Tag Archives: Nordic Countries

Solace (Consolação)

  A Brazilian woman married to a Frenchman, Laura witnesses the agony of her husband in a Paris hospital, trying in vain to persuade the doctor to cut short the patient’s suffering. After the funeral, she flies to São Paulo, her hometown that she loves and loves to hate. There, Laura does not go to […]

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Crime Gift (O dom do crime)

  HISTORICAL CRIME NOVEL At the end of the 1860’s, the most important Brazilian novelist, Machado de Assis, is an editor at a daily in Rio de Janeiro. The murder of a woman and the trial of her killer touch, mark and shake deeply Rio society, the heart of the Brazilian empire. A passional crime: […]

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Love and Storm (Amor e tempestade)

  In 1920’s Brazil, an extraordinary social movement took place, the “Prestes Column” march, led by Luís Carlos Prestes, in which thousands of people, mostly military, traveled 9.000 kilometers in the hinterland, challenging the central government and seeking to raise the country against the status quo. After Prestes, led by fate to the faltering ranks […]

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The Book of Revelation According to a Witness (O livro do apocalipse segundo uma testemunha)

  Following the teachings of Saint John’s Book of Revelation, the author tells the tale of the end of the world. A young Brazilian girl, “niece” of the celestial being who came to Earth anonymously to prepare the final destruction, serves as witness. The problems began when the rules established at the beginning of the […]

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The Incredible Chinese Scientist (O incrível geneticist chinês)

  Life imitates art. While a group of medical students at Georgetown University were conducting genetic research on the “gluttony gene”, the author, unaware of these researchers’ activities, made up a story about exactly the same subject. In her novel, the Chinese scientist Yuan Wang, working at the University of California, figures out how to […]

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Massalia Blues

LITERARY FICTION With a language whose vigor recalls the writings of Léon Bloy and Céline, Minna Sif opens us up to a world of misery and dignities that are characteristic of the picaresque novel. A working-class neighborhood of Marseilles, with its smugglers, beggars, rigid bandits and young prostitutes. Among them is Brahim, a beautiful and […]

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The Silent Woman (La silencieuse)

LITERARY FICTION An airy novel with delicate writing chiseled like the sculptures the main character creates. Thirty-two-year old sculptor Clara decides to escape from Parisian life shortly after her partner has left her. In a small village she finds a “green haven” to give her shelter, a large detached house which she can turn into […]

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The Admiral’s Watch (La montre de l’amiral)

LITERARY FICTION The account of Joseph Haydn’s last days in 1809 when Vienna is bombed and occupied by the French. A luscious, poetic and fascinating evocation of an artistic genius who overcomes anxious times with simplicity. Le Monde: “A moving portrait” Le Nouvel Observateur: “What a beautiful book!” In order to soothe his anguish and […]

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The Adventures of Ralph and Wulfran. Or, How To Never Get Bored (Les aventures de Ralph et Wulfran)

GRAPHIC NOVEL Many pianists like to play piano for four hands. It’s less common to see two illustrators join forces to draw two-handedly—while the collective image preserves the individual style of both. The two accomplices have challenged themselves to invent two characters together: Ralph and Wulfran. Ralph, drawn by Pierre Le-Tan, is pragmatic, caustic, and […]

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Why It Is Wrong To Be Right Too Early (Ces savants qui ont eu raison trop tôt)

POPULAR SCIENCE A Short and Surprising History of discoverers and  discoveries from da Vinci to the Present When it comes to discoveries, being right too early or going against the established theories of the time has always been met with mere ridicule, condemnations, conspiracies and irony. From the Renaissance to the present day, this book brings […]

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