Colum McCann

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Levelek egy ifjú íróhoz


„McCann olyan ebben a remek kis könyvecskében, mint egy megbízható fekvőrendőr: nem tűr ellentmondást, miközben csupa jó szándékában nem akar mást, mint odafigyelésre nevelni. Arra biztat, hogy könyörtelen szigorral, egyúttal kellő empátiával viszonyuljunk az íráshoz, és az íráson keresztül magunkhoz is. Sokat tud a kétségekről, ennek ellenére nem veszíti szem elől, hogy az irodalom páratlan örömök forrása lehet." - Bartók Imre„Fogadd el a visszautasításokat. Nyerj erőt az összeomlásból. Gyakorold a feltámadást. Ámulj. Viseld el, amit rád osztott a világ. Keress egy olvasót, akiben bízol. Neki is bíznia kell benned. Légy diák, ne tanár, még akkor is, amikor tanítasz. Ne áltasd magad. Ha hiszel a jó kritikáknak, higgy a rosszaknak is" – tanácsolja leendő íróknak új könyvében Colum McCann.A Hadd forogjon a világ és az Apeirogon szerzője arra ösztönzi olvasóit, hogy tanulják meg a mesterség szabályait, de aztán vakmerően hágják is át őket, hogy állandóan feszegessék tapasztalásuk határait; s nem utolsósorban érvekkel támasztja alá és példákkal szemlélteti, milyen nagy hatalma van a nyelvnek. Az ötvenkét rövid esszé kemény és őszinte vallomás az írásról mint szakmáról és mint hiva-tásról, és azt a páratlan és embert próbáló feladatot állítja az új nemzedék elé: művészetük-kel hozzanak igazságot és fényt sötét világunkba.
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Lacná kniha Co svět světem stojí (-50%)


V románu se ledacos točí okolo mrakodrapů Světového obchodního střediska. Nepíše se ovšem rok 2001 a věže nepadají k zemi, je rok 1974 a jednoho rána se ve výšce čtyřset metrů mezi oběma budovami objeví lano – a na něm Philippe Petit stráví dlouhých pětačtyřicet minut, než ho policie zatkne. Tento husarský kousek sledují i postavy románu – a ten den se jim všem změní život. Corrigan, pocházející z Irska, teď přežívá v nuzném bytě v Bronxu. Studoval sice v kněžském semináři a je z něj mnich, nejvíc ho ale zajímají místní prostitutky. Hlavně se mu líbí Jazzlyn, která má zrovna předstoupit před soud kvůli drobnému kriminálnímu deliktu. Jenže soudce řeší mnohem delikátnější kauzu, má posoudit Petitův přečin. Autorův střídmý, ale nadmíru výstižný styl, místy s elegickým nádechem, líčí společenskou atmosféru New Yorku, tehdy ještě rozděleného na bohatý a mocný jih – Manhattan a rasově i sociálně problematický sever – Bronx.
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Co svět světem stojí


V románu se ledacos točí okolo mrakodrapů Světového obchodního střediska. Nepíše se ovšem rok 2001 a věže nepadají k zemi, je rok 1974 a jednoho rána se ve výšce čtyřset metrů mezi oběma budovami objeví lano – a na něm Philippe Petit stráví dlouhých pětačtyřicet minut, než ho policie zatkne. Tento husarský kousek sledují i postavy románu – a ten den se jim všem změní život. Corrigan, pocházející z Irska, teď přežívá v nuzném bytě v Bronxu. Studoval sice v kněžském semináři a je z něj mnich, nejvíc ho ale zajímají místní prostitutky. Hlavně se mu líbí Jazzlyn, která má zrovna předstoupit před soud kvůli drobnému kriminálnímu deliktu. Jenže soudce řeší mnohem delikátnější kauzu, má posoudit Petitův přečin. Autorův střídmý, ale nadmíru výstižný styl, místy s elegickým nádechem, líčí společenskou atmosféru New Yorku, tehdy ještě rozděleného na bohatý a mocný jih – Manhattan a rasově i sociálně problematický sever – Bronx.
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Zoli


