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The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle

作者 : Jessica Shattuck

出版社 : WILLIAM MORROW AND COMPANY, INC.

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定價 : NT 630

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三名寡婦因為痛苦過的往及不可告人的秘密相互糾纏,交織出尋求最後救贖的感人故事

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「感人、充滿驚喜及令人沉痛的結局。」─《紐約時報書評》
「大師級的經典作品!」─《時人雜誌》
「作者的故事揭露一段歷史最悲慟的過往。」─《今日美國報》

故事發生在二戰後期,Marianne回到飽受戰爭摧殘的家園,這是一座曾經扮演著接待德國上流社會的高級成保。身為一位納粹政權反抗者的遺孀,Marianne堅持及發誓要保護和她一樣的反抗者遺孀。第一位拯救的是6歲大的Martin,他是Marianne兒時親密好友Benita的小孩,同時前往柏林勞改營拯救天真美麗的Benita,但她卻不知道Benita早已與前納粹士兵展開不可告人的戀情。接著她又拯救另一位遺孀Ania及她的兩個兒子。Marianne組織了一個臨時家庭,深信擁有共同的過往將會將她們三人牢牢地繫在一起。然而Marianne萬萬沒想到現實的世界比想像中還要複雜,同樣背負相同過往的三人,也在心中隱藏著黑暗及不可告人的秘密。

作者Jessica Shattuck以細緻入微的觀察與流暢的文筆,述說最動盪不安的年代,堪稱與《夜鶯》、《心鎖》及《為妳說的謊》同樣令人痛徹心扉。 

Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

 Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—each with their own unique share of challenges.

Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

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作者介紹
Jessica Shattuck
Jessica Shattuck is the award-winning author of The Hazards of Good Breeding, which was a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, Wired, and The Believer, among other publications. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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