Search Results: "Vittorio Giardino"


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A JEW IN COMMUNIST PRAGUE by Vittorio Giardino
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Visually compelling and historically resonant, Giardino's full- color narrative is evolving into a masterwork of its kind."
The second volume in Giardinos poignant graphic narrative of growing up under Communist rule in postwar Prague lives up to the clean elegance of its first (rev. 5/1/97). Read full book review >

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A JEW IN COMMUNIST PRAGUE by Vittorio Giardino
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 1, 1997

"Still, this is a project worth watching if yet another fine comic artist proves that a medium long associated with kids can handle the most serious of topics."
The first volume in a longer graphic novel, Giardino's tale of Communist oppression in Prague after the war recalls the best fictional and nonfictional accounts of life under Stalinism in Eastern Europe—the Kafkaesque bureaucracies, the betrayal of friendships, the constant presence of Big Brother, the unofficial anti-Semitism. Read full book review >

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NO PASARÁN! by Vittorio Giardino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Stylistically similar to Giardino's previous work, this compelling narrative artfully plays with a question: Who's spying for whom? And the cliff-hanging ending of this first half sustains our interest in the answer."
After the stunning achievement of his Jew in Communist Prague (1997-98), Giardino returns to familiar territory—his ongoing character, Max Friedman, a reluctant spy whose adventures intersect with 20th-century politics across a number of continents. Read full book review >

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VITTORIO THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Drink up, Riceans!"
The second entry in a new series of short vampire fabulisms began with Rice's well-received Pandora (1998), set in ancient Rome. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 1997

"Messori's uncritical approach serves only to reinforce the authoritarian image of Opus Dei and raises more questions than it answers."
A one-sided defense of the most controversial organization in the Catholic Church by Italian journalist Messori, whose interviews with John Paul II form the text of the pope's bestselling Crossing the Threshold of Hope. Read full book review >

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VARIABLE STAR by Vittorio Sereni
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A veteran of WWII, Sereni feels the weight of modern history and all its horrors, which he lightens with his joy in, among other things, American culture, from Louis Armstrong and Charlie Chaplin to Henry Miller and William Carlos Williams."
Variable Star ($13.00 paperback original; Oct.; 84 pp,; 1-55071-087-7): This fourth collection of verse from Sereni (b. 1913), a prominent editor at Mondadori, was published in Italy in 1981, two years before his death, and the work captures the mature reflections of a cosmopolitan modernist firmly in the tradition of Montale. Read full book review >

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SEPARATE ROOMS by Pier Vittorio Tondelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"A sweet-natured swan song, and a notable addition to the gay- fiction bookshelf."
From the late Tondelli (who died in 1991 of AIDS), a first US publication: the story of Italian writer Leo's pilgrimage in search of gay love and, especially, in homage to Thomas, with whom he enjoyed the affair of his life. ``Into Silence'' (the first of three movements—Thomas was a musician) finds Leo flying to Munich, Thomas's hometown, and flashing back to his first meeting with his German lover—who was not ``a Whitman'' (i.e., promiscuous) but had ``an aura of tenderness.'' Tondelli's prose lyrically evokes Leo's yearning and the arc of the affair while also providing a tour of European gay lifestyles before fast-cutting to Thomas dying in Munich and an hallucinogenic dark night of the soul for Leo. Read full book review >

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WHACKING JIMMY by William Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Laugh-out-loud fun. (First printing of 35,000)"
Richly amusing variation on Prizzi's Honor and other mafia comedies, set in 1975 and focusing on the death of Jimmy Hoffa, by the pseudonymous Wolf, a journalist who insists that he knows absolutely nothing —about the actual events surrounding the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF LISANDRA P. by Hélène Grémillon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Full of truly unexpected twists and poignant turns, Grémillon's subtly political drama reverberates long after the killer is unmasked."
When a psychoanalyst's wife is murdered, one of his patients is so determined to prove his innocence that she becomes entwined in the case herself in this Argentina-set psychological thriller. Read full book review >