The Apothecary S Shop

Author: Roberto Tiraboschi
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1609454189
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In a medieval Venice ravaged by famine and orgiastic revelries, the protagonists of The Apothecary’s Shop explore the depths of the city and the paths to the supernatural in their search for a missing child. The young Costanza, of the noble Grimani family, has disappeared. Edgardo, the family scribe, vows to return the girl to her family, an ambitious enterprise considering his failing eyesight. Physical ailments and emotional torment hinder Edgardo’s search, for as he undertakes this perilous investigation, images of his own lost love—Kallis, a slave from the Far East who disappeared in a storm years ago—are resurrected. Help arrives in the form of Abella, the only female doctor in Venice. From her, Edgardo learns of occult medical practices and of Sabbatai’s Apothecary, where the city’s most desperate citizens seek heretical remedies and concoctions to sooth their suffering. It is here, however, where the secret of Constanza’s disappearance may lie. Venal physicians and legitimate healers, unscrupulous relatives, mystics and apothecaries, wealthy nobility and the wretched poor, undertakers, Eastern merchants, African slave traders, each plays a role this ingeniously constructed mystery set in the busy and licentious trade port of Venice. The Apothecary’s Shop is an erudite literary thriller in the vein of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and takes readers on an astonishing voyage into a city both distant yet familiar.

La Bottega Dello Speziale Venetia 1118

Author: Roberto Tiraboschi
Editor: E/O Edizioni
ISBN: 8866327506
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La saga medievale sulla nascita di Venezia si tinge di mistero. Un viaggio inedito e stupefacente in una Venezia medioevale, mai narrata prima. «L’indubbia bravura dell’autore poggia su una rigorosa documentazione storica». (Luciano Del Sette – Alias/Il Manifesto) In una Venezia medievale sconvolta da una carestia devastante e dai festeggiamenti di un carnevale dominato da istinti primordiali ed eccessi di ogni genere, i protagonisti della Bottega dello speziale inseguono un sogno di rinascita, l’illusione millenaria di sconfiggere la morte. La giovane Costanza, della nobile famiglia Grimani, scompare nel nulla. Lo scriba, Edgardo, promette che la riporterà alla sua famiglia e si mette alla ricerca della fanciulla. Medici, speziali, becchini, mercanti orientali, fiolari, molti sembrano coinvolti nel mistero della sparizione. Magister Abella, ambigua alleata di Edgardo, unica donna che svolge la professione di medico nella Venezia del 1118, ci accompagna alla scoperta dei segreti e delle pratiche mediche di quell’epoca. Insieme a lei entreremo nella bottega dello speziale Sabbatai, dove si preparano rimedi e intrugli di ogni sorta. Edgardo vive nel ricordo di un amore perduto, la schiava Kallis, scomparsa nelle acque della laguna durante una terribile tempesta. In seguito al ritrovamento di un corpo perfettamente conservato sotto i fanghi di un’isola sommersa, Edgardo farnetica di una rinascita della sua amata e accarezza l’illusione di aver sconfitto la morte.

The Eye Stone

Author: Roberto Tiraboschi
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1609452666
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In the twelfth century AD, Venice is little more than an agglomeration of small islands snatched from the muddy tides. The magnificent city-lagoon of Venice, the rich and powerful Serene Republic, is yet to be born. Here, in this northern backwater, a group of artisans have proven themselves to be unrivalled in an art form that produces works of such astounding beauty that many consider it mystical in nature and think its practitioners possessed of otherworldly gifts. They are glassmakers. Presciently aware of the power they wield and the role they will play in the Venice of the future, the Venetian glassmakers inhabit a world of esoteric practices and secret knowledge that they protect at all costs. Into this world steps Edgardo D’Arduino, a cleric and a professional copyist. Edgardo’s eyesight has begun to waver—a curse for a man who makes his living copying sacred texts. But he has heard stories, perhaps legends, that in Venice, city of glassmakers, there exists a stone, the lapides ad legendum, that can restore one’s sight. However, finding men who have knowledge of this wondrous stone proves almost impossible. After much searching, Edgardo meets a mysterious man who offers him a deal: he will lead him to the makers of the lapides ad legendum in exchange for Edgardo’s stealing a secret Arabic scientific text that is kept in the abbey where Edgardo lodges. When a series of horrific crimes shakes the cloistered world of the glassmakers, Edgardo realizes that there is much more at stake than his faltering eyesight. Equal parts The Name of the Rose and The Da Vinci Code, Roberto Tiraboschi’s English-language debut is a gripping historical thriller and a magnificent recreation of Venice in the Middle Ages.

