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Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome and Memory Wall. Doerr's short fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Rome Prize, and shared the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award with Jonathan Safran Foer. In 2007 Granta placed Doerr on its list of the 21 Best Young American novelists. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
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One of our Books of the Year 2015. May 2015 Book of the Month. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A big book in every way, powerful, intensely moving and awe inspiring. It traces the lives of blind Marie and orphan Werner through World War II. Werner is a whizz with fixing things and is pushed into Hitler’s Youth and on into the heart of the fighting until he lands up in St Malo on the Brittany coast where he meets Marie. Marie has fled there from Paris as the Germans advanced. The novel takes us through to the present. It is an epic story of the horror of war, the suffering and endurance illuminated with many acts of kindness. Beautifully written, it is a memorable, haunting tale. Doerr is an author to note being chosen by Granta as one of 21 Best Young American Novelists of the moment. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
The epic new novel, set during WW2, from Sunday Times Short Story Prize-winner Anthony Doerr. Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father's life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering. At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in. Doerr's combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, 'All The Light We Cannot See' is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.
A blind man spends his days roaming the beaches of Kenya collecting shells, classifying them by feeling their whorls, spines and folds in his fingers. A young woman discovers that she can explore the inner world of an animal's mind by touching its freshly dead body. A refugee from Liberia, who cannot escape the horrors that he has witnessed, finds salvation in the clandesitne act of burying the hearts of beached whales. In The Shell Collector Antony Doerr illuminates both the riotous dangers of the natural world and the rocky terrain of the human heart.
Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family's home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming, unstoppably. He sleepwalks during them, bringing catastrophe into his reach. Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter Grace is born. And then the visions of Grace's death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by the same horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come, he cannot face his destiny and flees. He beaches on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades, he musters the strength to find out.
Ket kamasz... A II. vilaghaboru sotetsege... Es a halvanyan pislakolo humanum, amely megmutatja az egyeduli kiutat: a lathatatlan fenyt. Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a Termeszettudomanyi Muzeumban dolgozo zsenialis lakatosmester lanya hateves koraban megvakul. Az apja elkesziti szamara Parizs tokeletes makettjet, hogy a lany tajekozodni tudjon a fenyek varosaban. Am mire elkeszul a miniatur varossal, a nacik lerohanjak Franciaorszagot es megszalljak Parizst... Werner Pfennig egy nemet arvahazban el es kulonos kepesseggel bir: mindenfele radiot kepes megjavitani es megszolaltatni. Tehetsegere hamar felfigyelnek, s Werner egy naci katonai iskolaban talalja magat, ahol kenytelen szembesulni a rendszer embertelensegevel... A naci invazio elol Marie-Laure apjaval egy tavoli, tengerparti kisvarosba menekul, nagyapja egykori hazaba, nem utolsosorban azzal a megbizatassal, hogy elrejtsek a Langok Tengerenek hivott es sotet legendakkal ovezett gyemantot, amelyet a megszallok egre-foldre keresnek. A haboru azonban hamarosan utoleri oket, es