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Parallele Ermittlungen & Der ehrliche Dieb

Bastei Entertainment | Montalbano Kurzgeschichten


In "Parallele Ermittlungen" geht Commissario Montalbano dem spurlosen Verschwinden einer wohlhabenden Ehefrau nach und muss zugleich einer Einbrecherbande auf die Spur kommen, die es auf Uhren- und Juweliergeschäfte abgesehen hat. "Der ehrliche Dieb" hingegen stellt den Commissario vor eine besondere Herausforderung: Wer hinterlässt seinem Opfer die Hälfte seiner Beute?

Auch bei der Lösung seiner "kleinen" Fälle zeigt sich Commissario Montalbanos unbestechlicher Blick für das noch so unwichtig erscheinende Detail - immer um die Wahrheit bemüht, mit viel Herz für die Nöte kleiner Sünder, einem gesegneten Appetit auf mediterrane Köstlichkeiten und stets auf der Suche nach Zeit für seine Verlobte Livia.

Die in diesem E-Book enthaltenen Kurzgeschichten stammen aus dem Erzählband "Der ehrliche Dieb" von Andrea Camilleri.

 
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In Ballast to the White Sea

University of Ottawa Press | Canadian Literature Collection


In Ballast to the White Sea is Malcolm Lowry’s most ambitious work of the mid-1930s. Inspired by his life experience, the novel recounts the story of a Cambridge undergraduate who aspires to be a writer but has come to believe that both his book and, in a sense, his life have already been “written.” After a fire broke out in Lowry’s squatter’s shack, all that remained of In Ballast to the White Sea were a few sheets of paper. Only decades after Lowry’s death did it become known that his first wife, Jan Gabrial, still had a typescript. This scholarly edition presents, for the first time, the once-lost novel. Patrick McCarthy’s critical introduction offers insight into Lowry’s sense of himself while Chris Ackerley’s extensive annotations provide important information about Lowry’s life and art in an edition that will captivate readers and scholars alike.

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“Under the Volcano follow-up In Ballast to the White Sea typed up from copy after manuscript was burned in a fire…The book was launched this weekend at The Bluecoat arts centre in Liverpool. Artistic director Bryan Biggs said it “provides the missing link between Lowry’s first, somewhat immature novel, Ultramarine, written while he was still a student, and his acknowledged masterpiece, Under the Volcano.”

– Alison Flood, “ ‘Lost’ Malcolm Lowry novel published for the first time,” The Guardian, October 26, 2014

Also articles in the UK News (October 29, 2014), LA Times (October 30, 2014); NPR (October 30, 2014);

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“What does In Ballast have that you don’t get elsewhere in Lowry? There is more dense, original, expressive writing, those primary transcriptions of reality that Lowry always – when he allowed himself – shone at. (…) Gorgeous, rhapsodic sentences, many of them turning on placenames (…) a kindly ability to incorporate impressions, references, knowledge (…) A shift of focus to things that were never central in any of Lowry’s previously published books (…) a masterpiece of doleful sports writing”

– Michael Hofmann, “Set up and put off,” The Times Literary Supplement, April 15, 2015

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“In recent years, Canadian modernist literature has been the subject of wide-ranging recovery

projects like Editing Modernism in Canada and the Canadian Writing and Research Collaboratory, many of which have been facilitated by digital platforms. Part of the Canada and the Spanish Civil War sub-series of the University of Ottawa Press’s Canadian Literature Collection, Best Stories is the second literary work brought out in print as part of spanishcivilwar.ca, a more holistic digital archival recovery platform. In addition to the context of Canadian modernist recovery projects, Sharpe’s collection engages in the global recovery of leftist literature. (...) Among Sharpe’s most skillful critical moves is a series of readings that contravene book reviews Garner’s self-construction. By evaluating Garner’s self-fashioning as one of the many texts that constitute Garner’s cultural impact, Sharpe allows the persona and the oeuvre to mutually inform one another. (...) Sharpe suggests that this repetition across fictional and nonfictional forms imbues the writing

