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My Name Is Light

My Name Is Light

Author: Elsa Osorio, Catherine Jagoe
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1582341826
Pages: 356
Year: 2003-08-05
Vacationing in Madrid with her husband and newborn son, Luz, a twenty-one-year-old Argentinean, secretly searches for her real father, a political activist who disappeared during the country's dictatorship in the 1970s. Original.
My Name Is Light

My Name Is Light

Author: Elsa Osorio
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1596918721
Pages: 368
Year: 2008-12-05
Luz, a twenty-year-old Argentinean, is on vacation in Madrid with her husband and newborn son. But Luz has a secret mission-to find her real father. Carlos was a desaparecido, one of the many political activists who disappeared in Argentina during its dictatorship in the seventies. Her mother, a political prisoner, was killed while trying to flee the country, and Luz is brought up by a wealthy, politically influential couple. There are only three people who know Luz's real identity: her adopted father Eduardo, racked by guilt at this deception; her adopted grandfather, the powerful and corrupt General Alfonso who is determined to keep the secret buried; and Miriam, the prostitute who befriended Luz's real mother in her final days and who returns from exile determined to tell Luz the truth. Met by politics, wealth, and corruption at every turn, Luz's search to find her father ultimately turns into a dangerous fight to save herself. In this taut, riveting thriller, Elsa Osorio has written a powerful story about a young girl's quest to find her identity. At the core, Luz's story mirrors that of the Argentinean people: how can we hope to understand ourselves if our history is shrouded in secrets and tragedy?
My Name Is Light

My Name Is Light

Author: Elsa Osorio
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0747561613
Pages: 356
Year: 2004
Twenty-year-old Luz, an Argentinian, is on holiday in Madrid with her husband and new-born son. But secretly she has a mission - to find her real father. Carlos was a 'desaparecido' - one of the many political activists in Argentina who literally 'disappeared' during the country's brutal military dictatorship in the seventies - while her mother, a political prisoner, was killed trying to flee the country. As a baby, Luz was secretly adopted by a wealthy couple, unaware of her true origins. My Name is Light is a gripping, emotionally charged book, a powerful story about a young girl's quest to find her identity and to uncover the deadly secrets of one of Argentina's darkest periods.
I vent'anni di Luz

I vent'anni di Luz

Author: Elsa Osorio
Publisher: Guanda
ISBN: 8860883318
Pages: 588
Year: 2010-12-31T00:00:00+01:00
Buenos Aires, 1976, Liliana è una sovversiva detenuta in un campo di prigionia. Per la Storia sarà una dei tanti desaparecidos, ma per un sergente, stretto collaboratore del tenente colonnello Dufau, rappresenta la soluzione ai problemi della sua donna. Liliana, infatti, è in attesa di una bambina. E, come spesso accadeva durante il regime militare, quella bambina verrà sottratta alla madre naturale per essere accolta in una famiglia non sua. In un primo momento viene destinata a Miriam, la compagna del sergente carceriere, che in seguito a una vita dissoluta e ai ripetuti aborti clandestini non può avere figli. Poi, però, quando la figlia di Dufau, uno degli uomini più potenti del regime, perde la sua bambina durante il parto, il sergente si troverà costretto a cedere la neonata al suo superiore. Questa è la storia di quella bambina, Luz, che vent’anni dopo, grazie a tanti piccoli indizi e all’affetto di suo marito, anch’egli figlio di un desaparecido, ripercorre la propria esistenza in un’indagine intensa e frenetica che la porterà a Madrid sulle tracce del vero padre. Ma è anche la storia delle Abuelas, le «Nonne di plaza de Mayo», e di tante vite sconvolte dall’orrore della dittatura.
Those in Peril

