Category: Literature

The Fever: A Novel

By Megan Abbott

"THE FEVER holds precise to its name: it really is darkish, irritating, surprisingly attractive and completely unshakeable" -- Gillian Flynn.

In this impossible-to-put-down "panic assault of a novel,"* a small-town highschool turns into the breeding flooring for a mysterious sickness.

Deenie Nash is a diligent scholar with a close-knit family members; her brother Eli is a hockey superstar and her father is a well-liked instructor. but if Deenie's ally is struck by means of a terrifying, unexplained seizure at school, the Nashes' seeming balance dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a harmful outbreak unfold via university, and hysteria and contagion swell, a sequence of tightly held secrets and techniques emerges, threatening to solve friendships, households, and the town's fragile feel of protection.

A chilling tale approximately guilt, family members secrets and techniques, and the deadly energy of hope, THE FEVER is "a potboiler within the truest, top experience" and "a nice novel, complete stop."**

*Jodi Picoult
**Slate

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Lenin's Kisses

By Carlos Rojas

A mystifying climatic incongruity starts off the award-winning novel Lenin’s Kisses—an absurdist, tragicomic masterpiece set in modern-day China. Nestled deep in the Balou mountains, spared from the government’s watchful eye, the harmonious humans of Liven had adequate foodstuff and rest to be totally content material. but if their plants and livelihood are obliterated through a seven-day storm from snow in the midst of a sweltering summer time, a county reputable arrives with a profitable scheme either to elevate cash for the district and develop his profession. nearly all of the 197 villagers are disabled, and he convinces them to begin a touring functionality troupe highlighting such acts as One-Eye’s one-eyed needle threading. With the gains from this striking exhibit, he intends to shop for Lenin’s embalmed corpse from Russia and set up it in a grand mausoleum to draw tourism, within the final marriage of capitalism and communism. even if, the good fortune of the Shuanghuai County Special-Skills functionality Troupe comes at a significant price.

Yan Lianke, one in every of China’s so much wonderful writers—whose works usually push the envelope of his country’s censorship system—delivers a funny, bold, and riveting portrait of the trimmings and outcomes of greed and corruption on the center of humanity.

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Le Magazine Littéraire (October 2015)

L. a. déchirure Française
Mensuel n°560 daté octobre 2015
DOSSIER. Lumières contre anti-lumières, l. a. déchirure française. Alors que l. a. contrast entre l. a. gauche et los angeles droite devient diffuse, los angeles France s’est aujourd’hui choisi un nouveau clivage : l. a. «pensée unique» contre les «réacs», les «élites» et le «populisme». À y regarder de plus près, c’est une nouvelle fois l’héritage des Lumières, ses interprétations concurrentes ou son rejet, qui est en jeu. En partant des joutes politiques et intellectuelles contemporaines (notamment cristallisées par le nouvel essai d’Alain Finkielkraut), ce file met en standpoint une guerre des Lumières qui a cours depuis le XVIIIe siècle et ne s’est jamais éteinte: entre Lumières et anti-Lumières, mais aussi entre Lumières divergentes, le conflit est originel en France, non sans paradoxes. Lumières «modérées» ou «radicales», révolutionnaires et contre-révolutionnaires, rationalistes et mystiques… Leur position sur l’échiquier intellectuel est parfois surprenante. Un file coordonné par Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire et Marc Weitzmann

Méfiez-vous des antihéros
Éditorial - par Pierre Assouline dans Mensuel n°560 daté octobre 2015 à l. a. web page three (756 mots) | Gratuit
L'édito par Pierre Assouline. Que peut faire un écrivain de son héros lorsque celui-ci est un antihéros ?
20 années sur écoute
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Patrice Louis
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Khadrafi : l'écrivain dans l. a. peau du colonel
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Ils ont dit
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Ceci n'est pas une critique
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Le prix nobel
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Début octobre, l'Académie suédoise annoncera le lauréat du prix Nobel de littérature, qui succédera à Patrick Modiano.
Le tweet
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Livre monstre
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Après les écrivains espionnés
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Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross (Penguin Classics)

