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By S. G. Garwood, Jonathan M. Jackson. 2018
Historical fiction based more on fact than fiction The authors captured the brutality bestowed upon the soldiers who fought… America s bloodiest war the War Between the States 1861-1865 The story shows the bravery of the final crew of the CS Hunley the first hunter-killer submarine and the tragic ending of the love between Miss Queenie and Lt Dixon commander of the Hunley who died with his vessel after sinking the USS Housatonic off the coast of Charleston South Carolina The graphic descriptions of wartime combat field hospitals and life for men and women during the American Civil War will surely elicit a wide-range of emotions within its readers This is a must-read novel for Civil War aficionados residents of the Lowcountry and Charlestonians --Wayne T Dowdy author of the novel Unknown Innocence and volumes of other writings including his most popular blog Southern Pride-Waving a Confederate Flag
By Carolina De Robertis. 2012
A coming-of-age story based on a recent shocking chapter of Argentine history about a young woman who makes… a devastating discovery about her origins with the help of an enigmatic houseguest Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires with a cold polished mother and a straitlaced naval officer father whose profession she learned early on not to disclose in a country still reeling from the abuses perpetrated by the deposed military dictatorship Perla understands that her parents were on the wrong side of the conflict but her love for her pap is unconditional But when Perla is startled by an uninvited visitor she begins a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has suppressed all her life and to make a wrenching decision about who she is and who she will become
By Montague Kobbé. 2013
Colorful detours into native lore such as a rich Dutchman s fabled courtship of a local beauty strike… grace notes that echo Marquez readers will be rewarded with the little-known tale of how the underdog country demanded its own place in the 20th century --Publishers WeeklyBest Book of 2013 Selection The Airship Black Balloon Publishing With tremendous humanity and humor the novel articulates these themes through the power of the relationships and the urgency each character demonstrates in this quest for self-determination --The Caribbean Writer This is a book about revolution and the underdog about a small isolated island fighting for recognition opportunity and justice it is a compelling tale about a curious historical episode but also a vital look at priorities perspective and the right to live in dignity issues that much like Anguilla s rebellion of 1967 are all too easily forgotten --The Island Review Readers will be rewarded with deeper insight into the political and economic turmoil engulfing that region --Historical Novel Society Revolution and historic change--words that can remain detached concepts unless we can somehow connect them with their human face and the lives behind them This is what first-time novelist Montague Kobb achieves in marvelous style and depth in The Night of the Rambler--weaving a Caribbean tapestry of places wider events the individuals shaped by them and how they ultimately come together to shape events themselves in the times leading to a revolution on Anguilla in 1967 --Maco Magazine Vivid funny and thoughtful Much like the revolution it covers it s compelling --Columbia College Chicago The Review Lab However unusual this revolution is it is a prelude to Anguilla s eventual divorce from St Kitts and Nevis before becoming a separate British territory its unconventional LOL factor could diversify an elective college course on revolutions with something bloody peaceful --New PagesOn June 9 1967 sixteen men from Anguilla a forgotten island in the Caribbean set sail aboard a thirty-five-foot sloop the Rambler to make the night-time journey to St Kitts where they intended to carry out a coup d tat and install a new government sympathetic to their separatist cause Set against the turbulent background of world politics in the sixties The Night of the Rambler tells the story of a misinformed and misconceived plan carried out incompetently by a group of scarcely trained and ill-equipped amateurs who escape calamity by mere coincidence And yet somehow the main purpose of their mission the furtherance of Anguilla s struggle to dissociate itself from the newly formed state of St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla and to return to the British colonial fold is significantly strengthened by this quite possibly the most outrageous episode in the history of revolutions Loosely based on the historical facts surrounding the Anguilla Revolution of 1967 The Night of the Rambler unfolds across the fifteen hours that lapse between the moment when the rebels board the motorboat that will take them across the strait to St Kitts and the break of dawn the following day when it becomes obvious that the unaccomplished mission will have to be aborted The novel consciously moves away from the historical category purposely altering at will the sequence of facts narrated collating fully fictional episodes with vaguely accurate anecdotes and replacing the protagonists with fictional characters At turns highly dramatic and hilarious Kobb brings deep honesty to the often-unexamined righteousness of revolution With echoes of Salman Rushdie s Midnight s Children Junot D az s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Mario Vargas Llosa s Conversation in the Cathedral The Night of the Rambler touches upon the universal topics of freedom and self-determination with humor and sensibility creating an alternative reality that is informed by real life but ultimately gov
By Anthony C. Winkler. 2007
