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Jeanette Winterson - A szenvedély
A napóleoni háborúk idején játszódó regény két egyszerű, mégis rendkívüli ember élettörténetét fűzi össze. Henri, a tizenhat éves parasztfiú Napóleont bálványozva beáll a Grande Armée-ba, és szakácsinasaként egészen Oroszországig kíséri. Villanelle egy velencei csónakos lánya, ám a férfi csónakosokhoz hasonlóan - akiknek, mivel nem tudnak úszni, járniuk kell a vízen - hártya van a lábujjai között. Henri nagy "történelmi" rajongásával szemben ott áll Villanelle "privát" szerelme egy előkelő velencei patríciusnő iránt, a megmásíthatatlan történelemmel szemben a fiktív sorsok mikrotörténelme. A valóság fantasztikumának és a tündérmesei elemeknek az ötvözéséből a rögeszme és a szenvedély, a szerelem természetrajza tárul elénk Jeanette Winterson sokak által legjobbnak tartott regényében.
Jeanette Winterson - Love
How do we love? With romance. With work. Through heartbreak. Throughout a lifetime. As a means, but not an end. Love in all its forms has been an abiding theme of Jeanette Winterson’s writing. Here are selections from her books about that impossible, essential force, stories and truths that search for the mythical creature we call Love. Selected from the books of Jeanette Winterson
Jeanette Winterson - Lighthousekeeping
Motherless and anchorless, red-headed Silver is taken in by the timeless Mr. Pew, keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, located at the isolated northwestern tip of Scotland. Pew teaches her to "man the light" but more importantly he tells her ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of ties that bind and of the slippages that occur throughout every life, not least those of the local inhabitants. One local, Babel Dark, a nineteenth-century clergyman who loved one woman but married another, opens like a map that Silver must follow. Caught in her own particular darknesses, she embarks on an Ulyssean sift through the stories we tell ourselves, stories of love and loss, of passion and regret, stories of unending journeys that move through places and times, and the bleak finality of the shores of betrayal. A story of mutability, of talking birds and stolen books, of Darwin and Stevenson and of the Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, _Lighthousekeeping_ is a way in to the rooms of our own that we secretly inhabit and the lighthouses we strive towards. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation and this shows her at her lyrical best.
Jeanette Winterson - Gut Symmetries
Physics seems to have become the new language of love in the 1990s, and Jeanette Winterson is not the first writer to make a major character a physicist. Jonathan Lethem mined similar territory earlier this year in his delightful book, As She Climbed Across the Table, and now Winterson enters the lists with not one, but two physicists populating the pages of her equally wonderful book, Gut Symmetries. If you think about it, physics does make a good metaphor for love, encompassing as it does the principles of attraction, the exchange of energy, and unification. At the center of this meditation on "the intelligence of the universe" and "the stupidity of humankind" are Jove, a married physicist; Alice, a single physicist who becomes his mistress; and Stella, Jove's wife and later, Alice's lover. They meet on the QE2 and from there the three participants in the story take turns telling their versions of it. Gut Symmetries is a collage of memories, snippets of scientific theory, meditations on abstract concepts like truth, and the events surrounding Jove, Alice, and Stella's affair. This is a book that demands your attention, jumping as it does from one seemingly tangential topic to another; but whereas physics still seeks a grand unification theory (GUT) to explain how everything in the universe fits together, Winterson actually finds one of her own in this satisfyingly complete fictional world.
Jeanette Winterson - The Lion, the Unicorn and Me
In Jeanette Winterson's beautifully evocative retelling of the story of the very first Christmas, the humble donkey is chosen amongst all the other animals, including the kingly lion and the proud unicorn. As his journey unfolds, he is touched by the magic and mystery of the Nativity. Stunning illustrations by Rosalind Macurrach and twinkling gold detail make this the perfect Christmas book.
Jeanette Winterson - The Battle of the Sun
Imagine a city made of gold, and each thing in it made of gold, and every person as golden as a precious statue. . . . A magus dreams of turning London into a city of gold, but he cannot do it alone and so he kidnaps a child called Jack, who he is sure will help him realise his ambition. But Jack is not a willing assistant and instead he embarks on a magical adventure to save the city, release a dragon and set free seven other boys kidnapped in the past. An enchanting novel filled with magic and mystery by the award-winning author of TANGLEWRECK.
