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#FoylesFive: Foreign Languages Part One

8th December 2017

 

#FoylesFive: Foreign Languages - Part One

Our knowledgeable and fabulous Languages Department have put together a great selection of books, to help share the magic of reading in every language. First up we have books in Italian, Portugese and Swedish.​

 
 
 
 

 

 

Italian

 
Cesare is an old cynic who has decided many years back that caring for others is a weakness. Could he, a proud egoist, ever change? This book shows us how.
 
Storie della buonanotte per bambine ribelli by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
 
From Serena Williams to Malala Yousafzai, from Rita Levi Montalcini to Frida Kahlo, from Margherita Hack to Michelle Obama, 100 women's stories are told in these pages and portrayed by 60 illustrators. Scientists, painters, astronauts, weightlifters, musicians, judges, chef ... Examples of courage, determination and generosity.
 
 
In the correspondence that Moravia directs to Morante between 1947 and the eighties, we can see not only the private lives of a man and a woman, but that of two of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
 
Viaggio in Italia by Piovene Guido
 
A reportage in post-war Italy. A trip from Bolzano to Sicily, from the Alps to the salt plains, passing through the many landscapes lining the peninsula.
 
L'arminuta by Donatella Di Pietrantonio
 
Winner of Premio Campiello 2017. A little girl loses everything and has to go back to her birth house, full of people she doesn't know but who are her native family.
 
 
O GatoAs Flores

Portuguese

 
Jorge Amado wrote "O Gato Malhado e a Andorinha Sinhá" in 1948, for his son João Jorge, when he was one year old. The text was lost for three decades, and first published in 1978, after it was recovered by his son. With beautiful illustrations by Carybé, the love story between the Tabby Cat and Sinhá the Swallow continues to delight readers of all ages.
 
Pó de Lua by Clarice Freire
 
In 2011, Clarice Freire created a Facebook page where she published her writings and drawings. She called it "Pó de Lua" (Moon Dust) and said it was her infallible recipe "to take away the gravity of things." Since then, she has been conquering a legion of faithful and engaged fans, who have been enchanted by the delicacy of her thoughts, her subtle humor and the unpretentious trait that combines her designs and small fragments of words. From the internet to paper, this book has the format of a Wreck this Journal diary in which Clarice exercises her creativity. Inspired by the four phases of the moon, she talks in a concise and relatable way about feelings such as nostalgia, fear, passion and joy.
 
 
Davi is in his second year of secondary education and finally builds the courage to start the astrology course he always wanted to do, but never had the courage to take for fear of prejudice. Between astral signs and maps, he meets Milena, an incredible girl with whom he becomes infatuated. His best friend encourages him to declare himself, but he is riddled with anxiety and shyness. The arrival of a foreigner at the end of the term brings an unexpected turn of events. This novel has a certain touch of freshness that is reminiscent of the Adrian Mole diaries: the first person point of view, the epistolary narrative and the relevance of the everyday problems of a teenager that we all can relate to.
 
As Flores de Lótus (Trilogia do Lótus, 1) by José Rodrigues dos Santos
 
Can an idea change the world? With the birth of the twentieth century, the seeds of authoritarianism are germinated. From Europe to Asia, shockwaves will shake mankind and affect the lives of four families. Inspired by historical figures such as Salazar and Mao Tse-tung, José Rodrigues dos Santos's new trilogy leads the reader on a sweeping journey that takes them from Lisbon to Tokyo, from Irkutsk to Changsha, and from communism to fascism, which makes As Flores de Lótus one of the most ambitious works of contemporary Portuguese literature.
 
Portugal a cores by VV. AA.
 
A collection of excerpts from reports of foreigners visiting Portugal during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, accompanied with digitally coloured photographies and incorporating both the English and Portuguese translations, page to page. A tale of nostalgia and mundanity, but also an account of the wonders we can only see through the eyes of another.
 
Allt tagNoveller
 

Swedish

 
Allt jag inte mins by Jonas Hassen Khemiri 
 
"Everything I do not remember" is a dazzling and thought-provoking literary puzzle. As we try to follow and piece together its various elements, inevitably we are somehow forced to challenge our own, often stereotypical, understanding of what love and friendship are. Khemiri is one of the brightest and most original voices of contemporary Swedish literature.
 

Spådomen : en flickas memoarer by Agneta Pleijel 


A lyrical yet brutally honest account of adolescence in Sweden in the '40s and '50s.  
 
Noveller by Tove Jansson 

  
Deeply rooted in the Scandinavian landscape, these short, lyrical pieces are to be read end enjoyed slowly. A perfect book for long autumn and winter evenings.

Stuglandet. En guide till fria övernattningar by Kjell Vowles & Moa Karlberg 


As I grow tired of the metropolitan chaos, I often find myself happiest when traveling to the countryside. This book offers some practical advice for others wishing to escape from the city and spend some time in the forests of Sweden.
 
Nordisk kokbok by Magnuss Nilsson


A collection of recipes chosen by the brilliant Swedish chef behind Fäviken. The recipes are accompanied by stunning pictures of Scandinavian landscapes and food. This tome should satisfy all the needs of a Scandi food lover.
 
Nordiska väsen by Johan Egerkrans 


Exquisitely illustrated encyclopedia of Nordic mythical beings will appeal to children and adults equally.

 

 

 

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