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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

  • 作者: Arundhati Roy
  • 原文出版社:Knopf 
  • 出版日期:2017/06/06
  • 語言:英文
  • 定價:630
  • 優惠價:79498
  • 優惠期限:2019年09月30日止
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內容簡介

  睽違二十年,《微物之神》作者、曼布克獎得主Arundhati Roy,第二部小說終於問世

  即使在那些靈魂的內心深處,他們追求的只是愛與幸福的容身之處
  階級、性別與種族文化    這些繼承而來的重重身份
  既是令人安然的歸屬,也是通往自由之前   最艱難的路途


  這是一個政治、人性、愛戀和巨大傷痛相互交錯的故事。Arundhati Roy以複雜的敘事和充滿生命力的文字,再次展現了令人驚異的文學天賦,刻劃出一個矛盾、破碎而美麗的世界。

  Anjum,一個被以男性身份撫養長大的雙性人,決意擁抱自己的女性身份,她輾轉回到了家族公墓,在墓園拼湊搭建了棲身之所;Tilo愛上了喀什米爾社運份子Musa Yeswi,她因而捲入獨立運動,甚至被捕。當一個被拋棄的女嬰出現在城市垃圾堆中,Anjum和Tilo都宣稱孩子是自己的──她們的人生於是在此相會。

  在這部小說中,Roy並列使用第一人稱敘述和全知觀點,融合自身從《微物之神》到最新小說作品問世的二十年間,投身社會運動、致力於觀察和批判社會現況的背景,寫下在印度社會的緊張關係和政治角力下,無數人生彼此交織的動人故事。Roy的作品流著馬奎斯、魯西迪魔幻寫實風格的血液,她在這個源於死亡,也終於死亡的故事中,以文字建構了一個令人著迷的世界,她筆下的人物在其中跨越了種族、信仰、性別的界限,去尋找生命的意義、愛與終極的幸福。

  A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things
 
  The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

  It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope.

  The tale begins with Anjum—who used to be Aftab—unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her—including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.

  As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

各界好評

  “To say this book is ‘highly anticipated’ is a bit of an understatement. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness will be a welcome gift for those who’ve missed Roy’s dazzling fiction.” —Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, “11 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down This Summer”
 
  “It’s finally here! Fans of The God of Small Things have been waiting for Roy’s next novel, and it doesn’t disappoint. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is big, both in physical heft and in ideas. It features an unforgettable cast of characters from across India whose stories are told with generosity and compassion. The novel’s greatest feat is showing the ways in which religious belief, gender identity, and even our safety in the world, are not fixed—they have as much fluidity as Roy’s astute plotting.” —Maris Kreizman, Vulture Summer Books Preview

  “A masterpiece . . . Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, García Márquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit . . . A tale of suffering, sacrifice and transcendence—an entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic.” –Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

  “The first novel in 20 years from Roy, and worth the wait: a humane, engaged near fairy tale that soon turns dark—full of characters and their meetings, accidental and orchestrated alike, in the streets, rooming houses, and business offices of Delhi . . . Roy constructs a world in which characters cross boundaries of ethnicity, religion, and gender to find, yes, that utmost happiness of which the title speaks. An assured novel borne along by a swiftly moving storyline that addresses the most profound issues with elegant humor.” —Kirkus (starred review)

  “Ambitious, original, and haunting . . . a novel [that] fuses tenderness and brutality, mythic resonance and the stuff of headlines . . . Shifting fluidly between moods and time frames, Roy juxtaposes first-person and omniscient narration with ‘found’ documents to weave her characters’ stories with India’s tensions . . . Sweeping, intricate, and sometimes topical, the novel’s complexity feels essential to Roy’s vision of a bewilderingly beautiful, contradictory, and broken world.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 

作者介紹

作者簡介

阿蘭達蒂.洛伊 Arundhati Roy


  ARUNDHATI ROY is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Her nonfiction writings include The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, Broken Republic, and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and most recently, Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, coauthored with John Cusack.

  印度英籍的洛伊學的是建築,曾寫過兩本電影劇本。《微物之神》是她在三十七歲時所發表的的第一部小說創作,也是至今唯一的一部小說創作。一九九七年,洛伊初試啼聲即勇奪英國最具權威的文學大獎──「布克獎」(Booker Prize),震驚世界文壇。對於新人的獲獎,布克獎評審團主席比爾(Gillian Beer)教授表示:「我們(評審們)全都為這部動人的小說而著了迷。」獲獎之前,《微物之神》在一九九七年四月甫自英國出版時,便洛陽紙貴,一書難求;在美國出版後,也立刻躍居《紐約時報》暢銷書榜達數十週。本書已翻譯成四十餘種語言,在近三十個國家出版,總銷售量超過千萬冊。十多年來,洛伊的創作光芒可說得到了全球的矚目與肯定。
 

詳細資料

  • ISBN:9781524711276
  • 規格:平裝 / 464頁 / 21 x 14.8 x 1.5 cm / 普通級 / 單色印刷 / 初版
  • 出版地:美國

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