Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publisher: Hachette UK
A playful and inventive work from the bestselling author of SOPHIE'S WORLD. A box of Latin manuscripts comes to light in an Argentine flea market. An apocryphal invention by some 17th or 18th century scolar, or a transcript of what it appears to be - a hitherto unheard of letter to St Augustine to a woman he renounced for chastity? VITA BREVIS is both an entrancing human document and a fascinating insight into the life and philosophy of St.Augustine. Gaarder's interpretation of Floria's letter is as playful, inventive and questioning as SOPHIE'S WORLD.
Il mondo di Sofia
Author: Jostein Gaarder
PREMIO BANCARELLA 1995 Questo è il romanzo di Sofia Amundsen, una ragazzina come tante altre. Tutto comincia dalle strane domande che spuntano dalla sua cassetta delle lettere, passa attraverso le intriganti risposte dell’eccentrico filosofo Alberto Knox e approda a una bislacca festa di compleanno nel giardino degli Amundsen... Ma è anche il romanzo di Hilde Møller Knag, e per lei comincia proprio nel giorno del suo compleanno, passa attraverso l’insolito regalo che suo padre, il maggiore Albert Knag, le ha inviato dal Libano e approda a una notte stellata nel giardino della famiglia Knag a Lillesand... Ma è anche il romanzo appassionante della storia della filosofia, e per tutti noi comincia dagli atomi di Democrito e dalle idee di Platone, passa attraverso le geniali intuizioni di Galileo e il complesso sistema di Hegel e approda all’esistenzialismo di Sartre e al multiforme panorama del pensiero contemporaneo... Tre libri in uno, quindi? No, molti di più. Perché Il mondo di Sofia non è soltanto un giallo avvincente più un insolito romanzo d’avventure nel tempo e nello spazio più un esauriente trattato di filosofia: è soprattutto la più originale e divertente storia dell’uomo e del suo pensiero che mai sia stata scritta. Ed è quindi il romanzo di chiunque si trova aggrappato ai peli del coniglio bianco tirato fuori dal cilindro dell’universo e non vuole scendere giù, non vuole abbandonarsi al sonno dell’ignoranza. Ma anche di chi, magari sbeffeggiato da tutti, continua a cercare un corvo bianco, l’eccezione che non conferma la regola...
The Orange Girl
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
From the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, a modern fairy tale with a philosophical twist. 'My father died eleven years ago. I was only four then. I never thought I'd hear from him again, but now we're writing a book together' To Georg Røed, his father is no more than a shadow, a distant memory. But then one day his grandmother discovers some pages stuffed into the lining of an old red pushchair. The pages are a letter to Georg, written just before his father died, and a story, 'The Orange Girl'. But 'The Orange Girl' is no ordinary story - it is a riddle from the past and centres around an incident in his father's youth. One day he boarded a tram and was captivated by a beautiful girl standing in the aisle, clutching a huge paper bag of luscious-looking oranges. Suddenly the tram gave a jolt and he stumbled forward, sending the oranges flying in all directions. The girl simply hopped off the tram leaving Georg's father with arms full of oranges. Now, from beyond the grave, he is asking his son to help him finally solve the puzzle of her identity.
Through A Glass, Darkly
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publisher: Hachette UK
Conversations about life and death, between a girl and an angel. It's almost Christmas. Cecilia lies sick in bed as her family bustle around her to make her last Christmas as special as possible. Cecilia has cancer. An angel steps through her window. So begins a spirited and engaging series of conversations between Cecelia and her angel. As the sick girl thinks about her life and prepares for her death, she changes subtly, in herself and in her relationships with her family. Jostein Gaarder is a profoundly optimistic writer, who writes about death with wisdom, compassion and an enquiring mind. THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY will not only bring comfort to the bereaved. It will move and amaze everyone who reads it.
The Christmas Mystery
Author: Jostein Gaarder, Elizabeth Rokkan
Joachim discovers a magic Advent calendar which contains the story of a little girl who traveled through time to be present at the birth of Jesus.
