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)

French Connections

If you enjoy reading French, take a look at the latest additions to our collection of French Books featuring romance, suspense and biographies, and lots more. Find some recently arrived DVD’s including Sister, a lovely art-house movie by the talented young French director Ursula Meier or, browse through our free-to-borrow French magazines, Paris Match, L’Express and Femme Actuelle, covering national and international news, health and beauty issues. Happy reading!

La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert : roman / Joël Dicker.
“Sous ses airs de thriller à l’américaine, La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert est une réflexion sur l’Amérique, sur les travers de la société moderne, sur la littérature, sur la justice et sur les médias.À New York, au printemps 2008, alors que l Amérique bruisse des prémices de l élection présidentielle, Marcus Goldman, jeune écrivain à succès, est dans la tourmente: il est incapable d écrire le nouveau roman qu’ il doit remettre à son éditeur d’ ici quelques mois. Le délai est près d’ expirer quand soudain tout bascule pour lui: son ami et ancien professeur d’ université, Harry Quebert, l un des écrivains les plus respectés du pays, est rattrapé par son passé et se retrouve accusé d’ avoir assassiné, en 1975, Nola Kellergan, une jeune fille de 15 ans, avec qui il aurait eu une liaison.” (Publisher’s Description)

En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule : roman / Édouard Louis.
“Je suis parti en courant, tout à coup. Juste le temps d’entendre ma mère dire Qu’est-ce qui fait le débile là ? Je ne voulais pas rester à leur côté, je refusais de partager ce moment avec eux. J’étais déjà loin, je n’appartenais plus à leur monde désormais, la lettre le disait. Je suis allé dans les champs et j’ai marché une bonne partie de la nuit, la fraîcheur du Nord, les chemins de terre, l’odeur de colza, très forte à ce moment de l’année. Toute la nuit fut consacrée à l’élaboration de ma nouvelle vie loin d’ici”. En vérité, l’insurrection contre mes parents, contre la pauvreté, contre ma classe sociale, son racisme, sa violence, ses habitudes, n’a été que seconde. Car avant de m’insurger contre le monde de mon enfance, c’est le monde de mon enfance qui s’est insurgé contre moi. Très vite j’ai été pour ma famille et les autres une source de honte, et même de dégoût. Je n’ai pas eu d’autre choix que de prendre la fuite. Ce livre est une tentative pour comprendre.” (Publisher’s Description)

La nostalgie heureuse / Amélie Nothomb.
“Il est vrai que je pratique régulièrement cette nostalgie heureuse instinctivement et en plus que j’avais vu le reportage de cette visite au Japon; ce livre la complète parfaitement. Cette rupture en bas âge qui vous brise à vie je l’ai connue également – c’est pouquoi je partage cette souffrance avec Amélie.” (Publisher’s Description)

Le bon, la brute, etc. : roman / Estelle Nollet.
“Ses yeux pour qu’ils arrêtent il aurait fallu qu’il les arrache. Ca aurait changé sa vie. Quand on est un enfant on peut arracher les pétales d’une fleur les pattes d’une mouche le tissu des fauteuils mais pas ses propres yeux. Et quand on est un adulte et bien il est trop tard… ” Bang a un don qui lui donnerait presque envie de mourir, Nao une maladie qui lui donnerait presque envie de vivre. Ensemble ils décident de partir comme on fuit. Du Mexique à Bali puis à la Centrafrique le road movie déjanté et tonique d’un duo pour le moins singulier qui, face à la folie du monde, s’invente une conduite de résistance inédite et fatale.” (Publisher’s Description)

Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit : roman / Delphine de Vigan.
“Ma famille incarne ce que la joie a de plus bruyant, de plus spectaculaire, l’écho inlassable des morts, et le retentissement du désastre. Aujourd’hui je sais aussi qu’elle illustre, comme tant d’autres familles, le pouvoir de destruction du verbe, et celui du silence. D. de V.” (Publisher’s Description)

L’extraordinaire voyage du fakir qui était resté coincé dans une armoire Ikea / Romain Puértolas.“Un voyage low-cost… dans une armoire Ikea! Une aventure humaine incroyable aux quatre coins de l’Europe et dans la Libye post-Kadhafiste. Une histoire d’amour plus pétillante que le Coca-Cola, un éclat de rire à chaque page mais aussi le reflet d’une terrible réalité, le combat que mènent chaque jour les clandestins, ultimes aventuriers de notre siècle, sur le chemin des pays libres.” (Publisher’s Description)

DVD’s
Check out the latest Community Languages movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection located in the Sound & Vision section under Foreign.

Syndetics book coverSister / a film by Ursula Meier.
“Lea Seydoux delivers on her promise as France’s next breakthrough star with her performance in SISTER, Ursula Meier’s new drama about two siblings searching for a place in the world. 12-year-old Simon lives with his restless older sister Louise at the base of the Swiss Alps. Every day he takes the cable car to the ski resorts above to pilfer from rich tourists, while Louise drifts through a series of part-time jobs and promiscuity, sometimes disappearing for days on end. In her absence, Simon forges a strong bond with a wealthy tourist, and his fragile relationship with his sister fractures into dangerous new territory.” (Cover)

The man who laughs / Incognita Films present ; a film by Jean-Pierre Améris.
“The story of two young orphans: Gwynplaine, a young boy who has been facially disfigured with a scar which makes him look like he’s constantly smiling, and Dea, a young blind girl. Many years later, when both are grown, the adoptive family travel together and put on a show where Gwynplaine has become a star.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverStranger by the lake / Les Films du Worso presents ; a film by Alain Guiraudie.
“Summertime in France. At a cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake, Franck falls for the sexy Michel – lust at first sight. Unfortunately for Franck, Michel’s jealous lover is also a regular at the cruising spot, and the two men are unable to act on the obvious spark between them. Retreating to the lake’s shores, Franck befriends an older man, Henri, who does not fit in to the “scene”. Their friendship is not based on sex, but on conversation and shared observation of their world and situation. When Franck witnesses Michel killing his lover, he is shocked, but his lust for this dangerous man overrides any sense of personal safety, and the two men begin a passionate affair. Soon the spot is frequented by a policeman who simply won’t accept that the body they discovered was caused by an accidental drowning.” (Cover)

Delightful German additions to our Community Languages

We have expanded the range of German fiction, including intriguing mysteries and romances, as well as, DVDs and Magazines with the latest news, politics and fashion. Genießen!

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Amazon.de linkTabu : Roman / Ferdinand von Schirach.
“Ein Künstler und ein Anwalt versuchen zu begreifen, was Wahrheit ist … Ferdinand von Schirachs neues Buch ist ein Künstlerroman, ein Justizdrama und am Ende ist es eine Beschreibung der Abgründe des Menschen. Sebastian von Eschburg verliert als Kind durch den Selbstmord seines Vaters den Halt. Er versucht sich durch die Kunst zu retten. Er zeigt mit seinen Fotografien und Videoinstallationen, dass Wirklichkeit und Wahrheit verschiedene Dinge sind. Es geht um Schönheit, Sex und die Einsamkeit des Menschen. Als Eschburg vorgeworfen wird, eine junge Frau getötet zu haben, übernimmt Konrad Biegler die Verteidigung. Der alte Anwalt versucht dem Künstler zu helfen – und damit sich selbst. Schirach schreibt über ein aktuelles gesellschaftliches Thema, das den Leser zwingt, grundsätzliche Entscheidungen zu treffen. Aber dieses Buch ist viel mehr: Schirach hat den Roman eines Lebens geschrieben, lakonisch, poetisch, berührend.” (Adapted from Amazon.de)