L Angelo Del Mare Fangoso Venetia 1119

Author: Roberto Tiraboschi
Editor: E/O Edizioni
ISBN: 8866329533
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L’angelo del mare fangoso. Venetia 1119 d.C., (dopo La pietra per gli occhi. Venetia 1106 d.C. e La bottega dello speziale. Venetia 1118 d.C.) conclude il primo atto della saga in tre volumi sulle origini medievali di Venezia. Tre donne che lottano per conquistarsi uno spazio nella società veneziana dell’anno 1000. Un delitto misterioso che rischia di spezzare un legame d’amore sopravvissuto ad anni di avversità. I personaggi che abbiamo conosciuto nei primi romanzi, ovvero lo scriba Edgardo, la schiava Kallis, il medico magister Abella, il mercante Magdalena Grimani, lo speziale Sabbatai, il fiolario Tataro, tornano al centro del racconto. Siamo nell’anno 1119 d.C., Venezia è oppressa da uno dei più lunghi periodi di siccità della sua storia. Tre donne, Kallis, Magdalena, Abella, si trovano direttamente coinvolte in una vicenda delittuosa che sta sconvolgendo la città. Tre donne che in modi diversi lottano per emergere, per riscattare il loro passato, per conquistarsi un posto nella chiusa società dell’antica nobiltà veneziana. Kallis, la schiava, sospettata di un delitto orribile, deve difendersi da un’accusa infamante. Abella, la prima donna medico di Venezia, in preda a una passione insana. Magdalena, la moglie del mercante, in lotta con un passato terribile. Intorno a loro si muove una figura enigmatica e imprevedibile: Turchillus, detto il monaco bianco, arrivato su una galea che proviene da Alessandria d’Egitto. Santo, visionario, mistico, uomo dalle molte facce che nessuno riesce a comprendere. A fare da contrappunto alla trama criminosa la vicenda del giovane cantore Marco Anuar, che si intreccia con quella del musicus Pietro Abelardo, maestro dei cantori di San Marco, e di sua figlia Eleonora. La saga si mescola così al mistero, dando luogo a una narrazione densa, profonda, avvincente, piena di sorprese e di colpi di scena.

Budapest Noir

Author: Vilmos Kondor
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062098829
Size: 10,65 MB
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A dark, riveting, and lightning fast novel of murder, intrigue, and political corruption, set in 1936 Hungary during the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis in Germany, Budapest Noir marks the emergence of an extraordinary new voice in literary crime fiction, Vilmos Kondor. Kondor’s remarkable debut brings this European city to breathtaking life—from the wealthy residential neighborhoods of Buda to the slums of Pest—as it follows crime reporter Zsigmond Gordon’s investigation into the strange death of a beautiful woman. As Gordon’s search for the truth leads him to shocking revelations about a seedy underground crime syndicate and its corrupt political patrons, Budapest Noir will transport you to a dark time and place, and hold you there spellbound until the final page is turned.

The Apothecary S Shop

Author: Roberto Tiraboschi
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1609454189
Size: 18,55 MB
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In a medieval Venice ravaged by famine and orgiastic revelries, the protagonists of The Apothecary’s Shop explore the depths of the city and the paths to the supernatural in their search for a missing child. The young Costanza, of the noble Grimani family, has disappeared. Edgardo, the family scribe, vows to return the girl to her family, an ambitious enterprise considering his failing eyesight. Physical ailments and emotional torment hinder Edgardo’s search, for as he undertakes this perilous investigation, images of his own lost love—Kallis, a slave from the Far East who disappeared in a storm years ago—are resurrected. Help arrives in the form of Abella, the only female doctor in Venice. From her, Edgardo learns of occult medical practices and of Sabbatai’s Apothecary, where the city’s most desperate citizens seek heretical remedies and concoctions to sooth their suffering. It is here, however, where the secret of Constanza’s disappearance may lie. Venal physicians and legitimate healers, unscrupulous relatives, mystics and apothecaries, wealthy nobility and the wretched poor, undertakers, Eastern merchants, African slave traders, each plays a role this ingeniously constructed mystery set in the busy and licentious trade port of Venice. The Apothecary’s Shop is an erudite literary thriller in the vein of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and takes readers on an astonishing voyage into a city both distant yet familiar.

Rondo

Author: Kazimierz Brandys
Editor: Europa Editions Incorporated
ISBN: 9781609450045
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Tom, the illegitimate son of a powerful Polish political figure, falls in love with an actress, and finds he must use his parentage to win her over, but his deception leads him by accident into the world of the Polish underground.

The Inhabited Woman

Author: Gioconda Belli
Editor: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299206833
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Lavinia is The Inhabited Woman: accomplished, independent, and fiercely modern. She is sheltered and self-involved, until the spirit of an Indian woman warrior enters her being, then she dares to join a revolutionary movement against a violent dictator and—through the power of love—finds the courage to act. The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in North America.

Total Chaos

Author: Jean-Claude Izzo
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1609453964
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Book One in the Marseilles Trilogy The father of Mediterranean noir, in Jean-Claude Izzo's novels, Marseilles is explosive, multi-ethnic, breathtakingly beautiful and deadly. Ugo, Manu, and Fabio grew up together on the mean streets of Marseilles where friendship means everything. They promised to stay true to one another and swore that nothing would break their bond. But people and circumstances change. Ugo and Manu have been drawn into the criminal underworld of Europe's toughest, most violent and vibrant city. When Manu is murdered and Ugo returns from abroad to avenge his friend's death, only to be killed himself, it is left to the third in this trio, Detective Fabio Montale, to ensure justice is done. Despite warnings from both his colleagues in law enforcement and his acquaintances in the underworld, Montale cannot forget the promise he once made Manu and Ugo. He's going to find their killer even if it means going too far. Fabio Montale is the perfect protagonist in this city of melancholy beauty. A disenchanted cop with an inimitable talent for living who turns his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and, in the name of friendship, takes the fight against the mafia into his own hands. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hugo Rose

Author: Bridget Foley
Editor: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466859547
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Rose is disappointed with her life, though she has no reason to be - she has a beautiful family and a perfectly nice house in the suburbs. But to Rose, this ordinary life feels overshadowed by her other life - the one she leads every night in her dreams. After a childhood accident, Rose's dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure. On this island, she has never been alone: she shares it with Hugo, a brave boy who's grown up with her into a hero of a man. But when Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, both her real and dream worlds are changed forever. Here is the man who has shared all of her incredible adventures in impossible places, who grew up with her, even if they aren't what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows. Is she willing to let go of everything she holds dear to understand their extraordinary connection? And will it lead her to discover who she truly wants to be?