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Emma Donoghue - Author

About the Author

Emma Donoghue was born in Ireland in 1969 and lived in England before moving to Canada. Emma writes fiction (including the bestselling Slammerkin), drama for stage and radio, and literary history; Room is her seventh novel. Some of the places she found her inspiration : Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), feralchildren.com, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006), Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh (1856), John Fowles’s The Collector (1963), Anne Frank’s Diary (1947), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), Terminator 2 : Judgment Day (1991), The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (1966), but above all in conversation with my five-year-old son.

Featured books by Emma Donoghue

The Wonder

The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

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The Wonder

The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

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Frog Music

Frog Music

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Frog Music is the new novel by Emma Donoghue, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller Room, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Lenny Abrahamson. San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Inspired by a true unsolved crime, Frog Music, a New York Times bestseller, is a dark and compelling story of intrigue and murder.

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Frog Music

Frog Music

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2014

San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest.     When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Frog Music, inspired by true events, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: elegant, erotic and witty.

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Astray

Astray

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Counterfeiter. Dishwasher. Prostitute. Attorney. Sculptor. Mercenary. Elephant. Corpse. The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue's latest fact-inspired fictions have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters. They cross other borders, too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress. Donoghue describes the brutal plot hatched by a slave in conjunction with his master's wife to set them both free; she draws out the difficulties of gold mining in the Yukon, even in the supposedly plentiful early days, and she takes us to an early Puritan community in Massachusetts unsettled by an invented sex scandal. Astray also includes 'The Hunt', a shocking confession of one soldier's violent betrayal during the American Revolution, which has been shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Short Story Award. Astray is a sequence of fourteen stories by the prize-winning author of Room and The Sealed Letter. These strange, true tales light up four centuries of wanderings, offering a past made up of deviations, and a surprising and moving history for restless times.

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Touchy Subjects

Touchy Subjects

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

How do you make conversation with a sperm donor? How do you say someone's novel is drivel? Would you give a screaming baby brandy? In what words would you tell your girlfriend to pluck a hair on her chin? Touchy Subjects is about things that make people wince: taboos, controversies, secrets and lies. Some of the events that characters crash into are grand, tragic ones: miscarriage, overdose, missing persons, a mother who deserts her children. Other topics, like religion and money, are not inherently taboo, but they can cause acute discomfort because people disagree so vehemently. Many of these stories are about the spectrum of constrained, convoluted feeling that runs from awkwardness through embarrassment to shame.

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Erzekek tanca

Erzekek tanca

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Emma Donoghue filmszeruen pergo regenyenek alaptortenete egy gyilkossagi eset: az 1870-es evekbeli San Franciscoban lelottek egy fiatal not, s a gyilkost nem sikerult kezre keriteni... 1876 nyaran egesz San Francisco a hosegtol szenved, raadasul himlojarvany tizedeli a lakossagot. Blanche Beunon, a varazslatos szepsegu francia bartancosno ezekben a napokban baratkozik ossze az ugyancsak francia bevandorlo Jenny Bonnet-val. A ferfiruhaban jaro Jenny fekezhetetlen szabadsagvagya es megalkuvast nem turo termeszete megbabonazza Blanche-t, s hatasara ugy dont, elhagyja szeretojet, akit addig o tartott el. A ket no egy San Francisco kozeli telepulesen huzza meg magat, mignem egyik este az ablakon at valaki lelovi Jennyt. Blanche ketsegbeesetten probal a gyilkos nyomara bukkanni. Helyzetet sulyosbitja, hogy egykori szeretoje mindenebol kiforgatta, es egyeves fiukat is elrabolta. Mikozben Blanche elszantan kuzd a gyermekeert es az igazsag kideriteseert, Jenny nehez terhekkel teli multjat is megismeri. Vajon ki es miert olte meg a szokimondo Jennyt? A bohem alakokkal teli, bevandorlok szines forgatagatol nyuzsgo San Francisco szinte megelevenedik a regeny lapjain. A lebujok mamoros ejszakai forgataga azonban csak diszlet, mely mogott ott lappang a nyomor es a kiszolgaltatottsag. Hogyan boldogulhat ebben a vilagban, s mikent szerezhet ervenyt az igazsagnak egy egyedulallo no? Emma Donoghue 1969-ben szuletett Dublinban. Kituntetessel vegzett angol-francia szakon, majd Angliaba koltozott, s 1997-ben Cambridge-ben doktoralt. 1998 ota Kanadaban el elettarsaval, fiaval es lanyaval. Tobb irodalmi szempontbol nagy visszhangot kivalto regenyt, illetve novellaskotetet irt, valamint szinpadi es radiojatekok szerzoje. Muveit szamtalan rangos dijjal tuntettek ki, a nemzetkozi elismerest azonban a tobb mint harminc nyelvre leforditott es Booker-dijra jelolt A szoba cimu regenye hozta meg szamara. A Konyvjelzo magazin 2015. aprilisi szamaban megjelent cikk: Sorsok a nagyvaros melyen


