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A Wild Swan and Other Tales

A Wild Swan and Other Tales

作者 : Michael Cunningham

出版社 : FOURTH ESTATE LTD.

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定價 : NT 495

售價79折, NT391

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以The Hours《時時刻刻》榮獲普立茲文學獎,麥可‧康寧漢為當代成人所寫的黑色童話集,並附有插畫。

Michael Cunningham重新賦予童話新生命力,加上Yuko Shimizu的插畫,將許多人童年時期著迷的神話主角,經由作者的妙筆生花,轉變成不凡的寓言啟示。

本書揭露童話中隱藏的黑暗細節,以讀者熟悉的現代都會場景還原童話故事的另類面貌。在魔咒被打破的多年以後、在意外地了解到某項奇蹟的狂喜時刻,還有受詛咒卻只有被解開一半的王子接下來的命運。便利商店門口站著的野獸,對著收銀員張開有如血盆大口的微笑。被譽為這個時代最偉大說故事者之一的Michael Cunningham,用他天賦異秉的創意、敏銳的魅力,再創令人目不暇給的二十一世紀童話集。

以The Hours《時時刻刻》榮獲普立茲文學獎、福克納小說獎等殊榮的Michael Cunningham,洛杉磯時報讚譽「我們時代最傑出的作家之一」。

Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours


A poisoned apple and a monkey’s paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan’s wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder—are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation.

Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother’s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.

Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse or this true.
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