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在「另類真相」的新世界秩序裡,關於身分、真實、恐怖與謊言的終極小說

著名印裔英籍作家、《午夜之子》作者薩爾曼.魯西迪新作──
從歐巴馬到川普的現代美國史詩,也是二十一世紀的《大亨小傳》

在美國前總統歐巴馬就職當天,來自不知名國家的移民──神秘的房地產大亨Nero Golden一家人,搬進紐約格林尼治村隱密社區的奢華建築。Golden家為了逃離過去的悲劇,換了全新的身份搬到美國。社區居民對這名億萬富翁感到無比好奇,不管是他的名字、無法辨別的腔調還是一絲危險的氣息。七十多歲的Nero有三名成年的兒子:酗酒的Petya有廣場恐懼症,他十分聰明,卻是個內心受折磨的隱居男子; Apu是狂放不羈、行為浮誇、性生活豐富的藝術家;年紀最小的D常感到孤獨,覺得自己在家中格格不入,更隱藏著秘密。每個家庭成員都有奇特之處,很快就在紐約社會中心建立名聲。家中沒有媽媽,也沒有太太,直到俄裔的年輕女子Vasilisa擄獲他的心,住進皇宮般的豪宅成為皇后……

故事由鄰居René的角度敘述。他是個有野心的年輕導演,為了製作以Golden家為主題的電影而迎合Golden家的成員,也得以一窺他們的神秘。然而,他無可避免地被捲入有如家庭肥皂劇的種種爛事中,包括兄弟之爭、不忠,甚至是殺人事件,Golden家試圖拋下的過去,也朝他們襲捲而來……在此同時,一名漫畫反派角色般的人物投入總統競選活動,就如同一則爛笑話般,讓紐約天翻地覆!

本書以神秘家庭Golden一家為主角,總結美國過去八年來的大事件與時代精神,不管是川普質疑歐巴馬出生地的「出生地運動」(birther movement)、2009年右翼的「茶黨運動」、2014年遊戲界的網路性別戰爭「玩家門醜聞事件」(Gamergate controversy),身分政治與對政治正確的反動現象,還是那名擅於媒體操作的反派角色(川普)的崛起,以弔詭卻生生不息的美國政治與文化為背景,充滿文學、電影、神話與政治典故,是魯西迪成功回歸現實主義之作,也是黑暗時代中的一盞明燈。

這是我們時代的《大亨小傳》,沒有人能置身事外、沒有人是無辜的,也沒有人會毫髮無傷。


A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture—a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities

On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens,” a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king—a queen in want of an heir.

Our guide to the Goldens’ world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down.

Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie’s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age.

Advance praise for The Golden House

“A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which pos­es timeless questions about the human condition. . . . As Rushdie’s blazing tale surges toward its crescendo, life, as it always has, rises stubbornly from the ashes, as does love.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Where Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie’s latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. . . . A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)







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誠品26碼 /2681485960003
ISBN 13 /9780399592805
ISBN 10 /0399592806
EAN /9780399592805

頁數368
尺寸23.5X15.6CM
裝訂精裝
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語言英文
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