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Novelist Jim Crace has won numerous prizes for his writing including the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the David Higham Prize for Fiction. He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999.
Winner of the Impac Prize 2015. A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing and exciting it is that rare thing, a hugely enjoyable and readable book which will have you thinking about it and its themes for weeks to come. - Sarah Broadhurst Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Harvest, by Jim Crace, was my own ‘novel of the year’ pick when it came out. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013, and it won the IMPAC Dublin Award, so I am obviously not alone in admiring it so much. Harvest is set in a village called simply The Village. No precise historical time period or geographical location are offered. We are … somewhere and somewhen in England, apparently the 17th century. We share in the villagers’ general ignorance about the wider world. And that ignorance, the vulnerability of it, becomes central to the story — which is about a period when land owners came to realize that there was more money and less uncertainty in sheep than in tenants and farming, with all the obvious implications for the farmers. The writing is exquisite, and though the story is dark it is not without redemption, and there is so much illumination and reward for a reader here. It’s a lament for a lost way of life, but also an alert as to the inevitability, and the consequences, of change. A brilliant novel. Selected by our Spring 2021 Guest Editor, Guy Gavriel Kay
This is Jim Crace at his most accessible. With this carefully drawn novel, set in a post-apocalyptic America, Crace takes the reader through the most desperate of circumstances, seemingly humdrum from afar, which, in fact, are the essential elements of existence: shelter, food and companionship. As the tale unfolds, the predicament in which the main protagonists find themselves, initially scarcely credible (could this happen to America?), the author depicts the breakdown so skilfully as to draw resounding parallels with the present day.
Az aratas utani nap az eldugott angol falu lakoinak a jol megerdemelt pihenes es lakomazas napja. Az egen azonban ket fustfelho jelenik meg, az oromteli varakozast pedig riadalom es gyanakvas valtja fel.Az egyik fustfelho a gazda felgyujtott pajtajat jelzi, a masik jovevenyek tuzet, akik az ujonnan elfogadott foldtorveny ertelmeben igy remelnek jogot arra, hogy maradjanak...A falusiak szerint a ket tuz nem lehet veletlen, es eroszakos jovot jelez. Ekozben egy masik idegen is erkezik a gazda meghivasara, aki a hatart meri es terkepezi fel, es akinek jelenlete meg a foldfoglalokenal is nagyobb fenyegetest jelent.A felgyorsult es megallithatatlan esemenyek hatasara a falu elete napok alatt szetesik, az aratas oromet felelem keseriti meg, sulyos buntetes es halal. A tortenet idotlen es felkavaro, a gyonyoruen megidezett vilag pedig joval azutan is velunk marad, hogy elolvastuk konyvet.A 2015-os IMPAC Dublin Irodalmi dij nyerteseA 2014-es Tate Black-dij nyerteseA 2013-as Man Booker-dij jeloltjeA 2013-as Goldsmith-dij jeloltjeA 2014-es Walter Scott tortenelmi regenydij jeloltjeAz utolso aratas J. M. Coetzee legjobb regenyet, A barbarokra varva-t idezi... Crace a radikalis zurzavar egyik legnagyszerubb iroja, bizonytalan, kerlelhetetlen, korunk tokeletes kronikasa. - The New York Times Crace legcsabitobb es lebilincselobb regenye. - New StatesmanMeghato tortenet egy zart vilagrol es annak egyszeru lakoirol, ahogy a tragikus es elkerulhetetlen osszeomlas fele tartanak. - Wall Street JournalRettenetes, lirai szepsegu konyv, semmilyen mas regenyhez nem hasonlit. - SpectatorAz utolso aratas olvashato mitikus vagy akar bibliai osszefuggesben is, de az egyen es a kozosseg fizikai es erzelmi kisemmizese, amely a regeny lelket jelenti, ma is ugyanolyan ervenyes politikailag, mint abban a korban. - Guardian
FROM THE MAN BOOKER SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF HARVEST 'The Melody takes its place among his finest [novels] . . . an ecological fable for modern times' Guardian 'Seductively atmospheric . . . deeply moving' Daily Mail 'Brilliant' Observer Alfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home. Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, 'innocent and wild', and his words fan the flames of old rumour - of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town - and new controversy: the town's paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all. Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, The Melody by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably. This is a story about grief and ageing, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel too - a rallying cry to protect those we persecute.
