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.
By Mark Reid
By Michèle Roberts
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.
By Adolph Caso
By Wendy Guerra
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.
By Marié Heese
By Markus Orths
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.
By Leslie Goetsch
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.