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Voices from Chernobyl
by Alexievich, Svetlana

9781564784018Svetlana Alexiévich; Keith Gessen (Introduction by, Translator)Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear DisasterWinner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award A journalist by trade, who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book, presents personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus after the nuclear reactor accident in 1986, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
TD186.5.B35 A4413 2005
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 2015

Culture:
Belarus




Group portrait with lady
by Böll, Heinrich

9781935554332Heinrich Böll; Leila Vennewitz (Translator)Group Portrait with LadyCited by the Nobel Prize committee as the "crown" of Heinrich Böll's work, the gripping story of Group Portrait With Lady unspools like a suspenseful documentary. Via a series of tense interviews, an unnamed narrator uncovers the story--past and present--of one of Böll's most intriguing characters, the enigmatic Leni Pfeiffer, a struggling war widow. nbsp; At the center of her struggle is her effort to prevent the demolition of her Cologne apartment building, a fight in which she is joined by a motley group of neighbors. Along with her illegitimate son, Lev, she becomes the nexus of a countercultural group rebelling against Germany's dehumanizing past under the Nazis ... and what looks to be an equally dehumanizing future under capitalism. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PT2603.O394 G7
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1972

Culture:
Germany




Collected Poems in English
by Brodsky, Joseph

9780374528386Joseph BrodskyCollected Poems in English The poems of the legendary Nobel Laureate, in one volume at last One of the greatest and grandest advocates of the literary vocation, Joseph Brodsky truly lived his life as a poet, and for it earned eighteen months in an Arctic labor camp, expulsion from his native country, and the Nobel Prize in Literature. Such were one man's wages. Here, collected for the first time, are all the poems he published in English, from his earliest collaborations with Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur, Howard Moss, and Anthony Hecht to the moving farewell poems he wrote near theend of his life. With nearly two hundred poems, several of them never before published in book form, this will be the essential volume of Brodsky's work. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3552.R6229 A6 2000
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1987




The play of the eyes
by Canetti, Elias

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Call Number:
PT2605.A58 Z46313 1986
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1981




Christ versus Arizona /
by Cela, Camilo José

9781564783417Camilo José Cela; Martin Sokolinsky (Translator); Lucile C. Charlebois (Introduction by)Christ Versus ArizonaChrist versus Arizona turns on the events in 1881 that surrounded the shootout at the OK Corral, where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and the McLaurys. Set against a backdrop of an Arizona influenced by the Mexican Revolution and the westward expansion of the United States, the story is a bravura performance by the 1989 Nobel Prize-winning author.A monologue by the na#65533;ve, unreliable, and uneducated Wendell L. Espana, the book weaves together hundreds of characters and a torrent of interconnected anecdotes, some true, some fabricated. Wendell's story is a document of the vast array of ills that welcomed the dawning of the twentieth century, ills that continue to shape our world in the new millennium. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ6605.E44 C6513 2007
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1989




Viaje a la Alcarria : las botas de siete leguas
by Cela, Camilo José

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Call Number:
DP302.L13 C4
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Author Awarded: 1989




Disgrace
by Coetzee, J. M.

9780143115281J. M. CoetzeeDisgraceBased on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, the major motion picture stars John Malkovich.  J.M. Coetzee's latest novel,  The Schooldays of Jesus , is now available from Viking.  Late Essays: 2006-2016  will be available January 2018.  At fifty-two, Professor David Lurie is divorced, filled with desire, but lacking in passion. When an affair with a student leaves him jobless, shunned by friends, and ridiculed by his ex-wife, he retreats to his daughter Lucy's smallholding. David's visit becomes an extended stay as he attempts to find meaning in his one remaining relationship. Instead, an incident of unimaginable terror and violence forces father and daughter to confront their strained relationship and the equallity complicated racial complexities of the new South Africa. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR9369.3.C58 D5 2008
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 2003

Culture:
South Africa




Culture:
United States




Culture:
United States




The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis
by ELYTES, ODYSSEAS,

9780801880452Odysseus Elytis; Jeffrey Carson (Translator, Introduction by); Nikos Sarris (Translator)The Collected Poems of Odysseus ElytisIn awarding Odysseus Elytis the 1979 Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy praised him "for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clearsightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness." Throughout his long career as a poet, Elytis (1911-1996) remained true to his vision of a poetry that addresses the power of language and connects the history and mythology of Greece to the physical world and to the realities of the modern age. Renowned for their astonishing lyricism and profound optimism, Elytis's poems capture the natural wonders of Greece and give voice to the contemporary Greek--and to a more universally human--consciousness. Originally published in 1997, The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis , translated into English by Jeffrey Carson and Nikos Sarris, was the first complete collection of Elytis's poems in any language. Included in this landmark volume were Elytis's early poems, influenced in equal parts by surrealism and the natural world; Song Heroic and Mourning for the Lost Second Lieutenant of the Albanian Campaign , his epic poem connecting Greece's--and his own--Second World War experience to the myth of the eternal Greek hero; his most ambitious work, The Axion Esti; and his mature poetry, from Maria Nephele to West of Sorrow . For this expanded new edition, Carson and Sarris have added sixty free verse and prose poems first published in Greek in the posthumous 1998 volume From Close By , as well as a set of song lyrics, The Rhos of Eros , and a cantata, The Sovereign Sun , previously omitted. All have been translated with the same care and elegance as the rest of Elytis's oeuvre, brilliantly rendering into English the Greek poet's lyrical voice and the richness of his diction. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
Forthcoming
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1979




Mistero Buffo: Collected Plays
by Fo, Dario

9781559362719Dario Fo; Ron Jenkins (Translator); Franca Rame (Editor)Mistero Buffo: The Collected Plays of Dario Fo Mistero Buffo is Dario Fo's one-man tour de force, in which he creates his own subversive version of Biblical stories. Infused with the rhythmic drive of a jazz improvisation, the immediacy of a newspaper headline, and the epic scope of a historical novel, Fo and his wife/collaborator Franca Rame have performed Mistero Buffo throughout the world to over 10 million people. One of the major theatrical artists of the twentieth century, Italy's Dario Fo was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. Ron Jenkins ' translations of Dario Fo have been performed across the country. He is the theater department chair at Wesleyan University. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ4866.O2 M513 2006 or LEISURE MULTICULTURAL
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1997




The Peasants' Bible And The Story Of The Tiger
by Fo, Dario

9780802140692Dario Fo; Ron Jenkins (Translator); Stefania Taviano (Translator); Francesca Silvano (Translator)The Peasants' Bible and the Story of the TigerThe Italian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature delivers two sparkling, imaginative works never previously published. "The Peasants' Bible" is a collection of five stories drawn from Italian folklore but filtered through Fo's delightfully singular lens--for example, an Adam and Eve who are passionately entwined like peas in a pod; a race between two classes of men struggling for power that resembles the legend of the Hare and the Tortoise--to form a Bibleof the common man. "The Storyof the Tiger" is the story of a Fourth Army soldier injured fighting Chiang Kai-shek's army, saved from starvation by being suckled by an enormous tiger, who then comes back to defeat Kai-shek by using model tigers in combat. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ4866.O2 B5313 2004
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1997

