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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.
During the Nakba, tens of thousands of keys disappeared. Their owners have replaced the iron keys of their houses with the keys of hope. The spark of hope awoke in them the moment the bulldozers had finished demolishing their houses. Childhood memories of an Arabic poet.
Years after having lost her first husband in World War One, Katherine Farquhar finds herself re-married and traveling across Europe to join her sister in Baden-Baden. Along the way, she encounters a ghost that will forever alter her perceptions of love and marriage.
“The war, The war – but which war? How much have I longed for liberation from it and to forget the day that it broke out.” His lover left him and now an exiled Iraqi man stops to think whether the war and his longings for his home town Basra are the reasons she left.
Young Juanito is given an incomprehensible deed to execute, which leaves the fate of his entire family in his hands. “El Verdugo” – the executioner – is a dramatic tale based, according to its author, on an actual incident from the days of Napoleon’s war in Spain.