Night Train to Lisbon

  • Filename: night-train-to-lisbon.
  • ISBN: 1555849237
  • Release Date: 2008-10-07
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Pascal Mercier
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Raimund Gregorius teaches classical languages at a Swiss lycée, and lives a life governed by routine. One day, a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman inspires him to question his life—and leads him to an extraordinary book that will open the possibility of changing it. Inspired by the words of Amadeu de Prado, a doctor whose intelligence and magnetism left a mark on everyone who met him and whose principles led him into a confrontation with Salazar’s dictatorship, Gergorius boards a train to Lisbon. As Gregorius becomes fascinated with unlocking the mystery of who Prado was, an extraordinary tale unfolds.

Night Train to Lisbon

  • Filename: night-train-to-lisbon.
  • ISBN: 0786266910
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Emily Grayson
  • Publisher: Large Print Press

Europe, 1936. On an overnight train to Lisbon, Carson Weatherell meets good-looking, wry young British scientist Alexander "Alec" Breve - a fateful encounter that sparks a passion as intense as it is instant. But Carson's joy is short-lived: an uncle in British intelligence reveals that her lover is a spy for Germany. Putting loyalty to country above the pain of her own heart, Carson agrees to spy on Alec.

Night Train to Lisbon

  • Filename: night-train-to-lisbon.
  • ISBN: 9780060542641
  • Release Date: 2004-05-11
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Emily Grayson
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Embarking on her first trip abroad when World War II breaks out, an idealistic young American woman reluctantly agrees to spy on her new lover after learning that he is providing information to Germany. By the author of Waterloo Station.

Perlmann s Silence

  • Filename: perlmann-s-silence.
  • ISBN: 9780802119575
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 616
  • Author: Pascal Mercier
  • Publisher: Grove Press

Prominent linguist and widower Philipp Perlmann contemplates drastic measures when he faces exposure after plagiarizing a colleague's work for his keynote address at an important academic gathering in Genoa.

The Book of Disquiet

  • Filename: the-book-of-disquiet.
  • ISBN: 9781847652379
  • Release Date: 2010-12-09
  • Number of pages: 356
  • Author: Fernando Pessoa
  • Publisher: Profile Books

Sitting at his desk, Bernardo Soares imagined himself free forever of Rua dos Douradores, of his boss Vasques, of Moreira the book-keeper, of all the other employees, the errand boy, the post boy, even the cat. But if he left them all tomorrow and discarded the suit of clothes he wears, what else would he do? Because he would have to do something. And what suit would he wear? Because he would have to wear another suit. A self-deprecating reflection on the sheer distance between the loftiness of his feelings and the humdrum reality of his life, The Book of Disquiet is a classic of existentialist literature.

The Lisbon Route

  • Filename: the-lisbon-route.
  • ISBN: 9781566638920
  • Release Date: 2011-05-16
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: Ronald Weber
  • Publisher: Government Institutes

The Lisbon Route tells of the extraordinary World War II transformation of Portugal's tranquil port city into the great escape hatch of Nazi Europe. Royalty, celebrities, diplomats, fleeing troops, and ordinary citizens desperately slogged their way across France and Spain to reach the neutral nation. As well as offering freedom from war, Lisbon provided spies, smugglers, relief workers, military figures, and adventurers with an avenue into the conflict and its opportunities. Yet an ever-present shadow behind the gaiety was the fragile nature of Portuguese neutrality.

Train to Pakistan

  • Filename: train-to-pakistan.
  • ISBN: 8175300337
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Number of pages: 206
  • Author: Khushwant Singh
  • Publisher: Orient Blackswan

This Novel Of Partition Was First Published In 1956 And Is Now Widely Accepted As Being One Of The Classics Of Modern Indian Fiction.

The Night Watchman

  • Filename: the-night-watchman.
  • ISBN: 9781472111272
  • Release Date: 2014-06-19
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Richard Zimler
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

Chief Inspector Henrique Monroe of the Lisbon Police Department is not your usual cop. Eccentric, elliptical – and stunningly observant – his peculiar behavior at crime scenes is legendary. But his colleagues put up with it because, in the end, Monroe’s the best of the best. But he has a double-sided secret. And when he’s called to investigate the brutal slaying of well-connected Portuguese businessman Pedro Coutinho, it’s not just the murder case that will unravel – but his own identity, too. As Monroe’s investigations lead him deep into a torrid world of shady political corruption and sexual violence, the details of the case trigger memories from his childhood in rural Colorado – memories he has travelled far, and worked hard, to hide. His behavior becomes even more upsetting and inappropriate than usual, and even his family – his wife, his brother and his two young boys – start to fear for the man they thought they knew. Henrique struggles to move his investigation forward whilst keeping the walls of his identity from crumbling. And then, another violent crime changes his life forever, destroying any chance he has of continuing to keep his secret . . . A chilling psychological mystery, The Night Watchman is a uniquely moving portrait of a troubled police detective and his family when a single crime reveals the damaging impact of abuse and the tragic truth about an entire nation.