Culture:
Italy




Soul Mountain
by Gao, Xingjian

9780066210827Gao Xingjian; Mabel Lee (Translator)Soul MountainIn 1983 Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian (pronounced gow shing-jen) was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death. But six weeks later, a second examination revealed there was no cancer -- he had won "a reprieve from death" and had been thrown back into the world of the living. Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing. He traveled to the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China and from there back to the east coast, a journey of fifteen thousand kilometers over a period of five months. The results of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain. A bold, lyrical, prodigious novel, Soul Mountain probes the human soul with an uncommon directness and candor. Interwoven with the myriad of stories and countless memorable characters -- from venerable Daosit masters and Buddhist nuns to mythical Wild Men, deadly Qichun snakes, and farting buses -- is the narrator's poignant inner journey and search for freedom. Fleeing the social conformity required by the Communist government, he wanders deep into the regions of the Qiang, Miago, and Yi peoples located on the fringes of Han Chinese civilization and discovers a plethora of different traditions, history, legends, folk songs, and landscapes. Slowly, with the help of memory, imagination, and sensory experience, he reconstructs his personal past. He laments the impact of the Cultural Revolution on the ecology -- both human and physical -- of China. And in a polyphony of narrating selves -- the narrator's "I" spawns a "you," a "she," and a "he," each with a distinct perspective and voice -- the novel delights in the freedom of the imagination to expand the notion of the individual self. Storytelling saves the narrator from a deep loneliness that is part of the human condition. His search for meaning -- in life, in the journey -- turns up the possibility that there may be no meaning. The elusive Lingshan ("Soul Mountain"), which becomes the object of his quest, never yields up its secrets, but the journey is a rich, strange, provocative, and rewarding one. Soul Mountain is a novel of immense wisdom and profound beauty. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL2869.O128 L5613 2000
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 2000

Culture:
China




Lord of the Flies
by Golding, William

9780140283334William GoldingLord of the FliesLord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature. William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them--the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories--and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic. " Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." --Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games "As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954." -- Stephen King - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6013 .O35 L6 1999
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1983




Rites of Passage
by Golding, William

9780374526405William GoldingRites of Passage Winner of the 1980 Booker Prize Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks. Then a single passenger, the obsequious Reverend Colley, attracts the animosity of the sailors, and in the seclusion of the fo'castle something happens to bring him into a "hell of degradation," where shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself. William Golding's To the Ends of the Earth trilogy is now a BBC/PBS Masterpiece miniseries staring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris and Sam Neill. To the Ends of the Earth: 1. Rites of Passage 2. Close Quarters 3. Fire Down Below - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6013.O35 R5 1980
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1983







Beethoven was one-sixteenth black : and other stories
by Gordimer, Nadine

9780374109820Nadine GordimerBeethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: And Other Stories "You're not responsible for your ancestry, are you . . . But if that's so, why have marched under banned slogans, got yourself beaten up by the police, arrested a couple of times; plastered walls with subversive posters . . . The past is valid only in relation to whether the present recognizes it." In this collection of new stories, Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black , Nadine Gordimer crosses the frontiers of politics, memory, sexuality, and love with the fearless insight that is the hallmark of her writing. In the title story a middle-aged academic who had been an anti-apartheid activist embarks on an unadmitted pursuit of the possibilities for his own racial identity in his great-grandfather's fortune-hunting interlude of living rough on diamond diggings in South Africa, his young wife far away in London. "Dreaming of the Dead" conjures up a lunch in a New York Chinese restaurant where Susan Sontag and Edward Said return in surprising new avatars as guests in the dream of a loving friend. The historian in "History" is a parrot who confronts people with the scandalizing voice reproduction of quarrels and clandestine love-talk on which it has eavesdropped."Alternative Endings" considers the way writers make arbitrary choices in how to end stories--and offers three, each relating the same situation, but with a different resolution, arrived at by the three senses: sight, sound, and smell. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR9369.3.G6 B44 2007
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1991




Late Bourgeois World
by Gordimer, Nadine

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Call Number:
PR9369.3.G6 L3 1966
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1991




Telling times : writing and living, 1954-2008
by Gordimer, Nadine.

9780393066289Nadine GordimerTelling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008Never before has Gordimer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, published such a comprehensive collection of her nonfiction. Telling Times represents the full span of her works in that field--from the twilight of white rule in South Africa to the fight to overthrow the apartheid regime, and most recently, her role over the past seven years in confronting the contemporary phenomena of violence and the dangers of HIV.The range of this book is staggering, and the work in totality celebrates the lively perseverance of the life-loving individual in the face of political tumult, then the onslaught of a globalized world. The abiding passionate spirit that informs "A South African Childhood," a youthful autobiographical piece published in The New Yorker in 1954, can be found in each of the book's ninety-one pieces that span a period of fifty-five years.Returning to a lifetime of nonfiction work has become an extraordinary experience for Gordimer. She takes from one of her revered great writers, Albert Camus, the conviction that the writer is a "responsible human being" attuned not alone to dedication to the creation of fiction but to the political vortex that inevitably encompasses twentieth- and twenty-first-century life. Born in 1923, Gordimer, who as a child was ambitious to become a ballet dancer, was recognized at fifteen as a writing prodigy. Her sensibility was as much shaped by wide reading as it was to eye-opening sight, passing on her way to school the grim labor compounds where black gold miners lived. These twin decisives--literature and politics--infuse the book, which includes historic accounts of the political atmosphere, firsthand, after the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 and the Soweto uprising of 1976, as well as incisive close-up portraits of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, among others. Gordimer revisits the eternally relevant legacies of Tolstoy, Proust, and Flaubert, and engages vigorously with contemporaries like Susan Sontag, Octavio Paz, and Edward Said. But some of her most sensuous writing comes in her travelogues, where the politics of Africa blend seamlessly with its awe-inspiring nature--including spectacular recollections of childhood holidays beside South Africa's coast of the Indian Ocean and a riveting account of her journey the length of the Congo River in the wake of Conrad.Gordimer's body of work is an extraordinary vision of the world that harks back to the sensibilities--political, moral, and social--of Dickens and Tolstoy, but with a decidedly vivid contemporary consciousness. Telling Times becomes both a literary exploration and extraordinary document of social and political history in our times. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR9369.3 .G6 T46 2010
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1991




Günter Grass Reader
by Grass, Günter

9780156029926Günter Grass; Helmut Frielinghaus (Editor); Charles Simic (Translator); Leslie A. Willson (Translator); Jonathan Safran Foer (Introduction by); William Martin (Translator); Philip Boehm (Translator)The Günter Grass ReaderSelected from the vast range of his work, the writings included in this anthology trace Günter Grass's development as a writer, and with it the history of a nation coming to terms with its past. Excerpts from Grass's major novels-from The Tin Drum to Crabwalk-are included, as are numerous short fictions, essays, and poems, many of which have never appeared before in English. Grass's gifts as an observer of and participant in the social and political landscape are justly celebrated, as are his inimitable sense of humor, his consistent defense of the disadvantaged, and his mastery of the forms of expression he has employed over the years. For readers in search of an introduction to his work or for those familiar primarily with his novels, this diverse collection offers a fresh and stimulating introduction to one of the world's greatest living writers. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PT2613.R338 A6 2004
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1999

