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обложка книги Vivir Vivir

¡Vivir!, publicada por primera vez en 1992 y editada recientemente en nuestro país por Seix Barral, es un relato crudo y firme de la vida en China en la etapa de la Revolución Cultural a través de la voz de Fugui, un campesino que pierde su fortuna en sus visitas a los burdeles y su afición al juego, y que aunque intenta rehacer su vida padece los cambios políticos de su país y muchos avatares y desgracias, pero resiste a pesar de todo y termina sus días ya anciano labrando la tierra acompañado de su buey y con la única intención de seguir viviendo. Resistencia y perseverancia ante el sufrimiento. Las hambrunas, los cambios constantes impuestos por la Revolución Cultural, las enfermedades, la miseria, la mala suerte y la incongruencia se cebarán con Fugui y tres de sus generaciones pero el protagonista de ¡Vivir! le contará al lector también sus pequeñas alegrías y tesoros. Un libro para sufrir, para llorar y para disfrutar de la prosa del autor.

Hua Yu  
Vernon God Little

The surprise winner of the 2003 Man Booker Prize, DBC Pierre's debut novel, Vernon God Little, makes few apologies in its darkly comedic portrait of Martirio, Texas, a town reeling in the aftermath of a horrific school shooting. Fifteen-year-old Vernon Little narrates the first-person story with a cynical twang and a four-letter barb for each of his diet-obsessed townsfolk. His mother, endlessly awaiting the delivery of a new refrigerator, seems to exist only to twist an emotional knife in his back; her friend, Palmyra, structures her life around the next meal at the Bar-B-Chew Barn; officer Vaine Gurie has Vernon convicted of the crime before she's begun the investigation; reporter Eulalio Ledesma hovers between a comforting father-figure and a sadistic Bond villain; and Jesus, his best friend in the world, is dead-a victim of the killings. As his life explodes before him, Vernon flees his home in pursuit of a tropical fantasy: a cabin on a beach in Mexico he once saw in the movie Against All Odds. But the police-and TV crews-are in hot pursuit.

Vernon God Little is a daring novel and demands a patient reader, not because it is challenging to read- Pierre 's prose flows effortlessly, only occasionally slipping from the unmistakable voice of his hero-but because the book skates so precariously between the almost taboo subject of school violence and the literary gamesmanship of postmodern fiction. Yet, as the novel unfolds, Pierre 's parodic version of American culture never crosses the line into caricature, even when it climaxes in a death-row reality TV show. And Vernon, whose cynicism and smart-ass "learnings" give way to a poignant curiosity about the meaning of life, becomes a fully human, profoundly sympathetic character. -Patrick O'Kelley

Pierre takes a freewheeling, irreverent look at teenage Sturm und Drang in his erratic, sometimes darkly comic debut novel about a Texas boy running from the law in the wake of a gory school shooting. Vernon Gregory Little is the 15-year-old protagonist, a nasty, sarcastic teenager accused of being an accessory to the murders committed by his friend Jesus Navarro in tiny Martirio, "the barbecue sauce capital of Texas." Vernon manages to make bail and avoid the media horde that descends on the town after the killings, but he's unable to get to the other gun-his father's-which he knows will tie him to the crime, despite his innocence. His flight path takes him first to Houston, where he unsuccessfully tries to hook up with gorgeous former schoolmate Taylor Figueroa; the crafty beauty, promised a media job by the evil Lally, who's also duped Vernon 's mom, follows him to Mexico and efficiently betrays him. Most of the plotting feels like an excuse for Vernon 's endless, sharply snide riffs on his small town and the unique excesses of America that helped spawn the killings. Unfortunately, Vernon 's voice grows tiresome, his excesses make him rather unlikable and the over-the-top, gross-out humor is hit-or-miss. Pierre 's wild energy offers entertaining satire as well as cringe-provoking scenes, and though he can write with incisive wit, this is a bumpy ride.

Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Pierre DBC  
обложка книги Veronika decides to die Veronika decides to die

On November 11, 1997, Veronika decided that the moment to kill herself had—at last!—arrived.

She does not die; instead, she wakes up in Villette—the “famous and much-feared lunatic asylum”—only to be told that, having damaged her heart irreparably, she has just a few days to live. What she faces now is a waiting game and the strange world of Villette: the rules and regulations which govern the lives of its inmates and the doctors who treat them. Coelho's question may be a familiar one: crudely, who, or what, is mad? But his fiction is a remarkable, sometimes chilling, response to it. “Everyone has an unusual story to tell” is the starting-point of the new treatment initiated at Villette by the enigmatic Dr Igor; it's also the insight from which this book takes off to explore the impact of a “slow, irreparable death” on a young woman and the mad men and women around her.

Coelho Paulo  
vinj_4 №4, 2011 Интернет-журнал Виноградова  
обложка книги Voces del desierto Voces del desierto

Scherezade no teme a la muerte. No cree que el poder del mundo, representado por el Califa, consiga el exterminio de su imaginación.

Hace mil años Scherezade atravesó mil y una noches contando historias al Califa para salvar su vida y la de las mujeres de su reino.

Voces del desierto recrea los días de Scherezade y nos revela los sentimientos de una mujer entregada al arte de enhebrar historias cuyo hilo no puede perderse sin perder la vida.

En esta novela, Nélida Piñon reinventa la fascinación de Las mil y una noches y nos hace vivir las voces del desierto, de donde vienen y hacia donde van los sueños.

ñon élida  
обложка книги Vremena goda Vremena goda

Роман «VREMENA GODA» написан эклектично в духе утонченного английского постмодерна Джеймса Джойса и изящно концептуального стиля романиста Джона Фаулза. Можно даже сказать, что он вобрал в себя все те богатства жанра, которые мастерски культивировали психолог и богоискатель Достоевский и блестящий романист-мистификатор Франц Кафка. А главное — книга написана с душой и от души, поэтому читать ее безумно приятно и эмоционально полезно.