Author: Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood
Publisher: Penguin UK
The Kingdom is Clive Cussler's third Fargo Adventure. Whether it's lost treasure or missing persons, the Fargos find themselves in a heap of trouble every time . . . When Texas oil baron Charlie King contacts Sam and Remi Fargo he has an unusual request. He hired an investigator - and good friend of the pair - to locate his missing father in the Far East. But now the investigator has vanished. Would Sam and Remi be willing to look for them both? Though something about the request doesn't quite add up, Sam and Remi agree to help out. It's a journey that takes the Fargos to Tibet, Nepal, Bulgaria, India, and China. They get mixed up with black-market fossils, a centuries-old puzzle chest, the ancient Nepali kingdom of Mustang, a balloon aircraft from a century before its time . . . and an extraordinary skeleton that might turn the history of human evolution on its head. Oh, and not a few unfriendly people with guns and itchy trigger fingers . . . Clive Cussler, author of the celebrated Dirk Pitt novels Treasure of Khan and Valhalla Rising, presents the third novel in his newest series, following the adventures of treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo. The Kingdom follows Spartan Gold and Lost Empire. Praise for Clive Cussler: 'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail 'Cussler is the guy I read' Tom Clancy
1. Che cos'è un paesaggio sonoro?2. Creare Paesaggi Sonori. Perché?3. Da grande vorrei fare il Sound Designer... 4. In presenza d'immagini.5. Soundscape Composition.6. Installazioni più o meno fisse...7. Ecologia acustica.8. Estetica del paesaggio sonoro.
Prima Parte 1. Che cos' un paesaggio sonoro? 2. Creare Paesaggi Sonori. Perch? 3. Da grande vorrei fare il Sound Designer... 4. In presenza d'immagini. 5. Soundscape Composition. 6. Installazioni pi o meno fisse... 7. Ecologia acustica. 8. Estetica del paesaggio sonoro. Seconda parte Altri punti di vista sul paesaggio 1. Sabino Cannone 2. Darwin Chamber 3. Angelo Farina 4. Italo Lombardo 5. Francesco Michi 6. Charlie Richmond 7. Louis Siciliano 8. Angelo Talocci 9. Andrea Valassina 10. Conclusioni
The Parrot's Theorem
Author: Denis Guedj
Mr. Ruche, a Parisian bookseller, receives a bequest from a long lost friend in the Amazon of a vast library of math books, which propels him into a great exploration of the story of mathematics. Meanwhile Max, whose family lives with Mr. Ruche, takes in a voluble parrot who will discuss math with anyone. When Mr. Ruche learns of his friend's mysterious death in a Brazilian rainforest, he decides that with the parrot's help he will use these books to teach Max and his brother and sister the mysteries of Euclid's Elements, Pythagoras's Theorem and the countless other mathematical wonders. But soon it becomes clear that Mr. Ruche has inherited the library for reasons other than enlightenment, and before he knows it the household is racing to prevent the parrot and vital, new theorems from falling into the wrong hands. An immediate bestseller when first published in France, The Parrot's Theorem charmingly combines a straightforward history of mathematics and a first-rate murder mystery.
From the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, 'A masterful mixture of fantasy and reality...a simply wonderful read' SHE. Panina Manina, a trapeze artist, falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over her, he notices an amulet of amber around her neck, the same trinket he had given his own lost child, who was swept away in a torrent some sixteen years earlier. This tale is narrated by Petter, a precocious child and fantasist, and perhaps Jostein Gaarder's most intriguing character since Sophie. As an adult, Petter makes his living selling stories and ideas to professionals suffering from writer's block. But as Petter sits spinning his tales, he finds himself in a trap of his own making.
AN IMAGINARY FRIEND Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, the powerful head of a New York theater company, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's eighth birthday he leaves, promising that she'll forget him soon. He was there to help her until she was old enough to manage on her own, and now there are other children who need his help. AN UNEXPECTED LOVE Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets Michael again--as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they've really been reunited. AND AN UNFORGETTABLE TWIST Sundays at Tiffany's is a heart-wrenching love story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breathtaking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestseller all over the world, Sundays at Tiffany's takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love.
