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 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].

French & Spanish Connections – Community Languages recent picks

Explore some delightful additions to our Community Languages collection including history, romance, suspense and good movies. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverRue des boutiques obscures / Patrick Modiano.
“Paul Modiano is a French writer who was born on July 30, 1945, in Boulogne-Billancourt. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014 for his lifetime body of work. Modiano’s works explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France and the puzzle of identity. His preoccupation with the theme of identity can be seen throughout many of his works including his 2005 memoir entitled Un Pedigree. His mother and father began their clandestine relationship during occupied France. Growing up, his father was absent for most of his life and his mother was away frequently while on tour acting. He was alone much of the time and went to school because of government aid. His younger brother died of a disease at age 10 and this added to his “lost identity” feelings while growing up. Although he is well known in France, only about 12 of his works have been translated into English.” (Bowker Author Biography)

Syndetics book coverEtoile errante / J.M.G. Le Clézio.
“This is the story of two teenage girls on the threshold and in the aftermath of World War II: Esther, a French Jew who flees for Jerusalem with her mother, Elizabeth, just before the German occupation; and Nejma, a young Arab orphaned and unable to return to the ancient city of her birth, Akka, after the Israeli declaration of statehood.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlateforme : roman / Michel Houellebecq.
“The controversial French author turns in another unremittingly bleak novel. Misanthropic, sexually frustrated bureaucrat Michel embarks on a “Thai Tropic” package tour, amusing himself with snide commentary on his fellow vacationers and frequent visits to sex clubs. Although he is attracted to business executive Valerie, he has trouble engaging her in small talk. However, when they return to Paris, their relationship quickly turns passionate as they explore sadomasochism and public sex. Michel talks Valerie and her business partner into marketing sex tours to the Third World, selling them on his theory that Westerners have lost touch with their own sexuality. But when they decide to sample one of their own tours, their resort becomes a flashpoint for Islamic hatred. Houellebecq is unrelenting as he meticulously constructs a world that mirrors his own cold vision and that cuts uncomfortably close to the bone.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverJe m’en vais : suivi de Dans l’atelier de l’écrivain, entretien réalisé par Geneviève Winter, Pascaline Griton et Emmanuel Barthélémy / Jean Echenoz.
“Descubra los últimos años de la interminable dictadura de Porfirio Díaz, una época en la que México vivió en un volcán a punto de estallar. La historia de un país que había disfrutado de un extraordinario progreso económico, pero que conservaba aún el profundo lastre del analfabetismo y de la muy desigual distribución de la tierra.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverContigo en la distancia / Carla Guelfenbein.
“Spanish Description: Los laberintos del amor y la mentira, y el talento desigual como desafío de una pareja son los grandes temas de esta novela de Carla Guelfenbein. A Vera Sigall y Horacio Infante los une un amor de juventud y su pasión por la literatura. También un lazo misterioso que dos jóvenes, Emilia y Daniel, intentan desentrañar. Sin embargo, este no es el único enigma en sus vidas. Una mañana, Vera Sigall cae por las escaleras de su casa y queda en coma. Al principio, la noción de que su caída no fue un accidente aparece como una sospecha para Daniel. Pero con los días y las semanas, la duda irá creciendo hasta volverse una certeza. Emilia y Daniel se encontrarán en la búsqueda de la verdad acerca del accidente de la mítica escritora pero, sobre todo, en la necesidad de entender sus propios destinos.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEl tiempo entre costuras : una novela / María Dueñas.
“An outstanding success around the world, The Time in Between has sold more than two million copies and inspired the Spanish television series based on the book, dubbed by the media as the “Spanish Downton Abbey .” La joven modista Sira Quiroga abandona el Madrid agitado de los meses previos al alzamiento arrastrada por el amor desbocado hacia un hombre a quien apenas conoce. Con él se instala en Tánger, una ciudad exótica y vibrante donde todo puede suceder. Incluso la traición. Sola, desubicada y cargada de deudas ajenas, Sira se traslada a Tetuán, capital del Protectorado Español en Marruecos. Gracias a la ayuda de nuevas amistades forjará una nueva identidad y logrará poner en marcha un taller de alta costura en el que atenderá a clientas de orígenes lejanos y presentes insospechados. A partir de entonces, con los ecos de la guerra europea resonando en la distancia, el destino de Sira queda ligado al de un puñado de carismáticos personajes que la empujarán hacia un inesperado compromiso en el que las artes de su oficio ocultarán algo mucho más arriesgado.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlatos exprés : 175 deliciosas recetas listas en 30 minutos o menos / Liz Franklin ; [traducción, Eva María Cantenys Félez].
“Meal times are an opportunity to unwind and share quality time with your family–talking and laughing while enjoying savory food. This book shows you how to do just that while minimizing preparation and fuss. The cookbook is divided into six easy chapters featuring recipes that can be made in just 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 minutes. Forget prepared supermarket convenience meals or take-out. Instead, discover how to create scrumptious meals from fresh ingredients–quick. These recipes are loaded with homemade taste, are significantly cheaper than frozen dinners, and can be made in only a matter of minutes.” (Syndetics summary)

DVDs

Find them in the ‘Sound & Vision’ area

Cover from amazon.co.ukUn village français / a series created by Frédéric Krivine, Emmanuel Daucé, Philippe Triboit.
“Untold French history told with flair! Un Village Francais is a five-season series that has taken France by storm. Confronting the difficult subject of French collaboration with the Germans during WW2, it details the lives of the people of a fictional town in rural France, and shows how the machinations of war lead some to collaborate with the Nazis.” (Container)

Image from Aro VideoFolies Bergère / a film by Marc Fitoussi.
“Long married 50-somethings Brigitte and Xavier are prize cattle breeders in regional France. Life is good, but the departure of their children from home has locked Brigitte into a mind-numbing routine. She keeps hoping for something else, something more. Brigitte impulsively sets off for Paris, whereupon meeting a charming Danish gentleman, she impulsively allows herself to be flattered by his attentions.” (Container)

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)

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.