Это роман о «жизнецвете» — внутренней силе и разуме, которые живут в человеке, помогают быть счастливым до конца дней. В книге удивительным образом духовно связаны молодая девушка и парализованная старуха, которым не суждено чувствовать старость. Первой — из-за неизлечимой болезни, убивающей людей в молодом возрасте, второй — по той же причине в преклонном. И обе они живут, словно по очереди обмениваясь душами.

Борисова Анна  
Vivir para contarla

Vivir para contarla es, probablemente, el libro más esperado de la década, compendio y recreación de un tiempo crucial en la vida de Gabriel García Márquez. En este apasionante relato, el premio Nobel colombiano ofrece la memoria de sus años de infancia y juventud, aquellos en los que se fundaría el imaginario que, con el tiempo, daría lugar a algunos de los relatos y novelas fundamentales de la literatura en lengua española del siglo XX.

Estamos ante la novela de una vida, a través de cuyas páginas García Márquez va descubriendo ecos de personajes e historias que han poblado obras como Cien años de soledad, El amor en los tiempos del cólera, El coronel no tiene quien le escriba o Crónica de una muerte anunciada, y que convierten Vivir para contarla en una guía de lectura para toda su obra, en acompañante imprescindible para iluminar pasajes inolvidables que, tras la lectura de estas memorias, adquieren una nueva perspectiva.

«A los que un día le dirán: "Esto fuiste", "esto hiciste" o "esto imaginaste", Gabo se les adelanta y dice simplemente: soy, seré, imaginé. Esto recuerdo. Gracias por la memoria.»

CARLOS FUENTES

árquez Gabriel ía  
Viernes o Los limbos del Pacífico

Decía Jorge Luis Borges que el significado de una novela como El Quijote no podía ser el mismo en el siglo XVII que en el XX. Pues bien, éste es el reto que ha afrontado el laureado escritor francés Michel Tournier al retomar la historia de Robinsón Crusoe y reescribirla desde una sensibilidad contemporánea.

Toda la fe, la inocencia, el positivismo y el arrogante etnocentrismo del héroe de Daniel Defoe, se convierten en la obra de Michel Tournier en duda sistemática, en conciencia de las invisibles relaciones entre Robinsón y la naturaleza que le limita y le otorga su identidad, y de los complejos, sutiles, conflictivos lazos que le unen a su alter ego, Viernes, un personaje que ha dejado de ser el sumiso esclavo del héroe, para convertirse en el imposible interlocutor de un poeta.

Viernes o Los limbos del Pacífico constituye un texto sugerente, en el que las peripecias de su solitario protagonista dan pie a la reflexión conjunta de autor y lector sobre el sentido de la condición humana y de la civilización. La novela se cierra con un final consecuente y paradigmático: Viernes viajará en el velero que le conducirá a la sociedad occidental, Robinsón, que descubre justo entonces la atrocidad que se esconde en los valores jerárquicos de la cultura a la que pertenece, rehusa subir a bordo y asume su condición de náufrago, en la inesperada compañía de un grumete que huye, como antes el salvaje Viernes, de la cruel compañía de sus compañeros de raza y de cultura.

Tournier Michel  
обложка книги V. V.

В очередном томе сочинений Томаса Пинчона (р. 1937) представлен впервые переведенный на русский его первый роман "V."(1963), ставший заметным явлением американской литературы XX века и удостоенный Фолкнеровской премии за лучший дебют. Эта книга написана писателем, мастерски владеющим различными стилями и увлекательно выстраивающим сюжет. Интрига"V." строится вокруг поисков загадочной женщины, имя которой начинается на букву V. Из Америки конца 1950-х годов ее следы ведут в предшествующие десятилетия и в различные страны, а ее поиски становятся исследованием смысла истории. Как и другим книгам Пинчона, роману "V." присуща атмосфера таинственности и мистификации, которая блестяще сочетается с юмором и философской глубиной.

Некая таинственная V. возникает на страницах дневника, который пишет герой романа. Попытки ее найти вязнут в сложных переплетениях прошлого, в паутине нитей, намеков, двусмысленностей и многозначности. Во всех частях света, в разных эпохах обнаруживаются следы, но сама V. неуловима.

Существует ли она на самом деле, или является грандиозной мистификацией, захватившей даже тех, кто никогда не слышал о V.? V. – очень простая буква или очень сложный символ. Всего две линии. На одной – авантюрно-приключенческий сюжет, горькая сатира на американские нравы середины 50-х, экзотика Мальты, африканская жара и холод Антарктики; на другой – поиски трансцендентного смысла в мироздании, энтропия вселенной, попытки героев познать себя, социальная паранойя. Обе линии ведут вниз, и недаром в названии после буквы V стоит точка. Этот первый роман Томаса Пинчона сразу поставил автора в ряды крупнейших прозаиков Америки и принес ему Фолкнеровскую премию.

Пинчон Томас Рагглз Ex libris  
Virtuality

Три человека. Три жизни. Три истории.

Три истории, рассказанные от первого лица.

Молодая красивая девушка с полной потерей памяти, постепенно вспоминающая свою жизнь.

Смертельно больной психоаналитик, штурмующий Интернет в поисках пикантных знакомств.

24-летний интернет-зависимый блоггер, с маниакальной настойчивостью преследующий девушку, которую любит.

Каждый из них проживает свою собственную жизнь, видит и описывает реальность своими глазами. И однажды они встретились…

Встретились и узнали ПРАВДУ.


Интернет. Что это? Неограниченные возможности поиска информации? Новое слово в человеческом общении? Венец прогресса мира технологий? Превосходный способ найти любовь, работу, новых друзей и единомышленников?

