Search Results: "Shaun Whiteside"


BOOK REVIEW

LEA by Pascal Mercier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Despite Mercier's (Perlmann's Silence, 2012, etc.) lyricism and occasional emotional acuity, the book's depiction of suffering does little to elaborate its closing observation that 'there is unhappiness of a dimension so great that it is unbearable.'"
Two men from Bern who can no longer trust their hands—one is a recently retired surgeon who can't hold a scalpel without trembling and the other can't hold a steering wheel without contemplating suicide—meet by chance in a cafe in Provence. Read full book review >

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THE WEEKEND by Bernhard Schlink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Amid ongoing revelation, all narrative strands (and there are many) are tied neatly by the end."
A tight literary contrivance by the novelist best known for The Reader (1997). Read full book review >

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MY GRANDFATHER'S GALLERY by Anne Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The book shows the birth of modern art midwifed by a man we'd like to know better. Did Sinclair feel a need to protect some family history? Even so, she offers an intriguing window into the art scene of the early to mid-1900s."
French TV journalist Sinclair carefully accesses a wealth of family archives in her study of the biggest art dealer in Europe until World War II, her grandfather Paul Rosenberg (1881-1951). Read full book review >

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RED LOVE by Maxim Leo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"In this winner of the European Book Prize, Leo not only produces a moving family memoir, but also a probing exploration of the human need to believe and belong."
A prize-winning German journalist's account of how he revisited his family's socialist past to find answers about his parents' relationship to him and to each other. Read full book review >

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BLITZED by Norman Ohler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Written with dramatic flair (Ohler has published several novels in Germany), this book adds significantly to our understanding of the Third Reich."
An intense chronicle of "systematic drug abuse" in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

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TO DIE IN SPRING by Ralf Rothmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Searing, haunting, incandescent: Rothmann's new novel is a vital addition to the trove of wartime fiction."
A reluctant German soldier wades through the final days of the second world war. Read full book review >

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LET ME GO by Helga Schneider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Survivor's tales come in as many shapes as mothers. This one, from the dark side, is as affecting as a kick in the stomach."
Mothers come in all shapes and persuasions: this one enthusiastically joined the Waffen SS, abandoned her children, and embraced her tasks at Auschwitz, as gloomily recounted in her daughter's memoir. Read full book review >

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54 by Wu Ming
Kirkus Star
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2006

"Don Camillo meets The Name of the Rose meets Dr. No: a rewarding beach book for grownups."
Grant, Cary Grant. Super secret agent. Not just in Hitchcock films, but in real life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Will appeal to those interested in the Mafia, but casual readers may get caught up looking for the story and have a hard time absorbing the material."
Journalist Reski personalizes her longtime coverage of the Italian Mafia in this short recent history of the organization. Read full book review >

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PERLMANN'S SILENCE by Pascal Mercier
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The setup is worthy of a David Lodge or Malcolm Bradbury, but Mercier lacks the humor of either of those English satirists; instead, the novel settles into a kind of slow funk, the literary equivalent of moping, as Perlmann wrestles with what to do next, surprised by his own torpor and reluctance. But for readers of a philosophical bent, appreciative of slowly unfolding, elegant tales, this will be a pleasure."
A slow-moving portrait of grief and dislocation by the author of the fast-moving Night Train to Lisbon (2007). Read full book review >

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THE LAST DRAGON by Silvana De Mari
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Readers are left assured that kindness and hope will prevail, however tenuously, over anger and fear. (Fantasy. 10+)"
In the first section of this wise, warmhearted fairytale, the elf Yorsh is only a sweetly naïve child; but as the last of his kind, he accepts his destined burden to return summer to a world of endless rain and famine. Read full book review >