Amazon.de linkDie Kältezentrale : Roman / Inka Parei.
“Inka Parei wurde 1967 in Frankfurt am Main geboren und lebt seit 1987 in Berlin. Ihr erster Roman DIE SCHATTENBOXERIN wurde 2000 mit dem Hans Erich Nossack-Preis ausgezeichnet und ist in 13 Sprachen übersetzt. 2003 erhielt sie für den Anfang des Romans WAS DUNKELHEIT WAR den Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis sowie den Kelag-Publikumspreis. Zuletzt wurde sie mit dem Heinrich-Heine-Stipendium ausgezeichnet” (Adapted from Amazon.de)

Amazon.de linkFast ein bißchen Frühling : Roman / Alex Capus.
“Zwei arbeitslose Burschen, Kurt Sandweg und Waldemar Velte, suchten im Winter 1933 den Seeweg von Wuppertal nach Indien. Um sich das Reisegeld zu beschaffen, überfielen sie eine Bank, wobei sie versehentlich den Filialleiter erschossen. Auf der Flucht vor ihren Verfolgern kamen sie nicht sehr weit: In Basel verliebte Kurt Sandweg sich in die Schallplatten-Verkäuferin Dorly Schupp. Tag für Tag kauften er und sein Freund eine Tango-Platte, bis das Geld aufgebraucht war und der nächste Banküberfall nötig wurde. Abend für Abend gingen die drei am Rhein spazieren. Mit von der Partie war die junge Sportartikelverkäuferin Marie Stifter, die dreißig Jahre später die Großmutter des Erzählers wurde und die sich entscheiden musste zwischen einem Bankräuber und ihrem Verlobten.” (Adapted from Amazon.de)

Amazon.de linkGewalten : ein Tagebuch / Clemens Meyer.
“Clemens Meyer schreibt ein Tagebuch über die Gewalten unserer Zeit: Eine Stadt sucht ihren Mörder, Jubel beim Pferderennen, der beste Freund liegt im Hospiz. Ein Hund stirbt. Endlose Zahlenreihen fließen über einen Bildschirm in einer menschenleeren Fabrikhalle. Die psychiatrische Notaufnahme wird zur Endstation einer heillosen Nacht. Roh, unheimlich und geheimnisvoll ist die Welt, durch die wir täglich gehen. Clemens Meyer entwirft Szenen von großer poetischer Kraft und verstörender Klarheit. Ein Jahr lang erkundet er Seelenlandschaften, reale Orte und imaginäre Welten. Er erzählt von Alpträumen, jubelnder Euphorie und dem Irrwitz unseres Lebens.” (Adapted from Amazon.de)

Amazon.de linkIm Winter der Löwen : ein Kimmo-Joentaa-Roman / Jan Costin Wagner.
“Der Mord an einer ohnehin todgeweihten Frau stellt die Polizei im finnischen Turku gleich vor mehrere Rätsel: Wer dringt in ein Krankenhaus ein, um eine namenlose Komapatientin zu töten? Und wieso hat der Mörder auf dem Bettlaken seine Tränen hinterlassen? Kimmo Joentaa soll den eigenartigen Mörder aufspüren. Doch der junge Polizist hat andere Sorgen: Larissa ist verschwunden, die einzige Frau, die ihm seit dem Tod seiner geliebten Sanna wieder etwas bedeutet hat. Und so macht sich Kimmo auf die Suche – nach einer unbekannten Toten, einer verschwundenen Geliebten und einem weinenden Mörder … Mehr anzeigen” (Adapted from Amazon.de)

Amazon.de linkAls wir träumten : Roman / Clemens Meyer.
“Nach den Kinderspielen kommen die Kämpfe: Rico, Mark, Paul und Daniel wachsen auf im Leipzig der Nachwendejahre, zwischen Autoklau, Alkohol und Angst, zwischen Wut und Zerstörung. Jede Nacht ziehen sie durch die Straßen. Sie feiern, sie klauen, sie fahren ihr Leben gegen die Wand. Sie sind frei und dem Leben ausgeliefert. Mit direkter, wütender, sensibler und authentischer Stimme erzählt dieser Roman von dem Traum, dass irgendwo ein besseres Leben wartet.” (Adapted from Amazon.de)

DVD’s
Check out the latest Community Languages movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection located in the Sound & Vision section under ‘Foreign’.

Wunderkinder [videorecording] / a Marcus O. Rosenmüller.
“A time of great uncertainty and turmoil exists for the people of Ukraine in 1941, with the divide between social and religious groups at an all time high. During this dangerous period, Max and Helga Reich secretly arrange music lessons for their daughter Hanna to be conducted by two Jewish child prodigies Abrascha and Larissa, along with their teacher Irina. The Reich family’s benevolent arrangement is a risky one – providing hope and survival for the three talented musicians in a blustering climate of Nazi domination. Their story is one of great division, not only between Germans and Jews but also between those who have the talent to succeed and those who do not. Despite her own diligence in practice and the support of the best teacher in town, German Hanna cannot match the brilliance of Abrascha’s musicianship – leading to a deadly conflict of circumstance that will lead the Jewish children to literally play for their lives”. (Syndetics Summary)

Take a look at the latest German magazines, located at our Community Languages sections. They are free to borrow!

German magazines

Chinese E-Books on Overdrive. 中文电子书, 不出门就能看!

不用出门, 就能借中文书啦! 惠林頓图书馆OverDrive电子书库, 新进了数百本中文书籍. 现在你可以学英语, 学中文, 学摄影,学钓鱼,甚至学k歌. 这里还有:育儿书,儿童图画故事书,青少年探险故事书,旅游书, 菜谱, 中医养生, 以及现代小说. 只需在以下链接中http://wcl.govt.nz/downloads/ 点击 OverDrive, 点击右上角的小箭头, 先选择中文, 再点击高级搜索, 在所有语言中(All Languages), 选择Chinese,就可以找到简体和繁体的中文电子书了.

Check out our new Chinese eBooks and eAudio books on OverDrive. It’s a great opportunity to learn Mandarin, Cantonese, and Chinese cultures. To find the Chinese eBooks, select Advanced Search, and in the “All Languages” options, choose Chinese.

We have added around 200 Chinese eBooks, ranging from: romance, sci-fi, mystery, health, history, education, graphic novels, children’s fiction, picture books, and many more. You can also navigate the site in Simplified Chinese. Just select Chinese from the drop-down menu at the very top of the Overdrive page. We will continue to add to the eBook selection as more Chinese titles are added by Overdrive. Happy reading!

