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South and West: From a Notebook

South and West: From a Notebook

作者 : Joan Didion

出版社 : ALFRED A. KNOPF

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定價 : NT 735

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美國國家圖書獎得主,《奇想之年》作者Joan Didion對美國南方與西部文化生活的觀察,透過作者從未出版的筆記,也可一窺這位傳奇作家的創作過程與心靈。

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Joan Didion總是將偶而聽到的對話、觀察、訪談以及草稿紀錄並保存下來。本書分成兩個部分,第一部分是她追溯了1970年6月與夫婿John Gregory Dunne經過美國南方三州(路易西安納、密西西比、阿拉巴馬)的公路之旅。在此期間,她訪問了當地有名望的人士、描繪了汽車旅館、餐館、一個廢棄的爬蟲類養殖場,並且拜訪了美國哲理小說家,以《影迷》(Moviegoer)享譽文壇的Walker Percy,她也參加了密西西比廣播員大會的女士早午餐活動。文章中提及美國南方令人窒息的酷熱、幾乎黏滯的生活步調、黃澄澄的光線,以及南方小鎮所在意的種族、階級與傳統的問題。書中的第二個部分,則是所謂的”加州筆記”,此乃源自於1976年她接受了《滾石》雜誌的一項任務,負責記錄報業大亨孫女Patty Hearst的審判紀錄,這個轟動全美的綁架案,後續更是令人震驚,因為Patty Hearst被綁架後,加入了綁架她的組織,並參與銀行搶劫,後被逮捕並接受審判。雖然Didion最終沒有寫出那篇審判報導,觀察審判與置身舊金山引發了她對城市、社會階級、Hearst家族以及她個人在沙加緬度成長的感想。自此她也開始思考美國西部與它的地景,以及Didion所景仰的”西部女英雄”,還有她個人的家族歷史…等等,這些都成為她2003年知名著作Where I Was From的一部份。

From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks–writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.

Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles–and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies’ brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters’ Convention. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through. And from a different notebook: the “California Notes” that began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From.

One of TIME’s most anticipated books of 2017
 
One of The New York Times Book Review’s “What You’ll Be Reading in 2017”
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