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La Mennulara

La Mennulara

Author: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 848383880X
Pages:
Year: 2014-05-06
El 23 de septiembre de 1963, en el pueblo siciliano de Roccacolomba, fallece la Mennulara, así llamada por haber sido en su niñez una hermosa recogedora de almendras. Su vida, hasta el día mismo de su muerte, la dedicó a servir con una lealtad rayana en lo enfermizo a los acaudalados señores Alfallipe. Pero ¿cómo se explica que con el tiempo se convirtiera en administradora de los bienes de sus amos? ¿Y por qué éstos se resisten en un principio a cumplir sus últimas voluntades? En el pueblo no tardan en desatarse los chismorreos: unos la maldicen, otros la veneran. Como piezas de un rompecabezas, esas voces van dando forma a la imagen fragmentada de la Mennulara, para componer poco a poco el espléndido retrato de una mujer inolvidable. Y mientras va desvelándose el misterio que la envuelve, su figura emerge, poderosa, en un universo rural y opresivo, inmóvil en apariencia, donde luchan un pasado que se resiste a morir y una modernidad que no acaba de llegar.
The Nun

The Nun

Author: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609459105
Pages: 288
Year: 2011-12-27
August 15, 1839. Messina, Italy. In the home of Marshall don Peppino Padellani di Opiri, preparations for the feast of the Ascension are underway. This may be the last happy day in the life of Agata, the Marshall's daughter. She and the wealthy Giacomo Lepre have fallen in love. Agata however must forsake her beloved Giacomo for the good of her family. Unfortunately the extended families of these illicit lovers cannot come to an agreement in their efforts to put the tawdry matter of their offspring's affair to rest and when Marshall don Peppino dies, Agata's mother decides to ferry her daughter far from Messina, to Naples, where she hopes to garner a stipend from the King. The only boat leaving Messina that day is captained by the young Englishman, James Garson. Following a tempestuous passage to Naples, during which Agata confesses her troubles to James, Agata and her mother find themselves rebuffed by the king and Agata is forced to join a convent. The Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio Stilita is rife with rancor and jealousy, illicit passions and ancient feuds. But Agata remains aloof, devoting herself to the cultivation of medicinal herbs, calmed by the steady rhythms of monastic life. She reads all the books James Garson sends her and follows the news of the various factions struggling to bring unity to Italy. She has accepted her life as a nun, but she is divided by her yearnings for purity and religiosity and her desire to be part of the world. She is increasingly torn when she realizes that her feelings for James Garson, though he is only a distant presence in her life, have eclipsed those for Lepre.
The Almond Picker

The Almond Picker

Author: Simonetta Agnello Hornby, Alastair McEwen
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312425066
Pages: 336
Year: 2006-02-21
A debut novel explores issues of identity in modern Sicily, presenting the complicated life of Maria Rosalia Inzerillo, a woman born into poverty in Sicily who becomes the invaluable servant of a wealthy family. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
The Marchesa

The Marchesa

Author: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466804408
Pages: 344
Year: 2008-06-24
A richly evocative tale of a woman's struggle for life and love A triumphant follow-up to Simonetta Agnello Hornby's internationally acclaimed The Almond Picker, this entertaining new novel is an intricate family saga interwoven with violent passions, cruelty, deceit, and the abuse of power. The Marchesa is an eyeopening historical drama about a remarkable woman and her extraordinary family, and the complex, often abusive relations that mark the lives of master and servant, brother and sister, husband and wife. Costanza Safamita, beloved daughter of Baron Domenico Safamita, is a precious but unusual child. Redhaired, gawky, and shy, she is considered an outsider by many on the family estate, but her adoring father makes her sole heir to the Safamita fortune, and then everything changes—for them and for her. Now she must conquer glittering, alien Palermo—where, uncertain of her future, she falls in love with a charming, dissolute young marchese whose sexual appetite she fears she cannot satiate. The Marchesa's brave, unusual story offers an unprecedented woman's perspective on the incestuous hypocrisy of the Sicilian aristocracy during a dramatic time in its history, as the Bourbon monarchy collapsed, the Mafia rose to power, and Palermo's decadent aristocracy began its inevitable decline. These themes are flawlessly woven into the fabric of Costanza's triumphant life, so that The Marchesa becomes not only an unforgettable human tale but a masterly fresco of a vanished world.
Café amargo