Overdrive cover K歌技巧100问, 通过  蔡志辉 (eBook)
“蔡志辉所著的《K歌技巧100问》以一问一答的形式呈现,以帮助业余唱歌爱好者解决演唱中遇到的困惑。其最大特点为问题普遍鲜明,有针对性,回答言简意赅,通俗易懂,即用通俗的语言,专业的方法去解决最棘手的问题。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mandarin, 通过 Wei Jin (Audiobook)
“The audio course guides learners through a series of 12 short units. Each unit introduces around 5 new key words or phrases before expanding on the basic vocabulary with practice activities, memory tips and culture and etiquette advice. An accompanying 48-page colour booklet provides full transcripts of the conversations as well as helpful hints to guide the user through their learning experience. Unit 1: Greetings Unit 2: Attracting Attention Unit 3: Exchanging Courtesies Unit 4: Asking Questions Unit 5: Where are you from? Unit 6: Going Places Unit 7: Asking Directions Unit 8: Where can we eat? Unit 9: Getting Transport Unit 10: Ordering a drink Unit 11: Asking for a room Unit 12: All about food!” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 临时应急会话宝典 (Emergency Conversation Skills), 通过  [爱尔兰]艾诗琳 (eBook)
“本书主要是为英语口语学习者准备的,以句子的形式表达各种情况。句子中包括了实用的词汇及短语。对于有相同说法的词语或句子,书中也做了说明。本书以主题划分,分为十大主题,主题以下又划分为具体的状况,比如:逛街购物时如何讨价还价,挑选衣服;面试找工作时,应聘者如何自我介绍,面试者如何提问;身在外国时需要去药店、去医院等等,涉及日常生活、工作、出国等方方面面,读者可以很轻松地找到应急的那句话。同时还配备MP3,让你听到原汁原味的英音。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 大众美食馆:包子·饺子(General Cuisine: Buns and Dumplings), 通过  夏金龙 (eBook)
“作者夏金龙中国烹饪大师,中国餐饮文化名师,中华名厨,国家高级烹饪技师,国家高级营养师,国家高级职业经理人,中国饭店业金牌总厨,中国十大最有发展潜力轻年厨师,全国饭店业国家级评委,国际东方药膳食疗保健学会常务理事,法国国际美食会远东区域中国分会名誉会长2007年被法国国际美食会授予法国蓝带三星勋章,法国国际美食博士勋章,国际酒店管理专家勋章 《大众美食馆·掌中宝口袋菜谱:包子·饺子》是掌中宝的口袋菜谱,主要内容包括:蟹肉小笼包、灯笼钳花包、香猪包、叉烧包、墨鱼包、百结包、南瓜包、鲤鱼包、花篮烧卖、水煎包、生煎包子、干蒸烧卖、山东包子、莲花包等。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 实用钓鱼百科 (Encyclopedia for Fishing), 通过  徐仁行 (eBook)
“钓鱼为什么对人有如此大的吸引力呢?有人说:”钓鱼之乐不在鱼”,”一竿在手,其乐无比。”钓鱼爱好者把钓鱼视为人生的一大乐趣。当你在紧张的工作之余,到江河湖海去领略一下大自然的风光,呼吸清新的空气,享受一下鱼儿咬钩时的快感与乐趣,这是没钓过鱼的人所无法体会的。钓鱼活动还是一种很好的锻炼身体的方法,与打太极拳、练健身操、舞剑等活动有同样的趣味性。如果你能经常参加钓鱼活动,对你的身体健康肯定大有好处。特别是对那些患植物神经功能紊乱、神经衰弱、心悸胸闷、轻度肺结核的病人以及身体处于病后康复期的人更有益处。同时,钓鱼活动还非常适合中老年人的生理特点。它既缓解了工作的压力,排除不良情绪,又可以充实生活,排遣空虚,同时可以抗老防衰,延年益寿。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 最热最热的76个科学知识:蚊子血真能造出恐龙吗? ( 76 Most Awesome Trivia Questions: Can we clone a dinosaur by using the blood of a mosquito? ), 通过  Da Mi (eBook)
“肉食动物只吃草能活下去吗?斑马到底是黑底白纹,还是白底黑纹?蜘蛛丝真的比钢筋还强韧?……每当抚摸小狗毛茸茸的身体,你是否想过与地球上的所有动物都成为知心朋友?快快翻开这本《蚊子血真能造出恐龙吗?》吧,你将在开怀大笑中,获得天文、地理、历史、文化、科学等方面许许多多有趣的知识。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 短片也风流:50部欧洲最新获奖电影短片评介, 通过  季巧微 (eBook)
“本书收集了50部在国际知名电影节上最新获奖的欧洲短片,以出品时间为序,对各部分影片进行介绍、评赏。《短片也风流:欧洲50部最新获奖电影短片评介》像万花筒一样,能让我们了解到欧洲丰富的短片创作,希望有一天我们中国的短片创作也能够活跃起来,也希望更多的媒体、网络或者DVD出版商有兴趣积极出版和介绍这些短片。” (Overdrive description)

Discover the beauty of the Spanish Language

Take a look at our latest additions to our Foreign Collection. If you are learning Spanish at the moment, these delightful mysteries and historical fiction will help you to enrich your vocabulary. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverLa biblia de los caídos / Fernando Trujillo.
“El mundo cuenta con un lado oculto, una cara sobrenatural que nos susurra, que se intuye, pero que muy pocos perciben. La inmensa mayoria de las personas no es consciente de ese lado paranorma… ni de sus riesgos. A veces la gente se topa con esos peligros y desespera, se atemoriza, y no sabe que hacer ni a quien recurrir. pero no todo esta perdido… Dicen que en Madrid reposa una iglesia muy antigua, cuyo origen es desconocido. Alli, en su interior, frente a una cruz de piedra esculpida en uno de sus muros, se puede alzar una plegaria. Tambien dicen que aquel que no tiene alma la escuchara, y si la fortuna acompana, el ruego sera atendido. Pero exigira un elevado precio por sus servicios, uno que no todo el mundo esta dispuesto a pagar. Mejor sera asegurarse de que se quiere contar con el antes de recitar la plegaria. Eso es lo que dicen”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEl lector de Julio Verne / Almudena Grandes.
“Nino, hijo de guardia civil, tiene nueve anos, vive en la casa cuartel de un pueblo de la Sierra Sur de Jaen, y nunca podra olvidar el verano de 1947. Pepe el Portugues, el forastero misterioso, fascinante, que acaba de instalarse en un molino apartado, se convierte en su amigo y su modelo, el hombre en el que le gustaria convertirse alguna vez. Mientras pasan juntos las tardes a la orilla del rio, Nino se jurara a si mismo que nunca sera guardia civil como su padre, y comenzara a recibir clases de mecanografia en el cortijo de las Rubias, donde una familia de mujeres solas, viudas y huerfanas, resiste en la frontera entre el monte y el llano. Mientras descubre un mundo nuevo gracias a las novelas de aventuras que le convertiran en otra persona, Nino comprende una verdad que nadie habia querido contarle. En la Sierra Sur se esta librando una guerra, pero los enemigos de su padre no son los suyos. Tras ese verano, empezara a mirar con otros ojos a los guerrilleros de Cencerro, y a entender por que su padre quiere que aprenda mecanografia. / Nino sworn never to be policeman like his father. He begins typing classes in a farmhouse, and now understands a truth no one had wanted to tell. In the Southern Highlands there is a war, but his fathers enemies of are not his enemies. After that summer, he will begin to look at the guerrillas with new eyes, and to understand why his father wants him to learn typing.
“. (amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverLos juegos del hambre / Suzanne Collins ; traducción de Pilar Ramírez Tello.
“In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place”. (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLa conjura de Cortés / Matilde Asensi.
“La conjura de Cortés culmina la trilogía de Martín Ojo de Plata: en la Nueva España se desarrolla una historia plagada de intrigas, corrupción, aventuras e imaginación.
Catalina se ve obligada a desenmascarar una conjura de sus enemigos para derrocar al rey de España. La aparición de un mapa que desvela dónde encontrar el legendario tesoro de Hernán Cortés desempeñará un papel clave en el plan de Catalina para descubrir a los traidores y cumplir su palabra de acabar con los Curvo. La doble personalidad de Catalina Solís / Martín Nevares enfrentará además un grave peligro para su equilibrio: el amor. Una vez más, Matilde Asensi sorprenderá a sus lectores con un final inesperado.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Syndetics book coverEscupirán sobre mi tumba / Jaime Bayly.
“What awaits writer-turned-murderer Javier Garces in Buenos Aires? First, there is the city with its cobbled streets, its cemetery and river, a place where he feels right at home, where he is neither a foreigner nor an intruder. Then, there are all those Argentines with their endless chatter, their arrogance and charm, their loud-mouthed chaos. Finally, and to his heartfelt regret, there are still some scores to be settled. What choice is there? If he wants to live he has to take the life of others, as he’ll do to certain characters he either hates or despises. The vain bookstore owner, a famous and belligerent radio and television reporter, the handsome owner of a high-end restaurant, a talented and dissolute actor, and a hateful neighbor are part of Javier Garces’ Argentine selection. While he plots and carries out his missions in wild and appalling episodes, the bloody thread that has dogged him since Lima is about to catch up to him. With Escupirán sobre mi tumba, Jaime Bayly concludes the Morirás mañana trilogy. Here ends the long and gruesome journey that began in Lima, passed through Chile and culminated in Buenos Aires. A bloody expedition in which our main character finished off his enemies while painting a vivid fresco of the largest cities in the region, a fresco that gazes past architecture and geography to portray the soul of its people.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLa civilización del espectáculo / Mario Vargas Llosa.
“The author puts forth a hard and somber interpretation of our times. Our civilization has turned into entertainment, gossip, enjoyment, and has adopted a carefree, devil-may-care attitude, ignoring what is happening as long as it has its fix of soccer, bull fighting, baseball, cheap entertainment, talk shows, irresponsible yellow journalism, and exploitation of the poor. The idea is: have fun, keep boredom at bay, and avoid what bothers, worries and anguishes us. In fact modern culture makes it a social mandate.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEl prisionero del cielo / Carlos Ruiz Zafón.El Prisionero Del Cielo
“Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere y su amigo Fermín, los héroes de La Sombra del Viento, regresan de nuevo a la aventura para afrontar el mayor desafío de sus vidas. Justo cuando todo empezaba a sonreírles, un inquietante personaje visita la librería de Sempere y amenaza con desvelar un terrible secreto que lleva enterrado más de dos décadas en la oscura memoria de la ciudad. Al conocer la verdad, Daniel comprenderá que su destino le arrastra irremediablemente a enfrentarse con la mayor de las sombras: la que crece en su interior. Rebosante de intriga y emoción, El Prisionero del Cielo es una novela magistral donde los hilos de La Sombra del Viento y El Juego del ángel convergen a través del embrujo de la literatura y el enigma que se oculta en el corazón del Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

