Vita E Destino

Author: Vasilij Grossman
Editor: Adelphi Edizioni spa
ISBN: 8845973395
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«Ho appena terminato un grande romanzo a cui ho lavorato per quasi dieci anni...» scriveva nel 1960 Vasilij Grossman, scrittore noto in patria sin dagli anni Trenta (e fra i primi corrispondenti di guerra a entrare, al seguito dell’Armata Rossa, nell’inferno di Treblinka). Non sapeva, Grossman, che in quel momento il manoscritto della sua immensa epopea (che aveva la dichiarata ambizione di essere il "Guerra e pace" del Novecento) era già all’esame del Comitato centrale. Tant’è che nel febbraio del 1961 due agenti del KGB confischeranno non solo il manoscritto, ma anche le carte carbone e le minute, e perfino i nastri della macchina per scrivere: del «grande romanzo» non deve rimanere traccia. Gli occhiuti burocrati sovietici hanno intuito subito quanto fosse temibile per il regime un libro come "Vita e destino": forse più ancora del "Dottor Zivago". Quello che può sembrare solo un vasto, appassionante affresco storico si rivela infatti, ben presto, per ciò che è: una bruciante riflessione sul male. Del male (attraverso le vicende di un gran numero di personaggi in un modo o nell’altro collegati fra loro, e in mezzo ai quali incontriamo vittime e carnefici, eroi e traditori, idealisti e leccapiedi – fino ai due massimi protagonisti storici, Hitler e Stalin) Vasilij Grossman svela con implacabile acutezza la natura, che è menzogna e cancellazione della verità mediante la mistificazione più abietta: quella di ammantarsi di bene, un bene astratto e universale nel cui nome si compie ogni atrocità e ogni bassezza, e che induce a piegare il capo davanti alle sue sublimi esigenze. «Libri come "Vita e destino"» ha scritto George Steiner «eclissano quasi tutti i romanzi che oggi, in Occidente, vengono presi sul serio».

Life And Fate

Author: Vasily Grossman
Editor: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176545
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A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century. Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope.Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers’ nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves. This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.

Forever Flowing

Author: Vasiliĭ Semenovich Grossman
Editor: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810115033
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The novel tells the story of Ivan Grigoryevich, who has returned to Russia after thirty years in the Gulag. After short and unsatisfying visits to familiar places and persons in Moscow and Leningrad, the hero settles in a southern provincial town where he briefly establishes a new life with a war widow. Ivan Grigoryevich eventually returns to his boyhood home on the Black Sea, where he is finally able to come to terms with the inhumanity of the new Russian regime.

Emilio S Carnival Senilit

Author: Italo Svevo
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300090499
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In this novel, Svevo tells the story of the amorous entanglement of Emilio, a failed writer already old at 35, and Angiolina, a beautiful but promiscuous young woman. A study in jealousy and self torment, it is suffused with a tragic sense of existence.

The Late Mattia Pascal

Author: Luigi Pirandello
Editor: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590171158
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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.

Survival In Auschwitz

Author: Primo Levi
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684826801
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The author describes his twenty month ordeal in the Nazi death camp.

Tutto Scorre

Author: Vasilij Grossman
Editor: Adelphi Edizioni spa
ISBN: 8845973336
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Vasilij Grossman scrisse questo libro, che è il suo testamento, fra il 1955 e il 1963. Come nel grandioso "Vita e destino", non cambiò molto dello stile scabro e aspro che lo aveva reso celebre fra gli scrittori del realismo socialista. Ma vi infuse l’inconfondibile tono della verità. Con lucidità e fermezza, prima di ogni altro parlò qui di argomenti intoccabili: la perenne tortura della vita nei campi, ma anche l’altra tortura, più sottile, di chi ne ritorna e riconosce la bassezza e il terrore negli occhi imbarazzati di parenti e conoscenti; lo sterminio sistematico dei kulaki; la delazione come fondamento della società; il vero ruolo di Lenin e del suo «spregio della libertà» nella costruzione del mondo sovietico.

The Executioner S Song

Author: Norman Mailer
Editor: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455510831
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Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition. Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous. Mailer tells not only Gilmore's story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget. (280,000 words)

The Adventures Of Pinocchio

Author: C. Collodi
Editor: 右灰文化傳播有限公司可提供下載列印
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How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child Centuries ago there lived-- "A king!" my little readers will say immediately. No, children, you are mistaken. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm.

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307744029
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Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.