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Il Mio Mortale Nemico

Author: Willa Cather
Publisher: Adelphi Edizioni spa
ISBN: 8845979016
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Nessuno può sottrarsi allo charme di Myra Henshawe: né gli amici artisti, cui riserva una conversazione dove vibra «una lingua speciale» e un’incorreggibile prodigalità, né gli «amici ricconi», che subiscono rassegnati il suo sarcasmo fulmineo. Adorabile e imperiosa, Myra sembra avere proprio tutto. Anche un marito devoto, il quale non può scordare che Myra, per sposarlo, ha rinunciato a un’immensa fortuna. Ma crepe sottili, simili alle incrinature di un vaso prezioso, percorrono la superficie di questa perfezione. Solo l’occhio incantato e perspicace di una ragazzina, Nellie, riesce a scorgerle: ed è come se nella casa degli Henshawe, dove regnano spensieratezza e buone maniere e ogni cosa appare unica e irripetibile, penetrasse uno spiffero gelido, suscitando un misterioso terrore. Dieci anni più tardi, incontrando di nuovo Myra e il marito, Nellie capirà che quella coppia perfetta era un esempio di legame fondato sull’odio non meno che sulla passione, giacché «si può essere nemici e amarsi allo stesso tempo».

Il Mio Nemico Mortale

Author: Willa Cather
Publisher: Fazi Editore
ISBN: 8893252406
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Una notte, la giovane Myra Driscoll scappa di casa portando con sé solamente un manicotto e un portamonete. A passo svelto e testa alta, se ne va per sempre. Raggiunge Oswald Henshawe, giovane spiantato di cui è innamorata, e lo sposa in gran segreto, rinunciando così alla cospicua eredità che le spetterebbe. Un gesto audacemente romantico, che in famiglia diventa una leggenda. Quando, molti anni dopo, una giovane amica le chiede se lei e Oswald sono stati felici, la risposta è glaciale: «Felici? Oh, sì! Come la maggior parte della gente». E allora a che cosa è servito quel sacrificio? Che senso ha avuto barattare grandi fortune per una vita banalmente normale? Quelle che emergono, in questo romanzo breve ma stratificato, sono le mille sfumature di una figura ambigua e tormentata, una donna tanto risoluta nelle sue clamorose rinunce, quanto incapace di godere di una felicità che di clamoroso non ha nulla. Uno spirito libero che si trova a combattere contro i limiti della quotidianità e la crescente, esasperante consapevolezza di essere una donna totalmente diversa da quella che pensava di essere in giovane età. Willa Cather, talentuosa autrice americana vincitrice del Premio Pulitzer, ci regala un piccolo capolavoro: pagine davvero indimenticabili, intrise di una grande carica drammatica. «Cather non è solo una brava scrittrice: è unica, è grandiosa. Il mio nemico mortale è una vera tragedia costruita a partire da una vera storia d’amore. La scrittrice che è in me pensa a questo libro più che a ogni altro dell’autrice. Ogni breve episodio è la rivelazione perfetta di qualcosa di nuovo e inaspettato. Non c’è una sola parola superflua o ridondante. È un romanzo al tempo stesso distaccato e dolorosamente commovente». A.S. Byatt

My Mortal Enemy

Author: Willa Cather
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307805247
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First published in 1926, this book is Willa Cather's sparest and most dramatic novel, a dark and prescient portrait of a marriage that subverts our oldest notions about the nature of domestic happiness. As a young woman, Myra Henshawe gave up a fortune to marry for love--a boldly romantic gesture that became a legend in her family. But this worldly, sarcastic, and perhaps even wicked woman may have been made for something greater than love. In her portrait of Myra and in her exquisitely nuanced depiction of her marriage, Cather shows the evolution of a human spirit as it comes to bridle against the constraints of ordinary happiness and seek an otherwordly fulfillment. My Mortal Enemy is a work whose drama and intensely moral imagination make it unforgettable. BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.