El enredo de la bolsa y la vida / Eduardo Mendoza.
“Revisiting old characters, showing a side of Barcelona which seems pulled from the early 20th century… Mendoza delights the reader once again with a delightful mystery novel starring unexpected characters: the living statures from Las Ramblas, a failed detective-lunatic turned hairdresser, a guru and, of course, Angela Merkel! Every page hides a snigger or guffaw and is full of subtle satirical comments.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

DVDs

Syndetics book coverCasa de mi padre [videorecording] = House of my father / Nala presents a Gary Sanchez production ; a Nala Films production.
“Will Ferrell is Armando Alvarez, a simple Mexican boy who is proud to work on his father’s sprawling ranch. In spite of his wide-eyed enthusiasm for ranch life, the stupid, yet optimistic Armando can only play second fiddle to his glamorous brother, Raul. But when Raul brings his sexy bride, Sonia, home to meet the family, the sexual tension between her and Armando is only the start of the trouble, as the brothers soon find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord”–Container.

Japanese tastes at the Central Library

Take a look at our latest additions to our Japanese collection featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including historical romances, intriguing mysteries as well as, some of the latest DVDs. Pick up your favorites for a relaxing week ahead and enjoy!

FutariFutari / Kodemari Rui.
“ベストセラー『エンキョリレンアイ』シリーズ三部作をはじめとする恋愛小説家、小手鞠るいさんの最新刊!
恋愛小説の達人が紡ぐ、喪失と再生の物語。
失われたものは必ず、もどってくる。人も、夢も、希望も。時間も、過去も、思い出も。小さな喫茶店を営むひかりと透…
ふとした出会いから始まった「ふたり」の物語は、私たちの心を震わせる。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

kurenaiKurenai : 1 / Watanabe Jun’ichi.
“わたしはもう女ではないのだろうか―原宿に店を持つ28歳の帽子デザイナー・木之内冬子は、筋腫を取り除くだけの予定で臨んだ手術で子宮を摘出。ことあるごとに煩悶するようになる。かつて不倫関係にあった建築家の貴志との関係が再燃し、別れようと決意するが…性に惑う女性が新しい日々を得るまでを描く、異色の大作。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

daburuDaburu / Fukamachi Akio.
“薬物密売で急成長する犯罪組織で、刈田は名を馳せていた。だが、最愛の弟を守るため組織の掟を破ったことから、ボスの神宮に弟と元恋人を殺される。自身も瀕死の重傷を負った刈田は奇跡的に回復した後、顔も声も変えて古巣に潜る賭けに出た。全ては神宮への復讐を果たすため…。ミステリー界に新たな地平を切り拓いた一大エンタテインメント。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

PeruseusuzaPeruseusuza ryūseigun : faindāzu koshoten yori / Wilson Robert Charles;Mogi Takeshi.
““発見者”の名を持つ謎めいた古書店を接点として、広大無辺な宇宙とささやかな日々の営みが交錯する。古書、望遠鏡、チェス盤、鏡―ささいなきっかけがもたらす非日常への誘いは、やがて秘められた世界、正気と狂気の狭間へと、人々を導いてゆく。ヒューゴー賞・星雲賞を受賞した『時間封鎖』の著者が新たな側面を見せる、時に妖しく、時に幻想的に描かれた、珠玉の連作短編集。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Ōgon no saruŌgon no saru / Kashimada Maki.
“一流ホテルの地下のバーで宿泊客たちが酒を飲む。新婚の夫婦、兄と妹、愛人たちに囲まれる退廃的な女、物欲しげな男たち。裏の林を夜毎に若い女が歌い、徘徊する。激しくぶつかり、やがて溶け合う思弁と肉体の蠢き。三部からなる表題作と、ジャズのインプロビゼーションのように美しい中篇「ブルーノート」。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Haruka naru mizu no otoHaruka naru mizu no oto / Murayama Yuka.
“「僕が死んだら、その灰をサハラにまいてくれないかな」。亡き周の希望を叶えるために共にモロッコへと旅立つ4人。いまの恋愛関係の行き先に不安を覚える緋沙子。近づきつつある老いにおびえるゲイのフランス人、ジャン=クロード。ふとしたはずみで身体の関係ができ、気持ちの整理がつかない幼なじみの浩介と結衣。愛の深さ、強さとは。そして生きることとは。様々な愛の形を浮き彫りにする感動長編。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Kaikyō no minamiKaikyō no minami / Itō Takami.
“祖父の危篤の報せを受けて、僕は海をわたり北へと向かった。辿りついたのは父が捨てた町・紋別。そこで伯父から失踪した父を探すように言われた僕は記憶を掘り起し、その姿を追い求めてゆくが―。関西に生まれ育ったナイチ二世の僕が、父子とは、故郷とは何かを通して、家族と自らの存在に向き合う傑作長編。 ” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Enjirareta taimu toraberuEnjirareta taimu toraberu / Dobashi Shinjirō.
“さまざまな愛の形を描く、大人のロードノベル
緋沙子は、若くして亡くなった弟の遺言を叶えるため、モロッコへ旅立つ。同行者は、弟の同居人だった中年のゲイと、弟の親友のカップル。4人の想いが交錯し、行き着いた先とは?(対談/沢木耕太郎)” (amazon.co.jp summary)

KagurajimaKagurajima : 1 / Uchida Yasuo.
“ついにケータイを購入すべく、秋葉原を訪れた浅見光彦。その帰路、若い女性が彼の腕の中に倒れ込み、そのまま絶命してしまう。淡路島出身の彼女は、故郷の禁忌を破ったことを気にしていたという。古事記に「国生み」神話を残す淡路へ、引き寄せられるように赴いた光彦は、事件の背後に巨大な闇が存在することに気づく―。 ” (amazon.co.jp summary)

I wishI wish [videorecording].
“Twelve-year-old Koichi, separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents’ divorce, begins to believe that Japan’s new bullet train service will create a miracle when the first trains pass each other at top speed, and enlists a group of friends on an improbable mission”–Container.

