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Il ladro di nebbia
Author: Lavinia Petti
Publisher: Longanesi
ISBN: 8830443441
Pages: 434
Year: 2015-05-21T00:00:00+02:00
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Antonio M. Fonte è uno scrittore di enorme successo, ma per lui fama e ricchezza non hanno alcun significato. Stralunato e sociopatico, vive in una vecchia casa dei Quartieri Spagnoli di Napoli con la gatta Calliope, e se non ci fosse il suo agente letterario a ricordargli scadenze e doveri sarebbe incapace di distinguere ciò che è reale da ciò che forse non lo è. Ma un giorno, in mezzo alle migliaia di lettere dei suoi ammiratori, Antonio ne riceve una che non può ignorare. Datata quindici anni prima, è indirizzata a una donna che Antonio non crede di avere mai conosciuto. Solo il nome del mittente gli è familiare, perché è il suo. Quella lettera l’ha scritta lui, senza alcun dubbio. Quelle parole accennano a un ricordo smarrito e soprattutto a un uomo che è stato ucciso, forse da lui stesso. Ma Antonio di tutto questo non ricorda nulla. Il giorno del suo cinquantesimo compleanno, si perde nei vicoli di Napoli e in un palazzo mai visto prima incontra uno strano personaggio che ha la mania di raccogliere tutto ciò che gli uomini perdono: nel suo Ufficio Oggetti Smarriti, però, non si trovano solo mazzi di chiavi, libri o calzini spaiati, ma anche ricordi di giochi infantili, amori giovanili, speranze e sogni dimenticati. Antonio intuisce che forse è da lì che deve partire per ritrovare il filo del suo passato e risolvere l’enigma della lettera. Ma quell’enigma nasconde arcani ancora più insondabili: il segreto di una città che cambia forma e aspetto, l’avventura di un viaggio imprevedibile tra personaggi straordinari, il mistero di un ladro fatto di nebbia e di una storia tutta da ricostruire... e da raccontare.
The Late Mattia Pascal
Author: Luigi Pirandello, William Weaver
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590171152
Pages: 252
Year: 2004-06-15
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Mattia Pascal endures a life of drudgery in a provincial town. Then, providentially, he discovers that he has been declared dead. Realizing he has a chance to start over, to do it right this time, he moves to a new city, adopts a new name, and a new course of life—only to find that this new existence is as insufferable as the old one. But when he returns to the world he left behind, it's too late: his job is gone, his wife has remarried. Mattia Pascal's fate is to live on as the ghost of the man he was. An explorer of identity and its mysteries, a connoisseur of black humor, Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello is among the most teasing and profound of modern masters. The Late Mattia Pascal, here rendered into English by the outstanding translator William Weaver, offers an irresistible introduction to this great writer's work.
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
ISBN: 1633753123
Pages: 1005
Year: 2015-12-01
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"An unmissable series!" –Samantha Young, New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street “This is the stuff swoons are made of.” Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Evil In this special eBook version, experience OBSIDIAN, ONYX, and OPAL as told by Daemon Black... This book is enhanced with exclusive content—two original songs inspired by the novel—resulting in a large file that may take longer to download than expected. I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it. And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are. But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl...she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game. Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...