with a realism based on the intertextuality within Garner’s written works, particularly in the case of the Spanish Civil War stories. The explanatory notes for the three stories on the Spanish Civil War are some of the most extensive in the collection, speaking to the richness of the stories’ historical context and to the linguistic, cultural, and international experience of the combatants they portray. (...) Sharpe’s edition provides a tidy, if implicit, parallel to Garner’s collection. Sharpe’s edition

fits into broader digital and print publications, draws together multiple critical contexts, and

features a writer whose work appeared primarily in Canadian venues. Thanks to Sharpe’s editorial treatment, Garner’s “multimedia production” across print, film, and radio spans outwards from the print instance of the stories; the multiplicity of international, Canadian, classed, gendered, and radicalized contexts emerge as networked connections across Garner’s short fiction. The connections of Canadian literary production and archival recovery to their international contexts come to light.”

– Emily Christina Murphy, Queen's University, Modernism/Modernity

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Malcolm Lowry was born in 1909 in northwest England, near Liverpool. During the 1930s he lived in London, New York, Mexico, and Los Angeles before moving to British Columbia in 1939. This move marked the start of a startlingly fertile period in Lowry’s career as a 20th-century writer. His masterpiece, Under the Volcano (1947), is one of the last great modernist novels.

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Patrick A. McCarthy is the author or editor of 11 books and monographs, over 50 scholarly articles, and numerous reference articles and reviews. He authored several studies on Lowry, including Forests of Symbols: World, Text, and Self in Malcolm Lowry’s Fiction; Malcolm Lowry’s “La Mordida”: A Scholarly Edition; and “Under the Volcano” in The Literary Encyclopedia.

 
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Accusation

Goose Lane Editions


Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book of 2013, a Canada Reads Top 40 Pick, and a NOW Magazine Book of the Year

While in Copenhagen, Sara Wheeler, a Toronto journalist, happens upon Cirkus Mirak, a touring Ethiopian children's circus. She later meets and is convinced to drive the circus founder, Raymond Renaud, through the night from Toronto to Montreal. Such chance beginnings lead to later fateful encounters, as renowned novelist Catherine Bush artfully confronts the destructive power of allegations.

With Accusation, Bush again proves herself one of Canada's finest authors as she examines the impossibility inherent in attempting to uncover "the truth." After a friend of Sara's begins work on a documentary about the circus, unsettling charges begin to float to the surface, disturbing tales of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Raymond. Accounts and anecdotes mount, denunciations fly, and while Sara tries to untangle the narrative knots and determine what to believe, the concept of a singular (truth) becomes slippery. Her present search is simultaneously haunted by her past.

Moving between Canada, Ethiopia, and Australia, Accusation follows a network of lives that intersect with life-altering consequence, painfully revealing that the best of intentions can still lead to disaster, yet from disaster spring seeds of renewal and hope.

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"[A] powerful reflection on the nature of allegations. . . . tense, intimate mystery . . . characters so vivid they captivate from the first page. . . . The story is rendered in Bush's elegant prose, delivering lyrical moments that leave an impact. The language is careful, the narration intimate. The writing flows uninterrupted by quotation marks, pulling the reader into the rhythm of Sara's questions, insights and frustrations. Accusation is a story of yearning: the desire to know, and the limitations of that knowledge."

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"A persistent tapping at the complexities of prejudice — the accusations we harbour in our hearts — brings an unnerving friction to Accusation.

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"While Accusation by Catherine Bush is a complex read, it is a great book exploring the nature of the human condition in the fast-paced era of ours. It is a book that needs to be read, thought over, and read again to completely understand the nature of our ways."

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"The novel is a pager-turner in a way and a kind of detective story. Unlike most page-turners and much detective fiction, however, Bush's realistic prose narrative is almost totally focused on issues relevant to reader's lives. I recommend it highly."

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"Bush's gift for crafting an impeccable phrase is more impressive than ever. ... Refusing to put her characters into cardboard compartments, Bush reflects the messy truth of real life. People are complicated blurs of conscience and cowardice. We run toward things as often as we run away from them. We gnash at old hurts even as we throttle forward. And Bush gets that."

