Author: Peter Robinson
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
When Alan Banks receives a disturbing telephone call from his brother, Roy, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London to search him out. But Roy has vanished into thin air, and now Banks fears this could have been their final conversation. Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to a murder scene on a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale. A young woman called Jennifer Clewes has been found dead in her car, and in the back pocket of her jeans, written on a slip of paper, police discover Banks’s name and address. Living in his brother’s empty, luxurious South Kensington flat, Banks finds himself digging into the life of the brother he never really knew, or even liked. He begins to uncover some troubling surprises, leaving Annie to track down Jennifer Clewes’s friends and colleagues alone. It seems that both trails are leading towards frightening conclusions. And when the cases begin to intersect, the consequences for Banks and Annie become terrifying . . . Strange Affair is Peter Robinson’s fifteenth Inspector Banks novel, and it amply demonstrates why he’s counted among the top crime fiction writers in the world. From the Hardcover edition.
Les Belles Étrangères
Author: Jane Koustas
Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
While translation history in Canada is well documented, the history of the translation of Canadian fiction outside the nation remains obscure. Les Belles Étrangères examines the translation of Canadian English-language fiction in France. This book considers the history of this practice, the reasons for the move away from Quebec translators as well as the process and perils involved in this detour. Within a theoretical framework and drawing on primary sources, this study considers the historical, theoretical, and concrete aspects of this practice through the study of the translations of authors such as Robertson Davies, Carol Shields, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Alistair MacLeod. The book also includes a comprehensive bibliography of English-language novels, poetry, and plays published and translated in France over the past 240 years.
Author: Peace David
Publisher: Il Saggiatore
Vigilia di Natale 1980, Leeds, Inghilterra: lo Squartatore dello Yorkshire ha massacrato la sua tredicesima vittima. Lo cercano da anni per porre fine a una serie mostruosa, senza pari nella storia del paese. Potrebbe essere un vicino di casa, un padre, un poliziotto; potrebbe essere chiunque. È introvabile. Nel 1980, Leeds è una città in rovina, schiacciata da un cielo nero e persa in un punto qualsiasi dell’Inghilterra e del cosmo. Le fabbriche automatizzate sono le sue cattedrali: come se una bomba fosse esplosa lasciando alle macchine il dominio su un deserto infernale di cemento, freddo, buio, incredibilmente thatcheriano, dove gli uomini hanno lasciato il posto a entità spettrali e inferocite. Alla radio ronza il mantra dei notiziari: il disastro collettivo di una nazione depauperata e derelitta, tra gli scioperi dei minatori, gli attentati dell’Ira, lo shock dell’omicidio di John Lennon e i cadaveri dello Yorkshire, i cadaveri dello Yorkshire... Dentro un’utilitaria, parcheggiata in un autosilo, un ispettore piange lacrime disperate. È Peter Hunter, il poliziotto che indaga, compulsivamente quanto vanamente, sugli omicidi, trasformandosi da cacciatore a preda. 1980 – terzo capitolo del ciclo del Red Riding Quartet dedicato alla storia vera dello Squartatore dello Yorkshire – è la tragedia di una realtà finale, dove il delitto smette di essere l’eccezionalità e diviene la concrezione di un male libero di correre per il mondo, il coro è un riverbero di voci di bambini che urlano e sussurrano lontani e l’assassino è un angelo caduto. Vittima e carnefice, bene e male si fondono in una massa indistinta, imperforabile e oscura, una coltre nera in cui non filtra più luce. E l’assenza di luce diviene lo sfondo, e insieme il motore, degli omicidi e di ogni singola azione umana. David Peace – scrittore del contemporaneo fra i più importanti della sua generazione – forza magistralmente i confini tra realtà e finzione, scardina le costrizioni stilistiche dei generi facendo implodere uno alla volta il thriller, il romanzo storico, il noir. E reinventa instancabilmente il linguaggio con una scrittura sincopata, fatta di dialoghi fulminei e ritratti allucinati, di ripetizioni esasperate quanto esasperata e ripetitiva è la coazione al male dei suoi personaggi. Perché in un mondo che ha smarrito la strada non rimane che un unico ago magnetico: l’ossessione.
