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The Strangers in the House
Author: Georges Simenon, Geoffrey Sainsbury
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590171942
Pages: 194
Year: 2006
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Dirty, drunk, unloved, and unloving, Hector Loursat has lived as a near recluse since his wife abandoned him and their infant daughter eighteen years before. Though a member of a prominent local family and at one time a successful lawyer, Loursat now shuns and is shunned by polite society–which suits him fine. He prefers to spend his evenings leafing through the books in his library and drinking Bordeaux. Loursat does his best to ignore the presence of his teenage daughter, paying little attention to the questionable activities that seem to be going on in his vast, old, ever-more dilapidated house. But then, one night, the sound of a gunshot penetrates the padded walls of Loursat’s study. He leaves the security of his wing of the house to investigate. What he stumbles on is a case of murder. Loursat begins to discover something of the secret life of his daughter and her circle of friends, young people from all levels of local society. He finds himself strangely drawn to this group, and when one of them is accused of the murder, he astonishes all by taking up the young man’s defense. Reluctantly Loursat finds himself drawn back into the thick of life. InThe Strangers in the House, Georges Simenon, master chronicler of the dark side of the human heart, gives us a detective story that is also a tale of an improbable redemption.
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Author: Georges Simenon
ISBN: 8845915476
Pages: 198
Year: 2000
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Bibliografia nazionale italiana
Year: 2000
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Tropic Moon
Author: Georges Simenon
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 159017562X
Pages: 152
Year: 2011-11-23
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Newly translated for this edition. A young Frenchman, Joseph Timar, travels to Gabon carrying a letter of introduction from an influential uncle. He wants work experience; he wants to see the world. But in the oppressive heat and glare of the equator, Timar doesn’t know what to do with himself, and no one seems inclined to help except Adèle, the hotel owner’s wife, who takes him to bed one day and rebuffs him the next, leaving him sick with desire. But then, in the course of a single night, Adèle’s husband dies and a black servant is shot, and Timar is sure that Adèle is involved. He’ll cover for the crime if she’ll do what he wants. The fix is in. But Timar can’t even begin to imagine how deep. In Tropic Moon, Simenon, the master of the psychological novel, offers an incomparable picture of degeneracy and corruption in a colonial outpost.
Трубка Мегрэ
Author: Жорж Сименон
Publisher: Азбука-Аттикус
ISBN: 5389154304
Pages: 34
Year: 2018-07-24
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Комиссар Мегрэ носит давно вышедшие из моды котелок и пальто, не расстается с трубкой, предпочитает дождливую погоду, обожает греться у огня и ходить, заложив руки за спину. Мрачный, немногословный, он обладает редким даром внушать доверие, ему известны тайные пружины человеческой драмы. Разгадывая самые сложные преступления, распутывая самые причудливые интриги, Мегрэ руководствуется одним безотказным принципом: чтобы найти виновных, нужно прежде всего понять смысл их поступков…
The House of Life
Author: Mario Praz
Publisher: Non Pareil Books
ISBN: 1567923992
Pages: 360
Year: 2009-10-15
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Mario Praz (18961982) was among the great scholar/critics of the last century. His studies of iconography and seventeenth-century art remain unsurpassed and indispensable. His most famous work, The Romantic Agony, examines the themes of sexuality and morbidity that permeated so much late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature. But The House of Life comes as close to his autobiography as anything we are likely to encounter, and it is a quirky and magical book. In simplest terms, it is a house tour, but Praz's Roman apartment was no ordinary house it was a wunderkammer, a house of wonders, rooms replete with objects d'art and sculpture, walls hung with paintings and prints, bureaus overflowing with postcards and ephemera. And Praz is no ordinary guide; he leads you, the reader, through each room lecturing on the objects therein. What emerge are his passions, his immense erudition, his insatiable curiosity, his undeniable amiability, his infectious enthusiasm.
Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn
Author: Amanda Gefter
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 034553963X
Pages: 432
Year: 2014-01-14
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS In a memoir of family bonding and cutting-edge physics for readers of Brian Greene’s The Hidden Reality and Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist?, Amanda Gefter tells the story of how she conned her way into a career as a science journalist—and wound up hanging out, talking shop, and butting heads with the world’s most brilliant minds. At a Chinese restaurant outside of Philadelphia, a father asks his fifteen-year-old daughter a deceptively simple question: “How would you define nothing?” With that, the girl who once tried to fail geometry as a conscientious objector starts reading up on general relativity and quantum mechanics, as she and her dad embark on a life-altering quest for the answers to the universe’s greatest mysteries. Before Amanda Gefter became an accomplished science writer, she was a twenty-one-year-old magazine assistant willing to sneak her and her father, Warren, into a conference devoted to their physics hero, John Wheeler. Posing as journalists, Amanda and Warren met Wheeler, who offered them cryptic clues to the nature of reality: The universe is a self-excited circuit, he said. And, The boundary of a boundary is zero. Baffled, Amanda and Warren vowed to decode the phrases—and with them, the enigmas of existence. When we solve all that, they agreed, we’ll write a book. Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn is that book, a memoir of the impassioned hunt that takes Amanda and her father from New York to London to Los Alamos. Along the way, they bump up against quirky science and even quirkier personalities, including Leonard Susskind, the former Bronx plumber who invented string theory; Ed Witten, the soft-spoken genius who coined the enigmatic M-theory; even Stephen Hawking. What they discover is extraordinary: the beginnings of a monumental paradigm shift in cosmology, from a single universe we all share to a splintered reality in which each observer has her own. Reality, the Gefters learn, is radically observer-dependent, far beyond anything of which Einstein or the founders of quantum mechanics ever dreamed—with shattering consequences for our understanding of the universe’s origin. And somehow it all ties back to that conversation, to that Chinese restaurant, and to the true meaning of nothing. Throughout their journey, Amanda struggles to make sense of her own life—as her journalism career transforms from illusion to reality, as she searches for her voice as a writer, as she steps from a universe shared with her father to at last carve out one of her own. It’s a paradigm shift you might call growing up. By turns hilarious, moving, irreverent, and profound, Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn weaves together story and science in remarkable ways. By the end, you will never look at the universe the same way again. Praise for Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn “Nothing quite prepared me for this book. Wow. Reading it, I alternated between depression—how could the rest of us science writers ever match this?—and exhilaration.”—Scientific American “To Do: Read Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn. Reality doesn’t have to bite.”—New York “A zany superposition of genres . . . It’s at once a coming-of-age chronicle and a father-daughter road trip to the far reaches of this universe and 10,500 others.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer From the Hardcover edition.
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Auntie Mame
Author: Patrick Dennis
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0767910958
Pages: 320
Year: 2002-02-05
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With a wit as sharp as a vodka stinger and a heart as free as her spirit, Auntie Mame burst onto the literary scene in 1955--and today remains one of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction. Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis’ Auntie Mame sold over two million copies and stayed put on the New York Times bestseller list for 112 weeks. It was made into a play, a Broadway and a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. Since then, Mame has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of Great and Important People as the world’s most beloved, madcap, devastatingly sophisticated, and glamorous aunt. She is impossible to resist, and this hilarious story of an orphaned ten-year-old boy sent to live with his aunt is as delicious a read in the twenty-first century as it was in the 1950s. Follow the rollicking adventures of this unflappable flapper as seen through the wide eyes of her young, impressionable nephew and discover anew or for the first time why Mame has made the world a more wonderful place. "Outrageous, hilarious, ribald, sophisticated, slapsatiric." The Denver Post
Ill Met By Moonlight
Author: W. Stanley Moss
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 1780228805
Pages: 192
Year: 2014-03-27
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A great adventure story from World War II. The ideal follow-up read for fans of PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR: AN ADVENTURE. Also a classic film. This is a classic account by one of the officers who took part in one of the great escapades of WWII. In 1943 W. Stanley Moss and Patrick Leigh-Fermor, both serving with Special Forces in the Middle East, decided on a plan to kidnap General Kreipe, Commander of the Sevastopol Division in Crete, and bring him back to Allied occupied Cairo. This is the story of their adventures, working with a fearsome band of partisans, as they daringly capture the General in an ambush and struggle to evade pursuing German troops in the mountainous Cretan landscape to reach their rendezvous for evacuation to safety.
Born to Run
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150114152X
Pages: 528
Year: 2017-09-05
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Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himselfto writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as The Big Bang: seeing Elvis Presley s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road, "Badlands." "Darkness on the edge of Town. "The River" "Born in the U.S.A." "The Rising, " abd "The Ghost of Tom Joad," to name just a few). Bruce Springsteen s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
The Swedish Cavalier
Author: Leo Perutz
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628725060
Pages: 192
Year: 2014-06-03
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Brimming with deceit, betrayal, and redemption, this adventurous tale of a war-ravaged Europe offers a unique blend of history and fantasy. A thief and a nobleman, both down on their luck, cross paths on a bitter winter’s day in 1701. One is fleeing the gallows, the other, the callow Christian von Tornefeld, has escaped execution to fight for his Swedish king. Neither will reach his destination. Sent with a message to secure aid for von Tornefeld, the thief falls in love with his companion’s secret fiancée. He resolves to win her love for himself, and through a clever ruse, exchanges his fate for the other man’s. Risking everything to attain the woman of his dreams, he becomes the Swedish cavalier, staying one step ahead of his own demise. Later, he sacrifices everything to keep his secret past hidden from his daughter. Austrian novelist and mathematician Leo Perutz, admired by Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Ian Fleming, and Graham Greene, creates a visionary world of barons and brigands, swashbuckling dragoons and spurned lovers, gentleman farmers and masked robbers, as well as lucky parchments, magic spells, and mystical visions in this stunning work of high adventure and literary craftsmanship. “Written in the style of an 18th-century adventure . . . High drama and broad comedy enliven the tale, which takes a number of twists.” —Publishers Weekly “Though Perutz died in 1957, his fiction’s unique blend of history and the fantastic place it in the vanguard of its genre. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
Marescialle e libertini
Author: Alberto Arbasino
ISBN: 8845919102
Pages: 479
Year: 2004
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Divorzio a Buda
Author: Sándor Márai
Pages: 200
Year: 2002
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Author: Roberto Calasso
Pages: 360
Year: 2002
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