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The Penguin Book of migration literature: departures, arrivals, generations, returns

Author: Dohra Ahmad

Language: English

Summary: Every year, three to four million people move to a new country. From war refugees to corporate expats, migrants constantly reshape their places of origin and arrival. This selection of works collected together for the first time brings together the most compelling literary depictions of migration.

Organized in four parts (Departures, Arrivals, Generations, and Returns), The Penguin Book of Migration Literature conveys the intricacy of worldwide migration patterns, the diversity of immigrant experiences, and the commonalities among many of those diverse experiences. Ranging widely across the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries, across every continent of the earth, and across multiple literary genres, the anthology gives readers an understanding of our rapidly changing world, through the eyes of those at the centre of that change. With thirty carefully selected poems, short stories, and excerpts spanning three hundred years and twenty-five countries, the collection brings together luminaries, emerging writers, and others who have earned a wide following in their home countries but have been less recognized in the Anglophone world. Editor of the volume Dohra Ahmad provides a contextual introduction, notes, and suggestions for further exploration, while Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat provides a foreword.

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La grande stagione

Author: Paolo Ruggiero

Language: Italian

Summary: «Non è ancora estate, ma dalla qualità della luce si capisce che è proprio in questo punto del pianeta e dell’Egeo, in questa parte dell’arcipelago che l’ultimo velo è sfilato. Lo spettro luminoso si irradia ancora più nitido, aurorale, la luce riesce a farsi strada anche nello spessore degli oggetti, rivelandone una trasparenza, un’interiorità che non avevo ancora visto». La laurea a quasi trent’anni sigla la fine della stagione universitaria di Livio, ma Bologna sembra volerlo trattenere, generosa più che mai di incontri e di avventure notturne. Al primo contratto di lavoro segue un trasferimento, un periodo febbrile a Parigi e, dopo una brusca interruzione, la partenza verso un’isola defilata delle Cicladi. L’erotismo vissuto con amiche o compagne di una notte detta il tempo della vicenda, alternandosi ai ricordi e alla ricerca della causa dell’incidente di volo nel quale Livio da bambino ha perso il padre pilota. Insieme alle ragazze, protagonisti del romanzo sono i luoghi, raccontati attraverso una scrittura lucida e prospettive limpide, quasi fotografiche: Bologna, l’Adriatico, Parigi e “K”, la minuscola isola nell’Egeo dove Livio è di nuovo pervaso da un’esaltante fiducia nel futuro, in una nuova grande stagione.

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When in Vanuatu

Author: Nicki Chen

Language: English

Summary: When Diana quit her job and followed her husband to Manila, she believed the move would work for both of them: Jay would finally have his dream job, and she would take time off from her accounting career to start a family.

Four years later, however, she’s still not pregnant. Her fertility doctor advises her to relax―an undertaking that is easier said than done in one of the noisiest, most crowded cities in the world. Nevertheless, Diana tries. She takes up yoga and meditation. She buys goldfish. Then one day, while Jay is away on business, a violent coup d’etat erupts. The rebels bomb the presidential palace and occupy parts of the city.

Clearly, Diana decides, something needs to change. Determined to have a baby while she’s still young enough, she convinces Jay to transfer to the small South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, said to be “the most relaxing place on earth.” It isn’t long before she realizes that the island’s tropical beauty hides dangers and disappointments that will test her courage, her marriage, and her ability to open herself up to new possibilities.

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A Life in Music

Author: Daniel Barenboim

Language: English

Summary: A Life in Music reviews five decades of the rich and uniquely varied musical life of Daniel Barenboim. A child prodigy as a pianist and a virtuoso conductor of symphonies and opera, he has known and worked with many of the most distinguished and exciting musicians of the 20th century, not least his own wife Jacqueline du Pré. With memories of music heard and performed, and thoughtful examinations of global influences and professional inspiration, A Life in Music offers a profound window to the mind of one of the twentieth century’s greatest musicians. Continue reading “A Life in Music”

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The Gringo Champion

Author: Aura Xilonen

Language: English

Summary: The award-winning debut novel by young Mexican author Aura Xilonen, The Gringo Champion is a thrillingly inventive story about crossing borders that the Los Angeles Review of Books called “one of the must-read books of 2017.”

Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach “the promised land.” And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story.

As Liborio narrates his memories we discover a childhood scarred by malnutrition and abandonment, adolescence lived with a sense of having nothing to lose. In his new home, he finds a job at a bookstore. He falls in love with a woman so intensely that his fantasies of her verge on obsession. And, finally, he finds himself on a path that just might save him: he becomes a boxer.

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Born to run: my story

Author: Cathy Freeman

Language: English

Summary: “Hi guys, ever since I was little I only had one dream – to win a gold medal at the Olympics. When I was twenty-seven years old, my dream came true. I’ll never forget that night at the Sydney 2000 Games – as I crossed the finish line, it was as if the whole of Australia was cheering for me. Sometimes I still wonder how it happened.

When I was growing up, I felt no different to anyone else. I loved having fun with my brothers, sleeping over at nanna’s and going horse riding with my dad. But I especially loved to run. With the help of my family, coaches and teachers, I became the best female 400-metre runner in the world. I hope you enjoy my story, and that it inspires you to chase after your dreams too!” (from the blurb)

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