In this outrageously out-of-order hilarious novel the reader discovers that lunacy is by no means restricted to the… village madman and that goodness and forgiveness may be rarer qualities found in unexpected places Aloysius is tolerated by neighbors but forced to eke out a living by doing odd jobs using the hospitable woodlands for shelter He is starved of human companionship instead he has running conversations with trees and plants Then love or a peculiar version of it comes to Aloysius in the form of a solidly built German lady Inga Schmidt who has come to Jamaica to photograph the flora and fauna
By J. M. Coetzee, Amy Gutmann. 2016
The idea of human cruelty to animals so consumes novelist Elizabeth Costello in her later years that she can no… longer look another person in the eye: humans, especially meat-eating ones, seem to her to be conspirators in a crime of stupefying magnitude taking place on farms and in slaughterhouses, factories, and laboratories across the world. Costello's son, a physics professor, admires her literary achievements, but dreads his mother's lecturing on animal rights at the college where he teaches. His colleagues resist her argument that human reason is overrated and that the inability to reason does not diminish the value of life; his wife denounces his mother's vegetarianism as a form of moral superiority. At the dinner that follows her first lecture, the guests confront Costello with a range of sympathetic and skeptical reactions to issues of animal rights, touching on broad philosophical, anthropological, and religious perspectives. Painfully for her son, Elizabeth Costello seems offensive and flaky, but--dare he admit it?--strangely on target. In this landmark book, Nobel Prize-winning writer J. M. Coetzee uses fiction to present a powerfully moving discussion of animal rights in all their complexity. He draws us into Elizabeth Costello's own sense of mortality, her compassion for animals, and her alienation from humans, even from her own family. In his fable, presented as a Tanner Lecture sponsored by the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Coetzee immerses us in a drama reflecting the real-life situation at hand: a writer delivering a lecture on an emotionally charged issue at a prestigious university. Literature, philosophy, performance, and deep human conviction--Coetzee brings all these elements into play. As in the story of Elizabeth Costello, the Tanner Lecture is followed by responses treating the reader to a variety of perspectives, delivered by leading thinkers in different fields. Coetzee's text is accompanied by an introduction by political philosopher Amy Gutmann and responsive essays by religion scholar Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Marjorie Garber, and moral philosopher Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation. Together the lecture-fable and the essays explore the palpable social consequences of uncompromising moral conflict and confrontation.
By Juan Saer, Hilary Dobel. 2016
Saer is one of the best writers of today in any language --Ricardo Piglia What Saer presents marvelously is… the experience of reality and the characters attempts to write their own narratives within its excess --BookforumIn modern-day Paris Pich n Garay receives a computer disk containing a manuscript--which might be fictional or could be a memoir--by Doctor Real a nineteenth-century physician tasked with leading a group of five mental patients on a trip to a recently constructed asylum Their trip which ends in disaster and fire is a brilliant tragicomedy thanks to the various insanities of the patients among whom is a delusional man who greatly over-estimates his own importance and a nymphomaniac nun who tricks everyone--even the other patients--into sleeping with her Fascinating as a faux historical novel and written in Saer s typically gorgeous Proustian style The Clouds can be read as a metaphor for exile--a huge theme for Saer and a lot of Argentine writers--as well as an examination of madness Juan Jos Saer was the leading Argentinian writer of the post-Borges generation The author of numerous novels and short-story collections including Scars and La Grande Saer was awarded Spain s prestigious Nadal Prize in 1987 for The Event Five of his novels are available from Open Letter Books Hilary Vaughn Dobel has an MFA in poetry and translation from Columbia University She is the author of two manuscripts and in addition to Saer she has translated work by Carlos Pintado
By Juan Saer, Roanne Kantor. 1976
The most important Argentinian writer since Borges --The IndependentThe One Before is a triptych of sorts consisting of… a series of short pieces--called Arguments --and two longer stories-- Half-Erased and The One Before --all of which revolve around the ideas of exile and memory Many of the characters who populate Juan Jos Saer s other novels appear here including Tomatis ngel Leto and Washington Noriega who appear in La Grande Scars and The Sixty-Five Years of Washington all of which are available from Open Letter
This book examines the role played by the international circulation of literature in constructing cultural memories of the Second World… War War writing has rarely been read from the point of view of translation even though war is by definition a multilingual event and knowledge of the Second World War and the Holocaust is mediated through translated texts Here the author opens up this field of research through analysis of several important works of French war fiction and their English translations The book examines the wartime publishing structures which facilitated literary exchanges across national borders the strategies adopted by translators of war fiction the relationships between translated war fiction and dominant national memories of the war and questions of multilingualism in war writing In doing so it sheds new light on the political and ethical questions that arise when the trauma of war is represented in fiction and through translation This engaging work will appeal to students and scholars of translation cultural memory war fiction and Holocaust writing
