Books by Shaun Whiteside

THE HONORED SOCIETY by Petra Reski
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Will appeal to those interested in the Mafia, but casual readers may get caught up looking for the story and have a hard time absorbing the material."
Journalist Reski personalizes her longtime coverage of the Italian Mafia in this short recent history of the organization. Read full book review >
PERLMANN'S SILENCE by Pascal Mercier
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"But for readers of a philosophical bent, appreciative of slowly unfolding, elegant tales, this will be a pleasure."
A slow-moving portrait of grief and dislocation by the author of the fast-moving Night Train to Lisbon (2007). Read full book review >
SORRY by Zoran Drvenkar
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 22, 2011

"Ignore the literary and philosophical pretensions and hang on for the ride."
An intricately plotted but thematically belabored German thriller. Read full book review >
THE WEEKEND by Bernhard Schlink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Amid ongoing revelation, all narrative strands (and there are many) are tied neatly by the end."
A tight literary contrivance by the novelist best known for The Reader (1997). Read full book review >
MANITUANA by Wu Ming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2009

"A worthy treatment of a history too little known, though nowhere near as delightful or as quirky as Q and '54."
Odd, spirited, tale of educated Indians, savage Europeans and bad mojo in the American outback at the time of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
VENICE IS A FISH by Tiziano Scarpa
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Plenty of atmosphere and attitude, but not much else; this would have been better as a snappy magazine article."
Definitely not your father's travel guide: A native Venetian offers some playful aperçus about La Serenissima. Read full book review >
MY FATHER’S COUNTRY by Wibke Bruhns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2008

"A disturbing portrait of one segment of German society in a time of national crisis."
Journalist Bruhns explores the life of her father, a German officer executed in 1944 for his complicity in the plot to assassinate Hitler. Read full book review >
SCHOOL’S OUT by Christophe Duffosé
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Way funnier than most mysteries, and more thrilling than most comic novels."
This audacious, genre-bending debut novel fuses an academic comedy of manners with an existential murder mystery. Read full book review >
THE LAST DRAGON by Silvana De Mari
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Readers are left assured that kindness and hope will prevail, however tenuously, over anger and fear. (Fantasy. 10+)"
In the first section of this wise, warmhearted fairytale, the elf Yorsh is only a sweetly naïve child; but as the last of his kind, he accepts his destined burden to return summer to a world of endless rain and famine. Read full book review >
THE SCENT OF YOUR BREATH by Melissa P.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An experimental work that relentlessly tests states of reality versus fantasy."
A second self-assured sexual coming-of-age tale by the young Sicilian author of 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed (2004). Read full book review >
54 by Wu Ming
Kirkus Star
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
THRILLERS
Released: July 3, 2006

"Don Camillo meets The Name of the Rose meets Dr. No: a rewarding beach book for grownups."
Grant, Cary Grant. Super secret agent. Not just in Hitchcock films, but in real life. Read full book review >
NAPOLEON’S EXILE by Patrick Rambaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2006

"Lively, true to history and a pleasure for period buffs."
Everybody loves a winner. Lose your throne to the combined armies of Europe, though, and it's a different story. Read full book review >
LET ME GO by Helga Schneider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Survivor's tales come in as many shapes as mothers. This one, from the dark side, is as affecting as a kick in the stomach."
Mothers come in all shapes and persuasions: this one enthusiastically joined the Waffen SS, abandoned her children, and embraced her tasks at Auschwitz, as gloomily recounted in her daughter's memoir. Read full book review >
ALL THAT COUNTS by Georg Oswald
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"As an amorality tale of the modern middle-class materialist lifestyle, there's nothing new here. As entertaining satire, Brett Easton Ellis did it with more style and imagination a decade ago."
A slight tale of skewed values and yuppie angst in a stiff translation from the German. Read full book review >