Love and honorLove and honor [videorecording] / a film by Yoji Yamada.
“The final instalment in the Twilight Samurai trilogy. Shinnojo is a food taster for his clan who dreams of one day opening his own Kendo school. When he is blinded by poisonous food, he and his wife Kayo are worried that they will lose their income. Kayo must give her favours to the powerful samurai Shimada to survive. When Shinnojo beomes jealous, a bitter showdown for honour follows”–Container.

A taste of French Fiction

Take a look at this month’s additions to our Community Languages French collection featuring a broad range of literary work and fiction, including historical romances, intriguing mysteries and more.

Syndetics book coverLe cœur régulier : roman / Olivier Adam.
“Depuis la mort de son frère, Sarah est perdue. Ce n’était pas un accident, croit-elle. Pour en avoir le cœur net, elle se rend dans un village cotier au Japon, au pied des falaises où il fut heureux. Chez Natsume, vieil homme solitaire qui a guéri Nathan de son désespoir, Sarah va revivre les derniers moments de la vie de ce frère tant aimé. Éprouver les mêmes sensations… mais aussi les mêmes vertiges.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

rien ne se passe comme prevuRien ne se passe comme prévu / Laurent Binet.
“Sous les perches des preneurs de son, on l’aperçoit parfois au milieu du cordon des gardes du corps. Des adolescents hystériques jurent qu’ils ne se laveront plus jamais la main après avoir serré la sienne. Des journalistes sont prêts à me piétiner pour rester au contact du candidat. Des ouvriers en colère hurlent, menaçants, qu’ils auront la peau des journalistes. Hier à Lyon, aujourd’ hui à Florange, demain à Varsovie ou à Londres, Marseille, Boulogne-sur-mer, Trappes, Rouen,Berlin, la Guadeloupe, la Guyane, le soleil ne se couche jamais sur la campagne présidentielle. Hollande, président ? On rêve. Les ennemis d’hier sont les alliés d’aujourd’ hui. Valls monte la garde. Montebourg se prend pour César. En face, l’adversaire brûle ses vaisseaux. A la télé, on disserte sans fin sur sa stature ou sur le halal. Pendant ce temps, Mélenchon récite des pages de Victor Hugo. Ceux qui trouvent la campagne chiante en parlent pendant des heures, des jours, des mois. Des hélicoptères tournent dans le ciel de Tulle. Tout est normal.” (Publisher’s Description; cover from Amazon.fr )

lisieresLes lisières : roman / Olivier Adam.
“Entre son ex-femme dont il est toujours amoureux, ses enfants qui lui manquent, son frère qui le somme de partir s’occuper de ses parents “pour une fois”, son père ouvrier qui s’apprête à voter FN et le tsunami qui ravage un Japon où il a vécu les meilleurs moments de sa vie, tout semble pousser Paul Steiner aux lisières de sa propre existence. De retour dans la banlieue de son enfance, il va se confronter au monde qui l’a fondé et qu’il a fui.En quelques semaines et autant de rencontres, c’est à un véritable état des lieux personnel, social et culturel qu’il se livre, porté par l’espoir de trouver, enfin, sa place. Dans ce roman ample et percutant, Olivier Adam embrasse dans un même souffle le destin d’un homme et le portrait d’une certaine France, à la périphérie d’elle-même.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

la ou les tigresLà où les tigres sont chez eux : roman / Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès.
“When the news correspondent Eleazard von Wogau receives the unpublished biography of Athanasius Kircher, the famous Jesuit scholar of the Baroque era, he retraces the scholar’s footsteps in Brazil, where on the way he meets many surprising characters. A true epic, great adventure story.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

Syndetics book cover “L’alliance des trois : roman / Maxime Chattam.
Nobody saw it coming. The Great Storm: A storm of wind and snow, which plunged the country into darkness and terror. Strange blue flashes crawling along the buildings, palpate, in search of prey. When Matt and Tobias awaken, earth was not the same. Only now, they will have to organize. To understand. To survive– In this other world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKatiba / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Quatre touristes occidentaux sont assassinés clans le Sahara. L’attaque est signée al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique, dont tout laisse à penser que les partisans veulent aller beaucoup plus loin et rêvent de frapper la France au coeur. L’événement est présenté par les médias comme un fait divers tragique mais il met en alerte les services de renseignements du monde entier. Au centre de leurs jeux complexes, Jasmine. Jeune fonctionnaire du Quai d’Orsay apparemment sans histoire, elle émerge peu à peu comme la pièce maîtresse d’une opération d’envergure inédite. Quels liens cette Française à l’élégance stricte entretient-elle avec le monde musulman ? C’est en démêlant les fils les plus intimes de sa vie que la vérité se fera jour et que le suspense, haletant, trouvera son dénouement. Complice, victime ou agent double, Jasmine incarne le mélange de répulsion et de fascination que le fondamentalisme religieux exerce inconsciemment sur chacun de nous.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverLe cœur de la terre : roman / Maxime Chattam. “Tobias disparu dans les entrailles du Raupéroden, Matt et Ambre retournent à Eden, la cité des Pans, pour avertir le conseil de la ville de l’imminence d’une invasion des Cyniks, fomentée par la reine Malronce. Les Pans n’ont plus le choix, ils doivent se préparer à combattre, notamment en développant leur Altération, ce pouvoir surnaturel octroyé par le Cataclysme. Avec L’Alliance des Trois, on découvrait un nouveau monde, avec Malronce son exploration. Le Coeur de la Terre montre les jeunes héros dans l’apprentissage de la vie en commun, de la politique, de la guerre et du rapport, nécessaire et salutaire, à la nature. Ainsi que la résolution des énigmes comme la vraie nature du Raupéroden et de la reine Malronce.” (Adapted from Amazon.fr summary)

o VerlaineÔ Verlaine! / Jean Teulé.
“Après avoir lu “Les poèmes saturniens” de Verlaine, Henri-Albert Cornuty quitte la ferme de ses parents à Béziers pour rejoindre à pied son idole. Il arrive à Paris en 1895 et assiste aux trois derniers mois du poète. A peine cinquantenaire, il souffre de nombreuses maladies mais multiplie les excès. Une période extravagante de la vie de Verlaine à travers le regard d’un contemporain.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

avenue des geantsAvenue des géants : roman / Marc Dugain.
Al Kenner serait un adolescent ordinaire s’il ne mesurait pas près de 2,20 mètres et si son QI n’était pas supérieur à celui d’Einstein. Sa vie bascule par hasard le jour de l’assassinat de John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Plus jamais il ne sera le même. Désormais, il entre en lutte contre ses mauvaises pensées. Observateur intransigeant d’une époque qui lui échappe, il mène seul un combat désespéré contre le mal qui l’habite. Inspiré d’un personnage réel, Avenue des Géants, récit du cheminement intérieur d’un tueur hors du commun, est aussi un hymne à la route, aux grands espaces, aux mouvements hippies, dans cette société américaine des années 60 en plein bouleversement, où le pacifisme s’illusionne dans les décombres de la guerre du Vietnam.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr )

n'oublie pasN’oublie pas d’être heureuse : roman / Christine Orban.“Ma mère disait:«N’oublie pas ton chapeau.» Mon père disait:« N’oublie pas d’être heureuse ». J’entends encore leurs voix portées par une conviction si simple qu’elles n’appelaient aucun commentaire. Comme s’ils pressentaient à quels dangers je pourrais m’exposer… Dans ce roman très singulier où l’on passe des lieux d’enfance, de lumière, de rêves et de liberté au monde très codé et fermé des adultes, Christine Orban touche avec humour, limpidité et mélancolie à l’essentiel de toute vie.” (Adapted from Amazon.fr summary)

