Rupert Thomson

1 Never Anyone But You

Author : Rupert Thomson
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious  Gay 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2018-06-05
Description :  <b>The true story of a love affair between two extraordinary women becomes a literary tour deforce in this novel that recreates the surrealist movement in Paris and the horrors of the two world wars with a singular incandescence and intimacy.</b><br /><br />In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet, by chance, in a provincial town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy seventeen-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from a family of wealthy Jewish intellectuals. They embark on a clandestine love affair, terrified they will be discovered, but then, in an astonishing twist of fate, the mother of one marries the father of the other. As “sisters” they are finally free of suspicion, and, hungry for a more stimulating milieu, they move to Paris at a moment when art, literature, and politics blend in an explosive cocktail.<br /><br />Having reinvented themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, they move in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Hemingway and Dalí to André Breton, and produce provocative photographs that still seem avant-garde today. In the 1930s, with the rise of anti-Semitism and threat of fascism, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is on this idyllic island that they confront their destiny, creating a campaign of propaganda against Hitler’s occupying forces that will put their lives in jeopardy.<br /><br />Brilliantly imagined, profoundly thought-provoking, and ultimately heartbreaking,&#xa0;<i>Never Anyone But You</i>&#xa0;infuses life into a forgotten history as only great literature can.

2 Secrecy

Author : Rupert Thomson
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2014-04-22
Description :  <b>A sorcerer in wax. A fugitive. Haunted by a past he cannot escape. Threatened by a future he cannot imagine.</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Zummo, a Sicilian sculptor, is summoned by Cosimo III to join the Medici court. Late seventeenth-century Florence is a hotbed of repression and hypocrisy. All forms of pleasure are brutally punished, and the Grand Duke himself, a man for whom marriage has been an exquisite torture, hides his pain beneath a show of excessive piety.<br /><br /> The Grand Duke asks Zummo to produce a life-size woman out of wax, an antidote to the French wife who made him suffer so. As Zummo wrestles with this unique commission, he falls under the spell of a woman whose elusiveness mirrors his own, but whose secrets are far more explosive. Lurking in the wings is the poisonous Dominican priest, Stufa, who has it within his power to destroy Zummo’s livelihood, if not his life.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In this highly charged novel, Thomson brings Florence to life in all its vibrant sensuality, while remaining entirely contemporary in his exploration of the tensions between love and solitude, beauty and decay. When reality becomes threatening, not to say unfathomable, survival strategies are tested to the limit. Redemption is a possibility, but only if the agonies of death and separation can be transcended.

3 Katherine Carlyle

Author : Rupert Thomson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-10-06
Description :  <b>“<i>Katherine Carlyle</i> is a masterpiece.”&#xa0; —Philip Pullman, best-selling author of the&#xa0;<i>His Dark Materials</i>&#xa0;trilogy</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>“[T]his road trip through a snow dome of mesmeric hallucinations is Thomson at his best.” —Richard Flanagan, author of&#xa0;<i>The Narrow Road to the Deep North</i>, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <i>Katherine Carlyle</i> is Rupert Thomson’s breakthrough novel. Written in the beautifully spare, lucid, and cinematic prose Thomson is known for, and powered by his natural gift for storytelling, it uses the modern techniques of IVF to throw new light on the myth of origins. It is a profound and moving novel about identity, the search for personal meaning, and how we are loved.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Unmoored by her mother’s death and feeling her father to be an increasingly distant figure, Katherine Carlyle abandons the set course of her life and starts out on a mysterious journey to the ends of the world. Instead of going to college, she disappears, telling no one where she has gone. What begins as an attempt to punish her father for his absence gradually becomes a testing ground of his love for her, a coming-to-terms with the death of her mother, and finally the mise-en-scène for a courageous leap to true empowerment.

4 The Book of Revelation

Author : Rupert Thomson
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2000-02-08
Description :  In an edgy psychological thriller that is as mesmerizing as it is profound, Rupert Thomson fearlessly delves into the darkest realm of the human spirit to reveal the sinister connection between sexuality and power.<br /><br />Stepping out of his Amsterdam studio one April afternoon to buy cigarettes for his girlfriend, a dashing 29-year old Englishman reflects on their wonderful seven-year relationship, and his stellar career as an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer. But the nameless protagonist's destiny takes an unthinkably horrifying turn when a trio of mysterious cloaked and hooded women kidnap him, chain him to the floor of a stark white room to keep as their sexual prisoner, and subjected him to eighteen days of humiliation, mutilation, and rape. Then, after a bizarrely public performance, he is released, only to be held captive in the purgatory of his own guilt and torment: The realization that no one will believe his strange story. Coolly revelatory, meticulously crafted, <b>The Book of Revelation</b><i> </i>is Rupert Thomson at his imaginative best.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

5 Divided Kingdom

Author : Rupert Thomson
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2005-06-14
Description :  One night a boy who comes to be called Thomas Parry is taken from his family, caught up in a comprehensive unraveling of what had been a united kingdom. Reacting to their country’s inexorable decline into consumerism, turpitude, racism, and violence, the powers that be establish four independent republics based on the perceived nature of the citizens assigned to each. These new partitions are reinforced with concrete barricades and razor wire. <br /><br />Renamed, relocated, and granted favored status, Thomas enjoys one success after another until, working as a devoted civil servant, he suddenly falls out of the system entirely.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

6 Death of a Murderer

Author : Rupert Thomson
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2007-08-07
Description :  After decades in prison for crimes gruesomely familiar to everyone in England, a murderer has finally died of natural causes, no less notorious in death than she was in life. Billy Tyler, a career policeman, has been assigned the task of guarding her body in the hospital morgue. <br /><br />But alone on a graveyard shift his wife begged him not accept, Billy has occasion to contemplate the various turns his life has taken and to discover why it is that on this dark night of the soul the reviled murderer seems to speak to him directly. <i>Death of a Murderer </i>is a gripping novel of crime, punishment, fear, and temptation.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

