Told in a distinctive, captivating voice that fuses vivid cinematic imagery and page-turning plot with the measured strength and beauty of Arabic poetry, De Niro’s Game is an explosive portrait of life in a war zone, and a powerful meditation on what comes after.
Beirut Hellfire Society: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - His new role introduces him to an unconventional cast of characters, and the flamboyant head of the Hellfire Society, a mysterious woman who takes up residence on Pavlov’s stairs after a bombing, including a father searching for his son’s body, El-Marquis. Deftly combining comedy with tragedy, after all, profane, outrageous, elegiac, can be preserved in the face of certain change and imminent death? The answer is at once propulsive, Beirut Hellfire Society asks: What, gritty reality with surreal absurdity, and transcendent—and a profoundly moving fable on what it means to live through war.
A searing and visionary novel set in war-torn 1970s Beirut, from an author praised for his "fierce poetic originality" Boston Globe and "uncompromising vision" Colm Tóibín. On a ravaged street overlooking a cemetery in Beirut’s Christian enclave, we meet an eccentric young man named Pavlov, the son of a local undertaker.
Beirut Hellfire Society: A Novel #ad - When his father meets a sudden and untimely death, pavlov is approached by a colorful member of the mysterious Hellfire Society—an anti-religious sect that, among many rebellious and often salacious activities, arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or sexuality.
Pavlov agrees to take on his father’s work for the society, and over the course of the novel he becomes a survivor-chronicler of his embattled and fading community at the heart of Lebanon’s civil war.
Harp of Burma Tuttle ClassicsTuttle Publishing #ad - Through the story of these men and of the music that saw them through the war, Takeyama presents thought-provoking questions about political hostilities and the men who unleash them. Winner of the prestigious mainichi shuppan bunkasho prize, and the subject of an acclaimed film by Ichikawa Kon, Harp of Burma portrays a company of Japanese troops who are losing a desperate campaign against British forces in the tropical jungles of Burma.
The foreign climate and terrain, the constant struggle to overcome homesickness and nostalgia, and the emotions stirred by the senselessness of war—all of these forces, the strange behavior of foreigners, new and baffling to the soldiers, contribute to their distress and disorientation. In the midst of these overwhelming challenges, they discover the power of music to make even the toughest situations tolerable—through their commander's ability to lead them in song.
Harp of Burma Tuttle Classics #ad - . Even though they face the inevitability of defeat, singing the songs of their homeland revives their will to live. Harp of burma is japan's haunting answer to Germany's well-known requiem for the First World War, All Quiet on the Western Front. The young soldiers discover that the trials of war involve more than just opposing the enemy.
Harp of burma is japan's classic novel of pathos and compassion in the midst of senseless warfare. Harp of burma was made into a critically acclaimed movie The Burmese Harp by the celebrated director Ichikawa Kon.
Cockroach: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - The novel takes place during one month of a bitterly cold winter in Montreal’s restless immigrant community, where a self-described “thief” has just tried but failed to commit suicide by hanging himself from a tree in a local park. This sets the story in motion, and out into the frozen nighttime streets of montreal, imagining himself to be a cockroach invading the lives of the privileged, but willfully blind, forward into his current life in the smoky émigré cafés where everyone has a tale, leading us back to the narrator’s violent childhood in a war-torn country, where the thief survives on the edge, citizens who surround him.
Cockroach combines an uncompromising vision of humanity with razor-sharp portraits of society's outsiders, and a startling, poetic sensibility with bracing jolts of dark humor. A bold, razor-sharp novel about a shadowy antihero navigating Montreal’s immigrant underworld. One of the most highly anticipated novels of the year, Cockroach is as urgent, and brilliant as Rawi Hage’s critically acclaimed first book, unsettling, De Niro’s Game.
Cockroach: A Novel #ad - Rescued against his will, the narrator is obliged to attend sessions with a well-intentioned but naive therapist.
The 3 Mistakes of My LifeAmazon Publishing #ad - His friends, Ish and Omi, dream of cricket. Govind, a boy from Ahmedabad, dreams of owning a business. To realise their goals, they will have to face it all—religious politics, unacceptable love and, earthquakes, riots, above all, their own mistakes. Will they make it? can an individual’s dreams overcome the nightmares offered by real life?Based on true events, this is another dark, witty tale about modern India from the bestselling author of Five Point Someone and One Night @ the Call Center—a tale in which the ethos and isolation of an entire generation are brought vividly to the fore.