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Do you enjoy reading German Literature or brushing up on your German?
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. Have fun!

german bookShanghai fern von wo : Roman / Ursula Krechel.
“Shanghai am Vorabend des Zweiten Weltkriegs. Für Tausende Juden ist es das letzte Schlupfloch. Sie kamen ohne Visum und Illusionen mit einem Koffer und zehn Reichsmark in der Tasche: Anwälte, Handwerker, Kunsthistoriker, und wenn sie in dieser überfüllten Stadt und dem feucht drückenden Klima zurechtkommen wollten, dann waren Erfindungsgabe und Tatkraft gefordert. Ursula Krechels bewegender Roman erzählt von Menschen, die versuchen, das Überleben zu lernen”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

Sommer der EntscheidungSommer der Entscheidung / Nele Neuhaus.
“Ein Leben ohne Pferde kann sich Elena nicht vorstellen. Wenn sie reitet, vergisst sie alles um sich herum. Alles außer Tim, den Jungen vom Nachbarhof, den sie liebt und mit dem sie doch nicht zusammen sein darf. Ein dunkles Familiengeheimnis zwingt die beiden, ihre Beziehung vor den anderen zu verbergen. Doch dann legt sich plötzlich ein Schatten über die Höfe der Gegend. Immer wieder verschwinden Pferde über Nacht, Elena und ihre Freunde geraten in tödliche Gefahr und es stellt sich die Frage, was stärker ist: Liebe oder Hass?” (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

3462044060_02___SCMZZZZZZZ_Bretonische Verhältnisse : ein Fall für Kommissar Dupin / Jean-Luc Bannalec.
“Im malerischen Künstlerdorf Pont Aven wird an einem heißen Julimorgen der Besitzer des berühmtesten Hotels am Platz brutal erstochen aufgefunden. Kommissar Dupin, eingefleischter Pariser und zwangsversetzt ans Ende der Welt, übernimmt den Fall und stößt in der bretonischen Sommeridylle auf ungeahnte Abgründe … Clever erzählt, komplex, spannend und mit vielen überraschenden Wendungen. ‘Bretonische Verhältnisse’ macht Lust auf die Bretagne und auf weitere Romane des Autors”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

german bookEr ist wieder da / Timur Vermes.
“Sommer 2011. Adolf Hitler erwacht auf einem leeren Grundstück in Berlin-Mitte. Ohne Krieg, ohne Partei, ohne Eva. Im tiefsten Frieden, unter Tausenden von Ausländern und Angela Merkel. 66 Jahre nach seinem vermeintlichen Ende strandet der Gröfaz in der Gegenwart und startet gegen jegliche Wahrscheinlichkeit eine neue Karriere – im Fernsehen. Dieser Hitler ist keine Witzfigur und gerade deshalb erschreckend real. Und das Land, auf das er trifft, ist es auch: zynisch, hemmungslos erfolgsgeil und auch trotz Jahrzehnten deutscher Demokratie vollkommen chancenlos gegenüber dem Demagogen und der Sucht nach Quoten, Klicks und “Gefällt mir”-Buttons. Eine Persiflage? Eine Satire? Polit-Comedy? All das und mehr: Timur Vermes’ Romandebüt ist ein literarisches Kabinettstück erster Güte”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

german bookSchneewittchen muss sterben : Kriminalroman / Nele Neuhaus.
“Sulzbach im Taunus: An einem regnerischen Novemberabend wird eine Frau von einer Brücke auf die Straße gestoßen. Die Ermittlungen führen Pia Kirchhoff und Oliver von Bodenstein in die Vergangenheit: Vor vielen Jahren verschwanden in dem kleinen Taunusort Altenhain zwei Mädchen. Ein Indizienprozess brachte den mutmaßlichen Täter hinter Gitter. Nun ist er in seinen Heimatort zurückgekehrt. Als erneut ein Mädchen vermisst wird, beginnt im Dorf eine Hexenjagd…” (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

mutter&kinderUnter dem Herzen : Ansichten einer neugeborenen Mutter / Ildikó von Kürthy ; mit Zeichnungen von Stefan Werthmüller.
“Datum: 9. September Schwangerschaftswoche: 6 + 6 Tage Zustand: Babys Herzchen schlägt, und ich ringe mit mir, meinen Frauenarzt zu bitten, in unser Gästezimmer einzuziehen. Nur zur Sicherheit und bloß für die nächsten acht Monate. Ich bin drauf und dran, ein anderer Mensch zu werden. Einer, den ich bisher noch nicht kannte: eine Mutter. Nie weiß ich, wann mich der Hunger, die Angst, das Glück oder die Übelkeit überkommt. Denn genauso überwältigend wie die Furcht, das Kind zu verlieren, kann die Furcht sein, das Kind zu bekommen. Neulich kamen mir die Tränen, als ich im Internet auf die Umstandsunterhose «Schluppi» stieß, in Größe und Form einem Zwei-Mann-Zelt nicht unähnlich. Was erwartet mich für ein Glück? Was für eine Liebe? Eine bedingungslose? Werde ich meinen Sohn auch noch leiden können, wenn er hundertdreißig Kilo wiegt und Fahrlehrer werden will, oder meine Tochter, wenn sie mit achtzehn beschließt, sich ein Arschgeweih tätowieren zu lassen und Weihnachten bei den Eltern ihres Idioten-Freundes zu feiern? Ich horche angestrengt in mich hinein. Spüre ich, dass ich zwei bin? Nein. Was soll mein Kind von mir denken? Kaum gezeugt und schon vernachlässigt. Ob ich eine schlechte Mutter werde? Eine hyperventilierende Megaglucke? Eine militante Rohkostschnipplerin? Eine Rabenmutter, die ihr Baby im Autositz vergisst? Werde ich alles falsch machen? Oder nur fast alles? «Unter dem Herzen» ist aufrichtig, lustig, bewegend, ein Reisebegleiter in die unglaubliche Realität von Eltern, Babys und Feuchttüchern, in der tatsächlich Sätze fallen wie: «Muttermund tut Wahrheit kund!» Ungelogen”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

unter haienUnter Haien : Roman / Nele Neuhaus.
“New York, 1998: Die junge Investmentbankerin Alex Sontheim ist durch harte Arbeit und Zielstrebigkeit dort angekommen, wo sie immer hinwollte: ganz oben. Als sie den milliardenschweren Geschäftsmann Sergio Vitali kennenlernt, beginnt eine heiße Affäre. Alex genießt es, am Leben der wirklich Mächtigen teilzuhaben und gibt zunächst nichts auf die Stimmen, die sie vor Vitali warnen. Doch dann bringt eine ungeheuerliche Entdeckung Alex in tödliche Gefahr”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

die auswalDie Auswahl : Roman / Ally Condie ; aus dem Amerikanischen von Stefanie Schäfer.
“In search of a better life, Cassia joins a widespread rebellion against Society, where she is tasked with finding a cure to the threat of survival and must choose between Xander and Ky”– Provided by publisher.
The uprising begins so quickly in the finale of Condie’s Matched trilogy that Cassia, Ky, and Xander barely have enough time to register what is happening. Ky is still in the outer provinces, flying planes and waiting for orders. Cassia is now in the heart of the society, working as a sorter in Central and looking for clues that covertly signal the start of the rebellion. Xander works as a medical official and notes the beginnings of an outbreak: the plague that’s been engineered by the leader of the Rising, the Pilot, which only the Pilot himself can cure. In this powerful series send-off, Condie ignites a race against the clock to find a cure and, along the way, tests the beliefs of her weary protagonists and studies the moral implications of biological warfare. Even through trials, the love triangle between Cassia, Ky, and Xander remains fiercely romantic, poignant, and heartrending. There is an expected happy ending tucked neatly into the aftermath, sure to gladden fans eagerly anticipating this thought-provoking climax.–Jones, Courtney Copyright 2010 Booklist
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.

