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    • La nostalgia del limonero

      by Mari Pau Domínguez

      The Nostalgia of the Lemon Tree. Concha is Andalusian and emigrated to Catalonia in the 1960s. Her daughter, Paz, has just divorced and is in financial and emotional ruin, which is why she decides to return to the old family house in Barcelona, ​​a place and a city which she had left never to return. Since adolescence, Paz's obsession has been to leave behind her past as a daughter of immigrants, tired of being "the Catalan" during summers in the village near Seville where they come from and "the Andalusian" the rest of the year in the middle-class neighborhood of her parents. Paz returns to Barcelona with many open issues and a bitter sense of failure and stagnation that coincides with the social and political crisis of the moment. Paz has never known the details of her mother’s story, Concha, a woman full of energy and passion who has managed to deal with life’s setbacks: the disappointment of her marriage after a whirlwind courtship, the terrible floods of Catalonia in 1962 of which she was a victim, the harshness of the first years of immigration, the impossibility of personal fulfilment through a love story later in life, and the growing distance away from her only daughter, through which she projects all her illusions.

    • Blog

      What is happening to me?

      by Carme Morera; Tona Català

      “I’m Carmen. I was born on the 9th of the 9th in the year 99with 9 toes. From the very first moment my father and mother sensed that I would be different”. This is the beginning of this funny book that includes the experiences of Carmen Morera, a teenager girl with intellectual disability, written by her mother, Tona Català. Throughout 90 pages, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME we can discover what life is like for Carmen told with large doses of humor, but also tenderness. Finding out the funniest anecdotes, but at the same time real selfimprovement lessons without losing the wit and the unceremonious, innocent look in front of all kinds of events.

    • Fiction

      La Forastera

      by Olga Merino

      A contemporary western set in the rugged, unforgiving territory ofrural Spain. A thrilling story about human resilience. For the locals, Angie is the village crazy lady. She lives isolated and alone in the country, surrounded by ghosts who torment her with childhood memories of a poor working-class neighbourhood in Barcelona and a passionate love affair in her youth with an artist from London. One morning, Angie discovers the lifeless body of the local landowner hanging from the branch of a walnut tree. This news endangers her own land and the future of the entire village. In her struggle to keep what’s hers, Angie uncovers a series of secrets deeply buried in that land. This leads to a liberating realisation: once you lose everything, they can’t take anything away from you. And then you’re invincible.

    • Painting & paintings
      2019

      Bartolomé Esteban Murillo y la copia pictórica

      by JAPÓN, Rafael

      Entre los pintores españoles que mayor repercusión y prestigio han tenido en la Historia del Arte se encuentra el sevillano Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682). El presente volumen pretende analizar por vez primera los procesos de copia en relación a su obra desde una doble aproximación: por una parte, se abordará la importancia que el copiado de otros maestros tuvo en la génesis de su producción, revelándose más transcendental de lo que hasta ahora solía admitir la historiografía sobre el pintor; por otra, se analizará el conocido fenómeno del copiado al que las que las creaciones de Murillo fueron sometidas ya en su propia vida, el cual llega hasta la época contemporánea, contribuyendo al mejor conocimiento de la difusión internacional de su fama en países como Portugal, Brasil, Italia, Francia, Rusia e incluso Australia

    • Fiction
      November 2019

      Fierro

      by Francisco Narla

      A historical adventure, well based and documented, thrilling and coming from a well known author. A portrait of those battles between muslims and christians that changed Europe for ever. BIC; FV – FJH BISAC; FIC014000

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      February 2019

      Breve historia de la vida cotidiana de la Grecia clásica

      by Gonzalo Ollero de Landáburu

      Discover life and culture in the brilliant Greece during its classical period; its fragmented political system, and the rights of citizens, education, arts and leisure, housing and urbanism, ceremonies and mythology, travel, food, and the military world. A rigorous and didactic tour thorugh wisdom, customs, and traditions from the cradle of Western civilisation. Greece is the land of gods and heroes, Kings and Princes, and the birthplace of one of the most brilliant civilizations in antiquity. But what do we know of their daily chores? What were they engaged in? Where were they living? How did they enjoy themselves? How did gods influence upon citizens? In Brief history of everyday life in Ancient Greece, the reader will be able to learn other aspects that appear as important as wars and battles but which are often unnoticed, or not taken into account, since all the limelight usually focuses on the political and military events.

    • Other graphic art forms
      May 2008

      My First 80,000 Words

      by 333 illustrators

      333 of the most prestigious illustrators and graphic artists from different countries are participating in this singular project. Each was asked to choose a single word, one they considered as their favourite, and do the illustration for it.

