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Alessandro Baricco - Author

About the Author

Alessandro Baricco, loved by readers worldwide for his innovative take on magic realism, his atmospheric novels and memorable characters, is one of Italy’s bestselling and most acclaimed authors. His previous novels have been published in the UK by Canongate and Vintage in the US.

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La Sposa Giovane

La Sposa Giovane

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2016

V novom romane Alessandro Barikko YUnaya Nevesta kak i v ego znamenitom 1900-m carit atmosfera nachala HKH veka. My popadaem v dom, gde povsednevnuyu zhizn' opredelyayut zhestkie pravila: a za personazhami strogo zakrepleny roli: Otec, pol'zuyushchijsya neprerekaemym avtoritetom, vzbalmoshnaya krasavica Mat', zagadochnaya Doch', Dyadya, kotoryj lish' na kratkoe vremya probuzhdaetsya ot besprobudnogo sna. Kazhdoe utro iz Anglii prihodit telegramma ot Syna. Tekst ee neizmenen: Vse horosho No YUnaya Nevesta, pribyvshaya iz Argentiny, chtoby vyjti zamuzh za Syna, ponevole narushaet slozhivshiesya ritualy, ved' ej nevedomo, v kakuyu igru vovlecheno Semejstvo i chto postavleno na kon.

Mr. Gwyn

Mr. Gwyn

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2014

After celebrated author Jasper Gwyn suddenly and publicly announces that he will never write another book, he embarks on a strange new career path as a copyist, holding thirty-day sittings in a meticulously appointed room and producing, at the end, brief but profoundly rich portraits in prose. The surprising, beautiful, and even frightening results are received with rapture by their subjects--among them Gwyn's devoted assistant, Rebecca; a beautiful fabric importer; a landscape painter; Gwyn's own literary agent; two wealthy newlyweds; a tailor to the Queen; and a very dangerous nineteen-year-old. Then Gwyn disappears, leaving behind only a short note to his assistant--and the portraits. As Rebecca studies his words, she realizes that the mystery is larger than the simple fact of Gwyn's whereabouts, and she begins to unravel a lifetime's worth of clues left by a man who saw so much but said so little, a man whose solitude masked a heart as hungry as hers.

1900-j. Legenda o pianiste

1900-j. Legenda o pianiste

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2014

Novechento - 1900-j - ehto ne tol'ko cifra, oboznachayushchaya god. Tak zovut genial'nogo pianista-samouchku, rodivshegosya na bortu okeanskogo lajnera. U nego net ni dokumentov, ni grazhdanstva, ni rodstvennikov, tol'ko imya, dannoe kochegarom, nashedshim rebenka. 1900-j nikogda ne pokidal korablya, nikogda ne stupal na tverduyu zemlyu. V buryu i v shtil' on ne otryvaetsya ot klavish. Kniga predstavlyaet soboj dramaticheskij monolog, pronizannyj udivitel'noj muzykoj i okeanskim vetrom. Kazhetsya, chto Gospod' Bog upravlyaet Vselennoj, perebiraya lyudskie sud'by, kak klavishi gromadnogo royalya.

Takaya istoriya

Takaya istoriya

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: eBook Release Date: 10/04/2014

Ital'yanskij pisatel' Alessandro Barikko segodnya odin iz interesnejshih romanistov Evropy. Ego izyskannye romany, napominayushchie odnovremenno i pritchi, i trillery, i poehmy v proze, uzhe perevedeny na desyatki yazykov i polozheny v osnovu spektaklej i fil'mov. V nastoyashchem izdanii predstavlen roman "e;Takaya istoriya gde istoriya Evropy pervoj poloviny HKH veka pereplelas' s lichnoj istoriej geroya - huden'kogo mal'chika s zolotoj ten'yu i strannym imenem Poslednij, vyrosshego strastnym avtogonshchikom, vlyublennym v dorogi. Znakomyj izgib trassy viditsya emu v morshchinah na lbu starika, v linii zhenskih plech. Ved' "e;ehto ne trassa, a celaya zhizn' gde tak hochetsya bez rassuzhdenij mchat'sya vpered, no poroj vazhno i umet' povorachivat'. Mezhdu avtoprobegom Parizh-Madrid 1903 goda i ralli "e;Mille Mil'ya 1950-go umestilis' v romane Pervaya mirovaya vojna i sobytiya chastnoj zhizni geroya - istorii lyubvi, druzhby, predatel'stva, blizosti, otchuzhdeniya... "e;Tol'ko on i vosemnadcat' povorotov - kvintehssenciya ego zhizni.

