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The Past

The Past

作者  /  Tessa Hadley


出版日期 / 2016/09/20

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$560

售價 / 66折, NT$ 370

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榮獲2016年英國豪森登文學獎(Hawthornden Prize 2016)及美國溫德姆坎貝爾獎(Windham-Campbell Prize)最大贏家

作者Tessa Hadley過去曾出版過五本小說及兩本短篇故事集,她以天才型的寫作技巧贏得多項獎項。全新作品她再度以精準的人性刻劃技巧及沉默的家庭關係,敘述四姐弟一家人緊張沉默的家庭關係,本書堪稱是Tessa Hadley人生巔峰之作。

四姐弟紛紛相聚在外祖父位於鄉間的老宅中,這或許是他們四人最後一次在此相聚,因為在漫長緊湊的三週夏日假期裡,他們決定要售出這個充滿兒時回憶的陳舊老宅。家中唯一的兒子Roland帶著成熟且世故的新婚妻子(第三任)出現,因而引起三個姐姐的不悅與忌妒。而Alice則帶著前男友20歲大的兒子Kasim同行,而Kasim卻對Roland 16歲的女兒Molly著迷不已。Fran最年幼的孩子意外在樹林裡的廢棄木屋中發現了一個醜陋的秘密,這個秘密打破了看似平靜的家庭關係,連最年長的姐姐Harriet都無法平息這場風暴。家族故事與沉默相互交織,微小的不安逐漸演變成家族危機,一場看似溫馨的夏日家庭聚會是否會讓整個家庭分崩離析?

In her most accessible, commercial novel yet, the “supremely perceptive writer of formidable skill and intelligence (New York Times Book Review) turns her astute eye to a dramatic family reunion, where simmering tensions and secrets come to a head over three long, hot summer weeks.

With five novels and two collections of stories, Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts. She brings all of her considerable skill and an irresistible setup to The Past, a novel in which three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house.

These three weeks may be their last time there; the upkeep is prohibitive, and they may be forced to sell this beloved house filled with memories of their shared past (their mother took them there to live when she left their father). Yet beneath the idyllic pastoral surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them.

Sophisticated and sleek, Roland’s new wife (his third) arouses his sisters’ jealousies and insecurities. Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of Alice’s ex-boyfriend, becomes enchanted with Molly, Roland’s sixteen-year-old daughter. Fran’s young children make an unsettling discovery in a dilapidated cottage in the woods that shatters their innocence. Passion erupts where it’s least expected, leveling the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister.

Over the course of this summer holiday, the family’s stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life—bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican—winds down to its inevitable end.

With subtle precision and deep compassion, Tessa Hadley brilliantly evokes a brewing storm of lust and envy, the indelible connections of memory and affection, the fierce, nostalgic beauty of the natural world, and the shifting currents of history running beneath the surface of these seemingly steady lives. The result is a novel of breathtaking skill and scope that showcases this major writer’s extraordinary talents.


誠品26碼 /2681345505009
ISBN 13 /9780062270429
ISBN 10 /0062270427
EAN /9780062270429


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