«Spero che questa lettera non si perda nei vostri uffici e che lei la leggerà di persona ... Mi stupisce che i giornali non rivelino quale fosse la vera personalità di Oscar Chabut. Possibile che nessuno, fra quelli che hanno contattato, abbia detto loro la verità?» «Invece si parla di lui come di un uomo di grande valore, audace e caparbio, che con le sue sole forze ha creato una delle più importanti aziende vinicole». «È davvero sconfortante! Quell’uomo era un farabutto, gliel’ho detto e lo ripeto, pronto a sacrificare chiunque alla sua ambizione e alla sua mania di grandezza. Tanto che mi chiedo se in fondo non fosse pazzo». «È difficile credere che un uomo sano di mente possa comportarsi come faceva lui. Nei rapporti con le donne, prevaleva il bisogno di infangarle. Voleva possederle tutte, ma per svilirle e sentirsi superiore. Del resto si vantava delle sue conquiste senza preoccuparsi della loro reputazione». (Le inchieste di Maigret 69 di 75)
Author: Жорж Сименон
Комиссар Мегрэ носит давно вышедшие из моды котелок и пальто, не расстается с трубкой, предпочитает дождливую погоду, обожает греться у огня и ходить, заложив руки за спину. Мрачный, немногословный, он обладает редким даром внушать доверие, ему известны тайные пружины человеческой драмы. Разгадывая самые сложные преступления, распутывая самые причудливые интриги, Мегрэ руководствуется одним безотказным принципом: чтобы найти виновных, нужно прежде всего понять смысл их поступков…
In Other Words
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
National Best Seller From the best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, a powerful nonfiction debut—an “honest, engaging, and very moving account of a writer searching for herself in words.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred) In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her. Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family, for “a trial by fire, a sort of baptism” into a new language and world. There, she begins to read, and to write—initially in her journal—solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice. Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention. From the Hardcover edition.
The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics provides a timely overview of a dynamic and rapidly growing area with a widely applied methodology. Through the electronic analysis of large bodies of text, corpus linguistics demonstrates and supports linguistic statements and assumptions. In recent years it has seen an ever-widening application in a variety of fields: computational linguistics, discourse analysis, forensic linguistics, pragmatics and translation studies. Bringing together experts in the key areas of development and change, the handbook is structured around six themes which take the reader through building and designing a corpus to using a corpus to study literature and translation. A comprehensive introduction covers the historical development of the field and its growing influence and application in other areas. Structured around five headings for ease of reference, each contribution includes further reading sections with three to five key texts highlighted and annotated to facilitate further exploration of the topics. The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics is the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates.
Author: Ben Pastor
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
In Nazi-occupied Poland, an American priest and a Germany army captain investigate the murder of a nun, who had the gift of prophecy.
Author: Giovanni Ruffini
Food, love, and murder—Sicilian style—in the gripping eleventh installment of The New York Times bestselling Montalbano mystery series. Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and—acutely aware of his age—he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls-all victims of the underworld sex trade-who have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. The problem is, Montalbano's inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church and the three other girls are all missing.
When Maigret receives a visit from an old schoolmate whose mistress has been shot to death, he feels compelled to look into the case. Yet his friend is one of the suspects-along with the dead woman’s four other lovers, each unknown to the others. The basis for a public television Mystery! presentation. Translated by Eileen Ellenbogen. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Act of Passion
Author: Georges Simenon
Publisher: New York Review of Books
For forty years Charles Alavoine has sleepwalked through his life. Growing up as a good boy in the grip of a domineering mother, he trains as a doctor, marries, opens a medical practice in a quiet country town, and settles into an existence of impeccable bourgeois conformity. And yet at unguarded moments this model family man is haunted by a sense of emptiness and futility. Then, one night, laden with Christmas presents, he meets Martine. It is time for the sleeper to awake.
The Eyes of Venice
Author: Alessandro Barbero
Winner of the Alessandro Manzoni Prize for Fiction Venice at the end of the 1500s is an unforgiving city. The Doge rules with an iron fist and the Holy Office harbors suspicions about everything and everyone. Even the walls have eyes. The Republic of Venice watches and listens, then passes judgment swiftly and definitively. In a city where everyone is assumed guilty of something, a young stonemason by the name of Michele has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Afraid for his life, he flees the city aboard a galley carrying gold coin, leaving behind his young wife, Bianca. Banished from his home, Michele embarks on a series of extraordinary adventures as the ship he travels on stops in every port and on every island of the Mediterranean. In order to survive this once naïve and immature boy must fast become a man, one possessed of cunning, courage and fortitude. Bianca remains alone in the cruel and treacherous Venice. She faces challenges that are, if anything, even more difficult than those of Michele, and will encounter all the terrors and mysteries that the labyrinthine city holds in its blind alleys and narrow passageways. And she, like Michele, will discover in herself a tenacious and indestructible will to survive. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Pierre Assouline
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
Looks at the life of author Georges Simenon, from his troubled youth and controversial political activities to his literary rise and association with some of the great cultural icons of his time
Author: Georges Simenon
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Pedigree is Georges Simenon’s longest, most unlikely, and most adventurous novel, the book that is increasingly seen to lie at the heart of his outsize achievement as a chronicler of modern self and society. In the early 1940s, Simenon began work on a memoir of his Belgian childhood. He showed the initial pages to André Gide, who urged him to turn them into a novel. The result was, Simenon later quipped, a book in which everything is true but nothing is accurate. Spanning the years from the beginning of the century, with its political instability and terrorist threats, to the end of the First World War in 1918, Pedigree is an epic of everyday existence in all its messy unfinished intensity and density, a story about the coming-of-age of a precocious and curious boy and the coming to be of the modern world.