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Sebastian Faulks - Ásó, kapa, Jeeves
"Ezt a könyvet P.G. Wodehouse előtti tisztelgésnek szánom, azok nevében is, akik szerint a művem nincs kínosan a szint alatt. Köszönöm neki a sok örömet, amit ez a munka adott. Csaknem fél évszázada vagyok lelkes olvasója a műveinek. Nem vagyok a Wodehouse-izmus mindentudó zsenije. Csupán egy rajongó. Az öreg rókáknak ugyanakkor csak annyit mondhatok: igen, felfogtam, mibe másztam bele, és igen, pont olyan nehéz volt, mint vártam. Wodehouse prózája csodálatos; épp ez vele a bökkenő. Nem akartam túlságosan utánozni ezt az egyedi muzsikát, mert féltem, hogy túl szürke vagy túl hamis lesz. Ezért inkább arra törekedtem, hogy azok, akik még sosem olvastak Jeeves könyveket, ízelítőt kapjanak abból, mit hagytak ki. Azokban pedig, akik már ismerik Wodehouse-t, megpróbáltam nosztalgikus érzéseket kiváltani. Az igazi művek emléke legyen a dallam, ez a mű pedig egy egy kis dallamfoszlány."
Sebastian Faulks - Az ördög táncba visz
James Bond visszatért. És veszélyesebb, mint valaha... Az ördög táncba visz tisztelgés a James Bond történetek kitalálója, a száz éve született Ian Fleming öröksége előtt, egyúttal újabb izgalmas fejezet a világ legismertebb és legnépszerűbb kémjének nem mindennapi életéből. Sebastian Faulks ott folytatja, ahol Fleming abbahagyta: a hidegháború csúcspontján. Nyaktörő tempójú és szinte elviselhetetlen feszültségű regénye nem csupán Fleming regényeinek lényegét ragadja meg, de olyan veszélyeknek teszi ki hősét, amelyek modern világunkban talán minden korábbinál valóságosabbak. A 007-es köztünk jár...
Sebastian Faulks - Paris Echo
‘Faulks is beyond doubt a master’ Financial Times Here is Paris as you have never seen it before – a city in which every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged past, the shadows of Vichy and Algeria. American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women who were present under the German Occupation; in her desire to understand their lives and through them her own, she finds a city bursting with clues and connections. Out in the migrant suburbs, Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. For him in his innocence each boulevard, Métro station and street corner is a source of surprise. In this urgent and deeply moving novel, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity. With great originality and a dark humour, Paris Echo asks how much we really need to know if we are to live a valuable life. ‘Faulks captures the voice of a century’ Sunday Times ‘The most impressive novelist of his generation’ Sunday Telegraph
Sebastian Faulks - Charlotte Gray
Charlotte Gray Set during the Second World War, this was the last of Faulks’s French trilogy, following The Girl at the Lion d’Or and Birdsong. It is the most inward-looking of the three books, dealing with themes of memory and loss. The main character’s search for her missing lover in occupied France is set against an uncompromising portrayal of French political life under the German occupation, including French co-operation in the deportation of Jews to Auschwitz. Despite its harrowing subject matter, it has proved one of Faulks’s most popular novels, remains his best seller in hardback and has sold more than a million copies overall in the United Kingdom. Charlotte Gray is the daughter of Captain Gray, Stephen Wraysford’s commanding officer in Birdsong. In her early twenties, she leaves Scotland to come to London, where she wants to help the Allied war effort. She is a highly principled, somewhat reserved character and is not immediately at home in the rackety life of the war-time capital. While working as a doctor’s assistant, Charlotte meets and falls in love with an English RAF pilot, Peter Gregory, whose carefree approach to life and death contrasts with her own deeply considered attitudes. Her command of French and her apparent self-discipline lead her to be recruited by ‘G’ Section, an undercover organisation that is clearly based on the real-life Special Operations Executive (SOE). When Gregory goes missing over France, Charlotte persuades herself that she can combine her proposed work for G Section with an unofficial search for her lover, and she is dropped by parachute over central western France, ending up in a village called Lavaurette. As a cover, she takes a job working as a maid for an elderly painter called Levade, a former libertine, now a thoughtful and religious man. His long conversations with the much younger Charlotte about art, love and death form the thematic heart of the book. Levade’s son, Julien, is an architect and also leader of the local resistance group. Charlotte keeps her true identity – and her true self – hidden from Julien. Her increasingly forlorn hope that Peter Gregory has survived becomes equated in her mind with a desire to keep alive the spirit of France as she has known it – exemplified by the Resistance. Her hope for one depends on her belief in the other. But Levade is Jewish, and Julien half Jewish. In a frightening scene, officials of the Vichy