Culture:
Germany




The Tin Drum
by Grass, Günter

9780547339108Günter Grass; Breon Mitchell (Translator); Steidl Verlag (Other Primary Creator)The Tin DrumThe Tin Drum, one of the great novels of the twentieth century, was published in Ralph Manheim's outstanding translation in 1959. It became a runaway bestseller and catapulted its young author to the forefront of world literature. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, along with Grass's publishers all over the world,nbsp;is bringingnbsp;out a new translation of this classic novel. Breon Mitchell, acclaimed translator and scholar, has drawn from many sources: from a wealth of detailed scholarship; from a wide range of newly-available reference works; and from the author himself. The result is a translation that is more faithful to Grass's style and rhythm, restores omissions, and reflects more fully the complexity of the original work. Afternbsp;fifty years, THE TIN DRUM has, if anything, gained in power and relevance. All of Grass's amazing evocations are still there, and still amazing: Oskar Matzerath, the indomitable drummer; his grandmother, Anna Koljaiczek; his mother, Agnes; Alfred Matzerath and Jan Bronski, his presumptive fathers; Oskar's midget friends--Bebra, the great circus master and Roswitha Raguna, the famous somnambulist; Sister Scholastica and Sister Agatha, the Right Reverend Father Wiehnke; the Greffs, the Schefflers, Herr Fajngold, all Kashubians, Poles, Germans, and Jews--waiting to be discovered and re-discovered. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PT2613.R338 T5 1963
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1999

Culture:
Germany




The weavers ; Hannele ; The beaver coat
by Hauptmann, Gerhart

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Call Number:
PT2616 .Z3
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1912

Culture:
Germany




Beowulf : a new verse translation
by Heaney, Seamus

9780374111199Seamus Heaney (Translator)Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationA brilliant and faithful rendering of the Anglo-Saxon epic from the Nobel laureate. Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface. Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PE1583 .H43 2000
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1995

Culture:
Ireland




Burial at Thebes : a version of Sophocles' Antigone
by Heaney, Seamus

9780374117214Seamus Heaney (Translator); SophoclesThe Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' AntigoneSophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history. In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6058.E2 B87 2004
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1995

Culture:
Ireland




The Piano Teacher
by Jelinek, Elfriede

9780802144614Elfriede Jelinek; Joachim Neugroschel (Translator)The Piano TeacherThe most popular work from provocative Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek, The Piano Teacher is a searing portrait of a woman bound between a repressive society and her darkest desires. Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory, who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother. Her life appears boring, but Erika, a quiet thirty-eight-year-old, secretly visits Turkish peep shows at night and watched sadomasochistic films. Meanwhile, a handsome, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old student has become enamored with Erika and sets out to seduce her. She resists him at first--but then the dark passions roiling under the piano teacher's subdued exterior explode in a release of perversity, violence, and degradation. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PT2670.E46 K513 2009
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 2004

Culture:
Austria




Culture:
Japan




Silent Cry
by Kenzaburo, Oe

9784770019653Kenzaburô Ôe; Simon Shaw (Editor); John Bester (Translator); Kanzaburo OeThe Silent CryThe Silent Cry traces the uneasy relationship between two brothers who return to their ancestral home, a village in densely forested western Japan. While one brother tries to sort out the after-effects of a friend's suicide and the birth of a retarded son, the other embarks on a quixotic mission to incite an uprising among the local youth. Oe's description of this brother's messianic struggle to save a disintegrating local culture and economy from the depredations of a Korean wheeler-dealer called "The Emperor of the Supermarkets" is as chillingly pertinent today as it was when first published in 1967. Powerful and daring, The Silent Cry is a thoroughly compelling classic of world literature. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL858.E14 M313 1994
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1994




Fatelessness
by Kertesz, Imre

9781400078639Imre Kertész; Tim Wilkinson (Translator)FatelessnessAt the age of 14 Georg Koves is plucked from his home in a Jewish section of Budapest and without any particular malice, placed on a train to Auschwitz. He does not understand the reason for his fate. He doesn't particularly think of himself as Jewish. And his fellow prisoners, who decry his lack of Yiddish, keep telling him, "You are no Jew." In the lowest circle of the Holocaust, Georg remains an outsider. The genius of Imre Kertesz's unblinking novel lies in its refusal to mitigate the strangeness of its events, not least of which is Georg's dogmatic insistence on making sense of what he witnesses-or pretending that what he witnesses makes sense. Haunting, evocative, and all the more horrifying for its rigorous avoidance of sentiment, Fatelessness is a masterpiece in the traditions of Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, and Tadeusz Borowski. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
On Order
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 2002

Culture:
Hungary




Kaddish for an Unborn Child
by Kertész, Imre

9781400078622Imre Kertész; Tim Wilkinson (Translator)Kaddish for an Unborn ChildThe first word in this mesmerizing novel by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is "No." It is how the novel's narrator, a middle-aged Hungarian-Jewish writer, answers an acquaintance who asks him if he has a child. It is the answer he gave his wife (now ex-wife) years earlier when she told him that she wanted one. The loss, longing and regret that haunt the years between those two "no"s give rise to one of the most eloquent meditations ever written on the Holocaust. As Kertesz's narrator addresses the child he couldn't bear to bring into the world he ushers readers into the labyrinth of his consciousness, dramatizing the paradoxes attendant on surviving the catastrophe of Auschwitz. Kaddish for the Unborn Child is a work of staggering power, lit by flashes of perverse wit and fueled by the energy of its wholly original voice. Translated by Tim Wilkinson - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PH3281.K3815 K313 2004
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 2002

Culture:
Hungary




Culture:
United Kingdom / India




The wonderful adventures of Nils
by Lagerlöf, Selma

9780486286112800759286119Thea Kliros (Illustrator); Velma S. Howard (Translator); Selma LagerlöfThe Wonderful Adventures of NilsWinner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909 -- the first woman to be so honored -- Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was a gifted storyteller whose writings were often tinged with the supernatural and rooted in the sagas and legends of her homeland. She secured her reputation as a children's-book author with The Wonderful Adventures of Nils , long considered a masterpiece of children's literature. Written at the request of Swedish school authorities and first published in 1906, it is the enchanting and remarkably original tale of Nils Holgersson, a mischievous boy of 14 who is changed by an elf into a tiny being able to understand the speech of birds and animals. Brilliantly weaving fact and fiction into a breathtaking and beautiful fable, the story recounts Nils's adventures as he is transported over the countryside on the back of a goose. From this vantage point, Nils witnesses a host of events that provide young readers with an abundance of information about nature, geography, folklore, animal life, and more. Reset in easy-to-read type and enhanced with 10 new illustrations, this inexpensive, unabridged edition will bring new generations of readers under the magical spell of a timeless classic. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
JUV YOUTH LAGERLOF WOND 1964
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1909

