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Picture Palace

"Never a dull moment... Vivid and deft." - "New York Review of Books" Maude Pratt is a legend, a photographer famous for her cutting-edge techniques and uncanny ability to strip away the masks of the world's most recognizable celebrities and luminaries. Now in her seventies, Maude has been in the public eye since the 1920s, and her unparalleled portfolio includes intimate portraits of Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and Picasso. While Maude possesses a singular capability to expose the inner lives of her subjects, she is obsessive about protecting her own, hiding her deepest secret in the "picture palace" of her memory. But when a young archivist comes to stay in Maude's Cape Cod home and begins sorting through her fifty years of work, Maude is forced to face her past and come to terms, at last, with the tragedies she's buried. "A breathtaking tale... Intangibly, intricately brilliant." - " Telegraph" .

Издательство: "Mariner Books" (2014)

Формат: 135x205, 360 стр.

ISBN: 978-0-544-34080-0

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Paul Theroux

Infobox Writer
name = Paul Theroux

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occupation = Novelist, Travel writer, short story writer, literary critic
nationality = American
period = 1967-
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influences = Henry James, V S Naipaul, Graham Greene, Anthony Trollope, Joseph Conrad
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Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is, perhaps, "The Great Railway Bazaar" (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin. Although perhaps best known as a travel writer, Theroux has also published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films. He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel "The Mosquito Coast".


Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts, the son of Catholic parents, a French-Canadian father and an Italian mother. After he finished his university education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. While there, he helped a political opponent of Hastings Banda escape to Uganda,for which he was expelled from Malawi and thrown out of the Peace Corps. He then moved to Uganda to teach at Makerere University. During his tenure at Makerere University, Theroux began his three-decade friendship with novelist V. S. Naipaul, then a visiting scholar at the university. During his time in Uganda, an angry mob at a demonstration threatened to overturn the car in which his pregnant wife was riding. This incident may have contributed to his decision to leave Africa. He moved again to Singapore. After two years of teaching at the University of Singapore, he settled in England, first in Dorset, and then in south London with his wife and two young children.

Theroux currently resides in Hawaii and Cape Cod, Ma., U.S.A. [ [http://www.capecodtoday.com/blogs/index.php/2008/09/03/famous-author-summers-in-sandwich?blog=99 Cape Cod Today] ] . He is currently married to Sheila Donnelly (since November 18, 1995). Previously, he was married to Anne Castle from 1967 to 1993. He has two sons with his first wife – Marcel Theroux and Louis Theroux – both of whom are writers and television presenters. In his books, Theroux alludes to his ability to speak Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Literary work

His first novel, "Waldo", was published during his time in Uganda and was moderately successful. He published several more novels over the next few years, including "Fong and the Indians" and "Jungle Lovers". On his return to Malawi many years later, he found that this latter novel, which was set in that country, was still banned, a story told in his book "Dark Star Safari".

He moved to London in 1972, before setting off on an epic journey by train from Great Britain to Japan and back again. His account of this journey was published as "The Great Railway Bazaar", his first major success as a travel writer, and which has since become a classic in the genre. [ [http://www.travelliterature.org/reviews/bazaar.shtml Travelliterature.org] ] [ [http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=2-9780618658947-0 Powells.com ] ] He has since written a number of other travel books, including descriptions of traveling by train from Boston to Argentina ("The Old Patagonian Express"), walking around the United Kingdom (the poorly-received "The Kingdom By The Sea"), kayaking in the South Pacific ("The Happy Isles Of Oceania"), visiting China ("Riding the Iron Rooster"), and traveling from Cairo to Cape Town ("Dark Star Safari"). As a traveler he is noted for his rich descriptions of people and places, laced with a heavy streak of irony often mistaken for misanthropy. Other non-fiction by Theroux includes "Sir Vidia's Shadow", an account of his personal and professional friendship with Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul that ended abruptly after thirty years.


By including versions of himself, his family, and acquaintances in some of his fiction, Theroux has occasionally disconcerted his readers. "A. Burgess, Slightly Foxed: Fact and Fiction", a story originally published in "The New Yorker" magazine (August 7, 1995), describes a dinner at the narrator's home with author Anthony Burgess and a book-hoarding philistine lawyer who nags the narrator for an introduction to the great writer. “Burgess” arrives drunk and cruelly mocks the lawyer, who introduces himself as “a fan”. The narrator’s wife, like Theroux’s then-wife, is named Anne and she shrewishly refuses to help with the dinner. The magazine later publishedFact|date=September 2008 a letter from Anne Theroux denying that Burgess was ever a guest in her home and expressing admiration for him, having once interviewed the real Burgess for the BBC: “I was dismayed to read in your August 7th edition a story … by Paul Theroux, in which a very unpleasant character with my name said and did things that I have never said or done.” When the story was incorporated into Theroux’s novel, "My Other Life" (1996), the wife character is renamed Alison and reference to her work at the BBC is excised.

Theroux's sometimes caustic portrait of Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul in his memoir "Sir Vidia's Shadow" (1998) is at considerable odds with his earlier, gushing portrait of the same author in "V.S. Naipaul, an Introduction to His Work" (1972).