Roman Recolta"e; a fost nominalizat la Man Booker Prize in 2013, a castigat James Tait Black Prize Fiction in 2014, iar in 2015 este nominalizat pentru International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A doua zi dupa strangerea recoltei, locuitorii unui satuc englezesc zaresc pe cer doua fuioare de fum, care ii umplu de presimtiri sumbre. Primul vine de la acareturile stapanului: porumbarul a luat foc si o parte din recolta este compromisa. Cel de-al doilea vine din padure si vesteste sosirea unor straini. Hotarati sa caute un tap ispasitor printre nou-veniti, satenii pleaca intr-o expeditie de pedepsire a intrusilor, dar declanseaza un cumplit lant de razbunari, care, in doar sapte zile, ameninta sa distruga satul din temelii. Intre timp, un alt nou venit a fost vazut luand notite si facand schite ale pamantului, iar prezenta lui, mai mult decat a oricui altcuiva, este cea mai mare amenintare pentru echilibrul satului. Intr-o proza supla, care curge in cadente lirice, Jim Crace ne ofera o poveste cu subtile rezonante biblice, despre o comunitate care se lupta sa ramana neschimbata in siajul istoriei. Aceasta lume frumos evocata persista in mintea cititorului mult dupa ce a trecut de ultima pagina a romanului.Un roman care meritA sA stea alA turi de operele marelui mentor al lui Crace, William Golding."e; - Sunday Times Jim Crace E tie cu o precizie de maestru ce trebuie spus E i ce trebuie doar sugerat. Recolta este de departe cel mai bun roman al anului."e; - The Spectator nE esatA de evocA ri ale vieE ii de la E arA , proza lui Crace este att de senzualA nct nu poE i dect sA crezi cA este vorba despre un loc real. Dar acest sat este ca E i pA durile din poveE tile FraE ilor Grimm, un spaE iu menit sA fie n egalA mA surA familiar E i straniu."e; - Salon PuE ine romane att de rafinate sau att de complexe n aparenta lor simplitate vor fi publicate anul acesta, sau de fapt n orice an de acum nainte."e; - Irish Times
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD. A couple lie naked in the dunes at Baritone Bay, at the spot where, almost thirty years before, they had first had sex as students. Nostalgia has sent Celice and Joseph back to their singing stretch of coast, but in the seeming calm of the afternoon they meet a brutal and unexpected fate - one which will still their bodies but not their love, and certainly not their story. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award A couple lie naked in the dunes at Baritone Bay, at the spot where, almost thirty years before, they had first had sex as students. Nostalgia has sent Celice and Joseph back to their singing stretch of coast, but in the seeming calm of the afternoon they meet a brutal and unexpected fate - one which will still their bodies but not their love, and certainly not their story.
Felix Dern is a celebrated actor, revered for his talent and his looks. Unbeknownst to those he seduces, he is exceptional in other ways, too. ';Every woman he dares to sleep with bears his child . . .' Gifted or cursed, Lix now has six living reminders of what he did, with whom, and all in the pursuit of the elusive dream of love. Set in the beguiling City of Kisses, this seamless novel charts the history of a loving, baffled man in what emerges as a mischievous meditation on eternal sexual conundrums of love, power, parenthood and desire.
One night when there are guests and all the wine has gone, they put the can into the candlelight amongst the debris of their meal and play the guessing game. An aphrodisiac. perhaps; ';Let's try . . .' ' Bursting with delightfully subversive ingredients and mischievous behaviour, The Devil's Larder is a sensuous portraitin sixty-four partsof a community in which meals cater not for taste buds but to satisfy the imagination This is a book about our loves. and hates, our appetites and desires, rendered with startling beauty and devilish invention.
November, 1836. A fierce gale beaches an American steamer off the English coast, injuring an African slave below decks and eventually disgorging 300 head of cattle and an inn-ful of rowdy American sailors into a hardscrabble fishing village. The same storm drives into port a ship from London, bearing one Aymer Smith, the foolish well-intentioned prig who will deprive the town of its livelihood, free the American slave, and set into motion a whole series of unforeseeable, tragicomic events. Chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 1995, Signals of Distress, Jim Crace's fourth novel, once again displays the author's gift for inventing richly strange and believable worlds that uncannily foretell our own.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Jim Crace's biggest novel since Being Dead draws once more on his genius with landscape and myth, to create a lost and bewitching English world. Told in Jim Crace's hypnotic prose, Harvest evokes the tragedy of land pillaged and communities scattered, as England's fields are irrevocably enclosed. Timeless yet singular, mythical yet deeply personal, this beautiful novel of one man and his unnamed village speaks for a way of life lost for ever.
