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Gao Zingjian of France (since 1998) and China (1940-1998). Language: Chinese. Genres: novel, drama, & literary criticism.
A Bend in the River by
Call Number: Fiction N157b (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1979-05-12
After a recent civil war, a country in the interior of Africa is under a new President, whose insane energy and crudity have made his power felt everywhere including an isolated village at a bend in the river.
Guerrillas [Kindle] by
Call Number: Kindle-807
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
A former hero of the South African resistance and his English mistress arrive on a troubled Caribbean island, where their involvement with a young mulatto revolutionary leader leads to violence.
A House for Mr. Biswas by
Call Number: Fiction N157h (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1995-11-14
In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous– and endless–struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own.
The Masque of Africa : glimpses of African belief by
Call Number: 200.96 N157m (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2010-10-19
CONTENTS: The tomb at Kasubi -- Sacred places -- Men possessed -- The forest king -- Children of the old forest -- Private monuments, private wastelands.
A Way in the World by
Call Number: Fiction N157w (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1994-05-10
In his long-awaited, vastly innovative new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's great travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what is at once an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism.
V. S. Naipaul of the United Kingdom (born in Trinidad & Tobago). Genres: novel & essay.
Imre Kertész of Hungary. Genre: novel.
J. M. Coetzee of Australia & South Africa. Genres: novel, essay, & translation.
The Childhood of Jesus : a novel by
Call Number: Fiction C673c (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2005
Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David’s mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. “But after we find her,” David asks, “what are we here for?”
Slow Man by
Call Number: Fiction C673s (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2005-09-22
When photographer Paul Rayment loses his leg in a bicycle accident, he is forced to reexamine how he has lived his life. Through Paul's story, Coetzee addresses questions that define us all: What does it mean to do good? What in our lives is ultimately meaningful? How do we define the place we call "home"?
Elfriede Jelinek of Austria. Genres: novel & drama.
Harold Pinter of the United Kingdom. Genres: drama & screenplay.
The Homecoming : a play by
Call Number: 822.914 P659h (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1994-01-11
In an old and slightly seedy house in North London there lives a family of men: Max, the aging but still aggressive patriarch; his younger, ineffectual brother Sam; and two of Max's three sons, neither of whom is married -- Lenny, a small-time pimp, and Joey, who dreams of success as a boxer. Into this sinister abode comes the eldest son, Teddy, who, having spent the past six years teaching philosophy in America, is now bringinghis wife, Ruth, home to visit the family she has never met. As the play progresses, the younger brothers make increasingly outrageous passes at their sister-in-law until they are practically making love to her in front of her stunned but strangely aloof husband.
Orhan Pamuk of Turkey. Genres: novel, screenplay, & essay.
My Name Is Red [Kindle] by
Call Number: Kindle-833
Publication Date: 2001-08-28
The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed. The ruling elite therefore mustn’t know the full scope or nature of the project, and panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears. The only clue to the mystery–or crime? –lies in the half-finished illuminations themselves
Other Colors : essays and a story by
Call Number: 894.3533 P186o (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2007-09-18
PARTIAL CONTENTS: The implied author -- My father -- Notes on April 19, 1994 -- Spring afternoons -- Dead tired in the evening -- Out of bed, in the silence of night -- When the furniture is talking, how can you sleep? -- Giving up smoking -- Seagull in the rain -- A seagull lies dying on the shore -- To be happy -- My wristwatches -- I'm not going to school -- Rüya and us -- When Rüya is sad -- The view -- What I know about dogs -- A note on poetic justice -- After the storm -- In this place long ago -- The house of the man who has no one -- Barbers -- Fires and ruins -- Frankfurter -- Bosphorus ferries...
Silent House by
Call Number: Fiction P186s (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2012-10-09
The story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980.
Snow [Kindle] by
Call Number: Kindle-834
Publication Date: 2006-12-05
An exiled poet named Ka returns to Turkey and travels to the forlorn city of Kars. His ostensible purpose is to report on a wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head-scarves. But Ka is also drawn by his memories of the radiant Ipek, now recently divorced. Amid blanketing snowfall and universal suspicion, Ka finds himself pursued by figures ranging from Ipek’s ex-husband to a charismatic terrorist. A lost gift returns with ecstatic suddenness. A theatrical evening climaxes in a massacre. And finding god may be the prelude to losing everything else
Doris Lessing of the United Kingdom & Zimbabwe (born in Iran). Genres: novel, drama, poetry, short story, & memoirs.
Ben, in the World : the sequel to The fifth child by
Call Number: Fiction L639f v.2 (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2000-07-25
At eighteen, Ben is in the world, but not of it. He is too large, too awkward, too inhumanly made. Now estranged from his family, he must find his own path in life. From London and the south of France to Brazil and the mountains of the Andes. Ben is tossed about in a tumultuous search for his people, a reason for his being. How the world receives him, and, he fares in it will horrify and captivate until the novel's dramatic finale.
The Fifth Child by
Call Number: Fiction L639f (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1988-03-12
Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside—until the birth of their fifth baby. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him. As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she cannot love him, David cannot bring himself to touch him, and their four older children are afraid of him. Understanding that he will never be accepted anywhere, Harriet and David are torn between their instincts as parents and their shocked reaction to this fierce and unlovable child whose existence shatters their belief in a benign world.
The Golden Notebook [Kindle] by
Call Number: Kindle-722
Publication Date: 1984-09-01
Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. And in a blue one she keeps a personal diary. Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook.
The Good Terrorist by
Call Number: Fiction L639g (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1985-09-30
Presents a sociopolitical portrait of everyday life in a terrorist group in contemporary London. A group of squatters occupy an abandoned house with Alice Mellings presiding as mother hen.
Love, Again : a novel by
Call Number: Fiction L639L (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1996-03-01
The story of a 65-year-old woman who falls in love and struggles to maintain her sanity. Widowed for many years, with grown children, Sarah is a writer who works in the theater in London. During the production of a play, she falls in love with a seductive young actor, the beautiful and androgynous 28-year-old Bill, and then with the more mature 35-year-old director Henry. Finding herself in a state of longing and desire that she had thought was the province of younger women, Sarah is compelled to explore and examine her own personal history of love, from her earliest childhood desires to her most recent obsessions.
The Memoirs of a Survivor by
Call Number: Fiction L639ne (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1988-04-12
In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets, where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway, a woman -- middle-aged and middle-class -- is brought a twelve-year-old girl and told that it is her responsibility to raise the child. This book, which the author has called "an attempt at autobiography," is that woman's journal -- a glimpse of a future only slightly more horrendous than our present, and of the forces that alone can save us from total destruction.
Shikasta : re, collnised planet 5 : personal, psychological, historical documents relating to visit by Johor (George Sherban) emissary (grade 9) 87th of the periodo f the last days by
Call Number: Fiction L639c v.1 (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1979-10-12
This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta–clearly the planet Earth–to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds.Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.
J. M. G. Le Clézio of France and Mauritius. Genres: novel, short story, essay, & translation.
Herta Müller of Germany (born in Romania). Language: German. Genres: novel & poetry.