Culture:
Sweden




Culture:
Iceland




Independent People
by Laxness, Halldor

9780679767923Halldór Kiljan Laxness; J. A. Thompson (Translator)Independent People From the Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic author, a magnificent, epic novel--"funny, clever, sardonic and brilliant" (Annie Proulx)--at last available to contemporary American readers. Set in the early twentieth century, Independent People recalls both Iceland's medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter . If Bjartur of Summerhouses, the book's protagonist, is an ordinary sheep farmer, his flinty determination to achieve independence is genuinely heroic and, at the same time, terrifying and bleakly comic. Having spent eighteen years in humiliating servitude, Bjartur wants nothing more than to raise his flocks unbeholden to any man. But Bjartur's spirited daughter wants to live unbeholden to him . What ensues is a battle of wills that is by turns harsh and touching, elemental in its emotional intensity and intimate in its homely detail. Vast in scope and deeply rewarding, Independent People is a masterpiece. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PT7511 .L3 S52313 1997
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1955

Culture:
Iceland




The Mexican Dream Or, the Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations
by Le Clezio, Jean-Marie Gustave

9780226110028J. M. G. Le Clézio; Teresa Lavender Fagan (Translator)The Mexican Dream: Or, the Interrupted Thought of Amerindian CivilizationsWinner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, J. M. G. Le Cl#65533;zio here conjures the consciousness of Mexico, powerfully evoking the dreams that made and unmade an ancient culture. Le Cl#65533;zio's haunting book takes us into the dream that was the religion of the Aztecs, a religion whose own apocalyptic visions anticipated the coming of the Spanish conquerors. Here the dream of the conquistadores rises before us, too, the glimmering idea of gold drawing Europe into the Mexican dream. Against the religion and thought of the Aztecs and the Tarascans and the Europeans in Mexico, Le Cl#65533;zio also shows us those of the "barbarians" of the north, the nomadic Indians beyond the pale of the Aztec frontier. Finally, Le Cl#65533;zio's book is a dream of the present, a meditation on what in Amerindian civilizations--in their language, in their way of telling tales, of wanting to survive their own destruction--moved the poet, playwright, and actor Antonin Artaud and motivates Le Cl#65533;zio in this book. His own deep identification with pre-Columbian cultures, whose faith told them the wheel of time would bring their gods and their beliefs back to them, finds fitting expression in this extraordinary book, which brings the dream around. "We are lucky to have in Le Cl#65533;zio a writer of great quality who brings his particular sensibility and talent here to remind us of the very nature of the rituals and myths of the civilizations of ancient Mexico; he provides us with descriptions as precise as they are mysterious." --Le Figaro       - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
F1230 .L3413 1993
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Author Awarded: 2008

Culture:
France / Mauritius




Culture:
France







A man and two women : stories
by Lessing, Doris May

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PR6023.E833 M3
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Author Awarded: 2007

Culture:
United Kingdom / Iran




African Stories
by Lessing, Doris May

9781476767154Doris LessingAfrican StoriesLong considered Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing's best collection of short stories, African Stories --a central book in the work of a truly beloved writer--is now back in print. This beautiful collection is an homage to her twenty-five years spent in Africa and a brilliant portrait of African life. This is Doris Lessing's Africa--where she lived for twenty-five years and where so much of her interest and concern still resides. Here in these stories, Lessing explores the complexities, the agonies and joys, and the textures of life in Africa. First published in 1965, and out of print since the 1990s, this collection contains much of Ms. Lessing's most extraordinary work. It is a brilliant portrait of a world that is vital to all of us--perceived by an artist of the first rank writing with passion and honesty about her native land. African Stories includes every story Doris Lessing has written about Africa: all of her first collection, This Was the Old Chief's Country ; the four tales about Africa from Five ; the African stories from The Habit of Loving and A Man and Two Women; and four stories featured only in this edition. African Stories represents some of Doris Lessing's best work--and is an essential book by one of the twentieth century's most important authors. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6023.E833 A3
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Author Awarded: 2007

Culture:
United Kingdom / Iran




Culture:
United Kingdom / Iran




The Cleft
by Lessing, Doris May

9780060834869Doris LessingThe CleftIn the last years of his life, a contemplative Roman senator embarks on one last epic endeavor: to retell the history of human creation and reveal the little-known story of the Clefts, an ancient community of women living in an Edenic coastal wilderness. The Clefts have neither need nor knowledge of men; childbirth is controlled through the cycles of the moon, and they bear only female children. But with the unheralded birth of a strange new child--a boy--the harmony of their community is suddenly thrown into jeopardy. In this fascinating and beguiling novel, Lessing confronts the themes that inspired much of her early writing: how men and women manage to live side by side in the world and how the troublesome particulars of gender affect every aspect of our existence. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6023.E833 C57 2007B
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Author Awarded: 2007

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United Kingdom / Iran




The golden notebook
by Lessing, Doris May

9780061582486Doris LessingThe Golden NotebookAnna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. And in a blue one she keeps a personal diary. Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook. Doris Lessing's best-known and most influential novel, The Golden Notebook retains its extraordinary power and relevance decades after its initial publication. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6023.E833 G6 2008
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Author Awarded: 2007

Culture:
United Kingdom / Iran




Culture:
United Kingdom / Iran




The grandmothers : four short novels
by Lessing, Doris May

9780060530105Doris LessingThe Grandmothers: Four Short NovelsWith the four short novels in this collection, Doris Lessing once again proves that she is unrivalled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition. The Grandmothers Two women, close friends, fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, promising a respectable old age. Victoria and the Staveneys A poor black girl has a baby with the son of a liberal middle-class family and finds that her little girl is slowly being absorbed into the world of white privilege and becoming estranged from her. The Reason for It Certain to appeal to fans of Shikasta and Memoirs of a Survivor, it describes the birth, flourishing, and decline of a culture long, long ago, but with many modern echoes. A Love Child A soldier in World War II, during the dangerous voyage to India around the Cape, falls in love on shore leave and remains convinced that a love child resulted from the wartime romance. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6023.E833 G69 2003
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Author Awarded: 2007

Culture:
United Kingdom / Iran




The summer before the dark
by Lessing, Doris May

9780394710952Doris LessingThe Summer Before the DarkAs the summer begins, Kate Brown -- attractive, intelligent, forty five, happily enough married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children -- has no reason to expect anything will change. But when the summer ends, the woman she was -- living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring -- no longer exists. This novel. Doris Lessing's brilliant excursion into the terrifying stretch of time between youth and old age, is her journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, from husband to lover to madness: on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with self that lets her, finally, come truly of age. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6023.E833 S84 1983
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Author Awarded: 2007

Culture:
United Kingdom / Iran




The sweetest dream
by Lessing, Doris May

9780066213347Doris LessingThe Sweetest DreamThis story of a family, spanning most of the twentieth century, has its fulcrum in the Sixties, that contradictory and embattled decade about which argument becomes louder each day. The youth of that time, bursting old bonds and demanding freedoms, were seen by some of their elders in a manner not at all as they saw themselves, as romantic idealists, but as deeply damaged people. Old Julia, the clan's matriarch, knows why. "You can't have two dreadful wars and then say 'That's it, and now everything will go back to normal.' They're screwed up, our children, they are the children of war." Remarkable women, Julia and Frances, grandmother and mother, fight for "the kids" against obstacles, the worst being Comrade Johnny. Here is a memorable picture of a character only recently departed from our scene. "The revolution comes before personal matters" is his dictum, as he deposits discarded wives and hurt children in the accommodating house whose emotional center is always the extendable kitchen table, that essential prop of the Sixties, around which the family sits through the evenings, eating, joking, boasting about their shoplifting, debating the violent ideologies of the time that take some of them out to the Third World, another to a South African village dying of AIDS. This novel reflects our recent history like a many-faceted mirror, and is full of people not easily forgotten, each -- for worse or for better, directly or indirectly -- made by war. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6023.E833 S94 2002
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Author Awarded: 2007

