Search Results: "John Cullen"


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THE INVESTIGATION by Philippe Claudel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2012

"A technocratic Kafka nightmare—heavy on surreal diagnosis of the world's ills, light on the traditional rewards of storytelling—crossed with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and a hint of Buster Keaton."
A spare, dystopian fable that examines how closely contemporary life has caught up to Kafka since the publication of The Castle.Read full book review >

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DON’T MOVE by Margaret Mazzantini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2004

"The pull of the darkly irrational: it's a fascinating theme, but Mazzantini doesn't do it justice."
Can you imagine a love affair beginning with a rape? That's the challenge an Italian actress/second-novelist sets herself in her American debut. Read full book review >

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THE EXCHANGE OF PRINCESSES by Chantal Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A meticulous and vivid chronicle."
Thomas' latest (Farewell, My Queen, 2003, etc.) illuminates an obscure corner of Western European royal history: the bartering of child brides and grooms.Read full book review >

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THE PARTHENON BOMBER by Christos Chrissopoulos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Reminiscent of a half-century-old ancestor, Vassilis Vassilikos' 1966 novel Z, in its sardonic protest of things as they are."
You don't know what you've got till it's gone: thus this slender but deeply charged novella concerning an unspeakable—but sadly imaginable—act of terrorism. Read full book review >

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THE SIRENS OF BAGHDAD by Yasmina Khadra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"Perhaps the most frighteningly plausible doomsday scenario yet to appear in fictional treatments of this seemingly insoluble crisis. And if it doesn't scare the hell out of you, you're not paying enough attention."
The logic of terrorism is taken to a virtually ultimate extent in this bloodcurdling successor to the pseudonymous author's highly praised novels (The Attack, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL by Yasmina Khadra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"Still, despite such contrivances, Khadra's latest is informed by a fine ironic intelligence, and its message is not an easy one to shake off."
A bleak, terse tale in which a harsh fundamentalist culture suppresses individual liberty and summarily victimizes its citizens. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2007

"Fascinating for generals, more mundane for historians."
Another colorful recounting of a historic clash of armies, from the author of The Battle: A New History of Waterloo (2005). Read full book review >

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LIES by Enrique de Hériz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"Evocative exploration of how deception can destroy—or redeem—a family."
An eccentric Spanish family retreats to their beach house outside Barcelona to make final arrangements for the matriarch presumed dead after a boat accident in Guatemala. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A riveting, intimate look deep inside the machinery of the executioner."
Harrowing personal reflections by the Cambodian French filmmaker of surviving the Khmer Rouge as a young teenager. Read full book review >

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Released: March 20, 2001

"A well-told story. (Illustrations)"
A biography of a significant figure of the Gilded Age who is now generally ignored by historians of popular culture. Read full book review >

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THE FABRIC OF NIGHT by Christoph Peters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Confusing at times, disturbing at others, Peters's work rewards the challenge of reading with lasting, moody reflections."
German novel about a sculptor who may have witnessed a murder reveals a disturbing, hallucinatory world in which perception is as fluid as blood. Read full book review >

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HAPPY ARE THE HAPPY by Yasmina Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Feather light but oddly compelling."
French playwright and novelist Reza, best known in America for her 2009 Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, offers 20 scenes to show the interlocking lives of various Parisian spouses, lovers, parents, children and friends.Read full book review >