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Colm Tóibín - Brooklyn
Az ​1950-es évek Írországában vagyunk, és Eilis Lacey sok fiatal ír lányhoz hasonlóan nem dúskál a lehetőségekben. Ezért amikor nővére elintézi, hogy kivándorolhasson New Yorkba, Eilis tudja, hogy mennie kell, s első ízben kell maga mögött hagynia családját és otthonát. Amikor megérkezik a zsúfolt brooklyni albérletbe, csak arra tud gondolni, mit áldozott fel. Távolra került otthonától és honvágya van. Aztán amikor az első tapogatózó lépéseket teszi a barátság és talán valami más felé is, olyan hírt kap, ami miatt vissza kell térnie Írországba. Ott szörnyű dilemmával néz szembe a kötelesség és a nagy szerelem közti rettenetes választással. Nick Hornby forgatókönyve alapján azonos címmel film készült Eilis történetéből, melyet február 4-től játszanak a magyar mozik.

Colm Tóibín - Nora ​Webster
Nora ​Webster a közelmúltban özvegyült meg. A hirtelen veszteségtől és attól, hogy a gyerekeit egyedül kell fölnevelnie, kicsúszik a lába alól a talaj. Olyan jövővel kell szembenéznie, amelyre egyáltalán nem készült fel. De Norában nagy erő lakozik, csöndes eltökéltség, hogy nem enged mások elvárásainak. A zene, valamint a barátság adománya révén megtanulja, hogyan élhet tovább. Rátalál saját világára, saját akaratára, és sikerül úrrá lennie a gyászán. Az 1955-ben Írországban született Colm Tóibín kilenc regény, köztük a rangos Man Booker-díjra felterjesztett Mária testamentuma, a Blackwater világítótorony, valamint a Costa-díjas Brooklyn szerzője. Két novelláskötete és számos ismeretterjesztő műve is megjelent. Jelenleg Dublinban él.

Colm Tóibín - Mária ​testamentuma
Ismerd ​meg Máriát. Az anyát, akitől elvették a fiát, és elveszejtették. Az asszonyt, aki száműzötten él, aki után olyanok leselkednek, akik szentként őriznék fia emlékét. De ő másképp emlékszik. Miközben a legendák falat emelnek, ő a fejébe veszi, hogy elmondja a világnak az igazságot, amelyhez görcsösen ragaszkodik. Ismerd meg Máriát, aki fölkavaró, bátor monológjában nem szégyelli megmutatni esendő emberségét.

Colm Tóibín - New ​Ways to Kill Your Mother
In ​his essay on the "Notebooks of Tennessee Williams", Colm Toibin reveals an artist 'alone and deeply fearful and unusually selfish' and one profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father or Thomas Mann and his children or J.M. Synge and his mother, Toibin examines a world of family relations, richly comic or savage in its implications. In Roddy Doyle's writing on his parents we see an Ireland reinvented. From the dreams and nightmares of John Cheever's journals Toibin makes flesh this darkly comic misanthrope and his relationship to his wife and his children. 'Educating an intellectual woman', Cheever remarked, 'is like letting a rattlesnake into the house'. In pieces that range from the importance of aunts (and the death of parents) in the English nineteenth-century novel to the relationship between fathers and sons in the writing of James Baldwin and Barack Obama, Colm Toibin illuminates not only the intimate connections between writers and their families but also articulates, with a rare tenderness and wit, the great joy of reading their work.

Colm Tóibín - The ​Blackwater Lightship
It ​is Ireland in the early 1990s. Helen, her mother, Lily, and her grandmother, Dora have come together to tend to Helen's brother, Declan, who is dying of AIDS. With Declan's two friends, the six of them are forced to plumb the shoals of their own histories and to come to terms with each other. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Blackwater Lightship is a deeply resonant story about three generations of an estranged family reuniting to mourn an untimely death. In spare, luminous prose, Colm Tóibín explores the nature of love and the complex emotions inside a family at war with itself. Hailed as "a genuine work of art" (Chicago Tribune), this is a novel about the capacity of stories to heal the deepest wounds.

