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Genre: Political Stories

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Alburquerque
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
PS3551.N27 A79 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Abran Gonzalez is a homeboy from the barrio, a young boxer whose world is shattered the night he is summoned to the deathbed of his biological mother, a woman he has never known. He learns he is the son of a wealthy Anglo woman and an unknown Mexican man--a father whose identity Abran feels compelled to uncover.
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All the king's men
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-
PS3545.A748 A7 1990 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Jack Burden, a young journalist, is asked by soon-to-be governor Willie Stark to uncover a scandal in Judge Irwin's past. Jack weighs the consequences.
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Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress
Dai, Sijie, 1954-
PQ2664.A437 B3513 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
At the height of Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend, Luo, guilty of being the sons of doctors, find themselves in a remote village where, among the peasants of Phoenix mountain, they are made to cart buckets of excrement up and down precipitous winding paths. Their meager distractions include a violin--as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed.
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Beso de la mujer araña
Puig, Manuel.
PQ7798.26.U4 B4 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In a Latin American jail cell, two radically different men develop a friendship as the one man entertains the other with narratives from old movies.
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Bitter peace
Peterson, Michael (Michael I.)
PS3566.E7698 B57 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
A U.S. diplomat, Bradley Marshall, is sent by President Nixon to Saigon in 1972 to convince the South Vietnamese to sign a peace treaty. On learning that the North Vietnamese are preparing to invade the South as soon as the Americans leave, Marshall faces a dilemma. The honest thing to do is to inform the South Vietnamese, but in that case they will never sign.
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Brave new world : and, Brave new world revisited
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.
PR6015.U9 B65 2005 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Contains the text of Huxley's prophetic work and includes his discussion about social problems and the human condition since its publication.
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Bureaucrats
Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.
PQ2165 .E4613 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Can you forgive her?
Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882.
PR5684 .C27 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Cancer ward
Solzhenit︠s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich, 1918-
PG3488.O4 R313 1991 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Examines the relationship of a group of people in the cancer ward of a provincial Soviet hospital in 1955, two years after Stalin's death. They are seen under normal circumstances, and also reexamined at the eleventh hour of illness. Together they represent a remarkable cross-section of contemporary Russian characters and attitudes. The experiences of the central character, Oleg Kostoglotov, closely reflect the author's own. Solzhenitsyn himself became a patient in a cancer ward in the mid-1950s, on his release from a labor camp, and later recovered.
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Certificate
Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-
PJ5129.S49 C47 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
It's 1922 and David Bendiger, an aspiring eighteen-and-a-half-year-old writer, arrives in Warsaw, penniless and homeless. His only contacts are Sonya, a young woman with whom he has had amorous dealings in the village they have left, and a Zionist functionary who informs him he has qualified for a certificate permitting him to emigrate to Palestine. But in order to make the journey David must enter into a fictitious marriage with a woman so eager to get to Palestine that she will pay all the expenses. While David waits for his certificate, he becomes involved not only with Sonya but with Edusha, the sexually avant-garde Communist Party member in whose apartment he finds a temporary haven; and with Minna, the well-to-do young woman who wants to join her fiance in Palestine and agrees to "marry" David. Grappling with romantic, political, and youthful turmoil, David also confronts his literary future and religious past when his older brother - a writer disillusioned by a recent sojourn in Russia - and his father, an Orthodox rabbi, both turn up in Warsaw. The Certificate was serialized in Yiddish in 1967, but may have been written much earlier. The translator, Leonard Wolf, in a postscript calls it "a very young man's book" and "certainly the most playful of Singer's long fictions", with its alternately comic and poignant shifts in plot. Young David's passions for women, philosophizing, Jewish religious speculation, and Walter Mitty-like fantasies make The Certificate a captivating novel in the great tradition of a master storyteller.
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Charterhouse of Parma
Stendhal, 1783-1842.
PQ2435.C4 E5 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) is a compelling novel of passion and daring, of prisons and heroic escape, of political chicanery and sublime personal courage. Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, amidst the golden landscapes of northern Italy, it traces the joyous but ill-starred amorous exploits of a handsome young aristocrat called Fabrice del Dongo, and of his incomparable aunt Gina, her suitor Prime Minister Mosca, and Clelia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion. The great achievement of The Charterhouse of Parma is to conjure up the excitement and romance of youth while never losing sight of the harsh realities which beset the pursuit of happiness, nor the humour and patient irony with which these must be viewed.
