The Bellwether Revivals: A Novel

By Benjamin Wood

*Finalist for the Costa First Novel Award*

*Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize*

 
From a emerging literary famous person, an exhilarating debut novel of mental suspense set one of the faculties of Cambridge

When vivid and bookish Oscar Lowe follows the haunting sound of an organ into the chapel of Kings university, Cambridge, sooner or later, his entire international alterations. He meets a stunning and seductive clinical scholar, Iris Bellwether, and her charismatic and brother Eden. Oscar is seduced via their lifetime of scholarship and privilege, but if Eden convinces Iris and her close-knit workforce of pals to take part in a sequence of nerve-racking experiments, Oscar fears he has entered into whatever from which he can't break out. such as Donna Tartt’s The mystery History, The Bellwether Revivals is a gripping exploration of the road among genius and insanity that might carry readers spellbound till its breathtaking conclusion.

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The Caves of Alienation (Library of Wales)

By Stuart Evans

A tale of unfolding revelation, this multi-voiced narrative examines the tricky, interesting personality of Caradock, whose kinfolk made its fortune from the of Wales, yet whose adolescence within the Welsh valleys simply fueled his wish to depart. Chronicling his efforts to flee, the unconventional remembers his an important first encounters with intercourse, his literary luck in London, and his ultimate withdrawal to Wales. instructed from quite a few viewpoints—some conflicting, all interrelated—the narrative shifts from associates and enemies, literary opponents, and enthusiasts to critics or even tv and radio documentaries, all of which juggle fragments of fact. Caradock's personal novels and essays play an essential component within the tale. All this makes for a thrilling, kaleidoscopic learn, humorous and profound by way of turns, but by no means flinching in its portrayal of Caradock and his private preoccupations.

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The Stalin Epigram: A Novel

By Robert Littell

Moscow, 1934. As millions of peasant famers starve less than Stalin's regime of collectivisation, Osip Mandelstam, might be the best Russian poet of the 20th century, defies the Kremlin with a number of brief, audacious traces of verse - a searing indictment of Stalin secretly recited to a handful of neighbors and fellow artists. whilst a transcript of the paintings falls into the palms of the key police, the poet is taken from his domestic to Lubyanka legal lower than accusations of counter-revolutionary actions that hold the top penalty, and his destiny - in addition to the fates of these on the subject of him - is solid into bleak uncertainty. A fictional portrait in keeping with a riveting old episode, The Stalin Epigram is narrated in flip by way of Mandelstam himself, his dedicated spouse and his nice associates, the poets Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, among different vividly imagined characters. A gripping and remarkable fulfillment of rigorous learn and notable empathy, bestselling writer Robert Littell's most modern novel is a compelling testomony to human braveness and patience.

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Lord Jim & Nostromo (Modern Library (Paperback))

By Joseph Conrad

Selected through the trendy Library as of the a hundred most sensible novels of all time

WITH a brand new advent via ROBERT D. KAPLAN
COMMENTARY by way of VIRGINIA WOOLF, HAROLD BLOOM, EDWARD SAID,
F. R. LEAVIS, AND ROBERT PENN WARREN

"        Never have been Mr. Conrad's felicity of word and beauty of surroundings extra noticeable. . . . A booklet of the infrequent literary caliber of Lord Jim is anything to obtain with gratitude and joy."--The ny Times

Originally released in 1900, Lord Jim is one in every of Joseph Conrad's most complicated literary masterpieces. the tale of a tender sailor whose second of cowardice haunts him for the remainder of his lifestyles, Lord Jim explores Conrad's lifelong obsessions with the character of guilt and the potential for redemption.
        Nostromo is taken into account by way of many to be Conrad's perfect fulfillment, and Conrad himself observed Nostromo as his "widest canvas." Set within the fictitious South American republic of Costaguana, Nostromo finds the consequences that inaccurate idealism, unheard of greed, and imperialist pursuits could have on a fledging state. V. S. Pritchett wrote: "Nostromo is the main strikingly smooth of Conrad's novels. it truly is pervaded by means of a profound, even morbid experience of lack of confidence that's the very spirit of our age."
        Robert D. Kaplan's creation explains why the 2 novels jointly shape Conrad's darkest glimpse into the fallacious nature of humankind.

