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A Guardian, New Statesman, Spectator and Observer Book of the Year
**Shortlisted for the Goldsmith's Prize**
'A work of stunning beauty, deep insight and great originality.' Monica Ali, New York Times
'Tremendous from its opening sentence.' Tessa Hadley, Guardian
'A work of cut-glass brilliance.' Financial Times
In the wake of her family's collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions - personal, moral, artistic, and practical - as she endeavours to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city, she is made to confront aspects of living that she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.
Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed novel Outline, and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility and the mystery of change.
'[Transit] confirms that one of the most fascinating projects in contemporary fiction is unfolding in Rachel Cusk's trilogy.' Adam Foulds
Description du produit
Revue de presse
"Rachel Cusk’s new novel is tremendous from its opening sentence … Cusk is always an exciting writer: striking and challenging, with a distinctive cool prose voice, and behind that coolness something untamed and full of raw force, even rash ... Transit steers with stylishness and grace between the low-lying truths and the significant dramas we compose for ourselves out of the accidents which befall us. Offering no hostages to convention, it’s somehow page-turningly enthralling and charged with the power to move." (Tessa Hadley Guardian)
"Her writing, for all its laconic, pared-back grace, is rich in detail… Cusk is now working on a level that makes it very surprising she has not yet won a major literary prize. Her technical originality is equalled by the compelling nature of her subject matter, and Transit is a very fine novel indeed." (Helen Dunmore Observer)
"Transfixing…There’s a constant sense of Ms. Cusk’s mind whirling, as if she were forever, in the background, performing an internal disk check. Transit is fat with substance, as August Wilson once said he wanted his plays to be. There’s a lot of humor in its talk." (Dwight Garner New York Times)
"In her effort to expose the illusions of both fiction and life, [Rachel Cusk] may have discovered the most genuine way to write a novel today." (Atlantic)
"I was also dazzled by Rachel Cusk’s Transit… Cusk has perfected the brilliant, dark humour possible with a narrator apparently oblivious to the comedy of the scenes she’s describing." (Lara Feigel Observer, Book of the Year)
"Superb. This second volume confirms that one of the most fascinating projects in contemporary fiction is unfolding in Rachel Cusk's trilogy. Like Outline, Transit is written with a disarming, deceptive simplicity that belies its psychological insight. The effect is like looking down into clear sea water and slowly realising that you can see to dizzying depths." (Adam Foulds)
"[Transit is] gruesomely funny… Strange, frightening and brilliant." (Claire Allfree Daily Mail)
"It is delightfully fun to read. Cusk knows how to write a great novel, and this one satisfies on many levels… She is producing work that is beautifully refined." (Melissa Katsoulis The Times)
"Brave and uncompromising in its literary ambition, Transit is a work of cut-glass brilliance that quietly insists on the reader’s thoughtful attention. One beautifully crafted sentence follows another." (Rebecca Abrams Financial Times)
"Rachel Cusk is too smart for her own good and that’s great for her readers. She seems to have X-ray eyes and writes as if she alone can see AND enjoy the horror and sadness underneath all human relationships. Each one of her words stings like a needle prick." (John Waters)
"Fascinating and tender and wise; I got to the end much sooner than I would have liked. It’s poignant without trying to be – observant of the small ways pain is meted out without being judgemental or declamatory. And perhaps what I liked most, what kept me reading, is the way the narrator felt very present – I don't say character because Faye doesn’t feel like a character, and that's a good thing, a very good thing." (Claire-Louise Bennett)
"Faye, ever the perceptive spectator, asks questions and listens to the answers coolly, never sympathetic, only pitilessly, brittly observant. And while Cusk, creatively alive again, remains a writer who does not ask to be liked, she does demand to be admired." (Katie Law Evening Standard)
"Told in cool, crisp prose, these mesmerizing micro-stories put everyday emotions under intense intellectual scrutiny." (Anthony Cummins Metro)
"[It] is as exquisitely self-withholding as its predecessor." (Francis Spufford New Statesman, Book of the Year) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition kindle_edition.
Un mot de l'auteur
Née en 1967 au Canada de parents anglais, Rachel Cusk vit en Angleterre depuis 1974. Son premier roman, Saving Agnes, paru en 1993, a remporté le prix Whitbread tandis que Egypt Farm lui a valu de figurer parmi les finalistes du Booker Prize en 2005. Féministe revendiquée, elle crée la polémique en 2001 en publiant un essai sur la maternité, A Life's Work : On Becoming a Mother. En France, les éditions de l'Olivier publient son œuvre depuis 2007 et le succès d'Arlington Park ( 75 000 exemplaires vendus).
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B07B44QLFV
- Éditeur : Faber & Faber (1 mai 2018)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 412 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
- Confort de lecture : Activé
- X-Ray : Non activée
- Word Wise : Activé
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 276 pages
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For me this is an extraordinary literary experiment, and one that *works*. Innovative technique combines with a ravishing readability, prose which is pellucid and precise, which must be the result of editing and rewriting but which bears no visible weight of revision.
I'm excited to read the third volume.