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Agaat

By Marlene van Niekerk
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  • Publisher : btb Verlag
  • Pages : 816
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Südafrika in den 90er Jahren: Milla Redelinghuys wartet auf den Tod. Durch ein Nervenleiden am ganzen Körper gelähmt, fällt es ihr schwer sich mittzueilen. Ihre schwarze Haushälterin Agaat ist bemüht, ihr jeden Wunsch von den Augen abzulesen. Doch Agaat lässt die zum Schweigen verdammte Milla auch ihre neu erworbene Macht über sie spüren. Und hat eine diebische Freude daran. Denn da ist der alte Groll über jene Frau, deren Sohn sie großzog, die ihr aber den Zugang zur Familie verwehrte. Und deren Ehemann alle drangsalierte. Zumindest darin sind sich die zwei Frauen einig. Und während Milla die letzten fünfzig Jahre Revue passieren lässt, loten die beiden die Grenzen ihrer Beziehung aus und nähern sich Stück für Stück einander an ...

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Bringing together leading and emerging scholars, this book asks the question: how has contemporary South African literature grappled with ideas of time and history during the political transition away from apartheid? Reading the work of major South African writers such as J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer and Ivan Vladislavic as well as contemporary crime fiction, South African Writing in Transition explores how concerns about time and temporality have shaped literary form across the country's literary culture. Establishing new connections between leading literary voices and lesser known works, the book explores themes of truth and reconciliation, disappointment and betrayal.

The Mare

By Mary Gaitskill
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 1101870621
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 602
  • Pdf File: the-mare.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Following her National Book Award–nominated Veronica, here is Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her. Velveteen Vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn. Her host family is a couple in upstate New York: Ginger, a failed artist and shakily recovered alcoholic, and her academic husband, Paul, who wonder what it will mean to “make a difference” in such a contrived situation. Gaitskill illuminates their shifting relationship with Velvet over several years, as well as Velvet’s encounter with the horses at the stable down the road—especially with an abused, unruly mare called Fugly Girl. With strong supporting characters—Velvet’s abusive mother, an eccentric horse trainer, a charismatic older boy who awakens Velvet’s nascent passion—The Mare traces Velvet’s journey between the vital, violent world of the inner city and the world of the small-town stable. In Gaitskill’s hands, the timeless story of a girl and a horse is joined with a timely story of people from different races and classes trying to meet one another honestly. The Mare is raw, heart-stirring, and original.

Somebody with a Little Hammer

By Mary Gaitskill
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 1101871776
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 147
  • Pdf File: somebody-with-a-little-hammer.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal, Mary Gaitskill explores date rape and political adultery, the transcendentalism of the Talking Heads, the melancholy of Björk, and the playfulness of artist Laurel Nakadate. She celebrates the clownish grandiosity and the poetry of Norman Mailer’s long career and maps the sociosexual cataclysm embodied by porn star Linda Lovelace. Witty, wide-ranging, tender, and beautiful, Somebody with a Little Hammer displays the same heat-seeking, revelatory understanding for which Gaitskill’s writing has always been known.

The Typewriter's Tale

By Michiel Heyns
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 1250119014
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 955
  • Pdf File: the-typewriter-s-tale.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.” This is the maxim of celebrated author Henry James and one which his typist Frieda Wroth tries to live up to. Admiring of the great author, she nevertheless feels marginalized and undervalued in her role. But when the dashing Morton Fullerton comes to visit, Frieda finds herself at the center of an intrigue every bit as engrossing as the novels she types, bringing her into conflict with the flamboyant Edith Wharton, and compromising her loyalty to James. The Typewriter’s Tale by Michiel Heyns is a thought-provoking novel on love, art and life fully lived.

I'd Rather Be Reading

By Anne Bogel
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Book Code : 149341531X
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 678
  • Pdf File: i-d-rather-be-reading.pdf

Book Short Summary:

For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives. The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone's life, I'd Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

A Visit from the Goon Squad

By Jennifer Egan
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  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Book Code : 0307593622
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 636
  • Pdf File: a-visit-from-the-goon-squad.pdf

Book Short Summary:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCE WINNER • With music pulsing on every page, this startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption "features characters about whom you come to care deeply as you watch them doing things they shouldn't, acting gloriously, infuriatingly human" (The Chicago Tribune). Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. “Pitch perfect.... Darkly, rippingly funny.... Egan possesses a satirist’s eye and a romance novelist’s heart.” —The New York Times Book Review

A Most Beautiful Thing

By Arshay Cooper
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Book Code : 1250754755
  • Total of Pages : 207
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 231
  • Pdf File: a-most-beautiful-thing.pdf

Book Short Summary:

