LaRose

LaRose

作者 : Louise Erdrich

出版社 : PERENNIAL

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定價 : NT 399

售價 : NT399

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美國文學大師、印第安小說家路易絲.厄德里奇(Louise Erdrich)繼文學傑作《The Round House》後又一力作!

◎2016年美國國家書評獎小說類得獎作品(National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction)
◎2017年國際筆會/福克納獎決選名單(PEN Faulkner Award)

在新舊文明的碰撞中,學習原諒與生存

在1999年的北達科他州,印第安人歐及布威族(Ojibwe)男子藍卓(Landreaux)獵鹿時,誤殺好友彼得(Peter)五歲的兒子達斯帝(Dusty)。他們兩家人關係緊密、感情融洽,驚慌且內疚不已的藍卓,決定遵照印地安人的古老傳統,將自己的兒子拉若斯(LaRose)送給悲慟不已的對方父母養育,以示贖罪與補償。

年僅五歲的拉若斯很快就融入新家庭。原本自殺念頭揮之不去的媽媽諾拉(Nola),百般溺愛著新兒子,黑暗的想法也似乎被遺忘;姊姊梅姬(Maggie)也對新弟弟表示歡迎,總是與他合力討媽媽開心;拉若斯也不時拜訪同樣悲慟的原生家庭,隨著時間流逝,他成為兩個家庭之間的黏著劑,它們共同的傷痕也逐漸癒合。

然而,當藍卓年少時的舊識,因為自認受到背叛而回來復仇,指控達斯帝的過世根本不是意外,兩個家庭之間的脆弱平衡受到威脅,逐漸癒合的傷痕也因此被撕裂……

本書也追溯拉若斯祖先的故事,探討美國印地安人與白人之間複雜的歷史與關係。不僅探討北美原住民議題,也探索創傷、失落、道德、正義、贖罪與原諒,故事背景延續前作《The Round House》,格局廣闊、探討議題深入。

In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence—but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor’s five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.

The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux’s five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux’s wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty’s mother, Nola. Horrified at what he’s done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition—the sweat lodge—for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. “Our son will be your son now,” they tell them.

LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Plagued by thoughts of suicide, Nola dotes on him, keeping her darkness at bay. His fierce, rebellious new “sister,” Maggie, welcomes him as a coconspirator who can ease her volatile mother’s terrifying moods. Gradually he’s allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches’ own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal.

But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.

Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America’s most distinguished literary masters.
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