By Witold Gombrowicz,Danuta Borchardt
Based loosely on Gombrowicz’s personal stories as an expatriate, Trans-Atlantyk is steeped in humor and sharply pointed satire, interlaced with darkish visions of conflict and its horrors, that entreats the person and society normally to upward push above the suffocating constraints of nationalistic, sexual, and patriotic mores. The novel's topics are common and its execution ingenious—a masterwork of twentieth-century literary paintings from an writer whom John Updike known as “one of the profoundest of the overdue moderns.”
By Jocelyn Parr
Moscow, 1921. Tatiana and Sasha meet in a book place the evening it really is bombed. within the aftermath of the explosion, Sasha grabs Tatiana's hand and jointly they run to protection. They fall in love.
A promising younger scientist, Tatiana follows her mentor, Dr. Bechterev, to the Institut Mozga, tested to check the resource of genius. She prospers within the state-sponsored learn institute, yet Sasha, an artist, feels left in the back of during this new global the place his artwork turns out with out position or functionality. A rift among them grows.
When Bechterev unexpectedly dies, Tatiana is caused to invest concerning the shadowy conditions of his demise. Disconcerted and not able to discover solutions to her questions, she plunges into doubt — approximately her paintings as a scientist, her naiveté concerning the Revolution, her religion within the country, and her courting with Sasha.
Provocative and compelling, Uncertain Weights and Measures occurs within the heady days of post-Revolution Russia, while trust in the next goal was once every little thing. Written in fantastically incisive prose, Jocelyn Parr vividly captures the atmosphere of Twenties Moscow and the frisson of real-life occasions whereas additionally spinning a charming story of a love torn aside via ideology and high-stakes politics.
By Ibrahim Abdel Meguid,Farouk Abdel Wahab
By Stephen L. Turner
By Gary Mawyer
By Fern J. Hill
By F. Sionil José
in this narrow, robust novel, F. Sionil Jose, one of many best literary voices of Asia and the Pacific, tells all. Don Carlos Cobello, a cosmopolitan guy, has been a diplomat, entrepreneur, connoisseur, and sinner. Like different memoirists, he finds greater than he intends. Born to wealth, he was firm to extend it. Born to corruption, he sees no cause to renounce an excessive amount of of an exceptional factor. Born of lady, he units approximately seducing -- or just taking -- each lady he sees, beginning along with his sister.
He is a prince of lodging; his kin has drawn with regards to strength regardless of who ruled their islands, be it the Spanish, the japanese, or the american citizens. (A lady shared with a eastern colonel in a family-owned brothel returns their favors by way of passing directly to one the disorder of the other.)
The colourful forged features a "hero of the Revolution" who bought land with innovative cash, an in depth poker-playing pal of common Douglas MacArthur, and the illegitimate son of a maid who later turns into a legal professional destined for greatness.
Cobello's wealth, incest, and informal infidelities aren't any trouble to an upwardly cellular occupation. within the "incredible fact that's the Philippines," says Jose, "the larger one is going, the whiter one becomes." For, as Cobello places it, "here, sin is a social definition, now not an ethical one."
Sins will upload to the stature of F. Sionil Jose and to his starting to be recognition within the United States.
By Joanne Cutting-Gray
Caught among cultures and aspirations, the characters fight to discover their position within the context of world ambition and monetary good fortune. At stake is the way forward for Chianti, the blood of Jove. Italy or California? Globalization or Marxist politics? Can love—and the village— continue to exist the move winds of revolution and fiscal domination?
By Tyler R. Tichelaar