New Foreign Language books

New titles in French and German now available – just in time for summer!

Rhapsodie française : roman / Antoine Laurain.
“Antoine Laurain’s new novel combines his trademark charm with a satirical take on modern France. Middle-aged doctor Alain Massoulier has received a life-changing letter–thirty-three years too late. Lost in the Paris postal system for decades, the letter from Polydor, dated 1983, offers a recording contract to The Holograms, in which Alain played lead guitar. Back then The Holograms had believed in their cutting-edge sound. However, the music industry remained indifferent, and eventually the band split up, each going their own way. Alain is overcome by nostalgia, and is tempted to track down the members of the group. But in a world where everything and everyone has changed…where will his quest take him?” (Translated from the Syndetics summary)

“Le nouveau roman d’Antoine Laurain combine son charme de marque avec un regard satirique sur la France moderne. Le docteur d’âge moyen Alain Massoulier a reçu une lettre qui change la vie – trente-trois ans trop tard. Perdue dans le système postal parisien depuis des décennies, la lettre de Polydor, datée de 1983, propose un contrat d’enregistrement à The Holograms, dans lequel Alain jouait de la guitare. À l’époque, les Holograms avaient cru en leur son de pointe. Cependant, l’industrie de la musique est restée indifférente, et finalement le groupe s’est séparé, chacun allant de son côté. Alain est envahi par la nostalgie et est tenté de traquer les membres du groupe. Mais dans un monde où tout et tout le monde a changé … où sa quête le mènera-t-il?” (Syndetics summary)

2084 : la fin du monde / Boualem Sansal.
“It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan–named after the prophet Abi, earthly messenger of the god Yolah–citizens submit to a single god, demonstrating their devotion by kneeling in prayer nine times a day. Autonomous thought has been banned, remembering is forbidden, and an omnipresent surveillance system instantly informs the authorities of every deviant act, thought, or idea. The kingdom is blessed and its citizens are happy, filled with a sense of purpose and piety. Those who are not–the heretics–are put to death by stoning or beheading in city squares. But Ati has met people who think differently; in ghettos and caves, hidden from the authorities, exist the last living heretics and free-thinkers of Abistan. Under their influence, Ati begins to doubt. He begins to think. Now, he will have to defend his thoughts with his life.” (Summary from Syndetics and Amazon)

“Nous sommes en l’année 2084. Dans le royaume d’Abistan – nommé d’après le prophète Abi, messager terrestre du dieu Yolah – les citoyens se soumettent à un seul dieu, démontrant leur dévouement en s’agenouillant dans la prière neuf fois par jour. La pensée autonome a été bannie, le souvenir est interdit et un système de surveillance omniprésent informe instantanément les autorités de tout acte, pensée ou idée déviant. Le royaume est béni et ses citoyens sont heureux, remplis d’un sens du but et de la piété. Ceux qui ne le sont pas – les hérétiques – sont mis à mort par lapidation ou décapitation sur les places de la ville. Mais Ati a rencontré des gens qui pensent différemment; dans les ghettos et les grottes, cachés aux autorités, existent les derniers hérétiques et libres-penseurs d’Abistan. Sous leur influence, Ati commence à douter. Il commence à penser. Maintenant, il devra défendre ses pensées avec sa vie.” (Translated from the Syndetics and Amazon summary)

Maman a tort / Michel Bussi.
“Nothing is more ephemeral than the memory of a child …When Malone, at the age of three and a half, claims that her mother is not her real mother, even if it seems impossible, Vasile, a school psychologist, believes it. He is the only one. He must act quickly. Discover the hidden truth. Find help. That of the commander Marianne Augresse for example. For, already, Malone’s memories are disappearing. They only hang on a thread. The countdown has begun. Who is really Malone?”(Translated from the Amazon summary)

“Rien n’est plus éphémère que la mémoire d’un enfant…Quand Malone, du haut de ses trois ans et demi, affirme que sa maman n’est pas sa vraie maman, même si cela semble impossible, Vasile, psychologue scolaire, le croit. Il est le seul. Il doit agir vite. Découvrir la vérité cachée. Trouver de l’aide. Celle de la commandante Marianne Augresse par exemple. Car, déjà, les souvenirs de Malone s’effacent. Ils ne tiennent plus qu’à un fil. Le compte à rebours a commencé. Qui est vraiment Malone?”(Amazon summary)

La vie est facile, ne t’inquiète pas : roman / Agnès Martin-Lugand.
“Depuis son retour d’Irlande, Diane a tourné la page sur son histoire tumultueuse avec Edward, bien décidée à reconstruire sa vie à Paris. Avec l’aide de son ami Félix, elle s’est lancée à corps perdu dans la reprise en main de son café littéraire. C’est là, aux Gens…, son havre de paix, qu’elle rencontre Olivier. Il est gentil, attentionné et surtout il comprend son refus d’être mère à nouveau. Car Diane sait qu’elle ne se remettra jamais de la perte de sa fille. Pourtant, un événement inattendu va venir tout bouleverser : les certitudes de Diane quant à ses choix, pour lesquels elle a tant bataillé, vont s’effondrer les unes après les autres. Aura-t-elle le courage d’accepter un autre chemin?” (Amazon summary)

“Since returning from Ireland, Diane has turned the page on her tumultuous history with Edward, determined to rebuild his life in Paris. With the help of her friend Félix, she launched herself into the recovery of her literary café. It is here, at Gens …, her haven of peace, that she meets Olivier. He is kind, attentive and above all he understands her refusal to be a mother again. Because Diane knows she will never recover from the loss of her daughter. However, an unexpected event will come to disrupt everything: Diane’s certainties about her choices, for which she has fought so much, will collapse one after the other. Will she have the courage to accept another path?” (Translated from the Amazon summary)

 

Zero : sie wissen, was du tust : Roman / Marc Elsberg.
“A boy is shot. His death leads the journalist Cynthia Bonsant to the acclaimed Internet platform Freemee. While investigating in more detail, she becomes the hunted…” (Translated from the Syndetics summary)
“Ein Junge wird erschossen. Sein Tod führt die Journalistin Cynthia Bonsant zur renommierten Internetplattform Freemee. Während sie genauer untersucht, wird sie zur gejagten…” (Syndetics summary)

Die Geschichte der Bienen : Roman / Maja Lunde ; aus dem Norwegischen von Ursel Allenstein.
“England in 1852: The biologist and seed dealer William can not leave his bed for weeks. As a researcher he sees himself as failing, his mentor Rahm has turned away, and the business is broke. But then he comes up with an idea that could change everything – the idea for a completely new hive. Ohio, USA in 2007: Beekeeper George works hard for his dream. The farm is supposed to grow bigger, to take over his son Tom someday. Tom dreams of journalism. Until one day the unbelievable happens: The bees disappear.

China, in the year 2098: The worker Tao pollinates by hand trees, because bees are no longer there. More than anything she wants a better life for her son Wei-Wen. But when he has a mysterious accident, suddenly everything is at stake: the life of her child and the future of humanity.