government interview the deeply francophile Levade in his old house and have him deported to the holding camp at Drancy, near Paris, and thence to Auschwitz to fulfil a ‘quota’ of Jews. Julien goes into hiding, and Charlotte, in a desperate move, goes to Paris to try to rescue two local Jewish boys, André and Jacob. By risking her life in this way, she feels she has proved her devotion to France and to the possibility of its resuming its previous life after the War. Some readers found the scenes in Drancy and then at Auschwitz, described through the eyes of the boys, almost impossible to read. But Charlotte herself grows in power and understanding; she leaves behind the reserved girl of the opening chapters as for the first time she is able to bring the full force of her considerable character to bear on events. She is finally reunited with her lover, though, characteristically, there is no happy ending, as the book closes on a diminishing chord in which the entrance of an English church during a wedding recalls the final doorway seen by André and Jacob. At times in the central section in Lavaurette, the book seems to have bitten off more than it can digest philosophically; but the narrative is driven on by Faulks’s searching exploration of Charlotte’s inner landscape (culminating in a confessional ‘recovered memory’ scene with her father) and by his cold-eyed and, for its time, ground-breaking account of French co-operation in the Holocaust. Levade’s letters to Julien as he faces deportation and death in Auschwitz have become well known. Above all, the novel offers, in the person of Charlotte, a tribute to the power of human character under circumstances of extreme duresse.
Sebastian Faulks - Pistache
The word pistache (pis-tash) means a friendly spoof or parody of another's work. [Derivation uncertain, possibly a cross between pastiche and p**stake.] From Thomas Hardy's football report to Dan Brown's visit to the cash dispenser, the work of the great and the not-so-great is here sent up with little hope of coming down. Most of these pieces began their life on Radio Four's "The Write Stuff", but have been retooled for the printed page. Others, such as Martin Amis' first day at Hogwarts, have been written specially for this collection. Philip Larkin's "Lines in Celebration of the Queen Mother's 115th Birthday", first banned, then cut by the BBC, appears in its entirety for the first time. This is not a book for the faint-hearted or the downstairs lavatory. It is a book for the bedside table of someone you cannot live without.
Sebastian Faulks - Devil May Care
Bond is back. With a vengeance. M has summoned agent 007 to London. It's the swinging Sixties and a flood of narcotics is pouring into Britain. Sinister industrialist Dr Julius Gorner is identified as the source and James Bond is dispatched to investigate. The trail takes Bond to Paris and then Persia, where the beautiful and enigmatic twins Scarlett and Poppy lead him to Gorner's secret desert headquarters. Here, Bond uncovers Gorner's cold-blooded plans for world domination. Only by playing Gorner's twisted game can Bond stop him . . .
Sebastian Faulks - On Green Dolphin Street
Fans will recognise Sebastian Faulks' focus on characterisation, historical context and the emotional power of his narrative in his new novel, "On Green Dolphin Street". Yet, in tone and setting, the story of one woman's attempt to face down death in the Cold War years marks a new departure for this bestselling novelist. It's 1959 and the presidential battle between Kennedy and Nixon is heating up. Just as the country stands between two men so does Mary van der Linden, the wife of a British embassy employee in Washington and lover of political newspaper reporter Frank Renzo. All three are damaged by their experiences of war; death and decay are everywhere: through the men's memory of war, Mary's dying mother, van der Linden's declining health and the readers' knowledge that in only a few short years Kennedy will be dead and Nixon disgraced. Previously, Faulks has described in bloody detail the horrors of the trenches and the brutality of the battlefield. Here he comments on the hollowness and politics of war and the human cost. With the personal mirroring the political so closely, the inevitability of the doomed love affair at the centre of the novel hardly inspires one to great heights of empathy. Consequently, the characters' fervour often falls flat: "He raked his fingers through her hair, down to the skull, as his body filled hers. All the way, he thought, I will go all the way, till I find her; and with her head between his hands he too let out a cry, because he felt pity for her soul." Faulks, whose previous novels have included bestsellers and has the capacity to sweep his readers up in his historical sagas and excels in his unflinching treatment of war. Unfortunately, the switch here from the battlefield to the political arena is not as compelling and, considering he is writing about one of the most exhilarating periods in US history and its most exciting city--New York.
