O verão sem homens
Author: Siri Hustvedt
Publisher: Editora Companhia das Letras
Mia e Boris são casados há trinta anos. Ela é filósofa e poeta. Ele, neurocientista. Sem nenhum aviso, ele decide que é momento de dar um tempo no relacionamento. A pausa tem nome completo e endereço - é francesa, vinte anos mais jovem, colega de laboratório dele. Mia tem um colapso nervoso. Passa uma semana e meia internada no hospital. Quando volta para seu apartamento no Brooklyn, em Nova York, não consegue se sentir em casa. Decide passar as férias de verão em sua cidadezinha natal, em Minnesota. É lá que vive sua mãe, em um condomínio para pessoas idosas. Ela aluga uma casinha para a temporada, com um quintal com vista para um milharal, oferece uma oficina de poesia para estudantes locais e parte para sua jornada rumo ao interior. Uma vez lá, Mia toma contato com as amigas da mãe, com as meninas da oficina e suas interações marcadas por uma feroz rivalidade, e também com a nova vizinha, uma jovem mãe de duas crianças pequenas, casada com um homem ausente, estressado e agressivo. A partir da convivência com essas mulheres ao seu redor, e longe da sombra das figuras masculinas que marcaram sua vida, Mia enfim atinge a serenidade para reavaliar sua trajetória e encontrar suas próprias respostas.
Author: Julian Barnes
Publisher: Vintage Canada
In Love, etc. Julian Barnes has created a deep, dark feast of human frailties and needs. Love, etc. stars three characters introduced a decade ago in Talking It Over — to which this novel has an eerie, freestanding relation. Which is precisely what Stuart felt about his wife Gillian, until his witty, feckless, former best friend Oliver stole her away. Fabulously engaging and profoundly unsettling. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: José de Alencar
Publisher: University of Texas Press
"It is a truth universally acknowledged . . ." that a single woman in possession of a good character but no fortune must be in want of a wealthy husband—that is, if she is the heroine of a nineteenth-century novel. Senhora, by contrast, turns the tables on this familiar plot. Its strong-willed, independent heroine Aurélia uses newly inherited wealth to "buy back" and exact revenge on the fiancé who had left her for a woman with a more enticing dowry. This exciting Brazilian novel, originally published in 1875 and here translated into English for the first time, raises many questions about traditional gender relationships, the commercial nature of marriage, and the institution of the dowry. While conventional marital roles triumph in the end, the novel still offers realistic insights into the social and economic structure of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1800s. With its unexpected plot, it also opens important new perspectives on the nineteenth-century Romantic novel.
Author: Antonio Carlos Secchin
"Ao perder tudo, um homem isola-se no silêncio de um apartamento londrino, e a sua vida começa a ser comandada pela voz de um desconhecido ao telefone; um casal fica, de um momento para o outro, soterrado nos escombros de uma casa destruída pela guerra durante o blitz alemão sobre Londres; um estudante vítima de insónia mergulha num mundo de irrealidade permanente, temendo o ameaçador vizinho do quarto contíguo; um médico mórbido constrói uma máquina de tortura num hospital isolado da costa de Brighton. Os segredos por revelar de todas estas personagens perpassam num romance cheio de enigmas e vozes e criam uma atmosfera de suspense e claustrofobia que faz de cada página um passo expectante na direcção de uma escuridão cada vez maior, de um desenlace ao mesmo tempo macabro e romântico.Com ecos de Kafka e de Auster e influências do novo conto gótico, O Livro dos Homens sem Luz revisita os clássicos da literatura de mistério - de Wilkie Collins a Edgar Allan Poe -, oferecendo-lhes um espaço peculiar no qual o autor entrega o destino das personagens a si próprias. "
Author: Machado de Assis, Helen Caldwell
Publisher: Univ of California Press
In 1850 Rio de Janeiro, Estacio tries to uncover the mysterious past of Helena, his presumed half sister, who has been brought to the family home and with whom he falls in love
Author: Amyr Klink, Thomas H. Norton
Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.
Biographies and Autobiographies.
Survival In Auschwitz
Author: Primo Levi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The author describes his twenty month ordeal in the Nazi death camp.
Man and His Symbols
Author: C. G. Jung
Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung's own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book. Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life. Thus, the reader will gain new insights into himself from this thoughtful volume, which also illustrates symbols throughout history. Completed just before his death by Jung and his associates, it is clearly addressed to the general reader. Praise for Man and His Symbols “This book, which was the last piece of work undertaken by Jung before his death in 1961, provides a unique opportunity to assess his contribution to the life and thought of our time, for it was also his firsat attempt to present his life-work in psychology to a non-technical public. . . . What emerges with great clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in society, by insisting that imaginative life must be taken seriously in its own right, as the most distinctive characteristic of human beings.”—Guardian “Straighforward to read and rich in suggestion.”—John Barkham, Saturday Review Syndicate “This book will be a resounding success for those who read it.”—Galveston News-Tribune “A magnificent achievement.”—Main Currents “Factual and revealing.”—Atlanta Times
Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.
Popular marriage counselor and seminar leader John Gray provides a unique, practical and proven way for men and women to communicate and relate better by acknowledging the differences between them. Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to earth and amnesia set in: they forgot they were from different planets. Using this metaphor to illustrate the commonly occurring conflicts between men and women, Gray explains how these differences can come between the sexes and prohibit mutually fulfilling loving relationships. Based on years of successful counseling of couples, he gives advice on how to counteract these differences in communication styles, emotional needs and modes of behavior to promote a greater understanding between individual partners. Gray shows how men and women react differently in conversation and how their relationships are affected by male intimacy cycles ("get close", "back off"), and female self-esteem fluctuations ("I'm okay", "I'm not okay"). He encourages readers to accept the other gender's particular way of expressing love, and helps men and women learn how to fulfill each other's emotional needs. With practical suggestions on how to reduce conflict, crucial information on how to interpret a partner's behavior and methods for preventing emotional "trash from the past" from invading new relationships, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is a valuable tool for couples who want to develop deeper and more satisfying relationships with their partners.
Notes from the Underground is a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?. The second part of the book is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow", and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator. Dostoyevsky again confronts the concept of free will and constructs a negative argument to validate free will against determinism in the character Kirillov's suicide in his novel The Demons. Notes from Underground marks the starting point of Dostoyevsky's move from psychological and sociological themed novels to novels based on existential and general human experience in crisis. War is described as people's rebellion against the assumption that everything needs to happen for a purpose, because humans do things without purpose, and this is what determines human history. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche called Dostoevsky "the only psychologist, incidentally, from whom I had anything to learn."
Author: Gregory Benford
Publisher: Harper Collins
After an accident in a brilliant young physicist's most ambitious experiment, it appears: a wondrous sphere the size of a basketball, made of nothing known to science. Before long, it will be clear that this object has opened a vista on an entirely different universe, a newborn cosmos whose existence will rock this world and test one woman to the limit: the physicist who has ignited this thrilling adventure. Only the author of the landmark novel Timescape could so plausibly take the reader behind the scenes of major scientific research, so boldly speculate about the consequences of paradigm-shifting discovery, and so vividly capture the intense human drama as the forces of academia, government, theology, and the mass media battle for control of a mysterious new reality. COSM is Gregory Benford at his provocative best, exploring ideas at the frontier of mankind's understanding, and posing profound questions about Creation, human destiny, and the riddle of godhood.