Marie-Laure retteg a hirhedt gyemant atkatol... Anthony Doerr lirai szepsegu regenye ket kamasz gyermek egymasba fonodo sorsan keresztul mutatja be a II. vilaghaboru embertelen poklat, a lathato sotetseget, amelybol a szilankokra tort, halvanyan pislogo humanum mutatja az egyeduli kiutat: a lathatatlan fenyt. Anthony Doerrt 2007-ben a Granta cimu brit irodalmi folyoirat a huszonegy legjobb fiatal amerikai regenyiro koze valasztotta, 2011-ben pedig megnyerte a Sunday Times novellapalyazatat. Neve azonban A lathatatlan feny cimu regennyel valt vilagszerte ismertte. A kotet nagyon jo kritikai visszhangot valtott ki, jeloltek a rangos National Book Awardra, hosszu ideig szerepelt a New York Times sikerlistajan, s a lap a 2014-es ev tiz legjobb regenye koze is bevalasztotta. 2015-ben pedig az Andrew Carnegie- es a Pulitzer-dijat is elnyerte. Doerr az Idaho allambeli Boise-ban el felesegevel es ket fiaval. A lathatatlan feny az elso magyarul olvashato muve. "e;Anthony Doerr a vilagot ugy szemleli, mint egy tudos, am ugy erzekeli, ahogy egy kolto. Sok mindenhez ert - radiokeszulekekhez, gyemantokhoz, puhatestuekhez, madarakhoz, viragokhoz, zarakhoz, fegyverekhez -, s mindennek tetejebe olyan szepen ir, olyan magaval ragado kepeket es jeleneteket alkot, hogy sorait olvasva maskent gondolunk az olyan jelentos dolgokra, mint a szerelem, a felelem, a kegyetlenseg, a kedvesseg, az emberi sziv szamtalan vetulete. Doerr uj regenye rendkivul izgalmas, a szerkezetet tekintve meresz, reszletekben es lelkiekben gazdag. Olyan mu, amelyet sokaig izlelget, amelyen sokat tunodik az ember, amely miatt boldogan marad fonn keso ejjelig, hogy aztan minden baratjat arra biztassa, olvassa el, megpedig azonnal."e; (J. R. Moehringer) "e;Ez a tortenet egy ekko, s ugy van osszerakva, mint egy antik zsebora: a sok kulonbozo szal tokeletesen fut ossze benne. Doerr stilusa es kepei lenyugozoek. Regota nem olvastam regenyt, amely ennyire magaval ragadott. A tortenet meg most is itt el bennem."e; (Abraham Verghese) "e;A termeszet torvenyeinek szepsege es a szornyu celok, amelyekre a haboru felhasznalja oket; az emberi sziv torekenysege es szivossaga; a pillanat megvaltoztathatatlansaga es az ido gyogyito ereje - a regeny finoman erzekelteti a vilag ellentmondasait. A nyelvezete epp olyan lelemenyesen megszerkesztett, mint a regeny lakatosmesterenek makettjei, a helyszineket is epp olyan erzekletesen idezi meg. Impozans es felemelo regeny."e; (M. L. Stedman) A Konyvjelzo magazin 2015. oktoberi szamaban megjelent cikk: Egy regeny, amelynek szive van
Vpervye na russkom - sbornik EHntoni Dorra, avtora porazitel'nogo mezhdunarodnogo bestsellera "e;Ves' nevidimyj nam svet (roman poluchil Pulitcerovskuyu premiyu i stal finalistom Nacional'noj knizhnoj premii SSHA) i sbornika "e;Sobiratel' rakushek. Sem' trogatel'nyh, poehtichnyh istorij o vechnyh i nerazreshimyh problemah, o beskrajnej prirode i meste cheloveka v nej, o nepostizhimosti lyubvi i nevynosimosti utraty, no v pervuyu ochered' - o pamyati kak o tom, chto pridaet zhizni smysl, kak o hrupkoj niti, svyazyvayushchej nas s drugimi lyud'mi i s nashim sobstvennym "e;ya. Kak bylo skazano v odnoj iz recenzij: "e;Pri chtenii rasskazov Dorra v nas probuzhdaetsya to vostorzhennoe chuvstvo, kotoroe my ispytyvaem lish' ot sil'noj lyubvi k blizkomu cheloveku ili predmetu nashih zanyatij.
Vpervye na russkom - debyutnaya kniga EHntoni Dorra, avtora porazitel'nogo mezhdunarodnogo bestsellera "e;Ves' nevidimyj nam svet Vosem' trogatel'nyh, poehtichnyh istorij o vechnyh i nerazreshimyh problemah, o beskrajnej prirode i meste cheloveka v nej, o nepostizhimosti lyubvi i nevynosimosti utraty. Zdes' slepoj sobiratel' rakushek mozhet opredelit' raznovidnost' kazhdogo ehkzemplyara s absolyutnoj tochnost'yu, lish' oshchupyvaya ih izgiby, uzly i skladki; zdes' molodaya devushka, dotronuvshis' do zalegshego v spyachku medvedya, mozhet oshchutit', chto emu snitsya; zdes' paleontolog uchitsya begat' po Afrike, chtoby dognat' dikarku svoej mechty.