Those in Peril

Author: Wilbur Smith
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1429921161
Pages: 400
Year: 2011-05-10
In Those in Peril, a nail-biting tale of adventure, bestselling author Wilbur Smith brings his matchless storytelling to bear on the violent, ruthless world of twenty-first-century piracy. While cruising on the family yacht in the Indian Ocean, nineteen-year-old Cayla Bannock is attacked and taken hostage by Somalian pirates. Her kidnappers demand a staggering ransom: twenty billion dollars. And Cayla's not just anyone--she's the daughter of Hazel Bannock, heiress to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the world's foremost oil producers. The sensitive global political climate means not even the most powerful groups in the world can intervene. Left to handle the problem on her own, Hazel calls on Hector Cross, head of the security agency that protects Bannock Oil. As threats increase and evidence arises of horrific torture, the need to take action becomes more urgent than ever--and soon Hazel and Hector will have no choice but to take the law into their own hands...
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Author: Milan Kundera
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060597186
Pages: 320
Year: 2004-05-04
When The Unbearable Lightness of Being was first published in English, it was hailed as "a work of the boldest mastery, originality, and richness" by critic Elizabeth Hardwick and named one of the best books of 1984 by the New York Times Book Review. It went on to win the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and quickly became an international bestseller. Twenty years later, the novel has established itself as a modern classic. To commemorate the anniversary of its first English-language publication, HarperCollins is proud to offer a special hardcover edition. A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover -- these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel. Controlled by day, Tereza's jealousy awakens by night, transformed into ineffably sad death-dreams, while Tomas, a successful surgeon, alternates loving devotion to the dependent Tereza with the ardent pursuit of other women. Sabina, an independent, free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals -- of parents, husband, country, love itself -- whereas her lover, the intellectual Franz, loses all because of his earnest goodness and fidelity. In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by fortuitous events, a world in which everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel, says the novelist, "the unbearable lightness of being" -- not only as the consequence of our private acts but also in the public sphere, and the two inevitably intertwine. This magnificent novel encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, and embraces, it seems, all aspects of human existence. It juxtaposes geographically distant places (Prague, Geneva, Paris, Thailand, the United States, a forlorn Bohemian village); brilliant and playful reflections (on "eternal return," on kitsch, on man and animals -- Tomas and Tereza have a beloved doe named Karenin); and a variety of styles (from the farcical to the elegiac) to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world's truly great writers.
Numero Zero

Numero Zero

Author: Umberto Eco
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544635094
Pages: 208
Year: 2015-11-03
#1 Italian bestseller “Witty and wry . . . It’s hard not to be charmed.” — New York Times Book Review “One of the most influential thinkers of our time.” — Los Angeles Times 1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce’s death remain controversial. 1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can’t resist to ghostwrite a book. His subject: a fledgling newspaper, which happens to be financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns of the editor’s paranoid theory that Mussolini’s corpse was a body double and part of a wider Fascist plot. It’s the scoop the newspaper desperately needs. The evidence? He’s working on it. It’s all there: media hoaxes, Mafiosi, the CIA, the Pentagon, blackmail, love, gossip, and murder. A clash of forces that have shaped Italy since World War II — from Mussolini to Berlusconi. “Farcical, serious, satiric, and tragic” (Le Point, France), Numero Zero is the work of a master storyteller. UMBERTO ECO (1932–2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose,The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy’s highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

Author: Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307370720
Pages: 160
Year: 2010-10-22
A new treasure unearthed by Némirovsky’s biographers: another never-before-published novel from the author of the #1 bestselling Suite Française. This perfect gem of a novel was discovered only recently in separate archive files. A few pages were in the famous suitcase that Irène Némirovsky’s daughters saved, but the balance had been deposited with a very close friend during the war. A morality tale with doubtful morals, a story of murder, love and betrayal in rural France, Fire in the Blood, planned in 1937 and written in 1941, is set in a small village (based on Issy l’Evèque, where Suite Française was written), and brilliantly prefigures the village community in her later masterpiece. Fire in the Blood is a beautiful chamber piece which starts quietly, lyrically, but then races away with revelations and narrative twists in a story about young women forced into marriages with old men, about mothers and daughters, stepmothers and stepdaughters, youthful passions and the regrets of old age, about peasant communities and the ways they hide their secrets. Némirovsky looks at her characters, both young and old, with the same clear-eyed distance and humanity as she displayed in Suite Française, unpeeling layer after layer. As atmospheric and haunting as Sándor Márai’s Embers, and with the crystalline perfection of Chekhov, Fire in the Blood is another gripping literary find. From the Hardcover edition.
By a Slow River

