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The Crossing Vintage Cormac McCarthy


27th February 2013 Literature & Fiction 52 Comments
In The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time give us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic western and the elegaic power of a lost American myth.In the late 1930s, sixteen-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch.But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico.With that crossing, he begins an arduous and often dreamlike journey into a country where men meet ghosts and violence strikes as suddenly as ...
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The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington’s Times Vintage Charles Royster


21st November 2012 History Books 14 Comments
From historian Charles Royster--winner of the Francis Parkman, Bancroft, and Lincoln prizes--comes the history of one of eighteenth-century America's most fantastic land speculation deals: William Byrd's scheme to develop 900 square miles of swamp on the Virginia-North Carolina border and create fabulous wealth for himself and other shareholders, including George Washington.Royster scrupulously follows the paper trail through the byways of transatlantic deal-cutting, providing a rare view of early American economic culture.Elegantly written and impressively researched, The Fabulous History of ...
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Thousand Cranes Vintage Yasunari Kawabata


13th November 2012 Literature & Fiction 29 Comments
With a restraint that barely conceals the ferocity of his characters' passions, one of Japan's great postwar novelists tells the luminous story of Kikuji and the tea party he attends with Mrs. Ota, the rival of his dead father's mistress. A tale of desire, regret, and sensual nostalgia, every gesture has a meaning, and even the most fleeting touch or casual utterance has the power to illuminate entire lives--sometimes in the same moment that it destroys them. Translated from the Japanese by Edward G. Seidensticker."A novel of exquisite artistry...rich suggestibility...and a story that is ...
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The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War Vintage Lynn H. Nicholas


29th October 2012 History Books 47 Comments
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle AwardThe cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. And the story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European culture and the Allies' desperate effort to preserve it.From the Nazi purges of "Degenerate Art" and Goering's shopping sprees in occupied Paris to the perilous journey of the Mona Lisa from Paris and the painstaking reclamation of the priceless treasures of liberated Italy, The ...
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The Loser: A Novel Vintage Thomas Bernhard


27th October 2012 Literature & Fiction 24 Comments
Thomas Bernhard was one of the most original writers of the twentieth century. His formal innovation ranks with Beckett and Kafka, his outrageously cantankerous voice recalls Dostoevsky, but his gift for lacerating, lyrical, provocative prose is incomparably his own.One of Bernhard's most acclaimed novels, The Loser centers on a fictional relationship between piano virtuoso Glenn Gould and two of his fellow students who feel compelled to renounce their musical ambitions in the face of Gould's incomparable genius. One commits suicide, while the other-- the obsessive, witty, and self-mocking ...
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Divided Kingdom Vintage Rupert Thomson


23rd October 2012 Literature & Fiction 20 Comments
One night a boy who comes to be called Thomas Parry is taken from his family, caught up in a comprehensive unraveling of what had been a united kingdom. Reacting to their countrys inexorable decline into consumerism, turpitude, racism, and violence, the powers that be establish four independent republics based on the perceived nature of the citizens assigned to each. These new partitions are reinforced with concrete barricades and razor wire. Renamed, relocated, and granted favored status, Thomas enjoys one success after another until, working as a devoted civil servant, he suddenly falls out ...
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Runaway Horses Vintage Yukio Mishima


22nd October 2012 Literature & Fiction 31 Comments
The chronicle of a conspiracy and a novel about the roots and nature of Japanese fanaticism in the years that led to war--an era marked by depression, social change and political violence. Text: English (translation) Original Language: Japanese The chronicle of a conspiracy and a novel about the roots and nature of Japanese fanaticism in the years that led to war--an era marked by depression, social change and political violence. Runaway Horses ...
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De como las muchachas Garcia perdieron el acento Vintage Julia Alvarez


28th September 2012 Literature & Fiction 18 Comments
Cuando las hermanas Garca Carla, Sandra, Yolanda y Sofa y sus padres huyen de la Repblica Dominicana buscando refugio de la persecucin poltica, encuentran un nuevo hogar en los Estados Unidos. Pero el Nueva York de los aos sesenta es marcadamente diferente de la vida privilegiada, aunque conflictiva, que han dejado atrs. Bajo la presin de asimilarse a una nueva cultura, las muchachas Garca se alisan el pelo, abandonan la lengua espaola y se encuentran con muchachos sin una chaperona. Pero por ms que intentan distanciarse de su isla natal, las hermanas no logran desprender el mundo antiguo del ...
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The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor Vintage Gabriel Garcia Marquez


9th September 2012 Literature & Fiction 36 Comments
Translated by Randolf Hogan. In 1955, Garcia Marquez was working for El Espectador, a newspaper in Bogota, when in February of that year eight crew members of the Caldas, a Colombian destroyer, were washed overboard and disappeared. Ten days later one of them turned up, barely alive, on a deserted beach in northern Colombia. This book, which originally appeared as a series of newspaper articles, is Garcia Marquez's account of that sailor's ordeal. In 1955, eight crewmen were cast overboard from the Colombian destroyer Caldas, en route to its home port of Cartagena from Mobile, Ala. The ...
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Correction: A Novel Vintage Thomas Bernhard


2nd September 2012 Literature & Fiction 18 Comments
The scientist Roithamer has dedicated the last six years of his life to “the Cone,” an edifice of mathematically exact construction that he has erected in the center of his family’s estate in honor of his beloved sister. Not long after its completion, he takes his own life. As an unnamed friend pieces together—literally, from thousands of slips of papers and one troubling manuscript—the puzzle of Rotheimer’s breakdown, what emerges is the story of a genius ceaselessly compelled to correct and refine his perceptions until the only logical conclusion is the negation of his own ...
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