When a faceless body is found in a tranquil valley just south of the village of Swainshead, Chief Inspector Alan Banks soon finds that no one in the village is willing to talk about it, except to say, “Not again.” An unsolved murder from five years before and the unsolved disappearance of a prominent local man’s girlfriend appear to be connected. As Banks delves deeper into the mystery, someone begins to intentionally slow down the investigation. When events take a turn, Inspector Banks must track his killer across the Atlantic and find a way to make a break in the case before time runs out. Fourth in the critically acclaimed Inspector Banks Mystery Series.
Author: David Peace
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
David Peace's acclaimed Red Riding Quartet continues with this exhilarating follow-up to Nineteen Seventy-Four. It's summer in Leeds and the city is anxiously awaiting the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Detective Bob Fraser and Jack Whitehead, a reporter at the Post, however, have other things on their minds-mainly the fact that someone is murdering prostitutes. The killer is quickly dubbed the “Yorkshire Ripper” and each man, on their own, works tirelessly to catch him. But their investigations turn grisly as they each engage in affairs with the prostitutes they are supposedly protecting. As the summer progresses, the killings accelerate and it seems as if Fraser and Whitehead are the only men who suspect or care that there may be more than one killer at large. From the Trade Paperback edition.
A Ghost in the Machine
Author: Caroline Graham
Publisher: Minotaur Books
When a bloody, pulverized body is found lying beneath the rustic timbers of an authentic torture device so vicious and complicated as to be blood-curdling, there's sufficient unrest in tiny Forbes Abbot to call in Chief Inspector Barnaby. Was Dennis Brinkley done in by crooked business partners, a teenage seductress, a couple of would-be publishers who've just inherited--and then lost--millions, or perhaps by tired, timid little Benny Fraye, who wouldn't hurt a fly--would she? Barnaby will soon find out just who set in motion the gruesome machine that crushed the unfortunate victim. Caroline Graham's delightful cozy village mysteries, which inspired the continuing Midsommer Murders series starring Inspector Barnaby on A&E Television, have long been fan-favorites; A Ghost in the Machine is sure to cement her reputation as one of the best crime writers in the mystery business today.
Letters to the Lost
Author: Iona Grey
An accomplished novel from a talented writer, Letters to the Lost is a stunning, emotional love story. Iona Grey's prose is warm, evocative, and immediately engaging; her characters become so real you can't bear to let them go. I promised to love you forever, in a time when I didn't know if I'd live to see the start of another week. Now it looks like forever is finally running out. I never stopped loving you. I tried, for the sake of my own sanity, but I never even got close, and I never stopped hoping either. Late on a frozen February evening, a young woman is running through the streets of London. Having fled from her abusive boyfriend and with nowhere to go, Jess stumbles onto a forgotten lane where a small, clearly unlived in old house offers her best chance of shelter for the night. The next morning, a mysterious letter arrives and when she can't help but open it, she finds herself drawn inexorably into the story of two lovers from another time. In London 1942, Stella meets Dan, a US airman, quite by accident, but there is no denying the impossible, unstoppable attraction that draws them together. Dan is a B-17 pilot flying his bomber into Europe from a British airbase; his odds of survival are one in five. In the midst of such uncertainty, the one thing they hold onto is the letters they write to each other. Fate is unkind and they are separated by decades and continents. In the present, Jess becomes determined to find out what happened to them. Her hope—inspired by a love so powerful it spans a lifetime—will lead her to find a startling redemption in her own life in this powerfully moving novel.
