La Fontaine des Lunatiques by André de Richaud

By André de Richaud

En 1932, l. a. fontaine des lunatiques avait ébloui et traumatisé los angeles critique. C'est vrai qu'ouvrir un tel livre, c'est ne pas en revenir. Trois hommes vivent dans une grande maison à l'écart d'un village. Hugues, le fils de 18 ans, est d'une grande beauté. Son père, fou de musique, occupe ses nuits à jouer du piano. Dans sa chambre, le grand-père paralysé se tait. Sa mort et l'apparition d'une jeune femme enterrée depuis cinquante ans brisent les liens du père et du fils. Hugues entreprend alors un voyage initiatique et sensuel. Le père façonne un orgue d'argile et se consacre à l'alchimie musicale. Et Richaud, d'une prose merveilleuse scelle l'alliance de l. a. poésie et du roman.

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Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, by Jincy Willett

By Jincy Willett

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2000 via Picador
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Winner of the nationwide ebook Award, the long-awaited novel from the writer of the acclaimed assortment, Jenny and the Jaws of Life, is an strange and beautiful novel that's one way or the other capable of be immediately bleak and hilarious, light-hearted and profound.

It's the tale of 2 sisters. Abigail Mather is a lady of large appetites, sexual and in a different way. Her fraternal dual Dorcas couldn't be extra assorted: she gave up on intercourse with no as soon as making an attempt it, and she or he lives a managed, dignified lifetime of the brain. although Abigail exasperates Dorcas, the 2 love one another; in reality, they entire one another. they're a strange pair, set down in a wierd Rhode Island city, the place each person has a narrative to inform, and writers, either released and unpublished, carom off one another like billiard balls.

What is it that makes the 2 girls ambitions for the hot guy on the town, the fascinating schlockmeister Conrad Lowe, tall, whippet-thin and predatory? In Abigail and Dorcas he sees a brand new and tantalizing problem. no longer the mere conquest of Abigail, along with her effortless attractiveness, yet an extended and extra sinister video game. A video game that might bring about betrayal, disgrace and, finally, murder.

In her darkly comedian and unsettling first novel, Jincy Willett proves that she is a real locate: that infrequent author who can discover the shadowy part of human nature with the lightest of touches.

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A Dark Stranger by Julien Gracq

By Julien Gracq

From the instant he arrives at a sublime beach resort together with his lover, Allan unsettles and obsesses the opposite site visitors. Elusive, equivocal, appealing, he lives, gambles, swims and dances with an odd fierceness that they locate intoxicating. quickly he even haunts their dreams.
One by means of one, each one visitor is fatally interested in Allan. And, because the hazy August warmth fades and summer season involves an finish, they gravitate in the direction of self-destruction.
Rich, lushly poetic, a gloomy Stranger is a dreamlike portrayal of lives lived at the fringe of the abyss.

"Gracq's place in sleek French literature rests on his amazing prose. He used to be one of many nice stylists of his century, a author with a carnal relation to phrases, in a position to amazing and hallucinatory evocative power." - The Times

"Gracq is exclusive. His texts shine within the darkness of literature... each web page is a discovery and we're thankful for his or her attractiveness, their intelligence and their exoticism." - Libération

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Dog on the Cross by Aaron Gwyn

By Aaron Gwyn

A guy miraculously survives a fall from the 8th ground of a drilling rig yet is ever after affected by an unwillingness to dwell. A preacher loses his skill to talk in tongues and starts off to faux it. a tender guy is cause on suppressing his sinful love for his ally even supposing he can ponder not anything else. A teenage boy struggles with the temptation of a tender woman. A grandmother will cease at not anything to make her grandson well-known.

These are a few of the stable voters of Perser, Oklahoma. And in Aaron Gwyn's debut assortment, the folks of Perser are unpredictable and unforgettable as they fight with lapses into sin throughout the week a tender religion healer involves town.

In his cautious articulation of religion and doubt, sin and self-delusion, allegiance to the church and self-glorification, Gwyn finds himself as a author of serious center and complexity, making a global that burns with ache, love, and a wierd form of devotion.

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Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen

By Jeffery Renard Allen

A modern American masterpiece approximately song, race, an unforgettable guy, and an unreal the United States through the Civil warfare era

At the guts of this extraordinary novel is Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth-century slave and unbelievable musical genius who played less than the identify Blind Tom.
music of the Shank opens in 1866 as Tom and his father or mother, Eliza Bethune, fight to regulate to their stylish residence within the urban within the aftermath of riots that had pushed them away many years ahead of. yet quickly a stranger arrives from the mysterious island of Edgemere - inhabited completely via African settlers and black refugees from the conflict and riots - who intends to reunite Tom along with his now-liberated mother.
because the novel levels from Tom's boyhood to the heights of his acting occupation, the inscrutable savant is buffeted by way of opportunistic lecturers and crooked managers, crackpot healers and militant prophets. In his symphonic novel, Jeffery Renard Allen blends historical past and fantastical invention to convey to lifestyles an intensive cipher, a guy who profoundly alterations all who stumble upon him.

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Women by Charles Bukowski

By Charles Bukowski

Low-life author and unrepentant alcoholic Henry Chinaski used to be born to outlive. After a long time of slacking off at low-paying dead-end jobs, blowing his money on booze and ladies, and scrimping by way of in flea-bitten flats, Chinaski sees his poetic famous person emerging finally. Now, at fifty, he's reveling in his surprising rock-star existence, operating 300 hangovers a 12 months, and keeping a intercourse lifestyles that may cripple Casanova.

With all of Bukowski's trademark humor and gritty, darkish honesty, this 1978 follow-up to publish place of work and Factotum is an uncompromising account of existence at the aspect.

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Una muñeca rusa by Adolfo Bioy Casares

By Adolfo Bioy Casares

Sólo los grandes maestros como Bioy Casares dominan con maestría el arte de contar historias sencillas, propias de l. a. pequeña odisea cotidiana del ser humano, que, no obstante, sin que el lector perciba exactamente cuándo ni cómo, lo precipitan en una atmósfera de inaprensible extrañeza o enajenación, a veces inquietante, como en «Un encuentro en Rauch», a veces atroz, como en «Margarita o El poder de los angeles farmacopea», y a veces delirante, como en «A propósito de un olor» o en «Bajo el agua». En estos casos, como en «Una muñeca rusa», es lo grotesco lo que vuelca insidiosamente l. a. realidad; y, en otros aún, como en «Catón», los angeles amarga ironía de las contradicciones entre el arte y los angeles política es l. a. que nos compromete en una reflexión turbadora. De los angeles risa incontenible al desasosiego, Bioy Casares nos conduce hacia ese asombroso lugar fronterizo entre lo actual y lo fantástico en el que l. a. ficción, todopoderosa, nos envuelve completamente.

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