A Soldier of the Great War
In the summer of 1964, Alessandro Giuliani, an old and partially lame professor of aesthetics—white hair and mustaches, white suit, cane—is thrown off a trolley on the outskirts of Rome after he comes to the defense of a young and semi-literate factory worker who has irritated the driver... Learn more
Set in New York at the beginning and the end of the twentieth century, Winter´s Tale unfolds with such great narrative force and beauty, that a reader can feel that its world is more real than his own. Standing alone on the page before the book begins, are the words: I have been to another world, and come back... Learn more
In Sunlight and In Shadow
Entrancing in its lyricism, In Sunlight and in Shadow so powerfully draws you into New York at the dawn of the modern age that, as in a vivid dream, you will not want to leave. In 1946, Harry Copeland has returned after fighting in the 82nd Airborne from North Africa all the way to the Elbe. Reluctantly assuming… Learn more
Freddy & Fredericka
One of the oldest themes in literature is that of gods, heroes, and kings who go incognito into the world—Baucis and Philemon, The Odyssey, Henry V, The Prince and the Pauper, et al. Perhaps the oldest form of literature is the romance... the dominant approach until the advent and triumph of realism in the... Learn more
Paris in the Present Tense
After the Champagne and before he know it, the tray had been removed and the cabin lights dimmed. Somewhere over the sea, ignorant of how many hundred kilometers they were off Halifax or in how many hundred Iceland would be directly north in the darkness, Jules Lacour put his seat back a quarter of the way, checked his watched, and looked out the window. The cabin had grown quiet and the stewardesses had retreated. Standing an alcove, illuminated from above and framed in black, they spoke softly and sometimes laughed. Most of their work was done until morning. Perhaps the one he liked was thinking of him.
Of the seven hours and twenty minutes of flight, almost six hours remained – six hours in which to think of how to plan revenge, save a life, and give his own. With stars all around, the plane split a path through the night, rising and falling more smoothly than a boat on a gently rolling sea.
Memoir From Antproof Case
A roman à clef of sorts, Memoir From Antproof Case is the story of a narrator who never reveals his name even as he confesses the secret that has shaped his life. This life begins with the killing (in self-defense) of a man on a New York Central train, and following as the result, adolescence in a Swiss mental asylum... Learn more
Born on an illegal immigrant ship off the coast of Palestine, Marshall Pearl is immediately orphaned and soon brought to America where he grows up amidst fascinating and idiosyncratic privilege, that is, however, not nearly as influential in regard to his formation, as the pull of his origins... Learn more