John Williams "Stoner"
A wonderful novel that came to us with some delay - and not only to us: in America, "Stoner" was discovered and loved after the death of its author in 1994. The splendor of this book is really slow, unhurried, it takes him time to open up. Indeed, at first glance, almost nothing happens in the novel, which covers the whole life of the hero, professor of English literature, from the moment when the peasant boy is fascinated by Shakespeare’s syllable and abandons agriculture for the sake of English literature. Not a single milestone in life - marriage, career, love - almost does not matter here. For Stoner, all passion is brought out of life into the field of literature, and everything that we add up to is the concept of success in life, it turns out to be completely irrelevant. Stoner is unable to succeed in anything, and the focus for the modern reader is to stop reading human life as a history of achievements and accept that the most important thing in it still does not fit into the summary points. This short life seems to be verified by death, and as a result, the novel turns out, of course, not about a little teacher of literature, who has been in the university fortress for half a century, but about each of us.
Charles Schultz "The night was dark and rainy, Snoopy"
The first black and white swallow in the promised long series of comics about Snoopy - a golden classic that reached us from the 50s. All the best in Snoopy appears, it seems, from this carelessness of time. A dog can spend hours lying in an armchair and days writing novels on a typewriter. This slowness, a stop of time, the opportunity to enjoy how almost nothing happens, becomes a real gift in Snoopy.
Cheslav Milos "ABC"
Ivan Limbach Publishing House
The Polish poet Ceslav Milos (1911-2004), who today, fortunately, is being gradually translated to us, was one of the key figures in the cultural life of the twentieth century. His "ABC" released in 1997 is an attempt to at least somehow streamline the experience of this century. Here, the impossibility to separate personal history, intellectual and political, is already remarkable: a lyrical description of Baroque churches that give the unfortunate peasants a medieval kingdom of whiteness and gold, is adjacent to a memory of travels, a story about friends and reasoning about Miscavige. Nevertheless, this is not an attempt at a biography, but rather an attempt to talk about the whole of humanity. The main question that Milos poses here is the possibility of culture after all that was: "A vile tribe of monkeys, writhing wacky grimaces, mocking, screaming, exterminating each other. How can one praise him after so many deaths caused by people? things do not agree with the image of innocent children in the classroom, or with the ability to fulfill the highest spiritual accomplishments. But, perhaps, contradictory nature is an integral part of human nature itself, and this is enough for the miraculous to appear in the world. "
Baptiste Beaulieu "A Thousand and One Nights Emergency Services"
Weekdays of a young intern in the most ordinary French hospital. It is based on a blog, therefore, to connect all the stories together, a storyline was needed, and it is not very convincing here: the hero tells the stories of a woman dying of cancer to help her wait for her son, who was stuck at the airport due to the volcano. This is not a fun book at all, because doctors often remember sad cases than funny jokes. Still, this is a very encouraging read. It captures in it, first of all, the attention of doctors to patients. All the unfortunate old people, all the lonely, all the crazy mothers and their childish children get here a bit of compassion. Well, the story of a married couple of old people who regularly fall into the emergency room as a result of experiments with sex toys could appear only in such a book.
Nick Bilton "Twitter Incubator: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal"
M .: "Foreigner"
The book from the series “Scandals, Intrigues, Investigations” is the story of one of the most successful startups of the new media era, told from the completely different side from which we are accustomed to seeing it. That is, Jack Dorsey, glorified in Wikipedia around the world as the person who invented Twitter, appears here as a hysteric, unable to hold the company in his hands, and the merit of creating Twitter is actually worth dividing by five. Even to someone who did not hold a candle at the first meetings of the service’s creators, it’s obvious that Bolton is juggling strongly: in particular, he does not quite understand the power of Twitter as new media and is too harsh to poor Dorsey for problems with servers that depend on the influx of users. But with all this, his book is an excellent insider into the world of Silicon Valley, where it is so simple to suddenly become a millionaire, but it is even easier to lose everything you love - except for a big cash jackpot in the form of a share of shares. The main conclusion? Take stocks!
Christopher Headfield "Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth"
This book successfully begins with a joke - a story about how a square, equipment-hung astronaut tries to squeeze into a round hatch. It is successful because it will not be more funny here. Do not expect from the book of one of the most famous astronauts in the world insights about space or passionate stories about the Earth, seen from above. In fact, this book is about how to really achieve something, you have to work for a long, very long time - and never stop working. Therefore, there are no astronaut stars on the space station, but there is only a well-learned set of rules, and inattention to the rules means death. The same memo - to work, not to stop improving for a second, to be attentive, to do everything and more - Hadfield repeats for the inhabitants of the Earth. Understanding and owning a situation means for him to win and get rid of fear. Yes, this is an ordinary self help, the reader will say, and he will be right, but not quite, since not every inspirational book is written by a real astronaut and can help the reader fly into space. Three times.
Colin Maloy "Empire of the Wild Forest"
The long-awaited end of the Wild Forest trilogy, authored by The Decembrists band leader Colin Maloy. "Decembrists" and in the lyrics of their songs manage to cram beautifully long stories. How much better is it here, where the threads of completely different, at first glance, tales are woven together: here is Baba Yaga, and the Japanese werewolf fox, and some kind of Narnia with talking animals, and Tsarevich Alexei with a mechanical heart, and a Dickens riot children from the orphanage, and the alarmingly rapid transformation of the good animal world into a bureaucratic dystopia. In English, it has been a year since it all ended, books are being translated into Russian with annoying slowness, but honestly, they are good!
Arkady Babchenko "War"
Arkady Babchenko's storybook about the Chechen war. Perhaps the first in Russia, Babchenko came up with a way to talk about modern warfare, when fear and horror seem to dissolve in the daily chatter and change of landscape, but at the same time there is no escape from them. Not everyone will die, but those who remain until the end of their days will be tormented by the question of why all this was: "It is very important to know why. Why did your donated brothers die in your war? Why did they kill people, shoot at good, justice, faith, love? Why did they crush children? Bombed women? Why did the world need that girl with a broken head, and next, in zinc from under cartridges, her brain? Why? " It is also important that the book of Babchenko is being published right now, and that it is not even trying to extend the Chechen war to the present; admirers and haters of contemporary reports of Babchenko will not grab anything here. This book is about the fact that there should be no war. And what a war — any one!
Joe Sacco "Palestine"
SPb .: "Bookbook"
The graphic reportage that the tortoise crawled up to us from the beginning of the 90s, but in this long-awaited translation has not lost its relevance. This journey through Palestine, with conversations and meetings carefully documented in expressive drawings, becomes not so much an attempt to figure out who is really right and to blame, but as a reminder that everything is complicated - and human history will always be different from news reports. At the same time, Sacco desperately tries to remain objective, he makes fun of himself and is tenderly attentive to his heroes, and speaks not from somewhere above the battle, but from her very heart. The only thing that could have changed in twenty years is faith in a possible world. She is no more.
Haruki Murakami "Colorless Tskuru Tazaki and his years of wandering"
M .: "Eksmo"
The long-promised new Murakami: the hero, saddened by the inability to somehow stand out from the crowd, goes on a journey to find himself. Murakami has long ceased to be easy reading - he is much more occupied with the unfavorable modern state of man - but he knows how to talk to us about this, and we are used to listening to him.
Text: Lisa Birger