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Lovers of literary form and accomplishment, those with an existentialist bent, or anyone still haunted by Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, will devour Sultry Moon, a near-perfect example The Novella.  Concentrated, lean, and powerful, this winner of Mexico's National Book Award takes place over three days and four chapters.  Ramiro Bernardez, successful and polished, returns from studies abroad to begin a highly-anticipated career in law.  Over the course of a dinner party, however, he falls in love with his host's daughter and becomes a rapist and murderer, on the run from his crime and psychologically invisible to himself.  Erotic, horrifying, and breathlessly intense, Giardinelli has created nothing short of a masterpiece. 

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The gun roomBy Harding, Georgina, 1955-
The memory of war will stay with a man longer than anything else. Dawn, mist clearing over the rice fields, a burning Vietnamese village, and a young war photographer gets the shot that might make his career. The image, of a staring soldier in the midst of mayhem, will become one of the great photographs of the war. But what he has seen in that village is more than he can bear, and he flees.... Read more
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