Dienstag, 9. September 2014

Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 - Shortlist

Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 (1)

Heute wurde die Shotlist des Booker Preises veröffentlicht. Am 14. Oktober wird der Gewinner feststehen

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

Erscheint am 29. September 2014 auf deutsch
Ein Leben außer Kontrolle.

Paul O’Rourke ist Zahnarzt mit einer gutgehenden Praxis an der Park Avenue in Manhattan. Er liebt das Leben, auch wenn er vielleicht nicht besonders viel damit anzufangen weiß. Doch dann tritt plötzlich ein Fremder im Internet unter O’Rourkes Namen und Beruf auf und bedroht fundamental dessen Identität – nicht nur in den virtuellen Tiefen des Internets, sondern auch im ganz realen Leben.

Paul O’Rourke ist ein Mann voller Widersprüche: Er verachtet die Welt der sozialen Medien, ist aber abhängig von seinem iPhone, er ist ein Zahnarzt, der heimlich raucht, ein glühender Fan des Baseballteams der Red Sox, der es nicht ertragen kann, wenn sie gewinnen, und er ist ein Atheist, der Gott nicht ganz aufgeben will. Kurz, der Zahnarzt mit gutgehender Praxis an der Park Avenue in Manhattan liebt zwar das Leben, weiß aber nichts Rechtes damit anzufangen.

Als Paul eines Tages feststellt, dass jemand in seinem Namen eine Website, eine Facebook-Seite und einen Twitter-Account eingerichtet hat, verfolgt er mit ohnmächtigem Entsetzen die Entwicklung seines virtuellen Alter Ego. Bald geht es nicht mehr nur um die Verletzung seiner Privatsphäre, sondern um etwas viel Beunruhigenderes: Jemand hat seine Identität gestohlen, und dieser »Online-Paul« beginnt ein Eigenleben zu führen – manchen ist er sogar sympathischer als der echte. Fieberhaft versucht Paul herauszufinden, was der Grund für dieses böse Spiel sein und wer dahinterstecken könnte. Er vernachlässigt dabei nicht nur seine Zahnarztpraxis, sondern gerät immer tiefer in die Abgründe einer digitalen Welt, die zunehmend sein reales Leben und Ich zu dominieren droht.

In seinem vielbeachteten Roman »Ins Freie« hat Joshua Ferris das Schicksal eines Mannes beschrieben, der die Kontrolle über sein Leben verliert, weil eine unbeherrschbare Zwangsstörung Besitz von ihm ergreift. In »Mein fremdes Leben« variiert Ferris dieses Thema auf eine noch verstörendere, noch brisantere Weise, indem er zeigt, wie wenig es in unserer modernen Welt bedarf, um unsere gesamte Existenz, unsere ureigenste Identität anzugreifen und in Frage zu stellen.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a love story unfolding over half a century between a doctor and his uncle’s wife.
Taking its title from one of the most famous books in Japanese literature, written by the great haiku poet Basho, Flanagan’s novel has as its heart one of the most infamous episodes of Japanese history, the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War II.
In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.


 

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

As a child, Rosemary used to talk all the time. So much so that her parents used to tell her to start in the middle if she wanted to tell a story. Now Rosemary has just started college and she barely talks at all. And she definitely doesn’t talk about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. But there's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. So now she's telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.

 

 

J - Howard Jacobson

Set in the future, a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying.
Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn’t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a world starting with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place to be asking questions.
Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about who she was or where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn’t ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren’t sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they’ve been pushed into each other’s arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?
Hanging over the lives of all the characters in this novel is a momentous catastrophe – a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened.


The Lives of Others - Neel Mukherjee

Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note…
The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. More than poisonous rivalries among sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business, this is a family unravelling as the society around it fractures. For this is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: the chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider.






How to be both – Aly Smith

How to be Both is a novel all about art's versatility.  Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions.  There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s.  There's the child of a child of the 1960s.  Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.

 

 

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