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A careless waltz leads to violence when a German man unwittingly arrives at a party for a young group of Holocaust survivor’s children in New York and starts dancing with one of the girls. A story about the weight carried by the post-World War II generation.
“The rabbits preened their fur after the little girl had washed them with the finest shampoos and dressed them in coloured ribbons with coloured stones and a blue bead in the middle. ‘Mama, please tell me what do constitution and demonstration mean? Why are people going out into the streets everywhere and holding up signs? I saw it on TV yesterday.’”
Madame Tussauds. Merely the name calls forth images of clueless provincial tourists, kitsch objects for sale at astronomical prices, and a global mindless celebration of useless celebrity. But the story of Madame Tussaud herself is fascinating; and this lively and swift piece of historical fiction transports the reader back to a Europe struggling with the French Revolution and its repercussions.
In this American historical tale of life after slavery, we observe an aging freedwoman who has decided to leave the family for whom she has worked her entire life to move into an empty nearby cabin. As she eases into her new home, the illusions of friendship and kin between all of them begin to dissolve, reflecting the profoundly oppressive sociohistorical relationships of the period.
In this devastating account of the Russian Civil War, the inmate of a mental asylum recounts the loss of his brother and subsequent breakdown in gruesome detail. A Gothic war narrative that only an author as unusual as Bulgakov could create.
Often presented in a heroic and/or fearsome light, Napoleon is here reduced to childish fears of ghosts in this early story from one of Britain’s finest writers. As the emperor gets ready for bed, he begins to see strange shapes and to hear ominous voices. Part ghost story, part historical farce, this work is full of the astounding promise of a young genius on her way towards writing truly revolutionary literature.
During a summer in the 1960s, in a Catskills resort full of Jewish Russian-American communists, a sixteen-year-old boy named Manny is hanging by a thread: he has to bus tables all day with his mother for next to nothing, his friend Irwin might have to go to Vietnam, and he is unsure where his life is exactly heading. As the weeks go by, and as family drama and personal conflicts mount, we watch as Manny learns just how complex and difficult the world can be.
A naive peasant enters an employment agency in Edo period Japan to seek training as a wizard. Upon hearing of such a foolish person, an unscrupulous physician’s wife hires him, claiming that she will show him the secrets of sorcery after twenty years of unpaid labor. What will happen once this time has gone by and her dishonesty is revealed?
In Florence, Italy, the death of his beloved young bride brings a mechanical genius to build a monument to sorrow, a marvelous garden where it’s hard to tell what is fake and what’s real. One day he invites to this place another lover of his, only to confront him with a hideous truth. An enchanting historical tale about reality, creation and love.
In an ancient African kingdom, a horrible prophecy hits three respectable dinners in the middle of a luxurious feast. A startling cautionary tale of a society convinced it has reached the pinnacle of sophistication. Science fiction writing at its best.