Slumberland

Author: Paul Beatty
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608196494
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The hip break-out novel from 2016 Man Booker Prize-winning author, Paul Beatty, about a disaffected Los Angeles DJ who travels to post-Wall Berlin in search of his transatlantic doppelganger. Hailed by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best writers of his generation, Paul Beatty turns his creative eye to man's search for meaning and identity in an increasingly chaotic world. After creating the perfect beat, DJ Darky goes in search of Charles Stone, a little know avant-garde jazzman, to play over his sonic masterpiece. His quest brings him to a recently unified Berlin, where he stumbles through the city's dreamy streets ruminating about race, sex, love, Teutonic gods , the prevent defense, and Wynton Marsalis in search of his artistic-and spiritual-other. Ferocious, bombastic, and laugh-out-loud funny, Slumberland is vintage Paul Beatty and belongs on the shelf next to Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, and Junot Diaz.

In Bed With A Stranger

Author: Mary Wine
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0758246005
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An Imperfect Match Brodick McJames is an earl in name only. To secure his clan's future he needs an English wife. Mary Stanford, daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, will suit perfectly. He's never met her, but what matter? She'll grace his bed eventually, and once she bears his child he need see her no more. Anne Copper looks just like her noble half-sister, but she was born illegitimate, and can never forget it. The best she can hope for is to stay a serving girl in her own father's house. But when Lady Mary finds herself betrothed to a Scot, it seems there's a use for Anne after all . . . The woman who arrives in Alcaon is not what Brodick expects, and the passion that grows between them promises far more than a marriage of convenience. When fate draws two together, it may take more than a noblewoman's plot to part them . . . "My kind of historical!. . .sweeps you into the time period without taking a thing away from delightful characters and a charming romance. . .definitely a must-read." --Heather Graham

Night Roads

Author: Гаито Газданов
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810125587
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Drawing together episodes of rich atmosphere, this novel is as deep and brooding as the Paris nights that serve as its backdrop. Russian writer Gaito Gazdanov arrived in Paris, as so many did, between the wars and would go on, with this fourth novel, to give readers a crisp rendering of a living city changing beneath its people’s feet. Night Roads is loosely based on the author’s experiences as a cab driver in those disorienting, often brutal years, and the narrator moves from episode to episode, holding court with many but sharing his mind with only a few. His companions are drawn straight out of the Parisian past: the legendary courtesan Jeanne Raldi, now in her later days, and an alcoholic philosopher who goes by the name of Plato. Along the way, the driver picks up other characters, such as the dull thinker who takes on the question of the meaning of life only to be driven insane. The dark humor of that young man’s failure against the narrator’s authentic, personal explorations of the same subject is captured in this first English translation. With his trademark émigré eye, Gazdanov pairs humor with cruelty, sharpening the bite of both.

Four Mothers

Author: Shifra Horn
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312263232
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This beautifully imagined debut novel tells the story of five generations of women in one family against the backdrop of 100 years in Jerusalem. Starting with the birth of the family's first boy to the last generation, this epic is rich in the magical realism of fable and folklore.

Borzoi 1920

Author: Willa 1873-1947 Cather
Publisher: Wentworth Press
ISBN: 9781361096499
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In The Warrior S Bed

Author: Mary Wine
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0758256736
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In this irresistible follow-up to her captivating debut, In Bed With a Stranger, Mary Wine revisits the McJames clan--their loves, their battles, their conquests. . . Cullen McJames will not have his honor sullied, certainly not by his clan's nemesis Laird Erik McQuade. So when McQuade tells the Court of Scotland that Cullen has stolen his daughter's virtue, Cullen steals the daughter instead. Since his brother wed a fetching lass, Cullen's been thinking he too needs a wife. A marriage could end the constant war between the clans. And looking on Bronwyn McQuade but once has put her in his dreams for a week. . . But Bronwyn won't go quietly. She won't be punished for what she did not do. Nor is she eager to live among the resentful veterans of McQuade wars. And however brave and beautiful a man Cullen may be, he has much to learn about a woman's fighting spirit. But as Bronwyn will discover, he has much to teach her as well. . . "My kind of historical!. . . Sweeps you into the time period without taking a thing away from delightful characters and a charming romance. . .definitely a must-read." --Heather Graham on In Bed With a Stranger

Marie

Author: Madeleine Bourdouxhe
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780747533337
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Marie is so devoted to her husband Jean that she overlooks his casual betrayals. Yet, with surprising ease she takes a lover - a young student whom she encounters on holiday in the South of France. Marie remains tied to the realities of her life.