Search Results: "Antony Shugaar"


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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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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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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 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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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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THE JEWISH HUSBAND by Lia Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Dramatic material that has been better explored elsewhere, notably in Giorgio Bassani's 1962 novel The Garden of the Finzi-Continis."
Levi's English-language debut, 2001 winner of the Moravia Prize in Italy, uses a romance to dramatize the plight of Jews under Mussolini. Read full book review >

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A PIMP'S NOTES by Giorgio Faletti
Released: July 17, 2012

"A savvy lowbrow-highbrow thriller."
A Milanese pimp with a heart of gold is drawn ever-deeper into the city's seedy underworld. 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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THE CROCODILE by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"In this crisply translated novel, de Giovanni explores Lojacono's loneliness and vulnerability while simultaneously revealing his brilliance as a detective."
A wonderfully suspenseful novel in which de Giovanni restores life to the cliché of the world-weary detective. Read full book review >

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THE BOTTOM OF YOUR HEART by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"De Giovanni (The Crocodile, 2013, etc.) takes so much time to evoke Ricciardi's Naples that you'd think he was laying the foundation of the world. But it all pays off in a richly textured story whose murder is nothing more than the point of entry."
Crime and punishment are only a single strand of an intricately layered whodunit set in Fascist Naples. Read full book review >

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THE BASTARDS OF PIZZOFALCONE by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Despite the Neapolitan setting, the crew of mismatched cops may remind you of similar teams in Sweden, New York, or Hollywood. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Sent off to help rebuild a shattered police precinct, Lt. Giuseppe Lojacono finds a surprising degree of cohesion with the other misfits who share the station. Read full book review >

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SUBURRA by Carlo  Bonini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"While the complex plot intrigues, there is so much violence, so much dirty scheming, that even when the 'good guys' win, it's hard to muster up much hope for Rome itself."
Rome is a hotbed of political corruption, violence, and scheming at the end of Silvio Berlusconi's reign as prime minister in this modern Mafia novel. Read full book review >