Unusual books for reading

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 “The Misfortunates” (by Dimitri Verhulst) – is one of the most significant Flemish voices of today.

Frank, tender, and brutally funny, Dimitri Verhulst’s semi-autobiographical story details the vibrantly entertaining journey of a boy growing up in a family of alcoholics in Belgium

Sobriety and moderation are alien concepts to the men in Dimmy’s family. Useless in all other respects, his three uncles have a rare talent for drinking, a flair for violence, and an unwavering commitment to the pub. And his father Pierre is no slouch either. Within hours of his son’s birth, Pierre plucks him from the maternity ward, props him on his bike, and takes him on an introductory tour of the village bars. His mother soon leaves them to it and as Dimmy grows up amid the stench of stale beer, he seems destined to follow the path of his forebears and make a low-life career in inebriation, until he begins to piece together his own plan for the future.

Bringing to life the shambolic upbringing that The Guardian describes as, “the odd, ugly, excremental poetry of their grubby lives,” The Misfortunates “can be unexpectedly tender as well as uncomfortably funny . . . this novel continually surprises and intrigues.”

https://www.amazon.com/Misfortunates-Novel-Dimitri-Verhulst/

“Vernon Trodon” (by Virginia Despentes) – is the end of the trilogy of the French author of an extremely interesting biography of Virginia Despentes Vernon Trodon is the owner of the Revolver-famous music store in Paris in the 80s of the 21st century. Trodon was forced to close its store in 2000 due to economic changes and the advent of modern technology. Trodon has been living off welfare for a while, surfing the internet and listening to music. Trodon rarely leaves the apartment. Alex Bleach is a famous singer and one of Vernon’s remaining friends. She helps him pay rent and bills, until he suddenly dies of an overdose. Vernon ends up on the street with one bag in which his whole life is.However, Vernon has another ace up his sleeve. The last time they saw each other, Alex Bleach recorded a car interview on three videotapes, and entrusted them to Trodon. When it is rumored on social media that he is in possession of the latest recording of Alex Bleach, half of Paris is behind Vernon – from music producers to internet trolls to porn stars.

“An energetic and fun game … Full of sex, violence and deviant behavior … and an abundance of sharply sketched characters … It often surprises us with its psychological insight.” Sunday Times. “Sex, Drugs and Punk Rock from the 1990s: Vernon Trodon is a human comedy of our time, created thanks to the uncompromising talent of Virginia Despentes.

 “The Snowman ” (by Joe Nesbø )-is a novel by the Norwegian king of thrillers. Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children’s book, Doktor Proktors Prompepulver. http://www.joenesbo.com

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9572203-the-snowman

“The Spies”( by Luis Fernando Verissimo) – A frustrated publisher receives a mysterious angst-ridden manuscript: ‘a friend’ must send it in installments; its contents would put the author in danger. As he pieces together the story, he learns that the author is the wife of one of the two Martelli brothers – gangsters who dominate a small town in the Brazilian interior. Surely her dark outpourings are a cry for help? One by one, he dispatches his motley collection of friends to Frondosa – a town totally obsessed with five-a-side football – to investigate and to bring her to safety.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20492519-the-spies?

City of Girsl (by Elizabeth Gilbert) – author of world bestsellers returns with a novel set in the theater world of New York in the 1940s and 1950s, bursting with glamor, adventure and sensual affairs. City of Girls is a beautifully told story with fascinating female characters – a multi-layered and emotional celebration of femininity. It is a novel about the condemnation and freedom of women to choose the life they want and enjoy – “because life is dangerous and fleeting and therefore there is no point in denying yourself pleasure or adventure while you are here”. Vivian tells her story now in her advanced years. She remembers the ancient events that changed her and ultimately led to the love of her life; love different from all others. “Either way, at some point in her life, a woman simply gets tired of being ashamed of herself all the time. After that, she’s free to become who she really is,” Vivian says. They talk about him … Great novel… The city of girls opens up big questions about gender, the family we choose ourselves and what it means to be a woman. – Marie Claire Glamorous and sexy novel… This is a winning story, with strong and brave female characters. Radical and refreshing. – Sunday Times __________________________________________ Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. She studied political science at New York University. He achieved success with his first book – the Pilgrims collection of stories was shortlisted for the PEN / Hemingway Award. He began his journalistic career in New York and worked for Spin, GQ and New York Times Magazine. In 2000, he published the first novel, Stern Men, which included the New York Times in the list of the most important books of literary fiction published that year. After two years, he publishes the journalistic title The Last American Man (a true story about Eustace Conway, a special promoter of coexistence with nature). The book was shortlisted for two prestigious awards – the National BookAward and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She gained world fame by publishing the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which have sold more than twelve million copies. After the book Eat, Love, Pray, he publishes its kind of sequel, Fateful Yes. In 2013, the novel Signature of All Things was also a great success, and in 2015 it published the bestseller The Great Magic, based on a speech from the TED conference on purposeful and creative life watched by millions of people. The novel City of Girls was published in 2019. Following its publication, it was listed on the New York Times bestseller list. The year is 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been expelled from the elite Vassar Women’s College. Her parents send her to New York to Aunt Peg, who runs a stumbled theater in Manhattan: the Lily Theater. In Lily, Vivian discovers a bohemian way of life and is completely enchanted by this colorful, unrestrained and unconventional world. There he learns what it means to be different. She and the theater entertainers, young, glamorous and undivided, conquer the city. When Vivian makes a mistake that causes a big scandal, her life is completely turned upside down and it will take her years to figure out what it really was and what it meant. In the meantime, war broke out.

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