Zamki gneva

Zamki gneva

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2014

"e;Zamki gneva - pervyj roman Alessandro Barikko, s nego nachalas' istoriya literaturnogo uspekha ehtogo udivitel'nogo pisatelya. Iz "e;Zamkov gneva prorastayut takie ego vershinnye proizvedeniya, kak "e;SHelk, "e;More-okean, "e;1900-j. Legenda o pianiste i dr. Pered nami - metaroman i v to zhe vremya poehma o lyubvi. Zdes' more udivitel'nyh personazhej: nikogda ne byvshaya zamuzhem vdova, mal'chik "e;s sinkopirovannym vospriyatiem zhizni, chlen britanskogo parlamenta, pervaya v mire zhertva zheleznodorozhnoj avarii. Edinstvennoe, chto obedinyaet ehkscentrichnyh izobretatelej, avantyuristov, bezumnogo arhitektora, kompozitora-protoavangardista i vsekh prochih, ehto to, chto "e;v tom, chto oni delali, i v tom, chem oni byli, bylo nechto, tak skazat', prekrasnoe, kak zamechaet Barikko. "e;

The Barbarians An Essay on the Mutation of Culture

The Barbarians An Essay on the Mutation of Culture

Author: Alessandro Baricco, Stephen Sartarelli Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2014

From one of Italy's most respected literary voices, a manifesto on the state of global culture and how connectivity is changing the way we experience it. For the gatekeepers of traditional high culture, the rise of young ambitious outsiders has indeed seemed like nothing short of a barbarian invasion. In this concise and powerful manifesto, Alessandro Baricco explores a handful of realms that have been plundered -wine, soccer, music, and books-and extrapolates that it is not a case of old values against new but a widespread mutation that we are all part of, leading toward a different way of having experiences and creating meaning.

Mister Gvin

Mister Gvin

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: eBook Release Date: 22/01/2014

Glavnyj personazh novogo romana Alessandro Barikko "e;Mister Gvin - pisatel', prichem ves'ma uspeshnyj. Ego obozhayut chitateli i hvalyat kritiki; knigi, vyshedshie iz-pod ego pera, nemedlenno raskupayutsya. No vot odnazhdy, posle dolgoj progulki po Ridzhents-parku, on prinimaet reshenie: nikogda bol'she ne pisat' romany. "e;A chem togda ty budesh' zanimat'sya? - nedoumevaet ego literaturnyj agent. - "e;Pisat' portrety lyudej. No ne tak, kak ehto delayut hudozhniki. Gvin nameren PISAT' PORTRETY SLOVAMI, ved' "e;kazhdyj chelovek - ehto ne personazh, a osobaya istoriya, i ona zasluzhivaet togo, chtoby ee zapisali. Razumeetsya, dlya stol' neobychnogo zanyatiya nuzhna osobaya atmosfera, osobyj svet, osobaya muzyka, a glavnoe, model' dolzhna pozirovat' bez odezhdy. Nesomnenno, u Barikko i ego alter ego Mistera Gvina voznikla strannaya, bolee togo - bezumnaya ideya. Sledit' za ee razvitiem bezumno interesno. CHitatelyu ostaetsya lish' ponyat', dostatochno li ona bezumna, chtoby okazat'sya istinnoj.Glavnyj personazh novogo romana Alessandro Barikko "e;Mister Gvin - pisatel', prichem ves'ma uspeshnyj. Ego obozhayut chitateli i hvalyat kritiki; knigi, vyshedshie iz-pod ego pera, nemedlenno raskupayutsya. No vot odnazhdy, posle dolgoj progulki po Ridzhents-parku, on prinimaet reshenie: nikogda bol'she ne pisat' romany. "e;A chem togda ty budesh' zanimat'sya? - nedoumevaet ego literaturnyj agent. - "e;Pisat' portrety lyudej. No ne tak, kak ehto delayut hudozhniki. Gvin nameren PISAT' PORTRETY SLOVAMI, ved' "e;kazhdyj chelovek - ehto ne personazh, a osobaya istoriya, i ona zasluzhivaet togo, chtoby ee zapisali. Razumeetsya, dlya stol' neobychnogo zanyatiya nuzhna osobaya atmosfera, osobyj svet, osobaya muzyka, a glavnoe, model' dolzhna pozirovat' bez odezhdy. Nesomnenno, u Barikko i ego alter ego Mistera Gvina voznikla strannaya, bolee togo - bezumnaya ideya. Sledit' za ee razvitiem bezumno interesno. CHitatelyu ostaetsya lish' ponyat', dostatochno li ona bezumna, chtoby okazat'sya istinnoj.