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Children of the alley
Maḥfūẓ, Najīb, 1912-
PJ7846.A46 A913 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
The tale of a Mafia-like don in Egypt. He lives in a mansion in Cairo, uphill at the end of an alley whose inhabitants he exploits. He is the patriarch of a large family whose wealth comes from dealing in drugs and various protection rackets. While family members jockey for power, the people below live in squalor, dreaming of the revolutionary heroes their poverty produced. An expose of injustice in Egypt by a Nobel Prize winner and author of 30 novels.
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Close sesame
Farah, Nuruddin, 1945-
PR9396.9.F3 C4 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Comedians
Greene, Graham, 1904-
PR6013.R44 C5 2005 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"Three men, Brown, Smith, and Jones, meet on a ship bound for Haiti, where "Papa Doc" and the Tontons Macoute rule, with sinister secret police."
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Confidence of the heart
Schweidel, David.
PS3569.C56815 C66 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
A man who considers himself a free spirit and sneers at yuppies goes to Guatemala to marry a rich girl. As she prepares for the wedding, he organizes a democratic election on her father's plantation, bringing trouble on the workers. He marries and returns to the U.S. to become just another yuppie.
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Crazed
Jin, Ha, 1956-
PS3560.I6 C73 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Assigned to care for his fiancee's father, Professor Yang, after he suffers a stroke, Jian Wan is disturbed when the professor begins to rave against his family and colleagues, and takes great risks to uncover the truth.
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Crossbones
Farah, Nuruddin, 1945-
PR9396.9.F3 C76 2011 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"A gripping new novel from today's "most important African novelist". (The New York Times Review of Books) A dozen years after his last visit, Jeebleh returns to his beloved Mogadiscio to see old friends. He is accompanied by his son-in-law, Malik, a journalist intent on covering the region's ongoing turmoil. What greets them at first is not the chaos Jeebleh remembers, however, but an eerie calm enforced by ubiquitous white-robed figures bearing whips. Meanwhile, Malik's brother, Ahl, has arrived in Puntland, the region notorious as a pirates' base. Ahl is searching for his stepson, Taxliil, who has vanished from Minneapolis, apparently recruited by an imam allied to Somalia's rising religious insurgency. The brothers' efforts draw them closer to Taxliil and deeper into the fabric of the country, even as Somalis brace themselves for an Ethiopian invasion. Jeebleh leaves Mogadiscio only a few hours before the borders are breached and raids descend from land and sea. As the uneasy quiet shatters and the city turns into a battle zone, the brothers experience firsthand the derailments of war. Completing the trilogy that began with Links and Knots, Crossbones is a fascinating look at individuals caught in the maw of zealotry, profiteering, and political conflict, by one of our most highly acclaimed international writers."--

"Completing the trilogy that began with LINKS and KNOTS, Jeebleh returns to Somalia, now in a religionist grip, along with his journalist son-in-law, Malik, and Malik's brother Ahl, who is in search of his stepson-turned-pirate"--

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Dean's December
Bellow, Saul.
PS3503.E4488 D4 1998 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Demons : a novel in three parts
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
PG3326 .B6 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
A new translation of The Possessed and a new title to go with it. The translators claim it better reflects the spirit of what basically is a novel of ideas, the demons of the title being the Western imports of idealism, socialism, materialism, nihilism, atheism and so on.
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Devils
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
PG3326 .B6 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Doctor Faustus
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.
PT2625.A44 D63 1992b Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Double double
Yglesias, Jose.
PS3575.G5 D68 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Dr. Zhivago
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, 1890-1960.
PG3476.P27 D63 1991b Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Yuri Zhivago, doctor and poet, lives and loves during the first three decades of 20th-century Russia.
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Dred : a tale of the Great Dismal Swamp
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896.
