Search Results: "Antony Shugaar"


BOOK REVIEW

BANDIT LOVE by Massimo Carlotto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"La dolce vita it ain't—but this is top-notch Mediterranean noir."
The tense, fast-paced book by Italian crime writer Carlotto is both familiar (in form, tone and plot, this hearkens back to 1930s noir by masters like Hammett, Chandler and Cain) and exotic (in its European settings—these are the mean streets not of Los Angeles or Chicago, but of Padua). Read full book review >

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BETWEEN TWO SEAS by Carmine Abate
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A moving portrayal of generational continuity, subtly fashioned as an enigmatic tale whose knottiest puzzles lay claim to and enhance the reader's fascination."
The paradoxical survival of a lifelong dream through generations of hardship and change is vividly dramatized in this 2002 novel, the Italian author's first in English translation. 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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SWIMMING TO ELBA by Antony Shugaar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2012

"A beach read for strong-willed, independent souls."
Who can help two young women escape the gravitational pull of their hometown? Can they rely on each other, or will they have to separate and trust others? Read full book review >

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THE FUGITIVE by Massimo Carlotto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"Contains moments of tedium. Overall, though, a powerfully dreamlike evocation of life on the lam."
A novel, or perhaps a memoir, recounting years in hiding abroad after a conviction for murder in Italy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARGHERITA DOLCE VITA by Stefano Benni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"An elegant little piece of dark comedy."
This is the first of the prolific Italian author's novels to be published in English—a cause for celebration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEROCITY by Nicola Lagioia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A mesmerizing exploration of failure, resilience, and profound, multifaceted loss."
Lagioia makes his enthralling English-language debut, translated into dazzling prose by Shugaar. Read full book review >

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THE POPE'S DAUGHTER by Dario Fo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Entertaining historical revisionism, with Fo's Lucrezia more femme fatale than incestuous poisoner."
In his debut novel, Nobel-winning playwright Fo draws a portrait of Lucrezia Borgia, she of infamy. Read full book review >

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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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THE HOMECOMING PARTY by Carmine Abate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Shugaar's lyrical translation adds further luster to another entry in what one hopes will be a continuing series of publications of Abate's impressive, immensely engaging fiction."
An adventurous and troubled boyhood is piquantly detailed in this 2004 novel from a respected Italian author (Between Two Seas, 2008). Read full book review >

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ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN by Davide Enia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"The over-the-top clichés seem to come with the fictional territory as the novel explores just what it means to be a man."
This Sicilian novel encompasses a multigenerational family—against a backdrop of war and the Mafia—as it tells the story of how a boy becomes a boxer and a man. Read full book review >

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STORY OF MY PEOPLE by Edoardo Nesi
Released: May 7, 2013

"A tour de force that spares no one."
Novelist and translator Nesi's lament for the passing of the way of life that helped Italy recover from the legacy of fascism, now available in English. The book won the 2011 Strega Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Italy. Read full book review >