On December 15, 2005 the "New York Times" published an op-ed piece by Theroux called "The Rock Star's Burden" criticizing Bono, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie as "mythomaniacs, people who wish to convince the world of their worth." Theroux, who lived in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a university teacher, adds that "the impression that Africa is fatally troubled and can be saved only by outside help - not to mention celebrities and charity concerts - is a destructive and misleading conceit.". [cite news
title=The Rock Star's Burden
date=December 15, 2005
work=New York Times

However, in 2002, on publication of his Africa travelogue "Dark Star Safari", reviewer John Ryle in the London "Guardian" contradicted Theroux's views on international aid, accusing him of ignorance. "I'm not an aid worker, but I was working in Kenya myself at about the time Theroux passed through ... It's not that Theroux is wrong to criticise the empire of aid. In some ways the situation is even worse than he says ... The problem is that Theroux knows next to nothing about it. Aid is a failure, he says, because 'the only people dishing up the food and doling out the money are foreigners. No Africans are involved'. But the majority of employees of international aid agencies in Africa, at almost all levels, are Africans. In some African countries it is international aid agencies that provide the most consistent source of employment ... The problem is not, as Theroux says, that Africans are not involved; it is, if anything, the opposite. How come he didn't notice this? Because, despite his hissy fits about white people in white cars who won't give him lifts, he never actually visits an aid project or the office of an aid organisation." [http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,12084,823582,00.html]

elect awards and honors

[ [http://www.lyceumagency.com/paul+theroux.aspx Lyceum Agency -- Paul Theroux] ]
* Fellow, Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society in Britain
* Thomas Cook Travel Book Prize
* Honorary doctorate in literature from Trinity College in Washington DC
* Honorary doctorate in literature from Tufts University in Medford
* 1990: Winner, Maria Thomas Fiction Award for "his collected works." [ [http://www.peacecorpswriters.org/pages/depts/archives/awards/fiction.html Maria Thomas Fiction Award for Peace Corps Writers] ]
* 1983: Nominee, American Book Award for "The Mosquito Coast"
* 1981: Winner, James Tait Black Memorial Prize for "The Mosquito Coast" (jointly with Salman Rushdie's "Midnight Children")
* 1981: Nominee, American Book Award for "The Old Patagonian Express"
* 1978: Whitbread Prize for Best Novel for "Picture Palace"
* 1977: American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award for literature
* 1972, 1976, 1977, and 1979: Winner, The Playboy Editorial Award for Best Story (four times.)

Film adaptations

"Saint Jack", Theroux's 1973 novel about an affable American pander operating in Singapore during the Vietnam War, was filmed by director Peter Bogdanovich (1979). His novel "Doctor Slaughter" was made into a film, "Half Moon Street" (1986). His novel "The Mosquito Coast" was also made into a film of the same name (1986). "Chinese Box" (1997), a film about the British handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China, credits Theroux as a source for the story, based on themes he explores in his 1997 novel "Kowloon Tong".

Novels and short story collections


*"V.S. Naipaul, an Introduction to His Work" (1972)
*"The Great Railway Bazaar" (1975)
*"The Old Patagonian Express" (1979)
*"The Kingdom By The Sea" (1983)
*"Sailing Through China" (1984)
*"Sunrise With Seamonsters" (1985)
*"The Imperial Way" (1985)
*"Riding The Iron Rooster" (1988)
*"To The Ends Of The Earth" (1990)
*"The Happy Isles Of Oceania" (1992)
*"The Pillars Of Hercules" (1995)
*"Sir Vidia's Shadow" (1998)
*"Fresh Air Fiend" (2000)
*"Nurse Wolf And Dr. Sacks" (2001)
*"Dark Star Safari" (2002)
*"Ghost Train To The Eastern Star" (2008)

Other Writings Including Magazine Articles

*cite news | first=Paul | last=Theroux | coauthors= | title=Greene | date=1978-04-01 | publisher= | url=http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/78apr/greene.htm| work =The Atlantic | pages = | accessdate = 2008-09-24 | language =

*cite news | first=Paul | last=Theroux | coauthors= | title=Into the lion's den | date=2001-09-01 | publisher= | url =http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,,544848,00.html | work=Guardian Unlimited | pages= | accessdate=2007-02-03 | language= (Review of Naipaul's "Half a Life")

*cite news | first=Paul| last=Theroux | coAuthors = | title=Living With Geese | date = December 2006 |publisher= | url =http://smithsonianmag.com/issues/2006/december/geese.php?page=1 | work =Smithsonian | pages = | accessdate = 2008-09-24 | language =

*cite news | first=Paul | last=Theroux | coauthors= | title=America the Overfull | date=2006-12-31 | publisher= | url=http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0102-63.htm | work =The New York Times | pages = | accessdate = 2007-02-03 | language =

*cite news | first=Paul | last=Theroux | coauthors= | title=Mr. Bones | date=2007-09-17 | publisher= | url =http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2007/09/17/070917fi_fiction_theroux | work= The New Yorker | pages= | accessdate= | language=

Upcoming projects

In 2008 Theroux published "" which revisits many of the settings of his earler work. Also forthcoming is a crime novel set in Calcutta. [http://www.gadling.com/2008/09/24/talking-travel-with-paul-theroux-part-2/]

Notes and References

* " [http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatispc.notable.artsandlit Notable Former Volunteers / Arts and Literature] ". Peace Corps official site. Accessed 5 January 2007.

External links

* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PaulTheroux/ Paul Theroux Discussion Group]
* [http://www.paultheroux.com/ Fan site for Paul Theroux]
* [http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/catalog/authordetail.cfm?authorID=1043 Houghton Mifflin (publisher) - official site for Paul Theroux]
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2021015.html Peace Corps biography of Paul Theroux]
* [http://wiredforbooks.org/paultheroux/ Audio Interviews with Paul Theroux by Don Swaim of CBS Radio - RealAudio at Wired for Books.org]
* [http://bu.univ-angers.fr/EXTRANET/AnthonyBURGESS/NL2Theroux.htm "Burgess as Fictional Character in Theroux and Byatt," John J. Stinson (Université d'Angers, 2000)]

Источник: Paul Theroux

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