How everything is connected with everything: Maja Lunde is rousing and poignant about loss and hope, about the coexistence of generations and the invisible bond between the history of humans and the history of bees. It poses some of the most pressing issues of our time: how do we deal with nature and its creatures? What future do we leave for our children? What are we ready to fight for?” (Translated from the Amazon summary)

“England im Jahr 1852: Der Biologe und Samenhändler William kann seit Wochen das Bett nicht verlassen. Als Forscher sieht er sich gescheitert, sein Mentor Rahm hat sich abgewendet, und das Geschäft liegt brach. Doch dann kommt er auf eine Idee, die alles verändern könnte – die Idee für einen völlig neuartigen Bienenstock.

Ohio, USA im Jahr 2007: Der Imker George arbeitet hart für seinen Traum. Der Hof soll größer werden, sein Sohn Tom eines Tages übernehmen. Tom aber träumt vom Journalismus. Bis eines Tages das Unglaubliche geschieht: Die Bienen verschwinden.

China, im Jahr 2098: Die Arbeiterin Tao bestäubt von Hand Bäume, denn Bienen gibt es längst nicht mehr. Mehr als alles andere wünscht sie sich ein besseres Leben für ihren Sohn Wei-Wen. Als der jedoch einen mysteriösen Unfall hat, steht plötzlich alles auf dem Spiel: das Leben ihres Kindes und die Zukunft der Menschheit.

Wie alles mit allem zusammenhängt: Mitreißend und ergreifend erzählt Maja Lunde von Verlust und Hoffnung, vom Miteinander der Generationen und dem unsichtbaren Band zwischen der Geschichte der Menschen und der Geschichte der Bienen. Sie stellt einige der drängendsten Fragen unserer Zeit: Wie gehen wir um mit der Natur und ihren Geschöpfen? Welche Zukunft hinterlassen wir unseren Kindern? Wofür sind wir bereit zu kämpfen?”(Amazon summary)

New community language books

Here are some new community language books that have been added in German, Spanish and French.

Ein ganzes Leben : Roman / Robert Seethaler.
“Als Andreas Egger in das Tal kommt, in dem er sein Leben verbringen wird, ist er etwa vier Jahre alt – niemand weiß genau, wie alt er ist. Er bedient seinen Onkel als Bauernhofhand, und schließt sich später Arbeiter an, die eine Eisenbahn bauen und Strom mit Licht und Lärm in das Tal bringen. Der Tag kommt, wenn Egger Marie trifft, die Liebe seines Lebens, die er schließlich verlieren wird. Nur viele Jahre später, am Ende von Eggers Reise, wird sie wieder an seiner Seite sein. Und er blickt überrascht zurück über die Jahre, die hinter ihm liegen.” (Übersetzt aus dem Deckel) (Adapted from Amazon)

“When Andreas Egger arrives in the valley in which he will spend his life, he is about four years old–no one knows exactly how old he is. He serves his uncle as a farm hand, and later joins workers building a railway and bringing electricity, along with light and noise, to the valley. The day comes when Egger meets Marie, the love of his life, whom he will eventually lose. Only many years later, at the end of Egger’s journey, will she be by his side again. And he looks back with surprise on the years that lie behind him.” (Translated from the cover) (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa espía / Paulo Coelho ; traducido del portugués por Pilar Obón
“En su nueva novela, Paulo Coelho da vida a una de las mujeres más enigmáticas de la historia: Mata Hari, acusada de espionaje durante la Primera Guerra Mundial. Aunque había pocas pruebas para incriminarla, no podía evitar la persecución y el enjuiciamiento por parte de la inteligencia militar francesa.”
(Abridged from Syndetics)

“In his new novel, Paulo Coelho gives life to one of the most enigmatic women in history: Mata Hari, who was accused of espionage during the First World War. Although there was little evidence to incriminate her, she could not escape persecution and prosecution by French military intelligence.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLos perros descalzos / Antonio Ruiz-Camacho ; traducción del autor.
“En una noche como cualquier otra, José Victoriano Arteaga, el patriarca de una próspera familia de la ciudad de México, desaparece sin dejar rastro mientras maneja a su casa luego de un día de trabajo. Los Arteaga encuentran pocas respuetes con pistas perturbadoras del paradero del abuelo, comienzan su éxodo a distintas ciudades del mundo para tratar de rehacer sus vidas.” –Page 4 of cover. (Syndetics summary)

“A debut collection of linked stories that follow the members of a wealthy Mexican family forced into exile–to Madrid, New York, Austin, Palo Alto–when the patriarch of their family is kidnapped.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverToda la vida / Héctor Aguilar Camín.
“Serrano, Felo, Pato y Liliana están envueltos en una enmarañada red de silencio, traiciones y obsesiones contradictorias que se desentrañan con la muerte de un conocido mutuo. Una vida sin sentido es un viaje nostálgico a través del terreno perdido de la vida bohemia en la Ciudad de México, una investigación literaria sobre cómo se escriben las novelas y un recordatorio de la Podrida relación entre la policía y la política en el México del antiguo régimen.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

“Serrano, Felo, Pato, and Liliana are involved in a tangled web of silence, betrayals, and conflicting obsessions that is unraveled by the death of a mutual acquaintance. A moral-less fable about the abysses of fatal love, ambition, and delusions, For a Lifetime is also a nostalgic tour through the lost terrain of bohemian life in Mexico City, a literary inquiry about how novels are written, and a reminder of the rotten relationship between the police and politics in the Mexico of the old regime.”(Abridged from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverParis-Austerlitz / Rafael Chirbes.
“El narrador de esta historia, un pintor madrileño, recuerda los pasos que han llevado al último viaje de su relación con Michel Michel, el hombre que llevó a este pintor a su casa, a su cama ya su vida cuando Este joven se quedó sin hogar en París, Michel ahora está muriendo.”(Resumen Syndetics).

The narrator of this story, a painter from Madrid, recalls the steps that have led to the last journey of his relationship with Michel. Michel, the man who took in this painter to his home, to his bed, and in his life when this youngster became homeless in Paris. Michel is now dying.” (Syndetics summary)

Trois jours et une vie : roman / Pierre Lemaitre.
“À la fin de décembre 1999, une surprenante série d’événements tragiques s’abattit sur Beauval, au premier rang desquels, bien sûr, la disparition du petit Rémi Desmedt. Dans cette région couverte de forêts, soumise à des rythmes lents, la disparition soudaine de cet enfant provoqua la stupeur et fut même considérée, par bien des habitants, comme le signe annonciateur des catastrophes à venir. Pour Antoine, qui fut au centre de ce drame, tout commença par la mort du chien …” (Syndetics summary)

“At the end of December 1999, a surprising series of tragic events broke out over Beauval, foremost among them, of course, the disappearance of little Rémi Desmedt. The sudden disappearance of this child provoked amazement and was even regarded by many as a sign of the catastrophe to come. And Antony, who was at the center of this drama, everything began with the death of the dog … ” -Page 4 of cover. (Syndetics summary)

New French Books

Here is a selection of new novels in French that have been recently added to the Community Languages collection. Enjoy!

L’horizon à l’envers : roman / Marc Levy.
“Où se situe notre conscience? Est-ce qu’on peut la transférer et la sauvegarder? Hope, Josh et Luke, étudiants en neurosciences, forment un trio inséparable, lié par une amitié inconditionnelle et une idée de génie. Lorsque l’un des trois est confronté à une mort imminente, ils décident d’explorer l’impossible et de mettre en oeuvre leur incroyable projet. Émouvante, mystérieuse, pleine d’humour aussi… une histoire d’amour hors du temps, au dénouement inoubliable. Un roman sur la vie, l’amour et la mort… parce qu’après plus rien n’est pareil.”

