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Coverdale, Linda

Works: 98 works in 300 publications in 1 language and 18,848 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Autobiographies  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Biographies  Juvenile works  Fantasy fiction  Psychological fiction  Diaries 
Roles: Translator, Author
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Most widely held works by Linda Coverdale
"There are things I want you to know" about Stieg Larsson and me by Eva Gabrielsson( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 943 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
Freedom : the story of my second life by Malika Oufkir( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is it like to return to the world after twenty years of darkness and deprivation? In Freedom, Malika Oufkir writes candidly about her return to civilization: her new life in Paris; finding love as a 40 year old virgin; handling an ATM machine; negotiating a grocery store and her impulse to stockpile
The prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jade, Opal and Amber are forced by an ancient prophecy to leave their homes and travel to a far-off, secret kingdom called Fairytale - On their journey they find evil everywhere and don't know who they can trust but they also learn the magical power of their stones
Wartime writings : 1943-1949 by Marguerite Duras( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 722 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
Lightning : a novel by Jean Echenoz( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 705 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
In the name of honor : a memoir by Mukhtar Mai( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 699 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
Slave old man by Patrick Chamoiseau( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of the most innovative and subversive novelists writing in French, a "writer of exceptional and original gifts" (The New York Times), whose Texaco won the Prix Goncourt and has been translated into fourteen languages, Patrick Chamoiseau's Slave Old Man is a gripping, profoundly unsettling story of an elderly slave's daring escape into the wild from a plantation in Martinique, with his master and a fearsome hound on his heels. We follow them into a lush rain forest where nature is beyond all human control: sinister, yet entrancing and even exhilarating, because the old man's flight to freedom will transform them all in truly astonishing--even otherworldly--ways, as the overwhelming physical presence of the forest reshapes reality and time itself. Chamoiseau's exquisitely rendered new novel is an adventure for all time, one that fearlessly portrays the demonic cruelties of the slave trade and its human costs in vivid, sometimes hallucinatory prose. Offering a loving and mischievous tribute to the Creole culture of Martinique and brilliantly translated by Linda Coverdale, this novel takes us on a unique and moving journey into the heart of Caribbean history. -- Provided by publisher
Leaving Tangier : a novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 584 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
A frozen woman by Annie Ernaux( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 580 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
Shadows of a childhood : a novel of war and friendship by Elisabeth Gille( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 517 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
The suitors by Cécile David-Weill( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 501 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
Chronicle of the seven sorrows = Chronique des sept misères by Patrick Chamoiseau( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 482 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
A palace in the old village : a novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mohammed has spent the past 40 years working in France. As he approaches retirement, he takes stock of his life, his devotion to and to his assimilated children, and decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his savings building the biggest house in the village and waiting for his children and grandchildren to come and be with him
This blinding absence of light by Tahar Ben Jelloun( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a fictional account of the horrific desert concentration camps in which King Hassan II of Morocco held his political enemies and the inhumane conditions in which survivors lived
Ravel : a novel by Jean Echenoz( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 452 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
Pig tales : a novel of lust and transformation by Marie Darrieussecq( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 388 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. A debut in fiction
The consolations of the forest : alone in a cabin on the Siberian taiga by Sylvain Tesson( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 377 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
School days = Chemin-d'école by Patrick Chamoiseau( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

School Days (Chemin-d'ecole) is a captivating narrative based on Patrick Chamoiseau's childhood in Fort-de-France, Martinique. It is a revelatory account of the colonial world that shaped one of the liveliest and most creative voices in French and Caribbean literature today. Through the eyes of the boy Chamoiseau, we meet his severe, Francophile teacher, a man intent upon banishing all remnants of Creole from his students' speech. This domineering man is succeeded by an
Class trip : a novel by Emmanuel Carrère( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 368 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
The art of sleeping alone : why one French woman suddenly gave up sex by Sophie Fontanel( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novelist and fashion writer with French Elle magazine has penned an autobiographical tale of her renunciation of sex and the death of the desire that typically precedes the physical act. In a country that prides itself on the status of the French lover-- or "hot rabbits," as sexually "adventurous" politicians are often described-- Fontanel's declaration is akin to heresy. Complaining that she has had enough of being "taken and shaken" the well-known writer, stylish, sexy and 49, is no longer ashamed to say she wants to get off the sexual merry-go-round. Repulsed by the "banality" of sex and having forgotten how to say "no," Fontanel found freedom, if not pleasure, in forsaking love-making altogether
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Freedom : the story of my second life
Freedom : the story of my second lifeThe prophecy of the StonesWartime writings : 1943-1949Lightning : a novelIn the name of honor : a memoirLeaving Tangier : a novelA frozen womanShadows of a childhood : a novel of war and friendship
Alternative Names
Coverdale, Linda

Coverdale, Linda J.

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