The Story of Don Juan

The Story of Don Juan

Author: Alessandro Baricco, Alessandro Maria Nacar Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

The decline and fall of the famous libertine. The crazy life and courageous death of a man who loved women too much to want only one. Don Juan is a passionate lover of life and nearly 1,000 women. One night, the Commendatore of Calatrava catches him kissing his daughter, and challenges him to a duel. Don Juan wins the duel, which of course means that the Commendatore is slain-and so begins the end for the incorrigible seducer. Alessandro Baricco (b. 1958) is an Italian writer, director and performer whose work has become famous throughout Europe. He has been a music critic for La Repubblica and La Stampa , and his novels have been bestsellers in Italy and France. He has won, among other things, the prestigious Prix Medicis etranger and the Premio Viareggio. He is the founder of the creative writing school Scuola Holden (named after Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye), and editor of the Save the Story series.

Trizhdy na zare

Trizhdy na zare

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2013

CHitatelyam, ocenivshim prekrasnyj roman Alessandro Barikko "e;Mister Gvin budet interesno prochest' ego novuyu knigu, nazvannuyu "e;Trizhdy na zare No ch'yu imenno knigu - Barikko ili zagadochnogo mistera Gvina? Bez poslednego uzh tochno ne oboshlos'! Tri istorii lyubvi, uvidennye i prozhitye v tot mig, kogda noch' smenyaetsya dnem, kogda t'ma umiraet i nebo ozaryaetsya pervymi luchami solnca. Eshche odna poehma Barikko, trogatel'naya, berushchaya za dushu. Malen'kij shedevr, kotoryj mozhno prochest' za vecher.

SHelk

SHelk

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2013

Alessandro Barikko - odin iz yarchajshih sovremennyh pisatelej, simvol ital'yanskoj literatury. Ego bestseller "e;SHelk vsemirno izvesten i pereveden na desyatki yazykov. EHto roman o lyubvi, trogatel'noj i neveroyatno krasivoj. Istoriya otnoshenij molodogo francuza, ego zheny i gejshi-evropejki ocharovyvaet chitatelya. Izyashchnyj ehrotizm, shchemyashchaya toska i sladkaya nezhnost', dal'nie puteshestviya, poiski nastoyashchego schast'ya, kotoroe mercaet vdaleke i manit za soboj (a na samom dele ono sovsem ryadom, tol'ko geroj ne vidit ego v pogone za mechtoj!), - vse ehto est' v romane "e;SHelk, nezhnoj i volnuyushchej knige o lyubvi...

