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Pat Barker - Another ​World
Plagued ​by nightmarish memories of the trenches where he saw his brother die, Nick's grandfather Gordie lays dying as Nick struggles to keep the peace in his increasingly fractious home. As Nick's suburban family loses control over their world, Nick begins to learn his grandfather's buried secrets and comes to understand the power of old wounds to leak into the present. As a study of the power of memory and loss, _Another World_ conveys with extraordinary intensity the ways in which the violent past returns to haunt and distort the present.

Pat Barker - The ​Eye in the Door
The ​Eye in the Door is the second novel in Pat Barker's classic Regeneration trilogy. Winner of the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize. London, 1918. Billy Prior is working for Intelligence in the Ministry of Munitions. But his private encounters with women and men - pacifists, objectors, homosexuals - conflict with his duties as a soldier, and it is not long before his sense of himself fragments and breaks down. Forced to consult the man who helped him before - army psychiatrist William Rivers - Prior must confront his inability to be the dutiful soldier his superiors wish him to be ...The Eye in the Door is a heart-rending study of the contradictions of war and of those forced to live through it.

Pat Barker - Union ​Street
'Vivid, ​bawdy and bitter' (The Times), Pat Barker's first novel shows the women of Union Street, young and old, meeting the harsh challeges of poverty and survival in a precarious world. There's Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape; Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game; Joanne, not yet twenty, not yet married, and already pregnant; Old Alice, welcoming her impending death; Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband. And linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is fiery, indomitable Iris.

Pat Barker - The ​Silence of the Girls
"This ​is an important, powerful, memorable book that invites us to look differently not only at The Iliad but at our own ways of telling stories about the past and the present, and at how anger and hatred play out in our societies. 'The defeated go down in history and disappear, and their stories die with them.' Barker's novel is an invitation to tell those forgotten stories, and to listen for voices silenced by history and power." --Emily Wilson, translator of The Odyssey From the Booker Prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy comes a monumental new masterpiece, set in the midst of literature's most famous war. Pat Barker turns her attention to the timeless legend of The Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War. The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman--Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war's outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles's concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army. When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and cooly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position to observe the two men driving the Greek forces in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate, not only of Briseis's people, but also of the ancient world at large. Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war--the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead--all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis's perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker's latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives--and it is nothing short of magnificent.

Pat Barker - The ​Women of Troy
Following ​her bestselling, critically acclaimed _The Silence of the Girls_, Pat Barker continues her extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest myths. Troy has fallen. The Greeks have won their bitter war. They can return home victors, loaded with their spoils: their stolen gold, stolen weapons, stolen women. All they need is a good wind to lift their sails. But the wind does not come. The gods have been offended - the body of Priam lies desecrated, unburied - and so the victors remain in limbo, camped in the shadow of the city they destroyed, pacing at the edge of an unobliging sea. And, in these empty, restless days, the hierarchies that held them together begin to fray, old feuds resurface and new suspicions fester. Largely unnoticed by her squabbling captors, Briseis remains in the Greek encampment. She forges alliances where she can - with young, dangerously naive Amina, with defiant, aged Hecuba, with Calchus, the disgraced priest - and begins to see the path to a kind of revenge. Briseis has survived the Trojan War, but peacetime may turn out to be even more dangerous...

Pat Barker - Tăcerea ​femeilor
Roman ​nominalizat la COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018 Finalist la WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION O carte splendidă… E ca și cum Barker ar fi găsit un artefact cu un alfabet încă nedescifrat printre comorile strălucitoare ale epopeii homerice. _The New York Review of Books_ O repovestire în cheie feministă, necruțătoare a Iliadei. Barker dă glas furiei lui Briseis, regina captivă. _O, The Oprah Magazine_ Aproape homeric în măreția sa. Magistral și impresionant. _The Economist_ Vorbind în numele celor care nu sunt lăsate să vorbească, _Tăcerea femeilor_ este o carte pe care o vor citi și generațiile viitoare. _The Daily Telegraph_ Când regina Elena este răpită de troieni, grecii pornesc pe mare în căutarea ei, asediind cetatea Troiei. Închisă în tabăra soldaților greci, se află o altă regină captivă, Briseis. Condamnată să i se supună în așternut și să fie sclava lui Ahile, bărbatul care i-a ucis familia, Briseis devine un pion în jocul amenințător între luptătorii epuizați și plini de frustrare. În secolele care vor urma celui mai faimos dintre războaie, Războiul Troian, istoria aproape că o va ignora pe această femeie, reducând-o la un detaliu neînsemnat dintr-o poveste sângeroasă ai cărei actori principali sunt niște bărbați însetați de răzbunare – dar Briseis are de spus o cu totul altă poveste… Cu o scriitura impecabilă, presărată deopotrivă cu momente de frumusețe și teroare, _Tăcerea femeilor_ urmărește destinul unei femei extraordinare și reînvie una dintre cele mai glorioase povești ale lumii antice. _Pat Barker_ (n. 1943) a absolvit London School of Economics, unde a studiat istorie universală, și, ulterior, a urmat cursurile Universității Durham. A predat istorie și politică până în 1982. Apoi s-a dedicat scrisului, iar prozatoarea Angela Carter a încurajat-o să-și urmeze cariera literară. Primele sale romane descriu viața femeilor din clasa muncitoare din nordul Angliei. Cartea ei de debut, _Union Street_ (1982), a fost recompensată cu Fawcett Society Book Prize, iar următoarea, _Blow Your House Down_, a fost adaptată pentru teatru de Sarah Daniels, în 1994. În 1983, Pat Barker a apărut pe lista celor mai buni 20 de tineri prozatori britanici, în cadrul unei campanii de promovare inițiate de Book Marketing Council și revista literară _Granta_. Trilogia despre Primul Război Mondial, care a început cu romanul _Regenerare_, publicat în 1991, a fost parțial inspirată de experiența bunicului său, luptător pe front alături de trupele franceze. Regenerare a fost ecranizat în 1997, cu Jonathan Pryce și James Wilby în rolurile principale. _Ochiul din ușă_, al doilea roman al trilogiei, a câștigat Fiction Prize acordat de The Guardian, iar a treia parte, _Drumul fantomă_, a fost recompensată cu Booker Prize for Fiction. În limba română, a mai apărut _Trilogia regenerării_ (2009), la Editura Trei.

