First Execution

Author: Domenico Starnone
Editor: Europa Editions Incorporated
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When retired teacher Domenico Stasi learns that Nina, his former student, has been accused of armed conspiracy, he agrees to help her by doing a simple task, but in doing so he becomes inexorably involved with her and her cause.

Ferocity

Author: Nicola Lagioia
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1609453824
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Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy's preeminent prize for fiction, Ferocity is a cinematic suspense novel that also addresses vital social questions, a combination of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, filtered through the fierce Mediterranean vision of Elena Ferrante. Southern Italy, the 1980s. On a hot summer's night under a full moon, far from the outlying neighborhoods of a southern Italian metropolis, Clara stumbles naked, dazed, and bloodied down a major highway. When she dies no-one is able to say exactly how or why, but her brother cannot free himself from her memory or from the questions surrounding her death. The more he learns about her life and death, the more he uncovers the moral decay at the core of his family's ascent to social prominence. At once an intimate family saga, a history of an entire region, and a portrait of the moral and political corruption of a whole society, Ferocity is an exhilirating, ambitious, and vivid work of fiction by Italy's foremost literary novelist.

Leonardo S Bicycle

Author: Paco Ignacio Taibo, II
Editor: Mysterious Press
ISBN: 9780446404914
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A brilliantly crafted collage of noir adventure and political psychodrama, Leonardo's Bicycle chronicles the effects of a century of violence on the nature of imagination. While a cast of revolutionaries, radicals, criminals, and dreamers chase a wild goose into a hail of gunfire, Leonardo da Vinci hovers overhead on a bicycle.

Mrs Bridge

Author: Evan S. Connell
Editor: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1582438498
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"Again and again. . . I find myself being a Mrs. Bridge evangelist, telling them that it’s a perfect novel, and then pressing copies on them. . . What writing! Economical, piquant, beautiful, true." —Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. The novel is comprised of vignettes, images, fragments of conversations, events—all building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal isolation. In this special fiftieth anniversary edition, we are reminded once again why Mrs. Bridge has been hailed by readers and critics alike as one of the greatest novels in American literature.

Me And You

Author: Niccolò Ammaniti
Editor: Canongate Books
ISBN: 0857861999
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EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY, SOMETIMES . . . Lorenzo Cuni is a fourteen-year-old loner. His wealthy parents think he is away on a school skiing trip, but, in fact, he has stowed away in a forgotten cellar. He plans to live in perfect isolation for a week, keeping the adult world at bay. Then a visit from his estranged half-sister, Olivia, changes everything.

L El D Di Mort Alegher

Author: Delio Tessa
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781726050616
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Riconosco ed onoro un solo Maestro: il popolo che parla.Squisitamente parla ancora un suo mutevole linguaggio sempre ricco, sempre vario, sempre nuovo come le nuvole del cielo. Non è morta la lingua milanese come nessun dialetto morrà. Creda pur taluno, sordo e cieco, che decadenza vi sia perché le vecchie forme, le usate espressioni piú non trova, ma decadenza non v'è. In perfetta aderenza colla necessità contingente, la parlata del popolo è simile all'architettura; a nuova vita, nuovo stile; chi non comprende, chi si lamenta è un sorpassato. Ho fatto - senza visibili frutti - del dialetto che parla il sobborgo uno studio paziente ed or qui del mio lavoro vorrei almeno alcuni punti fugacemente notare.