Jeanette Winterson - Boating For Beginners
Noah is a relatively ordinary man. He's a hard worker (he owns the thriving little pleasure boat company, Boating for Beginners), is slightly overweight and has a heart condition. In fact, apart from a bizarre antipathy towards frozen food, particularly Black Forest Gateau, he is Mr. Bog Standard. That doesn't stop him from recognising a good thing when he sees it though. So when he accidentally creates God "out of a piece of gateau and a giant electric toaster", he realises he's onto a winner. Within weeks, he's a cult figure, writes extravagant bestsellers-"Genesis", or How I did It and "Exodus" or Your Way Lies There--and has outlawed refrigerators and Black Forest Gateau. When Noah starts to turn his bestseller into a film, God feels left out and decides to liquidate the world. Noah has less than a week to fill his stage set (the ark) with animals and prepare for a flood. There are three women who find out what he's up to--Desi, Noah's daughter-in-law; Marlene, a transsexual potter, and Gloria, the thoughtful yet slightly unbalanced girl in charge of rounding up the animals. Gloria is the heroine of Boating for Beginners and it is her story that drives the rather fragmented narrative of this surreal satire. Bursting with ideas, Boating for Beginners rewrites religion and philosophy, while taking a pop at romantic fiction. It is perhaps Jeanette Winterson's most overlooked work and although not her best--turn to Oranges are Not the Only Fruit or Sexing the Cherry for that--Boating for Beginners is witty, playful and imaginative.
Jeanette Winterson - Tanglewreck
The world is in trouble. Time is going wrong, moving too fast, or too slowly, whisking people away into the future and the past. It is rumoured that an ancient timekeeper holds the key to this chaos. But no one knows where it is. When the evil Regalia Mason and menacing Abel Darkwater join in the search for the Timekeeper, the resourceful and courageous Silver finds herself up against not just two nasty adversaries, but time itself, in a nail-biting race to find the Timekeeper, and save the world. A fantastically action-packed and exciting novel in which la brave girl, her trusty friend and a run-down old house prove that no matter how big the problem may appear, there is always something that can be done to make a difference.
Jeanette Winterson - Teher
"A Teher jóval többről szól, mint Atlasz büntetéséről és átmeneti megkönnyebbüléséről, mikor Héraklész leváltja, s vállára veszi a világ terhét. Fel akartam tárni a magányt, az elszigeteltséget, a felelősségérzetet, a megterheltségét és a szabadságot, mert az én változatom sajátos véget ér, mely sehol másutt nem köszön vissza. Persze, ezt közvetlenül a saját helyzetemből kiindulva írtam meg. Nincs más járható út." Amikor a kiváló angol írónőt felkérték, hogy a népszerű Mítosz-sorozat keretében "mesélje újra" egyik archaikus történetünket, azonnal tudta, miről kell írnia. Nem véletlenül választotta Atlasz mítoszát: miután apró gyermekkorában elszakadt szüleitől, súlyos lelki teherrel kellett megküzdenie. Szombatista nevelőszülei mellett olyan munkáscsaládi közegben nőtt fel, ahol a bölcsesség is inkább teher volt, semmint elvárás. Saját élete élményeiből táplálkozva Jeanette Winterson megrendítő erejű alkotást hoz létre, amelyben nem csupán újrateremt egy mítoszt, hanem Münchausen báró módjára megkísérli kimenteni önmagát lehetetlen léthelyzetéből. Ez a rendkívül szuggesztív, költői hangvételű regény, újszerű látásmódjával egyedülálló olvasmányélmény.
Jeanette Winterson - Written on the Body
Written on The Body is a tender dissection of erotic love. The prose is like a poem, lush with wit and imagery, but behind the luxuriant relish of the words, there is a scalpel-sharp cut of emotions. Love and longing are the wounds through which Winterson's imagery flows. The novel begins with regret: „Why is the measure of love loss? It hasn't rained in three months … The grapes have withered on the vine.” The narrator is also suffering from a heart-stricken drought. She is grieving for the loss of her true love, Louise. Louise has flowing Pre-Raphaelite hair, and a body besieged by leukaemia, her cells waging war: „here they come, hurtling through the bloodstream trying to pick a fight.” But Louise is not dead, merely abandoned by the narrator with the best of intentions. As the lament continues, striking in its beauty and dazzling inventiveness, more of the love story is revealed. The narrator has been a female Lothario, falling in love, and out again, swaggering like Mercutio. But then she meets Louise, married to Elgin–"very eminent, very dull, very rich"–and is hopelessly, helplessly smitten: „I didn't only want Louise's flesh, I wanted her bones, her blood, her tissues, the sinews that bound her together.” Elgin persuades her to leave for the good of Louise's health, and all is undone.