Culture:
United Kingdom / Iran




Love in the time of cholera
by Márquez, Gabriel García

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Call Number:
PQ8180.17.A73 A813 1989
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Author Awarded: 1982

Culture:
Colombia




Collected poems, 1931-1987
by MiBosz, CzesBaw

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Call Number:
PG7158.M553 A2 1988
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Author Awarded: 1980




The witness of poetry
by MiBosz, CzesBaw

9780674953833Czeslaw MiloszThe Witness of PoetryCzeslaw Milosz, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature, reflects upon poetry's testimony to the events of our tumultuous time. From the special perspectives of "my corner of Europe," a classical and Catholic education, a serious encounter with Marxism, and a life marked by journeys and exiles, Milosz has developed a sensibility at once warm and detached, flooded with specific memory yet never hermetic or provincial. Milosz addresses many of the major problems of contemporary poetry, beginning with the pessimism and negativism prompted by reductionist interpretations of man's animal origins. He examines the tendency of poets since Mallarmé to isolate themselves from society, and stresses the need for the poet to make himself part of the great human family. One chapter is devoted to the tension between classicism and realism; Milosz believes poetry should be "a passionate pursuit of the real." In "Ruins and Poetry" he looks at poems constructed from the wreckage of a civilization, specifically that of Poland after the horrors of World War II. Finally, he expresses optimism for the world, based on a hoped-for better understanding of the lessons of modern science, on the emerging recognition of humanity's oneness, and on mankind's growing awareness of its own history. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PN1081 .M5 1983
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Author Awarded: 1980




Life and death are wearing me out : a novel
by Mo Yan

9781611454277Mo Yan; Howard Goldblatt (Translator)Life and Death Are Wearing Me OutOne of the Nobel Prize Winners in Literature Ideal for fans of Chinese Playground, We Are Party People, Death of Me, Skate with Me, A Farmer's Life for Me, and similar works Written by today's most revered, controversial, and feared Chinese novelist Mo Yan's Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out is a remarkable story. The absurd, real, comical, and tragic are combined into a fantastic read. The hero--or antihero--is Ximen Nao, a landowner known for his kindness to his peasants. His tale is a heart-wrenching and unique journey and completely riveting tale that shares the author's love of a homeland caught by ills political, traditional, and inevitable. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL2886 .O1684 S5413 2012
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Author Awarded: 2012

Culture:
China




Big breasts & wide hips : a novel
by Mo, Yan

9781611453430Howard Goldblatt (Translator, Introduction by); Mo YanBig Breasts and Wide Hips: A NovelIn his latest novel, Mo Yan--arguably China's most important contemporary literary voice--recreates the historical sweep and earthy exuberance of his much acclaimed novel Red Sorghum . In a country where patriarchal favoritism and the primacy of sons survived multiple revolutions and an ideological earthquake, this epic novel is first and foremost about women, with the female body serving as the book's central metaphor. The protagonist, Mother, is born in 1900 and married at seventeen into the Shangguan family. She has nine children, only one of whom is a boy--the narrator of the book. A spoiled and ineffectual child, he stands in stark contrast to his eight strong and forceful female siblings. Mother, a survivor, is the quintessential strong woman who risks her life to save several of her children and grandchildren. The writing is picturesque, bawdy, shocking, and imaginative. The structure draws on the essentials of classical Chinese formalism and injects them with extraordinarily raw and surprising prose. Each of the seven chapters represents a different time period, from the end of the Qing dynasty up through the Japanese invasion in the 1930s, the civil war, the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao years. Now in a beautifully bound collectors edition, this stunning novel is Mo Yan's searing vision of twentieth-century China. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL2886.O1684 F3813 2012
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Author Awarded: 2012

Culture:
China




Shifu, you'll do anything for a laugh
by Mo, Yan

9781611457353Mo Yan; Howard Goldblatt (Translator)Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a LaughMo Yan, China's most critically acclaimed author, has changed the face of his country's contemporary literature with such daring and masterly novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine. In this collection of eight astonishing stories--the title story of which has been adapted to film by the award-winning director of Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou--Mo Yan shows why he is also China's leading writer of short fiction. His passion for writing shaped by his own experience of almost unimaginable poverty as a child, Mo Yan uses his talent to expose the harsh abuses of an oppressive society. In these stories he writes of those who suffer, physically and spiritually, under its yoke: the newly unemployed factory worker who hits upon an ingenious financial opportunity; two former lovers revisiting their passion fleetingly before returning to their spouses; young couples willing to pay for a place to share their love in private; the abandoned baby brought home by a soldier to his unsympathetic wife; the impoverished child who must subsist on a diet of iron and steel; the young bride willing to go to any length to escape an odious, arranged marriage. Never didactic, Mo's fiction ranges from tragedy to wicked satire, rage to whimsy, magical fable to harsh realism, from impassioned pleas on behalf of struggling workers to paeans to romantic love. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL2886.O1684 S513 2011
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Author Awarded: 2012

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China




Missing Person
by Modiano, Patrick

9781567922813Patrick Modiano; Daniel Weissbort (Translator)Missing PersonIn this strange, elegant novel, winner of France's premier literary prize the Prix Goncourt, Patrick Modiano portrays a man in pursuit of the identity he lost in the murky days of the Paris Occupation, the black hole of French memory. For ten years Guy Roland has lived without a past. His current life and name were given to him by his recently retired boss, Hutte, who welcomed him, a onetime client, into his detective agency. Guy makes full use of Hutte's files "€" directories, yearbooks, and papers of all kinds going back half a century "€" but his leads are few. Could he really be the person in that photograph, a young man remembered by some as a South American attach? Or was he someone else, perhaps the disappeared scion of a prominent local family? He interviews strangers and is tantalized by half-clues until, at last, he grasps a thread that leads him through the maze of his own repressed experience. On one level Missing Person is a detective thriller, a 1950s film noir mix of smoky cafs, illegal passports, and insubstantial figures crossing bridges in the fog. On another level, it is also a haunting meditation on the nature of the self. Modiano's sparce, hypnotic prose, superbly translated by Daniel Weissbort, draws his readers into the intoxication of a rare literary experience. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ2673 .O3 R813 2005
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Author Awarded: 2014

