26.06.2014
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Michael Cunningham: The Snow Queen

Michael Cunningham's luminous, compassionate new novel begins with a vision. It's November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is suddenly and inexplicably inspired to look up at the sky, where he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Although Barrett doesn't believe in visions - or in god, for that matter - he can't deny what he's seen. At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Beth, who's engaged to Barrett's older brother ,Tyler, is dying of colon cancer. Beth, Tyler, and Barrett have cobbled together a more or less happy home. Tyler, a struggling musician with a drug problem, is trying and failing to write a wedding song for his wife-to-be - something that will be not merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of eternal love. Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his deepest creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage and stoicism as she can summon. Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each turns down a decidedly different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the depth of the human soul. 'The Snow Queen', beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, proves once again that Cunningham is one of the great novelists of this generation.
26.06.2014
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Timur Vermes: Look Whos Back

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen. But the Führer has another programme with even greater ambition – to set the country he finds a shambles back to rights. Look Who’s Back stunned and then thrilled 1.5 million German readers with its fearless approach to the most taboo of subjects. Naive yet insightful, repellent yet strangely sympathetic, the revived Hitler unquestionably has a spring in his step.
26.06.2014
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Markus Zusak: The Book Thief

Here is a small fact - You are going to die 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some Important Information - This novel is narrated by Death. It's a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know - death will visit the book thief three times
26.06.2014
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Gerald Durrell: My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell psával o roztodivných zvířatech se stejnou láskou a humorem jako o své rodině, až časem přestala být hranice mezi jedním a druhým zřetelná. Leckoho by to zneklidnilo, pro zoologa s literárním talentem to však bylo ideální splynutí. Autor sděluje čtenářům pouze historky vlídné, neurážející, leč sršící často laskavým humorem. Vzpomíná na pět roků, strávených s rodinou na ostrově Korfu. A také zmiňuje bezpočet faktů, protože jako správný milovník přírody ví, že láska k ní nestačí, že je zapotřebí o ní rovněž vědět téměř všechno.
28.05.2014
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Tereza Slaměníková, Guo Yiying: Čínská obchodní konverzace

Nová učebnice je určena těm, kteří chtějí obohatit své jazykové dovednosti o nejdůležitější fráze z oblasti čínské obchodní konverzace. Skládá se ze 47 lekcí, z nichž každá obsahuje tematicky řazené dialogy a navazující cvičení. Dialogy jsou uváděny ve dvou verzích: v čínské transkripci pinyin a v čínských znacích. Přiložená k učebnici červená fólie umožňuje studentům podle potřeby zakrývat všechny červené texty, tzn. české ekvivalenty čínských slov v hlavních textech a správná řešení ve cvičeních.
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