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Coverdale, Linda

Works: 89 works in 234 publications in 2 languages and 18,069 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Juvenile works  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Diaries  History  Biographical fiction  Romans à clef 
Roles: Translator, Author, tra
Classifications: PQ3989.2.J4, 843.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Linda Coverdale
Freedom : the story of my second life by Malika Oufkir( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author describes her return to the world after twenty years in a Moroccan jail, as she struggled to adjust to the modern world, understand the reality of freedom, fall in love, and experience an intimate relationship for the first time
"There are things I want you to know" about Stieg Larsson and me by Eva Gabrielsson( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is the real inside story--not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Eva and Stieg shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death 32 years later. Here, Eva accepts the daunting challenge of telling the story of their shared life, steeped in love and sharpened in the struggle for justice and human rights. She chooses to tell it in short, spare, lyrical chapters, like snapshots, the inside account of how he wrote, why he wrote, who the sources were for Lisbeth and his other characters--graciously answering Stieg's readers' most pressing questions--and at the same time telling us about love and loss, death, betrayal, and the mistreatment of women.--From publisher description
The prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three girls, known as the Stones of Prophecy, are drawn to a land called Fairytale, where they and a man called the Chosen One seek Oonagh, a magical creature who explains their role in a battle between Good and Evil
Wartime writings : 1943-1949 by Marguerite Duras( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For decades it has been known that Marguerite Duras kept four notebooks in a blue closet in her country home in France. But only now do readers and critics have the chance both to savor this new material and to understand its significance. For in these notebooks, kept between 1943 and 1949, are the first versions of Duras's most famous works, the true stories behind The Lover, The War, and several other classics." "An immediate bestseller in France, these wartime writings reveal the difficult, poignant circumstances of Duras's upbringing in colonial Vietnam, where her desperate mother was eager to sell her to the man who became known as "the lover." Here too is her revulsion at her first kiss and her deep unhappiness over this forced liaison. Once Duras emigrates to France, we follow her life through the war into the Liberation and the horrific events that she observed in the presence of the resistance members, who interrogated and tortured former collaborators. She also tells of the horrendous effect of finding her husband, returning nearly dead from the Nazi concentration camps. Throughout, Duras paints an unflinching picture of this troubled period."--Jacket
In the name of honor : a memoir by Mukhtar Mai( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Panjabi and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir by the Pakistani women's rights leader recounts how she endured court-ordered gang rape for alleged indiscretions committed by her brother, her efforts to run a school for girls, and raise awareness for oppressed women around the world
A frozen woman by Annie Ernaux( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A French girl starts out in life with ambitions to have a career, but she also wants love. Love leads to marriage, children, and in no time she is a harried housewife. A study in the conflict between a woman's need to be desired and her need to fulfill herself in a profession. A novel written in defense of all who are expected to put others ahead of themselves. By the author of Simple Passion
Leaving Tangier : a novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his new novel, award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of a Moroccan brother and sister making new lives for themselves in Spain
Shadows of a childhood : a novel of war and friendship by Élisabeth Gille( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Jewish girl in World War II whose parents are deported to a concentration camp is hidden in a convent school in France. The novel describes her friendship with the daughter of a resistance fighter whose family adopts her. After the war she becomes obsessed with war-crime trials, attending them frequently
Chronicle of the seven sorrows = Chronique des sept misères by Patrick Chamoiseau( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on Pipi Soleil, a colorful character in Martinique. After a stint at sea, drowning people he was supposed to transport between islands, he becomes a wheelbarrow boy in the vegetable market of Fort-de-France. He earns fame for his speed in barrow races and his amours. By the author of Texaco
This blinding absence of light by Tahar Ben Jelloun( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An immediate and critically acclaimed bestseller in France, This Blinding Absence of Light is the latest work by internationally renowned author Tahar Ben Jelloun, the first North African winner of the Prix Goncourt and winner of the Prix Mahgreb. Crafting real life events into narrative fiction, Ben Jelloun reveals the horrific story of the desert concentration camps in which King Hassan II of Morocco held his political enemies in underground cells with no light and only enough food and water to keep them lingering on the edge of death. Working closely with one of the survivors, Ben Jelloun narrates the story in the simplest of language and delivers a shocking novel that explores both the limitlessness of inhumanity and the impossible endurance of the human will."--Publisher description
The suitors by Cécile David-Weill( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two upper class sisters hatch a scheme to attract a wealthy suitor to purchase their family's summer estate, L'Agapanthe, when they learn of their parents' plan to sell it in this comedy of manners
