Il Testamento Del Conte Inverardi

Autore: Luigi Valloncini Landi
Editore: Salani
ISBN: 8869187705
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«Amori, tradimenti, intrighi e denari ai piani alti della società nella provincia italiana. L'autore li deve conoscere bene quei piani alti, poiché ne scrive — limpidamente — con cognizione di causa e grande passione.» Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti Per secoli a villa Mandolossa si sono succedute le generazioni dei conti Inverardi della Pieve, e con loro quell’immutabile ordine sociale che contrapponeva il lusso alla miseria, i nobili alla servitù. A metà tra quei due mondi sta Luigi Valloncini: figlio di una cuoca, ha potuto studiare grazie all’interessamento del conte Gilberto, e in qualità di medico condotto ha aiutato e ascoltato tutti; di tutti conosce le sofferenze, i segreti, i rimpianti, il desiderio d’amore come di vendetta. Ora che del suo mondo non rimangono che i ricordi, è lui a narrare le vicende della nobile famiglia, il loro intcrociarsi con i destini di contadini e servi, il tramonto dell’aristocrazia e la decadenza delle sue antiche dimore. Tra balli sull’erba e cacce alla volpe, lussuosi bordelli e remoti conventi, circoli esclusivi e corse di cavalli, assistiamo, attraverso i suoi occhi, alla storia di una grande famiglia aristocratica italiana, che si intreccia alla grande storia del Novecento. Duelli, notti di passione, guerre ed epidemie, principi decaduti, figli illegittimi, dive in tournée, investigatori privati, piccoli gerarchi: non manca nulla in questa grande saga, incentrata sulla contesa eredità di Gilberto, conte Inverardi della Pieve, a cui Luigi Valloncini sa di essere legato da qualcosa di più profondo di un semplice debito di gratitudine.

The Eyes Of Venice

Autore: Alessandro Barbero
Editore: Penguin
ISBN: 1609458516
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Winner of the Alessandro Manzoni Prize for Fiction Venice at the end of the 1500s is an unforgiving city. The Doge rules with an iron fist and the Holy Office harbors suspicions about everything and everyone. Even the walls have eyes. The Republic of Venice watches and listens, then passes judgment swiftly and definitively. In a city where everyone is assumed guilty of something, a young stonemason by the name of Michele has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Afraid for his life, he flees the city aboard a galley carrying gold coin, leaving behind his young wife, Bianca. Banished from his home, Michele embarks on a series of extraordinary adventures as the ship he travels on stops in every port and on every island of the Mediterranean. In order to survive this once naïve and immature boy must fast become a man, one possessed of cunning, courage and fortitude. Bianca remains alone in the cruel and treacherous Venice. She faces challenges that are, if anything, even more difficult than those of Michele, and will encounter all the terrors and mysteries that the labyrinthine city holds in its blind alleys and narrow passageways. And she, like Michele, will discover in herself a tenacious and indestructible will to survive. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Brunetto Latini La Rettorica

Autore: Brunetto Latini
Editore:
ISBN: 9781580442091
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Includes Cicero's De inventione and Latini's commentary.

Cavendon Hall

Autore: Barbara Taylor Bradford
Editore: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250032334
Grandezza: 38,68 MB
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic saga of intrigue and mystique set in Edwardian England. Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six children. Walter Swann, the premier male of the Swann family, is valet to the earl. His wife Alice, a clever seamstress who is in charge of the countess's wardrobe, also makes clothes for the four daughters. For centuries, these two families have lived side-by-side, beneath the backdrop of the imposing Yorkshire manor. Lady Daphne, the most beautiful of the Earl's daughters, is about to be presented at court when a devastating event changes her life and threatens the Ingham name. With World War I looming, both families will find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Loyalties will be challenged and betrayals will be set into motion. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is sure: these two families will never be the same again. Cavendon Hall is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best, and its sweeping story of secrets, love, honor, and betrayal will have readers riveted up to the very last page.

