Fogo Morto (73th Edition)

By José Lins do Rego

About the writer (from Goodreads):

José Lins do Rego Cavalcanti (July three, 1901 in Pilar Paraíba - September 12, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro) used to be a Brazilian novelist such a lot recognized for his semi-autobiographical "sugarcane cycle." those novels have been the root of flicks that had distribution within the English conversing international. in addition to Graciliano Ramos and Jorge Amado he stands as one of many maximum regionalist writers of Brazil. in accordance with Otto Maria Carpeaux (Brazilian literary critic), José Lins used to be "the final of the tale tellers". His first novel, Menino de Engenho ("Boy from the plantation"), was once released with hassle, yet quickly it received praised through the critics.

Sobre o livro:

Fogo Morto, considerado a obra-prima do escritor, será lançado simultaneamente a Menino de Engenho. Esta nova edição apresenta textos, assinados por Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Mário de Andrade e pelo professor da USP, Benjamin Abdala Júnior. Publicado em 1943, o livro emblem foi aclamado pela crítica, conferindo ao paraibano Zé Lins, um lugar único em nossa literatura. “Eu hoje vou saudar Fogo morto, gostei muitíssimo. Acho mesmo que o novo romance de Lins do Rego deixou em mim o ressaibo da obra-prima”, dispara Mario de Andrade.
A temática do livro, que expõe as consequências sociais do fim do clico da cana, pode ser encontrada em outros livros do autor, mas é em Fogo Morto que a inovação narrativa aparece com mais força. Zé Lins criou três personagens que retratam a decadência e ao mesmo pace a força para a superação: o mestre artesão José Amaro, o senhor de engenho Lula de Holanda e o capitão Vitorino Carneiro da Cunha. Os três possuem o orgulho como traço comum. Estes protagonistas, somados a um elenco de coadjuvantes igualmente memoráveis, compõem um amplo espectro da sociedade brasileira na transição entre a Escravatura e a Abolição.

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By Kazuo Ishiguro

The Unconsoled is right now a gripping mental secret, a depraved satire of the cult of artwork, and a poignant personality examine of a guy whose public lifestyles has sped up past his keep watch over. The environment is a anonymous valuable ecu urban the place Ryder, a well known pianist, has come to offer crucial functionality of his existence. in its place, he unearths himself diverted on a chain of cryptic and infuriating errands that however offer him with important clues to his personal previous. In The Unconsoled Ishiguro creates a piece that's itself a virtuoso functionality, unusual, haunting, and resonant with humanity and wit.

"A paintings of serious curiosity and originality.... Ishiguro has mapped out a cultured territory that's all his own...frankly outstanding [and] fiercer and funnier than before."--The New Yorker

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written through English writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson lower than the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a woman named Alice falling via a rabbit gap right into a fable global populated via ordinary, anthropomorphic creatures. the story performs with good judgment, giving the tale lasting reputation with adults in addition to with youngsters. it truly is thought of to be the most effective examples of the literary nonsense style. Its narrative path and constitution, characters and imagery were drastically influential in either pop culture and literature, specifically within the fable style.

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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

Just as Norman Maclean writes on the finish of "A River Runs via It" that he's "haunted via waters," so have readers been haunted by means of his novella. A retired English professor who started writing fiction on the age of 70, Maclean produced what's now well-known as one of many vintage American tales of the 20 th century. initially released in 1976, A River Runs via It and different Stories now celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, marked by means of this new version that features a foreword by way of Annie Proulx.

Maclean grew up within the western Rocky Mountains within the first a long time of the 20 th century. As a tender guy he labored many summers in logging camps and for the USA woodland provider. the 2 novellas and brief tale during this assortment are according to his personal experiences—the reports of a tender guy who came across that existence was once just a step from paintings in its buildings and wonder. the sweetness he chanced on used to be actually, and so he leaves a cautious list of what it was once wish to paintings within the woods while it was once nonetheless an international of horse and hand and foot, with no energy saws, "cats," or four-wheel drives. Populated with drunks, loggers, card sharks, and whores, and set within the small cities and surrounding trout streams and mountains of western Montana, the tales challenge themselves with the complexities of fly fishing, logging, struggling with wooded area fires, taking part in cribbage, and being a husband, a son, and a father.

