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Taal: engels

Auteur: Michel Rostain

This is not a book about death. It's a book about life.

We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son Lion. Lion was lost, suddenly, to a virulent strain of meningitis and it's left his father and entire family reeling. We join Michel on his personal journey through grief, but the twist that makes the journey truly remarkable, and tips this true story into fiction, is the fact that we see it all through Lion's eyes.

In a stunningly original blurring of memoir and fiction, The Son tackles the very hardest of subjects in the most readable of ways. Michel Rostain resolutely ducks away from sentimentality and pathos, and tells his story instead with wit, wisdom and vitality. For this is not a book about death; it's a book about life.


Taal: engels

Auteur: Robin Sloan

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 DEBUT CATEGORY - KITCHIES PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE 2013 IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARDS A New York Times bestseller, Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore is an entirely charming and lovable first novel of mysterious books and dusty bookshops; it is a witty and delightful love-letter to both the old book world and the new. Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a Web-design drone and serendipity coupled with sheer curiosity has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. And it doesn't take long for Clay to realize that the quiet, dusty book emporium is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few fanatically committed customers, but they never seem to actually buy anything, instead they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes perched on dangerously high shelves, all according to some elaborate arrangement with the eccentric proprietor. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he has plugged in his laptop, roped in his friends (and a cute girl who works for Google) and embarked on a high-tech analysis of the customers' behaviour. What they discover is an ancient secret that can only be solved by modern means, and a global-conspiracy guarded by Mr. Penumbra himself. . . who has mysteriously disappeared.


Taal: engels

Auteur: Russell Banks

A masterly collection of new stories from Russell Banks, acclaimed author of The Sweet Hereafter and Rule of the Bone, which maps the complex terrain of the modern American family.

The New York Times lauds Russell Banks as "the most compassionate fiction writer working today" and hails him as a novelist who delivers "wrenching, panoramic visions of American moral life. " Long celebrated for his unflinching, empathetic works that explore the unspoken but hard realities of contemporary culture, Banks now turns his keen intelligence and emotional acuity on perhaps his most complex subject yet: the shape of family in its many forms.

Suffused with Banks's trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve stories in A Permanent Member of the Family examine the myriad ways we try—and sometimes fail—to connect with one another, as we seek a home in the world. In the title story, a father looks back on the legend of the cherished family dog whose divided loyalties mirrored the fragmenting of his marriage. In "Christmas Party," a young man entertains dark thoughts as he watches his newly remarried ex-wife leading the life he once imagined they would share. "A Former Marine" asks, to chilling effect, if one can ever stop being a parent. And in the haunting, evocative "Veronica," a mysterious woman searching for her missing daughter may not be who she claims she is.

Moving between the stark beauty of winter in upstate New York and the seductive heat of Florida, A Permanent Member of the Family charts with subtlety and precision the ebb and flow of both the families we make for ourselves and the ones we're born into, as it asks how we know the ones we love and, in turn, ourselves. One of our most acute and penetrating authors, Banks's virtuosic writing animates stories that are profoundly humane, deeply—and darkly—funny, and absolutely unforgettable.

Russell Banks is one of America's most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.


Taal: duits

Auteur: Stephenie Meyer

Für immer mit Edward zusammen zu sein – Bellas Traum scheint wahr geworden! Kurz nach ihrem 18. Geburtstag findet er jedoch ein jähes Ende, als ein kleiner, aber blutiger Zwischenfall ihr fast zum Verhängnis wird. Edward hat keine andere Wahl: Er muss sie verlassen. Für immer. Bella zerbricht beinahe daran, einzig die Freundschaft zu Jacob gibt ihr die Kraft weiterzuleben. Da erfährt Bella, dass Edward in höchster Gefahr schwebt. Und sein Schicksal liegt in ihren Händen. Sie muss zu ihm, rechtzeitig, bis zur Mittagsstunde ….


Taal: engels

Auteur: Moderna Museet

When, in the late seventies, minimalist and concep­tual approaches were dominant in art, the consis­tently figural and emphatically sculptural representa­tions of everyday subjects by Katharina Fritsch (* 1960), Jeff Koons (* 1955) und Charles Ray (* 1953) at­tracted a great deal of attention. Their striking stanc­es continue to have an influence on cultural visual memory. Sculpture After Sculpture: Fritsch, Koons, Ray traces the parallel developments in the creative work of the three sculptors. Beginning with key works from the late eighties and early nineties that throw light on their shared interest in the consumer world and the ready-made, the publication delineates their ar­tistic practice up to the present day. A direct compari­son highlights the surprising similarities and marked differences in their oeuvres, and reveals the artists compelling reasons for a decidedly contemporary art of sculpture.


Auteur: Rens van der Knoop

In dit poëziedebuut laat Rens van der Knoop zien dat hij een even scherp als liefdevol observator is van zijn omgeving en van zichzelf. Poëzie als genadeloos zelfonderzoek. Deze dichter zou ‘wreed en eenzaam en zacht’ willen zijn als een bergketen, maar ook ‘een vreemde’, ‘iemand die zelfs met gestrekte armen en ervaren handen niet te vatten is’. Het gaat in deze gedichten om afstand en nabijheid. Wie de ander wil kennen moet naderbij komen, maar distantie is noodzakelijk voor overzicht en het juiste perspectief. Rens van der Knoop toont dat het uiteindelijk de taal zelf is die een identiteit zo vorm kan geven dat iedere afstand wegvalt. ‘Ik heb lang naar handen gezochtdie zich om mij heen zouden vouwen’


Auteur: Marten Toonder

Studeren is tegenwoordig geen lolletje meer. Had je vroeger het fenomeen ‘de eeuwige student’ die jaren op kosten van de hardwerkende burger kon feesten, nu noopt de beperkte duur van een studiebeurs tot het verwerven van kennis in zo kort mogelijke tijd. Zou het niet geweldig zijn als er een manier bestond om al die kennis ineens in het hoofd op te slaan?
In De weetmuts is dit gegeven uitgewerkt in een hilarisch verhaal over een magisch hoofddeksel dat, eenmaal op het hoofd van heer Bommel beland, een onvoorziene keten van gebeurtenissen in gang zet. Voor deze speciale studenteneditie schreef journalist en oud-student Jort Kelder een wetenswaardige inleiding.



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