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O Livro Das Ilus Es

Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: Editora Companhia das Letras
ISBN: 858086268X
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O comediante Hector Mann procura acertar contas com a própria história depois do assassinato de uma namorada: some de Hollywood, tenta várias vezes o suicídio e alimenta um amor platônico com a irmã caçula da namorada morta. Desnorteado, passa a freqüentar espetáculos de sexo explícito, até que acaba saindo como herói de um assalto em que é baleado e quase morre para salvar a vida de uma mulher. Essa história atribulada irá fascinar o professor universitário David Zimmer, que vive isolado do mundo desde que perdeu mulher e filhos num desastre aéreo. Zimmer vê a atuação de Hector Mann num documentário sobre comédias do cinema mudo e, encantado, resolve escrever sobre o ator, dado como morto em 1929. Mas ao publicar o livro, o professor é surpreendido por um estranho convite: assistir aos filmes dirigidos por Hector Mann entre 1940 e 1950. Encadeando fragmentos e relatos de sonhos, Paul Auster entrelaça os destinos trágicos desses dois personagens destroçados pela perda. Num redemoinho de acontecimentos, faz uma elegia ao cinema mudo para contar uma história permeada de suspense e erotismo, onde reinam o acaso e a dor.

The Book Of Illusions

Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312990961
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A man's obsession with a silent-film star sends him on a journey into a shadow world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost silent film by comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer's interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929 and has been presumed dead for sixty years. When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico-supposedly written by Hector's wife. "Hector has read your book and would like to meet you. Are you interested in paying us a visit?" Is the letter a hoax, or is Hector Mann still alive? Torn between doubt and belief, Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. This stunning novel plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. With The Book of Illusions, one of America's most powerful and original writers has written his richest, most emotionally charged work yet.

O Livro Das Ilus Es

Author: Emil Cioran
Publisher: Editora Rocco
ISBN: 8581223893
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Escrito quando Cioran tinha apenas 25 anos, e ainda inédito no Brasil, O livro das ilusões faz uma profunda reflexão sobre a música e o sofrimento, temas que se tornariam recorrentes na obra desse filósofo romeno radicado na França. Com tradução (direto do romeno) e prefácio de José Thomaz Brum, maior especialista na obra de Cioran no país, o livro traz os pensamentos de um jovem que sente intensamente e reflete sobre os sentimentos e a vida: a dor inevitável, a descoberta da música e da possibilidade de fugir de si mesmo através das notas de compositores clássicos como Mozart e Bach. Além da música, que para Cioran precisa ser vivida em toda a sua intensidade, as reflexões sobre a santidade estão no centro do pensamento de Cioran. Em O livro das ilusões, o autor explora o caminho à santidade possibilitado pelo sofrimento e defende, entre outras coisas, o caráter transformador da dor. O livro foi escrito um ano antes do exílio de Cioran na França. Mesmo quando fala do sofrimento, Ciron defende que se viva intensamente, que se morra de entusiasmo se for preciso. Já que a única coisa que esse jovem filósofo, que sofreu com as crises de epilepsia na infância e uma insônia arrasadora na juventude, parecia temer na época não era a morte, fim da vida, e sim uma morte vivenciada em vida.

Travels In The Scriptorium

Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781429904674
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A man pieces together clues to his past—and the identity of his captors—in this fantastic, labyrinthine novel An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and searching his own hazy mind for clues. Determining that he is locked in, the man—identified only as Mr. Blank—begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story of another prisoner, set in an alternate world the man doesn't recognize. Nevertheless, the pages seem to have been left for him, along with a haunting set of photographs. As the day passes, various characters call on the man in his cell—vaguely familiar people, some who seem to resent him for crimes he can't remember—and each brings frustrating hints of his identity and his past. All the while an overhead camera clicks and clicks, recording his movements, and a microphone records every sound in the room. Someone is watching. Both chilling and poignant, Travels in the Scriptorium is vintage Auster: mysterious texts, fluid identities, a hidden past, and, somewhere, an obscure tormentor. And yet, as we discover during one day in the life of Mr. Blank, his world is not so different from our own.

