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The Last Days of El Comandante (Paperback): Alberto Barrera Tyszka The Last Days of El Comandante (Paperback)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka; Translated by Rosalind Harvey 1
R392 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R38 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Venezuela 2012: The President's illness casts a shadow over the lives of his citizens - he divides opinion, but life without him is almost unimaginable. Miguel Sanabria is a retired oncologist, ambivalent towards the President but caught between a virulently anti-Chavez wife and a equally vehement pro-Chavez brother. He is asked by his nephew to hide a mobile phone carrying secret footage that could shed new light on the President's condition. His neighbour Fredy has found a fresh angle for a new book about Chavez, but to take advantage he must agree to a "green-card" marriage and leave his girlfriend and their son for two months, even as their landlady plots to repossess their home. In another apartment live nine-year-old Maria and her neurotic, near-agoraphobic mother. Taken out of school to be educated at home, Maria turns to internet chat rooms for company, while her mother's fears about the city's endemic violence are proved tragically prescient. The fates and fortunes of these neighbours will prove inextricably entwined as the hour of the President's death draws ever closer. REVIEWS FOR THE SICKNESS "A great book" Michael Morpurgo "Powerful themes and powerful writing" Susan Hill Translated from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey

Blue Label (Paperback): Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles Blue Label (Paperback)
Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles; Translated by Paul Filev; Afterword by Alberto Barrera Tyszka
R366 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R57 (16%) Out of stock
The Sickness (Paperback): Alberto Barrera Tyszka The Sickness (Paperback)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka; Translated by Maragret Jull Costa; Introduction by Chris Adrian
R311 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R19 (6%) Out of stock

A profound and philosophical exploration of the nature and meaning of illness, Tyszka's tender, refined novel interweaves the stories of four individuals as they try, in their own way, to come to terms with sickness in all its ubiquity.

La enfermedad (Spanish, Paperback): Alberto Barrera Tyszka La enfermedad (Spanish, Paperback)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka
R497 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R37 (7%) Out of stock
Mujeres Que Matan / Women Who Kill (Spanish, Paperback): Alberto Barrera Tyszka Mujeres Que Matan / Women Who Kill (Spanish, Paperback)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka
R357 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R21 (6%) Out of stock
Rating (Spanish, Paperback): Alberto Barrera Tyszka Rating (Spanish, Paperback)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka
R600 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R53 (9%) Out of stock
The Last Days of El Comandante (Paperback): Alberto Barrera Tyszka The Last Days of El Comandante (Paperback)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka; Translated by Rosalind Harvey, Jessie Mendez Sayer
R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Out of stock

President Hugo Chavez's cancer looms large over Venezuela in 2012, casting a shadow of uncertainty and creating an atmosphere of secrets, lies, and upheaval across the country. This literary thriller follows the connected lives of several Caracas neighbors consumed by the turmoil surrounding the Venezuelan president's impending death. Retired oncologist Miguel Sanabria, seeing the increasingly combustible world around him, feels on constant edge. He finds himself at odds with his wife, an extreme anti-Chavista, and his radical Chavista brother. These feelings grow when his nephew asks him to undertake the perilous task of hiding cell-phone footage of Chavez in Cuba. Fredy Lecuna, an unemployed journalist, takes a job writing a book about Chavez's condition, which requires him to leave for Cuba while his landlord attempts to kick his wife and son out of their apartment. Nine-year-old Maria, long confined to an apartment with a neurotic mother intensely fearful of the city's violence, finds her only contact with the outside world through a boy she messages online.

Crimes (Hardcover): Alberto Barrera Tyszka Crimes (Hardcover)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka; Translated by Margaret Jull Costa
R385 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R77 (20%) Out of stock

Unexplained blood stains appear in a young couple's apartment; a disembodied hand is found in a rubbish dump; political prisoners resort to horrific measures in order to make a point. In this brilliant new collection of stories, Alberto Barrera Tyszka casts an eye on the violence that afflicts Latin America, and in particular its intimate effects on the individuals who suffer and inflict it. Mixing the surreal with the quotidian, the banal with the unspeakable, Tyszka has created a fragmentary panorama of man's misdeeds against his own kind. These windingly elliptical stories are ceaselessly surprising, and will bury themselves into your subconscious long after the final page is turned.

The Sickness (Paperback, UK airports ed): Alberto Barrera Tyszka The Sickness (Paperback, UK airports ed)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka; Translated by Margaret Jull Costa
R185 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R37 (20%) Out of stock

Ernesto Duran is convinced he is sick. It becomes an obsession far exceeding hypochondria, and when Dr Andres Miranda gives up responding to his letters and e-mails, Duran resolves to stalk him. The fixation has its own creeping effect on Karina, the hospital secretary, who cannot resist becoming involved. Meanwhile Dr Miranda is coming to terms with a tragedy of his own: his father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and yet the doctor - the son - finds it im-possible to tell him. He hopes that by taking his father on a trip to Isla Margarita, where they once went when he was a child, he might be able to reveal the truth. The nature of sickness as experienced by two individuals provides the backbone to this tender, thoughtful and refined novel. The Sickness is profound and philosophical, and yet written with an agility that expresses the tragedy, but also the comedy of life itself. A brilliantly achieved first novel.

The Sickness (Paperback): Alberto Barrera Tyszka The Sickness (Paperback)
Alberto Barrera Tyszka; Translated by Margaret Jull Costa 1
R124 R100 Discovery Miles 1 000 Save R24 (19%) Out of stock

Ernesto Duran is convinced he is sick. It becomes an obsession far exceeding hypochondria, and when Dr Andres Miranda gives up responding to e-mails, Duran resolves to stalk him. The fixation has its own creeping effect on Karina, the hospital secretary, who cannot resist becoming involved. Meanwhile Dr Miranda is coming to terms with a tragedy of his own: his father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and yet the doctor - the son - finds it impossible to tell him. He hopes that by taking his father on a trip to Isla Margarita, where they once went when he was a child, he might be able to reveal the truth. The nature of sickness as experienced by two individuals provides the backbone to this tender, thoughtful and refined novel. The Sickness is profound and philosophical, and yet written with an agility that expresses the tragedy, but also the comedy of life itself. A brilliantly achieved first novel.

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