PS2954 .D7 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"Written partly in response to the criticisms of Uncle Tom's Cabin by both white Southerners and black abolitionists, Dred (1856) extends the plantation novel to examine, in the words of its author, "the views and reasonings of those who have bowed down to the yoke, and felt the iron enter into their souls." Through the compelling stories of Nina Gordon, the mistress of a slave plantation, and Dred, a black revolutionary, Stowe brings to life the conflicting beliefs about race, the institution of slavery, and the need for the radical action that erupted during the 1850s. Exploring the political and spiritual goals that fuel Dred's rebellion, she creates a figure far different from the acquiescent Christian martyr, Uncle Tom."--BOOK JACKET.
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Echo House
Just, Ward S.
PS3560.U75 E24 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Three generations of the Behls, a politically ambitious family in Washington. The three men are Adolph, a senator during the 1930s and failed vice-president; his son, Axel, a World War II OSS agent and later a Cold War warrior; and Alec a successful lawyer and lobbyist during the reign of President Kennedy. By the author of Ambition and Love.
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Eustace diamonds
Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882.
PR5684 .E7 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Following the death of her husband, Sir Florian, beautiful Lizzie Eustace mysteriously comes into possession of a hugely expensive diamond necklace. She maintains it was a gift from her husband, but the Eustace lawyers insist she give it up, and while her cousin Frank takes her side, her new lover Lord Fawn states that he will only marry her if the necklace is surrendered. As gossip and scandal intensity, Lizzie's truthfulness is thrown into doubt, and, in her desire to keep the jewels, she is driven to increasingly desperate acts.
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Favorite sons : a novel
Russell, John, 1954-
PS3568.U76675 F3 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Two Southern senators go through political fights from the Great Depression to the Reagan Revolution.
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Feast of the Goat
Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936-
PQ8498.32.A65 F5413 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Returning to her native Dominican Republic, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral discovers that Rafael Trujillo, the depraved dictator called "the Goat," still reigns over his inner circle, which includes Urania's father, with brutality and blackmail.
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Felix Holt, the radical
Eliot, George, 1819-1880.
PR4660 .A1 1988 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Fiesta del Chivo
Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936-
PQ8498.32.A65 F54 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
En Santo Domingo, Ciudad Trujillo en 1961, un hombre tiraniza al pueblo mientras Urania regresa a la tierra que juro no volver a pisar. La politica se mezcla con la sangre, en tanto que un ser inocente se convertira en un regalo truculento.
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Ford
Austin, Mary Hunter, 1868-1934.
PS3501.U8 F67 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Free-lance pallbearers
Reed, Ishmael, 1938-
PS3568.E365 F7 1999 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"Ishmael Reed's first novel zooms readers off to the crazy, ominous kingdom of Harry Sam - a miserable and dangerous place ruled for thirty years by Harry Sam, a former used car salesman who wields his power from his bathroom throne. In a land of a thousand contradictions peopled by cops and beatniks, black nationalists and white liberals, the crusading Bukka Doopeyduk leads a rebellion against the corrupt Sam in a wildly uproarious and scathing satire."--BOOK JACKET.
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Garlic Ballads
Mo, Yan, 1955-
PL2886.O1684 T513 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In China, the tragic romance of farmer Gao Ma and Fang Jijnu, the pregnant woman who elopes with him. It is told against the background of the 1988 garlic farmers' revolt, protesting corrupt officialdom in Paradise County. By the author of Red Sorghum.
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Germinal
Zola, Emile, 1840-1902.
PQ2504 .A33 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. Etienne Lantier leads the mining community in a strike against pay-cuts - a losing battle against starvation and repression. By Zola's death in 1902, the novel had come to symbolize the call for freedom from oppression.
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Gifts
Farah, Nuruddin, 1945-
PR9396.9.F3 G54 1999 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
War in Somalia transforms a simple village girl into a self-confident woman who even swims and drives a car. She is Duniya, a widow with three children. By an English-speaking writer, author of Maps.
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Gilded Age
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
PS1311 .A1 2006 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"This rollicking novel is rife with unscrupulous politicians, colorful plutocrats, and blindly optimistic speculators caught up in a frenzy of romance, murder, and surefire deals gone bust. First published in 1873 and filled with unforgettable characters such as the vainglorious Colonel Sellers and the ruthless Senator Dilsworthy, The Gilded Age is a hilarious and instructive lesson in American history." -- From publisher description.
