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V. S. Naipaul, Simon Vance
Description: In this incandescent novel, V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man, an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.
Call Number: FIC Nai
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti
Description: Set in mid-sixties Paris, After the Circus traces the relationship between the narrator, a young man not quite of legal age, and the slightly older, enigmatic woman he first glimpses at a police interrogation. The two lovers make their uncertain way into each other's hearts, but the narrator soon finds himself in the unsettling, ominous presence of others. Who are these people? Are they real, or simply evoked?
Call Number: FIC Mod
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Mario Vargas Llosa, Helen R Lane
Description: Reality merges with fantasy in this hilarious comic novel about the world of radio soap operas and the pitfalls of forbidden passion by the bestselling author of The Storyteller. Sexy, sophisticated, older Aunt Julia, now divorced, seeks a new mate who can support her in high style. She finds instead her libidinous nephew, and their affair shocks both famiy and community.
Call Number: FIC Var
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero
Description: Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago's spellbinding tale begins when an unnamed man, in an unnamed city is suddenly struck blind. In the days that follow, everyone he comes in contact with, in turn comes down with the mysterious condition. As the blindness spreads to epidemic proportions, the government responds by isolating the infected in an abandoned mental hospital where social conditions quickly deteriorate.
Call Number: FIC Sar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2015
Harold Pinter
Call Number: 822 Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Imre Kertész
Call Number: FIC Ker
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Ernest Hemingway
Call Number: FIC Hem
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Seamus Heaney
Call Number: 821 Hea
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely
Description: A portrait, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world's great cities, by its foremost man of letters. Blending reminiscence with history; family photographs with portraits of poets and pashas; art criticism, metaphysical musing, and, now and again, a fanciful tale, Pamuk invents an ingenious form to evoke his lifelong home, the city that forged his imagination. He begins with his childhood, his first intimations of the melancholy awareness of living in the seat of ruined imperial glories, in a country trying to become "modern" at the crossroads of East and West. Against a background of shattered monuments, neglected villas, ghostly backstreets, and, above all, the fabled waters of the Bosphorus, he charts the evolution of a rich imaginative life, which furnished a daydreaming boy refuge from family discord and inner turmoil, and which would continue to serve the famous writer he was to become. --From publisher description.
Call Number: 949.618 Pam
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2015
Sigrid Undset, Tiina Nunnally
Call Number: FIC Und
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Imre Kertész, Tim Wilkinson
Call Number: FIC Ker
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Gabriel García Márquez
Description: Florentino is a poetry-writing telegraph operator who lives in a Central American city. He spots the graceful Fermina while making his rounds, and finds himself in love. While Florentino's mother encourages the courtship, Fermina's father absolutely forbids it. Years pass, and the well-born Dr. Urbino treats Fermina for a case of cholera. When Urbino proposes, Fermina accepts. A distraught Florentino decides to wait. With the help of his uncle, he amasses wealth of his own. All the while, he drifts from woman to woman, never really finding what he is looking for in a woman. After five decades of waiting, he gets a second chance to win Fermina's heart.
Call Number: FIC Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Doris Lessing
Description: Intelligent, sensitive, and fiercely passionate, Martha Quest is a young woman living on a farm in Africa, feeling her way through the torments of adolescence and early womanhood. She is a romantic idealistic in revolt against the puritan snobbery of her parents, trying to live to the full with every nerve, emotion, and instinct laid bare to experience.--from the publisher
Call Number: FIC
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Günter Grass, Michael Henry Heim
Call Number: FIC Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Dario Fo, Joseph Farrell
Call Number: B Fo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Aleksandr Isaevich Solzheni︠t︡syn
Description: While serving the Red Army in World War II, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov is captured by the Germans and becomes a prisoner of war. After the war, Shukhov returned to the Soviet Union, where he was accused of collaborating with the Germans. Consequently, he was sentenced to ten years in the gulags, harsh Soviet prison camps. Now, Shukhov chronicles a single, uneventful day of life as a prisoner in the gulag.
Call Number: FIC Sol
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Yan Mo
Description: A novel of family, myth, and memory set during the fratricidal barbarity of 1930s China follows the Chinese as they battle the Japanese and each other.
Call Number: FIC Mo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Xingjian Gao, Mabel Lee
Call Number: FIC Gao
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
J. M. Coetzee
Description: In this autobiographical novel, a young English biographer is researching a book about the late South African writer John Coetzee, focusing on Coetzee in his thirties, at a time when he was living in a rundown cottage in the Cape Town suburbs with his widowed father--a time, the biographer is convinced, when Coetzee was finding himself as a writer.
Call Number: FIC Coe
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Najīb Maḥfūẓ
Call Number: FIC Mah
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Toni Morrison
Description: Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl in an America whose love for blonde, blue-eyed children can devastate all others, prays for her eyes to turn blue, so that she will be beautiful, people will notice her, and her world will be different.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Kenzaburō Ōe, Deborah Boliver Boehm
Description: In 1997, Juzo Itami, one of Japan's most successful film directors, jumped to his death in Tokyo. Nobel laureate Oe (Hiroshima Notes) was Itami's brother-in-law, and he transposes Itami's suicide, under a fictional disguise, into a dazzling and elaborate maze of memories and meditations centering on the suicide of film director Goro Hanawa. Goro has made a series of tapes for Kogito, his world-famous writer brother-in-law, as groundwork for a possible film, which Kogito listens to obsessively after Goro's suicide. To rid himself of Goro's ghost, Kogito travels to Berlin, but even there he runs into pieces of Goro's past. Eventually, the reader is led back to the two men's youthful involvement with a right-wing paramilitary group founded by Kogito's late father. What begins as a weekend spent at the group's camp turns into something sinister from which Goro emerges fundamentally changed.