All the Rivers
Author: Dorit Rabinyan
Publisher: Random House
A controversial, award-winning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists When Liat meets Hilmi on a blustery autumn afternoon in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi is a talented young artist from Palestine. Liat, an aspiring translation student, plans to return to Israel the following summer. Despite knowing that their love can be only temporary, that it can exist only away from their conflicted homeland, Liat lets herself be enraptured by Hilmi: by his lively imagination, by his beautiful hands and wise eyes, by his sweetness and devotion. Together they explore the city, sharing laughs and fantasies and pangs of homesickness. But the unfettered joy they awaken in each other cannot overcome the guilt Liat feels for hiding him from her family in Israel and her Jewish friends in New York. As her departure date looms and her love for Hilmi deepens, Liat must decide whether she is willing to risk alienating her family, her community, and her sense of self for the love of one man. Banned from classrooms by Israel’s Ministry of Education, Dorit Rabinyan’s remarkable novel contains multitudes. A bold portrayal of the strains—and delights—of a forbidden relationship, All the Rivers (published in Israel as Borderlife) is a love story and a war story, a New York story and a Middle East story, an unflinching foray into the forces that bind us and divide us. “The land is the same land,” Hilmi reminds Liat. “In the end all the rivers flow into the same sea.” International praise for All the Rivers “A fine, subtle, and disturbing study of the ways in which public events encroach upon the private lives of those who attempt to live and love in peace with each other, and, impossibly, with a riven and irreconcilable world.”—John Banville, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Sea “I’m with Dorit Rabinyan. Love, not hate, will save us. Hatred sows hatred, but love can break down barriers.”—Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature “Astonishing . . . [a] precise and elegant love story, drawn with the finest of lines.”—Amos Oz “Rabinyan’s writing reflects the honesty and modesty of a true artisan.”—Haaretz “Because the novel strikes the right balance between the personal and the political, and because of her ability to tell a suspenseful and satisfying story, we decided to award Dorit Rabinyan’s [All the Rivers] the 2015 Bernstein Prize.”—From the 2015 Bernstein Prize judges’ decision “[All the Rivers] ought to be read like J. M. Coetzee or Toni Morrison—from a distance in order to get close.”—Walla! “Beautiful and sensitive . . . a human tale of rapprochement and separation . . . a noteworthy human and literary achievement.”—Makor Rishon “A captivating (and heartbreaking) gem, written in a spectacular style, with a rich, flowing, colorful and addictive language.”—Motke “Rabinyan’s ability to create a rich realism alongside a firm, clear and convincing flow of emotional fluctuations . . . gives the work a literary momentum and makes the reading both compelling and enjoyable.”—Ynet “A great novel of love and peace.”—La Stampa “A novel that truly speaks to the heart.”—Corriere della Sera
Il castello dei Pirenei
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Il caso, una coincidenza, il destino, la telepatia: difficile spiegare l'incontro fra un uomo e una donna che si rivedono, dopo trent'anni, nello stesso albergo affacciato sul fiordo dove si erano detti addio. Sempre che dare una spiegazione abbia un senso. Solrun e Steinn sono entrambi cinquantenni. Nonostante il passare degli anni e il fatto che oggi siano entrambi sposati e con figli, non hanno mai smesso di pensare l'uno all'altra. Dopo la sorpresa dell'incontro, danno vita a un fitto scambio di e-mail nel quale si raccontano, ripercorrendo l'episodio, inspiegabilmente velato di mistero, che aveva messo la parola fine al loro amore. Per ritrovarsi, come spesso accade, a scrivere due storie diverse della stessa passione condivisa. Chissà però se le due versioni sono davvero così differenti. Nel dialogo a distanza prendono corpo due visioni della vita inconciliabili: lui è un professore di Fisica, ateo e materialista, lei è un'umanista convinta che a governare i nostri destini siano forze superiori. Forse solo il finale del romanzo saprà dare finalmente un senso agli eventi. Un finale sconvolgente, capace di riscrivere tutto. Due voci intense, due personaggi indimenticabili attraverso i quali l'autore del Mondo di Sofia racconta una grande storia d'amore. Un romanzo sul destino, sul caso, sui grandi interrogativi dell'esistenza, che offre al lettore un sottile gioco intellettuale e al tempo stesso tocca le corde più profonde delle emozioni, lasciando il segno.