“Where is our consciousness? Can we transfer it and save it? Hope, Josh and Luke, students in neuroscience, form an inseparable trio, bound by an unconditional friendship and an idea of ​​genius. When one of the three faces imminent death, they decide to explore the impossible and implement their incredible project. Moving, mysterious, full of humor too … a love story out of time, unforgettable denouement. A novel about life, love and death … because after nothing is the same.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

51tLMRdAcuL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_Trois jours et une vie : roman / Pierre Lemaitre.
“À la fin de décembre 1999, une surprenante série d’événements tragiques s’abattit sur Beauval, au premier rang desquels, bien sûr, la disparition du petit Rémi Desmedt. Dans cette région couverte de forêts, soumise à des rythmes lents, la disparition soudaine de cet enfant provoqua la stupeur et fut même considérée, par bien des habitants, comme le signe annonciateur des catastrophes à venir.”

“At the end of December 1999, a surprising series of tragic events broke out over Beauval, foremost among them, of course, the disappearance of little Rémi Desmedt. The sudden disappearance of this child in this forest-covered area, which was subject to slow rhythms, provoked amazement and was even regarded by many as a sign of future catastrophes.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

51hDseGj2FL._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_On regrettera plus tard : roman / Agnès Ledig.
“Valentine, une institutrice dans un village des Vosges, voit sa vie bouleversée par l’arrivée d’une fille fiévreuse, Anna, et de son père Eric, meurtri par la mort de sa femme. Au-delà de l’hébergement, elle leur ouvre son coeur.”
“Valentine, a teacher in a village in the Vosges, sees her life shattered by the arrival of a feverish girl, Anna, and her father Eric, bruised by the death of his wife. Beyond the accommodation, she opens her heart to them.” (Library catalogue)

51o6EyZIA3L._SX341_BO1,204,203,200_La fille de Brooklyn : roman / Guillaume Musso.
“Je me souviens très bien de cet instant. Nous étions face à la mer. L’horizon scintillait. C’est là qu’Anna m’a demandé : ” Si j’avais commis le pire, m’aimerais-tu malgré tout ? ” Vous auriez répondu quoi, vous ? Anna était la femme de ma vie. Nous devions nous marier dans trois semaines. Bien sûr que je l’aimerais quoi qu’elle ait pu faire. Intrigue diabolique, personnages uniques et attachants, suspense de tous les instants : avec La fille de Brooklyn, Guillaume Musso signe l’un de ses romans les plus ambitieux et les plus réussis.”

“I remember that moment very well. We were facing the sea. The horizon was sparkling. That’s where Anna asked me, “If I had done the worst, would you love me anyway?” “You would have answered what, you? Anna was the woman of my life. We had to get married in three weeks. Of course I would love her whatever she could have done. Devilish intrigue, unique and endearing characters, suspense at all times: with Brooklyn’s daughter, Guillaume Musso signs one of his most ambitious and successful novels.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

41zChUiCxnL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_Danser les ombres : roman / Laurent Gaude.
“En ce matin de janvier, la jeune Lucine arrive de Jacmel à Port-au-Prince pour y annoncer un décès. Très vite, dans cette ville où elle a connu les heures glorieuses et sombres des manifestations étudiantes quelques années plus tôt, elle sait qu’elle ne partira plus, qu’elle est revenue construire ici l’avenir qui l’attendait. Hébergée dans une ancienne maison close, elle fait la connaissance d’un groupe d’amis qui se réunit chaque semaine pour de longues parties de dominos. Dans la cour sous les arbres, dans la douceur du temps tranquille, quelque chose frémit qui pourrait être le bonheur, qui donne l’envie d’aimer et d’accomplir sa vie. Mais, le lendemain, la terre qui tremble redistribue les cartes de toute existence.”

“On this morning of January, the young Lucine comes from Jacmel to Port-au-Prince to announce a death. Very soon, in this city where she experienced the glorious and dark hours of student demonstrations a few years earlier, she knows that she will no longer leave, that she came back to build here the future that awaited her. Hosted in a former brothel, she meets a group of friends who meet weekly for long parts of dominoes. In the courtyard under the trees, in the sweetness of quiet time, something shuddered that could be happiness, which gives the desire to love and fulfill his life. But the next day, the earth that trembles redistributes the cards of all existence.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

A taste of Europe – Community Languages recent picks for July

Enjoy a good blend of new additions to our Community Languages collection, featuring mysteries, romances and intense relationships. You’ll find something for every taste!

Syndetics book coverEl otoño del patriarca / Gabriel García Márquez.El Otoño del Patriarca
“García Márquez ha declarado una y otra vez que El otoño del patriarca es la novela en la que más trabajo y esfuerzo invirtió. En efecto, García Márquez construyó aquí una maquinaria narrativa perfecta que desgrana una historia universal –la agonía y muerte de un dictador– en forma cíclica, experimental y real al mismo tiempo, repitiendo una anécdota siempre igual y siempre distinta, acumulando hechos y descripciones deslumbrantes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDie Habenichtse : Roman / Katharina Hacker.

Syndetics book coverLos perros descalzos / Antonio Ruiz-Camacho ; traducción del autor.
“En una noche como cualquier otra, José Victoriano Arteaga, el patriarca de una próspera familia de la ciudad de México, desaparece sin dejar rastro mientras maneja a su casa luego de un día de trabajo. Los Arteaga encuentran pocas respuestas, y cuando comienzan a recibir paquetes con pistas perturbadoras del paradero del abuelo, ellos comienzan su éxodo a distintas ciudades del mundo para tratar de rehacer sus vidas.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa candidata / Elena Moya.
“En la soledad de su despacho, la candidata a la presidencia Isabel San Martín ultima los preparativos dos días antes de las elecciones generales. Su labor como ministra de Economía y algunas de las iniciativas que ha llevado a cabo durante el desempeño de su cargo le han dado credibilidad y se postula como la favorita en las encuestas. Realmente el país está preparado para tener una mujer al frente de su gobierno? Su marido, Pablo, la ha dejado después de veinte años y se lo ha dicho por teléfono en el que será un fin de semana crucial para ella y para todo el país. ¿Qué hacer cuando tu vida personal se desmorona? En situaciones de máxima tensión, ¿qué es más importante: el poder, los principios, la familia o el amor? ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLes rivières pourpres : roman / Jean-Christophe Grangé.

