La Rilegatrice Dei Libri Proibiti

Autore: Belinda Starling
Editore: Neri Pozza Editore
ISBN: 8854511846
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È il 1859 a Londra e davanti alla legatoria Damage si è appena fermata una carrozza con le ruote di un rosso fiammante, i fanali dorati e uno stemma sulla portiera. Dalla carrozza è sceso un uomo alto, abbronzato, elegantissimo con la sua redingote nera, il foulard scarlatto, gli occhiali d’oro e il bastone da passeggio sormontato da un enorme rubino. È sir Jocelyn Knightley che, con la sua cerchia di amici, aristocratici come lui, coltiva il sogno di liberare la società dalle «pastoie del ritegno» e della morale. Da quando la legge ha stabilito che è illegale pubblicare e diffondere opere letterarie di genere immorale ma non possederle, sir Knightley e i suoi amici collezionano quei libri proibiti che i puritani dell’epoca vorrebbero bruciare tra le fiamme dell’inferno: il Decamerone, il Satyricon di Petronio, l’Ars Amatoria di Ovidio... A rilegare quei libri con preziose pelli e fodere scarlatte è Dora Damage, la moglie di Peter Damage. L’artrite reumatica sta deformando e immobilizzando le mani del marito e, in barba a tutte le leggi della corporazione dei legatori che vietano il lavoro alle donne, Dora è stata costretta a prenderne il posto. Le sue originali rilegature, così morbide e seducenti, suscitano l’entusiasmo di sir Knightley e dei suoi amici, i «Sauvages Nobles». Dora comincia così a rilegare tutte le opere proibite e galanti del gruppo con l’aiuto di Jack, un giovane apprendista, e di Din, uno schiavo nero americano condotto nel laboratorio dalla filantropica e ambigua Lady Sylvia, la moglie di sir Knightley. Ma non finisce forse puntualmente nei guai chi entra in una «società del vizio»? Romanzo storico, che ci restituisce perfettamente i conflitti di sesso, razza e classe dell’età vittoriana, La rilegatrice dei libri proibiti ci offre, con Dora Damage, un’eroina moderna che non esita a infrangere le regole e i tabù della Londra del XIX secolo, la città più grande del mondo, in cui gli ideali più nobili si accompagnano alle miserie più sordide. Londra, 1859: può una passione diventare ossessione? «Siamo nella Londra vittoriana e Dora, la protagonista non esita a infrangere regole e tabù». il Sole 24 ore «Eroi e pervertiti, vittime e sadici, popolano una Londra raccontata meticolosamente». Ttl, supplemento de La Stampa «Il romanzo di Belinda Starling pone una questione non molto diversa da quella del Profumo di Süskind: può una passione diventare ossessione? [...] Storia sui tanti tipi di amore, verso persone o cose, che possono rendere liberi oppure schiavi, il libro intreccia i temi della libertà sessuale, della condizione della donna e dell’abolizione della schiavitù, denudando la falsità morale dell’amore come volontà di possesso». Nicola Manuppelli, D, la Repubblica delle Donne «Uno splendido romanzo storico, che ricostruisce quell'età vittoriana, regno dell'ipocrisia, i cui temi della libertà sessuale, della condizione della donna, dell'abolizione della schiavitù si intrecciarono sullo sfondo di una nazione ancora dominata da falsità morali e tabù di ogni tipo». Il Turismo Culturale