The Blue Line

Author: Ingrid Betancourt
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698196538
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From the extraordinary Colombian French politician and activist Ingrid Betancourt, a stunning debut novel about freedom and fate Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s Dirty War and infused with magical realism, The Blue Line is a breathtaking story of love and betrayal by one of the world’s most renowned writers and activists. Ingrid Betancourt, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Even Silence Has an End, draws on history and personal experience in this deeply felt portrait of a woman coming of age as her country falls deeper and deeper into chaos. Buenos Aires, the 1970s. Julia inherits from her grandmother a gift, precious and burdensome. Sometimes visions appear before her eyes, mysterious and terrible apparitions from the future, seen from the perspective of others. From the age of five, Julia must intervene to prevent horrific events. In fact, as her grandmother tells her, it is her duty to do so—otherwise she will lose her gift. At fifteen, Julia falls in love with Theo, a handsome revolutionary four years her senior. Their lives are turned upside down when Juan Perón, the former president and military dictator, returns to Argentina. Confronted by the realities of military dictatorship, Julia and Theo become Montoneros sympathizers and radical idealists, equally fascinated by Jesus Christ and Che Guevara. Captured by death squadrons, they somehow manage to escape. . . . In this remarkable novel, Betancourt, an activist who spent more than six years held hostage by the FARC in the depths of Colombian jungle, returns to many of the themes of Even Silence Has an End. The Blue Line is a story centered on the consequences of oppression, collective subservience, and individual courage, and, most of all, the notion that belief in the future of humanity is an act of faith most beautiful and deserving. From the Hardcover edition.

O Fim Das Ilus Es

Author: Richard Bach
Publisher: Editora Record
ISBN: 8501110159
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Em seu livro Ilusões, best-seller internacional que se seguiu à publicação do consagrado Fernão Capelo Gaivota, Richard Bach narra uma história fantástica que coloca em cheque nossa visão de mundo, sugerindo que o que chamamos de realidade é, na verdade, uma ilusão criada para nos permitir viver uma vida de aprendizados e diversões. Em O fim das ilusões, Richard Bach narra o diálogo que travou com os personagens mais famosos de seus livros nos meses em que ficou em coma após um acidente aéreo gravíssimo. Durante essa experiência de quase-morte no hospital, enquanto suas criações literárias o ajudavam a curar seu corpo, sua mente e sua alma, ele teve um reencontro com o Messias, que o guiou no caminho da libertação do mundo das ilusões.

That Mighty Sculptor Time

Author: Marguerite Yourcenar
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780374523756
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This posthumously published collection of essays takes up such diverse subjects as the poet Oppian, Tantrism, the feasts of the Christian year, Durer, the Japanese studies of Ivan Morris, the erotic mysticism of the Gita-Govinda, the eternal spirit of Andalusia, and Bede's Ecclesiastical History. The title esay consider's time's transforming effect on arrt, meditating on the erosion of a statue and the resulting production of a new, sublime work of art.

Fool Me Once

Author: Harlan Coben
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698404173
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A widowed veteran gets the shock of her life in this impossible-to-put-down thriller from #1 New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben. In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben’s page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself... Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who was brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

Straw Dogs

Author: John Gray
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466895756
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The British bestseller Straw Dogs is an exciting, radical work of philosophy, which sets out to challenge our most cherished assumptions about what it means to be human. From Plato to Christianity, from the Enlightenment to Nietzsche and Marx, the Western tradition has been based on arrogant and erroneous beliefs about human beings and their place in the world. Philosophies such as liberalism and Marxism think of humankind as a species whose destiny is to transcend natural limits and conquer the Earth. John Gray argues that this belief in human difference is a dangerous illusion and explores how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned. The result is an exhilarating, sometimes disturbing book that leads the reader to question our deepest-held beliefs. Will Self, in the New Statesman, called Straw Dogs his book of the year: "I read it once, I read it twice and took notes . . . I thought it that good." "Nothing will get you thinking as much as this brilliant book" (Sunday Telegraph).