DVD’s

Syndetics book coverHell [videorecording].
“Once the source of life, light and warmth, the sun has now turned the entire world into a baked and barren wasteland. Forests are scorched. Animal carcasses line the roads. Even the nights are dazzlingly bright. Maria, her little sister Leonie, and Philip are heading for the mountains in seach of rumoured water. Along the way they meet the mysterioius Tom, who proves indispensible, but will be betray them at the next opportunity? As the tension grows, their paths cross with a new group of people and now their real battle for survival begins”–Container.

3 [videorecording] / a film by Tom Tykwer.
“Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they separately become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him. Clearly not your typical 1930’s romp, this reinvention of those classic films … is a playful update: an intellectual study of a modern couple looking for redefinition in a world of absolutes”–Container.

Taste the latest arrivals from France!

Take a look at the new French additions to our Community Languages collection, featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including historical events and romances, intriguing mysteries and drama. Check out the latest French movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection, located in the Sound & Vision section under ‘Foreign’ and find your favourite DVDs. Have fun!

En bas, les nuages : 7 histoires / Marc Dugain.
“Seven stories linked by a narrative: Marc Dugain follows seven men who are now living in Dordogne, Morocco, the United States or in a remote island. Some of them may be cynical, others soft and dreamy, but all are plunged into the murky waters of everyday life. They drift, settle in or try to escape. Are they all losers? Dugain does not enlighten us on this. But, little by little, he builds a clever scenario which blooms throughout his narrative art to surprise the reader!” (Book Cover)

La part de l’autre : roman / Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
“Le 8 octobre 1908, Hitler est recalé à son concours d’entrée aux Beaux-Arts. Que se serait-il passé s’il y avait été admis ? Tel est, en partie, l’objet de ce roman. Car Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt s’est amusé à mener de front deux biographies romancées, celle du dictateur Hitler et celle du jeune Adolf H., admis au concours. Nous suivons ainsi pas à pas leur double évolution, les chapitres alternant leurs vies qui se répondent en écho. L’exercice aurait pu être intéressant s’il n’avait tourné un peu court, faute d’avoir un discours satisfaisant à tenir sur la psychologie des dictateurs. Existe-t-elle seulement?” (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverSe réveiller en France et survivre le sourire aux lèvres / Sara Crompton Meade ; traduit de l’anglais par Simone Raffin, Emmanuelle le Cann et Marijo Huguet.
“Vue par les yeux de son fils de dix ans, l’auteur relate l’expérience de sa famille qui a quitté la Nouvelle-Zélande pour s’installer en France, sans billet de retour”
“Matthew, an 8 year old child lives happily with his family and friends in New Zealand enjoying his school and his hobbies. His world is turned completely upside down when his parents moved with him in Ramonville St Agne, France. Based on his perspective, Matthew describes in this book his first two years in France, the discovery of a new culture, a new school and, of course, everything in a new language. His story, illustrated with over 100 photographs, reveals, in a lively style, his anxieties and amusements, as he tries to adapt to his new life and survive with a smile.” Back cover.

L’Abyssin : relation des extraordinaires voyages de Jean-Baptiste Poncet, ambassadeur du Négus auprès de Sa Majeste Louis XIV / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Louis XIV had never met Negus, the mythical king of Ethiopia, but there were many diplomatic contacts between the two countries. Christophe Rufin based his first novel on the extraordinary adventure of Jean-Baptiste Poncet, through the deserts of Egypt and the mountains of Abyssinia before getting back to Versailles, with inexhaustible ingenuity. The stakes were high since Ethiopia was the object of lust for Jesuits, Capuchins and others who, under the pretext of serving God, would take any country under their control. Having understood the disastrous results that could lead to its mission, Poncet decided to do everything to safeguard the freedom and the mysteries of Ethiopia.” – Gerard Meudal

Syndetics book coverLa chambre des officiers / Marc Dugain.
““The war of 14, I have not known. I mean, muddy trench, moisture through the bones, fat black rats in winter coats that run between the shapeless garbage, odors mixed with tobacco and buried excrement, metal which flows at regular intervals from the sky, as if God could not stop to hound the soldier. It is that war – which I have not known.” In the early days of 14, Adrian F, Engineering Lieutenant is hit by shrapnel on the banks of the Meuse. Disfigured and is transported to Val-de-Grâce, where he stayed five years in the House of Officers. Over the friendships that will forge there, he and his comrades, despite the loss of a brutal part of their identity, reveal all their humanity. This epic dramatic, moving, sometimes funny, we note that injury comes as grace.” (Book Cover)

Le parfum d’Adam / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Juliette is a young environmental activist, a real idealist. She participates in a commando operation to liberate animals. The private intelligence agency “Providence”, in the United States, is in charge of the case. They recruit two former agents, Paul and Kerry, who left the Secret Service to go back to school for further studies. Their investigation will plunge into the world of radical ecology and the defense of the environment. The search for a lost paradise, nostalgia for a time when man was in harmony with nature can lead to a murderous fanaticism. Cape Verde to Poland and the Brazilian cities of Colorado, the scent of Adam is a global thriller panting. But this adventure novel is a literary journey, where there are portraits, landscapes and humor that make it so successful.” (Book Cover)

Rainbow pour Rimbaud / Jean Teulé.
“Robert lives in Charleville-Mezieres, with his parents. Like some who know all the words to their favourite songs, Robert knows all Rimbaud by heart.
Isabelle, the operator at SNCF, yet knows nothing of Rimbaud. In between Cairo, Mauritius, Dakar and Tarrafal, these two indulge in love and poetry.” (Book Cover)

Une exécution ordinaire / Marc Dugain.
“In August 2000, a Russian nuclear submarine sunk into the depths of the Barents Sea. Vania Altman was one of the last survivors. Half a century after the death of Stalin, it was KGB that governed Russia. Taking us behind the scenes with the FBI’s curse Edgar, Marc Dugain offers a true story about contemporary Russia. Inspired by actual events, he reveals the profound disregard for life shown by the paranoid guardians of the Russian Empire.” (Book Cover)

La mélancolie du dimanche : roman / Christine Orban.
“Sundays are not like other days. Especially when a young woman finds a lost letter from the man she had fallen in love ten years ago. And the story goes on …” (Book Cover)

Ma vie avec Mozart / Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
“How can you be yourself, accept death and recognizing happiness along the way? For the author of Oscar and the Pink Lady, Mozart is the key that opens all doors, those of passion or of universal love, freedom and the spirit of childhood. His music is filled with light, grace and mystery. This book and a CD of works embrace the greatest Mozart interpreters: Gundula Janowitz, Frederica von Stade, Renee Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maria Stader, Yvonne Minton, Barbara Bonney, Vladimir Ashkenazy … under the direction of Karl Böhm, Sir Georg Solti, Ferenc Fricsay, Sir Neville Marriner and more.” (Book Cover)