By Sergio Chejfec, Enrique Vila-Matas, Margaret Carson. 2008
An extraordinary meditation on experience writing and space My Two Worlds is about a writer lost in… an unfamiliar Brazilian city searching for a park Struggling to match the two-dimensional map with reality and disturbed by the bad reviews his new book is receiving he begins to see his thoughts reflections and memories mirrored in the landscape and its inhabitants
By Norman Bridwell. 1991
By Patrick Modiano, Penny Hueston. 2001
One day in the corridors of the metro, nineteen-year-old Thérèse sees a woman in a yellow coat. Could this be… her mother? Who called her Little Jewel? But didn't her mother die in Morocco years earlier? She follows the woman, hoping to find answers to questions that have haunted her since childhood. As Thérèse describes her elusive memories, travelling around Paris, she reveals how every corner of the city recalls the past. Little Jewelis a profound story about memory, childhood, betrayal, and the search for identity and connection. Called the 'Marcel Proust of our time', Modiano writes prose that is limpid, spare and elegant. The 2014 Nobel Prize committee awarded him the prize 'for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the Occupation'. Born in Paris in 1945, Patrick Modianohas published over thirty novels, as well as the screenplay forLacombe Lucien, and a number of children's books. He has won many prizes, including the 2014 Nobel Prize. 'Little Jewelis Modiano's Madame Bovary. ' Jérôme Garcin, Le Nouvel Observateur 'Modiano is the poet of the Occupation and a spokesman for the disappeared. ' Guardian 'Throughout these books, Modiano tackles thoughtfully and with great imaginative sympathy, that most necessary and problematic part of the human psyche--our relationship with the past. ' Age/SMHon Paris Nocturneand Little Jewel 'These novels [Paris Nocturneand Little Jewel] are not just a collection of marks on a collection of pages but a metaphysical archive of a time of complex personal and collective trauma. In Modiano, the city is a mirror, each of its streets a palimpsest. We gain access to an inner life that otherwise goes undetected. ' Australianon Paris Nocturneand Little Jewel 'Strange, wonderful and very French. ' Daily Telegraph 'A short book, that can easily be read in a single sitting, and given the mood it creates it is probably advisable to do such. This is another novel in translation that uses elusive memories and nostalgia to reveal an identity. An original voice and a decent introduction to Modiano's work. ' Messy Booker
By Robin Moger, Youssef Rakha. 2013
Set in Cairo between 1997 and 2011, The Crocodiles is narrated in numbered, prose poem-like paragraphs, set against the backdrop… of a burning Tahrir Square, by a man looking back on the magical and explosive period of his life when he and two friends started a secret poetry club amid a time of drugs, messy love affairs, violent sex, clumsy but determined intellectual bravado, and retranslations of the Beat poets. Youssef Rakha's provocative, brutally intelligent novel of growth and change begins with a suicide and ends with a doomed revolution, forcefully capturing thirty years in the life of a living, breathing, daring, burning, and culturally incestuous Cairo. From the Trade Paperback edition.
By Sergio Chejfec, Heather Cleary. 1999
When he reads about a mysterious explosion, the narrator's thoughts turn to his disappeared childhood friend, M, who was abducted… during a spasm of political violence in Buenos Aires in the early 1970s. He convinces himself that M must have died in this explosion, and he begins to tell the story of their friendship through a series interconnected vignettes.
By Ld Robison. 2017
At the end of World War II, most of the veterans who valiantly defended our country’s freedoms left the military… and returned home. A few of these gallant men, though, chose to remain in the service, and they found themselves in Japan—along with those few who stayed in uniform because they had nowhere else to go. When war breaks out in Korea, a new generation of men and women arrive—either drafted or volunteering to fill the empty ranks left by the departing servicemen. As the war rages, a different dynamic starts to take place in Japan, one that will shape and mold the future lives of this new generation. This novel tells the story of their experiences, trials, disappointments, loves, wants, and needs.
By Nancy Lane, Lynda Graham-Barber. 2012
One day, KokoCat, a well-loved housecat, sees an open door, a chance to escape her pleasant life, to explore an… exciting world outdoors. Once outside, she finds that life is more frightening and less enjoyable than she bargained for. Hungry, lost, and alone, KokoCat takes shelter under a dumpster and dreams of her former life inside. In vibrant images, KokoCat's story shows the reader that keeping a domestic cat indoors is better both for the well being and longevity of the cat as well as for the birds and wild animals on which a cat preys. The book's final page for parents and adults offers important information, provocative questions, and tips to increase young readers' awareness of this important animal health and welfare issue. Lynda Graham-Barber's abiding passions for writing and animals have intermingled for four-decades, as children's book editor, writing teacher, author of thirteen books, and animal rights advocate. The author, who holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College, lives in a small stone cottage, which she helped build, situated on 160 wooded acres in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, with her artist husband David and their rescued dog Biscuit. Nancy Lane has been an award-winning illustrator for the last twenty years. Her picture books include Call the Horse Lucky and A Home for Dakota (both from The Gryphon Press). She lives in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York with her family and her rescued dog and cats.