А может, это лишь иллюзия?

Может, Интернет — это всего лишь ширма, за которой кроется подлинная ОПАСНОСТЬ?

Разбирайтесь сами.

Читая «Virtuality», роман об интернет-зависимости.

Миронов Станислав Витальевич  
обложка книги Viaje a la luz del Cham Viaje a la luz del Cham

“De la claridad de sus desiertos, del rumor de las aguas milenarias, de la hospitalidad de sus gentes, del descubrimiento de sus mundos recoletos, en una palabra, de lo que busqué, vi y encontré en Siria, trata este libro”, dice Rosa Regàs en el Preludio. En ese viaje de dos meses, la escritora reivindica la aventura que reside en una peculiar y personal forma de ver, de mirar y de descubrir que nada tiene que ver con el exotismo y el turismo cultural. Las calles de Damasco, los olores penetrantes de sus zocos, la forma de convivir con sus gentes, la extraña luminosidad de los atardeceres del Levante, los mágicos encuentros, se suceden e intercalan con los viajes por el país: el valle del Orontes, el vallle del Eúfrates, Palmira, Mari, Ugarit, Afamia, la otra cara del Mediterráneo, la blanca Alepo, los altos del Golán, los poblados drusos del sur, los desiertos y los míticos beduinos. En el texto se alterna la crónica de esos viajes con la reflexión sobre la situación en que se encuentra el país, su actitud frente a Occidente y frente al integrismo, el papel que desempeñan los fieles al régimen y sus opositores, la condición de las mujeres y de los niños en el mundo del trabajo, de la familia, de la religión, salpicados de pequeñas anécdotas de la vida cotidiana. Un texto rigurosamente fiel a esa mirada sugerente y sensual que recupera para el placer y la experiencia imágenes robadas al tiempo, a la distancia, a la banalización y a la manipulación. Un texto en que la autora se suma a la forma de narrar de los autores de libros de viaje que la precedieron y brinda su compañía al lector para que, paso a paso, se convierta a su vez en un viajero que avanza por ese mundo desconocido y revive y redescubre los lugares donde nació su propia civilización, morosamente descritos con sorpresa, ironía y ternura.

ás Rosa  
обложка книги Veronika beschließt zu sterben Veronika beschließt zu sterben

Slowenien? Wo das liegt? Verärgert über die Borniertheit eines ausländischen Zeitungsartikels beginnt die junge Slowenin Veronika, einen geharnischten Antwortbrief an den Verfasser zu entwerfen. Fast hat sie über ihrem Zorn vergessen, dass sie gerade eine Überdosis Schlaftabletten eingenommen hat und eigentlich auf den nahen Tod wartete, als ihr neben dem Bett dieser Artikel ins Auge fiel. So viel Zeit muss sein. Die Wirkung hat noch nicht eingesetzt und Veronika begann sich ohnehin fast ein wenig zu langweilen, also schreibt sie. Dann schläft sie ein. Als sie wieder erwacht, befindet sie sich in Villete, dem berüchtigten Irrenhaus von Ljubljana. Nicht ohne Humor, dieser Einstieg, und ein sehr gelungenes Porträt der an Ereignislosigkeit und Lebensüberdruss leidenden jungen Frau -sofort ist man ihr ganz nahe.

Coelho brannte dieses Thema schon lange unter den Nägeln, wurde er in den 60er Jahren von seinen Eltern doch selbst dreimal in die Psychiatrie eingewiesen, die Gründe hierfür sind ihm bis heute unklar. Was ihm hingegen klar wurde war, wie dort Begriffe wie Normalität und Verrücktheit auf den Kopf gestellt wurden. Sehr bald merkt Veronika, dass in diesem Kuckucksnest voll überschäumender, fantasievoller Figuren die verschlossen-mürrischen Wärterinnen die eigentlichen Verrückten sind, stumpf und ohne jeglichen Lebensfunken ihre Arbeit verrichtend. Dr. Igor, der Anstaltsleiter, ständig am Erproben fragwürdiger Therapiemethoden und für den Anstaltsalltag kaum zu erwärmen, steigert das Ganze endgültig ins Absurde. Eine Figur, die für einen skurrilen Stimmungsmix aus Zauberberg und Kottan ermittelt sorgt.

Als man Veronika schließlich mitteilt, dass sie eines schweren Herzfehlers wegen nur noch wenige Tage zu leben hat, gewinnt sie wider Erwarten ihren Lebenswillen zurück, überwindet in kurzer Zeit ihr unausgelebtes Dasein und erlebt zudem eine unerwartete Liebe. In diesen Passagen schlägt Coelho Funken, sie machen dieses zarte Buch zu einem absoluten Hochgenuss.

Coelho Paulo  
обложка книги Vichy, 1940 Vichy, 1940

Esta obra ha obtenido el Premio Primavera 2006, convocado por Espasa Calpe y Ámbito Cultural, y concedido por el siguiente Jurado: Ana María Matute, Ángel Basanta, Antonio Soler, Ramón Pernas y Pilar Cortés.

En el ambiente enrarecido y falsamente triunfante de Vichy, la ciudad-balneario donde se instauró un gobierno colaboracionista tras el armisticio franco-alemán de 1940, reina el mariscal Pétain. Un grupo de valientes inexpertos próximos a él crea en la capital la primera célula de la Resistencia. En su seno nacerá una intensa historia de amor entre Manuel de Sá, ex diplomático español maduro y desencantado, y Marie, joven parisina de raíces judías apasionada y profundamente vital. Cuando la cruda realidad y la oscura situación política venzan al optimismo y al arrojo de sus ideales de justicia, se verán obligados a tomar una difícil decisión: elegir entre éxito o fracaso, vida o libertad, amor o compromiso.

