Search Results: "Roberto Aliaga"


BOOK REVIEW

A NIGHT TIME STORY by Roberto Aliaga
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"While the dreamlike nature of the images is fairly accessible, children (and adults) may find themselves stopped cold by nonrhythmic sentence structure. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A winner of the Lazarillo Award, the prize in Spain for children's literature, Aliaga weaves a tale translated into English with mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE GOLDEN KEY by Roberto Aliaga
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"The accomplished art, however, does not compensate for the story's lack of suspense, humor, or lyricism. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This Spanish import presents the day that three mice find a key and speculate on what it might unlock. Read full book review >

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THE NERUDA CASE by Roberto Ampuero
Released: June 14, 2012

"While Ampuero depicts Neruda warts and all, he still clearly admires his complex and demanding humanness."
If the title sounds like something out of detective fiction, it is—for Ampuero asks us to consider the hypothetical possibility that Pablo Neruda, terminally ill, hires someone to track down a former lover. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Imaginative storytelling with real literary depth."
Lush landscapes, enchanted happenings, tangled roots and violence suffuse this beguiling collection of stories set in the highlands of Guatemala. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN MADMEN by Roberto Arlt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Undoubtedly a very influential book and, in its engagingly perverse way, a kind of masterpiece."
This new translation restores to English The Seven Madmen (paperback original $14.99; Mar.; 249 pp.; 1-85242-592-X): This new translation restores to English a classic (1929) Argentinian novel whose author (1900—42). the son of German immigrants, wryly memorialized the polyglot vitality of Buenos Aires as a menacing objective correlative of his own—and, by extension, modern man's—alienation and psychic disintegration. Read full book review >

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Tutta La Famigla by Roberto Gaglio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2013

"A complex story about where ambitions and love meet."
A romance between a peasant farmer and the landowner's daughter takes some unexpected turns in this tragedy that examines the conditions of tenant farmers on Italian wine-growing estates around the turn of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF TWO LIONS by Roberto Ransom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Weightless."
Tame novella about two trickster lions. Read full book review >

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LA FOLIE BAUDELAIRE by Roberto Calasso
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Tough but rewarding, written with bold intelligence and panache."
An intellectually challenging and sometimes obscure assessment of the life and influence of French writer Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), whose poetry and critical essays made him a founding father of modernism. Read full book review >

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WOES OF THE TRUE POLICEMAN by Roberto Bolaño
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Nevermind the lack of a resolution. The robust affirmation that the pursuit of literature is ennobling is sufficient recompense."
The much admired Chilean writer's final, unfinished novel is a seductive grab bag filled with the mysteries of sexuality and literature. Read full book review >

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CONCLAVE by Roberto Pazzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2003

"A mixed success, but a work of genuine ingenuity and charm."
A high-concept, seriocomic tale from the prizewinning Italian author. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL IN RED by Roberto Innocenti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"Older children, and perhaps even teens, might find this tale much to their liking; some, however, might find its darkness a little too unmitigated, despite the closing sign that says 'Happy End.' (Picture book. 8-12)"
A modern, urban, dream-and-nightmare scenario for Red Riding Hood, with a television-show ending. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR ME DI CIN by Roberto Piumini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A delightful amusement with lovely and evocative artwork. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Despite his eponymous name, a wise doctor tricks a sick prince into curing himself without herbs or medications. Read full book review >