Zilele trecute s-au desemnat premiile Pulitzer 2018 și, în mod evident, am fost și noi cu ochii pe ele, curioși fiind să vedem (mai ales) cine ia premiul pentru literatură. Asta nu înseamnă că nu ne-au interesat și categoriile dramaturgie, poezie sau non-ficțiune 🙂
Începem cu premiul pentru literatură, care a fost câștigat de către Andrew Sean Greer și al său roman, Less.
Din păcate, romanul încă nu a fost publicat în Europa, dar de îndată ce va fi, să fiți siguri că îl găsiți pe okian.ro. Până atunci, vă las cu descrierea acestuia:
Who says you can’t run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last. Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.
A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” as well as “too sappy by half,” Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.
Premiul pentru biografie a mers la Caroline Fraser pentru Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie book series. Millions of readers of the ‘Little House’ books believe they know Laura Ingalls Wilder – the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains as her family chased their American dream. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. The Little House books were not only fictionalized but brilliantly edited, a profound act of myth-making and self-transformation. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser, the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series, masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books and uncovering the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life.