La Os

Author: Domenico Starnone
Editor: ALFAGUARA
ISBN: 9896656258
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Um romance magistral sobre as forças subterrâneas do amor. De um dos mais destacados autores italianos, vencedor dos Prémios Strega, Bridge, Castiglioncello e Comisso. Eleito um dos melhores livros do ano The New York Times * Kirkus Reviews * The Sunday Times «Aprendemos os dois que, para vivermos juntos, devemos dizer um ao outro muito menos do que aquilo que calamos.» O amor é um jogo sublime. E uma perigosa armadilha. Como muitos casamentos, o de Vanda e Aldo foi sendo desgastado pelo tempo, a tensão, o atrito, a rotina, a infidelidade. Mas sobreviveu ileso. Ou talvez não. Olhando de perto, com atenção, é possível ver as finas fissuras que podem estilhaçar o casamento, como uma pequena jarra que se toca ao de leve e se desfaz em mil pedaços. O que deixamos para trás quando deixamos alguém? Uma casa, uma família, um passado, uma ideia de futuro? Quão fortes são os laços que nos unem aos que amamos? E quão livres nos permitem ser? Domenico Starnone oferece-nos um olhar incisivo e terno sobre o amor, o casamento, a família, o legado que deixamos aos nossos filhos e o lugar que a liberdade individual pode ter no meio de tudo isso. Um romance provocador, intensíssimo e verdadeiro, pela mão de um dos maiores nomes da literatura italiana contemporânea. Os elogios da crítica: «Um livro de enorme inteligência e impacto emocional.» The New York Times «O relato agudo de um casal em crise. (...) Uma história brilhante e cortante como um pedaço de vidro.» The Guardian «Um romance superlativo. A radiografia de um amor que de amor apenas tinha o nome. A escrita brilhante de Starnone é como um tornado.» Il Giornale «Um estudo magistral sobre a passagem do tempo.» National Post «Delicado e viciante.» Il Corriere della Sera «A autópsia complexa e devastadora de uma relação.» The Times «Cada detalhe faz sentido, desde o nome do gato da família à forma particular de Aldo atar os sapatos. Laços é uma joia literária, que se destaca pelas personagens singulares e pela clareza do estilo.» BBC «Um dos romancistas mais destacados de Itália, embora menos conhecido. Um pós-modernista ao estilo de Italo Calvino.» The New York Times «Um escritor atípico, um lobo solitário que vive a literatura através da experiência pessoal. (...) Sempre original.» La Stampa «Uma corajosa anatomia de um casal em crise.» Il Messaggero

The Days Of Abandonment

Author: Elena Ferrante
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 9781609450298
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"She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years."-Corriere della Sera "Ferrante dissects the personal microcosm so well, and with awesome lucidity and precision shows us the meanderings of a woman's mind, the suffering that accompanies being abandoned, and the awful rumbling of time passing."-El Mundo "Elena Ferrante has given us a startlingly beautiful novel of exceptional and bold strength."-Il Manifesto "Severe and rigorously unsentimental, packed full of passages written with dizzying intensity at a rare and acute pitch. Ferrante is at her best when her writing holds tight to those nagging, niggling obsessions that make up our mental landscapes."-La Stampa A national bestseller for almost an entire year, The Days of Abandonment shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.

The Romanian

Author: Bruce Benderson
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440628269
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Winner of the 2004 Prix de Flore—one of France's most distinguished literary prizes—a wildly romantic, true-life love story “History follows a trail of sputtering desire, often calling upon the delusions of lovers to generate the sparks. If it weren’t for us, the world would suffer from a dismal lack of stories," writes Bruce Benderson in this brutally candid memoir. “What astonishes and intrigues is Benderson’s way of recounting, in the sweetest possible voice, things that are considered shocking,” wrote Le Monde. What’s so shocking? It’s not just Benderson’s job translating Céline Dion’s saccharine autobiography, which he admits is driving him mad; but his unrequited love for an impoverished Romanian in “cheap club-kid platforms with dollar signs in his squinting eyes,” whom he meets while on a journalism assignment in Eastern Europe. Rather than retreat, Benderson absorbs everything he can about Romanian culture and discovers an uncanny similarity between his own obsession for the Romanian (named Romulus) and the disastrous love affair of King Carol II, the last king of Romania (1893-1953). Throughout, Benderson—“absolutely free of bitterness, nastiness, or any desire to protect himself,” wrote Le Monde—is sustained by little white codeine pills, a poetic self-awareness, a sense of humor, and an unwavering belief in the perfect romance, even as wild dogs chase him down Romanian streets.

The Commitments

Author: Roddy Doyle
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307833089
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In the first volume of the Barrytown Trilogy, Roddy Doyle, winner of the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, introduces The Commitments, a group of fame-starved, working-class Irish youths with a paradoxical passion for the music of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and a mission—to bring Soul to Dublin. Doyle writes about the band with a fan's enthusiasm and about Dublin with a native's cheerful knowingness. His book captures all the shadings of the rock experience: ambition, greed, and egotism—ans the redeeming, exhilarating joy of making music. The Commitments is one of the most engaging and believable novels about rock'n'roll ever written, a book whose brashness and originality have won it mainstream acclaim and underground cachet.