Fernando Schwartz recrea, con su prosa directa, brillante, el mundillo del entorno de Pétain, hecho de arribistas, oportunistas y felones, la vida del cuerpo diplomático, la brillantez de las recepciones y la suciedad de los habitáculos ocupados por cuantos han acudido a Vichy en busca de prebendas o de simple aprovechamiento, a medio camino entre el disimulo y la sordidez. Una historia donde el amor se sobrepone a la hipocresía, que nos habla del sacrificio de héroes anónimos, de la generosidad de su lucha y de que ésta, finalmente, pese a todo, contra todo, nunca fue en balde.

Schwartz Fernando  
обложка книги Vidas Escritas Vidas Escritas

Hasta un total de veinte genios de la literatura resucitan en estas breves e insólitas biografías, que se leen como cuentos gracias a la precisión, amenidad y elegancia de la prosa de Javier Marías. Todos son extranjeros, todos están muertos y todos han sido tratados como personajes de ficción, con un afecto y una ironía no exentos de profundidad.

ías Javier  
обложка книги Very Valentine Very Valentine

Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. Very Valentine is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world.

In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin.

While juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother to learn new techniques and seek one-of-a-kind materials for building a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. There, in Tuscany, Naples, and on the Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed as Valentine discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life and the family business upside down in ways she never expected. Very Valentine is a sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani's trademark heart and humor.

Trigiani Adriana  
обложка книги Viejas historias de Castilla la Vieja Viejas historias de Castilla la Vieja

Todo este libro es una pequeña maravilla ya que nadie sabe más que Delibes lo que es Castilla ni escribir en un lenguaje más puro y alejado de toda retórica.

Hay una manera de ser de pueblo como hay una manera de ser de ciudad. En la ciudad las cosas cambian de prisa; los altos edificios, las luces y los automóviles que no cesan, esconden como pueden el apresuramiento atontado de la multidud, los gozos -si los hay- y las penas, si te paras a pensar. Una ciudad pesa tanto que da pavor pensar en ella. El pueblo está ahí, sumiso, apagado, mezclándose cada vez más con el color de la tierra. ¿Que han pasado cuarenta y ocho años y vuelves de las Américas? ¿Y qué? En Castilla no se cuenta por años sino por siglos, y allí estarán esperándote, todo igual, las casas, los árboles, los campos agotados, las gentes envejecidas, el arroyo que pasa entre cañizos y el polvillo de la trilla pegado a los muros. Miguel Delibes sabe amar y sufrir su Castilla tan sola y nos transmite en el primer relato de este libro la vuelta del emigrante a su tierra, porque ser de un pueblo es un don de Dios. EN la pequeña historia La cada de la perdiz roja habla del Barbas, viejo filósofo castellano, escéptico y enraizado a la tierra que conoce sin casi saberlo, las gentes y las perdices, y si no hay más remedio dialoga con el autor. Diálogo claro, bello, que parece venir rozado por el viento del fondo de los siglos.

Delibes Miguel  
обложка книги Vida de Pi Vida de Pi

Pi Pattel es un joven que vive en Pondicherry, India, donde su padre es el propietario y encargado del zoológico de la ciudad. A los dieciséis años, su familia decide emigrar a Canadá y procurarse una vida mejor con la venta de los animales. Tras complejos trámites, los Pattel inician una travesía que se verá truncada por la tragedia: una terrible tormenta hace naufragar el barco en el que viajaban.

En el inmenso océano Pacífico, una solitaria barcaza de salvamento continúa flotando a la deriva con cinco tripulantes: Pi, una hiena, un orangután, una cebra herida y un enorme macho de tigre de Bengala. Con inteligencia, atrevimiento y, obviamente, miedo, Pi tendrá que echar mano del ingenio para mantenerse a salvo mientras los animales tratan de ocupar su puesto en la cadena alimentaria y, a la postre, tendrá que defender su liderazgo frente al único que, previsiblemente, quedará vivo. Aprovechando su conocimiento casi enciclopédico de la fauna qua habitaba el zoológico, el joven intentará domar a la fiera, demostrar quién es el macho dominante y sobrevivir con este extraordinario compañero de viaje.

Yann Martel consigue con talento, humor e imaginación un ejercicio narrativo que deleita y sorprende a un lector que, cautivado por una de las historias más prodigiosas de los últimos tiempos, se verá atrapado hasta el asombroso e inesperado final.

«Si este siglo produce algún clásico literario, Martel es, sin duda, uno de los aspirantes.» The Nation

«Vida de Pi es como si Salman Rushdie y Joseph Conrad elucubraran juntos sobre el sentido de El viejo y el mar y Los viajes de Gulliver.» Financial Times

«Para aquellos que creían que el arte de la ficción estaba moribundo, les recomiendo que lean a Martel con asombro, placer y gratitud.» ALBERTO MANGUEL

Martel Yann  
обложка книги Vercoquin y el plancton Vercoquin y el plancton

Vercoquin empieza con una surprise-party y termina con otra, por eso en la parte central se recorren hasta el mareo las estupideces y repeticiones de las oficinas del C.N.U. (Consortium Nacional de la Unificación) Nada menos parecido sin embargo a la mala costumbre de la autobiografía. El lenguaje burbujea con la velocidad del chisteo la genialidad. Se demuestra además que Vian fue el Otro Lado del existencialismo: si bien conversaba en los cafés con Sartre, entre el Ser y la Nada, no elegía nada.

Vian Boris  
обложка книги Valentine, Valentine Valentine, Valentine

Valentine, la segunda de las tres hermanas de una familia de origen italiano afincada en Nueva York, nunca ha sido considerada ni la más guapa, ni tampoco la más lista. Ella es, simplemente, lagraciosa. A sus treinta y tres años todos la presionan para que se case y funde una familia tradicional, pero Valentine se siente realizada con su vida, en la que la pasión que comparte con su fascinante abuela por la confección de zapatos de novia ocupa el primer lugar.