The Magic Kingdom
Author: Stanley Elkin
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453204482
Pages: 317
Year: 2010-10-26
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“Among Mr. Elkin’s best works of fiction . . . A comedy that cuts so many ways that it leaves us bleeding with laughter.” —The New York Times Eddy Bale’s twelve-year-old son died after a terrible, drawn-out illness. Now, determined to help alleviate the suffering of other sick children, Eddy plans to take a group of seven terminally ill youths on a dream vacation to Disney World. Accompanied by four eccentric chaperones, Eddy and the kids embark on what is meant to be a magical retreat that quickly devolves into a series of disasters when the kids turn out to be more full of life than anyone expected. Written with deadpan humor and poignancy, The Magic Kingdom is a striking and honest portrayal of life and death—and the trouble that ensues when one attempts to master either. This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and from the Stanley Elkin archives at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Goddess of Small Victories
Author: Yannick Grannec
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
ISBN: 1590516370
Pages: 472
Year: 2014-10-14
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An internationally best-selling debut novel about the life, marriage, and legacy of one of the greatest mathematicians of the last century Princeton University 1980. Kurt Gödel, the most fascinating, though hermetic, mathematician of the twentieth century, has just died of anorexia. His widow, Adele, a fierce woman shunned by her husband’s colleagues because she had been a cabaret dancer, is now consigned to a nursing home. To the great annoyance of the Institute of Advanced Studies, she refuses to hand over Gödel’s precious records. Anna Roth, the timid daughter of two mathematicians who are part of the Princeton clique, is given the difficult task of befriending Adele and retrieving the documents from her. As Adele begins to notice Anna’s own estrangement from her milieu and starts to trust her, she opens the gates of her memory and together they travel back to Vienna during the Nazi era, Princeton right after the war, the pressures of McCarthyism, the end of the positivist ideal, and the advent of nuclear weapons. It is this epic story of a genius who could never quite find his place in the world, and the determination of the woman who loved him, that will eventually give Anna the courage to change her own life.
Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis
Author: Ugo Foscolo
Publisher: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies
ISBN: 0807890898
Pages: 168
Year: 2017-05
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Ugo Foscolo's Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis, written between 1799 and 1815, was the first true Italian novel. Its epistolary form is in the eighteenth-century tradition of novels like Clarissa Harlowe and the Nouvelle Heloise. Jacopo's tragic love for Teresa and his subsequent suicide recall The Sorrows of Young Werther. In addition to being an intensely political novel, this work also expresses the author's romantic conception of nature as a mirror of human emotions.
The Water Thief
Author: Ben Pastor
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1466858834
Pages: 368
Year: 2013-12-03
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In 304 c.e. Aelius Spartianus, officer and historian at the court of Diocletian in Dalmatia, is writing the biographies of past Roman rulers, including Hadrian, who has been dead for nearly 175 years. Aelius's particular charge is to investigate the unsolved mystery of the drowning death in the Nile of Hadrian's favorite, young Antinous. Soon his duty turns twofold: the hunt for Antinous's grave, supposed to conceal proof of a conspiracy against Rome, and the murder of a wealthy army supplier and his servant. The mystery thickens as deaths multiply; scholarly work turns into a race against time and into a confrontation with risk, lies, and half-truths at the hands of priests, authorities, and former colleagues. While the trials against Christians (later known as the Great Persecution) inflame Egypt, Aelius gathers clues in odd places until his road leads inescapably to Rome. Joined in his search by a blind retired soldier who is well experienced in counterespionage, Aelius scavenges for evidence in a world capital in decline. From Rome his breathless trail takes him to Hadrian's country estate, which is now acres and acres of monumental ruins in the wilderness. In the haunted stillness of roofless halls and overgrown gardens, Aelius deciphers the great plan of the villa, an astronomical chart confirming how the danger against Rome is clear and imminent. But who is behind it all? How deadly close is danger? In order to save the state and himself, Aelius must solve not only the puzzle of Antinous's drowning, but also the murders that have marred his path. Internationally renowned and critically acclaimed author Ben Pastor brings her thematic skill to bear in this new historical mystery. International Praise for the Works of Ben Pastor "History blends with absolute perfection to personal story, and the novel is like an orchestral score, with pages of rare evocative power. It is narrative one reads with admiration and even devotion." ---La Stampa Turrolibri on Kaputt Mundi "The mystery plot develops within a perfectly wrought historical milieu. . . . A novel of great emotional impact." ---Il Giorno on The Horseman's Song "Along with Margaret Doody and Elizabeth George, Ben Pastor is considered one of the strongest female voices of today's mystery writing. Her investigative tales show a breathless rhythm, a perfect blend of action thriller and authorial narrative." ---La Repubblica on The Dead in the Square "Pastor's plot is well crafted, her prose sharp." ---Publishers Weekly on Lumen
The Shadow of the Wind
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101147067
Pages: 512
Year: 2005-01-25
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"Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show." --The New York Times Book Review A New York Times Bestseller Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. “ Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.” --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post "Wonderous... masterful... The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero." --Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice) "One gorgeous read." --Stephen King From the Trade Paperback edition.
