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Brandes' Decision

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by Marquez, Eduard
Brandes, a painter living in Nazi-occupied Paris has a tough decision to make: Goring has taken away all his artwork and asked him to hand over his Lucas Cranach painting, a family heirloom. If he relinquishes the Cranach, he will recover all his pictures in exchange. If he refuses, he will never get them back. In his search for a solution, Brandes reflects on the deeper meaning of things and their true val...
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Martutene

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by Saizarbitoria, Ramon
Set in the current Basque Country, "Martutene" is an ambitious and truly grand novel with a splendid array of characters: two bourgeois couples worn down by years of marriage, their group of friends, and the newcomer Lynn, a young American sociologist. An insightful portrait of the post-ETA Basque country and an exploration of those thoughts and feelings that expose our miseries and our deepest fears as hum...
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Still the Same Man

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by Bilbao, Jon
Just when he is about to close a deal that will save his company from going under, Joanes has to travel to the Riviera Maya to attend his father-in-law's second wedding. Once there, he is forced to leave the hotel ahead of an incoming hurricane, and on his trip toward safer ground, he has a chance encounter with an old college professor, whom he blames for the failure of his career. Trapped together in an e...
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Uppsala Woods

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by Colomer, Alvaro
"'I prefer a divorce to a funeral.' Realizing that my words, however harsh they may seem, conceal a declaration of love, perhaps the most sincere declaration of love I've ever made to her, she collapses on the sofa and bursts into tears." This is the climax of Uppsala Woods, an amazing novel in which Alvaro Colomer looks at life's painful issues with a light-hearted and, at times, funny edge. When, on his f...
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The Stein Report

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by Llop, Jose Carlos
"Guillermo Stein came to school in the middle of the year, arriving on a bicycle. None of us came to school by bicycle." The Stein Report, a short novel set in the island of Majorca in the 1960s, kicks off with the arrival of a newcomer that will throw things off balance. Curious about him, Stein's schoolmates will try to unravel the secrets concealed by this enigmatic character-a quest that will lead them ...
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A Bad End

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by Royuela, Fernando
A Bad End is a novel that accounts for almost a century of Spanish history and mercilessly dissects human cruelty. It is the story of Goyito, a dwarf at the end of his life, who recounts to us, with bitterness and sarcasm, the miserable reality of his lonely childhood, his macabre experiences as a circus clown, his liaisons dangereuses in Madrid's underworld. Mischief, desire, death, ambition, and revenge-t...
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Bad Light

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by Castan, Carlos
After both their marriages collapse, two old friends take to sharing their lives again as they used to. They go out for drinks, have long conversations, and try, all in all, to hide away from the world. One day, one of them is stabbed to death in his apartment. His friend will then seek out the truth. An engaging combination of literary fiction and psychological thriller, "Bad Light" is the debut novel of t...
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Escape Attempt

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by Hernandez, Miguel-Angel
Marcos is a student of fine arts. When Jacobo Montes, the social artist of the hour, arrives in Murcia, he becomes his assistant and helps him set up his transgressive piece of art for the city. But Montes's methods border on the unacceptable, and when theory turns to practice, things run the risk of getting out of hand. Written with a sharp approach that brings to mind Philip Roth and Don DeLillo, and a me...
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Paris

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by Giralt Torrente, Marcos
The unnamed narrator reflects on the marriage between his mother (aloof, stoic, saintly, and stubborn) and his father (a vain, promiscuous scoundrel). He is fixated on eight mysterious months his mother spent in Paris after they split up, when the narrator was a boy: Did she clandestinely reunite with the father? Did she live out a perennial ambition carefully kept secret? Or did she attempt to sort out ano...
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Rain Over Madrid

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"Rain Over Madrid" is a collection of four novella-length stories where intense loneliness and desire guide an alienated cast of characters. In "Fatherhood," a Madrid musician recognizes his inability to communicate with his estranged son. In the claustrophobic "Guile," a middle-aged woman is weighed down by memories as she cares for her elderly mother. A young woman's emerging sexuality clashes with her f...
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The Violet Hour

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by Del Molino, Sergio
After his son Pablo dies before his second birthday from a rare and aggressive form of infant leukemia, the author writes this poignant account of unending love and hope. The foreword is its best description: "This book is a dictionary with a single entry. It is the search for a word that does not exist in my language-the word for a parent who has watched his child die. Children who lose their parents are o...
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They Were Coming for Him

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by Vias-Mahou, Berta
Jacques (Albert Camus's alter ego) recalls the final years of his life. Famous for his opposition to any form of violence whatsoever, his ideas met with the disapproval of the intelligentsia of the time, and he found himself receiving numerous death threats-a situation that would trigger in him a recurring nightmare: They were coming for him ...to kill him.
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