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Szoba

Szoba

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Az oteves Jack szamara a Szoba maga a vilag. Itt szuletett, es Anyaval egyutt itt eszik, jatszik, alszik es tanul. Jack kepzeletet szamtalan csoda foglalkoztatja - a tojashejakbol epitett kigyo az Agy alatt, a Teveben latott kepzeletbeli vilag, a kucko a Szekrenyben, a ruhak kozott, ahova Anya estenkent lefekteti, hatha jon Patas... A Szoba Jack szamara az otthont jelenti, de Anya szamara borton, ahol tizenkilenceves kora ota - het esztendeje - raboskodik. A Jack irant erzett szeretetbol egy egesz eletet epit fel a kisfiu szamara tizenket negyzetmeteren. Am ahogy Jack kivancsisaga egyre nagyobb, ugy no Anya ketsegbeesese is, hiszen tudja, hogy a Szoba hamarosan szuk lesz kettojuknek... A tortenet, amely Jack egyszerre meghato es vidam eloadasaban bontakozik ki, a szivfacsaro korulmenyek kozepette is legyozhetetlen szeretetrol, az anya es gyermeke kozotti elszakithatatlan kotelekrol mesel. Megrazo, felemelo es magaval ragado regeny, amely mindvegig melyen emberi es megindito marad. A Szoba az a hely, amit sosem fogunk elfelejteni. Emma Donoghue 1969-ben szuletett Dublinban. Angolbol es franciabol diplomazott, majd Cambridge-ben doktoralt. 1998-ban koltozott Kanadaba, jelenleg az Ontario allambeli Londonban el. A Szoba cimu regenyet jo nehany dijra jeloltek es szamtalan dijjal tuntettek ki. Jo esellyel indult a Booker-dijert, s a The New York Times a 2010-es ev hat legjobb regenye koze valasztotta. Eddig harmincot nyelven jelent meg. A 2015-ben keszult filmadaptacio forgatokonyvet is Emma Donoghue jegyzi. A mozi harom Golden Globe-jelolest kapott, az egyiket a legjobb forgatokonyv kategoriaban. "e;Elbuvolo, vicces... ugyanakkor elviselhetetlenul megindito."e; (The Irish Times) "e;Semmi mashoz nem hasonlithato"e; (Observer) "e;Szivszorito"e; (San Francisco Chronicle) "e;Ragyogo prozaval ellensulyozott horrortortenet."e; (The New Yorker) "e;Annyira felkavaro, hogy napokig fogva tartja a gondolatainkat..."e; (O Magazine) "e;Jack hangja a regeny egyik igazi erenye... Lelegzetelallito es nemely pillanatban szivszaggatoan megindito... Igazan emlekezetes regeny; olyan, amelynek millionyi olvasata van: pszichologiai, szociologiai, politikai. Elkepesztoen egyedi modon beszel a szeretetrol, mikozben friss es atfogo kepet ad a vilagrol, amelyben elunk."e; (New York Times Book Review) A Konyvjelzo magazin 2016. marciusi szamaban megjelent cikk: A szoba lelke


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Since First I Saw Your Face: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

Since First I Saw Your Face: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

A short story by Emma Donoghue from the collection Reader, I Married Him: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre.'Since First I Saw Your Face' reimagines a relationship between two notable Victorian women.Edited by Tracy Chevalier, the full collection, Reader, I Married Him, brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Bronte's game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.


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Signatories

Signatories

Author: Emma Donoghue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2016

2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, known as the poets' rebellion , for among their leaders were university scholars of English, history and Irish. The ill-fated revolt lasted six days and ended ignominiously with the rebels rounded up and their leaders sentenced to death. The signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic must have known that the Rising would be crushed, must have dreaded the carnage and death, must have foreseen that, if caught alive, they would themselves be executed. Between 3 and 12 May 1916, the seven signatories were among those executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol. Now 100 years later, eight of Ireland's finest writers remember these revolutionaries in a unique theatre performance. The forgotten figure of Elizabeth O'Farrell - the nurse who delivered the rebels' surrender to the British - is also given a voice. Signatories comprises the artistic responses of Emma Donoghue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Marina Carr and Joseph O'Connor to the seven signatories and Nurse O'Farrell.They portray the emotional struggle in this ground-breaking theatrical and literary commemoration of Ireland's turbulent past. A performance introduction on the staging of the play is given by Director Patrick Mason, and an introduction by Lucy Collins, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, sets the historical context of the play.


