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Tiro libre

by Antonio Skarmeta

«El chileno Antonio Skármeta está a la altura de todas las expectativas.» Mientras Chile vivía una de sus épocas más excitantes y dramáticas, la mayoría de los escritores optaban por tomar distancia de lo que pasaba en el tiempo del socialista Salvador Allende y sólo años más tarde escribieron sus obreas sobre este tema. No así Antonio Skármeta, quien con los cuentos de la segunda parte de «Tiro libre» se sumergió apasionadamente en las tensiones y contradicciones del momento, mostrando con plena vigencia literaria cómo el cambio social penetró hasta la vida íntima y familiar de cada persona. Publicado en Argentina dos meses antes del Golpe de Pinochet, «Tiro libre» nunca circuló en Chile. Esta edición ofrece íntegro el texto original.

La boda del poeta

by Antonio Skarmeta

«Un brillante dardo al blanco de nuestra más inmediata contemporaneidad, lleno de humor y ese criterio de la gravedad que exigen las mejores parodias.» J.E. Ayala-Dip, Babelia, El País. Jerónimo Frank, un rico banquero austríaco, lo abandona todo y se instala en una pequeña isla del Adriático, donde reabre el gran almacén «El Europeo». Pronto se concierta su matrimonio con la bella joven Alia Emar. La boda se prevé espectacular. Sin embargo, en el ánimo de Jerónimo pesa la tráfica leyenda del antiguo propietario del almacen y su joven esposa. En el caso de Alia es el amor de Esteban Coppeta, descendiente de un héroe de la isla, lo que la desconcierta. Una historia de amor legendario en clave de intriga y humor, una mirada inteligente y satírica sobre la Europa de preguerra, pero también la crónica de una estirpe de emigrantes que llegará a Chile a principios de siglo, con sus sueños, sus mezquindades y su pasado a cuestas.

La chica del trombón

by Antonio Skarmeta

La peripecia personal de la protagonista en la agitada historia del Chile anterior a Augusto Pinochet. En esta novela, Antonio Skármeta imbrica la peripecia personal de la protagonista en la agitada historia del Chile anterior a Augusto Pinochet. Deslumbrada por el cine y la música norteamericana, Alia Emar crece en Santiago y será testigo y partícipe de los principales acontecimientos que desembocaron en el triumfo electoral de Salvador Allende. La chica del trombón es una magnífica novela en la que las vicisitudes sociales y políticas de aquel país se filtran a través del prisma de una inolvidable historia de amor.

La insurrección

by Antonio Skarmeta

«En "La insurrección", el escritor chileno Antonio Skármeta encuentra por fin al protagonista que ha estado buscando toda su vida: un pueblo entero.» Ariel Dorfman En esta novela sobre la revolución de Nicaragua, Skármeta convoca las voces de sus protagonistas en los días que preceden a la caída de Somoza. Con humor y precisa conmplejidad técnica, el autor despliega la vida de guerrilleros, estudiantes, soldados del gobierno, carteros, curas y desempleados, conduciéndolos a un apocalipsis de fuego y liberación. Las cartas de Leonel desde el frente, las dudas de Agustín en el cuartel, la resignad figura del estratega del gobierno que se sabe derrotado, la violación de Vicky, el ataque a la iglesia y el incendio final, van permitiendo al lector experimentar la vida de un pueblo en un momento de emergencia y de gran importancia para la historia latinoamericana contemporánea. De esta novela se hizo una película, dirigida por Peter Lilienthal, que obtuvo el Bundesfilmpreis de 1980 en Alemania.

El cartero de Neruda: (Ardiente paciencia)

by Antonio Skarmeta

«Un canto emocionante a la poesía y al amor en sus más contundentes y jocundas expresiones de vitalidad». Miguel García-Posada, Babelia. Mario Jiménez, un joven pescador, decide abandonar su oficio para convertirse en cartero de Isla Negra, donde la única persona que recibe y envía correspondencia es el poeta Pablo Neruda. Jiménez admira a Neruda y espera pacientemente que algún día el poeta le dedique un libro, o que se produzca algo más que un brevísimo cruce de palabras y el pago de la propina. Su anhelo se verá finalmente recompensado y entre ambos se entablará una relación muy peculiar. Sin embargo, la enrarecida atmósfera que se vive en el Chile de aquellos años precipitará un dramático descenlace.