Anthony Doerr, the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of All the Light We Cannot See, reads his 2007 memoir, Four Seasons in Romeavailable on audio for the very first time!On the day Tony Doerr and his wife returned from the hospital with their newborn twins, he received a letter from the Academy of Arts and Letters informing him that he had won the prestigious Rome Prize, which provides a stipend, an apartment, and a writing studio at the beautiful American Academy for a year. Six months and a few Italian lessons later, they arrived in Rome. Insatiably curious, an avid reader, and an extraordinary eloquent observer of nature, Doerr sets out to discover Rome. He reads Pliny, Dante, Shelley and visits the churches and piazzas and ancient cisterns they describe. He reads the history of the papacy and attends the vigil as Pope John Paul II lies dying. He takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. And he and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers in their little neighborhood on a Roman hill. For anyone who loves Romeor wants to know itthis is a gorgeous, informative audiobook. It is also an illuminating account of how a writer transforms experience into sentences, how this writer sees and captures the world.
The first novel by the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, one of the most beautiful, wise, and compelling debuts of recent times.David Winkler begins life in Anchorage, Alaska, a quiet boy drawn to the volatility of weather and obsessed with snow. Sometimes he sees things before they happena man carrying a hatbox will be hit by a bus; Winkler will fall in love with a woman in a supermarket. When David dreams that his infant daughter will drown in a flood as he tries to save her, he comes undone. He travels thousands of miles, fleeing family, home, and the future itself, to deny the dream. On a Caribbean island, destitute, alone, and unsure if his child has survived or his wife can forgive him, David is sheltered by a couple with a daughter of their own. Ultimately it is she who will pull him back into the world, to search for the people he left behind. Doerr's characters are full of grief and longing, but also replete with grace. His compassion for human frailty is extraordinarily moving. In luminous prose, he writes about the power and beauty of nature and about the tiny miracles that transform our lives. About Grace is heartbreaking, radiant, and astonishingly accomplished.
Vpervye na russkom - novejshij roman ot laureata mnogih prestizhnyh literaturnyh premij EHntoni Dorra. EHta kniga, vynashivavshayasya bolee desyati let, nemedlenno popala v spiski bestsellerov - i vot uzhe kotoryj mesyac ih ne pokidaet. "e;Ves' nevidimyj nam svet rasskazyvaet o dvigayushchihsya, sami togo ne vedaya, navstrechu drug drugu slepoj francuzskoj devochke i robkom nemeckom mal'chike, kotorye pytayutsya, kazhdyj na svoj maner, vyzhit', poka krugom bushuet vojna, ne poteryat' chelovecheskij oblik i sohranit' svoih blizkih. EHto kniga o lyubvi i smerti, o tom, chto s nami delaet vojna, o tom, chto nevidimyj svet pobedit dazhe samuyu beznadezhnuyu t'mu.
WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTIONNATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laures reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museums most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laures converge. Doerrs stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer whose sentences never fail to thrill (Los Angeles Times).
From the author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, a collection of stories about memory: the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. In the luminous title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman's secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In 'The River Nemunas', a teenaged orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. And in 'Afterworld,' a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson. The stories in Memory Wall show us how we figure the world, and show Anthony Doerr to be a master of the form.
Set in Detroit during the Depression, Doerr tells the affecting story of Tom, meant to die of a weak heart before he is 18, who is cossetted by his mother, but shown a world of possibilities by the flame-haired Ruby.Set in Detroit during the Depression, Doerr tells the affecting story of Tom, meant to die of a weak heart before he is 18, who is cossetted by his mother, but shown a world of possibilities by the flame-haired Ruby.
On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome... 'Four Seasons in Rome' charts the repercussions of that day, describing Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the first year of parenthood. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats - the chroniclers of Rome who came before him - and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighbourhood, whose clamour of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating account of the alchemy of writers.
Beautifully written and compelling, About Grace is the brilliant debut novel from Anthony Doerr. Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family's home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming, unstoppably. He sleepwalks during them, bringing catastrophe into his reach. Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter Grace is born. And then the visions of Grace's death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by the same horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come, he cannot face his destiny and flees. He beaches on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades, he musters the strength to find out...
The showstopping debut from the author of the #1 Sunday Times bestseller ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE A blind man spends his days roaming the beaches of Kenya collecting shells, classifying them by feeling their whorls, spines and folds in his fingers. A young woman discovers that she can explore the inner world of an animal's mind by touching its freshly dead body. A refugee from Liberia, who cannot escape the horrors that he has witnessed, finds salvation in the clandesitne act of burying the hearts of beached whales. In The Shell Collector Antony Doerr illuminates both the riotous dangers of the natural world and the rocky terrain of the human heart.