Книга: Franzen Jonathan «Purity (изд. 2016 г. )»

Purity (изд. 2016 г. )

Производитель: "Fourth Estate"

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of FREEDOM and THE CORRECTIONS Young Pip Tyler doesn`t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she`s saddled with $130, 000 in student debt, that she`s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn`t have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she`ll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world - including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn`t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. Jonathan Franzen`s Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters - Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers - and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

Издательство: "Fourth Estate" (2016)

Формат: 110x175, 576 стр.

ISBN: 978-0-00-819251-8

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Franzen, Jonathan

▪ American author
born Aug. 17, 1959, Western Springs, Ill., U.S.

      American novelist and essayist whose sprawling, multilayered novels about contemporary America elicited critical acclaim.

      Franzen grew up in Webster Groves, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, and later attended Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa. After earning a B.A. in 1981, he attended Berlin's Freie Universität as a Fulbright fellow. Upon his return to the United States he began his first novel, writing for eight hours each day. To earn money he worked weekends as a research assistant at Harvard University tracking earthquake activity around the world.

      Franzen based his debut novel, The Twenty-seventh City (1988), in a fictional St. Louis. It envisions a dystopic city, primarily populated by Asian immigrants, where police use violence to intimidate political opponents of the power-hungry police chief. Franzen's second novel, Strong Motion (1992), draws on the author's experience working in the field of seismology. Set in Boston, it tells of a Harvard seismologist who discovers a link between unexplained earthquakes and the disposal of chemical waste.

      Franzen worked for eight years on his next novel, The Corrections (2001), which focuses on a family of five whose members endure unsuccessful marriages, strained familial relationships, and failed careers. The novel received extensive critical praise, winning a National Book Award (National Book Awards) in 2001. That same year the novel was at the centre of a dispute between American television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey (Winfrey, Oprah), who selected it for her widely popular book club, and Franzen, who dismissed her previous selections as unsophisticated.

      Following the deaths of his parents and the dissolution of his marriage, Franzen contributed a series of essays to The New Yorker magazine that were later compiled into his fourth book, How to Be Alone (2002). The volume's 13 essays cover topics as varied as dealing with his father's Alzheimer disease and his thoughts on conformity and privacy. Franzen published a memoir, The Discomfort Zone, in 2006 and a translation of German dramatist Frank Wedekind (Wedekind, Frank)'s play Spring Awakening in 2007.

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Источник: Franzen, Jonathan

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