Café amargo

Author: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Publisher: Tusquets Editores S.A.
ISBN: 8490663793
Pages:
Year: 2017-02-07
Ojos grandes y almendrados, cabello castaño: la belleza de Maria seduce al joven Pietro Sala (hasta el punto de que la pide en matrimonio aunque ella no tenga dote alguna), y también, de manera más sutil, a Giosuè, el joven al que el padre de Maria ha acogido y que ha sido para ella como un hermano mayor. Maria tiene sólo quince años, Pietro treinta y cuatro; él es un bon vivant que ama los viajes, el juego, las mujeres; ella proviene de una familia socialista de grandes ideales pero magros recursos. Y sin embargo el matrimonio resulta ser feliz: fuera de los muros familiares, Maria descubre la libertad y el derecho al placer. Sin embargo, durante un viaje a Trípoli, con el desierto como cómplice, Maria descubre los soterrados lazos que siempre la han atado a Giosuè. Comienza así una historia de amor que durará más de veinte años, llena de encuentros clandestinos, de separaciones, de amargas consecuencias familiares, hasta que ambos encuentren una nueva paz... después de una sangrienta guerra. Desde los «fasci» sicilianos hasta el ascenso del fascismo y la segunda guerra mundial, la autora sigue las andanzas y vicisitudes de la protagonista, convirtiendo su vida poco convencional en un fragmento decisivo de la historia de Sicilia y de Italia.
La tía marquesa

La tía marquesa

Author: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483838834
Pages:
Year: 2014-05-06
Costanza Safamita es hija de una rica familia de terratenientes en la Sicilia del siglo XIX; su padre, el barón Domenico, la adora, su madre la odia. Pelirroja y de rasgos que la llevan a parecer «de otra raza», crece entre las mujeres del servicio. Por voluntad de su padre, Costanza, y no sus hermanos, heredará las riquezas y el prestigio de la familia. Muchos años después, Amalia Cuffaro, su nodriza, será quien poco a poco desvele la vida de Costanza, la tía marquesa: su abandono de la tranquila vida de provincias por el bullicioso mundo palermitano, su turbulenta vida matrimonial, su enfrentamiento con la Mafia y su sensación de no pertenecer a ninguno de estos mundos.
El veneno de las adelfas

El veneno de las adelfas

Author: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483838796
Pages:
Year: 2014-05-06
En Pedrara, en el extremo sureste de Sicilia, entre antiguas tumbas y corrientes de agua acariciadas por la opulencia sofocante de las adelfas, se yergue una villa entre altas paredes de roca. En ella, la familia Carpinteri se reúne en torno a la cama de la tía Anna, que va cayendo en una distraída demencia senil. ¿Existen realmente las piedras preciosas sobre las que desvaría? ¿Dónde están ocultas? Y, sobre todo, ¿qué lazos atan a la tía con el atractivo Bede, auténtico guardián de la propiedad y ambiguo factótum? Como el agua en la blanda cal, los Carpinteri excavan en secretos del pasado, rebuscan en armarios y exigen verdades nunca antes dichas, riquezas jamás disfrutadas. Las voces de Mara, la sobrina predilecta de Anna, y de Bede guían a los lectores por un sinuoso laberinto de relaciones y recuerdos, que atraviesan los confines de la propia muerte, mientras van desvelándose la influencia de los notables locales, el tráfico con los poderes ocultos y, por encima de todo, pasiones ingobernables. Simonetta Agnello Hornby saca a la luz, con la sabiduría de una imaginación majestuosa, un microcosmos que parece ensancharse, a través de un escalofrío, como representación de los problemas, las ambiciones y las ansias de liberación del entero universo familiar.
La monja y el capitán

La monja y el capitán

Author: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483838842
Pages:
Year: 2014-05-06
El 15 de agosto de 1839, en la ciudad siciliana de Mesina, la noble casa del mariscal Padellani bulle de actividad con los preparativos de la fiesta de la Asunción. Agata, la sexta hija del mariscal, no sospecha que ésos podrían ser sus últimos momentos de felicidad. Está enamorada del acaudalado Giacomo Lepre, pero, a pesar de ser correspondida, la lamentable situación económica de la familia la obliga a renunciar a su amor. En efecto, tras la muerte del mariscal, la madre de Agata, ya sin apenas recursos, la interna en el monasterio napolitano de San Giorgio Stilita. Allí Agata vive y sufre las rencillas, odios y pasiones ilícitas entre las demás religiosas. Sólo encontrará consuelo en el estudio, en las tareas que le asignan y en la observancia de la rígida regla benedictina. Como válvula de escape, lee las novelas y libros de poesía que le envía James Garson, joven capitán británico al que conoció poco antes de profesar las órdenes. Mientras en toda Italia estallan las revueltas, Agata se debate entre la obediencia debida y sus deseos de integrarse en el mundo exterior, y la velada presencia de James Garson hará que afloren en ella sentimientos que van más allá de sus ansias de libertad.
Hispaniola