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Room Film tie-in

Room Film tie-in

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

A major film starring Brie Larson Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the Orange Prize Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners. Room by Emma Donoghue is an extraordinarily powerful story of a mother and child kept in isolation, and the desire for, and price of, freedom.


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Room: Film tie-in

Room: Film tie-in

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

A major film starring Brie Larson, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Best Actress BAFTA Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the Orange Prize Jack is five. He lives in a single, locked room with his Ma. Room by Emma Donoghue is an extraordinarily powerful story of a mother and child kept in isolation, and the desire for, and price of, freedom. 'Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days' Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife


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Emma Donoghue Selected Plays

Emma Donoghue Selected Plays

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2015

The first collection of plays from Booker Prize and Orange Prize finalist and author of international bestseller Room, Emma Donoghue. Contains the plays Kissing the Witch, Don't Die Wondering, Trespasses, Ladies and Gentlemen, and I Know My Own Heart. KISSING THE WITCHAdapted from her book of thirteen revisionist fairy tales of the same name, this play interweaves four classic plots - Beauty and the Beast, Donkeyskin, the Goose Girl, the Little Mermaid - with an invented one about a desperate girl going to a witch for help. Kissing the Witch finds the gritty in the fantastical, and excavates magic to find what's really going on. TRESPASSES Set over three days in 1661, Trespasses is inspired by the judge's own account of one of the tiny handful of witch trials that ever took place in Ireland. It asks why a servant girl who fell into fits would have put the blame on an old beggarwoman - but also, more timeless questions about the clashing cultures that have to share a small island country. Trespasses is about faith and superstition, politics and class, sadism and love. LADIES AND GENTLEMENThis play with songs, set mostly in the dressing rooms of busy vaudeville theatres all over North America, was inspired by a real same-sex wedding that took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1886. It resurrects a ragtag troupe of emigrants - most notably, male impersonator Annie Hindle, 'a man's widow and a woman's widower', as the tabloids called her. With a light touch, Ladies and Gentleman explores the ways we perform our roles, both on and off stage. I KNOW MY OWN HEARTInspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister, this play subverts all the conventions of Regency romance. Teasing out the entangled lives of mannish, arrogant Lister (nicknamed 'Gentleman Jack') and three of her many lovers, I Know My Own Heart explores the different choices women made in a time of limits and prohibitions. DON'T DIE WONDERINGWhen a restaurant cook loses her job because of a homophobic customer, she mounts a one-woman picket in protest. The police officer assigned to protect her is her nemesis from schooldays. This one-act comedy, set in a fictional small town, stages a battle between old and new elements of Irish culture.

Frog Music

Frog Music

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Frog Music is the new novel by Emma Donoghue, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller Room, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Lenny Abrahamson. San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Inspired by a true unsolved crime, Frog Music, a New York Times bestseller, is a dark and compelling story of intrigue and murder.

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Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Life MaskThe Honourable Mrs. Damer is a young widow of eccentric tastes, the only female sculptor of her time. The Earl of Derby, inventor of the horse race that bears his name, is the richest man in the House of Lordsand the ugliest. Miss Eliza Farren, born a nobody, now reigns as the Queen of Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre. In a time of looming war and terrorism, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones; and everyone wears a mask.The Sealed LetterMiss Emily Fido Faithfull is a woman of business and a spinster pioneer of the British womens movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her beloved cause by the sudden return of her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helens failing marriage to the stodgy Admiral Harry Codrington. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroom drama more sensational than any Hollywood tabloid could inventwith stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.Based on the details of a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a provocative historical drama that is strangely relevant to modern issues surrounding women, marriage, rights and roles.


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Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Emma Donoghue, the celebrated author of Room, brings her considerable talents to the short-story genre with these two moving collections.Touchy SubjectsA man finds God and finally wants to father a childonly his wife is now forty-three years old. A coachs son discovers his sexuality on the football field. A roommates bizarre secret liberates a repressed young woman. From the unforeseen consequences of a polite social lie to the turmoil caused by a single hair on a womans chin, Donoghue dramatizes the seemingly small acts upon which our lives often turn.AstrayGold miner. Counterfeiter. Slave. Dishwasher. Prostitute. Attorney. Sculptor. Mercenary. Elephant. Corpse. The colourful, fascinating characters that roam the pages of Emma Donoghues stories have all gone astray. They cross other borders, too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.


