Search Results: "Anne McLean"


BOOK REVIEW

SOLDIERS OF SALAMIS by Javier Cercas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2004

"Cercas's lyric intensity becomes quite moving (especially toward the end) in a beautiful account of loss and reconciliation."
Cercas's US debut is a strange and intriguing amalgam of epic, elegy, and mystery about a journalist's efforts to uncover the story behind a soldier's quasi-miraculous escape from firing squad in the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Many American readers may struggle with the dense narrative, but those who stick with it will become immersed in its near-hypnotic power."
An intricately fashioned blow-by-blow account of the 1981 coup d'etat in Spain. Read full book review >

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OUTLAWS by Javier Cercas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A rewarding and complex novel about finding the man behind the myths."
The spectacular rise and dizzying fall of a legendary Spanish desperado. Read full book review >

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THE TANGO SINGER by Tomás Eloy Martínez
Released: May 16, 2006

"Worlds better than Martínez's banal Perón-inflected novels—and reason enough to understand why some readers consider him one of Latin America's major literary exports."
Argentina's flamboyant culture and troubled history are explored from an unusual perspective in this third translated novel from the Argentine-born (now U.S. resident) author of The Perón Novel and Santa Evita. Read full book review >

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LIVING’S THE STRANGE THING by Carmen Martín Gaite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Beautiful, extremely moving in its outline and sentiments, but a much different matter on the page: overlong, rambling, monotonous."
Ponderous account of a woman coming to terms with the death (and life) of her mother, as related by Spanish novelist Gaite (The Farewell Angel, 1999, etc.) in a deeply obsessive, introspective voice. Read full book review >

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OBLIVION by Héctor Abad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Is there a father alive who would not weep at such an artful, tender tribute?"
A Colombian writer delivers a rousing, affecting tribute to his father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a professor and physician who was murdered in 1987 by radical political opponents. Read full book review >

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THE SPEED OF LIGHT by Javier Cercas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"In this game with and against readers, the novelist has tied one artful hand behind his back. Trouble is, the hand in front mostly points at himself, whomever that might be."
A Spanish novelist writes a novel about a Spanish novelist telling an American Vietnam vet's story, which may be apocryphal. Read full book review >

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THE CAVE by Anne McLean Matthews
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

"Nail-biting twists that challenge your jaw muscles."
A first novel that features familiar figures and situations but analyzes them with intense psychological understanding and moments of real literary flair. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"An astute and sensitive translation brings this charming work to light for American audiences."
New translation of a whimsical 20th-century travelogue. Read full book review >

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REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis."
A Colombian political cartoonist has second thoughts about a takedown he delivered decades earlier. Read full book review >

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SHADOW WITHOUT A NAME by Ignacio Padilla
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Extraordinarily clever, and quite moving. A brilliant US debut."
Impersonation, mistaken identity, and subterfuge are the elements juggled with hellish precision in this dizzyingly intricate historical, the first of its prizewinning Mexican author's to appear in English translation. Read full book review >

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WHEN I GROW UP...  by Gill McLean
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2015

"Warm and affecting. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A yellow Labrador puppy ponders life as an adult dog. Read full book review >