Jeanette Winterson - The Gap of Time
'I saw the strangest sight tonight.’ New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up – light as a star – and decides to take her home. London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money but he doesn’t know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is the newborn baby even his? New Bohemia. 17 years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love but there’s a lot they don’t know about who they are and where they come from. Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of _The Winter’s Tale_ vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where Time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will either end in tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.
Jeanette Winterson - The Passion
Jeanette Winterson's novels have established her as one of the most important young writers in world literature. The Passion is perhaps her most highly acclaimed work, a modern classic that confirms her special claim on the novel. Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, The Passion intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldier, who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin; and Villanelle, the red-haired, web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice's compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny. In her unique and mesmerizing voice, Winterson blends reality with fantasy, dream, and imagination to weave a hypnotic tale with stunning effects. Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, "The Passion" intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldier, and Villanelle, the daughter of aV enetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice's compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny. In her unique and mesmerizing voice, Winterson blends reality with fantasy, dream and imagination to weave a hypnotic tale with stunning effects.wanders the Western world to retrieve it.
Jeanette Winterson - Sexing the Cherry
In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth-century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames. The child is rescued by the Dog Woman, a murderous gentle giant who names her newfound trophy Jordan and takes him out for walks on a leash. When he grows up, Jordan, like Gulliver, travels the world, but finds that the strangest wonders are spun out of his own head. The strangest wonder of all is Time. Does it exist? What is its nature? Why does every journey conceal another journey within its lines? What is the relationship between seventeenth-century Jordan and twentieth-century Nicholas Jordan, a naval cadet in a warship? And who are the Twelve Dancing Princesses? With a story full of shimmering epiphanies, Jeanette Winterson again demonstrates the keenness of her craft and the singularity of her vision.
Jeanette Winterson - Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Jeanette, the protagonist of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and the author's namesake, has issues–"unnatural" ones: her adopted mam thinks she's the Chosen one from God; she's beginning to fancy girls; and an orange demon keeps popping into her psyche. Already Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical first novel is not your typical coming-of-age tale. Brought up in a working-class Pentecostal family, up North, Jeanette follows the path her Mam has set for her. This involves Bible quizzes, a stint as a tambourine-playing Sally Army officer and a future as a missionary in Africa, or some other „heathen state”. When Jeanette starts going to school ("The Breeding Ground") and confides in her mother about her feelings for another girl ("Unnatural Passions"), she's swept up in a feverish frenzy for her tainted soul. Confused, angry and alone, Jeanette strikes out on her own path, that involves a funeral parlour and an ice-cream van. Mixed in with the so-called reality of Jeanette's existence growing up are unconventional fairy tales that transcend the everyday world, subverting the traditional preconceptions of the damsel in distress. In Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Winterson knits a complicated picture of teenage angst through a series of layered narratives, incorporating and subverting fairytales and myths, to present a coherent whole, within which her stories can stand independently. Imaginative and mischievous, she is a born storyteller, teasing and taunting the reader to reconsider their worldview. –Nicola Perry
Jeanette Winterson - The World and Other Places
Her first short story collection exhibits the multitude of talents that have made English novelist Jeanette Winterson not just admired but beloved by her many fans. There are the surprising, fresh little phrases minted expressly to convey the delicate realities of the made-up world. There's the humor, fierce and sly but always kind. There's the imagination that changes gender and historical epoch at whim, and does so convincingly; and the characters themselves, a sundry bunch of men and women not necessarily successful or commendable but always, somehow, likable. Best of all, by their very diversity, these stories reveal glimpses of the smart and enigmatic woman behind the work. In "Atlantic Crossing," Winterson becomes a middle-aged businessman of the mid-20th century, accidentally assigned to share his second-class cabin with a young black woman on a transatlantic crossing. In the realm of event, little happens, but in its depth of perception and what it tells of the nuances of regret, the story is as rich as a novel in another writer's hands. A few scant pages later, Winterson becomes a kind of lost female Homer, telling Orion's story from Artemis's point of view: "When she returned she saw this huge rag of a man eating her goat, raw.... His reputation hung about him like bad breath." In "The Poetics of Sex," she creates a lesbian love story that evokes her characters' personalities as explicitly as their erotic pleasures. "The 24-Hour Dog," the story of a woman writer returning a puppy she had thought to adopt, is remorseless as a psychological thriller in the squirmy depths it plumbs: "I had made every preparation, every calculation, except for those two essentials that could not be calculated: his heart and mine."