La velocidad del amor: (Match Ball)

by Antonio Skarmeta

«Skármeta acredita aquí cualidades ya conocidas: amenidad narrativa, fluidez de la prosa, integración textual de la cultura literaria y sobre todo agudo sentido del humor.» Miguel García Posada, El País. Para el doctor Raymond Papst, su vida cómoda y tediosa no tiene otra emoción que jugar, de vez en cuando, un partido de tenis con su suegro, hata que a los cincuenta y dos años el destino pone en su camino a Sophie Mass, que, con quince años, se revela como una de las promesas de dicho deporte. Pero también es un torbellino erótico que entra en la existencia autocomplaciente y patética del médico para hacerla pedazos.

Soñé que la nieve ardía

by Antonio Skarmeta

«En cada obra suya, desde que salió de Chile, Skármeta pone a prueba a la nación, pone a prueba a la cultura popular del hombre común, que es la última muralla de la resistencia». Ariel Dorfman En «Soñé que la nieve ardía», novela escrita en el vértigo del gobierno socialista de Salvador Allende, la escritura ha sido marcada a sangre y fuego por los acontecimientos, los pequeños sucesos y las grandes gestas. Una novela respirada a pleno pulmón en las calles de Santiago de Chile, repleta de pasión, humor, angustia y un lenguaje arrollador que celebra el entusiasmo de la gente frustrada con el golpe de Pinochet. Esta novela narra con espontánea originalidad las aventuras de un joven arrogante que pretende triunfar como futbolista y amante en un escenario inflamado entre la revolución y el golpismo.

El entusiasmo

by Antonio Skarmeta

«Antonio Skármeta se sustrae igualmente al imán del melodrama, recorre los bordes del dolor sin deslizarse hacia el interior de ellos, y por último logra caminar sin estridencias sobre las brasas, jamás adormecidas, de todos los desarraigos. Con brevedad, y con atino.» El Mundo El estreno de Antonio Skármeta en la literatura. Antes de que «El entusiasmo» se publicara, daba la impresión de que los jóvenes no tenían espacio en la narrativa chilena. Pero aquí ellos irrumpen en la vida y en las letras con ganas, con secretos o confusas ansias de abrirse al mundo sin remilgos y sin rituales solemnes y sombríos de los escritores de la generación mayor. Los héroes de Skármeta son reclutados en las calles de Santiago, pero presienten que el mundo les pertenece y salen a conquistarlo sin detenerse a pensar cuál será el precio de la aventura. Los acompaña una prosa soleada, refrescante y amable.

Guía (inútil) para madres primerizas: Edición ampliada y actualizada (más inútil que nunca)

by Paula Rodríguez Ingrid Beck

Reedición 10º aniversario del best seller argentino más exitoso sobre maternidad: el anti-manual para madres primerizas para sobrevivir al primer año de vida del bebé. Este libro fue el primero en alertar que en la maternidad no todo es color rosa. Tiró por la borda la versión edulcorada que muestra a la mujer en estado de plenitud absoluta. Acá hay dos mujeres reales, profesionales, con una panza que no bajó al mes de parir, como se ve en las revistas; que no duermen, que se constipan, que no tienen tiempo para bañarse, que se convierten en vacas lecheras, que comen sobras, con bebés que las vomitan, con pediatras que no las atienden, con miedos. Pero también madres que ¡volverían a hacerlo! A una década de su primera edición, la Guía (inútil) para madres primerizas sigue siendo un regalo obligado para sobrellevar con humor el primer año de vida de la "pequeña novedad". Se recomienda boca a boca y es, sin duda, uno de los libros más inteligentes que se han escrito sobre ser madre en la actualidad. Su objetivo: desnudar hasta el hueso el discurso dominante de un sistema para el que ni la niñez ni la maternidad están entre las prioridades de las políticas públicas. Hoy, Ingrid Beck y Paula Rodríguez se encuentran menos solas en esta pelea. Los diversos tipos de maternidades y paternidades, junto con la arrolladora fuerza del feminismo, colaboran con la idea de que en esta cuestión no existen verdades religiosas. Esta celebrada y especial edición aniversario es para seguir riéndonos, y también para que los hijos de las autoras, que ahora leen, sepan que fue escrito en su estricta defensa.

