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True Tales of American Life

«'It is difficult to think of another book published this year, and probably any book to be published next year, that is so simple and so obvious, so excellent in intention and so elegant in its execution, and which displays such wisdom and such knowledge of human life in all its varieties.' Ian Sansom, Guardian; 'Fantastic... Glows with the truth of shared human experience.' The Face; 'Astonishing... This is writing at its very finest.' Independent»

Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the twentieth century. The requirement for selection was that each of the stories should be true, and each of the writers should not have been previously published. Les mer

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Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the twentieth century. The requirement for selection was that each of the stories should be true, and each of the writers should not have been previously published. The collection that has emerged provides a richly varied and authentic voice for the American people, whose lives, loves, griefs, regrets, joys and sense of humour are vividly and honestly recounted throughout, and adeptly organised by Auster into themed sections. The section composed of war stories stretches as far back as the Civil War, still the defining moment in American history; while the sequence of 'Meditations' conclude the volume with a true and abiding sense of transcendence.

The resultant anthology is both an enduring hymn to the strange everyday of contemporary American life and a masterclass in the art of storytelling.

Detaljer

Forlag
Faber & Faber
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
512
ISBN
9780571210701
Utgivelsesår
2002
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Invisible, Moon Palace, Mr Vertigo, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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«'It is difficult to think of another book published this year, and probably any book to be published next year, that is so simple and so obvious, so excellent in intention and so elegant in its execution, and which displays such wisdom and such knowledge of human life in all its varieties.' Ian Sansom, Guardian; 'Fantastic... Glows with the truth of shared human experience.' The Face; 'Astonishing... This is writing at its very finest.' Independent»

Medlemmers vurdering

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En leser – 11.11.2005

– USAs statslig finansierte radiokanal National Public Radio inviterte sammen med den kritikerroste forfatteren Paul Auster sine lyttere til å sende inn 'hverdagshistorier' - eller mer presist, fortellinger om spesielt betydningsfulle øyeblikk i lytternes liv. Ikke mindre enn fire tusen brev kom i tiden etter inn til radiokanalen, noe som medførte stor oppmerksomhet rundt denne begivenheten. 'True Tales of American Life' samler hele 180 av de innsendte historiene, sortert etter tema. Historiene er kun i liten grad redigert, noe som gjør at denne antologien blir svært så variert både hva form og innhold gjelder.
Selv om det livet som skildres i 'True Tales' stort sett er utpreget nord-amerikansk, er mange av historiene svært gripende og minneverdige. Boken innledes av Paul Auster, og den passer utmerket på nattbordet!

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Paal – 01.02.2005

– USA¿s statlige radiokanal National Public Radio inviterte sammen med den kritikerroste bestselgende forfatteren Paul Auster sine lyttere til å sende inn ¿hverdagshistorier¿ ¿ eller mer presist, fortellinger om spesielt betydningsfulle øyeblikk i lytternes liv. Ikke mindre enn fire tusen brev kom i tiden etter inn til radiokanalen, noe som medførte stor oppmerksomhet rundt denne begivenheten. ¿True Tales of American Life¿ samler hele 180 av de innsendte historiene, sortert etter tema. Historiene er kun i liten grad redigert, noe som gjør at denne antologien blir svært så variert både hva form og innhold gjelder. Selv om det livet som skildres i ¿True Tales¿ stort sett er utpreget nord-amerikansk, er mange av historiene svært gripende og minneverdige. Boken innledes av Paul Auster, og den passer utmerket som nattbordlesning!

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