Syndetics book coverEl mundo azul : ama tu caos / Albert Espinosa.
“El mundo azul es la nueva novela de Albert Espinosa; una historia que enlaza con El mundo amarillo y Pulseras rojas y con la que cierra una trilogía de colores que hablan de vida, de lucha y de muerte. Espinosa nos introduce en una narración de aventuras y emociones sobre un grupo de jóvenes que se enfrentan a un gran reto: rebelarse contra un mundo que trata de ordenar su caos. A través de cinco personajes, una isla y una búsqueda incesante por vivir, Espinosa vuelve a introducirnos en su particular universo con una historia que se desarrolla en un mundo onírico y fantástico, con un arranque contundente y un desenlace esperanzador y lleno de luz.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa casa en Mango Street / por Sandra Cisneros ; traduccion por Elena Poniatowska.
“Elogiado por la crítica, admirado por lectores de todas las edades, en escuelas y universidades de todo el país y traducido a una multitud de idiomas, La casa en Mango Street es la extraordinaria historia de Esperanza Cordero. Contado a través de una serie de viñetas –a veces desgarradoras, a veces profundamente alegres– es el relato de una niña latina que crece en un barrio de Chicago, inventando por sí misma en qué y en quién se convertirá. Pocos libros de nuestra era han conmovido a tantos lectores.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSlezy Marii-Antuanetty / Zhi︠u︡lʹetta Bent︠s︡oni ; [perevod s frant︠s︡uzskogo E. Murashkint︠s︡evoĭ].

Take a trip to the heart of Europe

Explore some delightful additions to our Community Languages collection in Spanish, French and German including romance, suspense and good movies. Have fun!

Spanish

Syndetics book coverEl puente de los asesinos / Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
Diego Alatriste bajó del carruaje y miró en torno, desconfiado. Tenía por sana costumbre, antes de entrar en un sitio incierto, establecer por dónde iba a irse, o intentarlo, si las cosas terminaban complicándose. El billete que le ordenaba acompañar al hombre de negro estaba firmado por el sargento mayor del tercio de Nápoles, y no admitía discusión alguna; pero nada más se aclaraba en él.

Syndetics book coverEl maestro de esgrima / Arturo Pérez-Reverte ; prólogo y notas Ángel Otero-Blanco.
A murder mystery in 1886 Madrid featuring an old fencing master who still teaches his craft, in spite of the prevalance of the pistol. Famous for his unstoppable thrust, he is approached one day by a beautiful woman, who asks that he teach it to her.

Syndetics book coverEl juego de Ripper : [una novela] / Isabel Allende.
Amanda, a teenage girl must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco through Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world.

Syndetics book coverLa salud ¡hecho fácil! : consejos vitales para llegar a viejo ¡lo más joven posible! / Elmer Huerta.
Provides advice on diet, exercise, not smoking, early detection of illnesses, sleep, stress control, mental and spiritual health, and other techniques for living a healthy, long life.

Syndetics book coverPorque el fútbol importa / Pelé ; con Brian Winter.
Antes de Messi, antes de Ronaldo, antes de Beckham estaba Edson Arantes do Nascimento conocido simplemente como Pelé Un tesoro nacional, sus logros en la cancha fueron magia pura: tres campeonatos mundiales lgo sin precedentes y el récord de goleo de todos los tiempos: 1,282 goles en una carrera de veinte años. Ahora, cuando después de sesenta años la Copa Mundial regresa a Brasil país al que con frecuencia se le reconoce haber perfeccionando este deporte el fútbol tiene una oportunidad única para lograr un cambio mundial. Y como embajador oficial del torneo, Pelé está listo para ser el rostro del progreso. Por primera vez, Pelé explora la historia reciente de este juego y ofrece nuevas ideas acerca del papel del fútbol como conector y animador de jugadores alrededor del mundo. Pelé ha viajado por todo el planeta en su papel de embajador mundial del fútbol y de apoyo a organizaciones de beneficencia como la UNICEF, promoviendo la influencia positiva del fútbol en la producción de cambios en los jóvenes, las comunidades y hasta en países enteros. Con detalles extraordinarios y una franqueza sin precedentes, Pelé comparte sus experiencias más inspiradoras, sus historias más conmovedoras y sus lecciones más difíciles, y pone en perspectiva el juego del fútbol. Ese es el legado de Pelé: su manera de transmitir todo lo que ha aprendido y de inspirar a una nueva generación. En Porque el fútbol importa, Pelé detalla sus metas para el futuro del fútbol y, por extensión, del mundo.

French

Syndetics book coverEmbrassez-moi : roman / Katherine Pancol.
“Une histoire racontée en détail, avec finesse et amour!

Syndetics book coverVous plaisantez, Monsieur Tanner : roman / Jean-Paul Dubois.
“Avant d’hériter de la maison familiale, Paul Tanner menait une existence paisible. Mais depuis qu’il a décidé de la restaurer, rien ne va plus! Maçons déments, couvreurs délinquants, électriciens fous, tous semblent s’être donné le mot pour lui rendre la vie impossible.”

German

Der Mensch ist ein grosser Fasan auf der Welt : eine Erzählung / Herta Müller.“Lizenzausgabe mit freundlicher Genehmigiung des Carl Hansers Verlags, München, Wien”–T.p. verso.

Der kleine Bruder : Roman / Sven Regener.
“Der lang erwartete Mittelteil der Lehmann-Trilogie von Sven Regener”Neues Leben hin, neues Leben her, dachte Frank, es sollte nicht mit der Fahrt durch einen langen, dunklen Tunnel beginnen. Oder vielleicht doch, dachte er, als in der Ferne die hell strahlende Grenzkontrollstelle auftauchte wie ein frisch gelandetes Raumschiff. Oder vielleicht gerade doch.”Berlin-Kreuzberg, November 1980: Im Schatten der Mauer gedeiht ein Paralleluniversum voller Künstler, Hausbesetzer, Kneipenbesitzer, Kneipenbesucher, Hunde und Punks. Bier, Standpunkte, Reden, Verräterschweine – alles ist da. Nur eins fehlt: jemand, der alles mal richtig durchdenkt – Frank Lehmann aus Bremen. Nachdem seine WG dort vom Gesundheitsamt geschlossen wurde, das Zimmer bei seinen Eltern zum Fernseherreparieren benötigt wird und er nach kühnem Ausbruch aus dem Wehrdienst noch keinen Plan hat, fährt er erst mal nach Berlin – zu seinem gro⁷en Bruder Manni, der dort als Künstler lebt und eine gro⁷e Nummer ist. Dachte er. Doch Manni ist weg. Weder sein Vermieter Erwin Kächele noch dessen Nichte Chrissie oder sein Mitbewohner Karl haben eine Ahnung, wo Manni steckt. Au⁷erdem nennen sie ihn nicht Manni, sondern Freddie. Und haben sofort eine konkrete Idee davon, was Frank zu tun hat: Anstelle seines Bruders an einem kurzfristig anberaumten Krisenplenum teilnehmen. Damit beginnt eine lange Nacht, in der Frank Lehmann lernt, dass in einer Welt, in der alle Künstler sein wollen, nichts notwendigerweise das ist, als das es erscheint, und in der er mehr über seinen Bruder erfährt, als er wissen will, aber nie das, wonach er fragt”–Publisher’s description.