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France




Culture:
Germany




Culture:
United States




Hunger Angel
by Müller, Herta

9780805093018Herta Müller; Philip Boehm (Translator)The Hunger Angel: A Novel A masterful new novel from the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize, hailed for depicting the "landscape of the dispossessed" with "the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose" (Nobel Prize Committee) It was an icy morning in January 1945 when the patrol came for seventeen-year-old Leo Auberg to deport him to a camp in the Soviet Union. Leo would spend the next five years in a coke processing plant, shoveling coal, lugging bricks, mixing mortar, and battling the relentless calculus of hunger that governed the labor colony: one shovel load of coal is worth one gram of bread. In her new novel, Nobel laureate Herta Müller calls upon her unique combination of poetic intensity and dispassionate precision to conjure the distorted world of the labor camp in all its physical and moral absurdity. She has given Leo the language to express the inexpressible, as hunger sharpens his senses into an acuity that is both hallucinatory and profound. In scene after disorienting scene, the most ordinary objects accrue tender poignancy as they acquire new purpose--a gramophone boxserves as a suitcase, a handkerchief becomes a talisman, an enormous piece of casing pipe functions as a lovers' trysting place. The heart is reduced to a pump, the breath mechanized to the rhythm of a swinging shovel, and coal, sand, and snow have a will of their own. Hunger becomes an insatiable angel who haunts the camp, but also a bare-knuckled sparring partner, delivering blows that keep Leo feeling the rawest connection to life. Müller has distilled Leo's struggle into words of breathtaking intensity that take us on a journey far beyond the Gulag and into the depths of one man's soul. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
On Order
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Author Awarded: 2009

Culture:
Germany / Romania




Dear life : stories
by Munro, Alice

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FICTION MUN
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Author Awarded: 2013

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Canada




Runaway : stories
by Munro, Alice

9781400042814Alice MunroRunaway"In Alice Munro's new collection, we find stories about women of all ages and circumstances, their lives made palpable by the subtlety and empathy of this incomparable writer." "The runaway of the title story is a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband. In "Passion," a country girl emerging into the larger world via a job in a resort hotel discovers in a single moment of stunning insight the limits and lies of that mysterious emotion. Three stories are about a woman named Juliet - in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild and irresistible love match; in the second she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose life and marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her child, caught, she mistakenly thinks, in the grip of a religious cult, vanishes into an unexplained and profound silence. In the final story, "Powers," a young woman with the ability to read the future sets off a chain of events that involves her husband-to-be and a friend in a lifelong pursuit of what such a gift really means, and who really has it."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR9199.3.M8 R86 2004
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Author Awarded: 2013

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Canada




Children of the Alley
by Naguib Mahfouz

9780385264730Naguib Mahfouz; Peter Theroux (Translator)Children of the Alley: A NovelThe tumultuous alley of this rich and intricate novel (first published in Arabic in 1959) is inhabited by a delightful Egyptian family, but is also the setting for a second, hidden, and more daring narrative: the spiritual history of humankind. The men and women of a modern Cairo neighborood unwittingly reenact the lives of their holy ancestors: from the feudal lord who disowns one son for diabolical pride and puts another to the test, to the savior of a succeeding generation who frees his people from bondage. This powerful novel confirms again the richness and variety of Mahfouz's storytelling and his status as "the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature" ( Newsweek ). - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PJ7846.A46 A913 1996
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Author Awarded: 1988

Culture:
Egypt




A House for Mr. Biswas
by Naipaul, V. S.

9780375707162V. S. NaipaulA House for Mr. Biswas"The Nobel Prize winner's first great novel" (Barack Obama), A House for Mr. Biswas is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul's father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels. In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous- and endless-struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. A heartrending, dark comedy of manners, A House for Mr. Biswas masterfully evokes a man's quest for autonomy against an emblematic post-colonial canvas. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR9272.9.N32 H6 2001
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Author Awarded: 2001

Culture:
United Kingdom / Trinidad & Tabago




Magic seeds
by Naipaul, V. S.

9780375407369V. S. NaipaulMagic Seeds: A NovelFrom the Nobel laureate--a spare, searing new novel about identity and idealism, and their ability to shape or destroy us. Willie Chandran--whom we first met in Half a Life--is a man in his early forties who has allowed one identity after another to be thrust upon him, as if he could truly know himself by becoming what others imagine him to be. His life has taken him from his native India to England, Africa in its last colonial moment, and Berlin, until finally it returns him to his homeland. Succumbing to the demanding encouragement of his sister--and his own listlessness--Willie joins an underground movement in India ostensibly devoted to unfettering the lower castes. But seven years of revolutionary campaigns and several years in jail convince him that the revolution "had nothing to do with the village people we said we were fighting for…[that] our ideas and words were more important than their lives and their ambitions for themselves." And, as well, he feels himself further than ever "from his own history and…from the ideas of himself that might have come to him with that history." When Willie returns to England where, thirty years before, his psychological and physical wanderings began, he finds the fruit of another unexpected social revolution (more magic seeds), and comes to see himself as a man "serving an endless prison sentence"--a revelation that may finally release him into his true self. Magic Seeds is a masterpiece, written with all the depth and resonance, the clarity of vision and precision of language, that are the hallmarks of this brilliant writer. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR9272.9.N32 M49 2004
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Author Awarded: 2001

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United Kingdom / Trinidad & Tabago




The masque of Africa : glimpses of African belief
by Naipaul, V. S.

9780307270733V. S. NaipaulThe Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African BeliefLike all of V. S. Naipaul's "travel" books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of civilization. From V. S. Naipaul: "For my travel books I travel on a theme. And the theme of The Masque of Africa is African belief. I begin in Uganda, at the center of the continent, do Ghana and Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Gabon, and end at the bottom of the continent, in South Africa. My theme is belief, not political or economical life; and yet at the bottom of the continent the political realities are so overwhelming that they have to be taken into account. "Perhaps an unspoken aspect of my inquiry was the possibility of the subversion of old Africa by the ways of the outside world. The theme held until I got to the South, when the clash of the two ways of thinking and believing became far too one-sided. The skyscrapers of Johannesburg didn't rest on sand. The older world of magic felt fragile, but at the same time had an enduring quality. You felt that it would survive any calamity. "I had expected that over the great size of Africa the practices of magic would significantly vary. But they didn't. The diviners everywhere wanted to 'throw the bones' to read the future, and the idea of 'energy' remained a constant, to be tapped into by the ritual sacrifice of body parts. In South Africa body parts, mainly of animals, but also of men and women, made a mixture of 'battle medicine.' To witness this, to be given some idea of its power, was to be taken far back to the beginning of things. "To reach that beginning was the purpose of my book." The Masque of Africa is a masterly achievement by one of the world's keenest observers and one of its greatest writers. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
BL2400 .N34 2010
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Author Awarded: 2001

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United Kingdom / Trinidad & Tabago




Culture:
Chile




A Strangeness in My Mind
by Pamuk, Orhan

9780307700292Orhan Pamuk; Ekin Oklap (Translator)A Strangeness in My MindFrom the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red : a soaring, panoramic new novel--his first since The Museum of Innocence-- telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life. Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he'd hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul--"the center of the world"--and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father's trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut's side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the "strangeness" in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for. Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk's finest achievements. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
MULTICULTURAL / INTERNATIONAL PAM
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Author Awarded: 2006




Istanbul : memories and the city
by Pamuk, Orhan

9781400033881Orhan Pamuk; Maureen Freely (Translator)Istanbul: Memories and the CityA shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world's great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy-or h ü z ü n- that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire.With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters-both Turkish and foreign-who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce's Dublin and Borges' Buenos Aires, Pamuk's Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DR723 .P36 2006
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Author Awarded: 2006

