Search Results: "Karel Van Loon"


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A FATHER’S AFFAIR by Karel Van Loon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2003

"A well-constructed if somewhat dispiriting, perhaps even nihilistic, tale."
The American debut of Dutch novelist Van Loon is a kind of domestic thriller about a young father who learns that his dead wife's son is not his child. Read full book review >

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THE ENIGMA OF JAPANESE POWER by Karel van Wolferen
Released: April 11, 1989

By a Dutch correspondent with 20 years in Japan, this book is the latest in a long tradition of attempts to explain that country—to Americans in particular. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM TWO POCKETS by Karel Capek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

Newly translated stories by noted Czech author apek (1890- 1938) use the mystery form to explore such issues as fate, mortality, and the nature of justice. Read full book review >

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APOCRYPHAL TALES by Karel Capek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1997

"Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fishes are only two of the deadpan surprises to be found in an unfailingly delightful book."
Apocryphal Tales ($13.95 paperback original; June 15, 1997; 199 pp.; 0-945774-34-6): Though not enough readers in the English-speaking world know it, the great Czech writer (18901938) rivals D.H. Lawrence and even arguably Chekhov for the amount of work of sustained excellence produced during a tragically brief lifetime. Read full book review >

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TAKE LEAVE AND GO by Karel Schoeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

"Palpably dark and apocalyptic evocations of GîtterdÑmmerung and creative despair, though the themes are long in the working, and never quite live up to their implied promise."
A dark winter of the spirit in a South African setting—and limned in sometimes too exquisite prose—by the author of Another Country (1992). Read full book review >

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CROSS ROADS by Karel Capek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"This replete volume offers further proof, if any were needed, of a still-underrated great writer's distinctive versatility, creative energy, and humanity."
Catbird's latest offering (the seventh so far) of the work of the eminent Czech writer (1890-1938) presents the full contents of two early story collections. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER COUNTRY by Karel Schoeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A distinguished debut."
South African Schoeman makes his American debut with a novel of high purpose—one that movingly explores that other country that for his ailing hero is both Africa and death. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH YOUR SCALE! by Van Whitfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Amusing, but little else."
Whitfield's second novel (after Beeperless Remote, 1996), a romantic comedy set in the social swarm of contemporary weight-loss culture, is just about as thin as the characters wish their stomachs were. Read full book review >

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Princess Lizzie and the Time Travelling Magic Cloak by Dr. Van
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A brightly illustrated, well-intentioned story of social justice and generosity, too simply solved to be satisfying."
Princess Lizzie learns about political problems in her own kingdom in Van's (Princess Lizzie and the Sabotaged Magic Bicycle, 2014, etc.) third picture book fusing magic and technology. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH by Van Jones
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Pragmatic, optimistic proposals for an informed and active electorate. Will anyone listen?"
An outspoken political analyst offers concrete suggestions to revive democracy, heal culture wars, and prevent a Trump victory in 2020. Read full book review >