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  • The Slap (Christos Tsiolkas)
    The Slap (Christos Tsiolkas)

    What may represent a slap - especially if given to a friend´s son - was the motto for the author to get a well-planned and widespread story. The Slap is a book with well-crafted characters and a good opportunity to reflect on the events of our times.

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  • The Feast of the Goat (Mario Vargas Llosa)
    The Feast of the Goat (Mario Vargas Llosa)

    Thirty-one years of Trujillo dictatorship, the Benefactor, the generalissimo, the god of the Dominicans. The account of the persecution and reprisals suffered by the authors of the dictator´s assassination. Unimaginable atrocities, appalling events that take our sleep. An emblematic work that we never forget.

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  • Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
    Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)

    Begins: \"One morning, upon awakening from unsettling dreams, Gregório Samsa found himself transformed into a gigantic insect in bed. Lying on the back, so hard that seemed coated metal, and to raise his head a little, spotted the rounded brown belly divided into stiff arched segments, on which the quilt hardly kept his position and was about to slip.»

    To read, reread, think, rethink.

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  • The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)
    The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)

    Tempting to say that if The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann did not exist Literature would not be what it is today.

    Mann has created characters with such consistency, we began to see them as if they were real people. The Magic Mountain is, for me, one of the best literary pieces ever.

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  • Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre)
    Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre)

    Through Antoine Roquentin - a lonely and troubled character - Sartre embraces the question of existentialism and the current that states that we exit even before our essence is defined. A book to read and reflect. Stupendous.

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  • Farewell Waltz (Milan Kundera)
    Farewell Waltz (Milan Kundera)

    Why is it called the Farewell Waltz? Why Kundera puts us to dance with seven characters and the contradictions of each, because it fills the book of things that swing between the beautiful and the ugly, because it makes us reflect with tremendous wisdom and expertise about good and evil. At one point Kundera says: \\"The desire for order is at once death wish, because life is perpetual violation of the order.\\" A truly fabulous book by an author who long ago should have been named Nobel laureate.

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  • Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
    Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

    Gabriel Elígio Garciá falls for Luiza Márquez, but they face the opposition of his father, who tries to prevent the relationship by sending her daughter abroad. To keep the connection, Gabriel mounts, with the help of a friend´s telegraph, a communications network. A romance with an impressive narrative.

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  • Anna Karenina (Leon Tolstoi)
    Anna Karenina (Leon Tolstoi)

    Plot revolves around the story of adultery of a woman in nineteenth-century Russia and the analysis of society at that time. A beautiful book!

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  • Embers (Sándor Márai)
    Embers (Sándor Márai)

    Embers, one of the most admired and iconic novels by Sándor Márai, is a easy text, full of deep thoughts. Magic literary around a strong feeling that calls itself friendship. Embers, a relic to read and reread.

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  • Butcher´s Crossing (John Williams)
    Butcher´s Crossing (John Williams)

    Saturate the world and eager for adventure, young Will Andrews decides to travel to the West. There he meets a hunter, fur trader, who convinces him to take part in the biggest buffalo hunt ever. The massacre is Dantesque and dantesa is the struggle for survival ... An interesting story written by a great author.

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  • Scenes From Village Life (Amos Oz)
    Scenes From Village Life (Amos Oz)

    Amos Oz introduces us to the characters of a village in seven peculiar stories. As we read and browse, we´re surprised by such enigmatic villagers. As the impatient Pessach Kedem, old man of great stature, who wandered like a lost soul in the house; as Dani Franco, who died on the day of his fiftieth birthday; Yardena, fragile and delicate, and the way she shows the house - a real maze - to potential buyers. Scenes from Village Life, simply fabulous.

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  • Crime and Punishment (Dostoiévski)
    Crime and Punishment (Dostoiévski)

    «Crime and Punishment» is for me Dostoyevsky´s masterpiece, one of the most influential writes of classical literature. The author takes us through the corridors of madness, hatred, redemption. Read it compulsively!