Pat Barker - The ​Ghost Road
Pat ​Barker concludes her exploration of war, started by 'The Eye in the Door' and 'Regeneration', challenging assumptions about the relationship between doctor and patient, between classes, between men and women, and between men and men.

Pat Barker - Toby's ​Room
Toby ​and Elinor, brother and sister, friends and confidants, are sharers of a dark secret, carried from the summer of 1912 into the battlefields of France and wartime London in 1917. When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor's fellow student Kit Neville was there in the fox-hole when Toby met his fate, but has secrets of his own to keep. Enlisting the help of former lover Paul Tarrant, Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then can she finally close the door to Toby's room. Moving from the Slade School of Art to Queen Mary's Hospital, where surgery and art intersect in the rebuilding of the shattered faces of the wounded, Toby's Room is a riveting drama of identity, damage, intimacy and loss. It is Pat Barker's most powerful novel yet.

Pat Barker - Határátlépés
Tízéves ​kisfiú a bíróságon, gyilkosság vádjával. A kilencvenes évek Angliájának felnőtt-társadalma nem hisz a szemének. Közvetlen bizonyíték nincs arra, hogy a gyerek ölte meg a szerencsétlen öregasszonyt, a szakértőkre marad, hogy kivizsgálják, mi is történt voltaképpen, a bíróságra, hogy méltányos ítéletet hozzon, az ifjúságvédelmi hálózatra, hogy jó útra terelje a fekete bárányt. Hiszen a törvénynek egyformán dolga üldözni a bűnt és védeni az állampolgárt, pláne, ha kiskorú, ráadásul hátrányos helyzetű. Közérdek, hogy az ilyen gyerek esélyt kapjon, és éljen is vele. Az elv épületes és világos, a gyakorlat bezzeg keserves: Tom, a hatósági pszichológus közel a negyvenhez már nem táplál illúziókat a szakmájáról. Teszi a dolgát, tisztességes, lelkiismeretes. Gondolkodás nélkül a vízbe ugrik egy öngyilkosjelölt fiatalember kimentésére, benéz hozzá a kórházba. Egy szempillantás alatt rádöbben, ez az a bizonyos gyerek, akinek esetében az ő szakvéleménye bizonyult perdöntőnek. És védence, aki szintén rögtön tudja, ki a látogatója, nem csinál titkot abból, hogy elsősorban őt okolja javítóintézeti vesszőfutásáért. Esztelenség részéről, de éppen ezért nem szabad elengedni a kezét, beszélni kell a fejével, véli a szakember. Mintha nem lenne elég neki a maga baja – súlyos magánéleti krízis –, áll elébe a perújrafelvételnek, ezúttal az intézményes keretek mellőzésével. Fordított szereposztás: a briliáns eszű egykori vádlott vizsgáztat és hív tetemre…

Pat Barker - Regeneration
In ​1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant phsychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim. It is one of the most amazing feats of fiction of our time.

Pat Barker - Felépülés
1917 ​nyarán három angol költő is megfordult Craiglockhartban, a hadsereg idegszanatóriumában Edinburgh mellett. Közülük Robert Graves a legismertebb Magyarországon, de a másik kettő sem kevésbé nagy név az irodalomtörténetben: ma Wilfred Owen számít az első világháborús költőnemzedék legnagyobbjának, de Siegfried Sassoon sem csak arról nevezetes, hogy Owent felfedezte és halála után kiadatta verseit. Sassoon a háborúban nemcsak költői hangjára talált rá, de ki is tűntette magát, ezért is keltett meghökkenést 1917 júliusában közzétett Nyilatkozata, melyben tiltakozott az értelmetlen és jogtalan mészárlássá fajuló háború folytatása ellen. Robert Gravestől is értesülünk az esetről hazájával szakító híres, magyarul is megjelent memoárja, az Isten hozzád. Anglia lapjain. Huszonkét éves fővel nem nézhette tétlenül, hogy barátja a vesztébe rohan, s a háta mögött kijárta Sassonnak, hogy börtőn helyett W. H. Rivers, a híres ideggyógyász (és kultúrantropológus) gyógykezelje Craiglockhartban. Rivers lelkiismereti gondja sem csekélység: mint orvosnak a gyógyítás a kötelessége, a teljes gyógyulás azonban azt jelenti: a páciens visszamehet a frontra harcolni és - könnyen lehet - meghalni. Orvos és betegek naponta konzultálnak, és e beszélgetésekből még nagyobb erővel kerekedik ki a háború minden borzalma, mintha a lövészárokban látnánk hőseinket. Sassoont elkeserítette Nyilatkozatának visszhangtalansága, de hogy mégsem maradt hatástalan, ez a regény is bizonyítja: trilógia kezdődik vele, valóság és oknyomozó képzelet külőnös elegye, melyért 1995-ben Booker-díjat kapott az 1943-ban született angol írónő, és amelyről a hadi témában igazán autentikus szerző, Joseph Heller azt nyilatkozta, hogy az első világháborúról jobb művet nem olvasott.

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