Join thousands of book lovers
You can, at any time, unsubscribe from our newsletters.
A modern classic about a troubled chess prodigy and her battle to survive --- a coming of age story of feminism, chess and addiction
The remarkable novel upon which the stunning cult film was based. 'Beautiful ... The story of an extraterrestrial visitor from another planet is designed mainly to say something about life on this one' NEW YORK TIMES
In the sequel to the cult classic THE HUSTLER, Eddie Felson returns to the poolroom to give the game one last shot. From the bestseller author of THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT - NOW A MAJOR NETFLIX SERIES
A classic hardboiled tale of a beautiful talent for life in smoky poolrooms'A wonderful hymn to the last true era when men of substance played pool with a vengeance' TIME OUT'This book sees the poetry of the pool game ... Fast Eddie's ascent up the ladder from pool shark to full-time hustler is the story of the will to power, told in cool fifties style' GUARDIANFast Eddie Felson has a reputation as a pool hustler to be feared, but his ambitions go far beyond taking small-town punks for a few bucks here and there. He has the talent to make big money, but he soon learns that it takes more than natural ability to become a real winner. He heads to Chicago to test himself against the legendary Minnesota Fats in more than forty-hours of high-stakes pool. Can he find the will to overcome his failings and fulfil his potential as the best there is?
Huyendo de la devastacion nuclear de las guerras que casi aniquilan la vida en Anthea, planeta del sistema solar, el extraterrestre de rasgos humanoides Thomas Jerome Newton aterriza en la Tierra tras anos de adiestramiento y aprendizaje de las costumbres terricolas con la mision de construir una nave espacial con la que trasladar a los pocos antheanos que sobrevivieron a la hecatombe y poder asi asegurar la supervivencia de su estirpe. A pesar de su complexin extremadamente frgil y de una sensibilidad enfermiza a la gravedad y la temperatura terrestres, Newton posee una inteligencia muy superior a la humana, lo que le permitir revolucionar el mundo con algunos inventos -una pelcula fotogrfica ultrasensible, un inslito procedimiento de refinado de petrleo- y convertirse en una de las grandes fortunas de la Tierra. Sin embargo, el contacto con los humanos, el desarraigo y una tendencia natural a la melancola lo convertirn en un alcohlico y pondrn en peligro su misin. "e;El hombre que cay en la Tierra"e; es uno de los grandes clsicos de la ciencia ficcin y una subversin del tema de la invasin extraterrestre. A partir de una aproximacin realista, teida de la desazn del existencialismo de posguerra y la amenaza de la Guerra Fra, la novela insufla vida a uno de los aliengenas ms frgiles y memorables del gnero. David Bowie interpret al antheano en la versin en celuloide del libro, dirigida por Nicolas Roeg en 1976. A finales de 2015, poco antes de su muerte, Bowie compuso el musical "e;Lazarus"e;, secuela de "e;El hombre que cay en la Tierra"e;, que se estren en Nueva York.
Klassik amerikanskoj literatury XX veka Uolter Tevis pochti neizvesten rossijskomu chitatelyu, no mnogie znayut postavlennye po ego proizvedeniyam stol' zhe klassicheskie fil'my: "e;Bil'yardist"e; Roberta Rossena s Polom N'yumenom v glavnoj roli (i ego prodolzhenie - "e;Cvet deneg"e; Martina Skorseze, s Polom N'yumenom i Tomom Kruzom), a takzhe "e;CHelovek, upavshij na Zemlyu"e; Nikolasa Rouga s Dehvidom Boui. "e;Peresmeshnik"e; mozhno otnesti k zhanru allegoricheskoj antiutopii v duhe "e;451 po Farengejtu"e;; nekotorye kritiki i nazyvali tevisovskuyu knigu svoego roda prodolzheniem klassicheskogo romana Brehdberi. V "e;divnom novom mire"e; po Tevisu roboty upravlyayut vymirayushchim, utrativshim interes k zhizni chelovechestvom; no vot odin-edinstvennyj chelovek otkryvaet dlya sebya zapretnuyu radost' chteniya - a zatem i takuyu sovsem uzh nemyslimuyu veshch', kak lyubov'... Vpervye na russkom!
