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Gli anni delle meraviglie. Da Piero della Francesca a Pontormo. Il tesoro d’Italia. Ediz. illustrata: 2

“Non c’è, probabilmente, nella storia umana e nella sua espressione attraverso l’arte, momento più alto e fervido d’invenzioni di quello che va dalla metà del Quattrocento alla metà del Cinquecento, da Piero della Francesca a Pontormo. A Firenze, e non solo a Firenze, ma a Venezia, a Ferrara, nelle Marche, in Sicilia, in Sardegna, in Friuli, in Lombardia, gli artisti danno vita a quello che è stato chiamato, con conferente definizione, ‘Rinascimento’. Anche prima di quegli anni l’arte era stata sublime, ma Piero della Francesca la arricchisce di una intelligenza che trasforma la pittura in pensiero, in teorema, ben oltre le esigenze devozionali. Davanti alla Flagellazione di Urbino non è più sufficiente l’iconografia religiosa, e così davanti alla Annunciata di Antonello da Messina, alla Tempesta di Giorgione, all’Amor sacro e Amor profano di Tiziano, alla Deposizione di Cristo di Pontormo. Di anno in anno appaiono capolavori sempre più sorprendenti. Tra 1470 e 1475 la creatività dei pittori e degli scultori raggiunge vette inattingibili; ma sarà così, di quinquennio in quinquennio, fino alla metà del Cinquecento. Sono gli anni di Mantegna, Cosmè Tura, Botticelli, Leonardo, di Raffaello, di Michelangelo, ma anche di Giovanni Bellini, di Lorenzo Lotto, di Tiziano, di Correggio, di Parmigianino. Sono gli anni delle meraviglie, in cui l’artista si sfida, in un continuo superarsi…” (Vittorio Sgarbi) Introduzione di Furio Colombo. Postfazione di Gian Antonio Stella. **

Canzoniere italiano

Pier Paolo Pasolini raccolse in questa monumentale antologia, pubblicata per la prima volta nel 1955, le espressioni più belle e curiose di una poesia popolare ricca e varia come quella italiana. Di regione in regione, attraverso quasi 800 testi di vario genere e struttura, si passa dai canti narrativi piemontesi alle «biojghe» romagnole, dalle «vilote» venete e friulane ai rispetti toscani, dalle «canzune» abruzzesi ai canti funebri calabresi, dai «mutos» sardi agli stornelli, agli strambotti, alle ninne nanne, fino ai canti popolari delle due guerre e alle canzoni fasciste e partigiane. Il Canzoniere italiano rappresenta – grazie anche all’ampia introduzione dello stesso Pasolini – una tappa fondamentale nella riscoperta della poesia popolare; e offre un ritratto vivissimo, poetico e critico, degli italiani e delle loro radici regionali.

Bersaglio, L’oblio

L’ispettore Soneri , buongustaio e amante dei sigari toscani, viene chiamato a risolvere un difficile caso di omicidio . Un delitto misterioso , per molti versi anomalo , tra la nebbia e lo sfondo di una città della provincia padana ricca di buoni piatti . A questa corre parallela un’altra vicenda di misteriosi e altrettanto anomali delitti, maturati nell’ambiente dello spaccio di droga, di cui è protagonista un altro poliziotto, Bondan, che ha alle spalle qualche compromissione con il traffico di eroina della città e non esita a eliminare tutti coloro che sono a conoscenza dei suoi scomodi trascorsi . Un intrigante “giallo” , ritmato da una suspense che mai concede sosta al lettore , se non in rarissimi momenti di garbata ironia . Due filoni tematici all’apparenza estranei, ma che, a poco a poco creeranno una fittissima maglia di indizi , controindizi, indagini, falsi sospetti… **
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L’ispettore Soneri , buongustaio e amante dei sigari toscani, viene chiamato a risolvere un difficile caso di omicidio . Un delitto misterioso , per molti versi anomalo , tra la nebbia e lo sfondo di una città della provincia padana ricca di buoni piatti . A questa corre parallela un’altra vicenda di misteriosi e altrettanto anomali delitti, maturati nell’ambiente dello spaccio di droga, di cui è protagonista un altro poliziotto, Bondan, che ha alle spalle qualche compromissione con il traffico di eroina della città e non esita a eliminare tutti coloro che sono a conoscenza dei suoi scomodi trascorsi . Un intrigante “giallo” , ritmato da una suspense che mai concede sosta al lettore , se non in rarissimi momenti di garbata ironia . Due filoni tematici all’apparenza estranei, ma che, a poco a poco creeranno una fittissima maglia di indizi , controindizi, indagini, falsi sospetti…