    • Humour
      June 2020

      SEXO MAL

      by CARLES PONSÍ

    • Theory of Art
      2015

      Saber sentir la pintura

      by Julián Irujo-Andueza

      La sociedad recela del arte contemporáneo y frecuentemente considera al artista como creador de obras herméticas que requieren una interpretación inaccesible. Este libro pretende ser una guía para comprender y disfrutar de las obras pictóricas.

    • Political / legal thriller
      March 2018

      Death by Harmony

      by Leon Berger

      Tense, authentic, compelling - a tumultuous 24 hours in Beijing, as witnessed by those involved. Each year, howling winds from the Gobi send desert grit swirling into Beijing which then mixes with the existing pollution, causing fluorescent yellow skies and a toxic, throat-burning smog. On one such day in March, youthful activists decide to gather in Tiananmen Square right outside the Great Hall of the People where the National Congress is in session. They are understandably fearful of what can happen to protesters in China but none could have predicted the unthinkable scenario and far-reaching climax which takes place during that single 24 hour period.

    • Fiction

      A Pair of Sharp Eyes

      by Kat Armstrong

      In a brutal slave port, a servant girl uncovers secrets. But does she understand the danger she is in? Coronation hears of the murders before she even reaches the slave port of Bristol – six boys found with their throats slit. The locals blame the killings on Red John, a travelling-man few have actually seen. Coronation yearns to know more about the mystery. But first she has to outsmart the bawds, thieves and rakes who prey on young girls like her. fresh from the countryside and desperate for work. When the murderer strikes shockingly close to Coronation, she schemes, eavesdrops and spies on all around her until the shameful truth is out.

    • Children's & YA

      Just a Small Town

      by Paul Linggood

      A small town that could be anywhere: industry is in decline, streets are in decay, many have left, while those left behind take short-term joy in drugs. Four young people are among the left behind. Alex consumes heroin to escape his abusive father. Jim hides from guilt after the death of the friend he didn’t save. Chelsi’s brother killed a local boy, and ostracism pushes her towards a rival gang, prostitution and loneliness. Danny is a hustler but needs protection from the drug gang that supplies him. Can any of them survive the addiction, gang life, isolation and manipulation? Their small town could be anywhere.

    • Fiction
      March 2020

      small red women

      by Marta Sanz

      A novel about the dead and the disappeared, for whom the search still endures, and against a far-right that has never left and turned into a universal threat. A noir novel that prolongs the possibility of the political novel. Paula Quiñones arrives in Azafrán as a volunteer to help locate civil war mass graves. Little by little, she integrates herself into the community and gets to know its power dynamics, governed by a family whose patriarch has just turned one hundred years old. The story becomes obscured, and the village becomes a threatening space in which Paula’s discoveries begin to put her in danger. Who were the dead that Paula is looking for? Who do the voices, that chase her like a tragic chorus of kids and women, belong to? A novel about economic and cultural violence, and about violence against women, that dissects accounts of memory. «Sanz has few possible competitors in her generation. If someone is called to remain in posterity, it’s her (…) She has talent, brightness, and nerve. It's literature in its pure state (…) With each narration that carries her signature, the miracle of good literature is produced» (Ángeles López, La Razón). «small red women—like so, in lowercase—is a subversive game that becomes a homage. The story of Paula, a middle aged inspector who arrives in the imagined location of Azafrán to work on a project of historical memory (…) The far-right’s boom in Spain and around the world has given this story an unexpected urgency. Or maybe not so unexpected (…) The novel takes from many genres and at the same time transcends them, manipulates them. But, like the previous two parts of the trilogy, it bathes in the noir and plays with it» (Juan Carlos Galindo, El País).

    • Women's Fiction
      May 2017

      The Admiral's Baths

      by Dana Gynther

      The Admiral’s Baths is composed of four inter-connected stories, each told from the perspective of a different woman in her own time period. The story opens as a contemporary historian conducts research at the baths, making discoveries which lead us back in time. History unfolds through the stories of the struggles, desires, tragedies, and triumphs of these four protagonists. Although they are separated by hundreds of years, we find that what connects them is more powerful than the passage of time. The Admiral’s Baths (102,300 words) revolves around an actual monument in Valencia, Spain, a medieval public bathhouse which was open for nearly seven centuries and is now a museum. Some years ago, I translated several articles about the monument, covering its history, owners, architecture, and restoration. I became fascinated with the subject, and was particularly struck by its longevity. The Baths’ long history became an integral part of the story; instead of choosing one moment in the Baths’ – and Spain’s—history, I chose four: the 14th, 16th, and 19th centuries as well as the 21st.

    • Children's & YA
      January 2021

      LAS CAJAS DE BERTA

      by DARIO ALVISI,AMÉLIE GRAUX

      Berta is tidy, never throws tantrums and never cries. Whenever she feels overwhelmed, she just opens one of her boxes of emotions and shuts in her tears, fear and anger. But what would happen if one day she loses control? Berta will realize that emotions should be felt and not locked up inside boxes. A great contribution to help raise emotionally intelligent kids.