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"Bush has put her novelist's finger on something difficult and important."

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"Concentric circles spread steadily from the ethical dilemma at the novel's core, growing in depth and implication right up until a perfectly pitched and exquisitely surprising ending. Critical acclaim has never been in short supply for Bush, but there's a sense that Accusation, with a bit of good fortune, could also be her commercial breakthrough. ... Be assured that Accusation is that rare beast: a literary novel with the page-turning properties of the best genre fiction."

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"Be assured that Accusation is that rare beast: a literary novel with the page-turning properties of the best genre fiction. View it from a slightly oblique angle, in fact, and it could almost be a crime novel of the Scandinanvian variety, Henning Mankell or Karen Fossum striding headlong into the murkier reaches of human motivation."

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"Accusation is a tale of risk told in an assured and accomplished voice: compelling, unsettling, haunting."

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"A compelling novel that is an exploration of the complex ethical arena of accusations... Accusation is also an homage to the transformative powers of the circus, the beauty and possibility of beginning again."

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"Catherine Bush is a novelist who gets deep into your head.... Through her novels... Bush has acquired a reputation as a writer's writer. With her new novel Accusation, one hopes she'll get the acclaim she deserves."

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"One of 2013's finest fiction offerings."

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"Bush not only writes vividly about Toronto and Africa, evoking the children's gymnastic talents with great energy, but she gets to the heart of journalism's essential dilemmas, too."

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Catherine Bush's novel The Rules of Engagement (2000), a Canadian national bestseller, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail. Her novel Claire's Head (2004) was shortlisted for Ontario's Trillium Award. In the '90s, she was involved in the making of a documentary about the actual Circus Ethiopia. Catherine Bush lives in Toronto.

 
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Afterletters

BookThug


Lovers wrote letters. Letters crossed absence, longing, joy, passion, loss and heartbreak. Sometimes letters were answered. Sometimes not. And sometimes not for years, but then –

In 1948, in the exhausted aftermath of WWII, the poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann met in Vienna. They began a difficult and intense but intermittent relationship which lasted until the early 1960s, broken off only when Bachmann could no longer deal with Celan's increasing mental instability. And yet, despite the break, the relationship continued to haunt both of them.

In Afterletters, R. Kolewe weaves together fragments of letters and other works of these two poets, to give us a stunning sequence of poems that explore the traces of loss and love, in language that breaks, recombines and scintillates, "star-crossed, star-covered, star-thrown."

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R. Kolewe was born in Montreal. Educated in physics and engineering at the University of Toronto, he pursued a successful career in the software industry for many years, while living in a picturesque village in southwestern Ontario. Always a reader, he began to devote his time to writing not long after returning to Toronto in 2007. His work has appeared online at ditch, e-ratio, and The Puritan, and he has been associated with the online magazine of Canadian poetics, influencysalon.ca. He also takes photographs. Find Kolewe's work online at http://r.kolewe.net,http://hudsonpoems.net or follow him on Twitter @rkolewe.

 
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Angel Fierce

BWL Publishing Inc. | Azura Chronicles


Something’s rotten on the angel planet. When Avenging Angels turn up dead, Urielle, their Legion Commander, suspects the handsome intruder brought unspeakable evil to Azura. Maksou never met a woman he couldn’t seduce. He came to the forbidden planet to rescue his friends and get rich in the process, but the jungle crawls with lethal life forms… including a gorgeous warrior angel, who saves his life but keeps him prisoner and challenges his irresistible charm. Urielle, sworn to protect Azura at all costs, has no use for a maverick who ignores the rules and endangers the planet… no matter how attractive. Especially when the Galactic Trade Alliance (GTA) wages a secret war to get their greedy hands on the priceless crystal at Azura’s core.

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Schartz has created a block buster sequel to Angel Mine. You won't want to miss this one.