By turns raunchy, poignant, caustic, and elegiac, those are great stories which exhibit, in Maclean's personal phrases, "a little of the affection i've got for the earth because it is going by." a primary providing from a 70-year-old author, the root of a top-grossing motion picture, and the 1st unique fiction released by way of the collage of Chicago Press, A River Runs via It and different Stories has offered greater than one million copies. As Proulx writes in her foreword to this new version, "In 1990 Norman Maclean died in physique, yet for thousands of readers he'll reside so long as fish swim and books are made."

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By Irvine Welsh

Never-collected stories, together with outrageous early tales from the Trainspotting years, plus a raucous new novella.

Reheated Cabbage gathers tales showcasing Irvine Welsh’s trademark abilities: vaulting mind's eye, terrific vernacular ear, scabrous humor, and the power to create probably the most memorable characters in modern fiction. you could get pleasure from Christmas dinner with Begbie at his Ma’s and spot how he greets his sister’s boyfriend and information in their engagement. You’ll become aware of in “The Rosewell Incident” why extraterrestrial beings converse hardcore Scots English and plan to place Midlothian roughs accountable for the planet. And you’ll be overjoyed to welcome again “Juice” Terry Lawson and now across the world recognized DJ Carl Ewart, and watch them as they meet an outdated nemesis, retired schoolmaster Albert Black, below the strobe lighting of a Miami seashore nightclub. those tales, such a lot first released in small magazines and out-of-print anthologies, are all wildly offbeat and may satisfaction either lovers of and rookies to Welsh’s global.

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Kierkegaard, Metaphysics and Political Theory: Unfinished Selves (Continuum Studies in Philosophy)

By Alison Assiter

Alison Assiter argues that the idea of the individual that lies on the middle of the liberal culture is derived from a Kantian and Cartesian metaphysic. This metaphysic, in response to her, is defective and it permeates a few features of the culture. considerably it excludes definite participants, people who find themselves labelled ‘mad’ or ‘evil’. as a substitute she deals another metaphysical snapshot of the individual that is derived principally from the paintings of Kierkegaard.

Assiter argues that there's a strand of Kierkegaard’s writing that gives a metaphysical photo that recognises the dependence of individuals upon each other. He deals an ethical outlook, derived from this, that encourages humans to ‘love’ each other.

Inspired by way of Kierkegaard, Assiter is going directly to argue that it really is important to target wishes instead of rights in ethical and political considering and to safeguard the view that you will need to care approximately others who should be a ways faraway from every one folks. moreover, she argues, it will be significant that we deal with those people who are with regards to us, well.

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By David Tod Roy

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The Scarlet Letter

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Offshore: A Novel

By Penelope Fitzgerald

Winner of the Booker Prize

On the Battersea succeed in of the Thames, a combined bag of the marginally disreputable, the quickly misplaced, and the patently eccentric live to tell the tale houseboats, emerging and falling with the nice river’s tides. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they hang to each other in a motley but kindly society. there's Maurice, by way of profession a male prostitute, through happenstance a receiver of stolen items. And Richard, a buttoned-up ex-navy guy whose boat dominates the achieve. Then there's Nenna, a loyal yet deserted spouse, the diffident mom of 2 younger women operating wild at the waterfront streets.

It is Nenna’s household problem that, because it deepens, attracts the family members between this scrubby neighborhood jointly into ever extra complicated and comedian styles. the result's considered one of Fitzgerald’s maximum triumphs, a singular the Booker judges deemed “flawless.”

“A great success: robust, supple, humane, ripe, beneficiant, and graceful.” —Sunday Times

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