Sebastian Faulks - Engleby
Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a ‘traditional’ school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power. One of his contemporaries unaccountably disappears, and as we follow Engleby’s career, which brings us up to the present day, the reader has to ask: is Engleby capable of telling the whole truth? Engleby can be read as a lament for a generation and the country it failed. It is also a poignant account of the frailty of human consciousness. Sebastian Faulks’s new novel is a bolt from the blue, unlike anything he has written before: contemporary, demotic, heart-wrenching – and funny, in the deepest shade of black.
Sebastian Faulks - Birdsong
In 1910 a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, goes to Picardy, France, to learn the textile business. While there he plunges into a love affair with the young wife of his host, a passion so imperative and consuming that it changes him forever. Several years later, with the outbreak of World War I, he finds himself again in the fields of Picardy, this time as a soldier on the Western Front. A strange, occasionally bitter man, Stephen is possessed of an inexplicable will to survive. He struggles through the hideously bloody battles of the Marne, Verdun, and the Somme (in the last named, thirty thousand British soldiers were killed in the first half hour alone), camps for weeks at a time in the verminous trenches, and hunkers in underground tunnels as he watches many of the companions he has grown to love perish. In spite of everything, Stephen manages to find hope and meaning in the blasted world he inhabits. Sixty years after war's end, his granddaughter discovers, and keeps, Stephen's promise to a dying man. Sebastian Faulks brings the anguish of love and war to vivid life, and leaves the reader's mind pulsating with images that are graphic and unforgettable.
Sebastian Faulks - Where My Heart Used to Beat
On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks – an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer – is forced to confront the events that made up his life. His host is Alexander Pereira, a man who seems to know more about his guest than Hendricks himself does. The search for the past takes us through the war in Italy in 1944, a passionate love that seems to hold out hope, the great days of idealistic work in the 1960s and finally – unforgettably – back into the trenches of the Western Front. This moving novel casts a long, baleful light over the century we have left behind but may never fully understand. Daring, ambitious and in the end profoundly moving, this is Faulks’s most remarkable book yet.
Sebastian Faulks - A Possible Life
Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire. Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father is too ashamed to acknowledge his son. A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull. Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection - some key to understanding what makes us the people we become. Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks's dazzling novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. From the pain and drama of these highly particular lives emerges a mysterious consolation: the chance to feel your heart beat in someone else's life
Sebastian Faulks - A Fool's Alphabet
Faulks’s third novel. The title derives from the old Cockney phonetic joke: A for ’Orses, B for Mutton, C for Yerself, and so on. Each of its 26 chapters is set in a different place; the name of each place begins with a different letter of the alphabet. The structure of the novel is thus not one of linear time, but the apparently random one of alphabetical order. The main character, Pietro, is English with an Italian mother. He works as a photographer, and there is a snapshot quality to some of the chapters and place descriptions. The dislocation of time and the alphabetic imperative mean that we see him traumatically parting from his lover before we see them meet. ‘I liked the idea of fate that this seemed to bring to their early friendship,’ Faulks said. ‘I also liked it that I was able to resurrect people. Someone who dies in chapter four is healthy and well in chapter 12. I believed this said something about the way we experience time.’ The novel explores, through Pietro’s life, the question of whether places on earth have a character of their own or whether they are simply given such character by the human events that take place there. ‘I had always been struck by the fact the Somme was once just a river and Hiroshima a busy port before they acquired their awful resonance,’ said Faulks. At a more speculative level, the novel tries to inquire whether the identity of a place is somehow also connected to its name, taking up Proust’s distinction between ‘Place Names: the Place’ and ‘Place Names: the Name’. Beneath the schematic surface, however, some of the same concerns are visible as in Faulks’s previous work. The First World War, evoked from the French side in The Girl at the Lion d’Or, is here seen in the first days of the British at Mons, through the eyes of Pietro’s grandfather. The first chapter, set in Anzio, sees Pietro’s father at war in Italy. Pietro’s journey towards love and a sense of belonging is constrained by the shape of war-torn twentieth century Europe. The book ends with the moment of Pietro’s conception.
