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Prodigals: Stories

Prodigals: Stories

作者 : Greg Jackson

出版社 : FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX

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定價 : NT 875

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「一部熱誠的首作...同時帶著迷幻與哲思的語言...Prodigals是我們著迷於功成名就的深刻寓言。」
--《紐約時報》書評

絕望而怪誕的各種故事,組合成Greg Jackson第一本短篇小說集《揮霍者》

當風暴逼近,他帶著可能是他的心理治療師的女人遠離紐約。自知之明在此處並不能保證可免於自我崩壞。一個銀行家在兩個奇怪姊妹的影響下,露出他藝術的野心。一個離了婚的中年女子,躲到海邊的小屋,卻發現一個女孩住在小屋裡。一名新聞記者住在前網球明星位於亞維儂的莊園裡,到底這個記者是囚還是客?

Jackson犀利的首作,鑽進了現代特權菁英的靈魂渴望之中。極盡浮誇又隱藏侷限的無根生活,這些故事中的人物,有缺點、有同情心、掙扎過日,他們在愛、藝術、毒品與性的無意義中尋求避風港。堅定、有趣又深刻,Prodigals以非凡的洞見與熱情,描繪當代生活的落魄:從迷戀名聲、特權的心理虧欠、暴力的無能為力以及大敘事的佚失。

"People are bullets, fired," the narrator declares in one of the desperate, eerie stories that make up Greg Jackson's Prodigals. He's fleeing New York, with a woman who may be his therapist, as a storm bears down. Self-knowledge here is no safeguard against self-sabotage. A banker sees his artistic ambitions laid bare when he comes under the influence of two strange sisters. A midlife divorcée escapes to her seaside cottage only to find a girl living in it. A journalist is either the guest or the captive of a former tennis star at his country mansion in the Auvergne.

Jackson's sharp debut drills into the spiritual longing of today's privileged elite. Adrift in lives of trumpeted possibility and hidden limitation, in thrall to secondhand notions of success, the flawed, sympathetic, struggling characters in these stories seek refuge from meaninglessness in love, art, drugs, and sex. Unflinching, funny, and profound, Prodigals maps the degradations of contemporary life with unusual insight and passion--from the obsession with celebrity, to the psychological debts of privilege, to the impotence of violence, to the loss of grand narratives.

Prodigals is a fiercely honest and heartfelt look at what we have become, at the comedy of our foibles and the pathos of our longing for home.
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Greg Jackson
作品散見於《紐約客》、Granta與《維吉尼亞季刊評論》。他一直是Provincetown 美術工作中心小說部的會員。
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