Let the Great World Spin

  • Filename: let-the-great-world-spin.
  • ISBN: 1588368734
  • Release Date: 2009-06-23
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Colum McCann
  • Publisher: Random House

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • Colum McCann’s beloved novel inspired by Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire stunt, which is also depicted in the film The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.” A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic. “This is a gorgeous book, multilayered and deeply felt, and it’s a damned lot of fun to read, too. Leave it to an Irishman to write one of the greatest-ever novels about New York. There’s so much passion and humor and pure lifeforce on every page of Let the Great World Spin that you’ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed.”—Dave Eggers “Stunning . . . [an] elegiac glimpse of hope . . . It’s a novel rooted firmly in time and place. It vividly captures New York at its worst and best. But it transcends all that. In the end, it’s a novel about families—the ones we’re born into and the ones we make for ourselves.”—USA Today “Mesmerizing . . . a Joycean look at the lives of New Yorkers changed by a single act on a single day . . . McCann’s marvelously rich novel . . . weaves a portrait of a city and a moment, dizzyingly satisfying to read and difficult to put down.”—The Seattle Times “Vibrantly whole . . . With a series of spare, gorgeously wrought vignettes, Colum McCann brings 1970s New York to life. . . . And as always, McCann’s heart-stoppingly simple descriptions wow.”—Entertainment Weekly “An act of pure bravado, dizzying proof that to keep your balance you need to know how to fall.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

The Shadow of the Wind

  • Filename: the-shadow-of-the-wind.
  • ISBN: 9781920885854
  • Release Date: 2006-07-03
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Publisher: Text Publishing

The Shadow of the Wind is a mesmerising love story and literary thriller, which twists and turns and enthralls with its cast of vengeful souls, threatening spectres and innocent hearts. It is 1945 and Barcelona is enduring the long aftermath of civil war when Daniel Sempereâ€TMs bookseller father decides his son is old enough to visit the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There Daniel must †̃adoptâ€TM a single book, promising to care for it and keep it alive always. His choice falls on The Shadow of the Wind. Bewitched, he embarks on an epic quest to find the truth about Julian Carax, the bookâ€TMs mysterious author. Soon Daniel is consumed by strange discoveries about love and obsession, art and life, and how they become entangled within the shadow world of books. This edition of Carlos Ruiz Zafonâ€TMs much-loved bestseller includes Chapter One of his new literary sensation The Angelâ€TMs Game.

History Of The Siege Of Lisbon

  • Filename: history-of-the-siege-of-lisbon.
  • ISBN: 9781448128532
  • Release Date: 2011-12-31
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Jose Saramago
  • Publisher: Random House

What happens when the facts of history are replaced by the mysteries of love? When Raimundo Silva, a lowly proof-reader for a Lisbon publishing house, inserts a negative into a sentence of a historical text, he alters the whole course of the 1147 Siege of Lisbon. Fearing censure he is met instead with admiration: Dr Maria Sara, his voluptuous new editor, encourages him to pen his own alternative history. As his retelling draws on all his imaginative powers, Silva finds - to his nervous delight - that if the facts of the past can be rewritten as a romance then so can the details of his own dusty bachelor present.

The High Mountains of Portugal

  • Filename: the-high-mountains-of-portugal.
  • ISBN: 9781782114727
  • Release Date: 2016-02-02
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Yann Martel
  • Publisher: Canongate Books

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Lost in Portugal. Lost to grief. With nothing but a chimpanzee. The extraordinary new novel from the author of Life of Pi. In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that - if it exists - would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure. Some thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. The High Mountains of Portugal takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century - and through the human soul.

Night Soldiers

  • Filename: night-soldiers.
  • ISBN: 9781780221496
  • Release Date: 2011-08-25
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Author: Alan Furst
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin's purges, Khristo flees to Paris. Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934-45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale.

The Musical Novel

  • Filename: the-musical-novel.
  • ISBN: 9781571135926
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 242
  • Author: Emily Petermann
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

Analyzes two groups of "musical novels" -- novels that take music as a model for their construction -- including jazz novels by Toni Morrison and Michael Ondaatje, and novels based on Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Perlmann s Silence

  • Filename: perlmann-s-silence.
  • ISBN: 9780802194862
  • Release Date: 2012-01-03
  • Number of pages: 624
  • Author: Pascal Mercier
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

A tremendous international success and a huge favorite with booksellers and critics, Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon has been one of the best-selling literary European novels in recent years. Now, in Perlmann’s Silence, the follow up to his triumphant North American debut, Pascal Mercier delivers a deft psychological portrait of a man striving to get his life back on track in the wake of his beloved wife’s death. Philipp Perlmann, prominent linguist and speaker at a gathering of renowned international academics in a picturesque seaside town near Genoa, is struggling to maintain his grip on reality. Derailed by grief and no longer confident of his professional standing, writing his keynote address seems like an insurmountable task, and, as the deadline approaches, Perlmann realizes that he will have nothing to present. Terror-stricken, he decides to plagiarize the work of Leskov, a Russian colleague. But when Leskov’s imminent arrival is announced and threatens to expose Perlmann as a fraud, Perlmann’s mounting desperation leads him to contemplate drastic measures. An exquisite, captivating portrait of a mind slowly unraveling, Perlmann’s Silence is a brilliant, textured meditation on the complex interplay between language and memory, and the depths of the human psyche.

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