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Sofia O El Origen de Todas Las Historias

Sofia O El Origen de Todas Las Historias

Author: Rafik Schami
Publisher: Salamandra
ISBN: 8498387353
Pages: 480
Year: 2017-02-28
Alternando el pasado con el presente, Schami dibuja un colorido retrato sobre la convivencia de judios, cristianos y musulmanes en las calles de Damasco, plasma los colores, olores y sabores de esa ciudad, y evoca la legendaria hospitalidad de los sirios. Pero todo eso no lo ciega ante la brutalidad del sistema, y describe un pais desgarrado a causa de la corrupcion, la violencia y el fanatismo religioso, al tiempo que denuncia la autoridad patriarcal en el seno de las familias y la sumision a la que se ve obligado el individuo bajo la presion del clan.
Calligraphers Secret

Calligraphers Secret

Author: Rafik Schami, Anthea Bell
Publisher: Haus Publishing
ISBN: 1906697310
Pages: 468
Year: 2014-01-15
Even as a young man, Hamid Farsi is acclaimed as a master of the art of calligraphy. But as time goes by, he sees that weaknesses in the Arabic language and its script limit its uses in the modern world. In a secret society, he works out schemes for radical reform, never guessing what risks he is running. His beautiful wife, Noura, is ignorant of the great plans on her husband’s mind. She knows only his cold, avaricious side and so it is no wonder she feels flattered by the attentions of his amusing, lively young apprentice. And so begins a passionate love story of a Muslim woman and a Christian man.
Dark Side of Love

Dark Side of Love

Author: Rafik Schami, Anthea Bell
Publisher: Haus Publishing
ISBN: 1906697329
Pages: 853
Year: 2010-10-15
A dead man hangs from the portal of St Paul Chapel in Damascus. He was a Muslim officer and he was murdered. But when Detective Barudi sets out to interrogate the man’s mysterious widow, the Secret Service takes the case away from him. Barudi continues to investigate clandestinely and discovers the murderer’s motive: it is a blood feud between the Mushtak and Shahin clans, reaching back to the beginnings of the 20th century. And, linked to it, a love story that can have no happy ending, for reconciliation has no place within the old tribal structures. Rafik Schami dazzling novel spans a century of Syrian history in which politics and religions continue to torment an entire people. Simultaneously, his poetic stories from three generations tell of the courage of lovers who risk death sooner than deny their passions. He has also written a heartfelt tribute to his hometown Damascus and a great and moving hymn to the power of love.
Sophie's World

Sophie's World

Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466804270
Pages: 544
Year: 2007-03-20
One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.
The Last Word

The Last Word

Author: Hanif Kureishi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476779201
Pages: 304
Year: 2015-03-10
"Mamoon Azam is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England--but now, in his early seventies, his reputation is fading, his book sales are nonexistent, and his flamboyant second wife's expensive habits are bleeding him dry. In an attempt to revitalize his career and reputation, Mamoon's publisher commissions Harry, an ambitious young writer, to pen the famous writer's biography. Honored and slightly intimidated, Harry promises himself that he will present an unbiased look at his literary hero--but Mamoon's publisher is after a more naked truth, a salacious tale of the author's life that will generate headlines. Meanwhile, Mamoon is less than cooperative. Vain, breathtakingly cynical, and cruelly manipulative, Mamoon turns out to have ahidden agenda of his own. Harry and Mamoon find themselves in a battle of wills, but which of them will have the last word? The ensuing struggle for dominance raises questions of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailties of age versus the recklessness of youth. A poignant and brilliantly entertaining book, THE LAST WORD is a tale of youthful exuberance, as hilarious as it is moving, and is Kureishi's most important work to date"--
A Hand Full of Stars

A Hand Full of Stars

Author: Rafik Schami
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
ISBN: 1623710227
Pages: 195
Year: 2012-12-28
Experience a wonderfully complex world of characters and cultures as you explore modern Damascus with a spirited teenage boy. Amid the turmoil of modern Damascus, one teenage boy finds his political voice in a message of rebellion that echoes throughout Syria and as far away as Western Europe. Inspired by his dearest friend, old Uncle Salim, he begins a journal to record his thoughts and impressions of family, friends, life at school, and his growing feelings for his girlfriend, Nadia. Soon the hidden diary becomes more than just a way to remember his daily adventures; on its pages.
Damascus Nights