Zoli prožívá dětství v době, která pro její lid znamená období nejhoršího pronásledování. Její rodina je vyvražděna Hlinkovou gardou a romská skupina, ve které pak v péči dědečka vyrůstá, se musí neustále skrývat. Pro Zoli je to však doba, kdy se sží vá s cikánskými tradicemi a především poznává sílu a moc hudby, která celému společenství pomáhá přežít. Začne skládat vlastní písně, a když po válce komunistický režim v Česko - slovensku prohlásí Romy za jádro proletářské společnosti, Zoli se stane jednou z nej - populárnějších představitelek proletářského básnictví. Pak ale dojde na naplňování paragrafu 72 o zákazu kočovnictví a Zolina popularita se obrací proti ní samé. Příběh volně inspirovaný osudem polské zpěvačky a básnířky Papuszy přiná ší strhující svědectví o konci jedné z kultur tvořících pestrou mozaiku předválečné a poválečné středoevropské společnosti.
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Hadd forogjon a nagyvilág


A Hadd forogjon a nagyvilág az elmúlt évek egyik legizgalmasabb angol nyelvű regénye. A cím Lord Tennyson Locksley Hall című versének egyik kulcssora. A címben emlegetett forgás a regény poétikájára és történetére is jellemző. A regény egyik cselekményszála Philippe Petit lenyűgöző légimutatványától indul, aki 1974-ben átsétált a Világkereskedelmi Központ ikertornyai között. Ebben a kontextusban a mű izgalmasan kapcsolódik 9/11-toposzához, és még inkább New York irodalmi-kulturális mitológiájához. McCann ugyanis ennek a tébolyítóan izgalmas és az ellentéteket, konfliktusokat végletesen kifeszítő metropolisznak is megírta egyik lehetséges regényét. A Hadd forogjon a nagyvilág másik szála nem a magasban, hanem a mélyben játszódik: egy prostituált életkálváriáját és bírósági perét ismerhetjük meg benne. A különböző karakterek, események és motívumok olykor majdhogynem láthatatlan idegkötélpályákon keresztül kapcsolódnak össze. A regény vállalása és tétje hogy az egyensúly előfeltétele a feszültségek maximalizálása. A Hadd forogjon a nagyvilág végeredményben egy létállapotnak, a világforgásnak, a folyamatos egyensúlyozásnak, e mutatvány képtelenségének és szükségszerűségének a regénye. Colum McCann 1965-ben született Dublinban, New Yorkban él. A Hadd forogjon a nagyvilág 2009-ben elnyerte a Nemzeti Könyvdíjat (National Book Award).
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TransAtlantic


In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 1845 Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. And in 1998 Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. Stitching these stories intricately together, Colum McCann sets out to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.
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Thirteen Ways of Looking


NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Los Angeles Times • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • The Independent In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award–winning author Colum McCann has transfixed readers with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments. “As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing.” In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life’s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In “Sh’khol,” a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In “Treaty,” an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in “What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?” a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year’s Eve. Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, yet also full of comfort, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter, but in the end do not fail us, and a contemplation of the healing power of literature. Praise for Thirteen Ways of Looking “Extraordinary . . . incandescent.”—Chicago Tribune “The irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories McCann explores that theme in some strikingly effective ways. . . . [The first story] is as fascinating as it is poignant. . . . [The second] captures the mundane and mysterious aspects of shaping characters from the gray clay of words, placing them in realistic settings and breathing life into their lungs. . . . That he makes the story so emotionally compelling is a sign of his genius. . . . The most remarkable [piece] is Sh’khol. . . . Caught in the rushing currents of this drama, you know you’re reading a little masterpiece.”—The Washington Post “McCann is a writer of power and subtlety and beauty. . . . The powerful title story loiters in the mind long after you’ve read it.”—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times “[McCann] unspools complex and unforgettable stories in this, his first collection in more than a decade.”—The Boston Globe “McCann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters.”—The Wall Street Journal “Powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann’s beautifully wrought writing in Thirteen Ways of Looking glides off the page.”—BuzzFeed “McCann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin so acclaimed.”—The Huffington Post From the Hardcover edition.
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Zoli