Hispaniola

Author: Samuel M. Wilson
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817304622
Pages: 170
Year: 1990-10-30
Hispaniola examines the early years of the contact period in the Caribbean and in narrative form reconstructs the social and political organization of the Ta&iactue;no.
A Barcelona Heiress

A Barcelona Heiress

Author: Sergio Vila-Sanjuán
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453264000
Pages: 318
Year: 2012-07-17
A historical detective story set against the social and political tumult of 1920s Barcelona and based on the real events of the end of a dazzling era. In the decade before the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona is on the verge of boiling over. Pablo Vilar, a well-connected young lawyer and journalist, meets several mysterious people who seem to hold clues to what is brewing in the city. The diverse cast of characters includes an assaulted cabaret artist, an anarchist leader, the city’s new autocratic civil governor, and a beautiful, wealthy countess—their destinies all bound by invisible ties. While the city both touches its zenith and peers into the abyss, Vilar guides us through a labyrinth that leads from the caverns of Montjuïc, home to paupers and outlaws, to the high-society parties in the gardens of Horta. Based on documents from the author’s family archives, and called “an irresistible read” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of The Shadow of the Wind, A Barcelona Heiress provides a fresh perspective on a complex and dramatic period.
Before You Sleep

Before You Sleep

Author: Linn Ullmann, Tiina Nunnally
Publisher:
ISBN: 1447248333
Pages: 304
Year: 2013-08-01
In a saga sparkling with wisdom, wit and style, Linn Ullmann explores the emotional terrain of marriage and motherhood with wicked humour and a tender eye for human frailty.
Lurid & Cute

Lurid & Cute

Author: Adam Thirlwell
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374712425
Pages: 368
Year: 2015-04-14
A dreamy and adrenaline-fueled new novel from a two-time Granta Best Young Novelist Lurid & Cute is a kind of machine for the reader's corruption. It opens with all the things we've come to expect of Adam Thirlwell-"the playfulness of language, the way the mandarin wit, line by line, consorts with grisly or louche material," as Jeffrey Eugenides has said-when the narrator wakes confused in a seedy hotel room. He has had the good education, and also the good job. Together with his wife and dog, he lives at home with his parents. But then the lurid overtakes him-a chain of events that feels to those inside it narcotic and neurotic, like one long and terrible descent: complete with lies, deceit, and chicanery, and including, in escalating order, one orgy, one brothel, and a series of firearms disputes. Lurid & Cute balances the complexity of an interior world-our hero's apparently innocent obsessions with food, old movies, and all the gaudy, shoddy building blocks of pop culture-with a picaresque plot delivered with expert, insidious pacing. For very possibly this is the story of a woebegone and global generation. And our hero, the sweetest narrator in world literature, also may well be the most fearsome. It's the most sophisticated and gruesome novel from an author celebrated for his precocious talents, and it will leave you feeling like you've been on one hell of a bender.
Bilbao-New York-Bilbao