Trigiani Adriana  
Volver A Verte

Arthur, un joven arquitecto californiano, vuelve a Los Ángeles después de pasar una larga temporada en París. Sin embargo, durante todo este tiempo no ha conseguido olvidar a Lauren, el gran amor de su vida que le robó el corazón cuando, a raíz de un accidente, cayó en estado de coma. Gracias a la insistencia y la valentía de Arthur, Lauren siguió viviendo, a pesar de la opinión del doctor y de la madre de desenchufar los aparatos que la mantenían con vida. Éstos, avergonzados, le hicieron jurar que jamás confesaría la verdad a la joven, que no recuerda nada de aquellos meses. Arthur cumple su palabra, desaparece de su vida e intenta olvidarla. Cuando vuelve a Los Ángeles el destino hará que se reencuentren.

Volver a verte. Ojala fuera cierto…2

Si la vida ofreciera a Arthur y Lauren otra oportunidad, ¿sabrían, en esta ocasión, superar todos los obstáculos? Una hermosa novela que demuestra que segundas partes sí pueden ser buenas.

Levy Marc  
обложка книги Veronika decide morrer Veronika decide morrer Coelho Paulo  
обложка книги Viola acherontia Viola acherontia Лугонес Леопольдо  
обложка книги Viagem ao Oriente Viagem ao Oriente Hesse Hermann  
обложка книги Veronica Veronica

Alison and Veronica meet amid the nocturnal glamour of 1980s New York: One is a young model stumbling away from the wreck of her career, the other an eccentric middle-aged office temp. Over the next twenty years their friendship will encompass narcissism and tenderness, exploitation and self-sacrifice, love and mortality. Moving seamlessly from present and past, casting a fierce yet compassionate eye on two eras and their fixations, the result is a work of timeless depth and moral power.

Gaitskill Mary  
обложка книги Very Far Away from Anywhere Else Very Far Away from Anywhere Else Le Guin Ursula  
обложка книги Venus Drive Venus Drive

An intense, mordantly funny collection of short fiction from the author of "Home"" Land"""and "The Ask."

A man with an "old soul" finds himself at a Times Square peep show, looking for more than just a little action. A young man goes into some serious regression after finding his deceased mother's stash of morphine. A group of summer-camp sadists return to the scene of the crime. Sam Lipsyte's brutally funny narratives tread morally ambiguous terrain, where desperate characters stumble over hope, or sometimes merely stumble. Written with ferocious wit and surprising empathy, "Venus Drive"""is a potent collection of stories from "a wickedly gifted writer" (Robert Stone).

The Picador paperback edition includes an excerpt from "The Ask."

Lipsyte Sam  
обложка книги Voices from the Other World Voices from the Other World

Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz reaches back millennia to his homeland’s majestic past in this enchanting collection of early tales that brings the world of ancient Egypt face to face with our own times.

From the Predynastic Period, where a cabal of entrenched rulers banish virtue in jealous defense of their status, to the Fifth Dynasty, where a Pharaoh returns from an extended leave to find that only his dog has remained loyal, to the twentieth century, where a mummy from the Eighteenth Dynasty awakens in fury to reproach a modern Egyptian nobleman for his arrogance, these five stories conduct timeless truths over the course of thousands of years. Summoning the power and mystery of a legendary civilization, they examplify the artistry that has made Mahfouz among the most revered writers in world literature.

Mahfouz Naguib  
обложка книги Viviane Viviane

Les Éditions de Minuit, publisher of Marguerite Duras and Alain Robbe-Grillet, among others, rarely publishes a debut novel. Jean Echenoz, current star of the revered French literary house and enthusiastic fan of Julia Deck, confesses that he didn’t send his first novel to Minuit because they are "too demanding…the essence of literary quality, too good a publisher for me." This is why, thirty years later, a first novel published by Minuit has gripped French readers and taken the literary world by storm.

Viviane Élisabeth Fauville is both an engrossing murder mystery and a gripping exploration of madness, a narrative that tests the shifting boundaries of language and the self. For inspiration, Julia Deck read the work of another star of Éditions de Minuit, Samuel Beckett, because, as she says, "he positions himself within chaos, and gives it coherence." This breakthrough novel, nominated for the Prix Femina, the Prix France Inter and the Prix du Premier Roman, follows suit through its arrestingly inventive style. It is sure to become a contemporary classic, and its author "now belongs to the most exclusive and prestigious family of French literature" (Le Nouvel Observateur).

Deck Julia  
обложка книги Voices Voices

Taking place in a kind of "internal space," populated by living ideas, Voices utilizes broken typography within the context of an equally broken narrative to examine an existence in which identity and self have become, themselves, imaginary, but have allowed human thought and feeling to reshape the very nature of perceptual reality. Language is given a new, unfamiliar shape: complete freedom to explore the framework of an intricate semiotic landscape.

Muntz Kyle  
обложка книги Vox Vox

Baker has written a novel that remaps the territory of sex-solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. Written in the form of a phone conversation between two strangers, Vox is an erotic classic that places the author in the first rank of America's major writers. Reading tour.

Baker Nicholson  
обложка книги Vampires in the Lemon Grove Vampires in the Lemon Grove

From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia! — a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize — a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell’s gifts at their inimitable best.

A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and atonement. In a family’s disastrous quest for land in the American West, the monster is the human hunger for acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the collection’s marvelous title story — an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love — two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.

Karen Russell is one of today’s most celebrated and vital writers — honored in The New Yorker’s list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty, Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under the age of thirty-five. Her wondrous new work displays a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers.

