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Death and the Penguin

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by Andrey Kurkov
In today's Ukraine, all that stands between one man and murder by the mafia is a penguin. Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. He longs to see his work published, yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to life. But when he opens the newspaper to see...
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Barcelona

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by Robert Hughes
"Barcelona is an attempt at total history: Social, political , cultural, economic ¿ Hughes includes descriptions of buildings - and he is as good on the bony grandeur of Catalan gothic as he is on the bulbous undulations of Gaudi - analyses of poems, precise evocations of social conditions ¿ and accounts of extraordinary people ¿ His book abounds in virtuoso stylistic displays, impassioned, eloquent, deligh...
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Bridge Over the Drina

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by IVO ANDRIC
In the small Bosnian town of Visegrad the stone bridge of the novel's title, built in the sixteenth century on the instruction of a grand vezir, bears witness to three centuries of conflict. Visegrad has long been a bone of contention between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, but the bridge survives unscathed until 1914, when the collision of forces in the Balkans triggers the outbreak of World War ...
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Journey To Portugal

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by Jose Saramago
From the misty mountains of the north to the southern seascape of the Algarve, the travels of Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago are a passionate rediscovery of his own land. Setting off in his veteran motor car, Saramago wants to travel to Portugal, as well as through it: by making it his destination the acclaimed writer hopes to take stock of his native land as it hovers on the edge of the modern world. He is n...
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The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

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by Saramago, Jose
The world's threats are universal like the sun but Ricardo Reis takes shelter under his own shadow. Back in Lisbon after sixteen years practicing medicine in Brazil, Ricardo Reis wanders the rain-sodden streets. He longs for the unattainably aristocratic Marcenda, but it is Lydia, the hotel chamber maid who makes and shares his bed. His old friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa, returns to see him, still wearing...
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

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by Gowar, Imogen Hermes
This voyage is special. It will change everything… One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out...
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So Much Life Left Over

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by de Bernieres, Louis
A sweeping, heartbreaking novel following Daniel in his troubled marriage with Rosie as they navigate the unsettled time between the World Wars.
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The End: My Struggle Book 6

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by Knausgaard, Karl Ove
The extraordinary final volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's monumental My Struggle series, `perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times' (Guardian)
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Vertigo

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by W.G. Sebald
Part fiction, part travelogue, the narrator of this compelling masterpiece pursues his solitary, eccentric course from England to Italy and beyond, succumbing to the vertiginous unreliability of memory itself. What could possibly connect Stendhal's unrequited love, the artistry of Pisanello, a series of murders by a clandestine organisation, a missing passport, Casanova, the suicide of a dinner companion, s...
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The Chronicler of the Winds

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by Henning Mankell
One night Jose hears gunfire from the deserted theatre next door to his bakery. He races to the theatre's uppermost gallery, and there beneath him on a spotlit stage lies the wounded body of Nelio, a street urchin renowned for living on his wits. Gasping, the wounded boy asks to be taken to the roof to breathe the beautiful air fresh off the Indian Ocean. On that theatre roof, his life ebbing away, Nelio be...
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The Railway

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by Hamid Ismailov
Set mainly in Uzbekistan between 1900 and 1980, The Railway introduces to us the inhabitants of the small town of Gilas on the ancient Silk Route. Among those whose stories we hear are Mefody-Jurisprudence, the town's alcoholic intellectual; Father Ioann, a Russian priest; Kara-Musayev the Younger, the chief of police; and Umarali-Moneybags, the old moneylender. Their colourful lives offer a unique and comi...
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Three Elegies for Kosovo

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by Ismail Kadare
It's 28 June 1389, the Field of the Blackbirds. A Christian army made up of Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians and Romanians confront an Ottoman army. In ten hours the battle is over, and the Muslims possess the field; an outcome that has haunted the vanquished ever since. 28 June 1989, the Serb Leader Slobodan Milosevic launches his campaign for a fresh massacre of the Albanians, the majority population of Kosovo....
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Roads to Santiago

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by Cees Nooteboom
Roads to Santiago by Cees Nooteboom is a multi-faceted pilgrimage through ten centuries of Spanish history, politics, art, literature, architecture, climate and people. Nooteboom unlocks doors to a hidden Spain, embarking on detours and encountering riddles, presenting the lands and history of the country with all the weight of a passion accumulated over forty years of intimate acquaintance.
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History of Violence

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by Louis, Edouard
The radical and urgent new novel from the author of The End of Eddy I met Reda on Christmas Eve 2012. I was going home after a meal with friends, at around four in the morning. He approached me in the street, and finally I invited him up to my apartment. He told me the story of his childhood and how his father had come to France, having fled Algeria. We spent the rest of the night together, talking, laug...
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Ports Of Call

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by Amin Maalouf
A graceful story of love across an insuperable gulf and a powerful allegory for the conflict that has beset the Middle East for the last half century. To call your son Ossyane is like calling him Rebellion. For Ossyane's father it is a gesture of protest by an excited Ottoman prince, for Ossyane himself it is a burdensome responsibility. At eighteen he leaves Beirut to study in Montpellier, far away from hi...
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Dreams In A Time of War

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by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born the fifth child of his father's third wife, in a family that included twenty-four children born to four different mothers. He spent his 1930s childhood as the apple of his mother's eye, before attending school to slake what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning. As he grows up, the wider political and social changes occurring in Kenya at this time begin to impinge on t...
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Baltasar and Blimunda

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by Jose Saramago
When King and Church exercise absolute power what happens to the dreams of ordinary people? In early eighteenth century Lisbon, Baltasar, a soldier who has lost a hand in battle, falls in love with Blimunda, a young girl with visionary powers. From the day that he follows her home from the auto-da-fe where her mother is condemned and burned at the stake, the two are bound body and soul by a love of unassail...
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I am a Chechen!

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by Sadulaev/1
"I Am a Chechen!" offers a lyrical fusion of exotic legends, stories and memories of Chechnya: a land of wondrous beauty, site of genocides past and present, and the author's ancestral home. Haunted by memories of the land he deserted, Sadulaev tells the stories of those who stayed behind. He brings dead friends back to life again, revisiting their first loves, their passion for rock music, and their quests...
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African Trilogy

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by Peter Matthiessen
During the 1970s and 1980s, Peter Matthiessen took part in a number of expeditions to Africa, witnessing first-hand the continent's many and diverse peoples and wildlife. The fruits of these journeys are three of the most impressive essays on the natural world of the late twentieth century. The Tree where Man Was Born documents wild landscapes, peoples and animals, observed in a series of journeys in East A...
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The French

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by Theodore Zeldin
It is hard to describe Theodore Zeldin, he his at once a historian, a psychoanalyst and a sociologist. He is concerned less with facts and more of human emotions / "He opens up before us a marvellouly varied landscape, not of fields and cathedrals, but of anger and passion, of love and ridicule, a subtle mosaic patiently constructed out of the daily experiences of French people ¿ Like a talented film direc...
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