Search Results: "José Eduardo Agualusa"


BOOK REVIEW

A GENERAL THEORY OF OBLIVION by José Eduardo  Agualusa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Too many mysteries pile up to sustain suspense, but the novel is redeemed by its bright shimmer of magic realism."
The Angolan writer's fifth novel to receive an English translation, a look at the upheaval caused by the Angolan civil war, places a recluse at its heart. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF CHAMELEONS by José Eduardo  Agualusa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Agualusa's novel, which has roots in the magical realist tradition, is a sui generis work, refreshingly different, owing its primary allegiance to a specific time and place."
Black is white and human is animal; appearances are deceiving in this subtle, beguiling story of shifting identities, the first U.S. publication for the Angolan author. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES by Eduardo Sacheri
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A view of the world as a dark place illuminated by personal loyalties."
A brutal murder is the starting point for this strange, compelling journey through Argentina's criminal-justice system; the Argentinian writer's 2005 novel inspired the same-named film that won the 2009 Foreign Language Oscar. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A sometimes abstract, sometimes philosophical and sometimes anecdotal mélange of chapters not always easy to follow, but almost always interesting."
A sweeping examination of the relationships between humans and money. Read full book review >

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MUTANT BUNNY ISLAND by Obert Skye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The story is always fast-paced and imaginative, but maybe it's a little too imaginative. Skeptics may prefer something a bit more grounded. (Humorous fantasy. 8-12)"
There's a long, proud history of nonsense books, which includes Lewis Carroll and Dr. Seuss. But this novel makes less sense than most. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Eduardo Mendoza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1996

"A gem."
An emotionally charged and beautifully constructed novella from the acclaimed Spanish author of City of Marvels (1988) and The Truth About the Savolta Case (1992). Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SAVOLTA CASE by Eduardo Mendoza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Nemesio Cabra Gomez wasn't stupid and knew that if those above could get their hands on those below by means of the police, those below could also use the same means, ever though it would take more effort and lot of tact''), and the ever more inventive forms its theme, dishonesty, takes."
Spanish novelist Mendoza (The City of Marvels, 1988) concocts an involved mystery set in pre-WW I Barcelona: anarchism, arms deals, sexual politics, and cynical manipulations of power. Read full book review >

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MONASTERY by Eduardo Halfon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A rising star among Latin writers, Halfon is a lively traveling companion, even at his most pessimistic."
With this sly, quietly penetrating account of life on the road—a quasi-fictional journey containing sharp reflections on his Jewish ancestry—gifted young Guatemalan writer Halfon picks up where he left off with his acclaimed The Polish Boxer (2012).Read full book review >

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PABLO & JANE AND THE HOT AIR CONTRAPTION by José Domingo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Original art and visually engrossing worlds will have readers visiting this book over and over again.(Graphic adventure. 5-7)"
A duo's blasé afternoon deviates into an unexpected journey crossing dimension and time. Read full book review >

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SIMONE by Eduardo Lalo
by Eduardo Lalo, translated by David Frye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Like the song says, you can't always get what you want."
Ah, love: if it didn't end badly, it wouldn't end at all, especially for two star-crossed lovers in modern-day Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

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AS TIME WENT BY by José Sanabria
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lovely, rich book to spend time with. (Picture book. 4-8)"
South American artist Sanabria offers a picture book about a ship and so much more. Read full book review >