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Golden age : a novel
Vidal, Gore, 1925-
PS3543.I26 G65 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"The Golden Age is the concluding volume in Gore Vidal's American empire novels - a unique pageant of the national experience from the United States' entry into World War Two to the end of the Korean War." "The Golden Age is a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War Two and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire. The sharp-eyed and sympathetic witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, Washington, D.C., newspaper publisher turned Hollywood pioneer producer-star, and Peter Sanford, her nephew and publisher of the independent intellectual journal The American Idea. They experience at first hand the masterful maneuvers of Franklin Roosevelt to bring a reluctant nation into World War Two, and later, the actions of Harry Truman that commit the nation to a decades-long twilight struggle against Communism - developments they regard with a marked skepticism, even though they end in an American global empire. The locus of these events is Washington, D.C., yet the Hollywood film industry and the cultural centers of New York also play significant parts. In addition to presidents, the actual characters who appear so vividly in the pages of The Golden Age include Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins, Wendell Wilkie, William Randolph Hearst, Dean Acheson, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Alsop, Dawn Powell - and Gore Vidal himself."--Jacket.
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Half-life of happiness
Casey, John, 1939-
PS3553.A79334 H35 1998 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
A marriage disintegrates when the wife falls in love with a lesbian. The couple are Mike and Joss Reardon of Charlottesville, Virginia, he a lawyer running for Congress, she a filmmaker. Observing events are two daughters with acerbic tongues, Edith and Nora. By the author of Spartina.
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Half of a yellow sun
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
PR9387.9.A34354 H35 2006 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Re-creates the 1960s struggle of Biafra to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, following the intertwined lives of the characters through a military coup, the Biafran secession, and the resulting civil war.
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Honorary consul : a novel
Greene, Graham, 1904-
PR6013.R44 H6 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Although Paraguayan revolutionaries make the mistake of kidnapping the British Consul instead of the American Ambassador, they continue to threaten violence.
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Imperium in imperio / Sutton E. Griggs ; preface by A.J. Verdelle ; introduction by Cornel Wes
Griggs, Sutton Elbert, 1872-
PS3513.R7154 I56 2003 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Self-published in 1899 and sold door-to-door by the author, this classic African-American novel -- a gripping exploration of oppression, miscegenation, exploitation, and black empowerment -- was a major bestseller in its day. The dramatic story of a conciliatory black man and a mulatto nationalist who grow up in a racist America and are driven to join a radical movement dedicated to the creation of an all-black nation in Texas, Imperium in Imperio had a profound influence on the development of black nationalism. --publisher's description.
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Indiana
Sand, George, 1804-1876.
PQ2404 .A4 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Irrawaddy tango
Law-Yone, Wendy.
PS3562.A862 I77 2003 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Jailbird : a novel
Vonnegut, Kurt.
PS3572 .O5 J3 1979 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Harvard, the New Deal, the Holocaust, World War II, Watergate, two prison terms, and a giant conglomerate - Walter Starbuck, who tries to live by the Sermon on the Mount, experiences them all. Shall the meek inherit the earth? Perhaps on a short-term basis.
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Kiss of the spider woman
Puig, Manuel.
PQ7798.26.U4 B413 1991 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Sometimes they talk all night long. In the still darkness of their cell, Molina re-weaves the glittering and fragile stories of the film he loves, and the cynical Valentin listens. Valentin believes in the just cause which makes all suffering bearable; Molina believes in the magic of love which makes all else endurable. Each has always been alone, and always - especially now - in danger of betrayal. But in cell, each surrenders to the other something of himself that he has never surrendered before.
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Konfidenz
Dorfman, Ariel.
PR9309.9.D67 K66 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
A novel on the anti-Nazi movement before World War II. Set in Paris, its protagonists are two men and a woman, all three Germans, who in addition to politics are involved in a romantic triangle. By the author of Hard Rain, a Chilean exile.
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Lamps at high noon
Balch, Jack S., 1909-1980.