Jeanette Winterson - The Stone Gods
This new world weighs a yatto-gram...On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet - pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie and Spike are falling in love. What will happen when their story combines with the world's story, as they whirl towards Planet Blue, into the future? Will they - and we - ever find a safe landing place? An interplanetary love story - of Billie and Spike, of the past and the future; a traveller's tale; a hymn to the beauty of the world. "The Stone Gods" is Jeanette Winterson at her brilliant best. Playful, passionate, polemical, and frequently very funny, this is a novel which will change forever the stories we tell about the earth, about love and about stories themselves.
Jeanette Winterson - Gubancrom
Az egész világot időtornádók sújtják. A legelső a londoni Tower hídon csapott le, és egy egész iskolabuszt tüntetett el. A tornádók megzavarják az idő folyását, nyomukban feltűnik a régóta kihalt mamutfaj egy példánya, az égből pedig több évszázados tárgyak potyognak. Silver, a rejtelmes körülmények között árvaságra jutott tinédzser szomorúan tengeti életét zsarnok gyámja mellett, mígnem a nagynéni különös alkut köt egy baljós idegennel. Az ellene szövetkező felnőtteknek az a meggyőződésük, hogy a lányka tudja, hová rejtették néhai szülei azt a középkori időmérőt, amely nem csupán a perceket, de az egész föld évezredes jövőjét is megmutatja. Megkezdődik tehát az élet-halál harc a titokzatos óráért, azaz a világ fölötti hatalomért. Silvernek és különös szövetségeseinek az időben előre utazva, egy távoli csillagrendszerben kell megvívniuk küzdelmüket azért, hogy a föld jelenét megmenthessék. A jövőben járva Silver, az Aranyarcú Gyermek valójában saját múltjában, saját emlékei között kutat, s távoli galaxisokon keresi a csodálatos időmérőt, amely valójában talán nincs is elérhetetlen távolban tőle... Jeanette Winterson, az egyik legismertebb kortárs angol író könyve szórakoztató és magával ragadó ifjúsági regény.
Jeanette Winterson - Az időszakadék
Új-Bohémia, Egyesült Államok. Vihar. Egy fekete férfi fehér leánycsecsemőt talál egy kórház babamentő inkubátorában. Magához veszi, maga sem tudja, miért, hazaviszi - és felneveli. London, Anglia. Leo Kaiser remekül érti a pénzcsinálás módozatait, de nem tud mit kezdeni mérhetetlen féltékenységével. Legjobb barátját azzal gyanúsítja, hogy születendő gyermekének valójában ő az apja. Új-Bohémia, 17 év múlva. Egy fiú és egy lány egymásba szeretnek, de fogalmuk sincs, kik is ők valójában - a felfedezés új világot nyit meg előttük.
Jeanette Winterson - The PowerBook
While many other novels are still nursing hangovers from the 20th century, Jeanette Winterson's The.PowerBook has risen early to greet the challenge of the new millennium. Set in cyberspace, The.PowerBook travels with ease. It casts the net of its love story over Paris, Capri and London. Interactive narrator Ali is a „language costumier” who will swathe your imagination in the clothes of transformation. All you have to do is decide who you want to be. Ali–known also as Alix–is a virtual narrator in a networked world of e-writing. You are the reader, invited to inhabit the story–any story–you wish to be told. Like all the best video games you can choose your location, your character, even the clothes you want to wear. Beware, you can enter and play the game, but you cannot determine its outcome. Ali/x is a digital Orlando for the modern age, moving across time and through transmutations of identity, weaving her stories with „long lines of laptop DNA” and shaping herself to the reader's desire. Ali/x wants to make love as simple as a song. But even in cyberspace there is no love without pain. Ali/x offers a stranger on the other side of the screen the opportunity of freedom for one night. She falls in love with her beautiful stranger, and finds herself reinvented by her own story. The.PowerBook is rich with historical allegory and literary allusion. Winterson's dialogue crackles with humour, snappy dialogue and good jokes, several of which are at the author's own expense. This is a world of disguise, boundary crossing and emotional diversions that change the navigation of the plot of life. Strangely sprouting tulips are erected in place of the phallus. Husbands and wives are uncoupled. Lovers disappear in the night to escape from themselves. On the hard drive of the The.PowerBook are stored a variety of stories which the reader can download and open at will, complete stories that loop through the central narrative. The tale of Mallory's third expedition, the disinterring of a Roman Governor in Spitalfields Church or the contemplation of „great and ruinous lovers” are capsules of narrative compression. In Winterson's compacted meaning, language becomes a character in its own right–it is one of the heroes of the novel.