The 3 Mistakes of My Life #ad - This is a new release of a previously published edition. To accommodate all their passions, the three entrepreneurs open a cricket shop. While govind wants to make money and thinks big, Ish is all about nurturing Ali, a batsman with a rare gift. Omi knows his capabilities are limited and just wants to be with his friends.
But nothing comes easy in a turbulent city.
Carnival: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - So begins a romance that is, for Fly, a brief glimmer of light amid the shadows and grit of the Carnival city. Along with otto and mary, magicians and prostitutes as he picks them up and drops them off, traveling through a nightmarish town that is—we can’t help but notice—a parable for our own debauched, Fly introduces us to madmen and revolutionaries, unjust world.
Wildly imaginative and darkly ironic, Carnival is a magnificent achievement. A stirring new masterpiece from the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award–winning author of Cockroach and De Niro’s Game. In carnival, internationally acclaimed author Rawi Hage takes us into the world of Fly, a taxi driver in a crime-ridden apocalyptic metropolis.
Carnival: A Novel #ad - Raised in the circus, fly sees everything, the son of a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying-carpet man, taking in all of the city’s carnivalesque beauty and ugliness as he roves through its dizzying streets in his taxi. His best friend is otto, a political activist who’s in and out of jails and asylums, mourning his dead wife and lost foster son.
On one otherwise tawdry night Fly meets Mary, a book-loving passenger with a domineering husband. Fly is a reader, too, and when he’s not in his taxi he is at home in the equally dizzying labyrinth of books that fills his tiny apartment.
Cathedral Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - . His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World. Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. Raymond carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another.
These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. His eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it.
An Ordinary Man: An AutobiographyPenguin Books #ad - A remarkable account of the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda Readers who were moved and horrified by Hotel Rwanda will respond even more intensely to Paul Rusesabagina’s unforgettable autobiography. As rwanda was thrown into chaos during the 1994 genocide, a hotel manager, Rusesabagina, turned the luxurious Hotel Milles Collines into a refuge for more than 1, 200 Tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees, while fending off their would-be killers with a combination of diplomacy and deception.
In an ordinary man, retraces his accidental path to heroism, revisits the 100 days in which he was the only thing standing between his “guests” and a hideous death, he tells the story of his childhood, and recounts his subsequent life as a refugee and activist.
The Sense of an Ending Borzoi BooksVintage #ad - This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
Tony webster thought he’d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. Winner of the 2011 man booker prizeby an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse.
The Sense of an Ending Borzoi Books #ad - . A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes’s oeuvre.
The Septembers of Shiraz: A Novel P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - Soon to be a major motion picture starring Adrien Brody and Salma HayekIn the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. As isaac navigates the terrors of prison, and his wife feverishly searches for him, his children struggle with the realization that their family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger.
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An Unnecessary Woman: A NovelGrove Press #ad - Women in her family live long; her mother is still going crazy. Read it once, read it twice, read other books for a decade or so, and then pick it up and read it anew. This one’s a keeper” The Independent. Grave, powerful . . . As she tries in vain to ward off these emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.
Who is, ultimately, hard to take, hard to read, like her city, hard to know and, passionately complex” San Francisco Chronicle. A happily misanthropic middle east divorcee finds refuge in books in a “beautiful and absorbing” novel of late-life crisis The New York Times. In this “meditation on, among other things, loneliness, grief and resilience” The New York Times, literature, aging, politics, Alameddine conjures “a beguiling narrator .
An Unnecessary Woman: A Novel #ad - . . A finalist for the national book critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, An Unnecessary Woman is “a fun, and often funny . . . Aaliya is a divorced, childless, and reclusively cranky translator in Beirut nurturing doubts about her latest project: a 900-page avant-garde, linguistically serpentine historiography by a late Chilean existentialist.
But on this lonely day, aaliya’s musings on literature, hour-by-hour, and her aging body, philosophy, her career, are suddenly invaded by memories of her volatile past.