Sebastian Faulks - Madárdal
Egy nagy háború... és egy nagy szerelem története. Seabastian Faulks 1993-as regénye a legnagyobb első világháborús könyvsiker a _Nyugaton a helyzet változatlan_ óta: a BBC közel egymillió szavazós Nagy Könyv versenyén a tizenharmadik helyen végzett, közvetlenül az _Üvöltő szelek_ mögött, megelőzve a _Zabhegyező_-t és _A hobbit_-ot. 2012-ben nagy sikerű BBC-film is készült belőle, és - ha a kényes ízlésű Faulks zöld utat ad a projektnek, ami egyelőre még nem biztos - jön majd a hollywoody film is az új _Majmok bolygójá_-t jegyző Rupert Wyatt rendezésében. A _Madárdal_ főhőse Stephen Wraysford, az ő életének legfontosabb állomásait követi nyomon a három idősíkon futó regény. Először Pikárdiában találkozunk vele, 1910-ben - épp egy helybéli gyárosnál vendégeskedik, hogy kitanulja a textilkereskedelem mesterségét. Itt beleszeret szállásadójának feleségébe, és ez a szerelem visszavonhatatlanul megváltoztatja az életét. Az első világháború idején Stephent ismét Pikárdiába veti a sors, ezúttal a Nyugati Fronton harcoló katonaként. Később, a hetvenes évek végén unokája, Elizabeth rábukkan a fronton titkos írással írt naplóira, és a fejébe veszi, hogy utánajár a nagyapa rejtélyes múltjának... A _Madárdal_ egyedülállóan mai mű az első világháború tekintélyes méretű irodalmában. Igazi háborús nagyregény, amely azonban szakít az elődök által követett hősies-szentimentális hagyománnyal, és a második világháború után felnőtt írógeneráció tudásával olyan határtapasztalatként láttatja a háborút, amely jóvátehetetlenül szétroncsolja a normalitásba vetett hitünk alapjait.
Sebastian Faulks - The Girl at the Lion d'Or
On a rainy night in the 1930s, Anne Louvet appears at the run-down Hotel du Lion d'Or in the village of Janvilliers. She is seeking a job and a new life, one far removed from the awful injustices of her past. As Anne embarks on a torrential love affair with a married veteran of the Great War, The Girl at the Lion d'Or fashions an unbreakable spell of narrative and atmosphere that evokes French masters from Flaubert to Renoir.
Sebastian Faulks - A Week In December
London, the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on skunk and reality TV; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop.With daring skill, the novel pieces together the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life. Greed, the dehumanising effects of the electronic age and the fragmentation of society are some of the themes dealt with in this savagely humorous book. The writing on the wall appears in letters ten feet high, but the characters refuse to see it – and party on as though tomorrow is a dream.Sebastian Faulks probes not only the self-deceptions of this intensely realised group of people, but their hopes and loves as well. As the novel moves to its gripping climax, they are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they inhabit.
Sebastian Faulks - Human Traces
Sixteen year olds, Jacques Rebiere and Thomas Midwinter, come from different countries and contrasting families, yet they are united by an ambition to understand how the mind works in sickness and in health and whether madness is the price we pay for being what we are. As psychiatrists, their quest takes them from the squalor of the Victorian lunatic asylum to the crowded lecture halls of the great Professor Charcot in Paris; from the heights of the Sierra Madre in California to the plains of unexplored Africa. Their search is made urgent by the case of Jacques's brother Olivier, for whose severe illness no name has yet been found. Thomas's sister Sonia becomes the pivotal figure in the volatile relationship between the two men, which threatens to explode with the arrival in their Austrian sanatorium of an enigmatic patient, Fraulein Katharina von A, whose illness epitomises all that divides them.
Sebastian Faulks - Emberi nyomok
A tizenkilencedik század utolsó harmadában, a klinikai elmegyógyászat és a pszichiátria forradalmi napjaiban egy angol és egy francia fiatalember életre szóló barátságot köt, hogy közös munkájukat az emberi elme titkainak szenteljék. Álmuk, hogy önálló klinikát alapítsanak, melyet egyaránt szentelhetnek a gyógyításnak és a tudományos kutatásnak. Kérdéseik azonban túlmutatnak az elmebetegségek kórtanán, és végső soron az emberi létezés gyökereire irányulnak: mi az, ami valójában emberré tesz bennünket, és vajon az elmebetegség milyen szerepet tölt be az emberi természetben?
Sebastian Faulks - Sohase mondd...
Whisky, cigaretta, sok veszett nő... Házasságtörés, vérpezsdítő jazz, whisky, bodrozódó cigarettafüst, lélegzetelállító románc, egymásnak feszülő vágyak. Mary van der Linden angol diplomatafeleség élete a családja meg a partik körül forog, és teljesen hidegen hagyják a világban körülötte zajló események. Amikor gyerekeit bentlakásos iskolába küldi, még üresebb lesz az élete, s szinte törvényszerű, hogy a világ dolgai iránt igencsak érdeklődő amerikai újságíró, Frank karjába sodródik. És az eddig gondtalan életre rávetül a hatvanas évek hidegháborús politikájának árnyéka.
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