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One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century

One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century

  • Author: Roland Schimmelpfennig
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0857056964
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 240
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"A highly original and often hypnotic work . . . exactly the type of book that readers in search of striking European voices should embrace" John Boyne, author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS A contemporary Berlin fairy tale that bristles with urban truths - the first novel of Germany's best-known contemporary playwright One clear, ice-cold January morning shortly after dawn, a wolf crosses the border between Poland and Germany. His trail leads all the way to Berlin, connecting the lives of disparate individuals whose paths intersect and diverge. On an icy motorway eighty kilometres outside the city, a fuel tanker jack-knifes and explodes. The lone wolf is glimpsed on the hard shoulder and photographed by Tomasz, a Polish construction worker who cannot survive in Germany without his girlfriend. Elisabeth and Micha run away through the snow from their home village, crossing the wolf's tracks on their way to the city. A woman burns her mother's diaries on a Berlin balcony. And Elisabeth's father, a famous sculptor, observes the vast skeleton of a whale in his studio and asks: What am I doing here? And why? Experiences and encounters flicker past with a raw, visual power, like frames in a black and white film. Those who catch sight of the wolf see their own lives reflected, and find themselves searching for a different path in a cold time. This first novel of Germany's most celebrated contemporary playwright is written in prose of tremendous power and precision. Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

The Faculty of Dreams

The Faculty of Dreams

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019

  • Author: Sara Stridsberg
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0857054732
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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In April 1988, Valerie Solanas - the writer, radical feminist and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol - was discovered dead in her hotel room, in a grimy corner of San Francisco. She was only 52; alone, penniless and surrounded by the typed pages of her last writings. In The Faculty of Dreams, Sara Stridsberg revisits the hotel room where Solanas died, the courtroom where she was tried and convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol, the Georgia wastelands where she spent her childhood, where she was repeatedly raped by her father and beaten by her alcoholic grandfather, and the mental hospitals where she was interned. Through imagined conversations and monologues, reminisces and rantings, Stridsberg reconstructs this most intriguing and enigmatic of women, articulating the thoughts and fears that she struggled to express in life and giving a powerful, heartbreaking voice to the writer of the infamous SCUM Manifesto.

The Archipelago of Another Life

The Archipelago of Another Life

  • Author: Andreï Makine
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0857057928
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 240
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On the far eastern borders of the Soviet Union, in the sunset of Stalin's reign, soldiers are training for a war that could end all wars, for in the atomic age man has sown the seeds of his own destruction. Among them is Pavel Gartsev, a reservist. Orphaned, scarred by the last great war and unlucky in love, he is an instant victim for the apparatchiks and ambitious careerists who thrive within the Red Army's ranks. Assigned to a search party composed of regulars and reservists, charged with the recapture of an escaped prisoner from a nearby gulag, Gartsev finds himself one of an unlikely quintet of cynics, sadists and heroes, embarked on a challenging manhunt through the Siberian taiga. But the fugitive, capable, cunning and evidently at home in the depths of these vast forests, proves no easy prey. As the pursuit goes on, and the pursuers are struck by a shattering discovery, Gartsev confronts both the worst within himself and the tantalising prospect of another, totally different life. Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan

The Tree of the Toraja

The Tree of the Toraja

  • Author: Philippe Claudel
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0857056999
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 240
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A middle-aged filmmaker visits Indonesia and becomes entranced by the Toraja custom of interning the bodies of very young deceased children in the trunks of trees. In time, the trunk heals, encasing and protecting the tiny bodies as the tree grows slowly heavenwards. On his return to France, the filmmaker receives news that his dearest friend is dying of cancer, prompting a reflection on the part death occupies in our existence, our inability to confront our mortality and our struggle to conceive of a happy life after a devastating loss. For the Toraja, dying is a central part of being alive. Death is at the forefront of their culture, unlike the western preference for keeping death firmly in the shadows, unacknowledged until it begins to really breathe down your neck and simply cannot be ignored; a taboo subject to be feared and resented. Like the trees of the Toraja, this powerful novel encloses and preserves memories of lost loves and friendships, and contains the promise of rebirth and rebuilding, even after a terrible tragedy.

EEG

EEG

  • Author: Daša Drndic
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0857057952
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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*WINNER OF THE BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD USA* *SHORTLISTED FOR THE EBRD PRIZE* *SHORTLISTED FOR THE OXFORD-WEIDENFELD PRIZE* "A writer and thinker of ever greater relevance, a voice whoSe wide-ranging screeds we ignore at our peril" CLAIRE MESSUD "Her work is of such power and scope that had she remained alive, she would have been a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature" JOSIP NOVAKOVICH, Los Angeles Review of Books An urgent new novel about death, war and memory, and a bristling follow-on from Belladonna. In this extraordinary final work, Daša Drndic's combative, probing voice reaches new heights. In her relentless search for truth she delves into the darkest corners of our lives. And as she chastises, she also atones. Andreas Ban failed in his suicide attempt. Even as his body falters and his lungs constrict, he taps on the glass of history - an impenetrable case filled with silent figures - and tries to summon those imprisoned within. Mercilessly, fearlessly, he continues to dissect society and his environment, shunning all favours as he goes after the evils and hidden secrets of others. History remembers the names of perpetrators, not of the victims. Ban travels from Rijeka to Rovinj in nearby Istria, from Belgrade to Toronto to Tirana, from Parisian avenues to Italian palazzi. Ghosts follow him wherever he goes: chess grandmasters who disappeared during WWII; the lost inhabitants of Latvia; war criminals who found work in the C.I.A. and died peacefully in their beds. Ban's family is with him too: those he has lost and those with one foot in the grave. As if left with only a few pieces in a chess game, Andreas Ban plays a stunning last match against Death. Translated from the Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth

Annals of the Minnesota Historical Society

Annals of the Minnesota Historical Society

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Minnesota
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The Cultivator & Country Gentleman

The Cultivator & Country Gentleman

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  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Agriculture
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The London Medical Record

The London Medical Record

  • Author: Ernest Abraham Hart
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Medicine
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The London Journal

The London Journal

And Weekly Record of Literature, Science, and Art

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Early American Winters: 1604-1820

Early American Winters: 1604-1820

  • Author: David McWilliams Ludlum
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Meteorology
  • Page: 285
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