Colm Tóibín - Brooklyn ​(olasz)
Non ​è facile trovare lavoro a Enniscorthy, una cittadina nel sudest dell'lrlanda. I primi anni cinquanta sembrano seminare solo insoddisfazione e nostalgia per un benessere che non c'è, neppure all'orizzonte. La giovane Eilis Lacey, prigioniera del confronto quotidiano con la madre e la sorella Rose, non vede davanti a sé alcuna prospettiva, finché l'imprevedibile visita di un prete emigrato, padre Flood, le fa scorgere l'opportunità di una vita diversa, al di là dell'oceano, a New York. E sarà proprio a Brooklyn che Eilis riuscirà a trasformare il passato in un futuro libero e propizio. E l'incontro con Tony, un ragazzo da amare, farà del sogno una reale possibilità che cambierà la sua vita, forse, per sempre. Colm Tóibín racconta una storia d'amore fatta di passioni e cadute; e la vertigine di Eilis, nella scelta fatale tra senso del dovere, appartenenza alla famiglia e desiderio di libertà, in quella linea d'ombra tra l'adolescenza e l'età adulta.

Colm Tóibín - The ​Master
In _The ​Master_, Colm Tóibín captures the exquisite anguish of a man who circulated in the grand parlours and palazzos of Europe, who was astonishingly vibrant and alive in his art, and yet whose attempts at intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. It is a powerful account of the hazards of putting the life of the mind before affairs of the heart.

Colm Tóibín - Nora ​Webster (angol)
Set ​in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín’s superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven—herself.

Colm Tóibín - Mothers ​and Sons
Mothers ​and Sons is a sensitive and beautifully written meditation on the dramas surrounding this most elemental of relationships. Psychologically intricate and emotionally incisive, each finely wrought story teases out the delicate and difficult strands woven between mothers and sons. This is an acute, masterful and moving collection that confirms Tóibín as a great prose stylist of our time.

Colm Tóibín - House ​of Names
From ​the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra - spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling - and her children. “I have been acquainted with the smell of death.” So begins Clytemnestra’s tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war. Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions: how her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would make the winds blow in his favor and take him to Troy; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus, who shared her bed in the dark and could kill; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayal—his quest for victory, greater than his love for his child. In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra’s thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth’s most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. Told in fours parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes’ story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother’s lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands.

Colm Tóibín - The ​Empty Family
On ​the heels of his bestselling and award-winning novel Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín returns with a stunning collection of stories—now available in paperback—“a book that’s both a perfect introduction to Tóibín and, for longtime fans, a bracing pleasure” ( The Seattle Times ). Critics praised Brooklyn as a “beautifully rendered portrait of Brooklyn and provincial Ireland in the 1950s.” In The Empty Family, Tóibín has extended his imagination further, offering an incredible range of periods and characters—people linked by love, loneliness, desire—“the unvarying dilemmas of the human heart” ( The Observer, UK).

Colm Tóibín - The ​Testament of Mary
Colm ​Tóibín's The Testament of Mary is a short, powerful novel about one of the most famous mothers in history. From the author of Brooklyn, in a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change. As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.

Colm Tóibín - A ​blackwateri világítóhajó
A ​Brooklyn és a Nora Webster szerzőjétől Írország, az 1990-es évek eleje. Három nő - Dora Devereux, a lánya, Lily és az unokája, Helen - sokéves viszálykodás után törékeny békét köt. Helen imádott öccse, Declan ugyanis haldoklik, és a három nő a nagymama roskatag tengerparti házában találkozik vele meg két barátjával. Ez a különböző korú és különböző gondolkodású hat ember kénytelen meghallgatni és elviselni egymást. "Kiskoromban, amikor feküdtem az ágyban, úgy hittem, hogy a Tuskar egy férfi, a blackwateri világítóhajó pedig egy nő, és mindketten jeleket küldenek egymásnak meg más világítótornyoknak, mintha nászidőszak lenne. A férfi energikus volt és erős, a nő gyengébb, de állhatatosabb, és néha már a sötétség beállta előtt világítani kezdett. És azt gondoltam, hívják egymást; nagyon megnyugtató volt, hogy a férfi erős, a nő pedig hűséges."

