"Houellebecq captures precisely the cynical disillusionment of disaffected youth."—Booklist
"This boy needs serious therapy. He may be beyond help."—The Washington Post
Just thirty, with a well-paid job, depression and no love life, the narrator and anti-hero par excellence of this grim, funny, and clever novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time.
A painfully realistic portrayal of the vanishing freedom of a world governed by science and by the empty rituals of daily life.
Michel Houellebecq ...
“This charming, vivid and poetic book captures the poignancy of immigrant life and all the unresolved pain of Africa's relationship with its former colonial powers.”—Michela Wrong
Salie lives in Paris. Back home on the Senegalese island of Niodior, her football-crazy brother Madické counts on her to get him to France, the promised land where foreign footballers become world famous. The story of Salie and Madické highlights the painful situation of those who emigrate. It is a moving account of one of the great tragedies of our time.
"Sordid, pathetic, senselessly exciting. . . has the immediacy and the significance of a nerve-shattering explosion."—The New Republic
The depression of the 1930s led people to desperate measures to survive. The marathon dance craze, which flourished at that time, seemed a simple way for people to earn extra money dancing the hours away for cash, for weeks at a time. But the underside of that craze was filled with a competition and violence unknown to most ballrooms.
Horace McCoy was born near Nashville, Tennessee in 1897. His novels include I Should Have Stayed ...
"The simple brilliance of White Bicycles is that its author never overstates his own importance or exaggerates his failings, and still ends up telling an irresistible tale" —New York Times
When Muddy Waters came to London at the start of the 1960s, a kid from Boston called Joe Boyd was his tour manager; when Dylan went electric at the Newport Festival, Boyd was plugging in his guitar; when the summer of love got going, Boyd was running the coolest club in London, the UFO; when a bunch of club regulars called Pink Floyd recorded their first single, Boyd was the producer; ...
“The evocative imagery and ideas revealed in The Witness are not easily forgotten.”—Washington Times
“Haunting and beautifully written.”—Independent on Sunday
In sixteenth-century Spain, a cabin boy sets sail on a ship bound for the New World. An inland expedition ends in disaster when the group is attacked by Indians.
The Witness explores the relationship between existence and description, foreignness and cultural identity.
Juan José Saer was born in Argentina in 1937 and is considered one of Argentina’s leading writers ...