DVDs

Syndetics book coverThe age of reason [videorecording] / a film by Yann Samuell.
“Margaret is an accomplished businesswoman who manages her career with steely determination. But on her 40th birthday, a provincial solicitor contacts her with some forgotten letters she wrote to herself when she was seven, the age of reason. Immersed in the letters, Margaret takes a journey back into hidden memories, and slowly realises that she has lived a life very different from her childhood aspirations….” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover My piece of the pie [videorecording].
“After losing her job at the local factory, single mother France enrolls in a housekeeper training program and lands a job cleaning the apartment of wealthy power broker Steve. When Alban, Steve’s 3-year-old son, arrives on the doorstep to stay with his dad, Steve soon realizes he might need more than a cleaner. France realizes she might now have the perfect opportunity for payback against the man who almost single-handedly shut down the factory where she worked.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe women on the 6th floor [videorecording] / Phillippe Rousselet presents a film by Phillippe le Guay.
“Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple’s world is turned upside down when they hire Maria, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids, the women teach him there’s more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone’s life.” (Syndetics Summary)

A taste of Japan

Take a look at this month’s additions to our Japanese Language collection.
More than 50 Japanese fiction and non-fiction books have been added to our collection recently including social aspects and culture, as well as, exploring the innovation secrets of Steve Jobs, the man who revolutionized computers, in ‘Inside Steve’s brain’.

Check out the latest Community Languages movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection located in the Sound & Vision section under ‘Foreign’.
For Japanese speakers here is a small selection of DVD’s for you to enjoy. Have fun!

Japanese Books & DVD’s

Built a school in CambodiaBokutachi wa sekai o kaeru koto ga dekinai : but, we wanna build a school in Cambodia / Hada Kōta.
“医大生の甲太は受験勉強をして大学に入ったものの平凡な日常に疑問を抱いていた。そんなある日「百五十万円寄付してもらえればカンボジアに小学校が建つ」というパンフレットを偶然見かける。これだ!と感じた甲太は、勢いで仲間を募り、クラブイベントを企画して、寄付金の捻出をはかろうと奔走する。同時に、カンボジアにも出向き、地雷除去、ゴミ山で暮らす家族、売春宿で働く少女やエイズ問題などの過酷な現実に触れ、自分のダメさ加減と正対することになり…。決してきれい事だけではない、一歩踏み出す勇気を与えてくれるノンフィクション” (Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Yōkame no semi / Kakuta Mitsuyo.
逃げて、逃げて、逃げのびたら、私はあなたの母になれるだろうか…。東京から名古屋へ、女たちにかくまわれながら、小豆島へ。偽りの母子の先が見えない逃亡生活、そしてその後のふたりに光はきざすのか。心ゆさぶるラストまで息もつがせぬ傑作長編。第二回中央公論文芸賞受賞作。 (Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Ore no obasan / Sagawa Mitsuharu.
書店で見つけた時、帯に児玉清さんの推薦文があり、気になって数ページ立ち読み。冒頭から引き込まれてしまいました。図書館にもまだなく、文庫本にもなってないので、いったんは忘れようとしましたが、読みたい気持ちが勝り1週間後に購入。一気読みしました。
主人公が冷静に状況を判断しつつ、14歳らしく傷ついたり、プライドを持って乗りきったり、どんどんたくましく成長していく姿がすばらしい。まわりの大人もころびながら、弱いところを持ちながら、生きていて、じーんときました。この1冊で貴重な経験をした気分です。(Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Kuchinui / Bandō Masako.
原発事故による放射能汚染を恐れて夫婦が逃れてゆくのは、作者が坂東眞砂子ですから、当然高知県の山の中です。夫の竣介は陶芸が趣味ですから、この山奥でも窯を作り創作に励みます。妻の麻由子はブログを開き、夫の窯のPRをするなど、順調に生活をスタートした筈でした。ところが、この窯の位置が古くからの「赤線」にかかっていることから、いろいろな嫌がらせが始まります。その後は、坂東眞砂子らしいストーリー展開です。(Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Sutību Jobuzu no ryūgi = Inside Steve’s brain / Rīandā Keinī ; Miki Toshiya yaku.
“「個性こそ最強の戦略」。世界を熱狂させるビジネスの創造主たちは、見る者にそう思わせる迫力がある。自分を自分たらしめる絶対価値を「個性」と呼ぶのなら、個性を極限までつきつめていったところにこそ、最強の戦略がある。世界で最も卓越した形で、自らの個性を戦略へと高めた人物――それがスティーブ・ジョブズだ。完璧主義者、エリート主義者、気分屋、偏執狂。「ジョブズは狂人と紙一重」と眉をひそめる向きもある。しかしそうした印象にとらわれていては、スティーブ・ジョブズの底力を読み誤る。ジョブズは、自らの関心事や個性に正直なまま、妥協なき芸術性とすぐれたビジネス手腕とを融合させた独自の経営を行っている。他者とは一線を画す自らの個性を、キャリア上の強みに転じたのだ。
本書は、ジョブズとアップル社を12年以上にわたって追いつづけてきた著者が、ジョブズの事業哲学を詳細に分析した一冊だ。ジョブズ本人に限らず、その周辺の人たちに至るまでさまざまな角度から取材・資料収集し、無数の「点」をつないでいった先に、偏見から解放されたジョブズ像、アップル像が映し出される。(Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Chikyū sensei / Miyashita Ryūji.
“この本には、派手な仕掛けやトリックがあるわけではない。派遣切りでホームレスになった若者が再生するといっても、コツコツと働いて部屋を借りるだけのことだ。ただそれが、かえってリアリティになっている。その原動力になるのが、人との出会いだ。台湾人の女子学生で社会企業家を目指すメイラン。彼女への恋が、主人公のモチベーションになる。それは、ただの容姿に惹かれる色恋ではない。彼女の持つ理想や人間としての品性に惹かれ、彼女にふさわしい人間になりたいと願うのである。そしてもう一人、地球先生。街角でゴミを漁る、一見ホームレスだが、実は環境問題を研究する大学の先生だというユニークな設定。この地球先生との出会いによって、主人公は自分の生き方について真剣に問い直していくのだ。このように、この本の魅力のひとつは、脇役の個性にある。東北大震災以降、右肩上がりを前提とした上昇志向の生き方が見直される時代、多くの人に読んで欲しい一冊である” 。(Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Syndetics book coverOutrage [videorecording] / Magnet Releasing presents a Bandai Visual, TV Tokyo and Office Kitano production of a Takeshi Kitano film.
“In a ruthless battle for power several yakuza clans vie for the favour of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over saké. Long-time yakuza Otomo has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance”–Container.

Syndetics book coverBattle royale. II, Requiem [videorecording]
“It’s three years after the events of the original Battle Royale, and Shuya Nanahara is now an internationally-known terrorist determined to bring down the government. His terrorist group, Wild Seven, stages an attack that levels several buildings in Tokyo on Christmas Day, killing 8000 people. Exactly one year afterward, the government enacts the “New Century Terrorist Counter-Measure Alternative” program, a.k.a. the BRII act, and sends the forty-two students of Shikanotoride Junior High Class 3-B to hunt Nanahara and his cohorts down in their island stronghold. Shiori Kitano, the daughter of the late headmaster of Nanahara’s Battle Royale, signs up for the program, to avenge her father. In order for the government to study the benefits of “teamwork”, the new students work in pairs, with their collars electronically linked so that if one of them is killed, the other dies as well. They must kill Nanahara in three days – or die.”–Container

13 assassins [videorecording].
“Thirteen brave samurai must face overwhelming odds in an epic battle against a sadistic lord and his army of 200 to prevent him from plunging Japan into war.”–Container