    • Children's & YA
      March 2020

      HUGO NO PUEDE DORMIR

      by DAVIDE CALI,ANNA APARICIO CATALÀ

      Why can´t Sam sleep? He decides to ask the other animals in the jungle to find an answer to his problem. But Elephant, Snake, Monkey, Tiger and Crocodile aren’t happy about being woken up. Will Hugo ever find out why he can't sleep?

    • Photographic reportage
      October 2020

      Extraordinary Women

      Images of Courage, Endurance & Defiance

      by Tom Stoddart; Angelina Jolie

      Typical warzone coverage has two focuses. The fighters, predominantly young men; and the victims - everyone else. This book calls this familiar narrative into question. Without glamorising or sanitising the harsh realities of our world, it presents the endurance and iron will of women in situations of war, poverty and hardship. Throughout his career, award winning photographer Tom Stoddart has shown us the remarkable resilience of all sorts of people from across the world. With Extraordinary Women, he hones his focus on the female perspective. His photojournalistic approach travels through the recent decades, with images displaying courage and freedom, the working lives of everyday women and the frontline of war. Each photo serves as a testament to the agency and strength of those who are so often portrayed as vulnerable and helpless. Tom Stoddart has built a reputation for compelling work, and this collection is especially remarkable for its uncompromising celebration of humanity.

    • November 2020

      Mont Babel

      by Keith Henderson

      “Where is everybody?” That’s the question physicist Enrico Fermi posed to his Manhattan Project colleagues now 70 years ago. They knew what he meant. Decades of reaching out to intelligent beings elsewhere in the universe, and no response. Zero. Nothing. A fact which remains true today .Mont Babel sling-shots off the Fermi paradox using the opposing forces of father and son. Jim Benedict’s a humanist, a man of the word, his son an engineer who’s bored by Shakespeare and likes the NFL. “In the beginning was the word. In the beginning was the Big Bang: two party bumper stickers of our current malaise,” writes Jim Benedict. Father and son rarely communicate. If they do, it is by email. What brings them together is the lovely Iris Doubt, Tom Benedict’s south African geologist girlfriend, one of the Ariel School children who claimed to have been visited by aliens. Now working in Canada, she spends her free time as invitee to UFO conferences and as investigator of impact craters, one of which is l’oeil du Québec, Mont Babel. Macrocosm meets microcosm in Mont Babel, quantum mechanics and astrophysics, neutrinos and black holes, raising questions about perception and consciousness, heaven and family peace. http://www.dcbooks.ca/MontBabel.html

    • June 2020

      Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

      by Zsolt Alapi

      The protagonist of this novel, Stephen, twice exiled, first from his birthplace, Hungary, and then from the United States as a Vietnam draft resistor who settles in Montreal, Quebec, becomes obsessed with W.H. Auden’s poem, 'Musėe des Beaux Arts' and Bruegel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, an obsession about the nature of suffering and art that leads to his attempted suicide and to the subsequent chaos of his life. Upon his discharge from a mental institute, he attends several sessions with his psychiatrist with whom he has a comically adversarial relationship wherein they explore his false reliance on literature as the only way to define and relate to the world. Told through the first- person narrator, the novel explores the nature of suffering, of authenticity, and of the value of the written word as Stephen reflects on his past life, the dissolution of his marriage, and his abiding yet potentially destructive passion for books. After his discharge from the mental institute and while undergoing therapy and merciless self-evaluation, Stephen receives a mysterious phone call that leads him to an exploration of his failed relationships with women and a final surprise resolution to his search for meaning and redemption. Set primarily in Montreal, the novel also travels to the places of Stephen’s past: the Hungary of his childhood, Europe, the United States, and the Montreal of his youth through his memories and reflections. Despite its comic undertone, the novel explores the illusions we construct to provide value to our lives, the nature of love and the erotic, and the path towards compassion and meaning.

    • November 2019

      Kate Wake

      by Mariianne Mays Wiebe

      It’s 2008. Blue Hills is a haunted place. Katie fights to reclaim her life from the grip of a profound psychological crisis, tracing back a maternal thread through a stumbled-upon and uncertain family history at the nearby, now-abandoned prairie mental asylum. As Katie seeks to rehabilitate the present by understanding the past, her fate becomes imaginatively intertwined with that of her great-grandmother Kate Wake, an enigmatic independent-minded artist with a remarkable story of her own. In returning to a scene of loss, this elegant variation on the Eurydice-Orpheus myth reconsiders, with a fresh, unsentimental vision, the roles of trauma, madness, creativity and memory in relation to art and literary form. Sharply realized and fortified by a fierce, poetic grace, Kate Wake testifies to the timeless, urgent power of art and music with a delicately experimental, multi-genre story that unfolds its narrative mystery to reveal a shocking core.

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