Instead of a Letter: A Memoir
Author: Diana Athill
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393339831
Pages: 256
Year: 2010-06-07
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A classic memoir by the author of the New York Times bestseller Somewhere Towards the End. As a young woman, Diana Athill was engaged to an air force pilot—Instead of a Letter tells how he broke off the engagement, married someone else, and, worst of all, died overseas before she could confront or forgive him. Evoking perfectly the picturesque country setting of her youth, this fearless and profoundly honest story of love and modern womanhood marks the beginning of Athill’s brilliant literary career.
La Vita Agra
Author: Luciano Bianciardi
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages: 191
Year: 1965
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Vele di nebbia
Author: Sandra Ludovici
Publisher: Aletti Editore
ISBN: 8859124573
Pages: 80
Year: 2015-05-15
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Sandra Ludovici è nata a L’Aquila, dove risiede. Ha al suo attivo dodici libri di poesia: Semi nel vento del cuore, Le memorie di una clessidra, La neve sui petali del ciliegio, Coriandoli nel vetro, Al portale della vita, Le lacrime non sanno cantare, Il lucignolo spento, Croton dell’anima, Cerchi nella palude, Ciottoli di pioggia, È inverno, ormai e Briciole di vento. Altre poesie e racconti sono stati inseriti in raccolte antologiche. Di prossima pubblicazione: “Caligine primeva”, e-book nella Collana History Crime, Delos Digital e la silloge Di paglia e d’argento.
Il ladro di passi. Opera completa
Author: Nicola Soloni
Publisher: Nicola Soloni
Year: 2016-11-07
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L'opera completa raccoglie i diari dei cammini Francés, de la Plata e Primitivo, fino ad oggi in tre volumi distinti. Rubo passi. Proprio così, passi. Li sottraggo a chi arriva a casa tardi la sera e non vede l’ora di sdraiarsi sulla poltrona del soggiorno per imbambolarsi davanti al televisore. A chi utilizza l’automobile per qualsiasi spostamento, specie breve, e magari non si preoccupa di un parcheggio in doppia fila pur di evitare l’inutile fatica di un metro in più a piedi. Rubo a quelli che rimangono a letto l’intera domenica a smaltire una sbronza solenne, a quelli che scambiano volentieri la lampada abbronzante con una passeggiata all’aperto o che salgono sui monti soltanto per riempirsi lo stomaco nel ristorante vicino alla statale. Aspetto l’attimo propizio, mi avvento come un falco e li ghermisco, in un batter di ciglia. Li raccolgo, ordinati, sulla mensola della cantina, uno sopra l’altro. Quando raggiungono una cifra importante inizio i preparativi. Trovo una guida studio le tappe programmo il viaggio. Ci vogliono almeno due anni per racimolarne la quantità necessaria. Dell’ordine di un milione. Un’attesa lunga, infinita, che culmina in uno scoppio di felicità incontenibile. Il momento è arrivato. Lo zaino è pronto. Si parte. Dal 2006 al 2010 sono stato per tre volte pellegrino a Santiago de Compostela, nel nord della Spagna. La prima lungo il camino Francés, il più conosciuto e frequentato, quasi novecento chilometri, dai Pirenei all’oceano, trentasei giorni straordinari, indimenticabili. La seconda partendo da Siviglia e percorrendo la via de la Plata, mille chilometri di solitudine deserto e silenzio, un mese e mezzo di viaggio estenuante. L’ultima da Oviedo, la capitale delle Asturie, seguendo le nobili orme di re Alfonso II il Casto attraverso l’itinerario più antico, risalente agli inizi del IX secolo, e chiamato per questo Primitivo. Lungo la strada ho cercato di tenere nota degli incontri, dei paesaggi, delle sensazioni che stavo provando. Per poterli ricordare e rivivere. Scrivevo nel tardo pomeriggio prima