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Emma Donoghue Three-Book Bundle

Emma Donoghue Three-Book Bundle

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Stir-FryAn ad in the students union2 females seek flatmate. No bigotsleads Maria to a home with warm Ruth and wickedly funny Jael. But one day, something Maria glimpses by accident forces her to question everything she thought she knew.HoodIn the late 70s, convent school teenagers Pen OGrady and Cara Wall fall in love. They prove themselves to be up to the challenge of a relationship deemed unacceptable in Catholic Irelanduntil Cara dies in a car accident.LandingSile is an Irish flight attendant turning forty. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to her tiny Ontario hometown. On Judes first plane trip, their two worlds meet, and over the course of the next year, their lives are drawn into a new, shaky orbit.


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Frog Music

Frog Music

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Inspired by true events, Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue, author of the award-winning Room, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: elegant, erotic and witty.


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Passions Between Women

Passions Between Women

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Passions Between Women looks at stories of lesbian desires, acts and identities from the Restoration to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Far from being invisible, the figure of the woman who felt passion for women in this period was a subject of confusion and contradiction: she could be put in a freak show as a 'hermaphrodite', denounced as a 'tribade' or 'lesbian', revered as a 'romantic friend', jailed as a 'female husband' or gossiped about as a 'woman-lover', 'tommy' or 'Sapphist'. Through an examination of a wealth of new medical, legal and erotic source material, together with re-readings of classics of English literature, Emma Donoghue uncovers the astonishing range of lesbian and bisexual identities described in British texts between 1668 and 1801. Female pirates and spiritual mentors, chambermaids and queens, poets and prostitutes, country idylls and whipping clubs all take their place in an intriguing panorama of lesbian lives and loves. 'Controversial, erotic and radical, Emma Donoghue's lesbian voyage of exploration outlines an astonishing spectrum of gender rebellion which creates a new map of eighteenth-century sexual territories and identities.' Patricia Duncker


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Passions Between Women

Passions Between Women

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Passions Between Women looks at stories of lesbian desires, acts and identities from the Restoration to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Far from being invisible, the figure of the woman who felt passion for women in this period was a subject of confusion and contradiction: she could be put in a freak show as a 'hermaphrodite', denounced as a 'tribade' or 'lesbian', revered as a 'romantic friend', jailed as a 'female husband' or gossiped about as a 'woman-lover', 'tommy' or 'Sapphist'. Through an examination of a wealth of new medical, legal and erotic source material, together with re-readings of classics of English literature, Emma Donoghue uncovers the astonishing range of lesbian and bisexual identities described in British texts between 1668 and 1801. Female pirates and spiritual mentors, chambermaids and queens, poets and prostitutes, country idylls and whipping clubs all take their place in an intriguing panorama of lesbian lives and loves. 'Controversial, erotic and radical, Emma Donoghue's lesbian voyage of exploration outlines an astonishing spectrum of gender rebellion which creates a new map of eighteenth-century sexual territories and identities.' Patricia Duncker


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Zarte Landung

Zarte Landung

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2014

Sie begegnen sich auf einem Langstreckenflug nach London: Jude Turner und Sile O'Shaughnessy. Es ist Judes erster Flug uberhaupt - Reiselust ist ihr fremd. Sie ist im beschaulichen Ireland, Ontario, verwurzelt und betreut dort ein kleines Heimatmuseum. Sile hingegen ist als Flugbegleiterin in ihrem Element. Sie lebt im quirligen Dublin und ist standig auf Achse. Ihre Begegnung uber den Wollken geht keiner der beiden Frauen aus dem Sinn. Sie schreiben sich E-Mails, fuhren Ferngesprache, treffen sich. Sie verlieben sich ineinander - zwei Frauen, deren Welten unterschiedlicher nicht sein konnten ... Zarte Landung"e;, die wunderschn erzhlte transatlantische Liebesgeschichte, ist von Emma Donoghues persnlichen Erfahrungen inspiriert, die sie als Zeitzonen-Tango"e; beschreibt. Es ist nach ihr vierter Roman, der auf Deutsch vorliegt. Unter den Top Ten 2014 der Besten Bcher aus unabhngigen Verlagen"e;!