By Sigrid Undset, Tiina Nunnally

Kristin Lavransdatter interweaves political, social, and spiritual historical past with the day-by-day elements of kin existence to create a colourful, richly specific tapestry of Norway through the fourteenth-century. The trilogy, although, is greater than a trip into the prior. Undset's personal life—her familiarity with Norse sagas and folklore and with quite a lot of medieval literature, her stories as a daughter, spouse, and mom, and her deep spiritual faith—profoundly prompted her writing. Her clutch of the connections among earlier and current and of human nature itself, mixed with the intense caliber of her writing, units her works some distance above the style of "historical novels." This new translation through Tina Nunnally—the first English model on the grounds that Charles Archer's translation within the 1920s—captures Undset's strengths as a stylist. Nunnally, an award-winning translator, keeps the average conversation and lyrical movement of the unique Norwegian, with its echoes of outdated Norse legends, whereas deftly keeping off the stilted language and fake archaisms of Archer's translation. furthermore, she restores key passages omitted of that edition.

Undset's skill to provide a meticulously exact historic portrait with out sacrificing the poetry and narrative force of masterful storytelling used to be really major in her fatherland. Granted independence in 1905 after years of overseas domination, Norway was once desirous to reclaim its nationwide historical past and tradition. Kristin Lavransdatter became a touchstone for Undset's contemporaries, and remains to be broadly learn by means of Norwegians this present day. within the greater than seventy five years because it was once first released, it has additionally turn into a favourite during the world.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts improved by way of introductions and notes by means of special students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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The Constant Gardener: A Novel

Scary, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carre's new novel opens with the grotesque homicide of the younger and gorgeous Tessa Quayle close to northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and touring spouse, a physician with one of many relief firms, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's a lot older husband, Justin, a profession diplomat on the British excessive fee in Nairobi, units out on a private odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their reason. A grasp chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of standard humans stuck in political clash, le Carre portrays, in "The consistent Gardener," the darkish facet of unbridled capitalism. His eighteenth novel is usually the profoundly relocating tale of a guy whom tragedy elevates. Justin Quayle, beginner gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, doubtless oblivious to his wife's reason, discovers his personal assets and the intense braveness of the girl he slightly had time to like. "The consistent Gardener" is a powerful exploration of the recent global order via probably the most compelling and stylish storytellers of our time.

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Devil Red (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

By Joe R. Lansdale

Hap and Leonard is now a Sundance television series.

If there’s something Hap Collins and Leonard Pine like, it’s trouble—and they specifically like getting paid to discover it. So while their pal and someday boss Marvin Harmon asks the men to seem right into a cold-case double murder, they’re satisfied to oblige. It seems that either sufferers have been set to inherit a few critical funds, and one in every of them ran with an honest-to-goodness vampire cult. The extra heavily Hap and Leonard glance over the crime-scene photographs, the extra hassle they see. similar to a crimson devil’s head painted on a tree is simply the beginning—a little examine turns up a slew of murders with that very same fiendish signature. And if issues aren’t bizarre adequate, Leonard has taken to donning a deestalker cap . . . Will this be the case that eventually sends Hap over the edge?

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30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

By Laurie E. Maguire

Think you recognize Shakespeare? re-examine . . .

Was a true cranium utilized in the 1st functionality of Hamlet? have been Shakespeare's performs Elizabethan blockbusters? How a lot will we quite learn about the playwright's lifestyles? And what of his infamous dating together with his spouse? Exploring and exploding 30 well known myths concerning the nice playwright, this illuminating new booklet evaluates the entire proof to teach how historic material—or its absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this finds approximately our personal own funding within the tales we tell.

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The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs

By S. T. Joshi, Ambrose Bierce

A veteran of a few of the bloodiest battles of the Civil warfare, Ambrose Bierce went directly to develop into one of many darkest and such a lot dying haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This quantity gathers the main celebrated and important of Bierce's writings. In the Midst of existence (Tales of squaddies and Civilians), his choice of brief fiction concerning the Civil struggle, including the masterpieces "An prevalence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic feel of the horror and randomness of battle. Can Such issues Be? brings jointly "The dying of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and different stories of terror that make Bierce the genre's most important American practitioner among Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the intense lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce labored for many years, screens to the total his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the sequence of memoirs that incorporates the memorable "What I observed of Shiloh," he recreates his reviews within the warfare and its aftermath. the quantity is rounded out with a range of his most sensible uncollected tales. Acclaimed Bierce pupil S. T. Joshi offers designated notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's existence and mysterious disappearance.

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