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Author of the Booker-longlisted novel Second Place
A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
After the publication of Outline, Transit and Kudos - in which Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction - this writer of uncommon brilliance returns with a series of essays that offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her life's work. Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Olivia Manning and Natalia Ginzburg, this collection is essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, both startling and rewarding to behold.
The result is a cumulative sense of how the frank, deeply intelligent sensibility - so evident in her stories and novels - reverberates in the wider context of Cusk's literary process. Coventry grants its readers a rare opportunity to see a mind at work that will influence literature for time to come.
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Revue de presse
“Quietly staggering and intellectually entrancing . . . [Cusk’s] writing is silvery and precise, navigated by elegant syntax that steers its speaker towards revelations of great depth . . . These novels are among the most important written in this century so far.” -- The Globe and Mail
Praise for Transit --
“[Transit’s] themes of transience and dislocation are contiguous with a broader conversation about the fluidity of identity resulting, in part, from an increasingly—and contentiously (see Brexit, Trump, etc.)—borderless planet.” -- The Globe and Mail
“Cusk’s writing feels, exhilaratingly, unlike any other fiction being written.” -- Toronto Star
“One of our most astute writers. . . . Cusk is very good at creating characters who seem fresh; they blossom under her pen. . . . This is part of what makes [Transit] so effective and smart.” -- Quill & Quire (starred review)
“Brave and uncompromising. . . . A work of cut-glass brilliance.” -- Financial Times
Praise for Outline -- No Source
“Cusk is a master of sparse, exquisite prose. . . . [Outline] successfully conveys all of her admirable honesty in the safe harbour of fiction, and somehow delivers more human truths than most memoirs ever could.” -- The Globe and Mail
“[A] lethally intelligent novel. . . . Spend much time with this novel and you’ll become convinced that [Cusk] is one of the smartest writers alive. ” -- New York Times --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
Biographie de l'auteur
RACHEL CUSK is the author of the critically acclaimed trilogy of Outline, Transit and Kudos. She has written three memoirs—A Life’s Work, The Last Supper and Aftermath—as well as the novels Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; The Temporary; The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Lucky Ones; In the Fold; Arlington Park; and The Bradshaw Variations. She was twice a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists for 2003. Rachel Cusk is Canadian and lives in London, England.--Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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- ASIN : B07S58D1ZQ
- Éditeur : Faber & Faber (20 août 2019)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 487 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
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I am now about at the end of the section I would suggest is the primary element of this collection, which is to say Cusk's deeply internalised, semi-autobiographical musings on her life as child, wife, mother, and woman. In their full form, without abridgement, I have found these slices of self-analysis rather too rich, like a slice of cake whose overly dense topping of butter cream seems an unnecessary additive. Multiple and dense metaphor is employed relentlessly in her unapologetically self-obsessed musings on her relationships throughout her life; with her parents, her children, her partner and, of course, herself. Frequently, these present dense, distracted thickets of inner dialogue that are not always easy to penetrate. And her obsession with the relationship between the opposing ideas of "truth" and "story", a seeming conundrum which she frequently revisits, becomes somewhat tiresome.
All that said, there are enough passages of philosophical clarity, quite beautifully written, that make the thicket-wrestling well worth the effort. But overall, for myself, I preferred the abridged version; (perhaps I just like to be read to?). As for the few book reviews that round off this collection; it rather feels as if these were added merely to pad out what would otherwise have been an insufficient body of work.
Read this book. It has some very important ideas in it and Cusk could write anything interesting.