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NW

作者 : Zadie Smith

出版社 : PENGUIN BOOKS LTD.

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White Teeth(白牙)、布克獎決選On Beauty(論美)作者Zadie Smith最新作品!

繼2000年《白牙》之後,1975年出生的青年作家莎娣‧史密斯,以自己的出生地倫敦西北部為背景,描寫城市不同階層生活的悲喜劇。

NW. North West of London, or No Where?

這是關於一座城市的故事。在這裡,城市的西北方,有人宴客、也有人作客,有人主導一切、也有人處於弱勢,有人住華屋豪宅、也有人無枝可棲。更多人就在這兩極之間,脣齒相依,卻是兩個世界。四月的下午,一個陌生人毫無預警地跨越了看不見的界線、敲開了那扇門,尋求幫忙、攪亂平靜,闖進Leah的孤島,搖晃了整個體系…

小說描寫四個年輕人:Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan,離開從小生長的地方,來到這裡展開新生活。的確,倫敦和世界上的每個城鎮都很相似、公園、學校、馬路,但它的美一如它的殘酷,看不見的黑暗正躲藏在公路的後方,有時候,捷徑通往的不是目的地,而是死路…

作者Zadie Smith在書中玩弄不同的風格與形式:從劇本般的對話、極短篇到詩,從第一人稱到第三人稱,作者是電影藝術的專家,讀者能夠很容易在腦中浮現她小說中的人物,彷如能看到他們走在倫敦街頭一樣。

 

“A boldly Joycean appropriation, fortunately not so difficult of entry as its great model… Like Zadie Smith’s much-acclaimed predecessor White Teeth (2000), NW is an urban epic.” --Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books

This is the story of a city.

The northwest corner of a city. Here you’ll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all.  And many people in between.

Every city is like this. Cheek-by-jowl living. Separate worlds.

And then there are the visitations: the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, causing a disruption in the whole system. Like the April afternoon a woman came to Leah Hanwell’s door, seeking help, disturbing the peace, forcing Leah out of her isolation…

Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragi-comic new novel follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan – as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end.

Depicting the modern urban zone – familiar to town-dwellers everywhere – Zadie Smith’s NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.
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