The Journal Of Dora Damage

Autore: Belinda Starling
Editore: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608196043
Grandezza: 35,53 MB
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London, 1860: On the brink of destitution, Dora Damage illicitly takes over her ailing husband's bookbinding business, only to find herself lured into binding expensive volumes of pornography commissioned by aristocratic roués. Dora's charm and indefatigable spirit carry her through this rude awakening as she contends with violent debt collectors, an epileptic daughter, evil doctors, a rheumatic husband, errant workmen, nosy neighbors, and a constant stream of wealthy dilettantes. When she suddenly finds herself forced to offer an internship to a mysterious, fugitive American slave, Dora realizes she has been pulled into in an illegal trade of sex, money, and deceit. The Journal of Dora Damage conjures a vision of London when it was the largest city in the world, grappling with the filth produced by a swollen population. Against a backdrop of power and politics, work and idleness, conservatism and abolitionism, Belinda Starling explores the restrictions of gender, class, and race, the ties of family and love, and the price of freedom in this wholly engrossing debut novel. REVIEWS: "Unfortunately, Starling's debut novel will be her last; she died prematurely last year at the age of 34. Although the plot is a bit too crowded and overworked-a common novice mistake-this historical melodrama artfully evokes the contradictions inherent in Victorian society. When Dora Damage is forced by circumstances-an invalid husband and an epileptic daughter-to take over the family bookbinding business, she is inexorably drawn into a London netherworld she barely knew existed. As if binding pornographic books for a circle of aristocratic clients isn't bad enough, she is also compelled to harbor Din Nelson, a fugitive American slave. Unable to suppress her emotional and physical attraction for Din, she gives into desire and her real education begins."- Booklist

Florence Grace

Autore: Tracy Rees
Editore: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 1787471829
Grandezza: 80,74 MB
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'Possibly the most wonderful book I've ever read. A complete joy' Amazon reviewer. Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content. But when she is fourteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret: she is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And then she must try to fathom her destructive pull towards the enigmatic and troubled Turlington Grace, a man with many dark secrets of his own. What readers are saying about Tracy Rees: "Tracy Rees writes from the heart" Kathryn Hughes, bestselling author of The Letter "Tracy Rees is the most outstanding new voice in historical fiction" Lucinda Riley "A beautifully crafted story with added romance" Isabelle Broom "Tracy's writing is so fresh, original and authentic" Rosanna Ley

The Secret Ways Of Perfume

Autore: Cristina Caboni
Editore: Penguin
ISBN: 1101989777
Grandezza: 75,34 MB
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A huge Italian bestseller, The Secret Ways of Perfume is an evocative, poignant read set between the cobbled streets of Florence and the lavender fields of Provence -- perfect for fans of The Secret Language of Flowers, Victoria Hislop and Santa Montefiore. From Florence to Paris, a scent like no other can take you unexpected places... Elena has a gift unlike any other: the ability to decipher the ingredients of a perfume from its scent alone. Perfume is a part of who she is, and where she comes from. Only wrapped in essences of flowers, herbs and spices does she feel truly at home. But when Elena's gift leads her to Paris to learn about the ancient arts of the craft, she also discovers a secret recipe designed by her great-grandmother that no other perfumer has been able to replicate. As Elena immerses herself in the task, travelling from Paris to Florence, she encounters Cail: a kind, shy man who has his own gift for cultivating unique roses. Together they will follow a path of secret scents, distant memories, and the hope of finding a love neither will ever forget.

The Resurrection Maker

Autore: Glenn Cooper
Editore: HarperCollins
ISBN: 1443409367
Grandezza: 37,86 MB
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From the acclaimed author of the international sensation Library of the Dead comes a nail-biting new thriller that spans the globe and reaches back through the centuries in a dangerous, breathless search for the answer to one of history’s most provocative and intriguing questions: Does the Holy Grail exist? Fifteenth-century England. For centuries, rulers, clerics, scholars and adventurers have searched in vain for the sacred cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper. Locked up in a cold, damp cell, the knight Thomas Malory is despondent: he has failed in his quest to recover the Grail. He decides to write his famed work Le Morte D’Arthur, hiding within his tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table an enormous secret: the key to finding the Grail. England, present day. Arthur Malory, a scientist and amateur archaeologist, has just seen his best friend die at the hands of a ruthless murderer. It all started with a phone call about a potential sensational discovery about their shared passion: the Holy Grail. And now the killers are after Arthur . . . Thrust into a life-or-death quest to find the precious artifact, Arthur must follow a chain of clues left by his illustrious ancestor, Thomas Malory. His quest spans the centuries and takes him to King Arthur’s Cornwall, Renaissance England, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a modern physics lab in Modane, France, and ultimately, inevitably, to Jerusalem and the legendary tomb of Christ. The Resurrection Maker effortlessly blends history, science, and explosive questions in a page-turning adventure that takes us to the heart of mysterious forces dating to the very origin of the universe. Readers will be treated to smarts, thrills, and nonstop entertainment in this irresistible treasure hunt of a story, the next blockbuster from the writer who has been called “the Indiana Jones of literature.” PRAISE FOR GLENN COOPER'S LIBRARY OF THE DEAD: “Both incandescent and explosive. A seamless blend of modern-day thriller and historical mystery with an ending that left me breathless. A debut not to be missed.” —JAMES ROLLINS “Prepare to be enthralled by this epic thriller. Glenn Cooper’s debut novel is a masterpiece of suspense.” —PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH

