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The Cockroach

The Cockroach

作者 : Ian McEwan

出版社 : VINTAGE UK

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定價 : NT 440

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布克獎得主伊恩.麥克尤恩2019最新著作!


當卡夫卡《變形記》成了諷刺政治喜劇!?

伊恩.麥克尤恩以一個完全不同的世界,向卡夫卡致敬,也是作者在英國脫歐公投後,以他的機智聰明、真知灼見、與猥瑣的幽默所創作出的政治諷刺小說。

聰明但談不上見解深刻的Jim Sams早晨起床後,發現自己成了一隻巨大的蟑螂。他蛻變之前的人生遭人憎惡,也沒人把他當作一回事。但他以這個新的化身,成為英國最有權力的男人,履行人民的意志就是他的任務。沒有任何事可以阻擋他的路:不能有反對,黨內不許有異議份子,所謂的議會民主,就是沒有任何規則。

蟑螂首相與蟑螂閣員們抓緊機會,實施了所謂的逆向主義,一個在經濟體系中顛覆金流的計畫。支持逆行主義的報紙鼓吹這是愛國心的展現,是國家復興與淨化的保證:貧富不均、南北分裂、薪資停滯,全都是資金流向錯誤所造成,所以大家應該把現有的秩序整個顛倒過來!

在逆行體系裡,勞方付錢工作,以消費獲得補償。政府與企業全都採用這個逆向計畫,與他國交易時,逆行計畫雖然會碰上小小的麻煩,政府卻可以此來召喚愛國熱誠。

麥克尤恩將政客描繪成到處詐騙的害蟲,小說裡的逆行體系,或許已在現實生活中出現?例如:不支薪的實習工作。書中滑稽可笑的劇情值得讀者深思。


Kafka meets The Thick Of It in a bitingly funny new political satire from Ian McEwan

That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.

Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain – and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way: not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy.

With trademark intelligence, insight and scabrous humour, Ian McEwan pays tribute to Franz Kafka’s most famous work to engage with a world turned on its head.


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Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen.

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