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A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip

A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip


作者  /  Alexander Masters

出版社 / FOURTH ESTATE LTD.

出版日期 / 2016/05/01

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$660

售價 / 77折, NT$ 508

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2001年劍橋一處建築工地的碎瓦片堆中,散落了148本筆記本,急促潦草的字跡,寫下自1952年起,橫跨半世紀庸庸碌碌的歲月。最後一則日記的時間點,停在筆記本被遺棄的前幾周。為什麼這些筆記本會被遺棄在這裡?這些筆記本屬於誰?是他,還是她?去了哪裡?

以《Stuart: A Life Backwards》(倒帶人生)一書,抱回英國衛報首作獎(The Gardian First Book Award)的傳記作家Alexander Masters,費時五年,試圖從文字遺留下的蛛絲馬跡,追查出日記主人的真實身分。

儘管他,或她,以世俗的觀點來評判,不過是一個平凡的普通人。投入社會工作的作者,對每個獨特的個體和生命故事,懷抱高度的敬意和好奇心,於是以溫暖、幽默的筆觸,記述了這一場巧遇。

Alexander Masters
生於紐約,後前往倫敦和劍橋修習物理和數學。過去五年,作者留在劍橋擔任社工關懷無家可歸者,亦是文字工作者。2007年根據遊民的真實故事寫下《Stuart: A Life Backwards》,抱回英國衛報首作獎(The Gardian First Book Award)和霍森登大獎(Hawthornden Prize),後改編為電影《倒帶人生》。除寫書外,Alexander Masters還創辦了街頭報紙,同時也是專欄作家。


Unique, transgressive and as funny as its subject, A Life Discarded has all the suspense of a murder mystery. Written with his characteristic warmth, respect and humour, Masters asks you to join him in celebrating an unknown and important life left on the scrap heap.

A Life Discarded is a biographical detective story. In 2001, 148 tattered and mould-covered notebooks were discovered lying among broken bricks in a skip on a building site in Cambridge. Tens of thousands of pages were filled to the edges with urgent handwriting. They were a small part of an intimate, anonymous diary, starting in 1952 and ending half a century later, a few weeks before the books were thrown out. Over five years, the award-winning biographer Alexander Masters uncovers the identity and real history of their author, with an astounding final revelation.

A Life Discarded is a true, shocking, poignant, often hilarious story of an ordinary life. The author of the diaries, known only as ‘I’, is the tragicomic patron saint of everyone who feels their life should have been more successful. Part thrilling detective story, part love story, part social history, A Life Discarded is also an account of two writers’ obsessions: of ‘I’s need to record every second of life and of Masters’ pursuit of this mysterious yet universal diarist.







詳細資料

誠品26碼 /2681295263004
ISBN 13 /9780008130800
ISBN 10 /0008130809
EAN /9780008130800

頁數336
尺寸21.6X13.5CM
裝訂平裝
級別
語言英文
成份


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