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By Michael O'Brien

Sophia House is determined in Warsaw through the Nazi career. Pawel Tarnowski, a bookseller, supplies safe haven to David Schäfer, a Jewish formative years who has escaped from the ghetto, and hides him within the attic of the bookshop. in the course of the wintry weather of 1942-43, haunted through the looming risk of discovery, they talk about solid and evil, sin and redemption, literature and philosophy, and their respective spiritual perspectives of fact. many years later, David turns into a convert to Catholicism, is the Carmelite priest Fr. Elijah Schäfer known as by way of the Pope to confront the Anti-christ in Michael O'Brien's best-selling novel, Father Elijah: an Apocalypse.

In this "prequel", the writer explores the that means of affection, spiritual identification, and sacrifice considered from specified views. the forged of characters additionally comprises the infamous count number Smokrev, a literate Nazi significant, a French novelist, a terrifying Polish endure, the Russian icon painter Andrei Rublev, and Pawel's liked Kahlia, the elusive determine who strikes during the tale as an unseen presence. because the tale unfolds, the lack of non secular fatherhood in past due Western society is printed as an issue of language within the middle and soul, and as one of many gravest crises of our instances. because the writer issues how you can rediscovery of our Father in heaven, he additionally exhibits us the trail to renewal of human fatherhood. it is a novel approximately small offerings that shift the stability of the area.

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Download All The Beautiful Things by Mark Reid PDF

By Mark Reid

"All the attractive issues" transports you from the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest to the colourful towns of the a long way East and from the flip of 1 century to the following. This story of a relations from Portland, Oregon spans 4 generations and 100 years. it's a tale that's half epic experience, half relations saga, and half contemplation on lifestyles, loss of life, and what it's that makes us human.

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Download The Walworth Beauty by Michèle Roberts PDF

By Michèle Roberts

From the Booker-shortlisted writer comes a sensuous, evocative novel exploring the lives of ladies in Victorian London, for enthusiasts of Sarah Waters, Emma Donoghue and Kate Atkinson

2011: whilst Madeleine loses her task as a lecturer, she comes to a decision to go away her riverside flat in cobbled Stew Lane, the place historical past by no means feels distant, and flow to Apricot position. but right here too, during this quiet Walworth cul-de-sac, she senses the prior encroaching: a transferring within the surroundings, a present of unseen existence.

1851: and Joseph Benson has been hired via Henry Mayhew to assist examine his articles at the operating periods. A family members guy with mouths to feed, Joseph is tasked with coaxing testimony from prostitutes. Roaming the Southwark streets, he's tempted via brothels' supplies of delight – and as he struggles together with his task, he seeks solutions in Apricot position, the place the enigmatic Mrs Dulcimer runs a boarding house.

As those entwined tales spread, alive with the sensations of London previous and current, the 2 eras brush opposed to one another – a breath at Madeleine's neck, a voice in her head – the murmurs of ghosts echoing via time. Rendered in speedy, intoxicating prose, The Walworth good looks is a haunting story of wish and exploitation, isolation and loss, and the faltering look for human connection; this can be Michèle Roberts at her masterful best.

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Download The Straw Obelisk by Adolph Caso PDF

By Adolph Caso

This unusual antiwar novel is decided in post-World battle II Italy the place Samuele, a tender soldier in poor health with intake, returns to his village a lot replaced through the horrors he witnessed in conflict. continually sizzling tempered, he's now extra accepting of human foibles. This contrasts sharply with the customarily harsh traditions of the village. a tender married girl can pay along with her existence for a temporary indiscretion, and lots of consider her homicide justified. now not Samuele, who tracks down the killer, who occurs to be her husband and his buddy. The obelisk of the identify is a tall, intricately exact constitution that has to be transported utilizing harmful maneuvers, yet Samuele makes use of his waning power to guide the hassle in bringing this image of affection and peace to town sq.. even supposing no longer poetic, the writing is useful and does inspires the truth of village lifestyles. Library magazine, may well 1995.

