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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears 執狼之耳

料號(EAN): 9781250798664
ISBN: 9781250798664
作 者: Laura van den Berg
出 版 社: Picador
出版日期: 2021/7/27
頁 數: 224
長 寬 高: 207x135x16mm
語 系: 英語
裝 訂: 平裝
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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, Laura van den Berg’s first story collection since her prizewinning book The Isle of Youth, draws readers into a world of wholly original, sideways ghost stories that linger in the mouth and the mind. Both timeless and urgent, these eleven stories confront misogyny, violence, and the impossible economics of America with van den Berg’s trademark spiky humor and surreal eye. Moving from the peculiarities of Florida to liminal spaces of travel in Mexico City, Sicily, and Iceland, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears is uncannily attuned to our current moment, and to the fears we reveal to no one but ourselves.

In “Lizards,” a man mutes his wife’s anxieties by giving her a LaCroix-like seltzer laced with sedatives. In the title story, a woman poses as her more successful sister during a botched Italian holiday, a choice that brings about strange and destructive consequences, while in “Karolina,” a woman discovers her prickly ex-sister-in-law in the aftermath of an earthquake and is forced to face the truth about her violent brother.

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears presents a collection of women on the verge, trying to grasp what’s left of life: grieving, divorced, and hyperaware, searching, vulnerable, and unhinged, they exist in a world that deviates from our own only when you look too closely. With remarkable control and transcendent talent, van den Berg dissolves, in the words of the narrator of “Slumberland,” “that border between magic and annihilation,” and further establishes herself as a defining fiction writer of our time.

 

《執狼之耳》是勞拉•范登伯格自獲獎作品《青年之島》之後的第一本故事集,它帶領讀者進入一個原創、稀奇古怪的鬼故事世界。這十一個故事既永恆又切合當下,以范登伯格獨特的尖諷幽默和超現實的眼光探討厭女症、暴力和美國無法實現的經濟榮景。足跡從佛羅里達的獨特性到墨西哥市、西西里島和冰島那些似曾熟悉之地,《執狼之耳》神奇地呼應我們當前的時刻,以及我們從不向外人透露的恐懼。
 
在“蜥蜴”中,一個男人藉著摻入鎮靜劑的拉克洛伊氣泡水來緩解妻子的焦慮。在標題故事中,一個女子在一個搞砸的義大利假期中假扮成她人生勝利組的妹妹,結果帶來了荒誕且破壞的後果,而在“卡羅琳娜”中,一個女人在地震之後發現她壞脾氣的前任嫂子,被迫要面對她有暴力傾向的哥哥。
 
《執狼之耳》展示了一群瀕臨絕望的女性,她們企圖抓住生命中殘餘的事物:悲痛、離婚、神經兮兮、尋找、脆弱和精神錯亂,你只有在近距離觀察才能看出原來她們的世界與我們大不相同。范登伯格憑藉超凡的掌控和才華,(套用一句《沉睡之地》敘事者的話),消融了“魔法與毀滅之間的界線”,並奠定她作為這個時代重要小說作家的地位。

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