Russell Karen  
обложка книги Varieties of Exile Varieties of Exile

Mavis Gallant is the modern master of what Henry James called the international story, the fine-grained evocation of the quandaries of people who must make their way in the world without any place to call their own. The irreducible complexity of the very idea of home is especially at issue in the stories Gallant has written about Montreal, where she was born, although she has lived in Paris for more than half a century.

Varieties of Exile, Russell Banks's extensive new selection from Gallant's work, demonstrates anew the remarkable reach of this writer's singular art. Among its contents are three previously uncollected stories, as well as the celebrated semi-autobiographical sequence about Linnet Muir — stories that are wise, funny, and full of insight into the perils and promise of growing up and breaking loose.

Gallant Mavis  
обложка книги Voices in the Night: Stories Voices in the Night: Stories

From the Pulitzer and Story Prize winner: sixteen new stories-provocative, funny, disturbing, magical-that delve into the secret lives and desires of ordinary people, alongside retellings of myths and legends that highlight the aspirations of the human spirit.

Beloved for the lens of the strange he places on small-town life, Steven Millhauser further reveals inVoices in the Night the darkest parts of our inner selves to brilliant and dazzling effect. Here are stories of wondrously imaginative hyperrealism, stories that pose unsettling what-ifs or that find barely perceivable evils within the safe boundaries of our towns, homes, and even our bodies. Here, too, are stories culled from religion and fables: from Samuel, who in the masterly "A Voice in the Night" hears the voice of God calling him in the night; to a young, pre-enlightenment Buddha; to Rapunzel and her Prince awakened only to everyday disappointment. Heightened by magic, the divine, and the uncanny, shot through with sly humor,Voices in the Night seamlessly combines the whimsy and surprise of the familiar with intoxicating fantasies that take us beyond our daily lives, all done with the hallmark sleight of hand and astonishing virtuosity of one of our greatest modern storytellers.

Millhauser Steven  
обложка книги Vlad Vlad

Where, Carlos Fuentes asks, is a modern-day vampire to roost? Why not Mexico City, populated by ten million blood sausages (that is, people), and a police force who won't mind a few disappearances? "Vlad" is Vlad the Impaler, of course, whose mythic cruelty was an inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. In this sly sequel, Vlad really is undead: dispossessed after centuries of mayhem by Eastern European wars and rampant blood shortages. More than a postmodern riff on "the vampire craze," Vlad is also an anatomy of the Mexican bourgeoisie, as well as our culture's ways of dealing with death. For-as in Dracula-Vlad has need of both a lawyer and a real-estate agent in order to establish his new kingdom, and Yves Navarro and his wife Asunci n fit the bill nicely. Having recently lost a son, might they not welcome the chance to see their remaining child live forever? More importantly, are the pleasures of middle-class life enough to keep one from joining the legions of the damned?

Fuentes Carlos  
обложка книги Virginia Woolf in Manhattan Virginia Woolf in Manhattan

What if Virginia Woolf came back to life in the twenty-first century?

Bestselling author Angela Lamb is going through a mid-life crisis. She dumps her irrepressible daughter Gerda at boarding school and flies to New York to pursue her passion for Woolf, whose manuscripts are held in a private collection.

When a bedraggled Virginia Woolf herself materialises among the bookshelves and is promptly evicted, Angela, stunned, rushes after her on to the streets of Manhattan. Soon she is chaperoning her troublesome heroine as Virginia tries to understand the internet and scams bookshops with 'rare signed editions'. Then Virginia insists on flying with Angela to Istanbul, where she is surprised by love and steals the show at an international conference on — Virginia Woolf.

Meanwhile, Gerda, ignored by her mother for days, has escaped from school and set off in hot pursuit.

Virginia Woolf in Manhattan is a witty and profound novel about female rivalry, friendships, mothers and daughters, and the miraculous possibilities of a second chance at life.

Gee Maggie  
обложка книги Vertical Motion Vertical Motion

Two young girls sneak onto the grounds of a hospital, where they find a disturbing moment of silence in a rose garden. A couple grows a plant that blooms underground, invisibly, to their long-time neighbor's consternation. A cat worries about its sleepwalking owner, who receives a mysterious visitor while he's asleep. After a ten-year absence, a young man visits his uncle, on the twenty-fourth floor of a high-rise that is floating in the air, while his ugly cousin hesitates on the stairs.

Can Xue is a master of the dreamscape, crafting stories that inhabit the space where fantasy and reality, time and timelessness, the quotidian and the extraordinary, meet. The stories in this striking and lyrical new collection- populated by old married couples, children, cats, and nosy neighbors, the entire menagerie of the everyday- reaffirm Can Xue's reputation as one of the most innovative Chinese writers in a generation.

Xue Can  
обложка книги Victoire: My Mother's Mother Victoire: My Mother's Mother

The critically acclaimed, award-winning author of the classic historical novel Segu, Maryse Condé has pieced together the life of her maternal grandmother to create a moving and profound novel.

Maryse Condé's personal journey of discovery and revelation becomes ours as we learn of Victoire, her white-skinned mestiza grandmother who worked as a cook for the Walbergs, a family of white Creoles, in the French Antilles.

Using her formidable skills as a storyteller, Condé describes her grandmother as having "Australian whiteness for the color of her skin…She jarred with my world of women in Italian straw bonnets and men necktied in three-piece linen suits, all of them a very black shade of black. She appeared to me doubly strange."

Victoire was spurred by Condé's desire to learn of her family history, resolving to begin her quest by researching the life of her grandmother. While uncovering the circumstances of Victoire's unique life story, Condé also comes to grips with a haunting question: How could her own mother, a black militant, have been raised in the Walberg's home, a household of whites?

Creating a work that takes readers into a time and place populated with unforgettable characters that inspire and amaze, Condé's blending of memoir and imagination, detective work and storytelling artistry, is a literary gem that readers won't soon forget.

