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Asymmetry

Asymmetry

作者 : Lisa Halliday

出版社 : SIMON & SCHUSTER INC.

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「這是一本非常刺激的出道作……它會讓你變成一個更好的讀者、更活躍的觀察者,鍛鍊你的感官。」--紐約時報

911事件後,住在紐約的年輕編輯助理Alice,和一位年紀相差甚大的知名作家Blazer相遇,兩人見面、聊天、發展出一段關係,Blazer創造力依舊旺盛,但漸漸失去體力,Alice也想要成為一位作家。

Amar,美國籍伊拉克裔,回想起2008年想要到伊拉克庫德斯坦拜訪手足,卻在英國希斯洛機場被攔下,那一年的最後一個周末就在那個拘留室度過,他也回想起家人的生活、歷史、感情等故事。

Amar參加的一個廣播節目,將兩個故事的關聯給出提示。

這是作者Lisa Halliday的出道作,兩個看似沒有關係的故事,會如何被連結再一起?必須留意細節的專注讓許多讀者讚不絕口,作者Halliday給了讀者們挑戰,卻也在其中看出她對於讀者們的信任。

其中Alice和Blazer的關係,事實上以作者Halliday和美國文學巨擘Philip Roth的一段軼事作為基礎而發展出的故事。

A singularly inventive and unforgettable debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art, from 2017 Whiting Award winner Lisa Halliday.

Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, “Folly,” tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. By contrast, “Madness” is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda.

A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.
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作者介紹
Lisa Halliday
Lisa Halliday grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts and currently lives in Milan, Italy. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review and she is the recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award for Fiction. Asymmetry is her first novel.
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