oil from the river, a woman in love with another despite the penalties. Here is a world marked by electricity outages, lush landscapes, folktales, buses that break down and never start up again. Here is a portrait of Nigerians that is surprising, shocking, heartrending, loving, and across social strata, dealing in every kind of change. Here are stories filled with language to make your eyes pause and your throat catch. Happiness, Like Water introduces a true talent, a young writer with a beautiful heart and a capacious imagination.
"Intricate, graceful prose propels Okparanta’s profoundly moving and illuminating book. I devoured these stories and immediately wanted more. This is an arrival." — NoViolet Bulawayo
"Okparanta's prose is tender, beautiful and evocative. These powerful stories of contemporary Nigeria are told with compassion and a certain sense of humor. What a remarkable new talent." — Chika Unigwe
"A haunting and startlingly original collection of short stories about the lives of Nigerians both at home and in America. Happiness, Like Water is a deeply affecting literary debut, the work of a sure and gifted new writer." — Julie Otsuka
Happy Are the Happy
The internationally acclaimed playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza stages a band of eighteen characters at war with their lives, with only humor to sustain them.
Happy are the loved ones and the lovers and those who can do without love. Happy are the happy.
— Jorge Luis Borges
Schnitzler’s La Ronde gives these twenty short chapters their shape while Borges’s poem gives them their content. As we move from story to story, thrilled to reconnect with an old acquaintance from an earlier scene, we can’t help but admit that we are very much at home in this human comedy that understands all too well the passing thoughts, desires, actions, fears, and mistakes that we have and make day after day, but that we would be incapable of rendering with such acuity and compassion.
Happy Life навсегда!
Анна пыталась честно трудиться в рекламном агентстве, но из-за собственной беспечности и досадных недоразумений с шефом потеряла престижную работу. Увы, жизнь домохозяйки полна забот и проблем, о которых офисные барышни и не догадываются. За неделю Анна умудряется вывести из строя всю технику, испортить отношения с соседями и свекровью, устроить на кухне пожар и понять: домоседки из нее не получится… И тут – счастливый случай! Анна знакомится с импозантным президентом крупной компании и мгновенно попадает под гипнотическое обаяние этого человека. Он предлагает заняться любимым делом за не реальные деньги! Какая же мышь откажется от бесплатного сыра, даже зная, где обычно его выдают?
Анна соглашается, не раздумывая…
Happy Valley is a place of dreams and secrets, of snow and ice and wind. In this remote little town, perched in its landscape of desolate beauty, everybody has a story to tell about loss and longing and loneliness, about their passion to escape. I must get away, thinks Dr. Oliver Halliday, thinks Alys Browne, thinks Sidney Furlow. But Happy Valley is not a place that can be easily left, and White's vivid characters, with their distinctive voices, move bit by bit towards sorrow and acceptance.
Happy Valley is Patrick White's first novel. It was published in 1939 when he was just twenty-seven. This restless and jagged study of small-town life is a prolonged glimpse of literary genius in the making. White never allowed it to be republished in his lifetime, and the novel has been until now the missing piece in the extraordinary jigsaw of White's work.
Признанный сюрреалист среди японских писателей. Банана Ёсимото умеет создавать мистический эффект как никто другой.
Данная книга представляет собой два исследования понятий «любовь», «память» и «скорбь».
Фрейд описывает сверхъестественное как особое ощущение, возникающее, когда объяснимое переплетается с необъяснимым. Банана Есимото, признанный сюрреалист среди японских писателей, умеет создавать мистический эффект как никто другой.
Ее последняя книга представляет собой два исследования понятий «любовь», «память» и «скорбь».
Если в первом романе героиня приходит к пониманию того, что ее отношения являлись ничем иным, как заполнением пустого места в чужой душе, то во втором реальность примиряет героиню со смертью сестры.
"Czechoslovakia's greatest living writer." — Milan Kundera.
In this moving, absorbing novel, we meet the eccentric residents of a home for the elderly who reminisce about their lives and their changing country. Written with a keen eye for the absurd and peppered with dialogue that captures the poignancy of the everyday, Harlequin's Millions is a sensual delight.
Bohumil Hrabal (1914–1997) worked as a railway dispatcher during the Nazi occupation of then-Czechoslovakia, a traveling salesman, a steelworker, a recycling mill worker, and a stagehand. His novels were censored under the Communist regime and have since been translated into nearly thirty languages.