By Umberto Eco

It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the sumptuous capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned through the knights of the Fourth campaign. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and excessive courtroom reputable from definite loss of life by the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to inform his personal fantastical story.

Born an easy peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has significant gifts-a expertise for studying languages and a ability in telling lies. whilst nonetheless a boy he meets a international commander within the woods, captivating him together with his speedy wit and vigorous brain. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the collage in Paris, the place he makes a couple of fearless, adventurous friends.

Spurred on via myths and their very own reveries, this merry band units out looking for Prester John, a mythical priest-king stated to rule over an enormous nation within the East-a phantasmagorical land of wierd creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and beautiful maidens.

With outstanding digressions, outrageous methods, amazing feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this can be Eco the storyteller at his tremendous best.

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Three Hundred Sixty Degree Diary (Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures)

By Luis Goytisolo

Luis Goytisolo’s novel, 360º Diary, constitutes a mirrored image at the act of creativity. the unconventional is within the kind of a diary that starts at the author’s birthday and concludes one (lunar) 12 months later. every day of the week is pointed out with a subject matter equivalent to the seasons; the large activities of historical past; the organic and mental cycles of all dwelling beings; and time itself. the writer of the diary contemplates and acts upon the entire different types of wisdom that experience come jointly in his individual, both via examine, adventure, or instinct. simply as in his such a lot recognized novel, Antagonía, Goytisolo makes use of 360º Diary to discover the human and the various ways that the person involves recognize and comprehend, in no matter what constrained approach, the chances of human lifestyles. The totality is a complete, 360º view of latest existence by means of an artist applying every thing he has realized as a way to speak with the reader prepared to persist with him in his reflections and, preferably, use them as a kick off point for his/her personal rules.

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Presence: Collected Stories: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

By Arthur Miller

The accrued brief fiction of America’s best dramatist of the twentieth century in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
even though most sensible identified for growing the various maximum dramas of the 20 th century, Arthur Miller was once additionally a grasp of the quick tale. firstly released in prestigious venues just like the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and Esquire, his fiction constitutes a desirable and vital component of his life’s paintings. Presence: gathered Stories revives and reintroduces those masterly works, making to be had in a single quantity tales formerly scattered throughout a number of collections. right here, as in his top performs, Miller pulls aside the threads of yankee existence with soft humanism and unrivaled mental realism. those tales construct at the panorama of Miller’s drama, of Broadway dives and Brooklyn shipyards the place businessmen, writers, bums, and blue-collar staff fight for self worth. This important assortment celebrates not only the Miller we all know via his so much often-performed performs, however the complete of his brilliant intensity as an artist.
For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts superior via introductions and notes via unusual students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by way of award-winning translators.

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The Man with the Golden Arm

By Nelson Algren

A unique of infrequent genius, the fellow with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card-dealing WWII veteran named Frankie computing device, stuck within the act of slowly slicing his personal center into wafer-thin slices. For Frankie, a homicide dedicated could be the least of his problems.
The literary critic Malcolm Cowley referred to as the guy with the Golden Arm "Algren's security of the individual," whereas Carl Sandburg wrote of its "strange middle of the night dignity." A literary travel de strength, here's a novel not like the other, one within which drug habit, poverty, and human failure someway recommend a security of human dignity and a explanation for desire.

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By Daniel Palmer

"A twisting, suspenseful chiller of a book." --William Landay, New York occasions bestselling writer

"Unrelentingly Suspenseful." –Publishers Weekly

The destiny seems to be shiny for Boston couple John Bodine and Ruby Dawes. John's on-line gaming enterprise is becoming, and they are making plans a family members. but if Ruby gets a life-changing analysis, and their assurance will not disguise her remedy, John makes a dicy circulate. He steals a customer's id and documents a fake scientific declare. it really works perfectly--until the client contacts John with a startling proposition. . .

"Tight, Twisty And superb, It extra Establishes Palmer As A strength To Be Reckoned With." –The windfall Journal

If John and Ruby play a bit online game he is devised, he will not file their fraud. the principles of 'Criminal' are uncomplicated: dedicate genuine crimes. but when they fail, there'll be lethal effects. John assumes it is a ailing joke--until humans begin loss of life. Now John and Ruby cannot disappear--and they cannot visit the police. Their in simple terms choice is to maintain enjoying, whereas attempting to outwit a psychopath who has no purpose of allowing them to depart this video game alive. . .

"He understands the way to Hook The Readers And Reel Them In."