Jeanette Winterson - Capri királya
Capri kapzsi és habzsoló királya egy reggel arra ébred, hogy koronáján és zokniján kívül mindene eltűnt. A Nápolyi-öböl túlpartján a szegény mosónő, Gyöngy asszony, egy reggel Capri minden kincsét a kertjében találja. Csak Szappan, a macska tudja, mi is történt...
Jeanette Winterson - Art & Lies
One of the most audacious and provocative writers on either side of the Atlantic now gives readers a dazzling, arousing, and wise improvisation on art, Eros, language, and identity. "A series of intense, artful musings that are exhilarating and visionary. . . . Unsettling yet strangely satisfying."--Newsday.
Jeanette Winterson - Miért lennél boldog, ha lehetsz normális?
„Jeanette Wintersont olvasni annyi, mint szeretni őt. Ez a szilaj, elragadóan különös brit írónő szokatlan őszinteséggel vall magáról önéletrajzi könyvében.” O, The Oprah Magazine „A szikrázó humorú Miért lennél boldog, ha lehetsz normális? nemcsak az örökbefogadás érzelmi örökségét dolgozza föl sokoldalúan, hanem helyet kap benne az az üdítő felismerés is, hogy az életet megérteni ugyanolyan nehéz, mint megélni.” Entertainment Weekly Amikor Jeanette tizenhat évesen elmegy otthonról, mert szerelmes lesz egy másik lányba, örökbe fogadó anyja, Mrs. Winterson csak annyit kérdez tőle: „Miért lennél boldog, ha lehetsz normális?” Winterson azonban nem mond le a boldogságról, hanem keresi egy életen át – erről szól ez a mulatságos, szellemes, hol dühödt indulattal, hol lelkesedéssel megírt történet, amely nem más, mint az igazság, a világszerte népszerű Jeanette Winterson életének története.
Jeanette Winterson - Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, _Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit_, was published. It tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents. The girl is supposed to grow up and be a missionary. Instead she falls in love with a woman. Disaster. Written when Jeanette was only twenty-five, her novel went on to win the Whitbread First Novel award, become an international bestseller and inspire an award-winning BBC television adaptation. Oranges was semi-autobiographical. Mrs Winterson, a thwarted giantess, loomed over that novel and its author's life. When Jeanette finally left her home, at sixteen, because she was in love with a woman, Mrs Winterson asked her: _why be happy when you could be normal_? This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a tyrant in place of a mother, who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the duster drawer, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an northern industrial town now changed beyond recognition, part of a community now vanished; about the Universe as a Cosmic Dustbin. It is the story of how the painful past Jeanette Winterson thought she had written over and repainted returned to haunt her later life, and sent her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people's stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life-raft which supports us when we are sinking. Funny, acute, fierce and celebratory, this is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother.
Jeanette Winterson - Weight
Condemned to shoulder the world, for ever, by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then, he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden - and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him... Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles. Visionary and inventive, believable and intimate, _Weight_ turns the familiar on its head to show us ourselves in a new light.
Jeanette Winterson - The Daylight Gate
GOOD FRIDAY, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire. A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell. Is this a witches' Sabbat? Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And why is she among the group of thirteen on Pendle Hill? Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary? And how quickly can he be caught? This is the reign of James I, a Protestant King with an obsession: to rid his realm of twin evils, witchcraft and Catholicism, at any price...
Jeanette Winterson - Art Objects
In these ten intertwined essays, one of our most provocative young novelists proves that she is just as stylish and outrageous an art critic. For when Jeanette Winterson looks at works as diverse as the _Mona Lisa_ and Virginia Woolf's _The Waves_, she frees them from layers of preconception and restores their power to exalt and unnerve, shock and transform us. Whether she is writing about the demands paintings make on their viewers, the subversive "autobiography" of Gertrude Stein, the ghettoization of gay and lesbian writers, or the origins of her own defiant love affair with language, Winterson continually reminds us that the term "art objects" denotes not only things but acts. Art objects to the lie that life is small, fragmented, and mean; it instead proclaims the opposite. And so does Winterson's wise and fiery book.
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