This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan Alexandria to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and witty prose, André Aciman introduces us to the marvelous eccentrics who shaped his life--Uncle Vili, the s..
Daniel has long been lost in his drug addiction and discouragement. Claude still believes that by working hard you can achieve something. The two live in Brussels and are dedicated to emptying houses of deceased people, most of them without relatives or from homes so poor that nobody wants to take c..
There is now a burgeoning curiosity about the full range of human emotions. Emotional Advantage will teach us how a new perspective on fear can move us to courage, how guilt can clarify our values, and how anger can help us create healthy boundaries...
Starting from a detailed reading of the Chronicle of the Indies that Inca Garcilaso dedicated to Hernando de Soto's expedition through Florida, this splendid historical novel recreates what could have been the last meeting between Garcilaso and one of the survivors of that expedition, Captain Gonzal..
This book offers a selection of the adventures of Achilles that occurred in the last year of the famous Trojan War. For fifty-one days the demigod was the most cunning of the Achaean warriors in his fight against the Trojans. Achilles' anger and his confrontation with Agamemnon, the duel over Helen ..
Maryse Condé takes up the story of her life and invites us to accompany her on the exciting journey that marked her youth: a journey that begins in Paris, with an accidental pregnancy and the abandonment of the man she loves, and that leads her to wander through different African countries in search..
Veronica is late, Veronica is inexplicably late, and the book goes on until she comes back or until Julián is sure she won't come back. Towards the end, Julián wants to write and not be written, but to wait is to allow himself to be written: to wait is to follow a constant drift of images. So, the s..
One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, nineteen-year-old Paul comes home from university and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. There he’s partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who’s forty-eight, confident, witty, and married, with two nearly adult daughters..
In the vast palace of the empress lives an orphan girl called Nothing. She slips within the shadows of the Court, unseen except by the Great Demon of the palace and her true friend, Prince Kirin, heir to the throne. When Kirin is kidnapped, only Nothing and the prince’s bodyguard suspect that Kirin ..
Knowledge has never been so important and at the same time so suspicious. In the era of triumphant rationality, institutionalized science, technological advances and intelligent systems, a strange constellation appears: while science enjoys enormous recognition, many people distrust it, from mere di..
Happiness has become an almost insoluble dilemma, and the pursuit of it is a real obstacle to a good life. «People who seek only material gain risk their lives lightly. Is this not a mistake of our generation?» asked Chuang-Tzu as far back as the middle of the fourth century B.C. More than two thous..
In the fourth century a. C., Aristotle founds his school in Athens, a much-improved version of the Platonic Academy, where he himself studied in his youth. Aristotle's teachings do not expire, the author tells us. Extensively tracing the work of Aristotle, inserted in the context of the main episode..