Fish’n’Chips & Spreewaldgurken : warum Ossis öfter Sex und Engländer mehr Spaß hatten / Jakob Hein, Jacinta Nandi.Wie mir eine Engländerin die DDR erklärte — Gesellschaft und Kritik. Die Exotik; Wir hatten ja nur das richtige Leben, was wussten wir schon vom falschen ; Kein Spass; Übernatüiliche Kräfte waren die einzige rationale Erklärung ; Tabu; Übernatüral neben unserem Schmerz ein wenig auch den ihren ; My favourite Feiertag; Wir konnten nicht einschätzen, was die meinten, wenn sie von Alkoholproblemen sprachen ; Aprilscherz; Arm dran und Bein ab ; Das Bild der Frau; Vielleicht betrieben sie Tauschhandel ; Unsere feierlichen Schwüre zur Jugendweihe hatten wir hingegen schnell vergessen — Sex und Einsamkeit. Die Enttäuschung; Wir hätten es auch gern getan, wenn wir es gut genug gekannt hätten ; Damals in der Disko; Erinnerungen an einen unbekannten Ort — Bildung und Verblödung. Fantasie; Warum brackten sie uns nicht auch nock bei, wie man Austern isst, die gab es nämlick auch nicht ; Quadratische Waffeln; Das Leben brachte uns auch ohne den Unterricht schon genügend bei, das wir lieber nicht gewusst hätten. Sport und Gesundheit. Sie velglichen uns immer mit den vertocknenden Ästen an einem Baum, die schliesslick auch ihgendwann abgeschnitten werden würden ; Dr. Jenner und die Milchmagd; Sport oder frei ; Ausfragen.

DVDs

Syndetics book coverFly me to the moon / a film by Pascal Chaumeil.
“In Isabelle’s family, every first marriage has ended in divorce. To circumvent her family’s curse Isabelle devises a plan: marry and divorce a complete stranger before wedding her faultless fiance Pierre. Genius! After her initial plan backfires she targets Jean-Yves, an adventurous yet quirky travel writer whom she tries to manipulate with her powers of seduction– A series of misadventures beset them as they take on Denmark, Africa and then Moscow in whirlwind succession, breaking Isabelle of her comfortable routine existence. Despite her best efforts to see her dastardly scheme realised, things don’t go to plan and Isabelle experiences the rush of life-on-the edge. Will she discover that love doesn’t always come in the perfect package?”–Container.

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.

Plain Spanish for Spanish lovers

Do you enjoy reading books in Spanish? If you do, feel free to browse the latest Spanish additions to the Community Languages collection at Wellington City Library. Our new books are featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including poetry, biographies, romances, intriguing mysteries and more.  Happy reading! Disfrute de la lectura!

Syndetics book coverLa ciudad de las bestias / Isabel Allende.La Ciudad de las Bestias
“Gr. 9^-12. Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold first resents being forced to go on an expedition to find a gigantic creature in the heart of the Amazon jungle, but encouraged by Nadia, his young traveling companion, he sets out to save the invincible gente de la neblina. Allende’s first novel for adolescents is a lengthy story, part adventure and part coming-of-age, with touches of magic realism as well as consideration of political issues, such as poverty, pollution, and the destruction of indigenous cultures in Latin America. It’s a complicated mix, but her Spanish-speaking admirers are likely to be enticed; they’ll recognize her signature style.” (Book List)

Syndetics book coverY las montañas hablaron / Khaled Hosseini ; [traducción del inglés de Patricia Antón de Vez y Rita da Costa].
“La decisión de una humilde familia campesina de dar una hija en adopción a un matrimonio adinerado es el fundamento sobre el que Khaled Hosseini — autor de las inolvidables Cometas en el cielo y Mil soles espléndidos — ha tejido este formidable tapiz en el que se entrelazan los distinos de varias generaciones y se exploran las infinitas formas en que el amor, el valor, la traición y el sacrificio desempeñan un papel determinante en las vidas de las personas. La historia arranca en una remota y desolada aldea de Afganistán, donde Sabur y su segunda mujer se enfrentan en condiciones precarias a la llegada de otro invierno implacable. Abdulá, el hijo mayor, de diez años, ha cuidado de su hermana Pari desde que era pequeña, y ahora ambos escuchan cautivados la triste historia que les relata su padre antes de acostarlos, la víspera de iniciar un largo viaje que los conducirá hasta Kabul. Allí, en las bulliciosas calles de la capital, dará comienzo este fascinante itinerario que guiará al lector desde el otoño de 1952 hasta el presente, de Kabul a París, desde la isla griega de Tinos hasta San Francisco.” (Book Cover-Page 4)

Syndetics book coverEn el país de la nube blanca / Sarah Lark ; traducción de Susana Andrés.
“London, 1852: “Two young women begin a journey to New Zealand, as future wives to men they barely know. A captivating novel about love and hate, trust and enmity, and two families whose destinies are intertwined.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverProstíbulo de la palabra = Brothel of the word / Benito Pastoriza Iyodo ; traducción, notas y edición por Bradley Warren Davis.
“This is a collection of poems that exposes the reader to a work diverse in themes, structure and format and it encapsulates people, places, beliefs and actions in a physical, linguistic and spiritual sense. According to the poet, our possessions may be our bodies, our words, our talents or our principles. We sell them or vilify them in the streets, at work and in sacred spaces.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverSi viviéramos en un lugar normal / Juan Pablo Villalobos.
“In Lagos de Moreno in the eighties (a town with more cows than people and more priests than cows) a rather poor family attempts to overcome the bizarre dangers of living in Mexico. The father, a teacher of Greek civilisation, persists in practicing the art of the insult, meanwhile the mother prepares hundreds of quesadillas to attend to the hungry mouths of her numerous offsprings: Aristotle, Orestes, Arquíloco, Calímaco, Electra, and Castor and Polux, the make-believe twins. Confined to a meagre house, located high up in the hills of the Middle of Nowhere, they bear witness to the revolt of the cristeros against the PRI and yet another case of electoral fraud.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Syndetics book coverEn ausencia de Blanca / Antonio Muñoz Molina.
“Mario Lopez, a young man who never stayed after work for the usual happy hour, lives almost exclusively for his wife, Blanca. For a civil employee like him, whose life is monotonous, Blanca embodies the sunshine in his life, and in return, he brings tranquility and stability to hers.” (Syndetics summary)

La amiga estupenda / Elena Ferrante ; traducción de Celia Filipetto
Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.
“Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.- Una novela adictiva, de esas que no podemos dejar de lado. Huelga decir que la secuela, Un mal nombre, es igualmente recomendable. Vamos a ver cuanto tardamos en conseguir la tercera entrega de esta serie.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Las aventuras de Barbaverde / César Aira.
“Cesar Aira returns to show his intelligent humour in this novel with touches of comic super heroes. Supermorfina Balas, who threatens humanity, a present that seems extinguished without the super hero can avoid Greenbeard rays can transform objects, magic numbers that open holes in the universe, the mysterious death of a model … In the four adventures that make this novel, Aldo Sabor, a young Argentine journalist, and his love, a photographer named Karina, will be involved in one way or another in the struggle between good and evil, personified by the legendary Greenbeard and its rival the evil Professor Frasca.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Syndetics book coverEl agua del paraíso : novela / Benito Pastoriza Iyodo.
“En un ambiente de agua y mito cuatro mujeres vienen a representar un matriarcado que se sostiene de la tradicion. La novela se construye en la Galicia milenaria a una Irlanda mitica pasando por las islas africanas para depositar el grosor de la trama en el caribe donde las cuatro generaciones femeninas habran de fraguar sus vidas.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDispara, yo ya estoy muerto / Julia Navarro.
“Hay momentos en la vida en los que la única manera de salvarse a uno mismo es muriendo o matando. A finales del siglo XIX, durante la última etapa zarista, los Zucker, perseguidos por ser judíos, tienen que abandonar Rusia huyendo del horror y la sinrazón. A su llegada a la Tierra Prometida, Samuel Zucker adquiere las tierras de los Ziad, una familia árabe encabezada por Ahmed. Entre él y Samuel nace un fuerte vínculo, una sólida amistad que, por encima de las diferencias religiosas y políticas, se mantiene generación tras generación. Con las amenazas, la sed de venganza y muchas pasiones desatadas como telón de fondo, las vidas entrecruzadas de los Zucker y los Ziad conforman un mosaico de traiciones y sufrimientos, de amores posibles e imposibles, al tiempo que plasman la gran aventura de vivir y convivir en un territorio marcado por la intolerancia. Intensa y conmovedora crónica de dos sagas familiares, la nueva y esperadisima novela de Julia Navarro nos adentra en las vidas de personas con nombres y apellidos, que luchan por alcanzar sus sueños, y que son responsables de su propio destino.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