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Download Negra (Narrativas hispánicas) (Spanish Edition) by Wendy Guerra PDF

By Wendy Guerra

Nirvana del Risco es los angeles primera heroína negra cubana que se muestra desnuda, abierta y descarnada ante lo que por prejuicios muchos esconden: los angeles bisexualidad, el racismo, l. a. política, el miedo y l. a. cercana intimidad con el enemigo. Hija de los angeles generación de los años 60 y rebelde protagonista habanera en los 2000, recorre el camino entre lo prohibido y lo sagrado, revelando así ocultas recetas asentadas en una cultura afrocubana (Regla de Ocha). Rituales que van desde los angeles dinástica brujería cubana, aquella que pocos aceptan abiertamente y se united states en rituales y conjuros cotidianos, hasta el complejo equilibrismo entre raza, sexo, política y religión. Nirvana huye del oráculo convencida de que el culto afrocubano conserva l. a. leyenda de su vida, pero make a decision liberarse y cambiar las reglas, desobedecer los angeles letra que le dictan los orishas, retirando así de su vida los antídotos a terribles designios que los angeles acompañan desde su nacimiento. Condimentos endémicos, acentos oriundos y sensuales, sabores agridulces y tropicales revelan una parte escondida de los angeles mezclada nacionalidad cubana. A esta modelo criolla e ilustrada se le presenta un camino épico, único y oscuro que atraviesa con arrojo, ruta pasional entre Cuba y Francia, donde intenta asentarse, derribando tópicos y rompiendo los estigmas que significan ser hoy en el mundo una hermosa mujer cubana y negra como l. a. noche. El destino trágico de esta heroína narra una parte brilliant y poco explorada por los angeles literatura femenina latinoamericana. Con un lenguaje mágico y contemporáneo, los angeles autora nos invita a un viaje singular bañado por sublimes Lágrimas negras. l. a. palabra «Negra» es para algunos un término tabú; para los angeles protagonista de esta espléndida novela contiene toda los angeles música, el sabor y el sentimiento de su cuerpo, su alma y su nación.

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Download The Sun and Two Seas by Vikramajit Ram PDF

By Vikramajit Ram

It is the 13th century advert. the dominion of Kalinga is thriving, having lately defeated Turkish forces encroaching from the North and demonstrated thriving ties as a long way afield as Africa. King Narasimha Ganga plans to immortalize himself by means of construction the terrific solar Temple on the fringe of the ocean. despite the fact that, not able to choose the best layout, and beset by means of monetary woes, he comes to a decision to target anything extra congenial: sending a royal reward of major farm animals to an African Sultan. in the meantime, his ignored consort searches for solace via learning the celebrities, and her younger cousin drifts aimlessly throughout the palace, enjoying the flute and flirting with good-looking soldiers. 

When Narasimha’s youth buddy, the Crown Prince of Parijatapuri arrives, pursued by way of a band of assassins, to maintain him out of harm’s manner, Narasimha dispatches either him—as his Envoy—and his feckless cousin-in-law—as Superintendent of the Cattle—on the voyage to Africa. they have to carry the farm animals and convey again a zarafa, an unique four-legged animal with ‘the neck of a snake’ which, in keeping with the half-Chinese Royal Scrivener, is ‘a harbinger of fortune and serenity’. 

Before the voyage is over, all of the characters are reworked as they juggle clandestine amorous affairs and treasonous plots, suffer laborious trips and feature terrifying encounters with unknown monsters. 

Written in lush, bright prose, leavened by means of wry humour, and teeming with memorable characters, The solar and Seas is a fascinating read.

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Download The Double Crown: Secret Writings of the Female Pharaoh by Marié Heese PDF

By Marié Heese

This gripping novel is the interesting and precise tale of Hatshepsut, the feminine pharaoh who governed over Egypt for 2 a long time round 1500 BC. The “double crown” refers to her reign over top and reduce Egypt, but additionally the twin nature of her lifestyles: Pharaoh and girl in a single individual. She relates her tale in a chain of scrolls, with additions via her scribe (to whom she has given the scrolls for safekeeping). We examine the grievous lack of her youngsters; her thwarted love for Senenmut; the suspicion that impairs her judgement and finally ends up in the demise of her good friend, the unswerving Khani. How Hatshepsut turned pharaoh, and why her identify was once expunged from her temples and obelisks after her dying, is the topic of this novel. a colourful and poignant portrayal of an bold and brave girl and the betrayals she faces, either as a lady and a ruler. (Most of the characters within the novel are recorded in historical past, purely approximately 20 are fictional. however the fusion of fiction and non-fiction is seamless. The dwarf Bek and his spouse, who're fictional, are as convincing as Hatshepsut’s nurse, who's an old figure.)Dan Lazar, Heese’s US agent, rightly calls her “a literary stylist with advertisement chops”.