Verdure: Le Migliori Ricette Vegan (Facile E Veloce) (Italiano-Inglese)

Se avete letto “Come avere più energia e appagamento oggi a 90 anni grazie al veganismo”, hai capito l’importanza di una dieta vegetariana fondamentale come determinante della buona salute.
Molte persone sono consapevoli di questo, ma è difficile cambiare abitudini alimentari.
Per risolvere questo problema è questo libro che vi insegnerà a fare la transizione verso una dieta più sana gradualmente. Personalmente penso che sia un errore passa improvvisamente ad una dieta vegetariana, perché l’esperienza dimostra che i cambiamenti repentini sono di breve durata.
Non dobbiamo rinunciare ai sapori che sono stati con tutti noi la nostra vita e abbiamo anche la possibilità di aggiungere nuovi sapori per i vostri piaceri del palato.
Ridurre di una piccola percentuale del consumo di prodotti animali, senza abbandonare completamente, e ci mette sulla via della salute. Vi sentirete così bene che si va più lontano lungo questa strada non rappresenterà uno sforzo, ma un piacere.
Questo libro è ricette facili e veloci con verdure.

The Serpent of Venice

*New York Times* bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic featuring the irresistibly mischievous Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of *Fool*
Venice, a really long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: the rascal-Fool Pocket.
This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening with a rare Amontillado sherry and a fetching young noblewoman. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged; the girl is nowhere in sight. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool . . . and the story is only beginning.
Once again, Christopher Moore delivers a rousing literary satire, a dramedy mash-up rich with delights, including (but not limited to): foul plots, counterplots, true love, jealousy, murder, betrayal, revenge, codpieces, three mysterious locked boxes, a boatload of gold, a pound of flesh, occasional debauchery, and water (lots of water). Not to mention a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a bunch of other guys whose names end in “o”; a trio of comely wenches—Desdemona, Jessica, Portia; the brilliant Fool; his large sidekick, Drool; Jeff, the pet monkey; a lovesick sea serpent; and a ghost (yes, there’s always a bloody ghost).
Wickedly witty and outrageously inventive, *The Serpent of Venice* pays cheeky homage to the Bard and illuminates the absurdity of the human condition as only Christopher Moore can.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

**Finalist for the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by *Slate* and the *San Francisco Chronicle***
**From across strange aeons comes the long-awaited annotated edition of “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” (Stephen King).**
“With an increasing distance from the twentieth century…the New England poet, author, essayist, and stunningly profuse epistolary Howard Phillips Lovecraft is beginning to emerge as one of that tumultuous period’s most critically fascinating and yet enigmatic figures,” writes Alan Moore in his introduction to *The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft*. Despite this nearly unprecedented posthumous trajectory, at the time of his death at the age of forty-six, Lovecraft’s work had appeared only in dime-store magazines, ignored by the public and maligned by critics. Now well over a century after his birth, Lovecraft is increasingly being recognized as the foundation for American horror and science fiction, the source of “incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction” (Joyce Carol Oates).
In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville. Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft’s uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work.
Over the course of his career, Lovecraft—”the Copernicus of the horror story” (Fritz Leiber)—made a marked departure from the gothic style of his predecessors that focused mostly on ghosts, ghouls, and witches, instead crafting a vast mythos in which humanity is but a blissfully unaware speck in a cosmos shared by vast and ancient alien beings. One of the progenitors of “weird fiction,” Lovecraft wrote stories suggesting that we share not just our reality but our planet, and even a common ancestry, with unspeakable, godlike creatures just one accidental revelation away from emerging from their epoch of hibernation and extinguishing both our individual sanity and entire civilization.
Following his best-selling *The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes* , Leslie S. Klinger collects here twenty-two of Lovecraft’s best, most chilling “Arkham” tales, including “The Call of Cthulhu,” *At the Mountains of Madness* , “The Whisperer in Darkness,” “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” “The Colour Out of Space,” and others. With nearly 300 illustrations, including full-color reproductions of the original artwork and covers from *Weird Tales* and *Astounding Stories* , and more than 1,000 annotations, this volume illuminates every dimension of H. P. Lovecraft and stirs the Great Old Ones in their millennia of sleep.