By a Slow River

Author: Philippe Claudel
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307425134
Pages: 208
Year: 2007-12-18
A bestseller in France and winner of the Prix Renaudot, By a Slow River is a mesmerizing and atmospheric tale of three mysterious deaths in an oddly isolated French village during World War I.The placid daily life of a small town near the front seems impervious to the nearby pounding of artillery fire and the parade of wounded strangers passing through its streets. But the illusion of calm is soon shattered by the deaths of three innocents–the charming new schoolmistress who captures every male heart only to kill herself; an angelic ten-year-old girl who is found strangled; and a local policeman’s cherished wife, who dies alone in labor while her husband is hunting the murderer. Twenty years later, the policeman still struggles to make sense of these tragedies, a struggle that both torments and sustains him. But excavating the town's secret history will bring neither peace to him nor justice to the wicked. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Defense

The Defense

Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, Michael Scammell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679727221
Pages: 256
Year: 1990
Luzhin's prodigious talent at chess earns him the title of grandmaster, but his passion soon leads to obsession, and his world falls apart during a championship match when his defense fades under his opponent's surprising strategy.
The Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar

Author: John Banville
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804173613
Pages: 272
Year: 2016-08-09
Oliver Otway Orme, a painter and a petty thief, has finally been caught. Fearing the consequences, Olly flees his life both figuratively and literally and sets out on a quest homeward to comprehend the path that led to his present situation.
Mapuche

Mapuche

Author: Caryl Férey
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609451643
Pages: 464
Year: 2013-07-02
Twenty-eight-year-old Jana is a Mapuche, one of those “people of the earth” who roamed the most fertile tracts of the south American pampas for over two thousand years before being dispossessed in 1910 by the Argentinean constitution and transformed overnight into outlaws. Long black hair, big almond-shaped eyes, ravishing features, tall…but with small breasts, breasts that stopped growing after a violent attack by the Argentinean police when she was a girl. Jana is sculptor of a rare and undiscovered talent who prostitutes herself down at the docks to make ends meet. She is connected, as if by a blood bond, to her best friend, Miguel, a.k.a. Paula, a transvestite who also works the docks. When the body of a transvestite is found emasculated at the Port de la Boca, Jana turns for help and protection to private investigator Ruben Calderon. Calderon is a grizzled investigator who served time following the coup d’état of March 24, 1976. Since then he has been working tirelessly for the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, searching for any trace of los desaparecidos and their odious tormentors. Together, Jana and Ruben will plunge into the corrupt beating heart of the Argentinean political system on a hunt for a vicious murderer.
The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur's Motel

Author: Gay Talese
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802189733
Pages: 240
Year: 2016-07-12
On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. “Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America,” the letter began, “I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.” The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret, that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. He had built an attic “observation platform,” fitted with vents, through which he could peer down on his unwitting guests. Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man—Gerald Foos—verified his story in person, and read some of his extensive journals, a secret record of America’s changing social and sexual mores. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold. Now, after thirty-five years, he’s ready to go public and Talese can finally tell his story. The Voyeur’s Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism, at once a portrait of one complicated man, and an examination of secret lives and shifting mores in a culturally-evolving country.
20 Years Dolce & Gabbana

20 Years Dolce & Gabbana

Author: Sarah Mower
Publisher: 5Continents
ISBN: 8874392486
Pages: 536
Year: 2008-10-01
A luxurious, slip-cased book celebrating the 20th anniversary of these famous Italian designers features their most significant fashion moments. They share their memories and iconic images taken by renowned photographers that marked each step of their evolution.
The Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker

Author: Edward Lewis Wallant
Publisher: Fig Tree Books
ISBN: 1941493157
Pages: 279
Year: 2015-11-10
For most of us, remembering the Holocaust requires effort; we listen to stories, watch films, read histories. But the people who came to be called “survivors” could not avoid their memories. Sol Nazerman, protagonist of Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker, is one such sufferer. At 45, Nazerman, who survived Bergen-Belsen although his wife and children did not, runs a Harlem pawnshop. But the operation is only a front for a gangster who pays Nazerman a comfortable salary for his services. Nazerman’s dreams are haunted by visions of his past tortures. (Dramatizations of these scenes in Sidney Lumet’s 1964 film version are famous for being the first time the extermination camps were depicted in a Hollywood movie.) Remarkable for its attempts to dramatize the aftereffects of the Holocaust, The Pawnbroker is likewise valuable as an exploration of the fraught relationships between Jews and other American minority groups. That this novel, a National Book Award finalist, remains so powerful today makes it all the more tragic that its talented author died, at age 36, the year after its publication. The book sold more than 500,000 copies soon after it was published.