Geography And Revolution

Autore: David N. Livingstone
Editore: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226487359
Grandezza: 13,59 MB
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A term with myriad associations, revolution is commonly understood in its intellectual, historical, and sociopolitical contexts. Until now, almost no attention has been paid to revolution and questions of geography. Geography and Revolution examines the ways that place and space matter in a variety of revolutionary situations. David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers assemble a set of essays that are themselves revolutionary in uncovering not only the geography of revolutions but the role of geography in revolutions. Here, scientific revolutions—Copernican, Newtonian, and Darwinian—ordinarily thought of as placeless, are revealed to be rooted in specific sites and spaces. Technical revolutions—the advent of print, time-keeping, and photography—emerge as inventions that transformed the world's order without homogenizing it. Political revolutions—in France, England, Germany, and the United States—are notable for their debates on the nature of political institutions and national identity. Gathering insight from geographers, historians, and historians of science, Geography and Revolution is an invitation to take the where as seriously as the who and the when in examining the nature, shape, and location of revolutions.

Dog

Autore: Daniel Pennac
Editore:
ISBN: 9781406322743
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'Dog' is a delightful tale, funny and touching in turns, following the fortunes of an abandoned puppy as he grows up, fending for himself. Then he meets Plum. Could she be the mistress of his dreams?

Mr Skeffington

Autore: Elizabeth von Arnim
Editore: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0349005192
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Beauty; beauty. What was the good of beauty, once it was over? It left nothing behind it but acid regrets, and no heart at all to start fresh.' Approaching the watershed of her fiftieth birthday, Fanny, having long ago divorced Mr Skeffington and dismissed him from her thoughts for many years, is surprised to find herself thinking of him often. While attempting to understand this invasion, she meets, through a series of coincidences and deliberate actions, all those other men whose hearts she broke. But their lives have irrevocably changed and Fanny is no longer the exquisite beauty with whom they were all once enchanted. If she is to survive, Fanny discovers, she must confront a greatly altered perception of her self. With the delicate piquancy for which she is renowned, Elizabeth von Arnim here reveals the complexities involved in the process of ageing and in re-evaluating self-worth.

The Science Of Monsters

Autore: Matt Kaplan
Editore: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472101162
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Modern audiences do not find dragons frightening. Fascinating as mythical creatures, yes, but terrifying, no. Yet, present them with a story about a virus that can kill a healthy adult in hours and they will have nightmares for weeks. The difference between the two is believability. Monsters are at their most frightening when they carry characteristics that tie them to the real world in some way. Preposterous as they might seem today, dragons were no different in ancient times. Humans long ago stumbled upon skeletons that had sharp teeth and talon-like claws. These fossils were real and some were frighteningly large. Those who looked at them could only guess at how dangerous the animals that they belonged to must have been. From such interactions, dragons were born. Yet, in spite of ample physical evidence that dragons existed, none were ever seen in the flesh. Dragon bones were ultimately proven to be the bones of huge predatory dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex, but before the mystery was solved, they were the makings of frightening beasts that managed to evade human sight by lurking deep within the shadows of the wild. The Science of Monsters will explore monsters that have haunted humanity throughout the ages, from Medusa to sea serpents, giants, and vampires. In each chapter Kaplan uses scientific principles, current research, and his thorough knowledge of the natural world to explain why specific monsters came to be and what it was about them that was so terrifying to the people who brought them to life.

Corsair

Autore: Clive Cussler
Editore: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0718159624
Grandezza: 79,83 MB
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Juan Cabrillo returns in Clive Cussler's Corsair, the sixth novel in the Oregon Files. Off the coast of Somalia a battered, old freighter is boarded by pirates whose sights are set on a hefty ransom . . But these pirates have made a mistake. For this rusting freighter is none other than Juan Cabrillo's secretive, state-of-the-art fighting ship Oregon. And Cabrillo is about to turn the tables on a deadly Somali pirate captain. One spectacular battle later and Cabrillo finds himself embroiled in an even tougher assignment. The US Secretary of State's plane has crashed on its way to a summit in Libya - and she is missing. Cabrillo is the only one who can find her. But his search quickly involves a lost ancient jewel and a murderous plot by terrorists intent on plunging the world into chaos ... The number-one bestseller Clive Cussler, author of the thrilling Dirk Pitt novels Arctic Drift andTreasure of Khan, and co-author Jack Du Brul pit hero Juan Cabrillo and his crew against pirates and terrorists in the sixth novel in the Oregon Files adventure series, Corsair. Praise for Clive Cussler: 'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail