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Independence Day

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The Pulitzer Prize Winning novel for 1996. In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Richard Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gives us an indelible portrait of America. Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an "Existence Period", selling real estate in Haddam, New Jersey, and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. Independence Day is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of astonishing empathy and perception.

Издательство: "Random House, Inc." (1996)

ISBN: 978-0-679-73518-2

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Ford, Richard

born Feb. 16, 1944, Jackson, Miss., U.S.

U.S. novelist and short-story writer.

His first novel, A Piece of My Heart (1976), showed the influence of William Faulkner. The Sportswriter (1986) and its sequel, Independence Day (1995, Pulitzer Prize), drew on his experience as a writer for a sports magazine in the 1980s. His story collection Rock Springs (1987) examines the lives of the lonely and alienated.

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▪ American author
born Feb. 16, 1944, Jackson, Miss., U.S.

      American writer of novels and short stories about lonely and damaged people.

      Ford attended Michigan State University (B.A., 1966), Washington University Law School, and the University of California, Irvine (M.A., 1970), and he subsequently taught at several American colleges and universities. He worked as a sportswriter during the 1980s.

      Ford's first novel, A Piece of My Heart (1976), is set on an island in the southern Mississippi River and contrasts an intellectual with an impulsive man in an atmosphere of menace and violence; critics noted the influence of William Faulkner (Faulkner, William). The Ultimate Good Luck (1981) presents an American in Mexico who is drawn reluctantly into violence and murder as he tries to get his girlfriend's brother out of jail. Frank Bascombe, the protagonist of The Sportswriter (1986), is an alienated, middle-aged sportswriter reflecting on his life. He returns in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Independence Day (1995), in which he is divorced and leading an empty life until he spends an emotional and spiritual Fourth of July weekend with his son. Completing the Bascombe trilogy is The Lay of the Land (2006), in which Bascombe, now a suburban real estate agent, faces aging, further marital problems, estrangement from his adult children, and cancer.

      Wildlife (1990) depicts a teenager in Montana who witnesses the breakup of his parents' marriage. Rock Springs (1987), Women with Men (1997), and A Multitude of Sins (2001) are collections of short stories, the last about the complications of love and infidelity. Ford also coedited The Best American Short Stories of 1990 (1990) and edited The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1991) and The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007).

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Источник: Ford, Richard

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