di cena, spesso a giorni alterni, lottando contro la stanchezza. Frasi semplici, pensieri spezzati, immagini di un istante, da riannodare al ritorno. Queste pagine vogliono essere quel nodo, una rete intrecciata col filo sottile delle emozioni. Il libro primo narra del pellegrinaggio sul camino Francés, lungo gli ottocentosettanta chilometri che separano St. Jean Pied-de-Port, sul versante transalpino dei Pirenei, da Fisterra, estremo lembo d’Occidente. Uno dopo l’altro, un milione trecentomila passi. Il secondo rende conto del pellegrinaggio sulla via de la Plata, l’entusiasmante cammino che attraversa tutta la Spagna da Sud a Nord. Lungo mille chilometri che si scrivono semplicemente, uno zero zero zero, ma si traducono interminabili, privi di punto d’approdo, eterni. Il terzo, a chiusura del diario, racconta il pellegrinaggio lungo il camino Primitivo, un nastro d’argento che corre per più di trecento chilometri tra boschi ombrosi ammantati d’incanto e colline vestite di smeraldo, regalando ad ogni passo scorci d’incomparabile bellezza. E son colori consegnati agli occhi, luminosi e delicati, come tremulo palpito d'ali di farfalla. L'opera completa li raccoglie tutti.
Ortensia Rakar e il Ladro di Anime
Author: MariaTeresa Izzo
Publisher: Youcanprint
ISBN: 8891132942
Pages: 248
Year: 2014-03-04
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Un rapporto di amore-odio lega la giovane Ortensia all'avvenente Valerio, nella sontuosa cornice di una Trieste fin de siècle. Da un groviglio di incomprensioni, tradimenti, umiliazioni e crudeltà sgorga una storia complessa e dall'esito imprevedibile. Soprattutto, quando nel porto di Trieste viene ripescato il cadavere di un uomo cui hanno mozzato le mani. L’ispettore Bruno Tenze, incaricato di svolgere le indagini, porterà scompiglio nell’ordinata vita della bella Ortensia e ancor di più angoscia, inquietudine nella misteriosa vita segreta del marito, che si troverà al centro di atroci sospetti ...
Tiny Little Rocket
Author: Richard Collingridge
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 1338189506
Pages: 32
Year: 2018-07-31
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There's a tiny little rocket that will take you to the stars. It only flies there once a year but zips you out past Mars. Its fins are solid silver with a door made out of gold. There's a cozy pilot seat inside for a person young or old. Climb aboard for a bedtime picture book sure to appeal to every kid's sense of wonder. Young readers will love stepping into the cockpit of a wonderful rocket ship that takes them zipping through the planets, stars, and space, all the way back home to Earth and their cozy beds!
Author: Niccolò Ammaniti
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 1782118357
Pages: 272
Year: 2017-08-03
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FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOKS OF 2017 It is four years since the virus came, killing every adult in its path. Not long after that the electricity failed. Food and water started running out. Fires raged uncontrolled across the country. Now Anna cares for her brother alone in a house hidden in the woods, keeping him safe from 'the Outside', scavenging for food amid the packs of wild dogs that roam their ruined, blackened world. Before their mother died, she told them to love each other and never part. She told them that, when they reach adulthood, the sickness will claim them too. But she also told them that someone, somewhere, will have a cure. When the time comes, Anna knows, they must leave their world and find another. By turns luminous and tender, gripping and horrifying, Anna is a haunting parable of love and loneliness; of the stories we tell to sustain us, and the lengths we will go to in order to stay alive.