More-okean

More-okean

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

Gromkim uspekhom Alessandro Barikko, odnogo iz yarchajshih sovremennyh pisatelej, stal predstavlennyj v nastoyashchem izdanii roman "e;More-okean udostoennyj premij Viaredzho i "e;Palacco al' Bosko V taverne "e;Al'majer na beregu okeana zabavnyj professor sostavlyaet "e;EHnciklopediyu predelov (gde konchaetsya more?..), hudozhnik, nekogda uspeshnyj svetskij portretist, "e;pishet more morem okunaya kist' v morskuyu vodu; odna nezhnaya neznakomka priekhala syuda izlechit'sya ot lyubvi, a drugaya - izlechit'sya lyubov'yu... Oni zhivut, budto vperedi u nih vechnost', i v vozduhe razlity pokoj, otreshennost', beskonechnaya ustalost' dushi. Tem sil'nee potryasenie, kogda iz ehtogo kolyshushchegosya volshebnogo mareva vystupaet lomanyj kontur zhiznennoj i zhestokoj istorii: gorstka odichavshih lyudej na plotu posredi okeana - i skol'znuvshij po volnam trup lyubimoj zhenshchiny... Tak velikaya lyubov' pobezhdaet strah pered zhizn'yu i strah pered smert'yu - no sama pobezhdaetsya zhazhdoj velikoj mesti, potomu chto podlosti net proshcheniya.

Novecento

Novecento

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2010

At the turn of the 20th Century, the great cruise liner Virginia shuttles back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, transporting passengers from old Europe to the New World. When an abandoned baby is found on board the sailors christen Novecento - 1900. The child is destined to a strange fate. Novecento will never leave the ship as long as he lives, yet he becomes the greatest jazz musician the world would never know. He only knows his music, which has a magical effect on everyone who hears. For six years before World War II, Tim Tooney played trumpet with him and Novecento gave him his story...

Ocean Sea

Ocean Sea

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

A handful of disparate lives converge at a remote seaside inn: a lovelorn professor, a renowned painter, an inscrutable seductress - and a beautiful young girl, fatally ill, brought to the sea by a desperate father's last hope. An intricate web of destinies and associations begins to reveal itself, but it is not until the arrival of a mysterious sailor called Adams that the truth in all its dreamlike beauty and cruelty becomes clear. Adams may furnish the key to the girl's salvation, but only the fulfilment of his obsessive secret purpose - to answer murder with murder - can conclude the journey that has brought him from the ends of the earth. Alternately playful and profoundly serious, Baricco's novel surges with the hypnotic power of the ocean sea.

An Iliad A Story of War

An Iliad A Story of War

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2008

Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of 21 Homeric characters. Sacrificing none of Homer's panoramic scope, Baricco forgoes Homer's detachment and admits us to realms of subjective experience his predecessor never explored. From the return of Chryseis to the burial of Hector, we see through human eyes and feel with human hearts the unforgettable events first recounted more than 3,000 years ago events arranged not by the whims of the gods in this instance but by the dictates of human nature. With Andromache, Patroclus, Priam, and the rest, we are privy to the ghastly confusion of battle, the clamour of the princely councils, the intimacies of the bedchamber until finally only a blind poet is left to recount secondhand the awful fall of Ilium. Imbuing the stuff of legend with a startlingly new relevancy and humanity, Baricco gives us The Iliad as we have never known it. His transformative achievement is certain to delight and fascinate all the readers of Homer's indispensable classic.

Silk A Story of War

Silk A Story of War

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2006

France, 1861. When an epidemic threatens to wipe out the silk trade in France, Herve Joncour, a young silkworm breeder, has to travel overland to distant Japan, out of bounds to foreigners, to smuggle out healthy silkworms. In the course of his secret negotiations with the local baron, Joncour's attention is arrested by the man's concubine, a girl who does not have oriental eyes. Although they are unable to exchange so much as a word, love blossoms between them, a love that is conveyed in a number of recondite messages. How their secret affair develops is told in this remarkable love story.

Without Blood

Without Blood

Author: Alessandro Baricco Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2005

Without Blood begins with a shocking, visceral act of violence - the assassination of a man and his family. Only the daughter, Nina, survives, thanks to an extraordinary act of mercy by one of the attackers. Nina is just four years old. Decades later Nina hunts down the last of her family's murderers, the man who was her saviour. Their reunion brings about a profound reappraisal of their lives and what took place on that fateful night over half a century earlier. Highly visual and unforgettably sad, Without Blood is a haunting book about damage, longing, memory and forgiveness. Ann Goldstein's superb translation captures Baricco's effortless prose style and gives readers in Britain the opportunity to experience this gem of a novel that has already delighted hundreds of thousands across Europe.

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