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不管身處什麼樣的身分地位,每個人都是自己人生中的主角與英雄。

◎《V怪客》與《守護者》傳奇作家艾倫.摩爾(Alan Moore)創作時間長達十年、親自繪製封面,生涯最重要作品終於問世!
◎ 距上一本小說作品《Voice of the Fire》出版已二十年,萬眾矚目的大師傑作強勢推出!長達1200頁、多達60萬字的史詩般鉅作!

故事從西元前4000年,斷簡殘垣的英國揭開序幕。以北安普敦(Northampton)的街道為背景,時空橫跨6000年,以十二名不同角色的視角,包括生者、死者、來自天界與冥界的人物,使多條故事線交錯,採用意識流的寫法,雜揉家族歷史、社會寫實與奇幻風格,走入所有角色的內心,跟隨他們漫遊在迷宮般的街道,描繪貧民窟底層小人物的人生,訴說關於時間、空間、生與死的一切,在最底層、最骯髒、最貧窮的地方,造出神聖的宮殿。

作者以自己的家鄉為小說背景,深入研究當地社會歷史,從不同性別、階級與文化中吸取經驗,挖掘出北安普敦的深度。書中充滿歷史與文學典故,既奇幻,又十分社會寫實,是一部豐饒的北安普敦神話。


Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Jerusalem is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter.

In the epic novel Jerusalem, Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol-colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them.

Employing, a kaleidoscope of literary forms and styles that ranges from brutal social realism to extravagant children’s fantasy, from the modern stage drama to the extremes of science fiction, Jerusalem’s dizzyingly rich cast of characters includes the living, the dead, the celestial, and the infernal in an intricately woven tapestry that presents a vision of an absolute and timeless human reality in all of its exquisite, comical, and heartbreaking splendor.

In these pages lurk demons from the second-century Book of Tobit and angels with golden blood who reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Vagrants, prostitutes, and ghosts rub shoulders with Oliver Cromwell, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce’s tragic daughter Lucia, and Buffalo Bill, among many others. There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk, an estranged couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church front, and an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters. An art exhibition is in preparation, and above the world a naked old man and a beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath toward the heat death of the universe.

An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth, poverty, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake’s eternal holy city.
1 map; 3 illustrations







詳細資料

誠品26碼 /2681353312002
ISBN 13 /9781631491344
ISBN 10 /1631491342
EAN /9781631491344

頁數1280
尺寸24.4X16.8CM
裝訂精裝
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語言英文
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