2013 National Book Award – nominalizări Ficțiune

La data de 15 martie 1950, la hotelul Waldorf Astoria în New York, un mare grup de edituri a sponsorizat prima ceremonie de premiere National Book Awards. Cu scopul de promova cele mai bune cărţi scrise de autori americani şi de a încuraja populaţia să citească mai mult, acest premiu s-a bucurat de succes şi de popularitate. Astfel, premierea a ajuns să se organizeze anual iar în prezent premiile sunt concentrate pe patru categorii: Fiction, Non Fiction, Poetry şi Young People’s Literature.
Vă prezint lista de nominalizaţi la categoria Fiction pentru anul 2013, urmând ca în 20 Noiembrie să fie desemnaţi câştigătorii.

Vom reveni cu nominalizările şi pentru celelalte categorii. Până atunci, voi ce carte ați alege să citiți din lista de mai jos?

1. Tom Drury, “Pacific”

When fourteen-year-old Micah Darling travels to Los Angeles to reunite with the mother who deserted him seven years ago, he finds himself out of his league in a land of magical freedom. He does new drugs with new people, falls in love with an enchanting but troubled equestrienne named Charlotte, and gets thrown out of school over the activities of a club called the New Luddites.

 

2. Elizabeth Graver, “The End of the Point”

For the Porter family, summers at Ashaunt Point – a mile and a half long finger of land on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts – have anchored life, providing sanctuary for generations. But in 1942, everything abruptly changes when the U.S. Army sets up a base on the Point. The two older girls – teenagers Dossie and Helen – run wild. Their Scottish nanny, Bea, falls in love. And the youngest daughter, Jane, is involved in an incident that cuts the summer short, unsettling notions of safety and home.

 

3. Rachel Kushner, “The Flamethrowers”

The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts.

 

4. Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Lowland”

Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution. A powerful new novel-set in both India and America-that explores the price of idealism and a love that can last long past death. Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them.

 

5. Anthony Marra, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”

Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, loss, and the unexpected ties that bind us together. “On the morning after the Feds burned down her house and took her father, Havaa woke from dreams of sea anemones.” Havaa, eight years old, hides in the woods and watches the blaze until her neighbor, Akhmed, discovers her sitting in the snow.

 

6. James McBride, “The Good Lord Bird

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

 

7. Alice McDermott, “Someone”

An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age—come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

 

8. Thomas Pynchon, “Bleeding Edge”

It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there’s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what’s left.

 

9. George Saunders, “Tenth of December”

In Tenth of December, the reader is always right there, and the meanings are beautiful and profound and abundant. The title story is an exquisite, moving account of the intersection, at a frozen lake in the woods, of a young misfit and a middle-aged cancer patient who goes there to commit suicide, only to end up saving the boy’s life.

Author: Andreea Rau

Visez cu ochii deschişi. Citesc. Scriu. Cânt, atunci când nu mă aude nimeni. Sunt fericită, uneori. Vreau să evadez din realitate şi să-mi construiesc o lume imaginară, în care să pot trăi. Sunt ca tine. Un simplu om.

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