Sennar S Mission

Autore: Licia Troisi
Editore: Open Road Media
ISBN: 148044281X
Grandezza: 77,87 MB
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In book two of the bestselling Chronicles of the Overworld trilogy, Nihal and Sennar forge ahead on their quest Nihal joins the most prestigious chivalric order of the Overworld: the Dragon Knights. Sent to complete her training, she finds herself up against a determined and valiant gnome, an Oarf named Ido. The encounter shakes Nihal’s certainties; suddenly, she realizes that there are those who fight for higher ideals than mere revenge. At the same time, she is forced to face her shadowy past and solve the mystery of a stone that seems to have tremendous power. Meanwhile, Sennar is promoted to the Council of Sorcerers, which leads the resistance against the Tyrant in the lands that are still free. Sennar is sent to the Underworld, a watery realm about which very little is known, to request military aid. It is an almost hopeless mission. Together, Nihal and Sennar must try their hardest to emerge victorious.

Archie Greene And The Magician S Secret

Autore: D. D. Everest
Editore: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062312138
Grandezza: 14,58 MB
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D. D. Everest's magical middle grade debut, filled with enchanted books and mysterious activity, is sure to captivate readers. Open this book . . . if you dare to face what awaits you inside! On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn't recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn't know he had and a world he never knew existed. With the help of his cousins, Bramble and Thistle, Archie tries to unravel the mystery behind his book, but he begins to realize that his gift is something more powerful than he could have imagined. And the only thing more perilous than its contents is being its owner. The book waited four hundred years for Archie Greene. Now Archie must discover why.

The Moonflower Vine

Autore: Jetta Carleton
Editore: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061971189
Grandezza: 67,69 MB
Formato: PDF, Mobi
Vista: 4715
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A timeless American classic rediscovered—an unforgettable saga of a heartland family On a farm in western Missouri during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. Leonie will fall in love with the wrong man. Mary Jo will escape to New York. And wild child Mathy's fate will be the family's greatest tragedy. Over the decades they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive—and, ultimately, they will come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together.

The Border Trilogy

Autore: Cormac McCarthy
Editore: Picador
ISBN: 1743519974
Grandezza: 47,10 MB
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Cormac McCarthy's monumental trilogy together for the first time in one volume. The Border Trilogy chronicles the coming-of-age of two young men in the south west of America. John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, two cowboys of the old school, are poised on the edge of a world about to change forever. Their journeys across the border into Mexico, each an adventure fraught with fear and pain, mark a passage into adulthood, and eventual salvation. McCarthy's clean, hard language evokes the physicality of an unforgiving landscape, the determination of the characters who roam within it, and the vanishing world of the Old West, where blood, violence and dying are conditions of life. Beautiful and brutal, filled with sorrow and humour, The Border Trilogy is both an epic love story an exhilarating elegy for the American Frontier.

Storm Rose

Autore: Corina Bomann
ISBN: 9781503936010
Grandezza: 22,82 MB
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When newly single Annabel Hansen moves to the coastal town of Binz, all she wants is to leave her former life behind. Soon after settling into a beautiful home overlooking the Baltic Sea, she stumbles upon an old fishing boat in a nearby harbor and discovers another purpose: to convert the bullet-riddled "Storm Rose" into a floating cafe. Yet there s more to this project than peeling paint and a bad engine. When Annabel finds an old letter from an East German defector who was smuggled to safety aboard the vessel, she and Christian her handsome new business partner set out to find its author. Together they ll unravel the "Storm Rose" s hidden past and a shocking mystery that will change Annabel s life forever."