The King’s Curse

This is the story of deposed royal Margaret Pole, and her unique view of King Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England. Margaret Pole spends her young life struggling to free her brother, arrested as a child, from the Tower of London. The Tower – symbol of the Tudor usurpation of her family’s throne – haunts Margaret’s dreams until the day that her brother is executed on the orders of Henry VII. Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, Margaret is buried in marriage to a steady and kind Tudor supporter – Sir Richard Pole, governor of Wales. But Margaret’s quiet, hidden life is changed forever by the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon, as Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple. Margaret’s destiny, as an heiress to the Plantagenets, is not for a life in the shadows. Tragedy throws her into poverty and rebellion against the new royal family, luck restores her to her place at court where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine and watches the dominance of the Spanish queen over her husband, and her fall. As the young king becomes increasingly paranoid of rivals he turns his fearful attention to Margaret and her royal family. Amid the rapid deterioration of the Tudor court, Margaret must choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, Henry VIII, or to her beloved queen and princess. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret has to find her own way and hide her knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors, which is slowly coming true…

The Home Crowd Advantage

This short story was first published in 2012 in the ‘Special London Edition’ of *Rivers of London*. It takes place during the Olympic Games in London, 2012.

The Forgotten Village: Tales of Misbelief III

Elena, now married to Cooper the barge master, has left her old life to start a new one. This seemed a wonderful change, but they both soon realize they barely know each. There are rougher waters ahead for them than those the barge will have to navigate.
When they arrive at their second-to-last stop downriver, the village there has mysteriously lost all but one of its young men. Cooper doesn’t believe the survivor’s wild tale of strange beings beyond a waterfall “veil.” Without any truth, as he sees it, he won’t risk trying to help them.
Elena has seen more than a few strange things in her life and forms a plan recover the young men before the village’s harvest is lost. Unfortunately, carrying out this wild scheme may risk her new marriage as well as her freedom or her life.
**About “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga”…**
No knowledge of the Noble Dead Saga or related works is necessary to read and enjoy these stories. They are written for fantasy enthusiasts in general and not just our established readership. Readers new to this world can step into it through any of these short works.
Tales are organized into “collections” where all stories therein share a theme and/or premise. When one or more link together, subsequent stories will mention “sequel to…” on their covers to guide you. Even so, each is self-contained enough to be your first adventure into this world.
—Barb & J.C. Hendee
**

The Broken Eye

**The third book in the Lightbringer series, the blockbuster fantasy epic from international bestseller Brent Weeks**
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who might still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism – he can’t use magic at all.
Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.
**’Brent Weeks is so good it’s beginning to tick me off’** Peter V. Brett
**’Weeks has a style of immediacy and detail that pulls the reader relentlessly into the story. He doesn’t allow you to look away’** Robin Hobb
**’I was mesmerised from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writers’ work’** Terry Brooks
**’Weeks has truly cemented his place among the great epic fantasy writers of our time’** British Fantasy Society
Books by Brent Weeks
*Night Angel*
The Way of Shadows
Shadow’s Edge
Beyond the Shadows
Perfect Shadow (novella)
*Lightbringer*
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White

