A Strangeness in My Mind by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, is his standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
The novel is set in and around the city of Istanbul, Turkey, and is a coming of age journey of self-discovery tale, taking place over the course of four decades from 1969 to 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, and also won two Turkish literary awards, the Erdal Öz Prize and the Aydın Doğan Foundation Award in 2015, as well as Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in the Foreign Literature category in 2016.
The story uses a cast of characters to tell from different viewpoints the core story of a misfit boy who grows to manhood through various experiences and mishaps, never ceasing to restlessly wander the streets and ponder the feeling of difference which sets him apart from everyone else, until he finally uncovers what it is he has always truly wanted out of life.
Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on September 29th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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Lost and Found by Danielle Ryan, a pseudonym for Italian author Daniela Volonté is her standalone chick-lit-flavoured f/m romantic comedy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
This was originally published in 2017 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as L’amore è uno sbaglio straordinario.
The story is set in Milan, Italy and alternates viewpoints between a university researcher who is moved to contact the former owner of her secondhand iPad, who apparently failed to wipe his old files and left behind some intriguing pictures, as they start a tentative online get-to-know-each-other which becomes an increasingly close relationship which may not be able to make the leap from virtual into reality.
Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.
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AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).
This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of fantastic discovery, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, are as follows:
- Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older, is his debut young adult urban fantasy novel set in modern Brooklyn, starring an artistically talented girl who discovers that she can wield a special hidden magic that infuses spirits into artworks, but also killers targeting these shadowshapers, who believe her to be hiding a family secret they want; Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Annika Noni
- Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, is his vintage classic literary fiction story about a man who one day wakes up as a giant cockroach, and how his day goes from there; from Naxos Audiobooks, read by Martin Jarvis
Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).
This is the final week of the promotion, and I hope you’ve enjoyed whichever selections you might have been interested in.
Accused by Mark Toscano, a pseudonym for Italian author Salvo Toscano is the 3rd novel in his Corsaro Brothers series of mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Insoliti sospetti, and is translated by Marco Condorelli. The series is set in modern-day Italy, centred around two brothers, who are a crime reporter and a criminal lawyer, respectively, and is very popular in its original country, said to have a literary noir flavour with many Italian cultural references.
This adventure takes place in Sicily, and sees the reporter brother finding dead a wrongfully imprisoned man he was intending to interview and is himself accused of the murder, which his criminal lawyer brother and a policeman must clear him of, by delving into the victim’s past, which puts them on the dangerous trail of a prominent man’s secrets.
Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.
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The Inheritance by Angie Coleman, a pseudonym for Italian author Angela Iezzi is her standaloe chick-lit-flavoured workplace rivalry f/m romantic comedy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
This was originally published in 2017 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Gli effetti speciali dell’amore, and is translated by Marco Condorelli. It was a recipient of the 2016 Premio Ilmioesordio, which appears to be a publisher prize for best manuscript submission.
The story is an enemies-to-lovers workplace tale of a woman expecting to eventually take over the running of the family business, who finds that her father’s will leaves her resented rival in place as director, only allowing her to inherit small share and that little on the stipulation that she work and live with him under the same roof for a year.
Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.
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Treachery in Bordeaux by French author Jean-Pierre Alaux & French author Noël Balen is the 1st novel in their Winemaker Detective (Le sang de la vigne) series of gastronomical travel investigative mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Le French Book.
This is an English translation of Mission à Haut-Brion, originally published in 2004 by French publisher Fayard. This long-running series, which stars a master winemaker and his apprentice who travel to various wine-making regions and events, is highly popular in its original France, where several installments have been adapted to TV.
The story sees them looking into a case of barrels of wine turning sour at the Château Haut-Brion, a prestigious viticulture estate in Bordeaux, to discover whether this is result of negligence or deliberate sabotage of a lucrative luxury product.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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The City of Shifting Waters (La Cité des eaux mouvantes) by the French creative team of author Pierre Christin & artist Jean-Claude Mézières is the vintage 1st album in their long-running Valérian et Laureline bande dessinée series of science fiction time travel adventure comics, free for a limited time in both languages courtesy of publisher Dargaud’s Cinebook imprint.
This was originally published way back in 1970 and is the start of one of the major classic Franco-Belgian comic book series, which is being made free to promote an upcoming film adaptation. The series stars spatio-temporal agents from a 28th century Terran Empire who protect the past. This adventure sends them back in time to New York City in 1986 (as envisioned in 1970), in order to thwart a rogue time traveler who seems to have already changed the future.
Offered in selected countries worldwide (mostly North America & Europe) in both the original French and an English-language translation, available at multiple retailers.
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Living Wellsprings: The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig edited and translated by Edward Broadbridge, British expat and long-term resident of Denmark, is the 2nd volume in the N.F.S. Grundtvig: Works in English series collecting and translating the works of the noted Danish historical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This volume in the series contains the translated poetry, psalms, and other songs written by N. F. S. Grundtvig, a highly influential 19th century Danish author, philosopher, and teacher whose proposed models for continuing education are still used today, and includes an introduction by author Uffe Jonas, who has composed a number of musical settings for Grundtvig’s words. While not exactly an annotated edition, many of the psalms and poems are footnoted with brief but helpful explanations for references and imagery which might not be obvious to a non-Danish, non-19th century, non-religious reader; and there’s a listing of the context of each work as it fits into the late author’s personal timeline and creative intentions.
Offered through the month of March, available DRM-free worldwide.
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The Fear of Barbarians: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations by Tzvetan Todorov, an award-winning Bulgarian-French historian, critic, and essayist, is his political philosophy book tying together historical attitudes leading into current events, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher University of Chicago Press.
This is an English-language translation of the original French La peur des barbares : au-delà du choc des civilisations, published in 2008 by Robert Laffont, translated by Andrew Brown. Apparently, this book gives a slightly different take on the roots of the current tensions between Middle East and West, drawn from the author’s own personal experience growing up in communist Bulgaria and immigrating to France, evaluating and arguing for a shift in the balance between fear of imported ideology and ideals of freedom and tolerance, as used by western locals and applied to foreign immigrants.
Offered worldwide, available through the month of February, directly from the publisher.
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NOiSE: Vol. 1 (ノイズ) by popular Japanese mangaka Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉), is the English-language collected edition of his eponymous science fiction manga series, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kodansha.
This is a one-volume tie-in to his cyberpunk manga series Blame! (ブラム!), a prequel story where a police officer solves a gang murder.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through January 12th until 11:59 AM Pacific Time as a free taster for the Humble Book Bundle Science Fiction Manga by Nihei.
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