Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro

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An official investigation finds her daughter died by suicide, but the eponymous protagonist is sure it was murder. What follows is a harrowing tale as Elena, who suffers severe Parkinson's, pursues the only lead she has. The search for the killer is also a vivid depiction of the repression placed on Argentine women by their government and the Catholic church, and Piñeiro recounts Elena's story with rhythmic and claustrophobic prose--dressing a poignant character study in the garb of a mystery novel.

 

 

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By Claudia Piñeiro, Frances Riddle (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781999368432
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Published: Charco Press - July 13th, 2021

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

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McCarthy's passing drew me to this masterpiece, a novel about America's Old West that is difficult to get through, but that rewards the effort.  Biblical in scope and force, it tells the story of a man called The Kid, recounting his experiences as part of a gang of scalp hunters, among whom, Judge Holden, stands out in his villainy.  Of McCarthy's many jeremiads on American excess, this one, with its depictions of ritualistic violence and prose that rivals Faulkner's, stands alone. 

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By Cormac McCarthy, Harold Bloom (Introduction by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780679641049
Availability: Backordered
Published: Modern Library - January 2nd, 2001

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

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Lispector's final novel bears the marks of all her thematic obsessions: mankind's quixotic quest to overcome solitude, the interiority of human suffering, and the many kinds of despair that afflict us. It tells the story of Macabea, a woman burdened to the point of obliviousness by hardship, and of Rodrigo, the book's narrator, who follows Macabea's life with a morbid curiosity that reveals his own emptiness. Written in searing prose and with words so vital they vibrate on the page, what became Lispector's valediction is unmatched. 

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By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Paulo Gurgel Valente (Afterword by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811230049
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Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020

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