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Free e-Books from UCP

2 July, 2014
Rubble near twin towers and velocipede shop

Reprisal during war (Photo credit: blacque_jacques)

The University of Chicago Press offers a free e-book each month from its list. The e-books can be downloaded in a variety of formats. But if you have a Kindle, only Kindle Fire is possible. I usually download it to my computer.

Last month the selection was a biography of Liberace. This month it is The Reprisal, which is set in an Italian village in winter 1943. Local fascist supporters capture a pregnant woman they think has collaborated with the partisans and hold a trial to decide her fate.

The author, Laudomia Bonanni, drew on real incidents to explore ‘the overwhelming conflicts between ideology and community, justice and vengeance.’ Publishers Weekly described it as a ‘profound, gritty novel’, one that for too long has been available only to Italian readers.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. 3 July, 2014 8:17 am

    Same here. I’m drowning in bks. Currently enjoying David Lodge’s essays, Lives in Writing, about selected writers and their works. It includes an interesting chapter about creative nonfiction. I’ll blog about that soon.


  2. 3 July, 2014 5:32 am

    I took advantage of their free ebook offer this month. Not that I know when I’ll have time to read The Reprisal, but it sounded intriguing.


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