A major new novel about a gypsy woman exiled for betraying her people, from the prize-winning author of DANCERThe novel begins in Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s when Zoli, a young Roma girl, is six years old. The fascist Hlinka guards had driven most of her people out onto the frozen lake and forced them to stay there until the spring, when the ice cracked and everyone drowned - Zoli's parents, brothers and sisters. Now she and her grandfather head off in search of a 'company'. Zoli teaches herself to read and write and becomes a singer, a privileged position in a gypsy company as they are viewed as the guardians of gypsy tradition. But Zoli is different because she secretly writes down some of her songs. With the rise of the Nazis, the suppression of the gypsies intensifies. The war ends when Zoli is 16 and with the spread of socialism, the Roma are suddenly regarded as 'comrades' again. Zoli meets Stephen Swann, a man with whom she will have a passionate affair, but who will also betray her. He persuades Zoli to publish some of her work. But when the government try to use Zoli to help them in their plan to 'settle' gypsies, her community turns against her. They condemn her to 'Pollution for Life', which means she is exiled forever. She begins a journey that will eventually lead her to Italy and a new life. Zoli is based very loosely on the true story of the Gypsy poet, Papsuza, who was sentenced to a Life of Pollution by her fellow Roma when a Polish intellectual published her poems. But Colum has turned this into so much more - it's a brilliantly written work that brings the culture and the time to life.
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Mailer, MoonFire, 50yrs


On July 20, 1969, science fiction became reality. Revisit the momentous moon landing in the 50thanniversary editionof Norman Mailer’s classic book on the Apollo 11 mission. This volume includes hundreds of imagessourced from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections, documenting the lead up to, aftermath, and breathtaking moments of that giant leap for mankind.It has been called the single most historic event of the 20th century: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collinsmet John F. Kennedy’s call for a manned Moon landing by the end of the 1960s. A decade of tests and training, a staff of 400,000 engineers and scientists, a budget of billions, and the most powerful rocket ever launched all combined in an unprecedented event watched by millions the world over. And no one captured the men, the mood, and the machinery like Norman Mailer.One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Norman Mailerwas hired byLIFEmagazine in 1969 to cover the Moon shot. He enhanced his reportage in the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon, which is excerpted here. Equally adept at examiningthe science of space travel and the psychology of the people involved—from Saturn V rocket engineer Wernher von Braun to the crucial NASA support staff to the three astronauts—Mailer provides provocative and trenchant insights into this epoch-making event.Illustrating this volume are hundreds of photographsand maps from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections. These images document the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the Moon’s surface, and the world’s jubilant reaction to the landing. This 50-year anniversary editionincludes captions by leading Apollo 11 expertsthat explain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and postflight astronaut interviews; while an evocative introduction by Colum McCanncelebrates Mailer’s incomparable skill at transforming “the science of space... the weight of history... the breadth of mythology” into prose. The author Norman Mailer(1923–2007) was one of the 20th century’s greatest and most influential writers, as well as one of America’s most renowned and controversial literary figures. The best-selling author of a dozen novels and 20 works of nonfiction, he also wrote stage plays, screenplays, television miniseries, hundreds of essays, two books of poetry, and a collection of short stories. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.The contributing author Colum McCannis the author of eight books, including Let the Great World Spin. He has written for The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The Times(London), The Irish Times, and La República.
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Norman Mailer. MoonFire. The Epic Journey of Apollo 11


It has been called the single most historic event of the 20th century: On July 20, 1969, after a decade of tests and training, supported by a staff of 400,000 engineers and scientists, and with a budget of billions, the most powerful rocket ever launched brought Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon. Nobody captured the men, the mood, and the machinery like Norman Mailer, hired by LIFE magazine to cover the mission in a dazzling reportage he later enhanced into the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon. Rediscover this epoch-making event with TASCHEN's adaptation of Mailer's account, now in our popular Reader's Edition so you can really curl up and travel not just back in time, but into outer space. The text is accompanied by hundreds of photographs from the NASA vaults, the archives of LIFE, and other leading magazines of the day, documenting the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the moon's surface, as well as the world's jubilant reaction to the landing. Captions by leading Apollo 11 experts explain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and post flight astronaut interviews, while an evocative introduction by Colum McCann celebrates Mailer's incomparable skill at transforming "the science of space...the weight of history...the breadth of mythology" into prose.
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Zoli


The life of Zoli Novotna begins on the leafy backroads of Slovakia, when she and her grandfather come upon a quiet lake where their family has been drowned by Fascist guards. Zoli and her grandfather flee to join up with another clan of travelling harpists. So begins an epic tale of song, intimacy and betrayal.Based loosely on the true story of the Gypsy poet Papusza, and set against the backdrop of the Second World War, Zoli is a love story, a tale of loss, and a parable of modern-day Europe.
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