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The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

作者 : Lionel Shriver

出版社 : The Borough Press

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定價 : NT 440

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2005年英國柑橘文學獎小說獎得主《凱文怎麼了?》(We Need to Talk about Kevin)作者蘭諾.絲薇佛(Lionel Shriver)最新力作。

假如美金成為壁紙,千萬人的存款一夜之間蒸發了,將會發生什麼樣的事?這個設定在未來的小說,卻直指了當今人們的憂心與恐懼。

「Shriver結合了她的聰明才智、尖酸刻薄的幽默以及猛爆的想像力,使得這部小說既令人不安又娛樂人心。」-《金融時報》(Financial Times)

2029年開始,美國政府債台高築,高到索性賴帳不付,各國嚴厲批判的同時,一個名為bancor的全球貨幣正式取代了美金的地位。美國因為借不到錢了,只得不斷印鈔,後續的通膨效應,使得一顆高麗菜要價美金30元。

Mandible家族原本靠著大家長所攢下的巨額財富過著優渥的日子,如今,財富在一夕之間化為灰燼。冒牌的心理治療師Avery Mandible養尊處優慣了,正為著買不起一瓶橄欖油而大發脾氣;她的丈夫Lowell是喬治城大學的經濟學教授,對於目前的經濟慘狀與他的經濟理論不符,正處於百思不得其解的狀態。心慈的Florence Mandible受過良好的教育,卻只能在流浪之家工作。因為惡劣的經濟,導致流浪之家無法再收容更多的人,Florence只得把無家可歸的人帶回已經擁擠的家裡。姊妹兩人的父親Carter因為付不起安養院的費用,不得不把得了失智症的繼母接回家裡,這樣的情形讓他火冒三丈!Carter的姊姊Nollie是移居國外的美國僑民,當她回到美國,發現她的祖國已經成了她完全認不出來的國家。

此時,唯一能解救Mandible家族的,大概就是Florence那個怪怪的青少年兒子Willing了。問題時,有誰會聽信一個孩子的話呢?

‘Shriver’s intelligence, mordant humour and vicious leaps of imagination all combine to make this a novel that is as unsettling as it is entertaining’ FINANCIAL TIMES

The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin.

It is 2029.

The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America’s soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown. A bloodless world war will wipe out the savings of millions of American families.

Their inheritance turned to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also – as the effects of the downturn start to hit – the challenge of sheer survival.
Recently affluent Avery is petulant that she can’t buy olive oil, while her sister Florence is forced to absorb strays into her increasingly cramped household. As their father Carter fumes at having to care for his demented stepmother now that a nursing home is too expensive, his sister Nollie, an expat author, returns from abroad at 73 to a country that’s unrecognizable.

Perhaps only Florence’s oddball teenage son Willing, an economics autodidact, can save this formerly august American family from the streets.

This is not science fiction. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of perhaps the most consistently perceptive and topical author of our times.
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Lionel Shriver為英國《衛報》、《紐約時報》、《華爾街日報》、《金融時報》與《經濟學人》撰寫專題報導、專欄與書評,她同時也是一位反映時事的小說家。
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