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By Andrei Kuzechkin, Pavel Kostin. 2011
These two novels by Debut Prize finalists present typical provincial towns in central Russia and a gallery of modern-day types:… radically minded youths, ruthless thugs, drunken intellectuals, the local elite, and failed fortune seekers. The heroes are yearning for faraway glamorous cities and trying to find their identities. They suffer through various weird misadventures, but for many readers their tales may be a survival guide. A vivid portrait of the younger generation in today's Russia: stunned by their first painful contacts with harsh reality. The authors will present the book at BEA 2011 in New York.
By Thomas W. Knox. 1889
Here is humor, especially in many of the illustrations; nostalgia and escapism. The author was one of the most colorful… and popular figures on the New York scene at the height of his career in the 1880's. This fine book is just one of his many legacies, and is an invaluable contribution toward a better understanding of our fine friends Down Under.
By Irina Bogatyreva, Igor Savelyev, Tatiana Mazepina. 2011
These stories take the reader along the endless roads of central Russia, the Urals, the Altai, Siberia, and beyond. In… energetic and vivid prose they depict all sorts of curious Russian types: exotic adventures in far-flung places, the complex psychological relationships that develop on the road, and these hitchhikers' inexplicable passion for tramping.<P><P> "In via veritas" is their motto. The authors are all winners of the Debut Prize, and will present the book at BEA in 2012 in New York.Irina Bogatyreva lives in Moscow. She has won several prizes, including the Debut, for her novel AUTO-STOP. She has several published books to her credit.Tatiana Mazepina is the latest Debut Prize winner. She is a member of the Society of Free Travellers. She works as a journalist and writes on religious matters.Igor Savelyev lives in Ufa (Bashkiria) where he works as a crime reporter. He is the winner of the Debut Prize and several other prizes.
By Mikhail Levitin. 2012
"The picture resembles a Chagall painting. . . . Or perhaps this anti-autobiography is meant to satirize the old Russian… question 'Who is to blame?' with the Jewish answer: Me."--The Times Literary Supplement In the title novella the hero, after a marital infidelity, takes his family to Paris hoping to win his beautiful wife's forgiveness.
By Marlon James. 2005
"A powerful first novel . . . Writing with assurance and control, James uses his small-town drama to suggest the… larger anguish of a postcolonial society struggling for its own identity."--New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)"Elements coalesce in a Jamaican stew spicier than jerk chicken. First novelist James moves effortlessly between lyrical patois and trenchant observations . . . It's 150-proof literary rum guaranteed to intoxicate and enchant. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (*starred* review)This stunning debut novel tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957 with language as taut as classic works by Cormac McCarthy and a richness reminiscent of early Toni Morrison.Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. His second novel, The Book of Night Women, a New York Times Editors' Choice, was released in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. Currently a professor of literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he divides his time between Jamaica, New York City, and the Twin Cities.
By Brianna DuMont. 2018
Caution: don’t look for the good guys in here.What do Mother Theresa, Honest Abe, and Mahatma Gandhi have in common?… They’re all too good for this book, that’s what.Sure, you’ll find some familiar faces like Queen Elizabeth I and Thomas Edison in here, but you’ll learn that behind their angelic smiles were cunning con artists who stole their way to gold and greatness. Follow the trail of twelve troublemakers to learn what really made the Mona Lisa the most iconic painting in the world, meet the most powerful pirate from history (it’s probably not who you’re expecting), and watch empires rise and fall with the theft of a simple tea plant. Turns out our world owes a lot to those who dabble on the dark side.If you’re not scared of crooks and criminals, take a peek at this new side of history . . .
By Anthony C. Winkler. 2013
"The brutalities of Jamaica's past and the myriad social and cultural contradictions that contributed to it are conveyed with a… genuine fondness for this complicated and conflicted place. A surprising, and surprisingly sophisticated, approach to historical fiction."--Publishers Weekly"Jamaica-born Winkler opens a door into a cultural period beset by an inhumane system that poisons relationships between whites and blacks."--Kirkus Reviews"[A] powerful and deeply moving tour de force. . . .Winkler submits imperialist dogma and the English aristocracy's casual acceptance of violence and cruelty to punishing satirical critique. He takes special pleasure in redefining the idea of the 'English gentleman,' embodied by his clueless and spoiled protagonist, Hartley Fudges, a terrifically rendered young English aristocrat who gets himself banished to Jamaica after attempting to kill his brother for his inheritance. VERDICT Essential reading for fans of literary fiction."--Library Journal"Winkler has a fine ear for patois and dialogue, and a love of language that makes bawdy jokes crackle."--New Yorker"A riveting social commentary on British nobility forced onto an undeveloped island, this isn't Robert Crawley meets Bob Marley circa 1800s--although one could imagine Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith uttering a few of the biting and sarcastic lines throughout this humorous page-turner."--Atlantan Magazine"Jamaican-born novelist Anthony Winkler's forthcoming novel, Family Mansion, conjures up the cruelties of slavery with the author's trademark irreverence and wit . . . The first two novels of Winkler's captivating trilogy are rife with hypnotic imagery and fascinating historical asides. They evoke the colonial world with erudition, irony, and complexity, and should be read by anyone interested in the broader implications of empire."--Brooklyn Rail"The Family Mansion is written with the comic sensibility of Wodehouse and the insightful social comment of Orwell."--Midwest Book Review"In The Family Mansion, Anthony C. Winkler continues his exploration begun in God Carlos of Europe's colonization of Jamaica; whereas the latter focused on the brutality of the sixteenth-century Spanish invaders, this new (and surprisingly adventurous) novel sets its sights on the ravages of the more 'dignified' British conquistadors. Bringing history to life via the quixotic character of Hartley Fudges is an impressive enough feat, but it is Winkler's uncanny ability to add uproarious humor to this shameful history that sets The Family Mansion apart from the standard fare of historical fiction."--Colin Channer, author of The Girl with the Golden ShoesThe Family Mansion tells the story of Hartley Fudges, whose personal destiny unfolds against the backdrop of nineteenth-century British culture, a time when English society was based upon the strictest subordination and stratification of the classes. Hartley's decision to migrate to Jamaica at the age of twenty-three seems sensible at first: in the early 1800s Jamaica was far and away the richest and most opulent of all the crown colonies. But for all its fabulous wealth, Jamaica was a difficult and inhospitable place for an immigrant.The complex saga of Hartley's life is revealed in vivid scenes that depict the vicissitudes of ninteenth-century English and Jamaican societies. Aside from violent slave revolts, newcomers had to survive the nemesis of the white man in the tropics-namely, yellow fever. With Hartley's point of view as its primary focus, the narrative transports readers to exotic lands, simultaneously exploring the brutality of England's slavery-based colonization.Anthony C. Winkler was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1942 and is widely recognized as one of the island's finest exports. His novels include The Lunatic (1987; adapted into a feature film), The Duppy (1997), Dog War (2007), and God Carlos (2012). He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.