Ida Scudder: Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

by Geoff Benge Janet Benge

A biography of the twentieth-century American missionary doctor to India who pioneered rural health care and the training of Indian women as doctors and nurses, and who founded Vellore Christian Medical College and Hospital.

The Death of All Things

by Kiya Nicoll Stephen Blackmoore Jim C. Hines Andrija Popovic Kathryn Mcbride Fran Wilde A. Merc Rustad Mack Moyer Amanda Kespohl Ville Merilainen Andrew Dunlop Aliette De Bodard Leah Cutter Christie Golden Shaun Avery Julie Pitzel Jason M. Hough Kendra Leigh Speedling Andrea Mullen K. M. Laney Kat Richardson Laura Anne Gilman Faith Hunter

Lie. Cheat. Bargain. Fight. Accept. Bribe. Conquer. Evade. No matter what humanity tries, Death always wins. Or does it? Discover the answer in The Death of All Things, where twenty-one writers take their shot at the Grim Reaper with explorations of the mythical, fantastical, and futuristic bonds between life and death. Learn the cost of mortality, the perils—and joys—of the afterlife, and the potential pitfalls of immortality… Featuring stories from: K. M. Laney, Andrea Mullen, Faith Hunter, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Jason M. Hough, Julie Pitzel, Shaun Avery, Christie Golden, Leah Cutter, Aliette de Bodard, Andrew Dunlop, A. Merc Rustad, Ville Meriläinen, Amanda Kespohl, Mack Moyer, Fran Wilde, Kathryn McBride, Andrija Popovic, Jim C. Hines, Stephen Blackmoore, and Kiya Nicoll.

All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!

by Helen French Rosemary Edghill R. Overwater Philip Brian Hall Steve Miller Sharon Lee Lauren Fox Jez Patterson Jason Palmatier Gini Koch L. E. Modesitt Brian Trent Tanya Huff Brandon Daubs Julie E. Czerneda Patricia Bray Joshua Palmatier Seanan Mcguire

RRRAWRRR!!! ZZZZZZTTTTT!!! ZZZZAAAAPPPPP!!! The robots of the 50s and 60s science fiction movies and novels captured our hearts and our imaginations. Their clunky, bulbous bodies with their clear domed heads, whirling antennae, and randomly flashing lights staggered ponderously across the screen and page and into our souls—whether as a constant companion or as the invading army threatening to exterminate our world. We can never return to that innocent time, where the robot overlords could be identified by their burning red eyes or our trusty robot sidekick would warn us instantly of danger—or can we? With a touch of nostalgia and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, here are fifteen stories from today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that take us back to the time of evil robot overlords, invading armies, and not-quite-trustworthy mechanical companions. Join Julie E. Czerneda, Brandon Daubs, Tanya Huff, Brian Trent, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Jason Palmatier, Jez Patterson, Gini Koch, Lauren Fox, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Philip Brian Hall, Rosemary Edghill, R. Overwater, Helen French, and Seanan McGuire as we step into the future with a nod to the past. Hold on to those stun guns. You may need them!

