French and Spanish fiction – Community Languages recent picks for April

Do you enjoy reading Foreign Literature or brushing up on your French and Spanish? Have a taste of the latest additions to our Community Languages section featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including biographies, romances, intriguing mysteries and more. Enjoy reading!

Syndetics book coverSuspended sentences : three novellas / Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti.
“In this essential trilogy of novellas by the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, French author Patrick Modiano reaches back in time, opening the corridors of memory and exploring the mysteries to be encountered there. Each novella in the volume– Afterimage , Suspended Sentences , and Flowers of Ruin –represents a sterling example of the author’s originality and appeal, while Mark Polizzotti’s superb English-language translations capture not only Modiano’s distinctive narrative voice but also the matchless grace and spare beauty of his prose. Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place. Orphaned children, mysterious parents, forgotten friends, enigmatic strangers–each appears in this three-part love song to a Paris that no longer exists. To read Modiano’s trilogy is to enter his world of uncertainties and the almost accidental way in which people find their fates”. (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverLe dernier Lapon : roman / Olivier Truc.
“A romantic thriller exploring the history and traditions of the Sami people. Unforgettable discoveries and fascinating experiences makes this mystery novel the perfect read by the fire this winter.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverLa classe de neige / Emmanuel Carrere.
”Emmanuel Carrere is one of France’s most critically acclaimed writers, author of screenplays, a biography of Philip K. Dick, and two novels, including CLASS TRIP, which won the prestigious Prix Femina. A major bestseller in France, THE ADVERSARY is being published in eighteen countries. Carrere lives in Paris” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverAccident nocturne / Patrick Modiano.
“A novel written by the French author and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.Jean Patrick Modiano.”

Spanish

Syndetics book coverEl enigma del convento / Jorge Eduardo Benavides.
“1814. After demonstrating his loyalty to Fernando by fighting against the pro-independence colonists in the Americas, General Goyeneche is called to the Spanish Court to help the monarchy fight the liberal movement that is trying to reinstate the Constitution of Cádiz. But in these tumultuous times, everything moves along the fine line that separates loyalty from treason, and anyone can be accused of conspiring against the king. Because of that, the general embarks on a journey to recover compromising papers that are hidden in Peru, and which put his reputation, his fortune, and his life at risk. With admirable use of suspense, Jorge Eduardo Benavides constructs a novel full of intrigue, which has at its epicenter the Convent of Santa Catalina, in Arequipa, Perú. In its walls are important documents that could compromise the lives of all who appear in them. Only when evil breaks into the tranquil grounds of the convent, it will be necessary to keep safe the secrets that have been kept for centuries.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa tierra de las mujeres : descubruerion su pasado, comprendieron su presente, dibujaron su futuro / Sandra Barneda.
“Gala Marlborough travels with her two daughters, Kate and Adele, to the small town of Ampurdán with the sole intention of receiving an inheritance from an unknown family member and then getting back to her life in New York as quickly as possible. She is unaware that this decision will set into action a perfect, subtle, and precise series of events that will unearth buried lies and family secrets, and heal souls that were lost in pain and bitterness. What was supposed to be a casual tourist trip takes a sharp turn towards self-discovery when they receive a strange invitation: the opportunity to participate in the “Women’s Circle.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEl rey de los espinos / Marcelo Figueras ; ilustraciones de Riki Blanco.
“A famous comic book author is murdered in the violent Buenos Aires of 2019. His burial is attended by family, fans, the press, and infamous secret police, called OFAC. And also someone else… four strangely-dressed men: a medieval knight, a pirate from the Opium Wars, a Hell’s Angels motorcyclist, and an explorer from the Wild West. Nobody seems to notice them but Milo, who works at the cemetery. Are these four men heroes from the dead man’s comics, as improbable as it seems? Milo suspects that their appearance is linked to a mystery: that of the storyteller’s daughters, whose whereabouts are unknown.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLos invisibles / Homero Aridjis.
“Una serie de eventos provocan que el fot grafo parisino Nicol s Antschel se halle convertido en el hombre invisible y, como consecuencia, amenazado y perseguido por grupos ansiosos de adue arse del secreto. Para salvarse y descubrir la fuente de su invisibilidad, Nicol s se ver obligado a seguir un camino de pistas ambiguas que lo encauzan al conocimiento de s mismo. Con esta novela, escrita en clave m stica y esot rica, a caballo entre la ciencia ficci n y la novela de suspenso, de la mano del humor negro y de una renovada picaresca, Homero Aridjis hace visible lo invisible: las peque as cosas, las grandes preguntas, los lugares a los que estamos acostumbrados, los signos, las palabras, los mensajes borrados por el tiempo.” (Syndetics summary)