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9 books of Esi Edugyan

Winner of the Scotiabank Giller PrizeMan Booker Prize Finalist 2011An Oprah Magazine Best Book of the YearShortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for FictionBerlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-­player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black. Berlin, 1952. Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film’s premier, Sid’s role in Falk’s fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey. From the smoky bars of pre-­war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-­known world as he describes the . . .

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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 |From the author of the award-­winning international best seller Half-­Blood Blues comes a dazzling new novel, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.­George Washington Black, or "Wash,­" an eleven-­year-­old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--­and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the . . .

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"Enthralling" —­Boston Globe &­#9679; "Extraordinary" —­Seattle Times &­#9679; "Profoundly humane" —­The Times (London)
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 | From the author of the award-­winning international best seller Half-­Blood Blues comes a dazzling new novel, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.
George Washington Black, or "Wash,­" an eleven-­year-­old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning—­and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed...

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Haunting and atmospheric, this debut novel portrays the heartbreak, hardship and moments of surprising grace in the life of a man struggling to realize his destiny.­A young man of astonishing promise when he emigrated from Ghana in 1955, Samuel Tyne was determined to accomplish great things. Fifteen long years later, he’s an insignificant government employee who hates his job when he unexpectedly inherits his uncle’s crumbling mansion in Aster, Alberta. Despite his wife’s resistance and the sullen complaints of his thirteen-­year-­old twin daughters, Samuel quits his job and moves his family to the town. For here, he believes, is that fabled second chance, and he is determined not to fail again.­At first, Aster seems perfect -- to Samuel, the formerly all-­black town represents the return to a communal, idyllic way of life. But he soon discovers the town’s problems: a history of in-­fighting, a strict town council and a series of mysterious fires that put all the townsfolk on edge. . . .

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«Una historia fascinante sobre la verdad y la traición. Una novela brillante y ágil.­» The Times«Una potente mezcla de emociones... Escritura magnífica, sutil caracterización de personajes y un retrato muy convincente del lugar y la época en este a...

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Man Booker Prize Finalist 2011 Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-­player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black.. Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film’s premier, Sid’s role in Falk’s fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey. From the smoky bars of pre-­war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-­known world as he describes the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that led to Falk’s . . .

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Writing about belonging is not a simple task. Esi Edugyan chooses to intertwine fact and fiction, objective and subjective in an effort to find out if one can belong to more than one place, if home is just a place or if it can be an idea, a person, a memory, or a dream. How “home” changes, how it changes us, and how every farewell carries the promise of a return. Readers of Canadian literature, armchair travellers, and all citizens of the global village will enjoy her explorations and reflections, as we follow her from Ghana to Germany, from Toronto to Budapest, from Paris to New York.

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Nel 1940 Hieronymus Falk, detto Hiero, è un bel ragazzo di colore e un genio della musica. Dei componenti gli Hot-­Time Swingers, una band di jazz già nota nei locali più famosi di Berlino e d’Europa, è il talento puro, il trombettista capace di pr...

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