PS3503.A5514 L36 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Land of green plums
Müller, Herta, 1953-
PT2673.U29234 H4713 1998 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
An unflinching look at the alienation and complexity of a rapidly changing Eastern Europe, focusing on a group of young friends in Ceaucescu's Romania.
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Magic seeds
Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-
PR9272.9.N32 M49 2004 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Willie Chandran feels as though the life he lives is not his own. But his listlessness washes away in a flood of encouragement from his radically political sister. Inspired, he joins an underground liberation movement in India. But after years of revolution and incarceration, he grows disillusioned and returns to England, still hoping to find his true self.
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Master and Margarita
Bulgakov, Mikhail Afanasʹevich, 1891-1940.
PG3476.B78 M313 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In an updated version of the Faust story, the devil and his minions pay 1920's Moscow a visit and wreak havoc on the artistic community. Bulgakov's satire was banned in Russia by Stalin, and only published in England 27 years after the author's death.
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Melancholy of resistance
Krasznahorkai, László.
PH3281.K8866 E3413 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"The Melancholy of Resistance depicts a chain of mysterious events in an insignificant Hungarian town. A circus, promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world, arrives in the dead of winter, prompting bizarre rumors. Word spreads that the circus folk have a sinister purpose in mind, and the frightened citizens cling to any manifestation of order they can find - music, cosmology, fascism. The novel's characters are unforgettable: the evil Mrs. Eszter, plotting to take over the town; her weakling husband; and Valuska, our hapless hero with his head in the clouds, who is the tender center of the book, the only pure and noble soul to be found."--BOOK JACKET.
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Memories of the Ford administration : a novel
Updike, John.
PS3571.P4 M45 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Alfred Clayton recounts his memories and impressions of the Ford Administration, accidentally including pages from an unpublished book on President James Buchanan.
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Middle of the journey
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975.
PS3539.R56 M53 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"Revolves around a political turncoat and the anger his action awakens among a group of intellectuals summering in Connecticut." -- Back cover.
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Mystic masseur : a novel
Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-
PR9272.9.N32 M9 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"Traces the unlikely career of Ganesh Ramsumair, a failed schoolteacher and impecunious village entrepreneur, and the most beloved politician in Trinidad. To understand a little better, one has to realize that in the 1940s masseurs were the island's medical practitioners of choice." -- Back cover.
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Napoleon of Notting Hill
Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936.
PR4453.C4 N3 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Night : a novel
Karasu, Bilge.
PL248.K33 G4313 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Both a political novel of deep sophistication and a dazzling meditation on the craft and meaning of fiction, Night explores the redemptive powers of the imagination as it shows us the mind of a world-class novelist at work.

Night begins as a writer's notebook. It appears the narrative of a decent man, a writer of liberal sensibility who lives in a truly hellish place, where "nightworkers" prowl the streets, savagely murdering victims at random and leaving cryptic inscriptions about the advent of some apocalyptic "big night." It is a world of ritual mass-murder, of unrelenting paranoia and terror for its own sake, a world rife with rumor and deception.

The writer tells of being blackmailed through a supremely cynical political maneuver into attending a foreign conference as a showpiece delegate. The journey he relates begins in deceit and ends in disaster.

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Set alongside the writer's story is the story of the creation of the book itself. In asides and footnotes, the writer decides on one narrative strategy, second-guesses it, then tries another, as he works his way toward an ending he cannot quite imagine.

The author presents the book-in-progress through the voices of four curiously complementary characters: the writer; his nemesis, a onetime school companion who has become an administrator in both the government and a paragovernmental organization; and two agents under the administrator's direction, a man named Sevinc and a woman named Sevim. Sevinc and the original narrator become lovers who keep being reunited, and Sevim, another former schoolmate and for a time the administrator's wife, finds herself in a struggle between strategy and conscience that ends in her murder.

Ultimately the identities of the voices in Night fracture and blend, the footnotes seem to take on a life of their own, and the parallel narratives fuse in a nightmarish climax that is utterly unforgettable.

Night is political in the most profound sense, in its exploration of the human condition and our own culpability in oppression, whenever and wherever it occurs. Spare and shocking, by turns lyrical and grotesque, this metafictional anatomy of the modern soul invites comparison with Orwell's 1984, Kafka's The Trial, and Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

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Nineteen eighty-four
Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
PR6029.R8 N49 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
While the totalitarianism that provoked George Orwell into writing 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' seems to be passing into oblivion, his harrowing, cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate, and its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade.
