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Le Club des incorrigibles optimistes by Jean-Michel Guenassia

By Jean-Michel Guenassia

Michel Marini avait douze ans en 1959. C'était l'époque du rock'n'roll et de l. a. guerre d'Algérie. Lui, il était photographe novice, lecteur compulsif et joueur de baby-foot au Balto de Denfert-Rochereau. Dans l'arrière-salle du bistrot, il a rencontré Igor, Léonid, Sacha, Imré et les autres. Ces hommes avaient passé le Rideau de Fer pour sauver leur peau. Ils avaient abandonné leurs amours, leur famille, trahi leurs idéaux, et tout ce qu'ils étaient. Ils s'étaient retrouvés à Paris dans ce membership d'échecs d'arrière-salle que fréquentaient aussi Kessel et Sartre. Et ils étaient liés par un bad mystery que Michel finirait par découvrir.

Cette rencontre bouleversa définitivement los angeles vie du jeune garçon. Parce qu'ils étaient tous d'incorrigibles optimistes.

Portrait de génération, reconstitution minutieuse d'une époque, chronique douce-amère d'une early life : Jean-Michel Guenassia réussit un prime roman étonnant tant par l'ampleur du projet que par l'authenticité qui souffle sur ces pages.

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Slightly Shady (Lavinia Lake / Tobias March Series, Book 1) by Amanda Quick

By Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick's bestselling trademark is a mixture of suspense and fervour in ancient stories alight with gleaming wit and brimming with harmful intrigue. Now she serves up the main tantalizing novel of her occupation as an enterprising lady allies herself with a mysterious undercover agent, in basic terms to be stuck in a seething brew of treachery -- and temptation....

From the instant he burst into her antiquities store in Rome, Lavinia Lake knew the stranger was once not anything yet difficulty. He acknowledged he used to be in pursuit of a killer. He swore he was once purely attempting to shop her. but it doesn't matter what he claimed, Lavinia used to be confident that Mr. Tobias March used to be bent as an alternative on destroying her. And while the self-described undercover agent hustled her and her niece out of the store and again to England, Lavinia may perhaps simply desire that in the future she might could be able to pay off Mr. March in full.

But Lavinia by no means imagined the stunning situations below which they'd meet back ... or that quickly he could turn into extra lethal -- and extra compelling -- with every one passing day.

In the company of creating deepest inquiries, Tobias March have been employed to alternate down a strong villain who even now used to be purpose on assuming keep an eye on of an unlimited felony association. but in his seek he had stumbled on not anything yet one lifeless finish -- and one lifeless physique -- after another.

And then, simply as his research used to be heating up once again, he discovered his challenge and his lifestyles advanced via the main ungovernable, unpredictable, exasperating girl he had ever met.

Faced with a tangled net of deceit and hazard, Tobias had no selection yet to shape a partnership with Lavinia, a girl whose earlier may perhaps purely be defined as a little shady. but whilst he persuaded her to develop into his affiliate, neither Tobias nor Lavinia discovered that their heated disputes could spark a scorching wish -- or that the deeper they stored digging for the reality, the deeper they have been digging their very own graves....

From the Hardcover version.

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The Book of Blam by Aleksandar Tišma

By Aleksandar Tišma

The ebook of Blam, Aleksandar Tišma’s “extended kaddish . . . [his] masterpiece” (Kirkus Reviews), is a modern day retelling of the ebook of activity. The warfare is over. Miroslav Blam walks alongside the previous Jew highway, and he recalls. He recalls Aaron Grün, the hunchbacked watchmaker; and Eduard Fiker, a lamp service provider; and Jakob Mentele, a range more fit; and Arthur Spitzer, a grocer, who performed beginner football and had non-Jewish pals; and Sándor Vértes, a attorney who was once a Communist. All lifeless. As are his more youthful sister and his ally, a Serb, either one of whom joined the resistance move; and his mom and father within the notorious Novi unhappy raid in January 1942—when the Hungarian Arrow move finished 1,400 Jews and Serbs at the banks of the Danube and tossed them into the river.

Blam lives. The warfare he survived is simply not over for him.

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Bella Poldark (Poldark, Book 12) by Winston Graham

By Winston Graham

Within the twelfth and ultimate novel of Graham's acclaimed sequence, which debuted in 1945, the Poldark and Warleggan households proceed to feud and check out to accommodate own losses and social unrest after the Napoleonic wars. (Earlier "Poldark" books have been made right into a renowned Masterpiece Theater sequence within the 1970s.) because the tale opens, Valentine Warleggan's paternity nonetheless poisons the ambience, and his monetary and marital problems shape a massive narrative strand set firmly opposed to the saga's common historical past of Cornwall. in the meantime, Bella Poldark's hope for a musical occupation takes her to phases in London and France, the place she is concerned with rival suitors. Her widowed older sister, Clowance, should also choose from males of greatly diversified backgrounds who suggest marriage. a number of alternative characters and subplots, together with a chain of murders, retains the motion effervescent. Graham surmounts the daunting problem of reminding readers of significant occasions and characters from past Poldark novels. nonetheless, even dedicated lovers of the books or the BBC sequence may well require a refresher. Public libraries with prior volumes should want to entire their set, however the novel's ties to its predecessors decrease its curiosity as a stand-alone novel.

