In the volatile and shifting political atmosphere of Eastern Europe after World War II, an inexperienced homicide detective fresh out of the academy is assigned a crime that no one wants to solve. Set in a bombed-out city in an unnamed country formerly occupied by the Germans and now by the Russians, the story follows Emil Brod as he unravels the threads of the cover-up of a brutal murder, while supporting his grandparents, his only family, in the equally brutal city.
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Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his 60 years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for 40 of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be: chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive.
In this audio walking tour, you'll encounter no roads, no cars, no buses - just boats, canals, and the watery, magical atmosphere that is Venice. The amazing sites you'll hear about include the astounding Piazza San Marco, called "the drawing room of Europe"; the mosaics of the Byzantine Cathedral; the Bridge of Sighs; a Gondola depot; and the Doges' Palace, with its torture chambers dating from the Inquisition.
There are nine articles in this edition: "Brouhahaha", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "First Book", by Ben McGrath; "Monster Career", by Mark Singer; "Idle Hands", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Stressbuster" by Larissa MacFarquhar; "Silent Minds" by Jerome Groopman; "Sin Dolor", by T. Coraghessan Boyle; "Upstate", by Louis Menand; and "Leaving It All Behind", by Anthony Lane.
Hear former Vice President Al Gore, book critic Maureen Corrigan, lead singer and songwriter of Radiohead Thom Yorke, and film critic David Edelstein, on this edition of Fresh Air. Al Gore has just been given the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, along with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for fighting global warming. His Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, aims to get the message out to the masses.