Call Number: FIC Oe
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Pearl S Buck
Description: This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century. Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel -- beloved by millions of readers -- is a universal tale of the destiny of man.
Call Number: FIC Buc
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Tomas Tranströmer, Robin Fulton
Call Number: 839.717 Tra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Nadine Gordimer
Call Number: LP FIC Gor
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Herta Müller, Philip Boehm
Description: January 1945, the war is not yet over : the Soviets begin the deportation of the German minority from the labor camps in Ukraine. This is the story of seventeen year old Leo Auberge, who went to the camp with the naive unawareness of the boy eager to escape provincial life. The last five years however he experienced daily hunger and cold, extreme fatigue and death.
Call Number: FIC Mul
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Octavio Paz
Description: And The Other Mexico ; Return To The Labyrinth Of Solitude ; Mexico And The United States ; The Philanthropic Ogre
Call Number: 305.8 Paz
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Alice Munro
Description: An anthology of stories probing the human psyche. In the title story, a woman prepares to put her life on the line to get a man. She will confront him with a murder he committed, at which point he might kill her, but if he doesn't she will have him in her power
Call Number: FIC Mun
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Elfriede Jelinek
Call Number: FIC Jel
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Albert Camus, Stuart Gilbert
Description: Chaos prevails when the bubonic plague strikes the Algerian coastal city of Oran.
Call Number: FIC Cam
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2016
Wisława Szymborska, Stanisław Barańczak, Clare Cavanagh
Call Number: 891.85 Szy
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
J.-M. G. Le Clézio, C Dickson
Call Number: FIC Le C
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Derek Walcott
Call Number: 811 Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
Svetlana Aleksievich
Description: From 1979 to 1989 a million Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed 50,000 casualties--and the youth and humanity of many tens of thousands more. In Zinky Boys journalist Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to the tragic history of the Afghanistan War. What emerges is a story that is shocking in its brutality and revelatory in its similarities to the American experience in Vietnam. The Soviet dead were shipped back in sealed zinc coffins (hence the term "Zinky Boys"), while the state denied the very existence of the conflict; even today the radically altered Soviet society continues to reject the memory of the "Soviet Vietnam." Creating controversy and outrage when it was first published in the USSR, Zinky Boys presents the candid and affecting testimony of the officers and grunts, nurses and prostitutes, mothers, sons, and daughters who describe the war and its lasting effects. Svetlana Alexievich has snatched from the memory hole the truth of the Afghanistan War: the beauty of the country and the savage Army bullying, the killing and the mutilation, the profusion of Western goods, the shame and shattered lives of returned veterans. Zinky Boys offers a unique, harrowing, and unforgettably powerful insight into the realities of war and the turbulence of Soviet life today.
Call Number: 958.1045 Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2016
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A Bend In The River [Audiobook]
V. S. Naipaul, Simon Vance
FIC Nai
Soul Mountain
Xingjian Gao, Mabel Lee
FIC Gao
After The Circus
Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti
FIC Mod
Summertime
J. M. Coetzee
FIC Coe
Aunt Julia And The Scriptwriter
Mario Vargas Llosa, Helen R Lane
FIC Var
The Beggar ; The Thief And The Dogs ; Autumn Quail
Najīb Maḥfūẓ
FIC Mah
Blindness
José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero
FIC Sar
The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison
FIC Mor
Death Etc.
Harold Pinter
822 Pin
The Changeling
Kenzaburō Ōe, Deborah Boliver Boehm
FIC Oe
Fateless
Imre Kertész
FIC Ker
The Good Earth
Pearl S Buck
FIC Buc
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway
FIC Hem
The Great Enigma : New Collected Poems
Tomas Tranströmer, Robin Fulton
839.717 Tra
Human Chain
Seamus Heaney
821 Hea
The House Gun [Large Print]
Nadine Gordimer
LP FIC Gor
Istanbul : Memories And The City
Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely
949.618 Pam
The Hunger Angel : A Novel
Herta Müller, Philip Boehm
FIC Mul
Kristin Lavransdatter
Sigrid Undset, Tiina Nunnally
FIC Und
The Labyrinth Of Solitude
Octavio Paz
305.8 Paz
Liquidation
Imre Kertész, Tim Wilkinson
FIC Ker
The Love Of A Good Woman : Stories
Alice Munro
FIC Mun
Love In The Time Of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
FIC Gar
The Piano Teacher
Elfriede Jelinek
FIC Jel
Martha Quest
Doris Lessing
FIC
The Plague
Albert Camus, Stuart Gilbert
FIC Cam
My Century
Günter Grass, Michael Henry Heim
FIC Gra
View With A Grain Of Sand : Selected Poems
Wisława Szymborska, Stanisław Barańczak, Clare Cavanagh
891.85 Szy
My First Seven Years (Plus A Few More) : A Memoir
Dario Fo, Joseph Farrell
B Fo
Wandering Star
J.-M. G. Le Clézio, C Dickson
FIC Le C
One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
Aleksandr Isaevich Solzheni︠t︡syn
FIC Sol
White Egrets : Poems
Derek Walcott
811 Wal
Red Sorghum : A Novel Of China
Yan Mo
FIC Mo
Zinky Boys : Soviet Voices From The Afghanistan War
Svetlana Aleksievich
958.1045 Ale