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Peter Conradi könyvei a rukkolán


Mark Logue - Peter Conradi - A ​király beszéde
A ​20. század első évtizedeiben valaki megmentette a brit királyi családot – nem a miniszterelnök és nem is a canterburyi érsek, hanem egy Lionel Logue nevű, szinte ismeretlen, autodidakta beszédtanár, akit a harmincas években az egyik újság elhíresült cikke úgy nevezett, hogy „a sarlatán, aki megmentett egy királyt”. Logue nem született brit arisztokratának, de még csak angolnak sem – tősgyökeres ausztrál közember volt. Mégis ennek a barátságos társasági embernek sikerült minden külső segítség nélkül az egyik legnagyszerűbb brit királyt faragnia az ideges, kevés beszédű yorki hercegből, miután annak fivére, VIII. Edward 1936-ban leköszönt a trónról, mert beleszeretett Mrs. Simpsonba. Lionel Logue és a leendő VI. György király nem mindennapi kapcsolatának mindeddig ismeretlen történetét Logue unokája írta meg, kizárólag nagyapja, Lionel naplójegyzetei és archív dokumentumok alapján. Rendkívüli megvilágításban tárul elénk a két férfi meghitt barátsága és az a kulcsszerep, melyet a király felesége, a néhai anyakirálynő, Erzsébet királyné játszott kettejük összeboronálásában, aminek az volt a célja, hogy megmentse férje hírnevét és trónját. A király beszéde – Hogyan mentette meg egyetlen ember a brit monarchiát megdöbbentő bepillantást enged egy privát világba. Soha ilyen személyes képet nem rajzoltak még a brit monarchiáról – annak legmélyebb válsága idején – egy ausztrál közember szemszögéből nézve, aki büszke volt rá, hogy szolgálhatja – és megmentheti – királyát.

Mark Logue - Peter Conradi - The ​King's Speech
One ​man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century - amazingly he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed 'The Quack who saved a King'. Logue wasn't a British aristocrat or even an Englishman - he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied, Duke of York into the man who was capable of becoming King. Had Logue not saved Bertie (as the man who was to become King George VI was always known) from his debilitating stammer, and pathological nervousness in front of a crowd or microphone, then it is almost certain that the House of Windsor would have collapsed. The King's Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue's unpublished personal diaries. They throw extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men - and the vital role the King's wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husband's reputation and his career as King. The King's Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at a time of its greatest crisis, seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.

Peter Conradi - Iris ​Murdoch: A Life
A ​full and revealing biography of one of the century’s greatest English writers and an icon to a generation. Dame Iris Murdoch has played a major role in English life and letter for nearly half a century. As A.S.Byatt notes, she is ‘absolutely central to our culture’. As a novelist, as a thinker, and as a private individual, her life has significance for our age. There is a recognisable Murdoch world, and the adjective ‘Murdochian’ has entered the language to describe situations where a small group of people interract intricately and strangely. Her story is as emotionally fascinating as that of Virginia Woolf, but far less well known; hers has been an adventurous, highly eventful life, a life of phenomenal emotional and intellectual pressures, and her books portray a real world which is if anything toned down as well as mythicised. For Iris’s formative years, astonishingly, movingly and intimately documented by Conradi’s meticulous research, were spent among the leading European and British intellectuals who fought and endured World War II, and her life like her books, was full of the most extraordinary passions and profound relationships with some of the most inspiring and influential thinkers, artists, writers and poets of that turbulent time and after. Peter Conradi was very close to both Iris Murdoch and John Bayley, Iris’s husband, whose memoir of their life together has itself been the subject of an enormous amount of attention and acclaim. This will be an extraordinarily full biography, for there are vast resources in diaries and papers and friends’ recollections, and while it is a superlative biography it is also a superb history of a generation who have profoundly influenced our world today.

Peter Conradi - The ​Saint and the Artist
Iris ​Murdoch, who died in 1999, was the author of 26 novels, including "The Bell", "A Fairly Honourable Defeat", "The Black Prince" and the Booker Prize-winning "The Sea, The Sea". In "The Saint and the Artist", this critical examination of Murdoch's work by a British critic, Peter Conradi, who knew her well, traces the way in which the zest and buoyant high spirits of her early novels gave way to a more deeply and darkly comic achievement in the novels of the 1970s, and in some from the last period. He suggests how her own life, wonderfully transmuted into high art, provided the raw material for her novels, and argues that they should be read as serious entertainments and as important fictions in the Anglo-Russian tradition, and not as disguised philosophy.

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