Klassik amerikanskoj literatury XX veka Uolter Tevis pochti neizvesten rossijskomu chitatelyu, no mnogie znayut postavlennye po ego proizvedeniyam stol' zhe klassicheskie fil'my: "e;Bil'yardist"e; Roberta Rossena s Polom N'yumenom v glavnoj roli (i ego prodolzhenie - "e;Cvet deneg"e; Martina Skorseze, s Polom N'yumenom i Tomom Kruzom), a takzhe "e;CHelovek, upavshij na Zemlyu"e; Nikolasa Rouga s Dehvidom Boui. "e;Iskusnyj manipulyator arhetipami, hudozhnik, sposobnyj proniknut' v duh vremeni"e; - tak pisal o Tevise mastityj Dzhonatan Letem; emu vtorit gazeta New York Times: "e;Istoriya vnezemnogo gostya sluzhit dlya togo, chtoby skazat' nechto vazhnoe o zhizni na nashej planete"e;. Itak, v shtate N'yu-Meksiko poyavlyaetsya nekto, nazvavshijsya Tomasom Dzheromom N'yutonom. On patentuet neveroyatnye izobreteniya, on zarabatyvaet ogromnye den'gi i vkladyvaet ih v stroitel'stvo kosmicheskogo korablya, ostavayas' ehkscentrichnym i zamknutym nelyudimom. Uspeet li on osushchestvit' svoyu mnogo let gotovivshuyusya missiyu spaseniya - ili zhe process ochelovechivaniya zajdet slishkom daleko vo vsekh smyslah?Vpervye na russkom!
When eight-year-old Beth Harmon's parents are killed in an automobile accident, she is placed in an orphanage in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Plain and shy, Beth learns to play chess from the janitor in the basement and discovers she is a prodigy. Though penniless, she is desperate to learn more-and steals a chess magazine and enough money to enter a tournament. Beth also steals some of her foster mother's tranquilizers to which she is becoming addicted.At thirteen, Beth wins the chess tournament. By the age of sixteen she is competing in the US Open Championship and, like Fast Eddie in The Hustler, she hates to lose. By eighteen she is the US champion-and Russia awaits.Fast-paced and elegantly written, The Queen's Gambit is a thriller masquerading as a chess novel-one that's sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
An essential short story collection from the author of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT - now a major Netflix dramaContaining:Far From HomeThe Other End of the LineThe Big BounceThe GoldabrickThe Ifth of OofthThe Scholar's DiscipleFar From HomeClose To Home Rent Control A Visit From Mother Daddy The Apotheosis of Myra Out of Luck Echo Sitting In LimboThis is an essential collection from the author of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, THE HUSTLER and THE COLOUR OF MONEY.
A science fiction thriller from the author of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH.'A fine engrossing novel by a master!' Philadelphia EnquirerIn a time when America's power has been eroded by energy depletion, and world control has been virtually given over to the Chinese, only one man has the courage to seek new mineral resources among the stars. He is Ben Belson, one of the richest men in the world, a man haunted by the memory of a loveless childhood and driven by needs and desires he can barely understand or control. His dream is to find the means to help America break the stranglehold of the corrupt interests who are keeping it a second class power.
The remarkable novel upon which the stunning cult film was based.'Beautiful ... The story of an extraterrestrial visitor from another planet is designed mainly to say something about life on this one' NEW YORK TIMESThomas Jerome Newton is an extraterrestrial from the planet Anthea, which has been devastated by a series of nuclear wars, and whose inhabitants are twice as intelligent as human beings. When he lands on Earth - in Kentucky, disguised as a human - it's with the intention of saving his own people from extinction. Newton patents some very advanced Anthean technology, which he uses to amass a fortune. He begins to build a spaceship to help the last 300 Antheans migrate to Earth. Meanwhile, Nathan Bryce, a chemistry professor in Iowa, is intrigued by some of the new products Newton's company brings to the market, and already suspects Newton of being an alien. As Bryce and the FBI close in, Newton finds his own clarity and sense of purpose diminishing.
The future is a grim place in which the declining human population wanders drugged and lulled by electronic bliss. It's a world without art, reading and children, a world that people would rather burn themselves alive than endure.Even Spofforth, the most perfect machine ever created, cannot bear it and seeks only that which he cannot have - to cease to be. But there is hope for the future in the passion and joy that a man and woman discover in love and in books, hope even for Spofforth.A haunting novel, reverberating with anguish but also celebrating love and the magic of a dream.
NOW A MAJOR NETFLIX SERIES starring Anya Taylor-Joy from Academy-Award nominee Scott Frank and BAFTA nominee Allan Scott'Superb' Time Out'Mesmerizing' Newsweek'Gripping' Financial Times'Sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years - for the pure pleasure and skill of it' Michael Ondaatje'Don't pick this up if you want a night's sleep' ScotsmanWhen she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct. For Beth, there's more at stake than merely winning and losing.'Few novelists have written about genius - and addiction - as acutely as Walter Tevis' The Telegraph