By Antoine Volodine, Jeffrey Zuckerman. 2017
Part post-apocalyptic adventure story and part scathing critique of humanity, Volodine’s award-winning novel takes place after the fall of the… Second Soviet Union against a bleak, almost Tarkovskian landscape. A number of damaged individuals wander this nuclear winter seeking safety, both from the elements and from the psychotic Solovyei who invades people’s dreams and torments them for thousands of years.
By John Charles Chasteen, José Eustasio Rivera. 2018
Published in 1924 and widely acknowledged as a major work of twentieth-century Latin American literature, José Eustasio Rivera's The Vortex… follows the harrowing adventures of the young poet Arturo Cova and his lover Alicia as they flee Bogotá and head into the wild and woolly backcountry of Colombia. After being separated from Alicia, Arturo leaves the high plains for the jungle, where he witnesses firsthand the horrid conditions of those forced or tricked into tapping rubber trees. A story populated by con men, rubber barons, and the unrelenting landscape, The Vortex is both a denunciation of the sensational human-rights abuses that took place during the Amazonian rubber boom and one of the most famous renderings of the natural environment in Latin American literary history.
By Jos Manuel Villalpando. 2017
Este libro se suma a la conmemoración del 150 aniversario de la muerte de Maximiliano y reflexiona sobre el momento… histórico que México vivió en aquella época con un eco frente a nuestro presente. En este penetrante y documentado ensayo histórico se exploran los últimos momentos de Maximiliano como emperador de México, rastreando paso a paso el proceso que lo llevó al paredón de fusilamiento. Bajo la mirada crítica de José Manuel Villalpando, el reconocido historiador mexicano, esta obra profundiza y analiza el juicio que definió el futuro de México. Apoyado en un importante número de fuentes primarias, se examinan las leyes, los recursos y el contexto bajo el cual Maximiliano, al lado de Miguel Miramón y Tomás Mejía, preparó su defensa y fue juzgado y sentenciado con la máxima pena por el gobierno republicano de Benito Juárez. Más allá de la simple condena a Maximiliano por traidor e intervencionista, este estudio llena el vacío que prevaleció durante años acerca del total desconocimiento del juicio, incluso para los tiempos rebeldes y confusos en que sucedió. Entre las fuentes del libro también se comparten los argumentos esgrimidos por algunos personajes que intentaron apoyar al archiduque y persuadir a Juárez de su decisión de ejecutarlo, entre los que destacan el embajador de Estados Unidos, el conde Wydenbruck, y el escritor romántico Víctor Hugo.
By Douglas Durkin, Peter Rider. 1974
One of the most complex experiences for Canadians was World War 1 and its attendant social upheavals. Because of the… lack of a clear description of the emotional forces of the period, historians have tended to concentrate on the political manifestations of agrarian and working class unrest. There are no well-known sources for social commentary, a lack that makes this novel important as an historical document. Originally published in 1923, The Magpie is an articulate and perceptive work which provides an accurate description of the disillusionment that developed after the war when it became apparent that many of the government's promises of social reform were not going to be fulfilled. Craig Forrester – nicknamed 'The Magpie' because of his terseness in conducting business on the Winnipeg Grain Exchange – is appalled by the greed, hypocrisy, and intolerance of the 'decent' classes and opts for persona morality and social justice. Rejecting urban life, he returns to the farm of his childhood, symbol of the traditional values of honesty and simplicity. By having his hero make this choice, Durkin adopts one of the greatest themes of Canadian literature and intellectual thought – the agrarian myth. A secondary theme, of particular interest today, is the role of women in post-war society and the evolution of moral codes. The three women in 'The Magpie's' life achieve surprising degrees of personal autonomy.
By Hillel Halkin, A. B. Yehoshua. 1987
In the autumn, Molkho's wife dies and his years of loving attention are ended. But his newfound freedom is filled… with the erotic fantasies of a man who must fall in love. Winter sees him away to the operas of Berlin and a comic tryst with a legal advisor who has a sprained ankle. Spring takes him to Galilee and an underage Indian girl. Jerusalem in the summer presents him with an offer from an old classmate to seduce his infertile wife. And the next autumn it is Nina (if only they spoke the same language!), whose yearning for her Russian home leads Molkho back to life.Five Seasons is a finely nuanced, unabashedly realistic novel that provides immense reading pleasure.