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Barkskins: Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017

Annie Proulx

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Anno: 2017
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 736 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 198 x 129 mm
Peso: 510 gr.
  • EAN: 9780007232017
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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017 A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world's forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a "seigneur," for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters - barkskins. Rene suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi'kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years - their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse. Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid - in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope - that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskins is her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.
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    (Norwich, Connecticut, 1935) narratrice statunitense di origine franco-canadese. Dalla madre pittrice, vissuta tra i nativi Pawnee, ha ereditato la passione naturalistica e uno sguardo acuto e attento. La sua narrazione, sospesa tra storia locale e incantata contemplazione di una terra ancestrale perduta, adombra il mito emersoniano della natura incontaminata: Avviso ai naviganti (The shipping news, 1993, premio Pulitzer), sulla coraggiosa scelta di un uomo che in un villaggio di pescatori ai confini del mondo ricomincia una nuova vita insieme alle figlie. Nella cornice di una provincia rurale e intollerante ha ambientato storie di amori non convenzionali: le raccolte di racconti Storie del Wyoming (Close range. Wyoming stories, 1999; contiene Brokeback Mountain, da cui è stato tratto il film... Approfondisci
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