Night Train To Lisbon

  • Filename: night-train-to-lisbon.
  • ISBN: 9781848873179
  • Release Date: 2009-05-01
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Pascal Mercier
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd



Night Train to Lisbon follows Raimund Gregorius, a 57-year-old Classics scholar, on a journey that takes him across Europe. Abandoning his job and his life and travelling with a dusty old book as his talisman, he heads for Lisbon in search of clues to the life of the book's Portuguese author, Amadeu de Prado. As he gets swept up in his quest, he finds that the journey is also one of self-discovery, as he re-encounters all the decisions he has made - and not made - in his life, and faces the roads not travelled.

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: 9780062034793
  • Release Date: 2010-09-14
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Emily Grayson
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



Night Train to Lisbon is a sensuous tale of the pursuit of love and passion against all odds, set in the 1930s when the world was on the brink of war and suspicion of loyalty, motivation, and intent -- to both country and lover -- was at flood tide. Carson Weatherell is a privileged young American woman traveling in Europe in 1936, courtesy of her aunt and uncle who live abroad and have kindly offered to show her the sights. A bout of illness and self-pity almost send her back to her sheltered Connecticut life, but on an overnight train to Lisbon, she suddenly can't imagine returning home. On that train she meets Alec Breve, a young British scientist traveling with a group of colleagues -- and in his company, Carson finds that she's enjoying herself, certainly for the first time since she left New York Harbor, and quite possibly for the first time in her life. In Lisbon, Carson and Alec begin an intense love affair, but their bliss is threatened when Carson's uncle reveals that Alec might be a spy for Germany. He insists that it is essential that Alec be trapped and brought to justice, and the only person who can deliver an unsuspecting Alec to the proper authorities is Carson. Desperate to believe in her new love -- and terrified of discovering she has fallen for a traitor -- Carson must choose whether to prove her lover innocent or leave him to face the consequences on his own. A riveting page-turner, Night Train to Lisbon travels back to the days when war loomed, the Mitford sisters dazzled, and night trains brimmed with romance and intrigue, delivering a mesmerizing novel of a love that must truly conquer all in order to survive.

Perlmann s Silence

  • Filename: perlmann-s-silence.
  • ISBN: 9780857894175
  • Release Date: 2011-10-01
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Pascal Mercier
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd



In a quiet seaside town near Genoa, experts are gathering for a linguistics conference. One speaker, Philipp Perlmann is recently widowed and, struggling to contend with his grief, is unable to complete his keynote address. As the hour approaches, an increasingly desperate Perlmann decides to plagiarize the work of Leskov, a Russian colleague who cannot attend, and pass it off as his own. But when word reaches Perlmann that Leskov has arrived unexpectedly in Genoa, Perlmann must protect himself from exposure by constructing a maelstrom of lies and deceit, which will lead him to the brink of murder. In this intense psychological drama, the author of Night Train to Lisbon again takes the reader on a journey into the depths of human emotion and the language of memory and loss.

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.

Alentejo Blue

  • Filename: alentejo-blue.
  • ISBN: 9781416534198
  • Release Date: 2006-06-20
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Monica Ali
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Alentejo Blue is the story of a village community in Portugal, told through the lives of men and women whose families have lived there for generations and some who are passing through. For Teresa, a beautiful girl not yet twenty, Mamarrosa is a place from which to escape. For the dysfunctional Potts family, it is a way of running from trouble (though not eluding it). Vasco, a café owner who has never recovered from the death of his American wife, clings to a notion that his years away from the village, in the States, make him superior. One English tourist fantasizes about making a new life in Mamarrosa; for her compatriots, a young engaged couple, Mamarrosa is where their dreams fall apart. At the opening of Alentejo Blue, an old man reflects on his long and troubled life in this seemingly tranquil place, and anticipates the homecoming of Marco Afonso Rodrigues, the prodigal son of the village and a symbol of the now fast-changing world. When Marco does finally return, villagers, tourists, and expatriates are brought together, and their jealousies and disappointments inevitably collide.

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.

Love Virtually

  • Filename: love-virtually.
  • ISBN: 9781623653439
  • Release Date: 2013-12-03
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Daniel Glattauer
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press



It begins by chance: Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and longings. The erotic tension simmers, and, despite Emmi being happily married it seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter? And if so, what then? Love Virtually is a funny, fast-paced and absorbing experience, with plenty of twists and turns, about a love affair conducted by email.

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

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.

City of Thieves

  • Filename: city-of-thieves.
  • ISBN: 9781848943971
  • Release Date: 2009-10-15
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: David Benioff
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



From the writer of the award-winning Game of Thrones series for HBO based on the books of George R. R. Martin. Four months into the siege of Leningrad, the city is starving. Seventeen-year-old Lev fears for his life when he is arrested for looting the body of a dead German paratrooper, while his charismatic cellmate, Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested for desertion, seems bizarrely unafraid. Dawn brings, instead of an execution squad, an impossible challenge. Lev and Kolya can find a dozen eggs for an NKVD colonel to use for his daughter's wedding cake, and live. Or fail, and die. In the depths of the coldest winter in history, through a city cut off from all supplies and suffering appalling deprivation, man and boy embark on an absurd hunt. Their search will take them through desolate, lawles Leningrad and the devastated countryside surrounding it, in the captivating journey of two men trying to survive against desperate odds.

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.

In the Country of Books

  • Filename: in-the-country-of-books.
  • ISBN: 9781848760615
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 209
  • Author: Richard D. Katzev
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd



This book looks at how literature affects people, focussing on the experience of readers, it is illustrated with accounts of the author’s reading experiences and current research findings.

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.

Kiss Me Kate and Other Stories

  • Filename: kiss-me-kate-and-other-stories.
  • ISBN: 9781491726983
  • Release Date: 2014-03
  • Number of pages: 298
  • Author: Jim Farrell
  • Publisher: iUniverse



Phil discovers that Kate, the voice in his Garmin GPS, is a lot more than a disembodied voice. She's in trouble, and she needs his help!When a couple arrives from cold Rhode Island to their rented condo in Florida, all they can think about is warm temperatures and sunshine. But then the husband walks into a moral dilemma that almost ruins his week in the sun.Betsy decides to memorialize her deceased parents....in a most unusual way.Young, innocent Cheryl shocks her mother by opening the conversation at the family's Sunday dinner with "I almost got involved in a bar fight yesterday."Larry Hawkins is a widower, MIT physics professor, and believer in time travel who is anxious to test his inventions and fulfill every old man's fantasy.Roberto Villarreal has no idea a life-changing adventure is about to begin when he picks up a stranger and his granddaughter at a rest stop in Mexico.Mark Tuttle and Sandy Roberts wonder if you can love all your children equally and yet love one more than the others. In the process they discover that Love is infinite.Kiss Me, Kate and Other Stories is a collection of short tales set in a variety of locations and illustrating the depth of the human spirit, the importance of laughter, and the miracle of love.

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