Colm Tóibín - Brooklyn ​(német)
Colm ​Tóibíns zarter Romanjetzt in der bezaubernden Verfilmung BROOKLYN Eine Liebe zwischen zwei Welten Die junge Irin Eilis wandert um 1950 aus, um in Brooklyn Arbeit zu finden. Die Anpassung fällt schwer, das Heimweh ist groß - bis sie Tony begegnet. Eine tragische Nachricht ruft sie zu ihrer Mutter nach Irland zurück. In der vertraut-fremden Heimat trifft sie Jim wieder. Eilis muss sich eintscheiden...

Colm Tóibín - Brooklyn ​(angol)
It ​is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady’s intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation. Slowly, however, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life — until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy, not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn. In the quiet character of Eilis Lacey, Colm Tóibín has created one of fiction’s most memorable heroines and in Brooklyn, a luminous novel of devastating power. Tóibín demonstrates once again his astonishing range and that he is a true master of nuanced prose, emotional depth, and narrative virtuosity.

Colm Tóibín - The ​Story of the Night
From ​the award-winning author of Brooklyn and The Master, a powerful, brave, and moving novel set in Argentina. In Argentina, in the time of the Generals, the streets are empty at night, and people have trained themselves not to see. Richard Garay lives with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and from society. Stifled by his job, Richard is willing to take chances, both sexually and professionally. But Argentina is changing, and as his country edges toward peace, Richard tentatively begins a love affair. The result is a powerful, brave, and poignant novel of sex, death, and the diffculties of connecting one's inner life with the outside world.

Colm Tóibín - Homage ​to Barcelona
This ​book celebrates one of Europe's greatest cities a cosmopolitan hub of vibrant architecture, art, culture and nightlife. It moves from the story of the city's founding and its huge expansion in the nineteenth century to the lives of Gaudi, Miro, Picasso, Casals and Dali. It also explores the history of Catalan nationalism, the tragedy of the Civil War, the Franco years and the transition from dictatorship to democracy which Colm Toibin witnessed in the 1970s. Written with deep knowledge and affection, Homage to Barcelona is a sensuous and beguiling portrait of a unique Mediterranean port and an adopted home. 'Toibin has the narrative poise of Brian Moore and the patient eye for domestic detail of John McGahern, but he is very much his own man' Observer 'Having lived in Barcelona off and on since the 70s, Toibin knows all the fascinations of its sensuous Mediterranean history and lifestyle and "the most precious jewels in the city's treasury of bars" ...Toibin is the perfect guide' Chicago Tribune

Colm Tóibín - The ​South
In ​1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland and her family for Barcelona, determined to become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and proceeds to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish émigré to Spain, forces her to re-examine all her relationships: to her lover, her art and the homeland she only thought she knew.

Colm Tóibín - The ​Heather Blazing
The ​sea is slowly eating into the land and the hill with the old watchtower has completely disappeared. The nearest house has crumbled and fallen into the sea. It is Ireland in the late twentieth century. Eamon Redmond is a judge in the Irish High Court. Obsessed all his life by the letter and spirit of the law, he is just beginning to discover how painfully unconnected he is from other human beings. With effortless fluency, Colm Tóibín reconstructs the history of Eamon's relationships—with his father, his first "girl," his wife, and the children who barely know him. He gives us a family as minutely realized as any of John McGahern's, and he writes about Eamon's affection for the landscape of his childhood on the east coast of Ireland with such skill that the land itself becomes a character. The result is a novel that ensnares us with its emotional intensity and dazzles with its crystalline prose. In The Heather Blazing, Colm Tóibín displays once again the gifts that illuminated The South, a book described by Don DeLillo as "a grand achievement," and by John Banville as "a daring imaginative feat...a splendid first novel."

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