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Product met onderwerp 'Literaire fictie algemeen'

A constellation of vital phenomena

Auteur: Anthony Marra

In a snow-covered village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as her father is abducted in the middle of the night by Russian soldiers. Their life-long friend and neighbour, Akhmed, has also been watching, and when he finds Havaa he knows of only one person who might be able to help. For tough-minded doctor Sonja Rabina, it's just another day of trying to keep her bombed-out, abandoned hospital going. When Akhmed arrives with Havaa, asking Sonja for shelter, she has no idea who the pair are. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis, revealing the intricate pattern of connections that binds these three unlikely companions together and unexpectedly decides their fate. 'A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is simply spectacular' Ann Patchett

A God in Ruins

Taal: engels

Auteur: Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life, the bestselling adult book this year to date in the UK, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

A God in Ruins is a masterful companion to Life After Life, and will prove once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.

A manual for cleaning women

Taal: engels

Auteur: Lucia Berlin

The New York Times bestseller 'This selection of 43 stories should by all rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver' Independent The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction. With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty, anarchic and compassionate. Celebrated for many years by those in the know, she is about to become - a decade after her death - the writer everyone is talking about. The collection will be introduced by Lydia Davis. 'With Lucia Berlin we are very far away from the parlours of Boston and New York and quite far away, too, from the fiction of manners, unless we are speaking of very bad manners . . . The writer Lucia Berlin most puts me in mind of is the late Richard Yates. ' LRB, 1999

A Widow's Story

Taal: engels

Auteur: Joyce Carol Oates

My husband died, my life collapsed. 'On a February morning in 2008, Joyce Carol Oates drove her ailing husband, Raymond Smith, to the emergency room of the Princeton Medical Center where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Both Joyce and Ray expected him to be released in a day or two. But in less than a week, even as Joyce was preparing for his discharge, Ray was dead from a hospital-acquired virulent infection, and Joyce was suddenly faced - totally unprepared - with the reality of widowhood. A Widow's Story' illuminates one woman's struggle to comprehend a life absent of the partnership that had sustained and defined her for nearly half a century. Joyce Carol Oates shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of death duties', and the solace of friendship. She writes unflinchingly of the experience of grief - the almost unbearable suspense of the hospital vigil, the treacherous pools' of memory that surround us, the vocabulary of illness, the absurdities of commercialized forms of mourning. Enlivened by the piercing vision, acute perception and mordant humour that are the hallmarks of the work of Joyce Carol Oates, this is a extremely moving tale of life and death, love and grief.

Adolf Loos - Why a Man Should be Well Dressed

Auteur: Adolf Loos

Taal: engels
When I pass review over the past thousands of years and ask myself in which age would I like to have lived, I would most certainly say, here and now. Oh, I am sure there always has been a certain zest for life. Every era had its share of advantages. It is entirely possible that one lived happier in these times than today. But during no other time could one dress as nicely, well and practically as today

Altijd piano

muziek in het leven van Hella Haasse

Auteur: Ellen van Lelyveld

In Altijd piano – Muziek in het leven van Hella Haasse geeft oudste dochter Ellen van Lelyveld een inkijkje in het privéleven van de familie Van Lelyveld-Haasse. Leidraad hierbij vormt de muziek die in huis een belangrijke rol speelde. De meeste publicaties over Hella Haasse zijn tamelijk eendimensionaal van toon. Immer bewonderend en beschaafd, soms zelfs enigszins geëxalteerd en hoogdravend. In Altijd piano wordenjuist de huis-, tuin- en keukensituaties beschreven. Daarnaast bevat dit boek twee cd’s met pianomuziek van onder meer Rachmaninov en Debussy en vocaal repertoire van onder andere Poulenc. Naast Ellen van Lelyveld is ook tenor John van Halteren in solistisch repertoire te horen. Ook bevatten de cd’s de gesproken inleidingen van Hella Haasse die zij hield tijdens ‘De muzikale wereld van Hella Haasse’ (2001).

Ellen van Lelyveld (1947), oudste dochter van Hella Haasse, studeerde piano aan het Amsterdams Conservatorium. Zij werkte mee aan diverse kamermuziekconcerten. Daarnaast is ze ruim dertig jaar als docent verbonden geweest aan het Artez Conservatorium.

At Night We Walk in Circles

Taal: engels

Auteur: Daniel Alarcon

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE A breathtaking, suspenseful search for the truth of one man's spectacular downfall, from Daniel Alarcon, one of the New Yorker's 20 best writers under 40. Nelson's life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man, his brother has left their South American country and moved to the United States, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother, and his acting career can't seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson's hero, Henry Nunez, leader of the storied guerrilla theatre troupe Diciembre. And that's when the real trouble begins. The tour takes Nelson out of the shelter of the city and across a landscape he's never seen, which still bears the scars of the civil war. With each performance, Nelson grows closer to his fellow actors, becoming hopelessly entangled in their complicated lives, until, during one memorable performance, a long-buried betrayal surfaces to force the troupe into chaos. Nelson's fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson's story-and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcon delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.

BIG FISH

Auteur: Daniel Wallace |

Taal: engels

A CAPTIVATING NOVEL ABOUT A FATHER AND A. SON, MYTHMAKING AND TRUTH, DEATH AND LIFE

e could outrun anybody, and he never missed a day of school. He saved lives, tamed giants. Animals loved him. People loved him. Women loved him (and he loved them back). And he knew more jokes than any man alive.

Now as he lies dying, Edward Bloom can't seem to stop telling jokes —or the tall tales that have made him, in his son's eyes, an extraordinary man. Big Fish is the story of this man's life, told as a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts his son, William, knows. Through these tales—hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous —William begins to understand his elusive father's great feats, and his great failings.