Il romanzo della rivolta di Budapest nel 1956 La Storia diventa un romanzo poliziesco nel racconto del capo della polizia di Budapest durante la rivolta del 1956. Il giovane operaio Sándor Kopácsi si distingue tra le file della Resistenza contro i tedeschi, finché l’intervento delle truppe sovietiche segna per lui l’inizio di una folgorante carriera nel nuovo Stato socialista. Appena trentaduenne e già questore di Budapest, nel 1956 deve affrontare la rivolta popolare, questa volta dall’altra parte della barricata. Kopácsi si muove nelle strade di una città inquieta, dove coloro che sono bollati come “controrivoluzionari fascisti” sono in realtà colpevoli solo di volere la fine di un regime totalitario che si macchia di delitti tanto atroci quanto incomprensibili. Tra bombe molotov, invasioni di carri armati, raffiche di mitra, il protagonista agisce come in un giallo, alla ricerca della verità, sempre incerto sulle intenzioni dei suoi interlocutori; insorti, soldati dell’esercito, consiglieri russi e politici ungheresi tramano per la conquista del potere. Gradualmente il questore di Budapest passerà dalla parte dei ribelli e resterà al loro fianco. Un documento unico e avvincente sui fatti realmente accaduti nei dieci giorni dell’insurrezione di Budapest, scritto da un uomo che fu al centro della mischia e che solo vent’anni dopo ha potuto prendere la parola, dopo essere sfuggito alla condanna a morte.
Author: Vilmos Kondor
Publisher: Harper Collins
A dark, riveting, and lightning fast novel of murder, intrigue, and political corruption, set in 1936 Hungary during the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis in Germany, Budapest Noir marks the emergence of an extraordinary new voice in literary crime fiction, Vilmos Kondor. Kondor’s remarkable debut brings this European city to breathtaking life—from the wealthy residential neighborhoods of Buda to the slums of Pest—as it follows crime reporter Zsigmond Gordon’s investigation into the strange death of a beautiful woman. As Gordon’s search for the truth leads him to shocking revelations about a seedy underground crime syndicate and its corrupt political patrons, Budapest Noir will transport you to a dark time and place, and hold you there spellbound until the final page is turned.
Journey by Moonlight
Author: Antal Szerb
Publisher: New York Review of Books
An NYRB Classics Original The trouble begins in Venice, the first stop on Erzsi and Mihály’s honeymoon tour of Italy. Here Erzsi discovers that her new husband prefers wandering back alleys on his own to her company. The trouble picks up in Ravenna, where a hostile man zooms up on a motorcycle as the couple are sitting at an outdoor café. It’s János, someone Mihály hasn’t seen for years, and he wants Mihály to come with him in search of Ervin, their childhood friend. The trouble comes to a head when Mihály misses the train he and Erzsi are due to take to Rome. Off he goes across Italy, wandering from city to city, haunted and accosted by a strange array of figures from the troubled youth that he thought he had left behind: There are the charismatic siblings, Éva and Tamás, whose bizarre amateur theatricals linked sex and death forever in his mind; Ervin, a Jew turned Catholic monk who was his rival for Éva’s love; and again, that ruffian on the motorcycle. Antal Szerb’s dreamlike adventure, like Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, is an intoxicating, utterly individual mix of magic, madness, eros, and menace. In the words of the critic Nicholas Lezard, “No one who has read it has failed to love it.”
A historical novel reflecting the Sicily of the end of the 19th century.
Nelle officine di Mondadori e di Rizzoli, di Einaudi e di Bompiani, di Garzanti e di Feltrinelli, fino ai microlaboratori di e/o e di minimum fax. Quarant'anni di lavoro editoriale raccontati dalle voci dei protagonisti. Nel retrobottega dell'editoria troviamo i maggiori scrittori italiani e stranieri, più spesso al ristorante o in trattoria che in redazione, con le loro debolezze e le passioni, gli umori e i malumori. Leggere questa memoria orale della letteratura contemporanea è come trovarsi faccia a faccia con Oriana Fallaci che in cucina prepara un fritto di pesce, con Allen Ginsberg che si lancia su un piatto fumante di ravioli, con Sciascia che mette mano al portafogli prima di chiunque, con Simenon che aborre gli oggetti di colore verde, con Ellroy che in piena notte, a Milano, urla: «Sono il cane pazzo della letteratura!», con Kerouac sbronzo tra le braccia di mamma-Nanda (Pivano), con Terzani che saluta un amico per l'ultima volta. E poi: Moravia, Morante, Bufalino, Gadda, Calvino, Soldati, Kundera, Rushdie, Harris, Grisham, Eco, Biagi, Manganelli, Bunker, Tamaro, Allende, Tabucchi, Vázquez Montalbán, Doris Lessing, Arbasino, Tondelli, Ammaniti e tanti altri. Tutti scrittori che non avete mai visto così da vicino.
