When beleaguered Dr Norman Wilfred arrives on Skios to give the annual lecture at the Fred Toppler Foundation, he collects the wrong suitcase from baggage claim and is whisked to the other side of the island, into the bed of a young woman awaiting her lover. Meanwhile, a surprisingly young, charming and reckless Dr Wilfred arrives at the FTF to deliver his speech. Frayn’s highly-stylised farce is not for everyone, but those who suspend disbelief will be rewarded with witty dialogue and a rollicking plot. A favourite for this year’s Booker Prize.
A brilliant murder-mystery by one of contemporary Spain's finest authors, published by the excellent Europa. Investigating the death of a tramp, Petra Delicado and her canine sidekick Garzon are drawn into a sinister world of dogfighting reminiscent of classic Mexican film 'Amores Perros'. Highly recommended.
A selection of Moorish songs from the region about love and wine, translated by Ted Gorton."They said 'Your hair's gone grey!' and I said:,'So what? It's just dawn piercing through the darkness!,It's no sign of ageing: when the bay stallion of love has run so much,It must get dusty, and look more like a grey.'"
This slender but complex novel is terrific - a moving and intricately crafted exploration of the way the Civil War haunts Spain to this day. Cercas toys with his reader both stylistically and emotionally, to remarkable effect.
From the author of I'm Not Scared comes this though-provoking novel. Telling the story of a boy who seems to have everything, and how he is thrown into confusion by the appearance of his troubled sister in his top-flight prep school in Rome, this is a remarkable, warm and beautifully-written novel about the discovery of what responsibility means.
In Venice a young musicologist sets out to find the truthful heir to an alleged fortune, hidden away by a forgotten composer. A captivating tale of intrigue, music, history and greed, from a master of literary crime fiction.
It is 1978, and thousands of Soviet-Jewish migrants are stranded in Rome when their passage to America is obstructed by endless bureaucracy. As the eccentric Krasnansky family - an old communist, his wheeler-dealing elder son and womanising younger son - await their fate, they find themselves at the heart of a series of love affairs and criminal liaisons. This subtle, multi-generational saga of migration and cultural change is infused with a wry humour that has spawned well-deserved comparisons with Jewish writers Saul Bellow and Mordecai Richler.
Commissario Brunetti returns, for his 22nd outing! This time Donna Leon's hero is trying to track down the history of a mentally-challenged man who has been found dead. What does his untimely demise have to do with the Mayor of Leon's beautifully-drawn Venice, and how can this man's sad, lonely existence tell Brunetti about a much bigger mystery? Leon has done it again, with the passionate characters, the evocative locations and the enigmatic puzzles we have come to expect from one of our best Crime Writers.
Ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari’s world is turned upside down when his father is murdered by bandits and he and his mother are forced to flee Afghanistan in search of a safe haven. When his mother warns him ‘in a strange, low voice as warming as embers’ that he must never steal or cheat, Enaiatollah doesn’t realise that soon she too will leave his side. Based on the true story of one child’s remarkable journey through Iran, Turkey, Greece and Italy in search of asylum.
Comprising two novellas, both of which feel rather like fictionalised travelogues. Dyer writes with great skill and humour, and his reworking of Mann's 'Death in Venice' does a neat job of skewering the modern hedonistic tourist. The graphic sex is however perhaps rather overwrought. The Varanasi section is better, but could not be recommended ahead of the many Indian novels of greater scope.
Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy, is endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed. After ten years of war, Troy has fallen to the Greeks, and Cassandra is now a prisoner, shackled outside the gates of Agamemnon’s Mycenae. Through memories of her childhood and reflections on the long years of conflict, Cassandra pieces together the fall of her city. From a woman living in an age of heroes, here is the untold personal story overshadowed by the battlefield triumphs of Achilles and Hector. This stunning reimagining of the Trojan War is a rich and vivid portrayal of the great tragedy that continues to echo throughout history.
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Comprising 'Agamemnon', 'The Libation Bearers' and 'The Eumenides', The Oresteia is the only surviving trilogy in Ancient Greek drama. It follows the royal family of Argos through their dark chain of murder and revenge, and Robert Fagles's unparallelled translation ensures not an ounce of power or beauty is lost.
A cracking modern translation of one of Spain's best-loved books. Set in 18th century Andalucia, this is a wildly enjoyable tale of intrigue and lust, depicting the determined efforts of a lowly miller and his beautiful wife to ward off the advances of a local lothario.
This Nobel Prizewinning novel cannot be recommended highly enough. Through the famous bridge in Visegrad, Andric chronicles with great humour and compassion the extraordinary lives of the ordinary Bosnians who build it, cross it and leap from it. A masterpiece of fictionalized history.
This wonderful novella not only delighted readers across Europe after being banned by the Inquisition upon publication in 1554, it also redefined literature and along with Don Quixote laid the foundation for the modern novel. To this day it remains a vigorous and enjoyable read; Merwin's interpretation is first rate. A true Spanish classic.
Four very different British women are lured to the Italian Riviera by a discreet notice in a newspaper advertising a small medieval castle for rent. Once there they are stirred by the spirit of the Mediterranean and find themselves experiencing remarkable changes. An utterly charming classic from 1922.
The acclaimed author of 'Silk' and 'Without Blood' here offers a dark tragi-comedy that centres around a remote seaside inn and the interlinked stories of the various guests. By turns playful and profound, this is a compelling and ethereal novel with a sting in its tail.
A true delight and one of our absolute favourites, Bassani tells of an aristocratic family who offer their luxurious estate as a safe haven for persecuted Jews as anti-semitic sentiment mounts. Reflecting on his experiences long after the war has ended, the narrator relates a poignant and life-affirming tale.
Following the success of the first Daunt Books publication, Saki's Improper Stories, we are delighted to publish this remarkable novel by the Booker-shortlisted author, Sybille Bedford. Set in Rome, London and the French Riviera in the 1920s, A Favourite of the Gods tells the story of three generations of women and the dramatic upheavals of the early twentieth century. The story begins with a beautiful New England heiress, a Roman prince and the confused catastrophe of their marriage. Their daughter, Constanza, has an idyllic childhood spent in crumbling Roman palaces, sun-baked olive groves and at sumptuous parties, until her life is changed forever by a clash of culture and an impulsive decision. You can now buy the second novel in the sequence, A Compass Error, exclusively at Daunt Books.
De Bernieres's smash bestseller continues to divide readers like no other. Frankly there is no excuse not to have read it by now, and if the author's fondness for whimsy and Marquez-esque magical realism do not appeal, there is at its heart a good old fashioned love-in-war story that packs undeniable punch.
A powerful novel that entwines a love story set in the town of Guernica, the heart of Basque culture and tradition, with the history of its devastation at the hands of the German Luftwaffe. Not quite a Captain Corelliâ€™s Mandolin, but a literary, heart-felt love story with an interesting historical background.