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Oil! : a novel
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
PS3537.I85 O5 2007 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
After writing The Jungle, his scathing indictment of the meatpacking industry, Sinclair turned his sights on the early days of the California oil industry in a highly entertaining story featuring a cavalcade of characters including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist. This lively and panoramic book, which was recently cited by David Denby in the New Yorker as being Sinclair's "most readable" novel, is now the inspiration for the Paramount Vantage major motion picture, There Will Be Blood.
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One man's Bible : a novel
Gao, Xingjian.
PL2869.O128 Y49413 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
A fictionalized account of the author's life under Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution describes how the political climate of Beijing rendered his home one of perpetual fear for its citizens.
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Plot against America
Roth, Philip.
PS3568.O855 P58 2004 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but, upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and whose virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family-and for a million such families all over the country-during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.
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Quiet American
Greene, Graham, 1904-
PR6013.R44 Q5 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
While the French Army in Indo-China is grappling with the Vietminh, back in Saigon a young and high-minded American named Pyle begins to channel economic aid to a "Third Force." Caught between French colonialists and the Vietminh, Fowler, the narrator and seasoned foreign correspondent, observes: "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused." As young Pyle's policies blunder on into bloodshed, the older man finds it impossible to stand aside as an observer. But Fowler's motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and to himself: for Pyle has robbed him of his Vietnamese mistress.
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Ramona
Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885.
PS2107 .R4 2005 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Salt : a novel
Lovelace, Earl, 1935-
PR9272.9.L6 S25 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
A novel of Trinidad featuring Alford George, the son of a poor farm worker who rises above his class through sheer perseverance. He learns to speak properly by listening to broadcasts from England, studies hard to become a teacher, then turns activist to improve the educational system. That sends him into politics. By the author of The Wine of Astonishment.
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Samsons : two novels in the Rosales saga
José, F. Sionil (Francisco Sionil), 1924-
PR9550.9.J67 P7 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Sardines
Farah, Nuruddin, 1945-
PR9396.9.F3 S2 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Saturday : [a novel]
McEwan, Ian.
PR6063.C4 S27 2005 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
From the pen of a master-the #1 bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Atonement-comes an astonishing novel that captures the fine balance of happiness and the unforeseen threats that can destroy it. A brilliant, thrilling page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Saturday is a masterful novel set within a single day in February 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man-a successful neurosurgeon, happily married to a newspaper lawyer, and enjoying good relations with his children. Henry wakes to the comfort of his large home in central London on this, his day off. He is as at ease here as he is in the operating room. Outside the hospital, the world is not so easy or predictable. There is an impending war against Iraq, and a general darkening and gathering pessimism since the New York and Washington attacks two years before. On this particular Saturday morning, Perowne's day moves through the ordinary to the extraordinary. After an unusual sighting in the early morning sky, he makes his way to his regular squash game with his anaesthetist, trying to avoid the hundreds of thousands of marchers filling the streets of London, protesting against the war. A minor accident in his car brings him into a confrontation with a small-time thug. To Perowne's professional eye, something appears to be profoundly wrong with this young man, who in turn believes the surgeon has humiliated him-with savage consequences that will lead Henry Perowne to deploy all his skills to keep his family alive.
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Secret for Julia : a novel
Sagastizábal, Patricia, 1953-
PQ7798.29.A356 S4313 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Argentine writer Mercedes Beecher is living in self-imposed exile in London with her teenaged daughter when the horrors of her past catch up with her.
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Soldier of the revolution
Just, Ward S.
PS3560.U75 S65 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Summer of betrayal : a novel
Hong, Ying, 1962-
PL2861.O65 L613 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
The impact of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on Chinese intellectuals through the eyes of Lin Ying, a poetess. She tries to make up for the lack of political freedom with a life of total sexual liberation, but there too the government is watching.
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Sweet & sour milk
Farah, Nuruddin, 1945-
PR9396.9.F3 S9 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Swimming in the volcano : a novel
Shacochis, Bob.
