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Lampi

In una tempestosa notte di gennaio Laura Shane viene miracolosamente alla luce grazie all’intervento di uno sconosciuto che annuncia il proprio arrivo con un lampo. Il destino però ha in serbo per lei ben più terrificanti pericoli che supererà con l’aiuto del misterioso personaggio. Ma chi è l’enigmatico protettore? Nel giorno del suo tredicesimo compleanno per Laura è pronta un’agghiacciante rivelazione…

Los diálogos frustrados

En el libro que aquí presentamos se recoge en un único volumen la obra teatral de Antonio Tabucchi, «Los diálogos frustrados», compuestos por dos obras teatrales «Señor Pirandello le llaman por teléfono» y «El tiempo apremia», que no son ajenas a su trayectoria, sino que son consecuencia del intento del escritor por «tratar de eliminar casi completamente la narración, explorando hasta el fondo la voz narrativa».

Una moglie per Dino Rossi

Fante rappresenta la parte italiana, della seconda generazione di immigrati; e di questa letteratura, da massimo esponete, il versante forse più ironico e sognante, ma sempre «dalla strada». Presentiamo tre superbi racconti tratti da Dago Red (1940).
È questa la seconda stagione letteraria di John Fante in Italia. Una prima si ebbe tra la fine degli anni Trenta e gli anni Quaranta, quando su riviste comparvero suoi racconti e, soprattutto, la collezione della Medusa pubblicò i suoi due più noti romanzi, Il cammino nella polvere, nella traduzione di Vittorini, e Aspettiamo primavera, Bandini. Poi il silenzio, cui corrispondeva in America l’oblio di Fante, assorbito dalla carriera di sceneggiatore hollywoodiano, fino alla «riscoperta» da parte di Charles Bukowski e il nuovo romanzo Dreams from Bunker Hill, nell’82, un anno prima della morte. Del mito dell’America, che Vittorini coltivò, Fante rappresentava la parte italiana della seconda generazione di immigrati; e di questa letteratura, da massimo esponente, il versante forse più ironico e sognante, ma sempre «dalla strada». Ne presentiamo tre saggi, tre racconti della raccolta Dago Red (1940). E ci sembrano non smentire una discendenza che William Saroyan rintracciò da Mark Twain: per il modo di trattare giochi e drammi di ragazzi, di inscenare rudezze e sentimenti, angosce e comicità nella comunità italiana d’America.

Genesi

Forse avevano davvero ragione i Greci, che in principio era il caos. Molte osservazioni della fisica moderna sembrerebbero confermarlo. Ma cos’è successo nei primi istanti di vita dell’universo? Davvero la scienza del XII secolo fa ritornare d’attualità il racconto di Esiodo, che racchiude l’origine del tutto in un verso splendido e fulminante: “All’inizio e per primo venne a essere il caos”? E oggi l’universo è il sistema organizzato e affidabile che ci appare o è dominato ancora dal disordine? Per rispondere, ogni giorno schiere di uomini e donne esplorano gli angoli più reconditi della materia, usano i grandi telescopi o i potenti acceleratori di particelle per ricostruire in dettaglio i sottili meccanismi attraverso i quali la meraviglia che ci circonda ha acquistato caratteristiche che ci sono così familiari, per cercare di capire quella strana singolarità che ha dato origine all’universo e raccogliere indizi sulla sua fine. Dunque possiamo dirci che gli acceleratori di particelle oggi, come il racconto dei Greci ieri, stanno cercando di rispondere alla più antica tra tutte le domande? E allora si vede come costruire una cosmogonia non sia più affare per specialisti e il mito e la scienza abbiano in fondo la stessa funzione: permettere all’essere umano di trovare il proprio posto nell’universo, “consentire a tutti di fare proprio il grande racconto delle origini che la scienza moderna ci consegna, per capire le nostre radici più profonde e trovarvi spunti con i quali affrontare il futuro”. **

Los diálogos frustrados

En el libro que aquí presentamos se recoge en un único volumen la obra teatral de Antonio Tabucchi, «Los diálogos frustrados», compuestos por dos obras teatrales «Señor Pirandello le llaman por teléfono» y «El tiempo apremia», que no son ajenas a su trayectoria, sino que son consecuencia del intento del escritor por «tratar de eliminar casi completamente la narración, explorando hasta el fondo la voz narrativa».