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Notes on Blood Meridian: Revised and Expanded Edition (Southwestern Writers Collection)

By John Sepich

Blood Meridian (1985), Cormac McCarthy's epic story of an in a different way anonymous "kid" who in his kids joins a gang of approved scalp hunters whose marauding adventures happen throughout Texas, Chihuahua, Sonora, Arizona, and California in the course of 1849 and 1850, is greatly thought of to be one of many most interesting novels of the outdated West, in addition to McCarthy's maximum paintings. The long island occasions e-book Review ranked it 3rd in a 2006 survey of the "best paintings of yank fiction released within the final twenty-five years," and in 2005 Time selected it as one of many a hundred most sensible novels released in view that 1923. but Blood Meridian's complexity, in addition to its sheer bloodiness, makes it tricky for a few readers. to lead all its readers and aid them get pleasure from the novel's wealth of traditionally verifiable characters, locations, and occasions, John Sepich compiled what has develop into the vintage reference paintings, Notes on Blood Meridian.

Tracing some of the nineteenth-century fundamental resources that McCarthy used, Notes uncovers the historic roots of Blood Meridian. initially released in 1993, Notes remained in print for just a few years and has turn into hugely sought-after within the infrequent e-book industry, with used copies promoting for 1000s of bucks. In bringing the publication again into print to make it extra commonly on hand, Sepich has revised and accelerated Notes with a brand new preface and new essays that discover key topics and matters within the paintings. This amplified version of Notes on Blood Meridian is the fundamental consultant for all who search a fuller realizing and appreciation of McCarthy's most interesting work.

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Mécaniques du ciel

By Tom Bullough

"De toute façon, dans mon monde, il n'y aurait pas de gravité. On pourrait arracher du sol tout ce qu'on voudrait. Dans mon monde, je pourrais faire des bonds de plusieurs verstes et franchir les nuages pour rejoindre l'éther. si l'envie me prenait d'aller à Moscou, il me suffirait de courir et de bondir. Je pourrais même m'y rendre en volant, facile ! Les passagers du educate me verraient filer à toute attract, comme un boulet de canon ! "

En 1867, Kostya a dix ans. Il vit à Riazan, sur les rives du fleuve Oka en russie centrale, et il rêve de s'envoler ; vers Moscou, vers les étoiles. Mais un jour, il contracte une scarlatine qui le prive de ses facultés auditives.Seules sa fascination pour le progrès et sa soif de savoir lui donnent de l'espoir.
Des forêts infestées de loups aux bordels moscovites, des superstitions villageoises aux miracles technologiques, du tragique à l'amour, Mécaniques du ciel raconte l'extraordinaire histoire d'un savant autodidacte qui, grâce à son admirable entêtement, a envoyé l'humanité dans l'espcace. En mêlant fiction et histoire, technological know-how et émerveillement, ce roman poétique, enchanteur, démontre le pouvoir illimité de l'imagination.

"Merveilleux... Un roman histoirque qui porte l'histoire avec légèreté." The Observer

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Mal-entendido em Moscou

By Simone de Beauvoir

Um romance inédito no Brasil de Simone de Beauvoir.

André e Nicole, dois professores universitários aposentados que sentem o peso da idade, viajam para a União Soviética pela segunda vez na vida. Lá, encontram a filha do primeiro casamento de André, Macha, uma mulher decidida que vive na grande experiência do socialismo do século XX. Assim, inicia-se uma série de mal-entendidos relacionados a questões individuais e coletivas – a não comunicação, a ideia de envelhecer, o amor de longa info, o papel e a identidade da mulher, as expectativas políticas etc.

Mal-entendido em Moscou, que se vale das experiências de Simone de Beauvoir e de seu marido, Jean-Paul Sartre, em viagem à União Soviética, é um tocante relato sobre decepções políticas e sentimentais que lançam uma luz sobre a singularidade de nossa existência.

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Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band Is Playing & Leviathan '99

By Ray Bradbury

A journalist bearing poor information leaps from a still-moving teach right into a small city of amazing, very unlikely secrets and techniques . . .

The doomed team of a starship follows their blind, mad captain on a quest into inner most house to joust with future, eternity, and God Himself . . .

Now and Forever is a daring new paintings from an incomparable artist whose tales have reshaped America's literary panorama. bewitching novellas—each relatively assorted, but uniquely Bradbury—demonstrate the breathtaking variety of his undimmed expertise and the irrepressible power of the brain, spirit, and center of America's preeminent storyteller.

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