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The Stray Sod Country

The Stray Sod Country

作者 : Patrick McCabe

出版社 : BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING

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定價 : NT 440

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《冥王星早餐》Breakfast on Pluto作者的另一本充滿奇想與荒謬的超寫實作品。
1958年,Laika這隻人造衛星狗進入外太空之後,這個小鎮似乎起了許多莫名又詭譎的變化,理髮師的妻子、教拉丁文的老師、牙醫,還有偏執的神父...... 似乎陰險莫測存在無敵龐大的重量,籠罩在這個地方。
作者一貫毫無修飾的文字,讀來有種壓抑的快活。而交錯現實的事件,撲朔迷離的真相,是秘密、恐懼還是背叛,無論是哪一種,使得一切美好或悲痛都無感,像是生在一個失落的時代,在誤解之中,繼續保有自己充滿補丁的夢想。

It is 1958, and as Laika, the Sputnik dog is launched into space, Golly Murray, the Cullymore barber's wife, finds herself oddly obsessing about the canine cosmonaut. Meanwhile, Fonsey 'Teddy' O'Neill, is returning, like the prodigal son, from overseas, with brylcream in his hair, and a Cuban-heeled swagger to his step, having experienced his coming-of-age in Butlin's, Skegness. Father Augustus Hand is working on a bold new theatrical production for Easter, which he, for one, knows will put Cullymore on the map. And, as the Manchester United football team prepare to take off from Munich airport, James A Reilly sits in his hovel by the lake outside town, with his pet fox and his father's gun, feeling the weight of an insidious and inscrutable presence pressing down upon him. From the closed terraces and back lanes of rural Ireland to the information highway and global separations of our own time, The Stray Sod Country is at once an homage to what we think we may have lost and a chilling reminder that the past has never really passed. With echoes of Peyton Place, and Fellinni's Amarcord, and with a sinister, diabolical narrator at its heart, this is at once a story of a small town - with its secrets, fears, friendships and betrayals - and a sweeping, grand guignol of theatrical extravagance from one of the finest writers of his generation.
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