The prodigiously talented Jim Crace has returned with a new novel that explores the complexities of love and violence witha scenario that juxtaposes humor and humanaspiration.British jazzman Leonard Lessing spent a memorable yet unsuccessful few days in Austin, Texas, trying to seduce a woman he fancied. During his stay, he became caught up in her messy life, which included a new lover, a charismatic but carelessly violent man named Maxie.Eighteen years later, Maxie enters Leonard's life again, but this time in England, where he is armed and holding hostages. Leonard must decide whether to sit silently by as the standoff unfolds or find the courage to go to the crime scene where he could potentially save lives. The lives of two mothers and two daughtersall strikingly independent and spiritedhang in the balance.Set in Texas and the suburbs of England, All That Follows is a novel in which tender, unheroic moments triumph over the more strident and aggressive facets of our age.It also provides moving and surprising insights into the conflict between our private and public lives and redefines heroism in this new century. It is a masterful work from one of Britain's brightest literary lights.From the Hardcover edition.
Victor, an eighty-year-old multimillionaire, surveys his empire from the remoteness of his cloud-capped penthouse. Expensively insulated from the outside world, he nonetheless finds that memories of his impoverished childhood will not be kept so easily at bay. Focusing on the one area of vitality and chaos that remains in the streets below him, he formulates a plan to leave a mark on the city - one as indelible and disruptive as the mark the city left on him. Victor, an eighty-year-old multimillionaire, surveys his empire from the remoteness of his cloud-capped penthouse. Expensively insulated from the outside world, he nonetheless finds that memories of his impoverished childhood will not be kept so easily at bay. Focusing on the one area of vitality and chaos that remains in the streets below him, he formulates a plan to leave a mark on the city - one as indelible and disruptive as the mark the city left on him.
'Hard and actual in observation, clearly and richly imagined, remarkably original' Guardian A novel in seven stories, Continent is an exploration of the cultures, communities and natural life of an entirely imaginary realm. Built on rich seams of myth and metaphor, this new, seventh continent is strange, atmospheric and yet not wholly a mirage, for its inhabitants are disarmingly familiar, known to us through their loves, their hopes and their struggles to make sense of life. On its first publication over twenty years ago, this spellbinding book marked the arrival of one of the most inventive minds at work in modern fiction. 'Fuses folklore and political parable, moral fable and myth, into something rather original and also very modern' The Times 'Makes us see our own world more clearly . . . brilliant, provocative and delightful' New York Times
'The intense story of the pre-historical moment when stone yielded to bronze . . . Crace is a virtuoso' Frank Kermode, New York Times A coastal community live prosperously crafting fine stone tools. But their proud insularity is breached by raiders, and in the violence a boy loses his arm. Useless as a knapper, he finds a role as the village storyteller, roaming far and returning home with fantastically embellished tales. When the arrival of a new metal threatens all their livelihoods, his fearless imagination becomes a lifesaving gift. 'His style is as simple as it is beautiful . . . Crace reveals the dignity in human labour and the power of the passing of time' Herald 'A deceptively simple book that explores profound ideas with a rare delicacy of touch' Los Angeles Times 'Bewitching . . . brings a lost world to life and imbues it with a sense of wonder' Sunday Times
Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland. The machines have stopped. The government has collapsed. Farmlands lie fallow and the soil is contaminated by toxins. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe.Franklin Lopez and his brother, Jackson, are only days away from the ocean when Franklin, nearly crippled by an inflamed knee, is forced to stop. In the woods near his temporary refuge, Franklin comes upon an isolated stone building. Inside he finds Margaret, a woman with a deadly infection and confined to the Pesthouse to sweat out her fever. Tentatively, the two join forces and make their way through the ruins of old America. Confronted by bandits rounding up men for slavery, finding refuge in the Ark, a religious community that makes bizarre demands on those they shelter, Franklin and Margaret find their wariness of each other replaced by deep trust and an intimacy neither one has ever experienced before.THE PESTHOUSE is Jim Craces most compelling novel to date. Rich in its understanding of Americas history and ethos, it is a paean to the human spirit.
THE DEVIL'S LARDER is a cumulative novel in sixty-four parts, all on the subject of food. Crace's readers might learn that little is to be trusted about food from these hilarious, delightful and subversive ingredients, but they will encounter a startling and touching patchwork portrait of a community where meals are served with lashings of passion and recipes come spiced with unexpected challenges and hopes.