JOSEPH CONRAD (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After two decades at sea within the French and British service provider navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the following 3 many years, he revolutionized the English novel with works akin to adolescence (1902), center of Darkness (1902), storm (1903), the key Agent (1907), below Western Eyes (1911), probability (1913), and Victory (1915).

ROBERT D. KAPLAN is a correspondent for The Atlantic per month and the writer of 7 books of go back and forth and overseas affairs which were translated right into a dozen languages, together with Balkan Ghosts, The Ends of the Earth, and An Empire desert, all bestsellers, and a set of essays, the arrival Anarchy. He lectures often to the U.S. army.

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The Lost Time Accidents: A Novel

By John Wray

In his formidable and fiercely artistic new novel, The misplaced Time Accidents, John Wray takes us from turn-of-the-century Viennese salons humming with rumors approximately Einstein's radical new thought to the dying camps of worldwide struggle , from the golden age of postwar pulp technology fiction to a startling discovery in a new york condo packed to the ceiling with artifacts of recent life.

Haunted via a failed love affair and the darkest of kin secrets and techniques, Waldemar 'Waldy' Tolliver wakes one morning to find that he has been exiled from the move of time. the area keeps to show, and Waldy is eager to locate his manner back-a trip that forces him to reckon not just with the betrayal on the center of his doomed romance but in addition the legacy of his great-grandfather's deadly pursuit of the hidden nature of time itself.

Part madcap experience, half harrowing relatives drama, half clinical mystery--and by no means below wildly entertaining--The misplaced Time Accidents is a daring and epic saga set opposed to the best upheavals of the 20 th century.

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Maybe the Moon: A Novel

By Armistead Maupin

Maybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin's first novel because finishing his bestselling Tales of the City sequence, is the audaciously unique chronicle of Cadence Roth -- Hollywood actress, singer, iconoclast and previous Guiness Book list holder because the world's shortest girl.

All of 31 inches tall, Cady is a real survivor in a city the place -- as she says -- "you can die of encouragement." Her early starring function as a cute elf in an immensely well known American movie proved a big unhappiness, due to the fact moviegoers by no means observed the face at the back of the stifling rubber go well with she used to be required to put on. Now, after a decade of hole grants from the undefined, she is lowered to functioning at birthday events and bat mitzvahs as she waits for the miracle that would eventually make her a celeb.

In a chain of mordantly humorous magazine entries, Maupin tracks his spunky heroine around the saffron-hazed desolate tract of la -- from her all-too-infrequent conferences with brokers and studio moguls to her commonplace harrowing encounters with babies, huge canines and human lack of know-how. Then at some point a lanky piano participant saunters into Cady's existence, unleashing heady new feelings, and he or she reveals herself going for broke, capturing the moon with a scheme so harebrained and bold that it simply may well prevail. Her partner within the enterprise is her ally, Jeff, a homosexual waiter who sees Cady's fight for visibility as a usual extension of his personal conflict opposed to the Hollywood Closet.

As clear-eyed because it is captivating, Maybe the Moon is a contemporary parable concerning the mythology of the films and the toll it exacts from it contributors on either side of the reveal. it's a paintings that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit from a standpoint not often present in literature.

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The Widower's Tale

By Julia Glass

Seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling fortunately into retirement: analyzing novels, gazing outdated video clips, and swimming bare in his pond. yet his workouts are disrupted while he's persuaded to allow a in the community loved preschool take over his barn. As Percy sees his rural shelter overrun by means of kids, mom and dad, and academics, he needs to reexamine the solitary lifestyles he has made within the 3 many years because the surprising demise of his spouse. With equivalent components affection and humor, Julia Glass spins a charming story a couple of guy who can not stay aloof from his group, his grown daughters, or—to his nice shock—the precarious pleasure of falling in love.

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