Search Results: "Josep Maria de Sagarra"


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PRIVATE LIFE by Josep Maria de Sagarra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"In this casual, colloquial translation, Barcelona between the wars is full of tawdry vitality, much like the novel itself."
First published in 1932 and newly translated into English, this is a satirical, multigenerational saga about the intricate relationship between Barcelona's fading aristocracy and the city's sordid demimonde. Read full book review >

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The Little Sect by Maria de Andrade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2015

"An observant familial portrait bogged down by extraneous detail and a frustratingly circuitous plot."
A deep dive into the dysfunction of an extended family. Read full book review >

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CYCLES by Maria de Andrade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Dramatically light, but historically and sociologically interesting."
From Lisbon to Montreal, De Andrade's (The Little Sect, 2015, etc.) second novel follows the lives of Marta and Tiago Sousa, a young Portuguese couple who stake their hopes for better opportunities on a move to Canada.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Certainly not a book for mainstream America, but invaluable for scholars and historians interested the real picture of rural Brazilian life in the 1920s."
An evocative portrait of a childhood of abject poverty, by one of Brazil's bestselling authors. Read full book review >

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VICTORIA GOES TO BRAZIL by Maria de Fatima Campos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Victoria's Brazilian mum brings her from the United Kingdom to Brazil to meet family and friends. Read full book review >

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THE POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRAS CUBAS by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Quincas Borba, belongs with his uniquely gifted creator right up there among the immortals."
The Posthumous Memoirs of Br†s Cubas ($25.00; Nov.; 256 pp.; 0-19- 510169-3): This earlier (1881) novel by the prolific Machado (18391908) employs the same essential technique (stops-and-starts, authorial expostulations, direct addresses to the reader) to tell the story, following his death and written from the ``other world,'' of its amazingly blasÇ title character and narrator. Read full book review >

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DOM CASMURRO by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The self-tormenting narrator's explosive, digressive revelations of his own vanity and shortsightedness make for both a piquant criticism of the romantic temperament and an unforgettably wry character study."
Dom Casmurro ($25.00; Nov.; 288 pp.; 0-19-510308-4): Oxford's newly launched ``Library of Latin America'' wisely begins with attractive new editions of the fiction of Brazil's greatest novelist. Read full book review >

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LIFE EMBITTERS by Josep Pla
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Students of Orwell's journalism and of Kapuscinski will be glad to discover Pla, whose melancholy resembles that of his contemporary Stefan Zweig—and for some of the same reasons."
Pla (The Gray Notebook, 2014, etc.), the late Catalan pessimist, is given another airing in English thanks to the efforts of his dogged translator, Bush.Read full book review >

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A BROKEN MIRROR by Mercè Rodoreda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2006

"Beautifully muted and intricate rendering of the aristocracy of Barcelona."
Three generations of a family flourish and decline in Barcelona. Read full book review >

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A WALK IN THE FOREST by Maria Dek
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A startling, successful evocation of the natural world and an urgent entreaty for young people to immerse themselves in the outdoors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pale-skinned child crosses a blank, white page into a screen of trees, where "wonders await." Read full book review >