Conde Maryse  
обложка книги Videos of People Falling Down Videos of People Falling Down

A powerhouse of inventiveness and imagination, “Videos of People Falling Down” is structured like a symphony that plays back on itself, building to a crescendo of emotion and experience. When Thomas and I were editing the story, we had charts and lists of characters and long discussions about who and what and why. We kept talking about it as a puzzle that needed to fit all together; that’s the technical stuff, but the stuff that sucks you right in is the humanity of this piece and Thomas’ artful storytelling. - Laura Perciasepe, Editor, Riverhead Books.

About the Author: Thomas Pierce was born and raised in South Carolina. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Oxford American, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.

About the Guest Editor: Founded in 1994 by Susan Petersen Kennedy, Riverhead Books is now well established as a publisher of bestselling literary fiction and quality nonfiction. Throughout its history, Riverhead has been dedicated to publishing extraordinary groundbreaking, unique writers. Riverhead’s books and authors have won or been finalists for Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, National Book Critic Circle Awards, MacArthur Genius Awards, Hurston Wright Legacy Awards, Dayton Literary Peace Prizes, and numerous other distinctions.

About the Publisher: Electric Literature is an independent publisher amplifying the power of storytelling through digital innovation. Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading, invites established authors, indie presses, and literary magazines to recommended great fiction. Once a month we feature our own recommendation of original, previously unpublished fiction.

Pierce Thomas  
обложка книги Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty

In Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty, Diane Williams lays bare the urgency and weariness that shape our lives in stories honed sharper than ever. With sentences auguring revelation and explosion, Williams's unsettling stories — a cryptic meeting between neighbors, a woman's sexual worries, a graveside discussion, a chimney on fire — are narrated with razor-sharp tongues and naked, uproarious irreverence.

These fifty stories hum with tension, each one so taut that it threatens to snap and send the whole thing sprawling — the mess and desire, the absurdity and hilarity, the bruises and bleeding, the blushes and disappointments and secrets. An audacious, unruly tour de force, Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty cements Diane Williams' position as one of the best practitioners of the short form in literature today.

Williams Diane  
обложка книги Viral: Stories Viral: Stories

A guidebook introduces foreign visitors to a recognizable but dreamlike America, where mirrors are haunted and the Statue of Liberty wears a bowler hat. A department-store supervisor must discipline employees who don’t smile enough at customers, but finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the saddest of them all. A woman reluctantly agrees to buy her daughter a robot pet, then is horrified when her little girl chooses an enormous mechanical spider for a companion. The characters in these stories find that the world they thought they knew has shifted and changed, become bizarre and disorienting, and, occasionally, miraculous. Told with absurdist humor and sweet sadness, Viral is about being lost in places that are supposed to feel like home.

Mitchell Emily  
обложка книги Vulgar Things Vulgar Things

Jon Michaels — a divorced, disinterested and fatigued editor living a nondescript life in North London — receives a sudden phone call from his brother, informing him that their estranged uncle Rey has been found dead in his caravan on Canvey Island. Recently sacked from his job, carrying a hangover from hell and craving some sort of escape, Jon reluctantly agrees to spend the week on the island to sort through his uncle’s belongings.

Haunting, modern and utterly compelling, Vulgar Things follows Jon as he unearths a disturbing family secret while losing himself in the strangely alluring landscape. Vulgar Things is a novel about love, longing and being lost. It’s about desire, the sea, big skies and nothingness. It's about money and how much we'll dirty our hands to get it. But, above all, it’s about how a chance meeting with a mysterious person can change your life forever.

Rourke Lee  
обложка книги Very Old Bones Very Old Bones

It is 1958 and the Phelan clan has gathered to hear Peter Phelan's will, read by the living Peter himself, an artist whose paintings about members of the family have given him belated critical recognition. The paintings illuminate the lives of his brother Francis (the exiled hero of Ironweed), and a family ancestor, Malachi McIlhenny, a true madman beset by demons, and determined to send them back to hell.

Orson Purcell, bastard son of Peter, and half-mad himself, encounters his first true solace through this obsessive and close-knit family he has never quite entered; most especially through his Aunt Molly, whose intense love affair holds secrets that only another love can resurrect. It is through Orson's modern eye that we see the tragedies, obsessions, and clandestine joys of this singular family.

This is climatic work in William Kennedy's Albany Cycle, riding on the melody of its language and the power of its story, which is full of surprise, comedy, terror, and earthly delight.

Kennedy William Albany Cycle  
обложка книги Vertigo Vertigo

Walsh’s penetrating short story collection evokes the titular feeling of dizziness. “I sense no anchorage,” the narrator says in the title story, “I will pitch forward, outward and upward.” It’s a statement true of both the writing and the women in it; all share a detached tone, as if speaking from the end of a tunnel, and what one character describes as “uncontrol,” lives lived in language more than action. This continuity of tone often makes it difficult to tell where one narrative drops off and another begins, as the stories are linked loosely together in flashes of syntax, which read like poetry and sometimes retreat into italicized, third-person meditations. In “Claustrophobia,” a woman’s relationship with food runs parallel to her relationship with her mother. In “New Year’s Day” a woman’s description of a party where “everyone knew how to keep some distance” is joined to her lover’s recounting, a moment later, of all the women he’s cheated on her with. “Online” is about a woman who discovers her husband has been online dating. Any navigational difficulties are worthwhile, as Walsh is an inventive, honest writer. In her world, objects may be closer and far more intricate than they appear; these stories offer a compelling pitch into the inner life.

