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A breathtaking novel from Orange Prize-shortlisted and Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winning author Aminatta FornaWaterloo Bridge, London. Two strangers collide. Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes. From this chance encounter in the midst of the rush of a great city, numerous moments of connections span out and interweave, bringing disparate lives together. Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma and to check up on the daughter of friends, his 'niece', Ama, who hasn't called home in a while. It soon emerges that she has been swept up in an immigration crackdown - and now her young son Tano is missing. When, by chance, Attila bumps into Jean again, she joins him in his search for Tano, mobilizing into action the network she has built up, mainly from the many West African immigrants working London's myriad streets, of volunteer fox-spotters: security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens. All unite to help and as the search continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds.In this delicate yet powerful novel of loves lost and new, of past griefs and of the hidden side of a teeming metropolis, Aminatta Forna asks us to consider the values of the society we live in, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures - and the true nature of happiness.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781408893319
ISBN-10: 1408893312
Pagini: 320
Dimensiuni: 135 x 216 x 30 mm
Greutate: 0.35 kg
Ediția: Export/Airside
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Publishing
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Caracteristici

Forna is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy. She has judged a number of literary awards, including the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Caine Prize and the International Man Booker. She is on the jury of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

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Aminatta Forna is the author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and the memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. Her books have won multiple prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Book Award, and been shortlisted for many others, among them the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Neustadt Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Dublin International IMPAC Award. In 2014 Forna won the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize, an award from Yale University in honour of an author's body of work. Forna has acted as judge for a number of literary awards, including the International Man Booker. She is currently Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. In 2017, she was awarded an OBE.aminattaforna.com / @aminattaforna


Recenzii

Powerfully affecting
Forna isn't in the business of offering cheap comfort. Life, this novel tells us, is about change and challenge, accommodation and acceptance . In the richness of its urban portrait and the nuance of its narrative, Happiness makes clear that life is always complex and kindness not a cure-all. This is a book about humanity's glorious, irreducible mess; a book filled with grief, largesse and joy. It is not about escapism, or about making us feel good; rather it's about making us feel everything
Forna is a risk-taker, a writer who doesn't hold back from tackling big themes . Happiness is one of a handful of contemporary novels that take both the human condition and the animal condition seriously. Entering Forna's sweeping universe transports you to a place that feels familiar, but also totally feral and full of surprises
A generous, thought-provoking love story . A multi-layered portrait of 21st-century London
Happiness is a great pleasure to read because of how much life is packed in by Forna ... It's an unusual novel that wears its cleverness lightly; tender, but with an eyes-wide-open recognition that the world is harsh. Forna humanises people who have witnessed the worst humanity can offer - and none more than Attila, the most appealing protagonist I have encountered in a long while
Piercingly intelligent and interrogative . Registers tectonic shifts taking place in the world and provokes us to think anew about war, and what we take for peace and happiness
It's absolutely brilliant . this is my novel of the year. It's going in my pile of the best novels I have read
Forna's writing exudes an excitable kind of curiosity - about people, about the world. She has a magpie eye for interesting facts and observations . She has a big heart and impressive breadth, writing with equal acuity and empathy about women and men, Americans and Africans, professors and traffic wardens ... There is so much to enjoy in this book
Aminatta Forna expertly weaves her characters' stories, past and present, in and out of the larger story of London, which becomes as rich a character as the human beings and, indeed, the foxes; and she makes us care deeply about them all, the foxes, the people and the city. A terrific novel
One of the best novels I've read in quite a while - intelligent, deep and poignant. It sheds smooth, unflinching light upon the unseen. Forna is at the top of her game
She has a deft touch and a warm style . Happiness is full of elegantly-written passages that you will want to revisit to make sense of changing circumstances in an increasingly tumultuous world
From the understated and inexorable pull of plot and emotion to the luxuriousness of the details of varied ways of living and being to the tidal pull of language, Happiness is a great accomplishment
Both generous in spirit and thought-provoking
A deeply moving novel about love, trauma and the ties that bind us together. Beautifully written and ingeniously allegorical. Aminatta Forna is a writer of phenomenal talent, with a clear eye, a fearless voice, and an extraordinary range
Her prose quietly grips us by the throat and then tightens its hold. It is storytelling at its most taut . A gifted writer
- The best writer of fiction in this field . The intelligence of Forna's storytelling is testament to a woman who has deep emotional resources
A fresh, immaculate stylist and an unsparing chronicler of human vices . Profound