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

No [videorecording] / “Participant Media presents in association with Funny Balloons and Fabula.
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.” (Syndetics summary)

Science Fiction & Fantasy books in German

Take a look at some new German additions to our Community Languages collection! Featuring Science Fiction & Fantasy books by New Zealand author Nalini Singh. For super-natural fiction lovers this series of books is the German translation of the original English publication ‘Psy/Changeling’. Have fun!

Gefangener der Sinne : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy (cool, calm, emotionless – at least on the surface). Inside, she’s fighting a desperate battle to save her son and free them both from the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety but to the lethal danger of a sniper’s embrace.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Lockruf des Verlangens : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the Snow-Dancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness: Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness. Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. Then Sienna changes the rules, and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight. A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything the pack holds dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home – and the alpha who is its heartbeat. Part of the Psy-Changeling series.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Fesseln der Erinnerung : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned to is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor’s closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of catastrophic mental fracture. Part of the Psy-changeling series.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Ruf der Vergangenheit : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“Dev Santos discovers her unconscious and battered, with no memory of who she is. All he knows is that she’s dangerous. Charged with protecting his people’s most vulnerable secrets, Dev is duty-bound to eliminate all threats. It’s a task he’s never hesitated to complete… until he finds himself drawn to a woman who might prove to be the enemies most insidious weapon yet. Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity. Her only hope is Dev. But how can she expect to gain the trust of a man who could very well be her next target? For in this game, one must die. Part of the Psy-Changeling series.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Sengende Nähe : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“When a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped DarkRiver sentinel Mercy, a cat, and SnowDancer lieutenant Riley, a wolf, must work together to track down the young man – before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. But submitting to one another’s passion may endanger not only their mission but themselves too.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Leoparden Blut : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“In einer Welt, in der Gefühle verboten sind und die telepathisch begabten Psy jede Form von Leidenschaft unterdrücken, führt die junge Sascha Duncan ein Doppelleben. Als sie dem gutaussehenden Gestaltwandler Lucas Hunter begegnet, fällt es Sascha immer schwerer, die Maske der Gleichgültigkeit aufrechtzuerhalten. Hunter kommt indessen einem fürchterlichen Geheimnis auf die Spur …Erotik-Thriller in einer fantastischen Alternativwelt: Die Zukunft der Fantasy Romance! Shooting Star Nalini Singh lässt die Gefühle explodieren!” (Adapted from Amazon.de review)

Jäger der Nacht : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“Die junge Faith NightStar wird von dunklen Visionen voller Blut und Tod heimgesucht, die ihr große Angst machen. Denn Faith ist eine V-Mediale, die die Fähigkeit besitzt, die Zukunft vorherzusehen. Werden ihre Visionen womöglich schon bald Wirklichkeit? Da begegnet ihr der gut aussehende Gestaltwandler Vaughn D’Angelo, der ungeahnte Gefühle in ihr erweckt. Vaughn kann die Gestalt eines Jaguars annehmen, und seine animalische Seele fühlt sich unwiderstehlich zu Faith hingezogen. Doch wie kann er sich ihr nähern, wenn Faith schon bei dem Gedanken an die Leidenschaft, die er in ihr entfesseln könnte, an den Rand des Wahnsinns gerät?”
(Adapted from Amazon.de review)

Eisige Umarmung : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“Die junge Werwölfin Brenna wurde einst von einem Medialen entführt und gefoltert. Körperlich wieder genesen, leidet sie unter gewalttätigen Träumen. Der einzige, dem sie davon erzählen kann, ist Judd, ein abtrünniger Medialer und Außenseiter im Wolfsrudel. Welten prallen aufeinander: Brenna mit ihrem Bedürfnis zu berühren und Judd, der Mann aus Eis. Unmerklich gelingt es Brenna, seine harte Schale zu durchdringen, als plötzlich ein Gegner aus den eigenen Reihen zuschlägt … Ein neuer Band der erotischen Gestaltwandler-Serie! „Eine der originellsten und spannendsten Fantasy-Romance-Serien, die derzeit auf dem Markt sind. Absolut umwerfend!“ Romantic Times. (Adapted from Amazon.de review)

Im Feuer der Nacht : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“Clay Bennett, Halb-Leopard und Wächter der DarkRiver Leoparden, ist zutiefst erschüttert, als er seine Jugendliebe Talin McKade wiedertrifft. Seit zwanzig Jahren hielt er sie für tot, doch nun bittet sie ihn um Hilfe: Kinder mit außergewöhnlichen Begabungen werden entführt, und auch Talin scheint in großer Gefahr zu schweben. Clay muss alles riskieren, um seine einstige Geliebte zu retten. Dabei kommt ihm die wilde, animalische Seite seines Wesens zugute, die Talin einst dazu brachte, sich von Clay zurückzuziehen und ihren Tod vorzutäuschen. Wird Talin ihn jetzt mit all seinen Facetten annehmen können? Ein neuer Band der erotischen Gestaltwandler-Serie! „Kreativer, spannender und sinnlicher geht es kaum.“ LoveLetter
(Adapted from Amazon.de review)

Wilde Glut : Roman / Nalini Singh ; ins Deutsche übertragen von Nora Lachmann.
“Der Gestaltwandler Drew Kincaid ist ein Jäger. Er spürt Angehörige seines Wolfsrudels auf, die ihrer animalischen Seite nachgegeben haben. In den meisten Fällen gelingt es ihm, sie zu retten und zum Rudel zurückzubringen. Manchmal bleibt ihm jedoch nichts weiter übrig, als sie zu töten. Drew ist insgeheim in die schöne Offizierin Indigo Riviere verliebt, die seine Gefühle zu erwidern scheint. Doch Indigos eigene Position unter den Wölfen macht eine Beziehung zwischen beiden unmöglich, wenn sie nicht die Hierarchie des Rudels gefährden wollen. Die Leidenschaft zwischen Indigo und Drew wird zu einem Spiel mit dem Feuer” (Adapted from Amazon.de review)