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Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims she comes from the future. Her books collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Her stories have been compared to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance. So, go ahead, dare to experience the magic, and she will keep you entranced, turning the pages until the last line. 

 
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Antonine Maillet : Les trésors cachés - Our Hidden Treasures

University of Ottawa Press | The Symons Medal Series/Collection de la Médaille Symons


A veritable artist, Maillet becomes a “creator of sounds, of colours, of forms and words.” As she speaks, she paints a vast landscape of mountains and oceans, history and story, using the tools on her palette: blending the colours of myths and those of contemporary issues, creating an epic poem in a profoundly personal voice. This country she portrays is both young and old, speaks two languages, has a rich subconscious, and aspirations. She ends her lecture by re-telling a story originally written by Rabelais— which, incidentally, was penned the same year as the discovery of America.

The grande dame of storytelling uses her art to make an appeal for solidarity, in favour of the protection of

cultures and the preservation of languages. Will her country, she asks, the one made “of many faces” and paradoxes, “be able to give nations of diverse origins their rightful place?”

Renowned, notably, for her iconic play La Sagouine, Antonine Maillet received the prestigious Prix Goncourt for her novel Pélagie-la-Charette, thereby becoming the first non-European laureate of the most prestigious award in France. Since then, she has published over twenty novels and many plays, and also translated several celebrated authors such as Shakespeare. She is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Governor General Literary Award, the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne Pierce Medal, and the Prix Goncourt.

This book is bilingual. 

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Companion of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of the French Legion of Honour, Commander of Arts and Letters of France, Member of the Order of New Brunswick, Officer of the Order of Quebec and Symons Medal Laureate (2016).

Compagnon de l’Ordre du Canada, Officier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur de France, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres de France, membre de l’Ordre du Nouveau-Brunswick, Officière de l’Ordre du Québec et lauréate de la Médaille Symons (2016)

 
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Die Hungrigen und die Satten

Eichborn


Vom Autor von ER IST WIEDER DA!

"Ein großartiges Buch: lustig, böse, traurig!" KESTER SCHLENZ, STERN

Deutschland hat eine Obergrenze für Asylsuchende eingeführt, ganz Europa ist bis weit nach Nordafrika hinein abgeriegelt. Jenseits der Sahara entstehen riesige Lager, in denen Millionen von Flüchtlingen warten, warten, warten. So lange, dass man in derselben Zeit eigentlich auch zu Fuß gehen könnte, wäre das nicht der sichere Tod.

Als die deutsche Starmoderatorin Nadeche Hackenbusch das größte dieser Lager besucht, erkennt der junge Lionel die einmalige Gelegenheit: Mit 150.000 Flüchtlingen nutzt er die Aufmerksamkeit des Fernsehpublikums und bricht zum Marsch nach Europa auf. Die Schöne und die Flüchtlinge werden zum Quotenhit. Und während sich der Sender über Live-Berichterstattung mit Zuschauerrekorden und Werbemillionen freut, reagiert die deutsche Politik mit hilflosem Wegsehen, Kleinreden und Aussitzen. Doch je näher der Zug rückt, desto mehr ist Innenminister Joseph Leubl gefordert. Und desto dringlicher stellen sich ihm und den Deutschen zwei Fragen: Was kann man tun? Und in was für einem Land wollen wir eigentlich leben?

Timur Vermes' neuer Roman ist eine Gesellschaftssatire, aktuell, radikal, beklemmend und komisch zugleich. DIE HUNGRIGEN UND DIE SATTEN fängt dort an, wo der Spaß aufhört.

"Wenn Timur Vermes' Erstlingswerk ER IST WIEDER DA böse, realistisch und komisch ist, so ist sein zweiter Geniestreich böser, realistischer und komischer." CHRISTOPH MARIA HERBST

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"Ein großartiges Buch: lustig, böse, traurig!" Kester Schlenz, STERN, 23.08.2018

"Man diskutiert über einen Grenzzaun, gar über Starkstrom und Selbstschussanlagen - also über das, was der Mob will. Und so fragt das Buch, ob eine solche Entwicklung das Land nicht viel stärker veränderte als die Zuwanderung einiger Hunderttausend." Tilman Spreckelsen, FAZ

"Nur wenige Deutsche wagen und können Unterhaltung so brisant wie Timur Vermes." Marc Reichwein, DIE WELT

 
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Death Sentences

University of Ottawa Press | Literary Translation


Death may seem a grim subject matter but, in the capable hands of Suzanne Myre, nothing is beyond humour. Though at times sincere, sorrowful, and even a tad gruesome, Death Sentences is also wry, mordant, and amusingly ironic.

Death Sentences features 13 unique short stories, thematically united by death, sex, and existential angst. Solitary and dejected characters explore Montreal’s parks and alleys, seeking comfort and contending with their own everyday tragedies. A woman contemplates the deadly consequences of an almond croissant; another escapes her worries in a monastery. Precocious children’s fates are intertwined with a Rottweiler’s. Young girls fall in love with the most unlikely partners and a woman seeks salvation in a most unconventional way. The tales in Death Sentences intrigue, surprise, and entertain, from one page to the next.

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Suzanne Myre is a prolific and critically acclaimed Montreal writer, specializing in the short story genre. She was shortlisted for the Grand Prix littéraire France-Québec (2003) and the Prix des libraires (2004). Death Sentences is the first translation of her work.

 
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Alice In Plunderland

BookThug


It's been 150 years since Alice first entered Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's beloved classic book. My, how times have changed! Now, from the multi-award-winning poet and scholar Steve McCaffery comes Alice in Plunderland, a reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice books that will forever change the way readers negotiate Wonderland and its menagerie of characters.

Written as part of a larger project called Chiasmus, in which McCaffery will "queer the classics," Plunderland's Alice and all of the other characters become infused with qualities related to the notion of "plunder"—theft, drug addiction, looting and civil disorder. Instilled with humour, intelligence, and more than a little bit of absurdity, this retelling of Alice’s adventures takes place somewhere other than expected. In the rough-and-tumble world of Plunderland, where theft, drugs, and gangs hold sway, and nary a tea party is to be found, the Cheshire Cat is a junky from the UK; the King and Queen hold court over the land of Cocaine; even Alice's adventures are transformed in her quest for a fix.

As the result of McCaffery's theory of "palindromic time" by which the past is contemporized and the present historicized, fans of McCaffery’s work will find plenty of poetic marvel to sink their teeth into. In Alice in Plunderland, his first foray into prose-parody, McCaffery's innovative poetics transform a classic story, and in doing so, break open an exciting new initiative for fans of experimental poetics and linguistics in the years to come.

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Praise for Steve McCafferey's Panopticon

Panopticon is ultimately a profoundly optimistic work, a leap of faith that chooses to revel in the opacity of language.— Sam Rowe

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Author of around 40 books of poetry and criticism published variously in Canada, England, and the United States, McCaffery was a founding member of the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen (with bpNichol of TRG—The Toronto Research Group), and a founding theorist of Language Poetry. He has published three previous titles with BookThug: a revised second edition of Panopticon, The Basho Variations, and Every Way Oakly (homolinguistic translations of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons), as well as editing the first Canadian edition of Stein's book of that name. He is the two-time recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing, and was shortlisted twice for the Governor General's Award in Poetry. He lives and teaches in Buffalo, NY, where he is the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University at Buffalo.

 
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beHEARTBEAT


Wenn's um die großen Gefühle anderer geht, hat Hochzeitsplanerin Sarah alles im Griff. Was ihre eigenen betrifft: völliges Chaos. Bis ihr der charmant-unkomplizierte Hugo begegnet. Zu dem leider eine uncharmant-komplizierte Freundin gehört. Oder doch nicht? Jedenfalls weiß Sarah, dass jetzt endlich mal was passieren muss. Egal, ob mit oder ohne Prosecco ...

So prickelnd wie ein leichter Sommerdrink - eine beschwingte Liebesgeschichte von Bestsellerautorin Katie Fforde.

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