Walsh Joanna  
обложка книги Voyage of the Narwhal Voyage of the Narwhal

Capturing a crucial moment in the history of exploration — the mid-nineteenth century romance with the Arctic — Andrea Barrett's compelling novel tells the story of a fateful expedition. Through the eyes of the ship's scholar-naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells, we encounter the Narwhal's crew, its commander, and the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we meet the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in imagination. Together, those who travel and those who stay weave a web of myth and mystery, finally discovering what they had not sought, the secrets of their own hearts.

Barrett Andrea  
обложка книги Voice Over Voice Over

A lonely young woman works as an announcer in Paris's gare du Nord train station. Obsessed with a man attached to another woman, she wanders through the world of dinner parties, shopping excursions, and chance sexual encounters with a sense of haunting expectation. As something begins to happen between her and the man she loves, she finds herself at a crossroads, pitting her desire against her sanity. This smashing debut novel sparkles with mordant humor and sexy charm.

Curiol Celine  
обложка книги Voyage au bout de la nuit Voyage au bout de la nuit

« — Bardamu, qu'il me fait alors gravement et un peu triste, nos pères nous valaient bien, n'en dis pas de mal !…

— T'as raison, Arthur, pour ça t'as raison ! Haineux et dociles, violés, volés, étripés et couillons toujours, ils nous valaient bien ! Tu peux le dire ! Nous ne changeons pas ! Ni de chaussettes, ni de maîtres, ni d'opinions, ou bien si tard, que ça n'en vaut plus la peine. On est nés fidèles, on en crève nous autres ! Soldats gratuits, héros pour tout le monde et singes parlants, mots qui souffrent, on est nous les mignons du Roi Misère. C'est lui qui nous possède ! Quand on est pas sage, il serre… On a ses doigts autour du cou, toujours, ça gêne pour parler, faut faire bien attention si on tient à pouvoir manger… Pour des riens, il vous étrangle… C'est pas une vie…

— Il y a l'amour, Bardamu !

— Arthur, l'amour c'est l'infini mis à la portée des caniches et j'ai ma dignité moi ! que je lui réponds. »

éline Louis-Ferdinand Folio  
обложка книги Vexation Lullaby Vexation Lullaby

"Justin Tussing rocks the rock novel. Vexation Lullaby is pure raw pleasure from start to finish." — Lily King, author of Euphoria

Peter Silver is a young doctor treading water in the wake of a breakup — his ex-girlfriend called him a "mama's boy" and his best friend considers him a "homebody," a squanderer of adventure. But when he receives an unexpected request for a house call, he obliges, only to discover that his new patient is aging, chameleonic rock star Jimmy Cross. Soon Peter is compelled to join the mysteriously ailing celebrity, his band, and his entourage, on the road. The so-called "first physician embedded in a rock tour," Peter is thrust into a way of life that embraces disorder and risk rather than order and discipline.

Trailing the band at every tour stop is Arthur Pennyman, Cross's number-one fan. Pennyman has not missed a performance in twenty years, sacrificing his family and job to chronicle every show on his website. Cross insists that "being a fan is how we teach ourselves to love," and, in the end, Pennyman does learn. And when he hears a mythic, as-yet-unperformed song he starts to piece together the puzzle of Peter's role in Cross's past.

Tussing Justin  
Vertigo Тарнорудер Александр  
обложка книги Vinegar Girl Vinegar Girl

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work — her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying — as usual — on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

Tyler Anne  
обложка книги Vaseline Buddha Vaseline Buddha

"If someone in the future asks in frustration, 'What has Korean literature been up to?' we can quietly hand them Vaseline Buddha." — Pak Mingyu

A tragicomic odyssey told through free association scrubs the depths of the human psyche to achieve a higher level of consciousness equal to Zen meditation. The story opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations — real, unreal, surreal — to explore the very nature of reality.

Jung Young Moon, 2005 alum of Iowa's International Writing Program, is one of South Korea's most award-winning, eccentric, and handsome authors, often compared to Kafka and Beckett.

Young Moon Jung  
обложка книги Venices Venices

DIPLOMAT, WRITER AND POET, traveller and socialite, friend of Proust, Giraudoux and Malraux, Paul Morand was out of the most original writers of the twentieth century. He was French literature's globe-trotter, and his delightful autobiography is far from being yet another account of a writer's life. Instead it is a poetic evocation of certain scenes among Morand's rich and varied encounters and experience, filtered through the one constant in his life — the one place to which he would always return — Venice.

Morand Paul  
обложка книги Vilnius Poker Vilnius Poker

An assemblage of troubled grotesques struggle to retain identity and humanity in an alternately menacing and mysterious Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, under Soviet rule in the 1970s and 1980s. The late Gavelis's first translation into English centers on Vytautas Vargalys, a semijustifiably paranoid labor camp survivor who works at a library no one visits while he desperately investigates the Them or They responsible for dehumanizing and killing the humans around him, including his wife, Irena; his genius friend, Gedis; and the young siren, Lolita. Meanwhile, failed intellectual Martynas chronicles Vargalys's struggle and the city's mysterious energy in his mlog, library worker Stefanija Monkeviciute dwells on her wavering faith and personal humiliations, and the city itself speaks in the voice of a dog, claiming that Vilnius can't distinguish dreams from reality. Wrought — and fraught — with symbolism and ennui, the oppressive internal monologues of the characters and the city show the intense importance and equal absurdity of life.

Gavelis Ricardas  
обложка книги Vous revoir Vous revoir Levy Marc  
обложка книги Vipère au poing Vipère au poing

« Vipère au poing », c'est le combat impitoyable livré par Jean Rezeau, dit Brasse-Bouillon, et ses frères, à leur mère, une femme odieuse, qu'ils ont surnommé Folcoche.

Cri de haine et de révolte, ce roman, largement autobiographique, le premier d'Hervé Bazin, lui apporta la célébrité et le classa d'emblée parmi les écrivains contemporains les plus lus du XXe siècle.

Bazin é Famille Rezeau  

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