Written during the height of the 1970s Italian domestic terror, a cult novel, with distinct echoes of Lovecraft and Borges, makes its English-language debut. In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create "the Library," a space where lonely citizens can read one another’s personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in "dialogues across the ether." But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library’s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day "phenomenon of collective psychosis" culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention. Inevitably drawn into the city’s occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares: what’s shared can never be unshared. An allegory inspired by the grisly neo-fascist campaigns of its day, The Twenty Days of Turin has enjoyed a fervent cult following in Italy for forty years. Now, in a fretful new age of "lone-wolf" terrorism fueled by social media, we can find uncanny resonances in Giorgio De Maria’s vision of mass fear: a mute, palpitating dread that seeps into every moment of daily existence. With its stunning anticipation of the Internet—and the apocalyptic repercussions of oversharing—this bleak, prescient story is more disturbingly pertinent than ever. Brilliantly translated into English for the first time by Ramon Glazov, The Twenty Days of Turin establishes De Maria’s place among the literary ranks of Italo Calvino and beside classic horror masters such as Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. Hauntingly imaginative, with visceral prose that chills to the marrow, the novel is an eerily clairvoyant magnum opus, long overdue but ever timely.
Blood's a Rover
Author: James Ellroy
A stand-alone sequel to the Time magazine Best Book American Tabloid and the Los Angeles Times Best Book The Cold Six Thousand traces the 1968 collision of a Klan-raised FBI agent, an ex-cop heroin runner and a divorce lawyer front-man with ties to the Kennedy assassinations. Reprint. A best-selling novel.
Author: Milan Kundera
Publisher: Harper Collins
In this dark farce of a novel, set in an old-fashioned Central European spa town, eight characters are swept up in an accelerating dance: a pretty nurse and her repairman boyfriend; an oddball gynecologist; a rich American (at once saint and Don Juan); a popular trumpeter and his beautiful, obsessively jealous wife; an disillusioned former political prisoner about to leave his country and his young woman ward.Perhaps the most brilliantly plotted and sheer entertaining of Milan Kundera's novels, Farewell Waltz poses the most serious questions with a blasphemous lightness that makes us see that the modern world has deprived us even of the right to tragedy. Written in Bohemia in 1969-70, this book was first published (in 1976) in France under the title La valse aux adieux (Farewell Waltz), and later in thirty-four other countries. This beautiful new translation, made from the French text prepared by the novelist himself, fully reflects his own tone and intentions. As such it offers an opportunity for both the discovery and the rediscovery of one of the very best of a great writer's works.
Tribune of Rome
Author: Robert Fabbri
Publisher: Atlantic Books
One man, born in rural obscurity, destined to become one of Rome's greatest Emperors26 AD: 16-year-old Vespasian leaves his family farm for Rome, his sights set on finding a patron and following his brother into the army, but he discovers a city in turmoil and an Empire on the brink. The aging emperor Tiberius is in seclusion on Capri, leaving Rome in the iron grip of Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus is ruler of the Empire in all but name, but many fear that isn't enough for him. Sejanus' spies are everywhere—careless words at a dinner party can be as dangerous as a barbarian arrow. Vespasian is totally out of his depth, making dangerous enemies (and even more dangerous friends—like the young Caligula) and soon finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy against Tiberius. With the situation in Rome deteriorating, Vespasian flees the city to take up a position as tribune in an unfashionable legion on the Balkan frontier. Even here, rebellion is in the air and unblooded and inexperienced, Vespasian must lead his men in savage battle with hostile mountain tribes. Vespasian will soon realize that he can't escape Roman politics any more than he can escape his destiny.