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Download Catalina (German Edition) by Markus Orths PDF

By Markus Orths

used to be, wenn ein Mädchen sich entscheidet, als Mann zu leben? Ihre Haare abschneidet, Männerkleidung trägt und ihr Verhalten der neuen Rolle anpaßt? was once, wenn sie die fremde Identität mit der Zeit immer mehr verinnerlicht? "Ganz von vorn beginnen, ein neuer Mensch, selber zusammengenäht, selber gestrickt in der Finsternis."

Catalina: Das ist die Geschichte von Catalina de Erauso, die im 17. Jahrhundert lebte, eine schmale Autobiographie hinterließ und ein unglaubliches Leben führte. Markus Orths erfindet dieses Leben noch einmal neu: packend, rasant, kenntnisreich und voll unglaublicher Ereignisse und Wendungen.
An einem strahlend blauen "Sonnenregentag" in San Sebastián wird Catalina als sechstes und letztes type von María Pérez de Galarraga y Arce geboren. Ihr zehn Jahre älterer Bruder Miguel, zu dem Catalina eine innige Beziehung entwickelt, entfacht in ihr eine Sehnsucht nach der Neuen Welt: die Silberminen Potosís, der damals reichsten Stadt Südamerikas, größer noch als Paris, Rom oder London.
Als Miguel die Familie für immer verläßt und nach Potosí aufbricht, hat Catalina nur noch einen Wunsch: "Ihm hinterherfahren! schwor sie, und etwas Neues füllte sie aus, etwas, an das sie sich klammern konnte, von nun an, für immer, etwas, an das sie mit Besessenheit glauben konnte, ein Ziel, ein Sinn, eine Aufgabe."
Und was once sie auf dem Weg von San Sebastián nach Neu-Spanien, Chile und Peru erlebt, ist die atemberaubende Geschichte einer verzweifelten Suche nach dem anderen, die zugleich die Suche nach sich selbst ist.

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Download Back Creek by Leslie Goetsch PDF

By Leslie Goetsch

again Creek is a teenage drama set in the summertime of 1975 in tidewater Virginia a couple of woman graduating from highschool who quickly places her collage plans apart to appear after her mom, who has back domestic to rural North Carolina, her older sister, a photographer who’s lower back from big apple urban, pregnant with the kid of a place of birth boyfriend who’s simply killed himself at the creek, and an alcoholic father not able to get with his spouse and the older sister, yet who makes a decision, after a romantic interlude with an older, Vietnam warfare vet, and a typhoon, that she will merely support others while she’s prepared to simply accept support from others.

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Download Barefoot to Palestine by Loretta J Krause PDF

By Loretta J Krause

It’s 1987, yet for the hot Shakespeare instructor at a personal academy in New Jersey—Cassie Komsky, who misplaced her US Marine husband in a bombing in Lebanon in 1983—time rewinds whilst she meets Samir, a scholar with whom she is tragically linked.

The nonverbal Samir misplaced his mom and dad within the US Embassy bombing in Lebanon in 1983. And simply as Cassie wishes a brand new lifestyles for herself and her daughter, Samir hopes in basic terms to discover love and a voice in a dating with one other scholar, Rachel.

But as Cassie leads discussions of Othello and Hamlet and what Shakespeare says in regards to the human situation, she and her scholars observe the real-life results of jealousy and hatred. Ethnic tensions and hostility threaten Samir’s destiny, and undesirable advances from an unscrupulous dean threaten the soundness Cassie so desperately seeks. Tragedy looms huge at the horizon.

Set opposed to the backdrop of the worldwide fallout of the center East conflagration of the Nineteen Eighties, this dynamic tale’s style and period-defying subject matters will resonate with all considerate readers. Interwoven with poignant parallels to the undying ethos of Shakespeare’s tragedies, this is often the story of the darkish truth that reigns while distrust and hate overcome humanity and love.

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