Submerged

by Nicky Drayden Sara M. Harvey David Farland A. Merc Rustad Misty Massey James Van Pelt Susan Jett Jenna Rhodes Bill Kte'Pi Jody Lynn Nye Jeffrey J. Mariotte J. C. Koch Marsheila Rockwell Wendy Nikel F. Brett Cox Esther Friesner Michael Robertson S. C. Butler Joshua Palmatier Seanan Mcguire

Everyone has their eyes set on the black depths of space…but what about the deep abysses of the ocean? What dark monsters swim unseen beneath the waves? What ancient wonders lie hidden, waiting to be discovered? What sirens call, either here on Earth or in the icy waters of a far off planet…or even at the bottom of a wine glass? So much remains to be explored below the surface, where light fades and the pressure kills. Here are seventeen stories from today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that take us into those depths, whether we want to or not. Join Seanan McGuire, Michael Robertson, Esther Friesner, F. Brett Cox, Wendy Nikel, Marsheila Rockwell & Jeffrey J. Mariotte, Jody Lynn Nye, Bill Kte’pi, Jenna Rhodes, Susan Jett, James Van Pelt, J.D. Koch, Misty Massey, A. Merc Rustad, David Farland, Sara M. Harvey, and Nicky Drayden as they explore unfathomable trenches, underwater volcanoes, and abyssal plains. Take the plunge…into the Deep End!

Anne Of Green Gables

by Deborah G. Felder L. M Montgomery

When the Cathberts adopt an orphan, they aren't prepared for Anne Shirley. But the spunky heroine wins everyone's heart and finds herself a true home at last.

Our Century 1980-1990

by Joanne Suter

Our Century is a dramatic, newspaper-style presentation of each decade. These volumes highlight historic events and outstanding individual achievements in the sporting world, international affairs, scientific discoveries, daily life, and the arts. From apartheid in South Africa to solidarity in Poland to the midair explosion of U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to pop king Michael Jackson to Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Cold War (20th Century Perspectives)

by David Taylor

This book examines one of the most significant eras of turmoil in the 20th century. Reader will learn everything from how East Germans escaped over the Berlin Wall, to how the United States and Russia spied on each other during the Cold War.

Our Century 1970-1980

by Prescott Hill

This “magazine” style history series reinforces the reality of history and makes reading about it more engaging to the student. Topics include daily life, around the world, back at home, sports world, arts, people in the news, and more.

Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From

by Stacey Schuett Branley Franklyn M. Branley

Moonlight is really sunlight! Did you know that the moon doesn't make its own light? Instead, it receives light from the sun and reflects it to us on the Earth. Read and find out about how the sun, the stars and light bulbs make light so we can see. Did you know that moonlight is really sunlight? The moon can't make its own light, so it receives light from the sun and then sends it to us here on the Earth. Any child who's ever wondered about the fascinating properties of light will want to read this classic science title. Readers will even learn how fast light can travel: from the moon to the Earth in less than three seconds! Veteran science author Franklyn M. Branley's lively text and Stacey Schuett's new illustrations combine fun facts and hands-on activities in this accessible introduction to the science of light. Did you know that moonlight is really sunlight? The moon can't make its own light, so it receives light from the sun and then sends it to us here on the Earth. Any child who's ever wondered about the fascinating properties of light will want to read this classic science title. Readers will even learn how fast light can travel: from the moon to the Earth in less than three seconds! Veteran science author Franklyn M. Branley's lively text and Stacey Schuett's new illustrations combine fun facts and hands-on activities in this accessible introduction to the science of light.

What The Moon Is Like

by True Kelley Franklyn M. Branley

Imagine that you're walking on the moon. What is it like? For thousands of years people looked up at the moon and wondered about it. Now we know what the moon is like. There is no air on the moon and nothing grows, but there are towering mountains and deep craters--and much more! Colder than the desert, the hotter than the desert, the moon is an amazing place to explore.