Orlando in Love
Author: Matteo Maria Boiardo, Charles Stanley Ross
Publisher: Parlor Press LLC
Like Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, Boiardo's chivalric stories of lords and ladies first entertained the culturally innovative court of Ferrara in the Italian Renaissance. Inventive, humorous, inexhaustible, the story recounts Orlando's love-stricken pursuit of "the fairest of her Sex, Angelica" (in Milton's terms) through a fairyland that combines the military valors of Charlemagne's knights and their famous horses with the enchantments of King Arthur's court. Today it seems more than ever appropriate to offer a new, unabridged edition of Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato, the first Renaissance epic about the common customs of, and the conflicts between, Christian Europe and Islam. Having extensively revised his earlier translation for general readers, Charles Ross has added headings and helpful summaries to Boiardo's cantos. Tenses have been regularized, and terms of gender and religion have been updated, but not so much as to block the reader's encounter with how Boiardo once viewed the world. Charles Stanley Ross has degrees from Harvard College and the University of Chicago and teaches English and comparative literature at Purdue University. "Neglect of Italian romances robs us of a whole species of pleasure and narrows our very conception of literature. It is as if a man left out Homer, or Elizabethan drama, or the novel. For like these, the romantic epic of Italy is one of the great trophies of the European genius: a genuine kind, not to be replaced by any other, and illustrated by an extremely copious and brilliant production. It is one of the successes, the undisputed achievements." -C. S. Lewis
Life Is Elsewhere
Author: Milan Kundera, Aaron Asher
Publisher: Harper Collins
The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to Kundera, is youth, and this novel, above all, is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made him a poet and accompanies him (figuratively) to his love bed and (literally) to his deathbed. A ridiculous and touching character, horrifying and totally innocent ("innocence with its bloody smile"!), Jaromil is at the same time a true poet. He's no creep, he's Rimbaud. Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution, entrapped in a somber farce.
A Fruitful Sunday
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
Previously published in the print anthology The Golden Ball and Other Stories. Edward Palgrove has saved up to buy a small car, which he and his fiancée, Dorothy Pratt, are both proud of. But neither one is prepared for the journey it will take them on.
The Coffin Dancer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Describes the principles of feng-shui, the ancient Chinese art of determining the hidden currents of the earth and locating and furnishing buildings in accord with them
Un’afosa sera d’estate: un’esplosione sconvolge Asti. L’incendio conseguente distrugge la APES azienda specializzata nello stoccaggio di rifiuti; nella tragedia perdono la vita due dipendenti. Contemporaneamente in un incidente avvenuto poco distante dal luogo del disastro,muore un motociclista mentre l’autista di un SUV finisce in coma. Entrambe le vittime si scoprono essere titolari della stessa azienda distrutta dall’incendio. La medesima sera, l’investigatore privato Giorgio Martinengo prende servizio come soccorritore della Croce Rossa e il suo migliore amico, il chimico Paolo Marchese, membro dell’ARPA Piemonte, deve intervenire per monitorare il potenziale pericolo d’inquinamento ambientale derivato dall’incendio,perché la funerea e irreale colonna di fumo nero come la pece che ascende al cielo della piccola città piemontese non sembra solo carta che brucia. Inizia così una lunga notte insonne, durante la quale Giorgio Martinengo si ritroverà a ricomporre un mosaico di fatti e persone in una sarabanda di morte che coinvolgerà i personaggi più inaspettati. Un vortice di faccendieri, corrotti ed ecomafie nel quale Martinengo, vittima di una insopprimibile brama di sapere, sarà coinvolto nonostante il suo inedito ruolo.
A Name in Blood
Author: Matt Rees
When lowly artist Caravaggio is commissioned to paint the Pope he quickly becomes the most celebrated artist in Rome. But when he falls for Lena, a low-born fruit seller, and paints her into his Madonna series as a simple peasant woman, Italian society is outraged. He is forced into a duel - and murders a nobleman.
Five Ingredients, Ten Minutes by Jules Clancy is a book is about fresh, healthy, delicious food. The fact that the recipes all contain five ingredients and can be made in ten minutes is a bonus! One of the biggest challenges we all face when it comes to cooking is being tired at the end of a long day. And hungry. And having to turn around and get something on the table that is not only fast and healthy, but tastes good too. Bit of a tall order, right? So that's where Five Ingredients, Ten Minutes can help. It is designed to come to the rescue when the 'What's for dinner?' question crosses your mind. From vegetable white bean stew to lamb fillet with fresh mint and hummus, with Jules Clancy cooking quickly at the end of a long day shouldn't be a difficulty any more! Jules Clancy trained as a food scientist, before working for Kellogg, a wine company, and then as a designer of chocolate biscuits and cookies. She's is now a full-time blogger, with a virtual cookery school specialising in quick and easy, simple food.
The Burning Times
Author: Jeanne Kalogridis
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A fourteenth-century monk is charged with the task of determining whether a midwife turned abbess accused of heresy by the Inquisition should be dubbed a saint or burned at the stake.