Author: Victoria Hislop
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Petrakis family lives in the small Greek seaside village of Plaka. Just off the coast is the tiny island of Spinalonga, where the nation's leper colony once was located—a place that has haunted four generations of Petrakis women. There's Eleni, ripped from her husband and two young daughters and sent to Spinalonga in 1939, and her daughters Maria, finding joy in the everyday as she dutifully cares for her father, and Anna, a wild child hungry for passion and a life anywhere but Plaka. And finally there's Alexis, Eleni's great-granddaughter, visiting modern-day Greece to unlock her family's past. A richly enchanting novel of lives and loves unfolding against the backdrop of the Mediterranean during World War II, The Island is an enthralling story of dreams and desires, of secrets desperately hidden, and of leprosy's touch on an unforgettable family.
The Good Brother
Author: Chris Offutt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the critically acclaimed author of the collection Kentucky Straight and memoir My Father the Pornographer, The Good Brother is the finely crafted debut novel from a talent the New York Times calls “a fierce writer”. Virgil Caudill has never gone looking for trouble, but this time he's got no choice—his hell-raising brother Boyd has been murdered. Everyone knows who did it, and in the hills of Kentucky, tradition won’t let a murder go unavenged. No matter which way he chooses, Virgil will lose. The Good Brother is the story of a man’s struggle to find his real self in the wake of an impossible choice. Traversing the American landscape from the hollows of Eastern Kentucky to the plains of Montana, Offutt explores the hunger for belonging that drives our most passionate beliefs, and in the process shows himself to be one of our most powerful storytellers.
Author: Elie Wiesel
Publisher: Hill and Wang
A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
Author: André Breton
Publisher: Grove Press
"Nadja, " originally published in France in 1928, is the first and perhaps best Surrealist romance ever written, a book which defined that movement's attitude toward everyday life. The principal narrative is an account of the author's relationship with a girl in teh city of Paris, the story of an obsessional presence haunting his life. The first-person narrative is supplemented by forty-four photographs which form an integral part of the work -- pictures of various "surreal" people, places, and objects which the author visits or is haunted by in naja's presence and which inspire him to mediate on their reality or lack of it. "The Nadja of the book is a girl, but, likeBertrand Russell's definition of electricity as "not so much a thing as a way things happen, " Nadja is not so much a person as the way she makes people behave. She has been described as a state of mind, a feeling about reality, k a kind of vision, and the reader sometimes wonders whether she exists at all. yet it is Nadja who gives form and structure to the novel.
Astrid et Veronika
Author: Linda Olsson
Veronika, écrivain, la trentaine, quitte la Nouvelle-Zélande pour revenir en Suède, son pays natal, afin de se reconstruire et d’y achever son roman. Elle loue une maison isolée en pleine campagne, avec pour seule voisine une vieille dame, Astrid, une octogénaire qui vit en quasi-ermite et l’observe s’installer avec retenue. Au fil des saisons, les deux femmes nouent pourtant une amitié improbable qui va bouleverser leur vie. Par petites touches, elles se racontent les drames de leurs vies et leurs inavouables secrets. Ce faisant, elles se libèrent du poids du passé et, surtout, réussissent à se souvenir des belles choses qu’elles croyaient oubliées à jamais : un sourire, une musique de Brahms, la beauté de l’amour... Ce roman sensible et délicat, servi par une belle prose, s’attache à la vie de deux femmes recluses dans leur solitude qui s’ouvrent de nouveau au monde.
Author: Emmanuel Carrère
The true story of a man who spun a web of lies around his life ventures into the mind of a psychotic murderer who managed to convince thousands of people that he was a successful, credentialed physician. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Governess-turned-sleuth Miss Silver, who “has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot,” visits a small village hiding big secrets (Manchester Evening News). The citizens of Melling are perfectly ordinary. Some might even consider them boring, but not Miss Maud Silver. It’s been some years since she gave up work as a governess to become a detective, and her fascination with people has served her well during that time. Now, she’s come to Melling to pay a long-postponed visit to an old school chum—but Miss Silver’s vacations never last long. The town’s prodigal son has returned, wealthy and not exactly nostalgic for his hometown. He intends to sell his manor house and be done with Melling forever. But this cozy English hamlet hasn’t finished with him yet . . .