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THE TESTAMENT OF MARY

Toibin, Colm, 1955-

Εκδότης Penguin , ISBN 9780241962978


SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013



Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary is the moving story of the Virgin Mary, told by a novelist famous for writing brilliantly about the family.



From the author of Brooklyn, in a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change.



As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.



Praise for The Testament of Mary:



'This is a short book, but it is as dense as a diamond. It is as tragic as a Spanish pieta, but it is completely heretical...Toibin maintains all the dignity of Mary without subscribing to the myths that have accumulated around her' Edmund White, Irish Times



'Depicting the harrowing losses and evasions that can go on between mothers and sons...Toibin creates a reversed Pieta: he holds the mother in his arms' Independent



'A beautiful and daring work...it takes its power from the surprise of its language, its almost shocking characterization' Mary Gordon, New York Times

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013



Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary is the moving story of the Virgin Mary, told by a novelist famous for writing brilliantly about the family.



From the author of Brooklyn, in a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change.



As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.



Praise for The Testament of Mary:



'This is a short book, but it is as dense as a diamond. It is as tragic as a Spanish pieta, but it is completely heretical...Toibin maintains all the dignity of Mary without subscribing to the myths that have accumulated around her' Edmund White, Irish Times



'Depicting the harrowing losses and evasions that can go on between mothers and sons...Toibin creates a reversed Pieta: he holds the mother in his arms' Independent



'A beautiful and daring work...it takes its power from the surprise of its language, its almost shocking characterization' Mary Gordon, New York Times

Πληροφορίες προϊόντος

  • Συγγραφέας Toibin, Colm, 1955-
  • Eκδότης Penguin
  • ISBN 9780241962978
  • Κωδικός Ευριπίδη 040100052143
  • Έτος κυκλοφορίας 2013
  • Σελίδες 0
  • Διαστάσεις
  • Βάρος 350 gr

Toibin, Colm, 1955-

Συγγραφέας

Γεννημένος στην Ιρλανδία το 1955, ο Κολμ Τόιμπιν θεωρείται ένας από τους σπουδαιότερους συγγραφείς της γενιάς του. Μυθιστοριογράφος, δοκιμιογράφος, θεατρικός συγγραφέας και προσφάτως ποιητής, άνθρωπος του πάθους και δεξιοτέχνης του λόγου, λιτός και ακριβής, ασυμβίβαστος και ταυτόχρονα τόσο ευαίσθητος απέναντι στις ανθρώπινες αδυναμίες, μας μεταφέρει με την πεζογραφία και τις αφηγήσεις του την ουσία της ζωής χτίζοντας δυνατούς και ολοκληρωμένους χαρακτήρες. Μεγάλωσε σε οικογένεια ιδιαιτέρως πολιτικοποιημένη, δεδομένου ότι ο παππούς του και ένας θείος του ήταν μέλη του IΡA και σε ένα σπίτι όπου, όπως έχει πει ο ίδιος, "επικρατούσε σιωπή". Στα 17 του γοητεύτηκε από τον Χεμινγουέι και, μέσω αυτού, από την Ισπανία όπου εγκαταστάθηκε για μερικά χρόνια. Εκεί έγραψε και το πρώτο του βιβλίο με τίτλο "Ο Νότος". Επιστρέφοντας στην Ιρλανδία ασχολήθηκε και με τη δημοσιογραφία. Κυριότερα έργα του είναι: "The South", 1990, Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize, "The Heather Blazing", 1992, Εncore Award, "Homage to Barcelona" (δοκίμιο), 1990, "Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border" (περιηγητικό δοκίμιο), 1994, "The Sing of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe" (περιηγητικό δοκίμιο), 1994, "The Story of the Night", 1996 (ελλ. έκδ. "Λίγο πριν την αυγή", εκδ. Φυτράκη, 1998), "The Blackwater Lightship", 1999, "The Master", 2004 ("Ο δάσκαλος", μυθιστόρημα αφιερωμένο στον Χένρι Τζέιμς, ελλ. έκδ. Ωκεανίδα, 2007, βραβεία IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award, Stonewall Book Award, Lambda Literary Award και βραχεία λίστα υποψηφιοτήτων για το Booker), "Brooklyn", 2009, Costa Book Award, "The Empty Family", 2010, "The Testament of Mary", 2012, κ.ά. Tο 1995 τιμήθηκε με το βραβείο Ε.Μ. Forster της Αμερικανικής Ακαδημίας Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών. To 2007 εκλέχθηκε μέλος της βρετανικής Βασιλικής Εταιρείας Λογοτεχνίας.

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