Supertoys Trilogy

For the first time ever all three Suptertoys stories are collected in one essential volume.
Featuring one of Brian Aldiss’ most renowned works, ‘Supertoys Last All Summer Long’, which was adapted into the 2001 film ‘A.I.’ directed by Steven Spielberg.
David is just a little boy, a little boy who loves his mother and his teddy bear. David wants to make his mother happy, and tell her he loves her, but can’t quite seem to find the words.
His verbal communication centre is giving him trouble again. He may have to go back to the factory.
With a brand new introduction from Brian Aldiss, ‘The Supertoys Trilogy’ is essential reading for all Science Fiction fans. Also includes ‘Supertoys When Winter Comes’ and ‘Supertoys in Other Seasons’.

Steadfast

The second book in the dazzling Spellcaster series from *New York Times* bestselling author Claudia Gray is perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.
Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine saved Captive’s Sound from the dark sorceress Elizabeth . . . or so they thought. But despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified but her training is still incomplete. And a darker magic has begun to call Nadia. . . .
With her Steadfast, Mateo, and her best friend, Verlaine, Nadia must fight the black magic that tempts her and stop the One Beneath before he comes to claim what is his.

Starhunt: A Star Wolf Novel

In the prequel to *Voyage of the Star Wolf* , the starship Roger Burlingame is obsolete as it drifts through space on the brink of collapse. Yet, as its demoralized crew hopes for reassignment and its weary captain counts the days before his promotion to a desk job, a fanatical first officer named Korie refuses to succumb to apathy. He believes he has seen the enemy—no more than a blip on a screen—and he’s sure he can defeat them.
Korie knows he will need these men—even if they hate him—to hold the Burlingame together until the final confrontation. But as they drift ever deeper into space, following quarry that may be only a figment of their first officer’s imagination, the crew of the Burlingame must decide whether Korie is a savior or a madman—whether he is leading them to glory or certain annihilation.
Originally published as *Yesterday’s Children*.

Stardogs

 
Revolution rises!

The Interstellar Empire of Man was built on the enslavement of the gentle Stardogs, companions and Theta-space transporters of the vanished Denaari Dominion.  But the Stardogs that humans found can’t go home to breed, and are slowly dying out.

As the ruthless Empire collapses from its rotten core outward, an Imperial barge is trapped on top of a dying Stardog when an attempted hijacking and assassination go horribly wrong. Trying to save its human cargo, the Stardog flees to the last place anyone expected – the long-lost Denaari motherworld.

Crawling from the crash are the Leaguesmen who control the Stardogs’ pilots by fear and force, and plan to assassinate Princess Shari, the criminal Yak gang, who want to kill everyone and take control of a rare Stardog for their own, and an entourage riddled with plots, poisons, and treason. But Shari and her assassin-bodyguard have plans of their own…

Stranded on the Denaari Motherworld, the castaway survivors will have to cooperate to survive.  Some will have to die. 

And some, if they make it to the Stardog’s breeding ground, will have to learn what it means to love.

Spirit Walker

Long ago Earth’s paleobiologists established the planet Anee as a vast storehouse of extinct species, each continent home to life forms of a different era. For a thousand years the starfarers’ great sea serpents formed a wall of teeth and flesh that protected Smilodon Bay from the ravaging dinosaurs that swam across the ocean from Hotland. Now the serpents are gone and Anee is being ravaged by tyranny, war and slavery.
Tull, son to a human father and a Neanderthal mother, feels doomed to toil his life away as a common field hand, but his mission becomes clear when he takes action to save his homeland. Tull must seek a distant river in the slave nation of Craal, where young serpents can be found. Legend has it that Adjonai, the Neanderthal god of terror, is king of Craal. Yet only by facing this dark enemy can Tull hope to bring home his serpent catch alive.
This is the first installment of a four part series. Originally published under the name “Dave Wolverton.”