By Sam Lipsyte
Milo Burkes liv är försatt i fritt fall efter att han fått sparken från fundraisingavdelningen på ett tredje klassens universitet. Eller påbörjades fallet långt innan? Han skulle ju bli det amerikanska måleriets nya frälsare, nu sörjer han ett arbete som han aldrig ens velat ha. Dessutom misstänker Milo att hans fru träffat en annan och att hans treårige son egentligen föraktar honom. Oväntat ges dock Milo möjligheten att återfå sin anställning. Allt han behöver göra är att uppvakta en potentiell sponsor som less than oklara omständigheter efterfrågat hans inblandning. males det Milo tror är fallets slutpunkt, visar sig bara vara dess början.
I Sam Lipsytes tredje roman Given avhandlas alltifrån barnuppfostran, klass och krig until romantiska komedier, internetporr och matlagningsprogram för dödsdömda. Den gemensamma nämnaren är ett Amerika där skillnaden mellan nationens självbild och den faktiska verkligheten aldrig kunnat vara större. En satirsk skildring över hur den amerikanska drömmen inte håller vad den lovat.
"Sam Lipsyte är en stjärna i stigande, sanna mina ord. Han har simply skänkt världen sin tredje roman, Given, och han skriver en prosa som får läsaren - åtminstone denna läsare - att skratta högt och okontrollerat på ett sätt som gör att folks tittat konstigt."
- Jan Söderqvist, Svenska Dagbladet
By Terry Pratchett
At lengthy final, girl Sybil has lured her husband, Sam Vimes, on a genuinely-earned vacation clear of the crime and dirt of Ankh-Morpork. yet for the commander of the town Watch, a holiday within the nation is something yet enjoyable. The balls, the teas, the muck—not to say all that clean air and birdsong—are greater than a piece taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper.
Yet a policeman will discover a crime wherever if he makes a decision to appear challenging sufficient, and it is not lengthy earlier than a physique is chanced on, and Sam—out of his jurisdiction, out of his point, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife)—must depend on his instincts, guile, and highway smarts to work out justice performed. As he units off at the chase, notwithstanding, he needs to you should definitely watch the place he steps. . . . this is often the geographical region, in spite of everything, and the streets almost definitely will not be paved with gold.
"White Guard," Mikhail Bulgakov's semi-autobiographical first novel, is the tale of the Turbin relatives in Kiev in 1918. Alexei, Elena, and Nikolka Turbin have simply misplaced their mother--their father had died years before--and locate themselves plunged into the chaotic civil battle that erupted within the Ukraine within the wake of the Russian Revolution. within the context of this family's own loss and the social turmoil surrounding them, Bulgakov creates a super photograph of the existential crises led to through the revolution and the lack of social, ethical, and political certainties. He confronts the reader with the bewildering cruelty that ripped Russian lifestyles aside in the beginning of the final century in addition to with the intense ways that the Turbins preserved their humanity. during this quantity Marian Schwartz, a number one translator, bargains the 1st whole and actual translation of the definitive unique textual content of Bulgakov's novel. She comprises the well-known dream series, passed over in prior translations, and fantastically solves the stylistic matters raised through Bulgakov's decorative prose. Readers with an curiosity in Russian literature, tradition, or background will welcome this wonderful translation of Bulgakov's vital early paintings. This version additionally comprises an informative historic essay by way of Evgeny Dobrenko.
By David Shafer
Three teens grapple with the standard thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an all-powerful on-line oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comedian debut novel.
