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Barkskins (häftad)


Longlisted for the Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction 2017

Häftad,  Engelska, 2017-04-11
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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMENS PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017 NOW A MAJOR TELEVISION SERIES From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the worlds forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, Ren Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a seigneur, for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters barkskins. Ren suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mikmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse. Proulxs inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskins is her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.
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An ambitious novel of extraordinary power that deserves to win the biggest literary prizes and confirms Proulx as a more gifted writer than many of those deemed great American Novelists ***** Sunday Express Magnificent might be her best book yet Anthony Doerr Wonderful A huge and brilliant novel, which takes us back to the uncompromising splendour of the natural world, and affirms Proulxs reputation as one of the greatest and toughest prose stylists writing today TLS Truly compelling I quickly devoured it Barkskins stays with you Stylist An enthralling story Forest ecology, indigenous culture, sea voyages, Dutch culture, colonial and Maori culture, the logging industry: all these subjects and many more are revealed through the adventures of her characters New Statesman Proulxs commanding epic about the annihilation of our forests is nothing less than a sylvan Moby-Dick Proulxs commanding, perspective-altering epic will be momentous Booklist Many of the fine qualities we have come to look for and expect in Proulxs writing are in evidence in Barkskins. There is comedy, grotesquery and quirkiness mixed in with startling moments of sadness and suffering This is a big, ambitious novel that offers a new and cleverly indirect way of thinking about American history Financial Times The pacing of her narrative, with each generation reflecting the further depredations of man against nature, its impact on the indigenous population and the twists and turns of colonial power, delivers a slowly gathering power, accented with the dread of irrevocable change Guardian, Book of The Week Such is the magnetism of Proulxs narrative that theres no resisting her thundering cascade of stories Washington Post Deeply rewarding Good Housekeeping

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Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honours include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story Brokeback Mountain, which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. She lives in Seattle.