Il lavoro della talpa
Author: Gianfranco Tortorelli
Publisher: Edizioni Pendragon
Death of an Ancient King
Author: Laurent Gaudé
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
A fable about the blindness of war, from a popular writer dubbed "le chouchou des libraires'" ("the darling of the booksellers") by the French press.
Train to Budapest
Author: Dacia Maraini
Publisher: Arcadia Books Limited
1956: Amara, a young Italian journalist, is sent to report on the growing political divide between East and West in post-war central Europe. She also has a more personal mission: to find out what happened to Emanuele, her childhood friend and soulmate from pre-war Florence. Emanuele and his family were Jews transported by the Nazis from wartime Vienna. So she visits the Holocaust museum at Auschwitz, and Budapest, where she is caught up in the tumultuous events of the October rising against the Soviet Union. Along the way she meets many other survivors, each with their own story to tell. But did Emanuele survive the war or, like so many other Viennese Jews, did he die in Auschwitz or a ghetto in Poland?
Hold Your Own
Author: Kate Tempest
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
My heart throws its head against my ribs, / it's denting every bone it's venting something it has known since I arrived and felt it beat. Kate Tempest, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for Brand New Ancients and widely regarded as the UK's leading spoken word poet, has produced a new poem-sequence of electrifying power. Based on the myth of the blind prophet Tiresias, Hold Your Own is a riveting tale of youth and experience, sex and love, wealth and poverty, community and alienation. Walking in the forest one morning, a young man disturbs two copulating snakes--and is punished by the goddess Hera, who turns him into a woman. This is only the beginning of his journey . . . Weaving elements of classical myth, autobiography and social commentary, Tempest uses the story of the gender-switching, clairvoyant Tiresias to create four sequences of poems, addressing childhood, manhood, womanhood, and late life. The result is a rhythmically hypnotic tour de force--and a hugely ambitious leap forward for one of the most broadly talented and compelling young writers today.
La Vita Militare
Author: Edmondo De Amicis
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.
Author: Georges Simenon
Publisher: Penguin UK
During a quiet spell in June Maigret is called to investigate the disappearance of a reputable businessman. When a body is discovered near the famous Père Lachaise cemetery Maigret struggles to find any clues to the perpetrator and loses his temper when his own reputation is threatened by the case. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret Loses His Temper. 'His artistry is supreme' John Banville 'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian
Author: Canek Sánchez Guevara
The hero of this mordant portrayal of life in contemporary Cuba is a black Cuban whose parents were enthusiastic supporters of the Castro Revolution. His father, however, having fallen foul of the regime, is accused of embezzlement and dies of a stroke. Following her husband's death, his mother flees the country and settles in Madrid. Our hero separates from his wife and now spends much of his time in the company of his Russian neighbor, from whom he discovers the pleasures of reading. The books he reads gradually open his eyes to the incongruity between party slogans and the gray oppressive reality that surrounds him: the office routine; the daily complaints of his colleagues about problems big and small; his own obsessive thoughts which circulate like a broken record. Every day he photographs the spontaneous eruptions of dissent on the streets and witnesses the sad spectacle of young people crowding onto makeshift rafts and leaving the island. Every night he suffers from Kafkaesque nightmares in which he is arrested and tried for unknown crimes. His disappointment and delusion grow until a day comes when he declares his unwillingness to become an informer, and his real troubles begin. 33 Revolutions is a candid and moving story about the disappointments of a generation that believed in the ideals of the Castro Recolution. it is a unique look into the lives of ordinary people in Cuba over the past five decades and a stylish work of fiction about a young man's awakening.