Culture:
Turkey







Snow
by Pamuk, Orhan

9780375706868Orhan PamukSnowDread, yearning, identity, intrigue, the lethal chemistry between secular doubt and Islamic fanaticism-these are the elements that Orhan Pamuk anneals in this masterful, disquieting novel. An exiled poet named Ka returns to Turkey and travels to the forlorn city of Kars. His ostensible purpose is to report on a wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head-scarves. But Ka is also drawn by his memories of the radiant Ipek, now recently divorced. Amid blanketing snowfall and universal suspicion, Ka finds himself pursued by figures ranging from Ipek's ex-husband to a charismatic terrorist. A lost gift returns with ecstatic suddenness. A theatrical evening climaxes in a massacre. And finding god may be the prelude to losing everything else. Touching, slyly comic, and humming with cerebral suspense, Snow is of immense relevance to our present moment. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL248.P34 K36513 2005
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Author Awarded: 2006










Labyrinth of solitude: life and thought in Mexico
by Paz, Octavio

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Call Number:
F1210 .P313
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Author Awarded: 1990







Selected poems
by Paz, Octavio

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Call Number:
PQ7297.P285 A29 1984
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Author Awarded: 1990




Complete Works
by Pinter, Harold

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Call Number:
PR6066 .I53 1977
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Author Awarded: 2005

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United Kingdom




Three plays : A slight ache, The collection, The dwarfs
by Pinter, Harold

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Call Number:
PR6066.I53 A19 1962
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Author Awarded: 2005

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United Kingdom




Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling

9781606600092Rudyard Kipling; Edward J. Detmold (Illustrator); Maurice Detmold (Illustrator)The Jungle BookAn otherwise modest edition of the first volume of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book appeared in 1908, distinguished mainly by the inclusion of 16 breathtaking colour plates by the gifted artist twins Maurice and Edward J. Detmold. This new hardcover of the most beloved of Kipling's classic stories contains all of the Detmolds' original colour illustrations. The plates were scanned from a rare set of portfolio prints to ensure the greatest possible fidelity. This classic served as the basis for many film adaptations, including the 2016 live-animation Disney release directed by John Favreau. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR4854 .J7 2004
Publication Date:
Author Awarded: 1907

Culture:
United Kingdom / India




Cain
by Saramago, José

9780547840178José Saramago; Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)Cain"Saramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessness--one in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, emerges as far more human than expected." -- San Francisco Chronicle In this, his last novel, José Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament, recalling his provocative The Gospel According to Jesus Christ . His tale runs from the Garden of Eden, when God realizes he has forgotten to give Adam and Eve the gift of speech, to the moment when Noah's Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the murderer, is Saramago's protagonist. Condemned to wander forever after he kills his brother Abel, Cain makes his way through the world in the company of a personable donkey. He is a witness to and participant in the stories of Isaac and Abraham, the destruction of the Tower of Babel, Moses and the golden calf, the trials of Job. The rapacious Queen Lilith takes him as her lover. An old man with two sheep on a rope crosses his path. And again and again, Cain encounters a God whose actions seem callous, cruel, and unjust.He confronts Him, he argues with Him. "And one thing we know for certain," Saramago writes, "is that they continued to argue and are arguing still." A startling book--sensual, funny--and in all ways a fitting end to Saramago's extraordinary career. "A winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament . . . Saramago, playfully stretching his chatty late style, pokes holes in the stated logic of the Biblical God throughout the novel." -- The New Yorker - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ9281 .A66 C3518 2009
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Author Awarded: 1998

Culture:
Portugal




The Elephant's Journey
by Saramago, José

9780547574110José Saramago; Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)The Elephant's Journey A delightful, witty tale of friendship and adventure from prize-winning novelist José Saramago In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. In José Saramago's remarkable and imaginative retelling, Solomon and his keeper, Subhro, begin in dismal conditions, forgotten in a corner of the palace grounds. When it occurs to the king and queen that an elephant would be an appropriate wedding gift, everyone rushes to get them ready: Subhro is given two new suits of clothes and Solomon a long overdue scrub. Accompanied by the Archduke, his new wife, and the royal guard, these unlikely heroes traverse a continent riven by the Reformation and civil wars, witnessed along the way by scholars, historians, and wide-eyed ordinary people as they make their way through the storied cities of northern Italy; they brave the Alps and the terrifying Isarco and Brenner Passes; across the Mediterranean Sea and up the Inn River; and at last, toward their grand entry into the imperial city. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ9281 .A66 E54 2011
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Author Awarded: 1998

Culture:
Portugal




Culture:
Portugal







Portrait Of America; Letters
by Sienkiewicz, Henryk

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Call Number:
E168 .S5763
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Author Awarded: 1905

Culture:
Poland




Culture:
Poland




Flanders Road, The
by Simon, Claude

9781847491510Claude SimonThe Flanders RoadNo Marketing Blurb - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ2637.I547 R613 1985
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Author Awarded: 1985







World about us : a novel, The
by Simon, Claude

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Call Number:
PQ2637.I547 L413 1983
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Author Awarded: 1985




A crown of feathers and other stories
by Singer, Isaac Bashevis

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Call Number:
PJ5129.S49 C7
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Author Awarded: 1978




Collected stories: Gimpel the fool to The letter writer: Gimpel the fool & other stories, The Spinoza of Market Street, Short Friday & other stories, The séance & other stories
by Singer, Isaac Bashevis

9781931082617Ilan Stavans (Editor); Isaac Bashevis SingerSinger: Collected Stories - Gimple the Fool to the Letter WriterBeginning with "Gimpel the Fool," the story that brought Isaac Bashevis Singer to prominence in America in the 1950s, this Library of America volume is the first of three gathering most of Singer's short fiction. These stories were published in English in the versions he called his "second originals," translations that he supervised and on which he himself often collaborated, revising his Yiddish texts as he worked. Born in 1904 into a family of rabbis, Singer grew up in a devout household in Warsaw's Jewish quarter, but he also spent time in the villages and market towns of eastern Poland, most notably Bilgoray, where he took refuge with his mother and brother during World War I. He had firsthand exposure to forms of Jewish folk culture that were destroyed by the Nazis, and many of his works testify to the richness of that annihilated world. In his stories set in Poland, Singer drew upon vernacular traditions for tales imbued with a wild, sometimes mischievous, often disturbing supernaturalism that was an outgrowth of local storytelling but containing dark undercurrents born of his own concerns and obsessions. At the same time, his skeptical but never dismissive engagement with religion and spirituality--and the opposing forces of secularism--enabled him to take part in the creative ferment of Jewish modernism but also distance himself from its politics and literary methods. In addition to "Gimpel the Fool," this volume--drawn from Singer's first four English-language collections of stories originally published in the 1950s and 1960s--contains some of Singer's most beloved tales: "The Spinoza of Market Street," "The Gentleman from Cracow," "Taibele and Her Demon," and "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," the basis of a hit Broadway play and the film Yentl . LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PJ5129.S49 A22 2004
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Author Awarded: 1978




Shosha
by Singer, Isaac Bashevis

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Call Number:
PJ5129.S49 S48
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Author Awarded: 1978