Plain Spanish for Spanish lovers

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

Syndetics book coverEl origen perdido / Matilde Asensi.
“No entiendo cómo puede haber personas que, leyendo los libros, no comprendan su contenido. Para empezar, “El origen perdido” es muy original en cuanto a la temática. En Europa y, en general, en el mundo, abundan novelas sobre los templarios y la vida y milagros de Cristo… Al menos, este libro centra su atención en otra cultura milenaria y muy desconocida para la mayoría: la América precolombina. Decir que este libro es un compendio enciclopédico es no haber leído correctamente. Esta novela es capaz de llevarte desde Barcelona hasta la capital del imperio Inca para, posteriormente, introducirse en el Amazonas. La descripción de los lugares, las fuentes históricas consultadas y verídicas, el ritmo trepidante… todo esto hacen de la novela una obra entretenida que, sin ser la octava maravilla del mundo, responde bien a lo que se espera de una novela histórica tan original como es. Nada que envidiar, por ejemplo, al “Código Da Vinci”. Recomiendo, de esta misma autora, “El último catón”, que para los amantes de la cultura europea, es más ilustrativo y seguro que del gusto de más público.” (By Daniel Fernandez Guerrero – Adapted from Amazon.com summary)

El abuelo que saltó por la ventana y se largó / Jonas Jonasson ; traducción del sueco de Sofía Pascual Pape.
“Es una novela con una historia original, muy entretenida y muy bien escrita. Además está escrita en clave de humor lo que hace que se lea en menos de una semana. Estoy segura que sorprenderá a más de un lector.” (Adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverLas hortensias y otros cuentos / Felisberto Hernández.
“Felisberto Hernandez has long been considered «a writer’s writer, more admired by his colleagues than known by the public at large» (Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Yale University). His stories create a coherent system of allusions and correspondences, a system that reaches its summit in masterpieces such as «Las Hortensias» and «La casa inundada». As Hoffmann, who preceded him, and Cortazar, who followed, Felisberto turned away from the literary trends of his times and departed on his own journey, undertaking the task of redefining the human being and replacing the accepted notion of material reality with what he called «the mystery»: small and deep daily realities that fall outside an ever narrowing focus on the homogenous and utilitarian. A trained musician and composer, Felisberto elaborated his literary compositions as musical structures, based on the relations among notes and phrases. In this edition Ana Maria Hernandez -who bears the same name as Felisbertos’ second daughter and teaches Advanced Spanish Composition at CUNY- analyzes the gradual development of Felisberto’s theory and praxis of composition by commenting on his most representative short stories, emphasizing the intertextuality of the recurring symbols and themes throughout his literary production. This approach transforms this edition in an exceptional basis for Creative Writing and Advanced Spanish Composition courses, exposing students to texts that exert a noticeable influence upon acclaimed writers such as Julio Cortazar -his biggest fan- Juan Carlos Onetti, and Italo Calvino.” (Adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverLa aventura de un fotógrafo en La Plata / Adolfo Bioy Casares.
“Though warned to expect surprises in the city, young provincial photographer Almanza is hardly prepared for what transpires in La Plata. Just off the bus, he becomes entangled with the family of Don Juan Lombardo. Don Juan adopts Almanza as a look-alike for his estranged son, while his daughters, Julia and Griselda, find their way to his bed. Their attachment is a mystery. Is Don Juan an old-fashioned country gentleman–or a swindler out to collect on his son’s insurance policy? Are his daughters sincere–or simply accomplices? Divergent elements fall into place somewhat after an attempt on Almanza’s life. But even as he leaves La Plata with the beautiful Julia, things are not entirely clear. Realism and fantasy blend seamlessly in this dreamlike coming-of-age novel in which the ultimate mystery is life itself.” – Library Journal – Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass-Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc

Syndetics book coverEl último Catón / Matilde Asensi.
“Like her previous efforts, El sal”n de mbar (The Amber Room, Debolsillo, 2000) and the best-selling Iacobus (Debolsillo, 2001), Asensi’s third novel is a tightly plotted historical thriller. Sister Ottavia Salina, a paleographer and art historian from the Vatican’s Secret Archive, must decipher the meaning of the strange tattoos found on the corpse of an Ethiopian man, as well as the three pieces of wood next to him that authorities suspect may be relics of Christ’s true cross. Aided by a Coptic archaeologist from Alexandria and a captain from the Swiss Guard, Ottavia becomes enmeshed in a quest for the Staurophylaches, a secret sect that has been systematically stealing relics from Catholic and Orthodox churches around the world. The sect’s initiation ritual consists of the expiation of the seven deadly sins, following clues provided in Dante’s Divine Comedy. This quest removes Ottavia from her previously sheltered existence, testing not only her intelligence and courage but also her vocation. Asensi admirably blends scholarship with fiction to create believable characters and suspenseful twists. She also conveys a strong sense of place, bringing Byzantium and its past to life. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper The Ecotimes, Asensi stresses how much research went into her writing and praises the recent boom in historical novels. It is a “necessary phenomenon,” she claims, “because we lack a great deal of knowledge about our past.” Recommended for public and academic libraries as well as bookstores. David Pardue, Univ. of Kansas Libs., Lawrence (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverDiario de la guerra del cerdo / Adolfo Bioy Casares.
“Adolfo Bioy Casares has collaborated with Jorge Luis Borges on a number of works. They compiled Anthology of Fantastic Literature (1940), a documentation of the development of Spanish American suprarealism, and Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi (1981), a playful and inventive variation on the theme of the detective who cannot visit the scene of the crime. Bioy Casares’s numerous works are characterized by intelligence and a sense of playful fantasy. The Invention of Morel (1953), concerns a scientist’s illusions about immortality. Asleep in the Sun is a bizarre tale written in an epistolary form. Ultimately the recipient of the letter is left to wonder whether, in fact, the puzzle has any solution or whether, like much of Bioy Casares’s and Borges’s work, it is an inside joke between author and reader.” (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverJulio Cortázar : una biografía revisada / Miguel Herráez.
“An investigative exploration of one of the most influential Spanish-language writers of the 20th century, this biography collects a plethora of facts from Julio Cortazar’s personal and professional life, from Buenos Aires to Paris, and is based on an exhaustive knowledge of his work. Accessible and supplemented by black-and-white photographs, a chronology, a complete authorial bibliography, a reference bibliography, and a prologue written by Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez, a personal friend of Cortazar’s, readers will discover both the man and the literary heavyweight.
Una exploración investigativa de uno de los escritores más influyentes en lengua castellana del siglo XX, esta biografía recoge una plétora de datos de la vida personal y profesional de Julio Cortázar, desde Buenos Aires a París, a partir de un conocimiento completo de su obra. Asequible y complementado por fotografías en blanco y negro, una cronología, una bibliografía completa del autor, una bibliografía referencial y un prólogo escrito por el escritor nicaragüense Sergio Ramírez, un amigo personal de Cortázar, el lector descubrirá a la vez al hombre y al peso pesado literario.” (Adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Martín Ojo de Plata / Matilde Asensi.
“Esta gran saga del Siglo de Oro se inicia con Tierra Firme y continúa con Venganza en Sevilla, ambas incluidas en este volumen y publicadas con anterioridad por separado, y concluirá pronto con una nueva entrega, el esperado final que millones de lectores aguardan. La obra cuenta con un prólogo de la autora explicando las razones por las que esta época de la historia de nuestro país la enganchó y sus inquietudes personales al respecto. Este nuevo volumen incluye también el perfil de los personajes más destacados de la historia, así como un cuiadro cronológico de la situación social y política de la época. Para salvar su vida, la joven Catalina Solís tuiene que adoptar la personalidad de su hermano Martín Nevares, muerto en el Caribe en el abordaje de los piratas ingleses a su galera. Después de dos años en una isla desierta y haciéndose pasar por Martín, muy pronto se convertirá en el contrabandista Martín Ojo de Plata. Así se inicia una aventura que le llevará hasta la Sevilla Imperial para, entre otras cosas, poder cumplir el juramento hecho a su padre adoptivo de acabar con una importante familia de comerciantes a Indias. los Curvo. El contrabandista Martín Ojo de Plata y la elegante y resuelta Catalina nos pasean por los finales del siglo XVI y principios del XVII (pleno Siglo de Oro) para mostrarnos toda la riqueza, miseria y complejidad que esa época conlleva. Asensi, con su maestría habitual, transforma el aburrido descubrimiento de América, las colonias y el comercio entre los dos mundos, con piratería incluida, en un relato de acción que, con un marco histórico riguroso, desmonta muchos de los tópicos de la época.” (Adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverAntología de la literatura fantástica / [selección], Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Silvina Ocampo.
“Antologia de la literatura fantastica reune textos exquisitos seleccionados por los tres escritores argentinos mas renombrados en el mundo. Entre los textos seleccionados figuran: John Aubrey, Max Beerbohm, Jose Bianco, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Leon Bloy, Jorge Luis Borges, Delia Ingenieros, Martin Buber, Richard Burton, Arturo Cancela, Pilar de Lusarreta, Thomas Carlyle, Lewis Carrol, Jean Cocteau, Julio Cortazar, G.K Chesterton, Chuang Tzu/, Santiago Davobe, Alexandra David- Neel, Lord Dunsany, Macedonio Fernandez, James George Frazer, George Frost, Elena Garro, Giles Holloway Horn.” (Adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverSinsajo / Suzanne Collins ; traducción de Pilar Ramírez Tello.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverCartas a un joven novelista / Mario Vargas Llosa.
The writer, politician, and journalist Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa, Peru on March 28, 1936. From 1950 to 1952 he attended Lima’s Leoncio Prado Military Academy. He was also enrolled at the Colegio Nacional San Miguel de Piura. He studied literature and law at the National University of San Marcos and received his Ph.D from the University of Madrid in 1959. Considered to be one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, he rose to fame in the 1960s with such controversial novels as The Time of the Hero, The Green House, and Conversation in the Cathedral. His works vary in genre from literary criticism and journalism to comedies, murder mysteries, historical novels, and political thrillers. His other works include Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Feast of the Goat, and The War of the End of the World. He has won many awards for his writing, including the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize, the Premio Leopoldo Alas in 1959, the Premio Biblioteca Breve in 1962, the Premio Planeta in1993, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 1994, the Jerusalem Prize in 1995, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. (Bowker Author Biography)