Historia del cerco de Lisboa

Raimundo Silva, corrector de pruebas de una editorial, introduce en el texto que está revisando -un libro de historia titulado Historia del Cerco de Lisboa- un error voluntario, una partícula pequeñísima, un «no»: los cruzados no ayudaron a los portugueses a conquistar Lisboa. Es un no que subvierte la Historia, que la niega como conjunto de hechos objetivos, al mismo tiempo que exalta el papel del escritor, demiurgo capaz de modificar lo que ha sido fijado y consagrado. El acto de insubordinación del corrector significa la rebelión contra lo que se define como verdad absoluta y no censurable. Historia del cerco de Lisboa es también una hermosa historia de amor entre Raimundo Silva y María Sara, personajes contemporáneos sitiados y sitiadores, que acaban derribando los muros que los separan en el proceso de humanización de la historia oficial.

El poder del mito

«El mito es el sueño colectivo y el sueño el mito privado». ¿Contienen todas las culturas un fundamento único y universal? ¿Qué tienen en común el Quijote, John Lennon, el Buda, Ulises, el Papa, el rey Arturo y la Guerra de las Galaxias de George Lucas? «Sobreponiéndose a las más oscuras pasiones, el héroe simboliza nuestra habilidad para controlar al animal irracional que habita en nosotros». Así Joseph Campbell —autor de «El héroe de las mil caras» y «Las máscaras de Dios»— considera el mito como instrumento fundamental para interpretar la realidad, enriquecer la experiencia vital y comprender los oscuros y atemorizantes abismos de existencia, como semilla de todas las religiones que, en su diversidad, expresan distintas metáforas de un mismo prurito de explicar lo inexplicable. Entender el pasado y esclarecer el presente por medio de la mitología, y más concretamente de su expresión formal, los ritos, fue el desafío que Campbell persiguió con la verdadera pasión durante toda su vida. Este diálogo con el periodista Bill Moyers, que tuvo lugar un par de años antes de su muerte, sintetiza los principales postulados de su pensamiento y de su obra.

Bailando con lobos

El teniente Dunbar, héroe de la Guerra de Secesión norteamericana, se ve obligado por las circunstancias a permanecer solo en un fuerte fronterizo. Un contacto fortuito con un grupo de comanches, que ha instalado en las inmediaciones su campamento de verano, le permitirá conocer el modo de vida de los indios, en el que acabará integrándose convertido en el guerrero Bailando con Lobos…

The Memoirs of a Survivor

SUMMARY: “An extraordinary and compelling meditation about the enduring need for loyalty, love and responsibility.”– Time “A brilliant fable.” — Maureen Howard, front page, The New York Times Book Review “Doris Lessing again presents herself as one of the most intelligent of all modern novelists.” — Philadelphia Bulletin “The most fluid and suggestive of all her books.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch “A short, easily read novel…part science fiction and part 19th-century realism, its effect is profoundly affecting and mystical… especially moving for those who have responded to Lessing’s previous work.” — Houston Chronicle “A major work, one that well proves her vigor, originality and importance as a novelist.” — Cleveland Free Press — Review “One of her profoundest visionary excursions.” –Gail Godwin, Chicago Tribune Book World “An extraordinary and compelling meditation about the enduring need for loyalty, love and responsibility.” –Time “A brilliant fable.” –Maureen Howard, front page, The New York Times Book Review “Doris Lessing again presents herself as one of the most intelligent of all modern novelists.” –Philadelphia Bulletin “The most fluid and suggestive of all her books.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch “A short, easily read novel…part science fiction and part 19th-century realism, its effect is profoundly affecting and mystical… especially moving for those who have responded to Lessing’s previous work.” –Houston Chronicle “A major work, one that well proves her vigor, originality and importance as a novelist.” –Cleveland Free Press