Collected Plays
by Soyinka, Wole

9780192811363Wole SoyinkaCollected Plays - Wole Soyinka: A Dance of the Forests; The Swamp Dwellers ; The Strong Breed; the Road; The Bacchae of EuripidesThe Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka has been hailed as `one of the finest poetic playwrights who have ever written in English' (Martin Esslin) and `a writer of genius' (Irish Times). The five plays in this collection are linked by their concern with the spiritual and the social, with belief and ritual as integrating forces for social cohesion. A Dance of the Forests (1960), a confrontation between the living and the dead, between history and reality; The Swamp Dwellers (1961),a tale of perilous dependence on the favour of the gods; The Strong Breed (1963), a play of expiation, all take place in Africa. So also does The Road (1965), `a rich and beautiful tragedy' (Times Literary Supplement) The most recent work, an adaptation of The Bacchae of Euripides (1973), remains set in and around the Thebes of ancient Greece, but draws deeply on Africa and the themes of the earlier plays in this book. In all these plays - whether concerned with the corruption of urban life or the power ofsuperstition - Soyinka's language and imagination transcend the plays' immediate social contexts. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR9387.9 .S6 1973 V1
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Author Awarded: 1986







Of Africa
by Soyinka, Wole

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Call Number:
DT20 .S58 2012
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Author Awarded: 1986




Tortilla Flat
by Steinbeck, John

9780140187403John Steinbeck; Thomas Fensch (Introduction by)Tortilla Flat"Steinbeck is an artists; and he tells the stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose." --New York Herald Tribune Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a "Camelot" on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur's castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging--men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude. As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds--their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking--he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him. This edition features an introduction by Thomas Fensch. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3537.T3234 T65 1997
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Author Awarded: 1962

Culture:
United States




Poems New and Collected 1957-1997
by Szymborska, Wislawa

9780156011464Wislawa SzymborskaPoems New and CollectedDescribed by Robert Hass as "unquestionably one of the great living European poets" and by Charles Simic as "one of the finest poets living today," Szymborska mesmerizes her readers with poetry that captivates their minds and captures their hearts. This is the book that her many fans have been anxiously awaiting-the definitive, complete collection of poetry by the Nobel Prize-winning poet, including 164 poems in all, as well as the full text of her Nobel acceptance speech of December 7, 1996, in Stockholm. Beautifully translated by Stanislaw Bara«nczak and Clare Cavanagh, who won a 1996 PEN Translation Prize for their work, this volume is a must-have for all readers of poetry. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
On Order
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Author Awarded: 1996

Culture:
Poland




A Tagore reader
by Tagore, Rabindranath

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Call Number:
PK1718.T24 A23
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Author Awarded: 1913

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India




The Housewarming and other Selected Stories
by Tagore, Rabindranath

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Call Number:
PR6039.A2 A6 1965
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Author Awarded: 1913

Culture:
India




The History of Rome
by Theodor Mommsen

9781108009751Theodor Mommsen; William Purdie Dickson (Translator)The History of RomeThe classical historian Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903) published his monumental History of Rome between 1854 and 1856. His work was received with widespread acclaim by the scholarly community and the reading public. In 1902 Mommsen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and acclaimed as 'the greatest living master of the art of historical writing'. Mommsen rejected traditional Enlightenment accounts, which glorified ancient Rome; instead, guided by a new and rigorous criticism of sources, Mommsen began the demythologisation of Roman history. In a vivacious and engaging style, Mommsen drew bold parallels between the nineteenth century and classical Rome. Volume 3 covers the turbulent period from the reforms of Tiberius Gracchus to the death of Sulla, with separate chapters on nationality, religion and education, and the Roman economy. This English translation, first published in 1863, is based on the German third edition (1861). - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DG209 .M745
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Author Awarded: 1902

Culture:
Germany




Great Enigma: New Collected Poems
by Tranströmer, Tomas

9780811216722Robin Fulton (Translator); Tomas TranströmerThe Great Enigma - New Collected PoemsIn day's first hours consciousness can grasp the world as the hand grips a sun-warmed stone. Translated into fifty languages, the poetry of Tomas Transtromer has had a profound influence around the world, an influence that has steadily grown and has now attained a prominence comparable to that of Pablo Neruda's during his lifetime. But if Neruda is blazing fire, Transtromer is expanding ice.The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems gathers all the poems Tomas Transtromer has published, from his distinctive first collection in 1954,17 Poems, through his epic poemBaltics ("my most consistent attempt to write music"), andThe Sad Gondola, published six years after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1990 ("I am carried in my shadow / like a violin / in its black case."), to his most recent slim book,The Great Enigma, published in Sweden in 2004. Also included is his prose-memoirMemories Look at Me, containing keys into his intensely spiritual, metaphysical poetry (like the brief passage of insect collecting on Runmaro Island when he was a teenager). Firmly rooted in the natural world, his work falls between dream and dream; it probes "the great unsolved love" with the opening up, through subtle modulations, of "concrete words." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
MULTICULTURAL / INTERNATIONAL TRA
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Author Awarded: 2011

Culture:
Sweden




Culture:
Peru




Culture:
Peru




The Feast of the Goat
by Vargas Llosa, Mario

9780374154769Mario Vargas Llosa; Edith Grossman (Translator)The Feast of the GoatALibrary JournalBest Book Vargas Llosa's vivid historical portrait of a regime of fear and its aftermath It is 1961. The Dominican Republic languishes under economic sanctions; the Catholic church spurs its clergy against the government; from its highest ranks down, the country is arrested in bone-chilling fear. InThe Feast of the GoatVargas Llosa unflinchingly tells the story of a regime's final days and the unsteady efforts of the men who would replace it. His narrative skates between the rituals of the hated dictator, Rafael Trujillo, in his daily routine, and the laying-in-wait of the assasins who will kill him; their initial triumph; and the shock of fear's release--and replacements. In the novel's final chapters we learn Urania Cabral's story, self-imposed exile whose father was Trujillo's cowardly Secretary of State. Drawn back to the country of her birth from 30 years after Trujillo's assasination, the widening scope of the dictator's cruelty finds expression in her story, and a rapt audience in her extended family. InThe Feast of the Goat, Vargas Llosa weighs the burden of a corrupt and corruptive regime upon the people who live beneath it. This is a moving portrait of an unrepentant dictator and the unwilling citizens drawn into his orbit. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ8498.32.A65 F5413 2001
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Author Awarded: 2010

Culture:
Peru




Culture:
Peru




Selected Poems
by Walcott, Derek

9780374531119Derek Walcott; Edward Baugh (Editor)Selected PoemsDrawing from every stage of the Nobel laureate's career, Derek Walcott's Selected Poems brings together famous pieces from his early volumes, including "A Far Cry from Africa" and "A City's Death by Fire," with passages from the celebrated Omeros and selections from his latest major works, which extend his contributions to reenergizing the contemporary long poem. Here we find all of Walcott's essential themes, from grappling with the Caribbean's colonial legacy to his conflicted love of home and of Western literary tradition; from the wisdom-making pain of time and mortality to the strange wonder of love, the natural world, and what it means to be human. We see his lifelong labor at poetic crafts, his broadening of the possibilitiesof rhyme and meter, stanza forms, language, and metaphor. Edited and with an introduction by the Jamaican poet and critic Edward Baugh, this volume is a perfect representation of Walcott's breadth of work, spanning almost half a century. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR6045.A26 A17
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Author Awarded: 1992









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