Damascus Nights

Author: Rafik Schami
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
ISBN: 1623710626
Pages: 263
Year: 2014-08-08
In the classical Arab tradition of tale-telling, here is a magical book that celebrates the power of storytelling, delightfully transformed for modern sensibilities by an award-winning author. The time is present-day Damascus, and Salim the coachman, the city's most famous storyteller, is mysteriously struck dumb. To break the spell, seven friends gather for seven nights to present Salim with seven wondrous "gifts"-seven stories of their own design. Upon this enchanting frame of tales told in the fragrant Arabian night, the words of the past grow fainter, as ancient customs are yielding to modern turmoil. While the hairdresser, the teacher, the wife of the locksmith sip their tea and pass the water pipe, they swap stories about the magical and the mundane: about djinnis and princesses, about contemporary politics and the difficulties of bargaining in a New York department store. And as one tale leads to another... and another... all of Damascus appears before your eyes, along with a vision of storytelling-and talk-as the essence of friendship, of community, of life. A sly and graceful work, a delight to readers young and old, Damascus Nights is, according to Publishers Weekly, "a highly atmospheric, pungent narrative."
The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi

The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi

Author: Junʼichirō Tanizaki
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0375719318
Pages: 199
Year: 2003
A pair of sophisticated novels by one of Japan's most important novelists of the twentieth century tells the stories of an ancient Japanese warrior obsessed with severed heads, and of two friends who journey into a mountain region cloaked in legends. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Ruby Red

Ruby Red

Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
ISBN: 1429921218
Pages: 336
Year: 2011-05-10
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon—the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust. Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red is young adult novel full of fantasy and romance.
Telegraph Days

Telegraph Days

Author: Larry McMurtry
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743250788
Pages: 166
Year: 2006
Recounts myths of the closing decades of the western frontier viewed through the eyes of Nellie Courtright and her brother Jackson, orphans that make good in the town of Rita Blanca in what would become the Oklahoma Panhandle.
One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241968593
Pages: 432
Year: 2014-03-06
One of the world's most famous novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, blends the natural with the supernatural in one of the most magical reading experiences on earth. 'Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice' Gabriel Garcia Marquez's great masterpiece is the story of seven generations of the Buendia family and of Macondo, the town they have built. Though little more than a settlement surrounded by mountains, Macondo has its wars and disasters, even its wonders and its miracles. A microcosm of Columbian life, its secrets lie hidden, encoded in a book, and only Aureliano Buendia can fathom its mysteries and reveal its shrouded destiny. Blending political reality with magic realism, fantasy and comic invention, One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most daringly original works of the twentieth century. 'Dazzling' The New York Times
Open Door

Open Door

Author: Iosi Havilio
Publisher:
ISBN: 1908276037
Pages: 213
Year: 2011
The word-of-mouth cult hit from Argentina's new literary star.
The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives

Author: Roberto Bolaño
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330525808
Pages:
Year: 2015-07-16
With a new afterword by Natasha Wimmer ‘Savagely comic yet equally tender . . . This novel is an elegy for a generation’ Independent New Year’s Eve 1975, Mexico City. Two hunted men leave town in a hurry, on the desert-bound trail of a vanished poet. Spanning two decades and crossing continents, theirs is a remarkable quest through a darkening universe – our own. It is a journey told and shared by a generation of lovers, rebels and readers, whose testimonies are woven together into one of the most dazzling Latin American novels of the twentieth century. ‘The comic frenzy, the inventiveness of character and situation, and the mood-soaked depiction of 1970s Mexico is delightful’ Times Literary Supplement ‘A portrait of people for whom literature is bread and water, sex and death. The abiding message to be taken from Bolaño’s novel, and maybe from his fraught life, too: books matter’ GQ ‘It’s no exaggeration to call Bolaño a genius. The Savage Detectives alone should grant him immortality’ Washington Post ‘Bolaño makes you feel changed for having read him; he adjusts your angle of view on the world’ Guardian
The Thing Around Your Neck

The Thing Around Your Neck

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher: Knopf Canada
ISBN: 0307375234
Pages: 240
Year: 2010-06-01
These twelve dazzling stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the Orange Broadband Prize–winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun — are her most intimate works to date. In these stories Adichie turns her penetrating eye to the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the United States. In “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman, and the young mother at the centre of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Adichie’s prodigious literary powers. From the Hardcover edition.
The Inhabited Woman

The Inhabited Woman

Author: Gioconda Belli
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 0299206831
Pages: 414
Year: 2005-01-20
Lavinia is The Inhabited Woman: accomplished, independent, and fiercely modern. She is sheltered and self-involved, until the spirit of an Indian woman warrior enters her being, then she dares to join a revolutionary movement against a violent dictator and—through the power of love—finds the courage to act. The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in North America.