The charm school

From Publishers Weekly

This highly charged espionage thriller gets off to a stunning start. On the road from Smolensk to Moscow, an American tourist, Gregory Fisher, is confronted by a man on the run: an Air Force major who was shot down over appears from his hotel and soon turns up dead, the victim of a suspicious car crash. Intelligence officer Sam Hollis, press attache Lisa Rhodes and CIA bureau chief Seth Alevy must discover for themselves what is going on at the Charm School. They must also decide whether public revelation of a horrifying KGB operation during the new era of glasnost might not damage American/Soviet relations. In this exciting, polemic novel, DeMille (Word of Honor) limns an authentic portrait of Russian society. He conveys the claustrophobic life of American Embassy officials impossibly restricted in movement, and he creates spirited American agents who dodge and spar wittily with coarse KGB men. Once DeMille brings readers into the Charm School itself, however, he cannot sustain the magic that has propelled the narrative for two-thirds of its generous length. At this point, the plot becomes predictable, and the finale differs little from standard adventure escapes, with a cruel resolution to boot. Still, it’s riveting reading most of the way. 100,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The sustained action of this chilling vision of modern Russia starts with a young American tourist phoning the U.S. embassy in Moscow to report an unusual encounter with a U.S. Air Force major in the forest near Borodino. The tourist then vanishes and the officer is identified as a Vietnam MIA. Attaches Sam Hollis and Lisa Rhodes eventually uncover a spy school graduating several hundred “Americans” each year and staffed by an unwilling faculty made up of American servicemen missing from Vietnam. The blockbuster ends after a maverick CIA agent pulls off a hair-raising escape to the West, carrying proof of the camp’s existence. John North, L.R.C., Ryerson Polytechnical Inst., Toronto
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Schrödinger’s cat trilogy

SUMMARY: The sequel to the cult classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy, this is an epic fantasy that offers a twisted look at our modern-day world–a reality that exists in another dimension of time and space that may be closer than we think.

The Sands of Time

Four women leave their Spanish convent and enter an alien world of uncertainty, romance, and suspense.
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Four women leave their Spanish convent and enter an alien world of uncertainty, romance, and suspense.
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FOUR WOMEN AND THE MEN THEY ARE FORBIDDEN TO LOVE
Four nuns find themselves suddenly thrust into a hostile world they long ago abandoned for the safety of the convent. Unwittingly they become pawns in a battle between the charismatic Jaime Miro, leader of the outlawed Basque nationalists, and the ruthless Colonel Ramon Acoca of the Spanish Army.
Megan
the orphan, who feels an overpowering attraction to Jaime Miro
Lucia
the fiery Sicilian beauty on the run for murder – and Rubio Arzano, the freedom fighter who risks his life to save her
Teresa
whose guilty conscience finally drives her to betray her friends
Graciela
who bears a terrible secret that almost destroys her – and the courageous Ricardo Mellado who loves her.
‘The Sands of Time’ is an unforgettable adventure and a heart-stopping romance, set against the timeless and dramatic landscape of Spain.

Prince Caspian

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Caspian’s father is dead, and Narnia is ruled by his wicked uncle Miraz. Hearing tales of the old Narnia and of Talking Beasts from his tutor, a dwarf, Caspian escapes from the palace to find it.

Knock Down

Product Description

For a generous commission, ex-prizewinning jockey Jonah Dereham reluctantly agrees to bid on a young steeplechaser on behalf of a wealthy American woman. But his life is thrust into danger immediately following the auction, when he receives a blow to the head by two thugs demanding ownership of the horse. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning—and now Jonah must figure out the high-stakes game being played…before he becomes its next casualty.

From the Publisher

Dick Francis, a former jockey, brings his experience of racing and life around the racetrack to his mysteries. (And so far Francis is a three-time winner of the Edgar Award for writing the best mystery of the year.) This horse racing background is appealing to my market area of Southern California. Racing is a popular sport amongst Southlanders.

–Nanci Andersen, Ballantine Sales

Assassin

Assassin by Shaun Hutson
London is gripped by the bloodiest outbreak of gang warfare ever seen.
Shootings in the street, kidnappings, bombs and car chases have become commonplace. The gutters are running red with blood and the Police are powerless to stop it.
Frank Harrison had ruled gangland unopposed for more than two years and yet someone is out to wipe him and his men from the face of the earth. Who and why? The answer, when it comes, will test not just Harrison’s courage but his sanity too. For him, there is only one way to fight back against an enemy he can barely believe he faces. So, into this world of violence, corruption, madness and death comes the Assassin. A force more powerful than vengeance, more lethal than a lorry full of high velocity weapons and more terrifying than any nightmare…

A Brief History of Time

*A Brief History of Time,* published in 1988, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with more than 9 million copies in print globally. The original edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the ensuing years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic world—observations that have confirmed many of Hawking’s theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book.
Now a decade later, this edition updates the chapters throughout to document those advances, and also includes an entirely new chapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and a new introduction. It make vividly clear why *A Brief History of Time* has transformed our view of the universe.
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This landmark volume in scientific writing leads us on an exhilarating journey to distant galaxies, black holes, and alternate dimensions, and includes Professor Hawking’s observations about the last decade’s advances — developments that have confirmed many of his theoretical predictions. Makes vividly clear how Professor Hawking’s work has transformed our view of the universe.