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A novel about novelist Henry James. From Goodreads: “Colm Tóibín’s beautiful, subtle illumination of Henry James’s inner life” (The New York Times) captures the loneliness and hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably fail those he tried to love. Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America’s first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. With stunningly resonant prose, “The Master is unquestionably the work of a first-rate novelist: artful, moving, and very beautiful” (The New York Times Book Review). The emotional intensity of this portrait is riveting. (less)
Take a journey to Egypt in the 1940s, where Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz’s novel, Midaq Alley, spotlights a hustling, teeming back alley of Cairo. Meet Zaita the maimer-for-a-fee; Kirsha the hedonistic cafe owner; Abbas the barber who mistakes greed for love; Hamida who sells her soul to escape the alley; and an array of waiters and widows, politicians, pimps, and poets. This portrait of one small street serves as a microcosm of the quest for freedom and modernity in a country still scarred by the brutalities of colonialism.
Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth. But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget. -From Goodreads.com
Aficionados of South American fiction as well as literary critics will welcome this posthumous translation of a nearly plotless novel by one of Brazil's foremost writers. Availing herself of a single character, Lispector transforms a banal situation—a woman at home, alone—into an amphitheater for philosophical investigations. The first-person narration jousts with language, playfully but forcefully examining the ambiguous nature of words, with results ranging from the profound to the pretentious. -from Goodreads.com