REGIONAL BESTSELLER Now a documentary narrated by Common, produced by Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade, and 9th Wonder, from filmmaker Mary Mazzio The moving true story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago's West side who form the first all-Black high school rowing team in the nation, and in doing so not only transform a sport, but their lives. Growing up on Chicago’s Westside in the 90’s, Arshay Cooper knows the harder side of life. The street corners are full of gangs, the hallways of his apartment complex are haunted by drug addicts he calls “zombies” with strung out arms, clutching at him as he passes by. His mother is a recovering addict, and his three siblings all sleep in a one room apartment, a small infantry against the war zone on the street below. Arshay keeps to himself, preferring to write poetry about the girl he has a crush on, and spends his school days in the home-ec kitchen dreaming of becoming a chef. And then one day as he’s walking out of school he notices a boat in the school lunchroom, and a poster that reads “Join the Crew Team”. Having no idea what the sport of crew is, Arshay decides to take a chance. This decision to join is one that will forever change his life, and those of his fellow teammates. As Arshay and his teammates begin to come together to learn how to row--many never having been in water before--the sport takes them from the mean streets of Chicago, to the hallowed halls of the Ivy League. But Arshay and his teammates face adversity at every turn, from racism, gang violence, and a sport that has never seen anyone like them before. A Most Beautiful Thing is the inspiring true story about the most unlikely band of brothers that form a family, and forever change a sport and their lives for the better.

Fever

By Deon Meyer
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : House of Anansi
  • Book Code : 1487003080
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 884
  • Pdf File: fever.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An epic story of survival and betrayal for fans of Station Eleven and The Road. Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck through a desolate land. They are among the few in South Africa to have survived a devastating virus that wiped out over 90 percent of the world’s population. Willem, a thinker and a leader, has a vision for a new community rebuilt from the ruins of the old world. And so Amanzi is formed of a disparate group of survivors: there’s Melinda Swanevelder, rescued from brutal thugs; Hennie Flaai, with his vital Cessna plane; Beryl Fortuin, with her ragtag group of orphans; and Domingo, the man with the tattooed hand. And then there is Sofia Bergman, the most beautiful girl that Nico has ever seen. As the community grows, so do the challenges it must face — not just from external attacks, but also from within. Nico’s strength and loyalty will be tested as he undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this dangerous new world.

The True Deceiver

By Tove Jansson
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  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Book Code : 1590176847
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 808
  • Pdf File: the-true-deceiver.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Deception—the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we tell others—is the subject of this, Tove Jansson’s most unnerving and unpredictable novel. Here Jansson takes a darker look at the subjects that animate the best of her work, from her sensitive tale of island life, The Summer Book, to her famous Moomin stories: solitude and community, art and life, love and hate. Snow has been falling on the village all winter long. It covers windows and piles up in front of doors. The sun rises late and sets early, and even during the day there is little to do but trade tales. This year everybody’s talking about Katri Kling and Anna Aemelin. Katri is a yellow-eyed outcast who lives with her simpleminded brother and a dog she refuses to name. She has no use for the white lies that smooth social intercourse, and she can see straight to the core of any problem. Anna, an elderly children’s book illustrator, appears to be Katri’s opposite: a respected member of the village, if an aloof one. Anna lives in a large empty house, venturing out in the spring to paint exquisitely detailed forest scenes. But Anna has something Katri wants, and to get it Katri will take control of Anna’s life and livelihood. By the time spring arrives, the two women are caught in a conflict of ideals that threatens to strip them of their most cherished illusions.

The Madonna of Excelsior

By Zakes Mda
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  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Book Code : 0374708231
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 397
  • Pdf File: the-madonna-of-excelsior.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A new novel by a towering presence in contemporary South African literature In 1971, nineteen citizens of Excelsior in South Africa's white-ruled Free State were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act, which forbade sex between blacks and whites. Taking this case as raw material for his alchemic imagination, Zakes Mda tells the story of a family at the heart of the scandal -and of a country in which apartheid concealed interracial liaisons of every kind. Niki, the fallen madonna, transgresses boundaries for the sake of love; her choices have repercussions in the lives of her black son and mixed-race daughter, who come of age in post-apartheid South Africa, where freedom prompts them to reexamine their country's troubled history at first hand. By turns earthy, witty, and tragic, The Madonna of Excelsior is a brilliant depiction of life in South Africa and of the dramatic changes between the 1970s and the present.

Can I Keep It? Small Pets Guide

By Tanguy
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  • Publisher : Fox Chapel Publishing
  • Book Code : 1620083922
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Pets
  • Members : 461
  • Pdf File: can-i-keep-it-small-pets-guide.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From gerbils, lizards, and snails to spiders, fish, and frogs, this is the coolest guide for kids to learn how to take care of the coolest pets! With 39 pet profiles that describe origins, behaviors, cage installation plans, food, maintenance, and more, this book contains all the general and fun information for a variety of easy-to-care-for animals that kids will love. Also included are the author’s observations based on his very own pet collection throughout, as well as anatomical diagrams, high-quality photography, helpful illustrations, and easy-to-read informational blurbs.