Taste the latest arrivals from Spain, France, Netherlands and Russia

Here is a collection of our new additions in Spanish, French, Dutch, and Russian books, featuring romance and suspense, fitness, hobbies and biographies.
And, if you are keen to learn a new language, including English, ‘Mango Languages online’ will be a great place to start. Mango is an online language-system that can help you learn the language of your choice. Enjoy!

Spanish Books
Syndetics book coverEn llamas / Suzanne Collins ; traducción de Pilar Ramírez Tello.
“”La segunda novela de la trilogia de ‘Los juegos del hambre'” “By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGringo viejo / Carlos Fuentes ; edición de María Fernanda Lander.
“Through this fictional account of the 1913 disappearance of the U.S. writer Ambrose Bierce south of the border, Fuentes analyzes the often strained relations between the U.S. and Mexico. From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverAgua para elefantes / Sara Gruen ; traducción de Manu Berástegui.
“Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.” (Book Cover)

French Books
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9782253127727/ref=ase_wellingtoncit-20 Le cœur d’une autre : roman / Tatiana de Rosnay.roman / Tatiana de Rosnay.
“Tatiana de Rosnay was born September 28th, 1961 near Paris. Her father is French scientist Joël de Rosnay, her grandfather was painter Gaëtan de Rosnay and her great-grandmother was Russian actress Natalia Rachewskïa, director of the Leningrad Pushkin Theatre from 1925 to 1949. Tatiana was raised in Paris and then in Boston. She moved to England in the early 80’s and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English literature at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. When she returned to Paris, Tatiana became press attaché for Christie’s and then Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine till 1993. Since 1992, Tatiana has published eight novels in France. Sarah’s Key, her first novel written in English, sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. Her novels also include A Secret Kept and The House I loved. Tatiana works as a journalist for French ELLE and is literary critic for Psychologies Magazine and the Journal du Dimanche. Tatiana lives in Paris with her family. (Bowker Author Biography)

Sept ans après : roman / Guillaume Musso.
“Artiste bohème au tempérament de feu, Nikki fait irruption dans la vie sage et bien rangée de Sebastian. Tout les oppose, mais ils s’aiment passionnément. Bientôt, ils se marient et donnent naissance à des jumeaux : Camille et Jeremy.Pourtant, le mariage tourne court : reproches, tromperies, mépris ; la haine remplace peu à peu l’amour. Au terme d’un divorce orageux, chacun obtient la garde d’un des enfants : Sebastian éduque sa fille avec une grande rigueur alors que Nikki pardonne facilement à son fils ses écarts de conduite. Les années passent. Chacun a refait sa vie, très loin de l’autre. Jusqu’au jour où Jeremy disparaît mystérieusement. Fugue ? Kidnapping ? Pour sauver ce qu’elle a de plus cher, Nikki n’a d’autre choix que de se tourner vers son ex-mari qu’elle n’a pas revu depuis sept ans. Contraints d’unir leurs forces, Nikki et Sebastian s’engagent alors dans une course-poursuite, retrouvant une intimité qu’ils croyaient perdue à jamais.” (Adapted from Amazon.fr summary)

Dutch Books
Esther Verhoef - DutchErken mij / Esther Verhoef.
“Een jonge vrouw is een halfjaar in therapie geweest bij een veertien jaar oudere psycholoog voor een burn-out. Als de therapie ten einde loopt, lukt het hem niet om afscheid te nemen van zijn cliënte: hij nodigt haar uit voor een romantisch weekend in Parijs.” (Book Cover)

Tim KrabbeEen tafel vol vlinders / Tim Krabbé.
“En Bram was zijn zoon. Juist omdat hij het niet was – van je eigen zoon zou je verplicht zijn te houden, waardoor je alttijd moest twijfelen of je het wel echt deed; van Bram hield hij omdat het Bram was.” (Book Cover)

Russian Books
Aleksander Tsaplovski - RussianNovomirskiĭ dnevnik / Aleksandr Tvardovskiĭ.

Art drawing - RussianOtkroite v sebe khudozhnika = Drawing on the right side of the brain / Betti Edvards.

Gymnastics - RussianGimnastika i aktivnyĭobraz zhizni vo vremi︠a︡ beremennosti.

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