Contemporary fiction genre books (108)


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A Novel to Read on the Train

A Novel to Read on the Train by Dumitru Tsepeneag EN

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Country: Europe / Romania flag Romania
Description:
A director is trying to adapt a short story he once wrote for the screen. The story is about an isolated train station under threat by a giant eagle in a small town where rumors of war are rumbling. But the film shoot is plagued by accidents. The actors and crew don't understand the script. They argue over its meaning and perhaps come to identify with its subject matter a little too closely. Soon enough reality, such as it is, begins to crumble. Roman de Gare is a dreamlike and ominous novel by a great European writer--and the first novel he composed in French.

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A shining by Jon Fosse EN

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Country: Europe / Norway flag Norway
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A man starts driving without knowing where he is going. He alternates between turning right and left, and ultimately finds himself stuck at the end of a forest road. It soon grows dark and begins to snow. But instead of searching for help, he ventures, foolishly, into the dark forest. Inevitably, the man gets lost, and as he grows cold and tired, he encounters a glowing being amid the obscurity. Strange, haunting and dreamlike, A Shining is the latest work of fiction by National Book Award-finalist Jon Fosse, the Beckett of the twenty-first century" ( Le Monde ).

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A Simple Passion by Annie Ernaux EN

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Country: Europe / France flag France
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WINNER OF THE 2022 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE A New York Times Notable Book In her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all-consuming passion. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her 2 year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with her beloved or is subject to her cold indifference. With courage and exactitude, she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else, a... continue

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Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa EN

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Country: Asia / Kuwait flag Kuwait
Description:
Nahr has been confined to the Cube: nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night. Journalists visit her, but get nowhere; because Nahr is not going to share her story with them. The world outside calls Nahr a terrorist, and a whore; some might call her a revolutionary, or a hero. But the truth is, Nahr has always been many things, and had many names. She was named for the river her pregnant mother crossed when she fled from Palestine, but her feckless father called her Yaqoot, Ruby. For a time when she came of ag... continue

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Alindarka’s Children by Alhierd Bacharevič EN

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Country: Europe / Belarus flag Belarus
Description:
Alicia and her brother Avi are interned in a camp where children are taught to forget their mother tongue and speak the language of the coloniser. They escape into the Belarusian forest to go on an adult Hansel and Gretel adventure.



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Backlight by Kanji Hanawa EN

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Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
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This thought-provoking and intriguing tale, by the Akutagawa Prize-nominated master short story writer Kanji Hanawa, revolves around the extraordinary real story of the seven-year-old boy who went missing in the bear-inhabited forests of northern Japan for six whole days in 2016, after his parents had apparently abandoned him as a punishment. In Backlight, a child is left alone at the side of a road in the mountains of Hokkaido in northern Japan by his parents. When they return moments later, the boy is gone. Ishida, a Professor of Psychology is enlisted as part of the search team. As days pas... continue

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Battle Royale by Kōshun Takami EN

Rating: 4.5 (15 votes)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
This classic yet controversial Japanese novel is available for the first time in English--a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence that is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world.

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Berättelse om ett liv by Peter Handke SV

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Austria flag Austria
Description:
I Berättelse om ett liv skriver Peter Handke om sin mammas tröstlösa liv och självmord i början av sjuttiotalet. Han berättar om att vara det första barnet med "fel" man, om ett äktenskap som faller samman och om en uppslitande tillvaro i Österrike och krigets och efterkrigstidens Berlin. Det är ett liv som ingen reagerar på, och som till slut går mot sin upplösning. Handkes berättelse är också en reflexion över det som berättas, över svårigheterna att skriva.