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LIFE OF MIDDLE-AGED MEN IN LATE 20TH-CENTURY – Money, novel by Martin Amis

Martin Amis was born in Oxford. His father was noted English novelist Sir Kingsley Amis. As a young boy, he read nothing but comic books, untill his stepmother introduced him to Jane Austen. After teenage years spent in flowery shirts, he graduated from Exeter College, Oxford, with a “Congratulatory” First in English. His father showed no interest in his early ...

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READING BEST ITALIAN NOVELS – The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio

He was born in Paris (France) and died in Certaldo (Tuscany, Italy). He was the son of a Tuscan merchant (his mother was probably French). His father had no sympathy for Boccaccio’s literary inclinations and sent him to Naples to learn business. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313/1375) was Italian poet, best remembered as the author of The Decameron. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdLjE0oMuDk He laid the ...

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THE CLOWN – Novel, by Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll was one of German foremost post-World War II writers. His work has been translated into 30 languages and he remains one of Germany’s most widely read authors. He was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. After the WWII he returned to Cologne and began working in his family’s cabinet shop. He became a ...

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CHINESE BEST NOVELS – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See

Lisa See is an American writer and novelist, and her books include also the novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. http://www.lisasee.com/ She was born in Paris, but has spent many years in Los Angeles (especially Los Angeles Chinatown). Her paternal great-grandfather was Chinese, which has had a great impact on her life and work. Two her novels (Snow Flower ...

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THE SECRET RIVER – Novel, by Kate Grenville

Australian literature has a rich history and The Secret River (novel by Kate Grenville) is a page of that history. Kate Grenville published nine books of fiction and four books about the writing process, but her best-known work remains The Secret River. Her novels have won many awards and several have been made into major feature films. She was born ...

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SILENCE OF THE GRAVE – Novel, by Arnaldur Indriðason

Reading Icelandic books translated to English: Even if you’ve never considered reading an 800-year-old story, some Icelandic sagas might surprise you: “Egils Saga” (by someone back in the c.1200s). You find there a colourful main character, plenty of fight scenes (both physical and verbal). Suggestion Nr. 2 and Nr.3: “Indipendent People”by Halldor Laxness you can read and “Gunnlöth’s Tale” by Svava Yakobsdottir. If ...

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A SUITABLE BOY – Novel, by Vikram Seth

Having lived in London for many years, he maintains residences near Salisbury (England), where he is a participant in local literary and cultural events. He is an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several novels and poetry books. Vikram Seth, has received several awards (including Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman). His collections of poetry, are ...

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AFTER FOREVER ENDS – Novel, by Melodie Ramone

She is a wife, mother and author. http://melodieramone.weebly.com/ First published in literary magazines at the age of twelve, she is a lifelong writer from the city of Chicago. A lifelong lover of music, she worked in the public relations sector of the music industry. She can be found delving into fringe Physics, reading anything she can get her hands on, ...

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TODAY IS A STRANGE SPRING DAY – A page by the novel The Last Row

THE LAST ROW is an immersion in pages of love and adventure, where two stories temporally far apart are made of emotions and feelings – of Bianca and Jacopo – fragile human beings who moved into two horizons: first of the Battle of Lepanto and second of a city of our time. The fortuitous discovery of old chains for prisoners will join ...

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MALINA – Novel, by Ingeborg Bachmann

The protagonists of Austrian literature? Stifter and Schnitzler, Rilke, Musil and Kafka. Among the names of those players is Ingeborg Bachmann, a woman who was part of the Group 47, poets and novelists innovative. The poetry of Bachman is of great musicality and spiritual intensity, but she also wrote a novel, Malina. Expressing the modern woman’s problems and unhappiness. The ...

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