PS3569.H284 S94 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"Winner of the American Book Award for his collection of stories Easy in the Islands and the Prix de Rome for The Next New World, Bob Shacochis returns to the islands with a first novel possessed of the same beauty as the places and people of the Caribbean." "The volcano at the heart of the island of St. Catherine has smoldered as ominously and impotently as its politics for years, but lately things seem to be heating up. Mitchell Wilson, an American expatriate and economist for the Ministry of Agriculture, becomes unwittingly embroiled in an internecine war between rival factions of the government. Into this potentially eruptive scene enters a woman, Johanna, whom Mitchell once loved and lost but who remains an enchanting and powerful temptation - one he will not resist." "At once a beguiling love story and a superbly sophisticated political novel about the fruits of imperialism in the twentieth century, Swimming in the Volcano is as brutally seductive a novel as the world it evokes. Triumphantly compassionate, and imbued with Shacochis's insight into human affairs that "ranks with the best of Conrad and Hemingway," here is a commanding performance by "one of the most talented young writers working in America today.""--BOOK JACKET.
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Tin drum
Grass, Günter, 1927-
PT2613.R338 B5513 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Contemporary German novel, the subject of much controversy when it was first published in 1959, focuses on the years of Nazi control in Germany as seen through the eyes of an intelligent dwarf, masquerading as a retarded lunatic.
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Two murders in my double life
Škvorecký, Josef.
PR9199.3.S545 T9 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"The narrator lives in two very distinct worlds; one is a community of exiles and emigres from post-Communist Czechoslovakia, where old feuds and friendships that have lasted through wars, occupations, and revolutions still survive; and the other is the comfortable, fatuously self-congratulatory world of a Canadian university, in which grave attention is given to matters such as whether a certain male professor has left his office door open wide enough while interviewing a female student." -- Jacket.
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Ugly American
Lederer, William J., 1912-
PS3562.E3 U44 1999 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Homer Atkins is sent by the U.S. government to handled engineering projects in the Southeast Asian country of Sarkhan, and when he challenges the entrenched interests over priorities, he finds himself embroiled in controversy. Lederer and Burdick's fictional diplomat laid bare allegations of American arrogance and corruption in 1950s Asia.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896.
PS2954 .U5 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eludes the hired slave catchers and is aided by the underground railroad. Another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale and ultimately endures a martyr's death under the whips of Simon Legree's overseers.
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Wild ginger
Min, Anchee, 1957-
PS3563.I4614 W35 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
The beautiful, iron-willed Wild Ginger is only in elementary school when we first meet her, but already she has been singled out by the Red Guards for her "foreign-colored eyes." Her classmate Maple is also a target of persecution. It is through the quieter, more skeptical Maple, a less than ardent Maoist whose father is languishing in prison for a minor crime, that we see this story to its tragic end. The Red Guards have branded Wild Ginger's deceased father a traitor and eventually drive her mother to a gruesome suicide, but she fervently embraces Maoism to save her spirit. She rises quickly through the ranks and is held up as a national model for Maoism. Wild Ginger now has everything, even a young man who vies for her heart. But Mao's prohibition on romantic love places her in an untenable position. Into this sexually charged situation steps Maple, creating an uneasy triangle that Min has portrayed with keen psychological insight and her characteristic gift for lyrical eroticism. In Anchee Min's previous three books she returned again and again to the devastating experience of the Cultural Revolution, which defined her youth. Here, in this slim but powerful novel, she gives us a moving story that goes closer to the core of that experience than anything she has written before, and brilliantly delineates the psychological and sexual perversion of those times. Ultimately, WILD GINGER has the clean lines of a parable, the poignancy of a coming-of-age novel, the sexiness of a French blue movie, and the sadness of a truly tragic love story.
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Wisest man in America
Wetherell, W. D., 1948-
PS3573.E9248 W57 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
The wise man of the title is a lumberjack, discovered by a newspaper columnist who made a career of quoting him as the voice of the people. Now, some 40 years later the two relate their past and their friendship in separate chapters, dispensing their philosophy on life. By the author of Chekhov's Sisters.
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World to win
Conroy, Jack, 1899-
PS3505.O53 W67 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability