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El Impresor De Venecia

Author: Javier Azpeitia
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8490662738
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En 1530, un joven se acerca a una villa en la campiña de Módena con la intención de encontrar allí a la viuda de Aldo Manuzio, el famoso impresor veneciano, para mostrarle su texto sobre la vida del gran editor. No sabe que la verdadera historia dista mucho de la gesta que quiere relatar. Desde que arribó a Venecia en 1489, con el propósito de hacer exquisitas ediciones de los tesoros de la literatura griega, Aldo Manuzio tuvo que enfrentarse a dificultades inesperadas, como el robo de manuscritos, las imposiciones comerciales de su suegro y dueño de la imprenta, el potentado Andrea Torresani, o la censura de los poderosos contra la difusión del epicureísmo, que buscaba con pasión Maria, su joven esposa y colaboradora. Con la dosis justa de ironía y erudición solapada, con personajes y noticias sobre la edad dorada de los pioneros de la edición, El impresor de Venecia recrea de manera deslumbrante el nacimiento del negocio de los libros, en el entorno de una ciudad enloquecida, más apta para los escarceos amorosos que para los intelectuales, y en un tiempo de crisis, tras el que son reconocibles los retos editoriales del presente.

Love In The Time Of Cholera

Author: Gabriel García Márquez
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101911115
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AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN eBOOK! In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

The Messenger

Author: Daniel Silva
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101211148
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On the trail of a deadly al-Qaeda operative, Gabriel Allon returns in a spellbinding story of deception, power, and revenge by the #1 New York Times bestselling "world-class practitioner of spy fiction" (Washington Post). Gabriel Allon—art restorer and spy—is about to face the greatest challenge of his life. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer—photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, aimed straight at the heart of the Vatican. Allon and his colleagues soon find themselves in a deadly duel of wits against one of the most dangerous men in the world—a hunt that will take them across Europe to the Caribbean and back. But for them, there may not be enough of anything: enough time, enough facts, enough luck. All Allon can do is set his trap—and hope that he is not the one caught in it. From the Paperback edition.

Portrait Of A Spy

Author: Daniel Silva
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 1443408344
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For international operative Gabriel Allon and his wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London—but a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Copenhagen have just occurred, and while walking toward Covent Garden, Gabriel notices a man he believes is about to carry out a third attack. Before Gabriel can draw his weapon, he is knocked to the pavement and can only watch as the nightmare unfolds. Haunted by his failure to stop the massacre of innocents, Gabriel returns to his isolated cottage in Cornwall until a summons brings him to Washington, and he is drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the centre of the threat is an American born cleric in Yemen to whom Allah has granted “a beautiful and seductive tongue.” A gifted deceiver, who was once a paid CIA asset, the mastermind is plotting a new wave of attacks. Gabriel and his team devise a daring plan to destroy the network of death from the inside, a gambit fraught with risk, both personal and professional, and to succeed, Gabriel must reach into his violent past. Set against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, Portrait of a Spy is a breathtaking portrait of courage in the face of unspeakable evil.

God Is Not Great

Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 1551991764
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Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. From the Hardcover edition.

Prayers And Portraits

Author: John Oliver Hand
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300121555
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The diptych––comprising two hinged panels that can be opened and closed like a book––was prevalent in Netherlandish art and depicted subjects ranging from secular portraiture to religious personages and stories. This lavishly illustrated book, the first ever to examine this painting format, examines approximately forty Netherlandish diptychs from the 15th and 16th centuries. Featuring magnificent works by Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, and Hugo van der Goes, among others, the book covers a wide variety of topics, including painting techniques, workshop practice, and the art market in the Netherlands of the time. With fascinating discussions on each of the featured paintings, Prayers and Portraits reunites a number of diptychs that have long been separated. Essays examine the works in the context of contemporary texts and religious practices in northern Europe, incorporating new technical information and research. They also offer invaluable insights into the social status and aspirations of the sitters. The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, in association with the Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge.

Soundings In Atlantic History

Author: Bernard Bailyn
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674032764
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Drawn together in a comprehensive Introduction by Bernard Bailyn, these innovative essays include analyses of the climate and ecology that underlay the slave trade, pan-Atlantic networks of religion and commerce, as well as the inter-ethnic collaboration in the development of tropical medicine, science as a product of imperial relations, and the awareness of the Atlantic world in the mind of David Hume.