7 Soft!

Author : Rupert Thomson
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1998-08-25
Description :  &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;Former bouncer Barker Dodds wants nothing more than to flee his violent past in his native Plymouth for an uncertain new existence as a barber in London's colorful East&#xa0;End.&#xa0;Waif-like Glade Spencer drifts through life as a waitress at a fashionable Soho restaurant, a devoted daughter to her estranged, caravan-dwelling father, and a long-distance girlfriend to an unpredictable American lawyer. And ambitious&#xa0;soft drink branch manager&#xa0;Jimmy Lyle is eager to please his new American boss with a revolutionary marketing strategy for Soft!, one that promises to make the new orange-colored beverage a soda sensation for the twenty-first century.<br /><br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;It is under that effervescent orange glow that these three disparate souls intersect, as each learns "there is nothing soft about the soft drink industry." When unsuspecting "Soft! ambassador" Glade begins to unravel from her subconscious obsession with a product she's never tried, Jimmy's top-secret campaign threatens to spill into the daily papers, and Barker once again finds himself employed as a thug-for-hire.&#xa0; At turns harrowing and darkly humorous, <i>Soft! </i>is a magnificently surreal story, one that <i>New York Times</i> critic Michiko Kakutani calls "Rupert Thomson's most powerful novel yet."<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

8 Faustinas Vollendung

Author : Rupert Thomson, Nadine Püschel & Max Stadler
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2014-02-13
Description :  „Wie ein Drehbuch von Borges für einen Film von Alfred Hitchcock.“ The Independent Gaetano Zummo, vor Jahren durch Intrigen seines Bruders mit Schimpf aus dem heimatlichen Sizilien gejagt, wird 1691 von Cosimo III. an den Hof in Florenz geholt. Er hat sich als Bildhauer einen Namen gemacht, besonders durch seine einzigartige Fähigkeit, die Vergänglichkeit selbst darzustellen, in bisweilen schockierenden Studien des Verfalls. Die Gunst des Großherzogs schafft ihm Arbeitsmöglichkeiten wie nie zuvor, erweckt aber auch die Missgunst mächtiger Neider: allen voran der Dominikanerpater und brutale Inquisitor Stufa. Höchst gefährlich wird Zummos Lage, als er die Liebe der ebenso mysteriösen wie schönen Apothekerin Faustina gewinnt, die nach geltendem Gesetz als Hure vogelfrei wäre, sollten sie entdeckt werden. Während Zummo am liebsten sein Glück festhalten würde, zieht Stufa das Netz um ihn immer enger. Dies ist der Augenblick, da Zummo erkennt, dass er mit seinem Leben für das einstehen muss, was wirklich wichtig ist. Auch wenn er gegen den Meisterfechter Stufa keine Chance hat, stellt er sich dem Kampf mit ihm – und als listenreicher Sizilianer hat er einen aberwitzigen Plan. Doch selbst im Erfolgsfall wird es kaum eine Zukunft geben für ihn und seine geliebte Faustina. Ein fast perfekter Roman über unsere Sehnsucht nach Unsterblichkeit.

9 Secretos

Author : Rupert Thomson & Catalina Martínez Muñoz
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2015-05-07
Description :  Un frío día de noviembre de 1701, un misterioso personaje llega a un convento cercano a París para visitar a una aristócrata. Tiene que contarle un asunto del máximo interés que afecta a su pasado. La historia se remonta a Florencia diez años antes, una ciudad que ya ha perdido el esplendor renacentista de antaño y en la que priman la hipocresía y la represión: cualquier placer se castiga con brutalidad en la vía pública, mientras entre los muros de palacio todo puede pasar impunemente. Gaetano Zummo, un escultor siciliano que va huyendo de un pasado que le atormenta, es invitado a la corte de los Medici. Es un artista reputado por el realismo con el que reproduce sus figuras de cera. El Gran Duque Cosimo III, un hombre de honda devoción religiosa que esconde tras su compasión una dolorosa experiencia matrimonial, le encarga esculpir una Venus de cera de tamaño natural. Mientras recorre las calles de Florencia en busca de inspiración femenina, cae hechizado por una enigmática mujer, Faustina. Los importantes secretos que oculta van a poner en grave peligro su vida. La perfección de la imagen que está esculpiendo puede ser su salvación, pero también su perdición. Basada en la vida del escultor Gaetano Zummo, SECRETOS es una novela de intriga histórica, de misterio, de amor... Una obra emocionante, sensual y escalofriante en la que Thomson, a través de una prosa extremadamente bella y rica en minuciosas descripciones, recrea una Florencia sumida en la corrupción y la austeridad, la soledad y la decadencia. Pero en la que también se dan cita la esperanza y el amor; y, sobre todo, la belleza del arte y de la vida.

10 Ty a nikdo jiný

Author : Rupert Thomson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2018-05-21
Description :  “<b>Fascinující příběh o síle lásky a umění založený na skutečných událostech</b>”<br /> Před první světovou válkou se v provinčním francouzském městečku potkávají dvě mladé ženy. Talentovanou malířku Suzanne naprosto okouzlí geniální, ale problémová Lucie. Rozvine se mezi nimi tajný milostný poměr. Záhy dojde k neuvěřitelnému zvratu, když se matka jedné z nich provdá za otce té druhé. Jako „sestry“ se přesouvají do Paříže a pod změněnými jmény – Claude Cahun a Marcel Moore – pronikají do nejoslnivějších společenských kruhů a stýkají se s Hemingwayem, Bretonem, Dalím...



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