Bilbao-New York-Bilbao

Author: Kirmen Uribe
Publisher: Seren
ISBN: 1781722072
Pages: 184
Year: 2016-04-29
The day he knew he was going to die, Liborio Uribe took his young daughter in law to the Museum of Fine Arts to show her a picture. Liborio had spent his entire life at sea, like his son José, living out unforgettable adventures which would later fade into obscurity. Years after, faced by the same painting, Liborio’s grandson Kirmen, a writer and poet, uses these family stories to write a novel. Bilbao–New York–Bilbao takes place during a flight to New York and tells the story of journeys by three generations of the same family. The key to the book is Liborio’s fishing boat, the Dos Amigos: who are these two friends, and what is the nature of their friendship? Through letters, diaries, emails, poems and dictionaries, Kirmen creates a mosaic of memories and stories that combine to form a homage to a world that has almost disappeared, as well as a hymn to the continuity of life. It is also a reflection on the art of writing, and lies between life and fiction. “Uribe has succeeded in realizing what is surely an ambition for many writers: a book that combines family, romances and literature, anchored deeply in a spoken culture but also in bookishness – and all without a single note of self-congratulation.” – TLS “The novel is set in an absolutely modern territory, the usual place of key writers of our time such as Emmanuel Carrere, WG Sebald, Orhan Pamuk and JM Coetzee.” – Sudouest “This book is as beautiful as a memory.” – Le Figaró “Uribe’s literary proposal is entirely fresh and innovative. A novel of our time. This writer who comes from a ‘small country’ begins his journey through the field of universal literature, searching for transnational communication.” – Mainichi Shimbun “A splendid novel, which the reader acknowledges like a hug.” – El País “Beautiful. It has the rare quality of attending to tradition without sounding like folk, and being modern without rejecting those that were so before.” – ABC “This ingenious and original historiographical novel tells the story of its own writing, as Uribe explores the history of his family and the Basque Country fishing community of which they have long been a part. Framed by the author's plane journey to the States, the web of digressions is mapped by ever-lengthening and constantly entwining cultural tendrils as the family diffuses around the world, led off by his father's trawler. The intersection between truth and storytelling is a particularly potent theme, contrasting the prosaic and the poetic, the pragmatic and the romantic. It's a view from the inside of the novel, looking out upon the reader in consideration of what might prove engaging, a metafictional conceit made engaging by the genial candour of Uribe, or at least his novelistic avatar, as he explores the process of researching and honing his book. Huge credit must go to Wales-based indie Seren Books for bringing this book to English-language readers; it's extraordinary that this winner of Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Literatura wasn't picked up by a major publisher.” – Jonathan Ruppin, Foyles Best Fiction: 2014
Stella Descending

Stella Descending

Author: Linn Ullmann
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330530429
Pages: 300
Year: 2012-03-22
On a warm night in Oslo, Martin draws Stella into one of the risky games that have defined their ten years together: a balancing act on the edge of their rooftop, seven storeys up. Amid the shouts of horrified onlookers, Stella stumbles, falling for a moment into Martin's arms before plummeting to her death. Did he try to save her? This is the question that begins Linn Ullmann's transfixing tale of Stella: a jealous wife, compliant mistress, treasured friend, angelic nurse, unloved daughter, devoted mother, and - finally - a woman possessed of a secret now forever lost to the living.
Mad Girl's Love Song

Mad Girl's Love Song

Author: Andrew Wilson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857205900
Pages: 448
Year: 2013-01-31
On 25 February 1956, twenty-three-year-old Sylvia Plath walked into a party and immediately spotted Ted Hughes. This encounter - now one of the most famous in all literary history - was recorded by Plath in her journal, where she described Hughes as a 'big, dark, hunky boy'. Sylvia viewed Ted as something of a colossus, and to this day his enormous shadow has obscured Plath's life and work. The sensational aspects of the Plath-Hughes relationship have dominated the cultural landscape to such an extent that their story has taken on the resonance of a modern myth. After Plath's suicide in February 1963, Hughes became Plath's literary executor, the guardian of her writings, and, in effect responsible for how she was perceived. But Hughes did not think much of Plath's prose writing, viewing it as a 'waste product' of her 'false self', and his determination to market her later poetry - poetry written after she had begun her relationship with him - as the crowning glory of her career, has meant that her other earlier work has been marginalised. Before she met Ted, Plath had lived a complex, creative and disturbing life. Her father had died when she was only eight, she had gone out with literally hundreds of men, had been unofficially engaged, had tried to commit suicide and had written over 200 poems. Mad Girl's Love Songwill trace through these early years the sources of her mental instabilities and will examine how a range of personal, economic and societal factors - the real disquieting muses - conspired against her. Drawing on exclusive interviews with friends and lovers who have never spoken openly about Plath before and using previously unavailable archives and papers, this is the first book to focus on the early life of the twentieth century's most popular and enduring female poet. Mad Girl's Love Songreclaims Sylvia Plath from the tangle of emotions associated with her relationship with Ted Hughes and reveals the origins of her unsettled and unsettling voice, a voice that, fifty years after her death, still has the power to haunt and disturb.