Catalogue search for World Languages

The easiest way to search for literature in our World Languages collection on our catalogue is to follow these steps:

  1. Enter the name of the language into the search box. For example “Hindi”
  2. Then down the very bottom of the lefthand menu, click on “Language”.
  3. Then click on “Hindi”.
  4. From there you can narrow your search down further using the lefthand menu. Clicking on “Subject” will allow you to choose between Children’s and Adult literature.
  5. Once you have found a book you would like to reserve, click on the orange “Place Reserve” button and enter your account details.

World Languages arrive at Arapaki Library

After Zines and Learning English, World Languages is the third new collection to be added to our CBD branch, Arapaki Manners Library on 12 Manners Street. You can now borrow books from Arapaki for adults in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Arapaki is our fourth branch to have an adult book collection in Chinese, but the only one to currently hold French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

You can also borrow books for adults in Chinese from our branches in Johnsonville, Karori and Newtown. Newtown Library also has books in Punjabi, Samoan, and other Pacific Island languages, such as Cook Is., Fijian, Niuean, Tokelauan, Tongan, and Tuvaluan. In addition to Chinese, Johnsonville Library also has an adult Hindi book collection. One of our other larger branches, Kilbirnie, has adult books in Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Sinhalese, and Tamil.

If you are after other languages in our World Languages collection, such as Catalan, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Thai, and Vietnamese, they will be available to reserve soon from our warehouse in Johnsonville!

Finding World Languages

The Central Library was the main home of Wellington City Library’s adult World Languages Collection. So where can you find our collections of books in other languages for adult readers now that Central is closed? Below are a list of languages and the branches they can be found at. Enjoy!


Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch


Lao Zhong yi / Gao, Mantang Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Karori and Newtown branches, as well as our newly opened branch, Johnsonville Library at Waitohi.

We also have eBooks and eAudiobooks in Chinese available to borrow from anywhere through the Overdrive service. You can read them online through our website, or on your device through the Libby app. All you need to login is your library card number, and your 4 digit PIN.

Chinese eBooks & eAudiobooks


Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch.


Amma. / Shinghal, RajjanBoth fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch. Our newly opened branch, Johnsonville Library at Waitohi, has a collection in Hindi as well. Johnsonville also has the magazine, Grishobha, which is free to borrow for one week. Karori, Miramar, and Newtown branches also have this magazine.


Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Newtown branch.


Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Newtown branch.


Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch.


Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch.

Teach yourself with our new language learning kits

Image from Syndetics

Are you wanting to learn another language? Then take a look at our collection of Living Language learning kits. The Living Language series has learning kits in 3 levels: Essential, Complete, and Platinum. Kits are $3 for to borrow for 4 weeks.

Syndetics book coverArabic [kit].
“Arabic, Essential Edition is a unique multimedia introduction to Modern Standard Arabic. At the core of Arabic, Essential Edition is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 2 Books: 10 lessons, additional review exercises and dialogues, a grammar summary, and a complete guide to Arabic Script.
* 3 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverRussian. Intermediate [kit] / [written by Constantine Muravnik].
“Russian, Complete Edition is a unique multimedia course that takes you from a beginner to an advanced level in one convenient package.
At the core of Russian, Complete Edition is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 3 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, and a grammar summary.
* 9 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverSpanish.
“Complete Spanish is a unique multimedia program that takes you beginner to advanced level in one convenient package.
* 3 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, an extensive glossary, and a grammar summary–plus a bonus notebook
* 9 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverJapanese.
“At the core of Platinum Japanese is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our four-point method teaches you the whole language so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 4 BOOKS: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, study tips, and an extensive glossary–plus a guide to reading and writing Japanese, including explanations of hiragana, katakana, and kanji symbols.
* 9 AUDIO CDS: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen with the books or use for review on the go. ” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

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!


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.


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.”


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.


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 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 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 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 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)