Unnatural Habits (Phryne Fisher #19)

by Kerry Greenwood

1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self preservation, decides to investigate and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery .... and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

Casi el paraíso

by Luis Spota

A cincuenta y siete años de su primera publicación, el retrato de esa clase social que esconde su mediocridad detrás del lujo y el poder desmedidos sigue siendo válido; más ahora que nunca. Los alcances de esta novela no se agotan en su crítica social, pues más que en ninguna otra de sus obras, la maestría de Luis Spota está aquí presente: acción absorbente, intriga continua, diálogo vertiginoso, trazo instantáneo de personajes llenos de vida, lenguaje natural y desinhibido. Por estas razones, Casi el paraíso sigue siendo uno de nuestros clásicos. "Casi el paraíso consagró a Luis Spota como novelista porque en ella supo retratar una situación real y candente del momento histórico: una burguesía rica y "rastacuera" del México que crecía y se "modernizaba" después de la Revolución, pero que no por eso terminaba con sus prácticas tradicionales: el robo, la traición, el asesinato": Sara Sefchovich.

From Ant to Eagle

by Alex Lyttle

My name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm eleven years old and I have a confession… I killed my brother. It's the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He's recently moved from a big city to a small town and there's nothing to do. It's hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop. Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin's chores. And Sammy is all too eager - as long as it means getting a "Level" and moving one step closer to his brother's Eagle status. When Calvin meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not enough to change. At least not until a diagnosis causes things at home to fall apart and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey… From Ant to Eagle.

Super-Resolution Microscopy: A Practical Guide

by Udo J. Birk

This unique book on super-resolution microscopy techniques presents comparative, in-depth analyses of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual approaches. It was written for non-experts who need to understand the principles of super-resolution or who wish to use recently commercialized instruments as well as for professionals who plan to realize novel microscopic devices. Explaining the practical requirements in terms of hardware, software and sample preparation, the book offers a wealth of hands-on tips and practical tricks to get a setup running, provides invaluable help and support for successful data acquisition and specific advice in the context of data analysis and visualization. Furthermore, it addresses a wide array of transdisciplinary fields of applications. The author begins by outlining the joint efforts that have led to achieving super-resolution microscopy combining advances in single-molecule photo-physics, fluorophore design and fluorescent labeling, instrument design and software development. The following chapters depict and compare current main standard techniques such as structured illumination microscopy, single-molecule localization, stimulated emission depletion microscopy and multi-scale imaging including light-sheet and expansion microscopy. For each individual approach the experimental setups are introduced, the imaging protocols are provided and the various applications illustrated. The book concludes with a discussion of future challenges addressing issues of routine applications and further commercialization of the available methods. Guiding users in how to make choices for the design of their own experiments from scratch to promising application, this one-stop resource is intended for researchers in the applied sciences, from chemistry to biology and medicine to physics and engineering.

Influence Without Authority

by David L. Bradford Allan R. Cohen

Get what you need to achieve your objectives and produce results Influence Without Authority is the classic guide to getting what you need from people you don't control. Getting things done requires collaboration, and convincing others to contribute requires political skill; this book introduces the Exchange Model, in which you get what you need by offering something of value in return. The key lies in knowing what the other person values—that's their "currency," and it's your immediate tool for coaxing their cooperation. This model has been proven over decades, as organizations around the world have turned away from frustration and resignation toward collaboration and results. This book shows you how to implement the Exchange Model at the personal, team, and organizational level to raise the bar for performance and leadership. This new third edition has been updated reflect the changing face of the workplace, and includes new examples and information on geographically dispersed virtual teams. Supplementary materials facilitate classroom and training use with discussions, role-play, videos, and other ancillaries that deepen understanding and promote practical application. Get what you need from the people who have it through mutual exchange Think in terms of interest, and pinpoint the "currencies" other people trade in Apply the Exchange Model across entire organizations to lead major change Learn practical real-world strategies for influencing those you do not control The ability to influence those not under your authority is becoming ever more valuable. Organizations are flattening, and outside contractors are taking on larger roles than ever before—getting results now means lateral cooperation, often across borders, time zones, organizations, and more. Influence Without Authority provides a proven model for success in this new environment, with expert guidance for real-world application.

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