Search Results: "Antonio Manzini"


BOOK REVIEW

BLACK RUN by Antonio Manzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 28, 2015

"The suspects are thin as onionskin, and the culprit might have been plucked from a hat. But Rocco's detective chops are as authentic as his crabbiness and his matter-of-fact corruption, and the denouement at Leone's funeral has to set some kind of record for calculated bad taste."
Manzini's first English translation presents an irascible policeman who'd rather be back among the fleshpots of his beloved Rome than clambering over a piste in an Alpine resort collecting evidence in a snowy murder case.Read full book review >

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ADAM'S RIB by Antonio Manzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"It's hard to believe the ingenuity behind the central mystery, which seems routine until the denouement. But Schiavone (Black Run, 2015) continues to make a memorable companion in crime."
Still smarting from the assault on a rapist that got him banished from Rome to pokey Val d'Aosta, Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone goes after whomever killed a local lady and tried to make her death look like suicide. Read full book review >

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REQUIEM by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1994

"And yet the streamlike writing, spliced by endless commas, contains a charm that shines through the monochrome."
A short, food-filled fictional walk in and around the city of Lisbon by a distinguished Italian author and translator of Portuguese that culminates in a dream-time meeting with an unnamed writer who one assumes the poet Fernando Pessoa. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS by Antonio Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Ending with a teaser for the next novel featuring Inspector Salgado, this book gets the series off to a great start."
A teenage boy in Barcelona falls out a window to his death; whether he slipped or was pushed is only one of the gripping questions facing Inspector Héctor Salgado in this penetrating, atmospheric mystery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Awareness may be mostly mystery, but Damasio shapes its hints and glimmerings into an imaginative, informed narrative."
Damasio (Director/Univ. of Southern California Brain and Creativity Inst.; Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain, 2003, etc.) seeks to understand "the mystery of consciousness." Read full book review >

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WATCH WHERE THE WOLF IS GOING by Antonio Skármeta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"A ho-hum read."
A competent collection by Chilean writer Skarmeta, who explores typical Latin American themes but without the passion or imagination of so many of his peers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 31, 2001

"Good reading for critics of latter-day military culture, as well as students of ancient history."
A lucid study of battles, broken treaties, and arms races in Roman antiquity. Read full book review >

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PEREIRA DECLARES by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"One of the most intriguing and appealing character studies in recent European fiction, and easily the best work of Tabucchi's to have appeared in English translation."
The theme of political commitment is explored from an unusual and rewarding perspective in this moving short novel, set in Fascist-ruled Portugal in 1938, by the Italian author of Requiem (1994), etc. Its unsuspecting hero is Dr. Pereira, a former Lisbon crime reporter who now edits the ``culture page'' of the cautiously apolitical newspaper Lisboa. Read full book review >

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MEAN TIME by Antonio Arreola
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 12, 2012

"What begins as a potentially intriguing story devolves into far-fetched, sentimental and, at times, intolerable chaos that doesn't do anyone justice."
This debut mystery explores thorny issues of rape, murder, justice and romance. Read full book review >

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DISTANT LIGHT by Antonio Moresco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"An unsettling and strangely tender novel."
Living in an abandoned village in order to "disappear," an unnamed man encounters a mysterious light across a deep ravine. Read full book review >