The Angel's Game
Barcelona, 1917. Seventeen-year-old David, an office boy at a newspaper company, is given a chance to write a short story. His piece is well received and is serialized, but he becomes the target of his colleagues' jealousy and is fired for creating discord in the company. The depressed David is introduced to the president of a publishing company who offers him a job. The introducer is a millionaire and the newspaper's star writer, Pedro Vidal, David's friend who has always treated him kindly.
A year later, David moves into the "tower house," which he had always admired. He develops a crush on Vidal's secretary, Cristina. When Cristina asks him to secretly revise Vidal's writings, he accepts out of his longing to meet with her. One day, an editor named Andreas Corelli offers him a huge advance for a mysterious job, but David turns him down.
Vidal's novel polished up by David receives rave reviews while David's own novel that he poured his soul into is bitterly criticized. The disappointed David is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books by his friend, a secondhand bookstore owner, and per its rule—each patron can choose one book to take back with him—he comes to possess a book titled Lux Aeterna. Corelli keeps offering David the job, and when he finally accepts it, strange things begin to happen around him, ultimately a murder. Soon David discovers that Lux Aeterna was written on the typewriter that he found in the tower house and that he is meeting the same fate as its former tenant, Diego Marlasca. David becomes obsessed with Marlasca's tragedy and begins visiting people who used to know him, however… Set in Barcelona, a city of fantasy and mystery, it is an intricate story about David, who sells his soul for a book, his strange fate, the mystery of the tower house, and his wistful love for Cristina. The follow-up to the worldwide bestseller The Shadow of the Wind and the second novel that features the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
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This novel, the follow-up to worldwide bestseller The Shadow of the Wind, created such a sensation that many readers went without sleep until they finished reading it, and it even sparked the term "Zafon mania" to describe the author's passionate fans. (The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game have sold over 20 million copies together.)
While The Shadow of the Wind is a heart-warming story about friendship and love with a variety of characters and episodes, The Angel's Game is more mysterious and tragic, and the readers get drawn into main character David's strange fate. There is a touch of fantasy to the story, and questions such as "who is Corelli, the mysterious editor?" and "how exactly should the conclusion be interpreted?" may be answered differently by each reader. It is not an exaggeration to say that every time you reread it, you would get a different story from it.
The scenes in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which is featured again in this book following The Shadow of the Wind, are once again full of intrigue. David, whose novel receive scathing reviews and his literary talent is severely criticized, visits the arcane Cemetery of Forgotten Books with the same owner of the secondhand bookstore that appears in The Shadow of the Wind. A huge crypt with winding tunnels filled with books. Any book lover would be fascinated by the scenes in the labyrinthine library.
The setting in which reality and fantasy intertwine is again Barcelona, like the previous novel. It is this city—where shadows are as dark as the sun is bright and where fantasy lingers in the air—that makes this intense mystery so effective. The buildings and streets in the story, such as the cemetery, indoor botanical garden, and library, exist in real life. Even though the Cemetery of Forgotten Books isn't real, you could maybe visit it too if you went to Barcelona... That's how the author's vivid, captivating descriptions of the places around town make you feel. Transcend time and distance, and enjoy a trip to Barcelona in the 1920s.
Notes from Underground
A two-part novella in which the narrator is a middle-aged man living in a basement flat who suffers excessive self-reproach. In one part, he recounts the events during his youth when he explored his connection with the outside world, and in the other part, he minutely probes the lives of humans filled with incongruities. The book is packed with ideas that Dostoevsky later elaborated in his masterpieces such as The Brothers Karamazov, and this critical work of literature that Gide described as “the key to solving Dostoevsky” has been translated into impressive Japanese by Ikuo Kameyama, Japan’s leading expert on Dostoevsky.
Ben, a writer, returns to the town where he grew up and faces a series of perplexing incidents. The disappearance of two brothers, residents dying of unknown causes, missing corpses… As Ben and his newfound friends investigate the mysteries, they are attacked by the dead that come back to life and discover that they are up against immortal vampires. What will become of Ben and his battle against the dreadful enemies? A legendary masterpiece and a flag-bearer of "modern horror" novels.
I Feel Bad About My Neck
A bestselling collection of essays by movie director and screenwriter Nora Ephron, creator of Sleepless in Seattle and many other popular movies and books. “…It’s great to be old…I can’t stand people who say things like this. Don’t they have necks? Aren’t they tired of compensatory dressing?” Her remarks based on sharp observation and vivid imagination are delivered to Japanese readers in this masterful translation imbued with true Ephron spirit by Sawako Agawa.
A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU
One winter day, the taste of a Madeleine cake dipped in tea revives memories of childhood. The novel starts off with this famous episode and ends with the time-inspired narrator deciding to write a novel and to engrave "time" onto it. A reflection about a novel with a novel, this greatest classic of the 20th century has had profound influence on literature to come.
In Oslo, on the day of the year’s first snowfall, a woman disappears. A snowman with her scarf wrapped around its neck is left standing in her front yard. Through his investigation of the case, Inspector Harry Hole notices the disappearances of a significant number of women in the past 10 years. He then receives a mysterious letter signed “The Snowman”… An entry in a series with worldwide sales of 2 million copies by Norway’s leading mystery writer.
THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS AND THE REMAKING OF WORLD ORDER
Author.Samuel P. Huntington
The fault lines between civilizations are the source of violent conflict? The book, which theorizes that the clash of civilizations will replace the conflict of ideologies seen in the Cold War, was a worldwide sensation and is said to be one of the most important manuscripts written post-Cold War. A bestseller by renowned international political scientist Dr. Huntington and an indispensable tome in pondering the future of the world and moreover Japan's existence in the new millennium.
An authentic mystery that superbly integrates history and crime-solving. Sixteenth century England, a man is murdered in a monastery during the dissolution of monasteries ordered by King Henry VIII. Awaiting lawyer Shardlake, who is commissioned to examine the case, are crooked monks, a hidden past, and another murder. Shardlake diligently collects witnesses' statements and evidence and uncovers a shocking truth. The first installment of the CWA award-winning series.
The frozen body of a beautiful woman is found in a bathtub in a coastal town. It is writer Erica's childhood friend Alexandra, murdered and pregnant. Erica, who is asked to write an article about Alex for a local newsletter, runs into Patrik, a detective and another childhood friend, at the police station. Läckberg's impressive debut and the first in the series of novels about the investigations of gruesome murders in a small Swedish town by the writer and detective pair.