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  • Desert (Jean-Marie Le Clézio)
    Desert (Jean-Marie Le Clézio)

    His name is Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, won the Nobel for Literature in 2008.Went to Nigeria when he was eight years old, where his father, a doctor, was laid during World War II. Perhaps this experience explains his knowledge and sensitivity about Africa and allowed him to write Desert, his great masterpiece. Le Clézio has created a rich character - young Lalla - walking through the desert hills where warriors, children, women, old people and animals try to escape death. Lalla, who arrives in Marseille, where she works as a maid in a hotel, later to become a famous model without ever loosing the desire to return to the desert where he grew up. Lalla, Lalla, Lalla!

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  • Divorce A Buda (Sándor Márai)
    Divorce A Buda (Sándor Márai)

    Maybe? He wouldn´t be a doctor if he could not save her. It was a school thing... teach everywhere, a case in which we actually know something, we know we can help. Put down the syringe, I sit next to her, take her pulse, look at her. With a handkerchief I clean the foam from her lips. Stare at her. In this trance, I know that I will do nothing to save Anna. The most dificult part is already far away, she took the first step. Does not account for anything else.With a light step, as in a dream - a dream in fact, the very sense of the word - went from life to death.

    Divorce In Buda, Sándor Márai, the Hungarian who wrote The Candles Burn Until the End. We are to love literature even more after reading a book like this.

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  • In Praise of the Stepmother (Mário Vargas Llosa)
    In Praise of the Stepmother (Mário Vargas Llosa)

    Mario Vargas Llosa is not content, he sharpens our senses to the point of staying suspended until the last line. And then we deeply sigh, already feeling sad for having to separate from Lucrezia, Rigoberto and a little demon named Fonchito.

    In Praise of the Stepmother - which reads in the twinkling of an eye - is a bold, sensual book, a little perverse even, but extraordinary in its atrocious and intoxicating beauty.

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  • The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides)
    The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides)

    Conjugal plot. By Jeffrey Eugenides, its more than a romance novel. The protagonists - Madeleine, a student of English Studies, Leonard, manic-depressive, and Mitchell, student of theology - seek out a professional life. Madeleine feels clinging to Leonard, but its in Mitchell she often thinks about. The theology student leaves for a long trip with the hopes of discovering the meaning of life. Idealism, passion, romanticism and utopias, counterbalancing with real life, giving consistency to the ´marriage plot´ of Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides.

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  • Sons and Lovers (D. H. Lawrence)
    Sons and Lovers (D. H. Lawrence)

    Brilliant novel by D. H. Lawrence. Sons and Lovers is the story Lawrence´s parent´s marital crises and the consequences resulting therefrom in the formation and character of their children. This book is a real treasure.

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  • Immortality (Milan Kundera)
    Immortality (Milan Kundera)

    Immortality offers us several plots in the form of testing and the ability to dive to the bottom of the ambiguity of the characters. It´s them but it could be us. Kundera - Czech author, borned in 1929, French citizen since 1980 - interacts with these characters offering us food for thought.
    Not just a great book, it is one of the books of my life.

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  • Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)
    Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)

    «Away from the Madding Crowd» is one of the most interesting novels of Thomas Hardy. Gabriel Oak falls for the beautiful Bathsheba but not only, will have to count on Troy sergeant and the Boldwood farmer. Chess love and great literature of Thomas Hardy, two arguments very strong to continuously read this novel. 

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  • The dying animal (Philip Roth)
    The dying animal (Philip Roth)

    Philip Roth is one of my favorite authors. «Dying Animal» was the second of several books I´ve ever read. Kepesh, art critic, sixty, apologist relationships without commitment, falls in love with a student in her twenties. Philp Roth tells a torrid, atypical history, away from the gauge and the moral good manners! The erotic adventure evolves over eight years but the middle is no place for reflection of contemporary values??. Where is the current society? A wonderful book!

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  • Portnoy´s Complaint (Philip Roth)
    Portnoy´s Complaint (Philip Roth)

    Alexander Portnoy confessed in a surprising and hilarious way. A theme around the Oedipus complex and prejudices even though we live in the XXI century.

    Philip Roth at his best!

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  • The stranger (Albert Camus)
    The stranger (Albert Camus)

    It is a little-big book. Small in number of pages, the large size and the humanism that Camus (1913-1960) demonstrates. The story revolves around the trial of a man who did not cry at the funeral of his mother. Killing another man is actually a secondary story. Unmissable, its regarded as one of the best books of the twentieth century.

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  • The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (José Saramago)
    The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (José Saramago)

    The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1991) was, until Cain, Jose Saramago´s most controversial work. The book chronicles the life of Jesus, with emphasis on the relationship he had with Mary Magdalene.

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  • The Spell of India (Miguel Real)
    The Spell of India (Miguel Real)

    Summary of an e-mail I sent to Miguel Real, right after I read the book:
    History, adventures, descriptions, feelings, colors, smells, a carriage full of events. An extraordinary novel, a prize worthy novel.
    Congratulations.

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  • The Idiot (Dostoiévski)
    The Idiot (Dostoiévski)

    «The Idiot» is a timeless work of a great genius called Dostoyevsky. In this book, the author describes what can happen to a pure man when confronted with an «impure» context!

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  • Baltasar & Blimunda (José Saramago)
    Baltasar & Blimunda (José Saramago)

    Memorial of the Convent is one of the best known novels of José Saramago and is probably the one that most contributed to the winning of the Literature Nobel Prize. The work presents two parallel stories: the construction of the Mafra Convent by King John V and the love story between seven moons Balthazar and seven suns Blimunda.

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  • The Alexandria Quartet (Lawrence Durrell)
    The Alexandria Quartet (Lawrence Durrell)

    The Alexandria Quartet focuses on the story of Justin, banker Nessim´s wife, Leila, the banker´s mother, Justine, Balthazar, Clea and Mountolive, as well as a group of friends who live in Alexandria, in a period before the Second World War. Brilliant description of the characters and the context that surrounds them. You can count from the fingers of one hand writers with the same mastery of Lawrence Durrell. The Alexandria Quartet is a superb book, I would even go as far as saying a book from another galaxy.

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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the story of a young woman who becomes a model for a painting by the artist Basil Hallward. And then we have Lord Henry Wotton, an aristocrat who seduces him for his vision of the world, where the only purpose worth being pursued is beauty and pleasure. A surprising ending!

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  • The Wind Whistling in the Crane (Lídia Jorge)
    The Wind Whistling in the Crane (Lídia Jorge)

    The story centers around the relationship between Milene and Antonino Mata, key figures in the clash between two families of different roots and experiences. Milene is the central figure, its through her eyes that we enter into the work. Reading The Wind Whistling in Crane is venturing us in great literature.

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  • The Red and the Black (Stendhal)
    The Red and the Black (Stendhal)

    The novel «The Red and the Black» written in 1830, is a masterpiece by Stendhal. The book revolves around Julien Sorel, an ambitious and unscrupulous young man, who is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating literary characters of all time.

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  • Pavilion of Women (Pearl Buck)
    Pavilion of Women (Pearl Buck)

    Pearl Buck, American , studied in Shanghai to fifteen years and worked in a Chinese shelter that housed slaves and female prostitutes .
    No wonder so tell us in his books of his deep China, and the feelings and the mind and heart of women. Women can be mothers, daughters , grandmothers , or even concubines . A simple but profound written and engaging. A writing artisan .

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  • Orlando (Virginia Woolf)
    Orlando (Virginia Woolf)

    The writer Virginia Woolf was born in London (1882) and is one of my references. Orlando, published in 1928, is the story of a young girl that, one day, wakes up a woman! A book to read many times during your lifetime...

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  • Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
    Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)

    A fabulous classic, what I call great literature. The story centers on Jean Valjean, imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family with aggravated sentence for forced labor in the galleys for trying to escape. Through we still have the French Revolution and the Battle of Waterloo. A briliantly written and fabulous book.

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  • The Bad Girl (Mario Vargas Llosa)
    The Bad Girl (Mario Vargas Llosa)

    Antics of the Bad Girl is a love story full of comings and goings over four decades. A moving story with Mario Vargas Llosa at its best!

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