Ravel : a novel by Jean Echenoz( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book opens in 1927 as Maurice Ravel - dandy, eccentric, and curmudgeon - voyages across the Atlantic aboard the luxurious ocean liner The France to begin his triumphant grand tour across the United States. Ravel travels across America, playing in grand concert halls from Boston to Chicago to California, meeting luminaries of the day including Stravinsky, Mahler, Bartok, Toscanini, Gershwin, and even Charlie Chaplin. Concentrating both on Ravel's personal life - sartorially and socially splendid - and on his most successful compositions from 1927 to 1937
Class trip : a novel by Emmanuel Carrère( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A boy's ski outing is ruined by a father who lists all the dangers that could befall him. One bit of advice is not to talk to strangers because they might kidnap him to harvest body parts. By a French writer, author of The Mustache
Lightning : a novel by Jean Echenoz( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictional portrait of Nikola Tesla. Traces the notable career of Gregor, a precocious young engineer from Eastern Europe, who travels across the Atlantic to work alongside Thomas Edison, with whom he later holds a long-lasting rivalry
A palace in the old village : a novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mohammed has spent the past forty years working in France. As he approaches retirement, he takes stock of his life, his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children, and decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life's savings building the biggest house in the village and waiting for his children and grandchildren to come be with him. A heartbreaking novel about parents and children, A Palace in the Old Village captures the sometimes stark contrasts between old and new-world values, and an immigrant's abiding pursuit of home.--From back cover
Pig tales : a novel of lust and transformation by Marie Darrieussecq( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman working in a beauty parlor chronicles her descent into gluttony and lust. In one word, she is becoming a pig and she even grows a corkscrew tail. The woman's transformation reflects that of her country, raked by revolution, epidemics and famine. Part fantasy, part satire on France
The art of sleeping alone : why one French woman suddenly gave up sex by Sophie Fontanel( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the author's choice at forty-nine years of age to remain single and celibate, a liberating decision that opened up a number of questions about today's over-sexed society
The consolations of the forest : alone in a cabin on the Siberian taiga by Sylvain Tesson( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A meditation on escaping the chaos of modern life and rediscovering the luxury of solitude. Winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction, The Consolations of the Forest is a Thoreau-esque quest to find solace, taken to the extreme. No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia's Lake Baikal, a full day's hike from any 'neighbor, ' with his thoughts, his books, a couple of dogs, and many bottles of vodka for company. Writing from February to July, he shares his deep appreciation for the harsh but beautiful land, the resilient men and women who populate it, and the bizarre and tragic history that has given Siberia an almost mythological place in the imagination. Rich with observation, introspection, and the good humor necessary to laugh at his own folly, Tesson's memoir is about the ultimate freedom of owning your own time. Only in the hands of a gifted storyteller can an experiment in isolation become an exceptional adventure accessible to all. By recording his impressions in the face of silence, his struggles in a hostile environment, his hopes, doubts, and moments of pure joy in communion with nature, Tesson makes a decidedly out-of-the-ordinary experience relatable. The awe and joy are contagious, and one comes away with the comforting knowledge that "as long as there is a cabin deep in the woods, nothing is completely lost"--Publisher's web page
Massacre river by René Philoctète( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: In 1937 the power-mad racist Generalissimo Trujillo ordered the slaughter of thousands and thousands of Haitians and, as Philocte puts it, death set up shop everywhere. At the heart of Massacre River is the loving marriage of the Dominican Pedro and the Haitian Adele in a little town on the Dominican border. On his way to work, Pedro worries that a massacre is in the making; an olive-drab truck packed with armed soldiers rumbles by. And then the church bells begin to ring, and there is the relentless voice on the radio everywhere, urging the slaughter of all the Haitians. Operation Cabezas Haitianas (Haitian Heads) is underway, the soldiers shout, "Perejil! [Parsley!] Perish! Punish!" Haitians try to pronounce "perejil" correctly, but fail, and weep. The town is in an uproar, Adele is ordered to say "perejil" but stammers. And Pedro runs home and searches for his beloved wife, searches and searches " The characters of this book not only inspired the love and outrage of an extraordinary writer like Philocte," writes Edwige Danticat, "but continue to challenge the meaning of community and humanity in all of us."
Undercurrents : a novel by Marie Darrieussecq( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman walks out on her life, taking only her young daughter. She drives down to the seaside and they spend the first night camping out on the beach. They then settle in a small town and make new friends, but one is a private investigator
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Freedom : the story of my second life
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Coverdale, Linda

Coverdale, Linda J.

"There are things I want you to know" about Stieg Larsson and meThe prophecy of the StonesWartime writings : 1943-1949In the name of honor : a memoirA frozen womanLeaving Tangier : a novelShadows of a childhood : a novel of war and friendshipChronicle of the seven sorrows = Chronique des sept misères