By Jakov Lind
Pseudonym of Austrian author Heinz Jakov Landwirth (1927-2007), within the united kingdom from 1954; his most famed books – Eine Seele aus Holz (coll 1962; trans Ralph Manheim as Soul of wooden 1964) and Landschaft in Beton (1963; trans Ralph Manheim as panorama in Concrete 1964) – are ugly Satires in keeping with his stories as a Jew in hiding in the course of, and using a deep total wisdom of, global battle . those works have evoked comparisons with Czech writers of interregnum and doom, Franz Kafka regularly and Jaroslav Hasek (1883-1923), for the nice Soldier Schweik (1923); like just about all Czech writers of his set of brain, Lind is deadpan, blackly humorous, tremendous determined. overdue novels – Travels to the Enu: tale of a Shipwreck (1982) and The Inventor (1987) – are sf; the 1st compactly combines terrific Voyage and Island Utopia, back applyi - See extra at: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/lind_jakov#sthash.kKASRNmY.dpuf
from internal flap:
This e-book is a significant publishing occasion,
since it marks the reappearance o f a nice
writer, one o f the so much very important literary
figures o f the Sixties. And what a reappear-
ance it is Travels to the Enu is a savage
satire, consistently hilarious and often fairly a
bit extra, modelled after quick, yet uniquely
a booklet for this time.
Trapped on a excitement cruise in circum-
stances tantamount to a mass hijack and
cast adrift on an island formerly recorded
only in the writings o f an eighteenth-
century Portuguese tourist, the hero of
Jakov Lind’s interesting and provocative
story encounters a race o f women and men
whose affinities with the realm o f birds are
striking yet probably in simple terms epidermis deep.
By Evelyn Waugh
Despatched down from Oxford after a wild, drunken social gathering, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly shocked to discover himself qualifying for the location of schoolmaster at a boys' deepest college in Wales. His colleagues are an collection of misfits, rascals and fools, together with Prendy (plagued through doubts) and Captain Grimes, who's continually within the soup (or simply simple drunk). Then activities Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. because the farce unfolds in Evelyn Waugh's brilliant debut as a novelist, the younger run rebellion and nobody is secure, least of all Paul.
By Terry Southern
By Jennifer L. Ferriss-Hill
Quintilian famously claimed that satire was once tota nostra, or absolutely ours, yet this leading edge quantity demonstrates that lots of Roman Satire's such a lot unique features derived from historic Greek previous Comedy. Jennifer L. Ferriss-Hill analyzes the writings of Lucilius, Horace, and Persius, highlighting the good points that they crafted at the version of Aristophanes and his fellow poets: the authoritative but compromised writer; the self-referential discussions of poetics that vacillate among shielding and competitive; the deployment of non-public invective within the provider of literary polemics; and the abiding curiosity in criticizing participants, kinds, and language itself. the 1st book-length learn in English at the dating among Roman Satire and previous Comedy, Roman Satire and the previous comedian culture will entice scholars and researchers in classics, comparative literature, and English.
By Francine Prose
It has been years due to the fact that Swenson, a professor in a brand new England artistic writing application, has released a singular. it has been even longer considering any of his scholars have proven promise. input Angela Argo, a pierced, tattooed scholar with an extraordinary expertise for writing. Angela is simply the item Swenson wishes. And, greater but, she desires his aid. yet, as we know, the line to hell is paved with strong intentions. . . .
Deliciously risqué, Blue Angel is a withering tackle cutting-edge educational mores and a scathing story that vividly indicates what can occur while educational politics collides with political correctness.
By Malcolm Bradbury
On the peak of the Nineteen Sixties, a British author accepts an instructional put up in the USA for a yr that he will always remember English writer James Walker has 3 books to his identify, each one greeted with middling good fortune after which speedily forgotten. yet his résumé is critical sufficient to earn him a yearlong appointment at Benedict Arnold college because the American college's author in place of dwelling. At Benedict Arnold, Walker is whatever of a celebrity-a firebrand of Sixties British literary tradition whose paintings, notwithstanding possibly met with shrugs at domestic, is the topic of brilliant scholarly feedback between American teachers. Walker, after all, isn't relatively what a few have been waiting for, and tradition clashes abound as he encounters the tropes of yank academia within the sixties. Fusty, buttoned-up professors, lively advocates of loose love, and aggressively formidable colleagues collide to make sure that Walker's 12 months in the United States should be something yet usual.