Search Results: "Marek Hlasko"


BOOK REVIEW

ALL BACKS WERE TURNED by Marek Hlasko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 1991

"Nihilistic but compelling."
A somber but accomplished novel of pervasive brutality and violence, in a place as hopeless and hellish as Devil's Island, from the late Polish Beat-writer and dissident Hlasko (Killing the Second Dog, 1990). Read full book review >

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KILLING THE SECOND DOG by Marek Hlasko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2014

"A cheerless morality play that is as piercing and compelling as its Western contemporaries."
Two rough-and-tumble Polish grifters scam an American widow in 1950s Tel Aviv. Read full book review >

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IN LUCIA'S NEIGHBORHOOD by Pat Shewchuk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Good intentions and appealing artwork can't overcome the vague descriptions and generic flavor of this narrative. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This Canadian import, adapted from an animated film, is an earnest effort to paint a positive picture of an urban neighborhood. Unfortunately, it fails to bring the narrator and her surroundings to life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Justice prevails in this focused true-crime drama."
A brutal unsolved murder case is cracked after 20 years of silence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Despite these flaws, Halter's stories and interviews should touch readers—and help them expand their range of moral activism both in extremis and in day-to-day life."
Thirty-six brief, often moving profiles of individuals who, usually at great personal risk, saved Jews from the Nazi juggernaut of death, from a noted French Jewish novelist (The Book of Abraham, 1986, etc.) and human-rights activist. Read full book review >

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The City and the Fields by Marek Breiger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Essential for the development and reassessment of language-arts curricula in California schools."
A broad debut survey of a century's worth of Golden State writing. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE WORLD IN BRESLAU by Marek Krajewski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 2013

"In the second of Mock's five adventures translated into English (Death in Breslau, 2012, etc.), darkly atmospheric writing and complex characters draw the reader into a vividly depicted era of modern history."
In decadent 1920s Germany, a dutiful but haunted detective unravels a pair of bizarre murders as his personal life crumbles around him. Read full book review >

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ZIPPORAH, WIFE OF MOSES by Marek Halter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Affecting biblical drama scaled down to human dimensions."
Fanciful version of the fatal encounter between African princess Zipporah and young Moses, in a breathy, atmospheric translation. Read full book review >

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SARAH by Marek Halter
Released: May 4, 2004

"Halter fleshes out the scriptural account with rich and credible portraits of contemporary life and history, even if his narration ('There was a quivering in her belly that had nothing to do with fear or anger') occasionally descends to the level of the bodice-buster."
The prizewinning French author re-creates the story of Abraham and Sarah and the unlikely steps that led to their giving birth to both Judaism and the Jewish people. Read full book review >

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LOOKIN’ FOR  BIRD IN THE BIG CITY by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Best read aloud by a storyteller with jazz inside, but sure to inspire more music. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Burleigh limns a fictionalized account of the very young Miles Davis coming to New York City with his trumpet, seeking Charlie "Bird" Parker and his saxophone. Read full book review >

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THE MINOTAUR'S HEAD by Marek Krajewski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Mock's fourth case, filled with incisive period detail, features not one but two singular detectives at its core."
Quirky sleuths solve a string of brutal murders as Europe changes all around them. Read full book review >