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Roma Eterna by Robert Silverberg

By Robert Silverberg

No energy in the world can withstand the may perhaps of Imperial Rome, so it's been and so it ever will be. via brute strength, terror, and sheer indomitable will, her armies have enslaved an international. From the reign of Maximilianus the nice in A.U.C. 1203 onward throughout the ages—into a brand new period of medical development and striking technologies—countless upstarts and enemies come up, simply to be flooring into the dirt underneath the cruel Roman bootheels. yet one those that endure and suffer in the course of the many centuries of oppressive rule dream of the fantastic day that's coming—when the heavens themselves should be opened to them… and the ships they're getting ready in mystery will hold them on their "Great Exodus" to the stars.

Originally released 2003 by way of Eos.

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Arch of Triumph: A Novel by Erich Maria Remarque

By Erich Maria Remarque

He evocative tale of a guy with no kingdom, Arch of Triumph is an international warfare II–era vintage from the writer of All Quiet at the Western Front.

It is 1939. regardless of a legislations banning him from acting surgical procedure, Ravic—a German health care professional and refugee dwelling in Paris—has been treating many of the city’s such a lot elite electorate for 2 years at the behalf of 2 less-than-skillful French physicians.

Forbidden to come to his personal state, and dodging the standard risks of detention center and deportation, Ravic manages to hold on—all the whereas trying to find the Nazi who tortured him again in Germany. And notwithstanding he’s given up at the risk of affection, lifestyles has a curious manner of taking a flip for the romantic, even throughout the worst of times.

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Un orage immobile by Françoise Sagan

By Françoise Sagan

Au printemps de 1832, flowers, fille d’émigrés, née, élevée, mariée et devenue brutalement orpheline et veuve en Angleterre, arrive un beau jour à Jarnac pour y rouvrir Margelasse, le château de sa famille. Personne ne l’a aperçue encore dans los angeles région quand Me Nicolas Lomont, trente ans, notaire, met son cheval en direction vers Margelasse.

L’histoire start. Au début, c’est une tranquille histoire d’amour, puis vient le drame plein de bruit, de fureur, de passion. 

Le récit est tout entier rapporté par Nicolas, trente ans plus tard. Vieux, solitaire, peu porté à l. a. littérature, il ne sait pas trop ce qui le pousse à saisir un cahier et tracer ces mots : « Si un lecteur découvre un jour ces pages… », mais il proceed. Me Lomont, bien qu’il décide plusieurs fois d’arrêter, de jeter son manuscrit au feu, se prend au jeu. Il dira tout. Il se surprend même à se griser de mots, à ressusciter d’une word ses amis morts, son ennemie disparue.

Autant que pour l’histoire elle-même, violente, insolite, éperdue, on se passionne pour ce miracle qui transforme peu à peu chaque soir, quelques années avant 1870, un vieux notaire de province en un écrivain d’abord sage et classique, puis de plus en plus fougueux, débridé, lyrique… en un mot romantique.

Un livre à half dans l’univers de Sagan, proche de Stendhal ou Maupassant.

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The Queen's Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray

By Francine du Plessix Gray

In the course of the untold love tale among Marie Antoinette and Swedish aristocrat Axel von Fersen, acclaimed writer Francine du Plessix grey weaves historical past with romance in a charming novel that still bargains a clean imaginative and prescient of the French Revolution.

Paris, 1774. The speeding nobleman meets nineteen-year-old Marie Antoinette at a masquerade ball. As their dating deepens at Versailles, Fersen discovers the court's secrets and techniques, even the startling erotic information of Marie Antoinette's marriage. yet this intimacy is disrupted whilst he leaves to affix the yankee Revolution. whilst he returns in 1783, he unearths France on the point of disintegration. After the Revolution of 1789, the royal kinfolk is moved to the Tuileries and suffers more and more harsh captivity. After a failed try and unencumber them, Fersen is going domestic to Sweden the place he quickly meets his personal tragic finish: his destiny is symbolic of the violent speed with which of the eighteenth century's occasions remodeled ecu tradition.

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The Stranger From The Sea (Poldark, Book 8) by Winston Graham

By Winston Graham

Stephen Carrington's arrival within the Poldark family alterations all their lives. For Clowance and Jeremy specifically, the kids of Ross and Demelza, Stephen's creation is the main to a brand new world—one of either love and risk. This novel is determined in early 19th-century Cornwall.

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The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

By Andrew Sean Greer

From the significantly acclaimed writer of the New York occasions bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli comes The most unlikely Lives of Greta Wells, a rapturously romantic tale of a girl who reveals herself transported to the "other lives" she may have lived

After the dying of her loved dual brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock remedy. Over the process the therapy, Greta reveals herself time and again despatched to 1918, 1941, and again to the current. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch on the Oak Room, in those different worlds, Greta reveals her brother alive and well--though fearfully protecting his real character. And her former lover is now her committed husband...but will he be untrue to her during this lifestyles besides? Greta Wells is eager about her modify egos: in 1941, she is a faithful mom; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress

In this spellbinding novel by way of Andrew Sean Greer, every one truth has its personal losses, its personal rewards; each one extracts a unique rate. Which existence will she opt for as she wrestles with the unpredictability of affection and the implications of even her so much rigorously thought of offerings

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