Jennifer Egan

  • Ville émeraude Nouv.

    Solitude, regret et désir sous toutes ses formes - désir de changer, de se racheter, d'échapper à son quotidien - sont au coeur de ces onze nouvelles magistrales, les premières jamais écrites par la renommée Jennifer Egan. Ses personnages - des mannequins, des femmes au foyer, des banquiers, des écolières - se voient réunis par une quête commune, celle de vivre des expériences qui les transportent loin de leurs propres corps et esprit, au-delà des frontières du désir. Depuis des lieux exotiques tels que la Chine et Bora-Bora, cosmopolites comme Manhattan ou plus routiniers, comme la banlieue de l'Illinois, ils partent à la recherche de nouvelles vies.
    Élégantes et poignantes, les nouvelles rassemblées dans Ville émeraude sont de brutes évocations de la découverte de soi.

  • Alors qu'elle a presque douze ans, Anna Kerrigan accompagne son père chez Dexter Styles, un homme qui, comprend-elle, est crucial pour la survie de sa famille. Derrière sa maison, elle aperçoit l'océan, qui l'émerveille autant que le mystère pesant qui lie les deux hommes. Des années plus tard, son père a disparu, et le pays est en guerre. Anna travaille au chantier naval de Brooklyn, où les femmes effectuent des tâches autrefois réservées aux hommes, désormais au front. Elle devient la première femme scaphandrier. Un soir, dans un club, elle croise de nouveau le chemin de Dexter Styles, et commence à comprendre la complexité de la vie de son père, ainsi que les possibles raisons de sa disparition.

  • La solitude, les regrets mais surtout le désir, sous toutes ses formes - désir de changer, de se racheter, d'échapper à son quotidien -, sont au coeur de ces onze nouvelles magistrales. Depuis des lieux exotiques, comme la Chine ou Bora-Bora, cosmopolites, comme Manhattan, ou plus banals, comme une banlieue de l'Illinois, les personnages de Jennifer Egan - des mannequins, des femmes au foyer, des banquiers, des écolières... - sont en quête d'une nouvelle vie, cherchent à dépasser les frontières.
    Près de trente ans après leur publication, voici enfin traduites les élégantes et poignantes nouvelles qui composent Ville émeraude. Un événement.

    « Réaliste et abstraite, postmoderniste avec un savoir-faire à l'ancienne, Jennifer Egan surprend à chaque livre par un mode de construction différent. Des architectures à la Escher, et une narration entre William T. Vollmann et George Eliot. » Michel Schneider, Le Point.

  • Le donjon

    Jennifer Egan

    Enfants, Danny et Howie ont partagé les mêmes jeux, jusqu'à ce que Danny trahisse Howie. Vingt ans plus tard, les rôles ont changé : Howie a fait fortune alors que Danny accumule les échecs. Ce dernier rejoint Howie aux confins de la Bohême pour rénover un château médiéval. Dans un climat de tension extrême, coupés du monde, les protagonistes vont rejouer le terrible événement de leur jeunesse.

  • Dans la luxueuse berline qui l'emmène à sa maison de disque, Bennie avale les paillettes d'or censées réveiller sa libido en berne. Qu'est devenu le jeune punk qui ne vivait que pour la musique et la scène ? Bientôt, son groupe sera de nouveau réuni. A ce tournant de leurs vies, si éloignées de leurs rêves de jeunesse, Bennie, Lou, Bosco et Marty s'interrogent.

  • San Francisco, 1978. Phoebe, dix-huit ans, vit dans le culte de sa soeur aînée Faith, partie pour l'Europe dans les années 60 pour un voyage sans retour. Le périple aurait pris fin en Italie où elle se serait donné la mort... Pour comprendre cette disparition et fuir une existence devenue étouffante, Phoebe se lance sur les traces de Faith et de son petit-ami de l'époque, qui vécurent intensément au rythme du mouvement hippie.

  • L'envers du miroir

    Jennifer Egan

    Dès qu'elle a pu fuir la médiocrité de Rockford, Alabama, la belle Charlotte Swenson a gagné les lumières de Manhattan pour devenir mannequin. Elle y a connu le succès avant qu'un terrible accident de voiture ne la défigure et ruine définitivement sa carrière. Au cours de sa longue convalescence, elle fait la connaissance d'une adolescente à la maturité étonnante, qui a vite compris que la banalité de son physique lui serait toujours reprochée comme une faute impardonnable.

  • These eleven masterful stories - the first collection from acclaimed author Jennifer Egan - deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. Egan's characters, models and housewives, bankers and schoolgirls, are united by their search for something outside their own realm of experience.

    They set out from locations as exotic as China and Bora Bora, as cosmopolitan as downtown Manhattan, or as familiar as suburban Illinois to seek their own transformations. Elegant and poignant, the stories in Emerald City are seamless evocations of self-discovery.

  • In Jennifer Egan's highly acclaimed first novel, set in 1978, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of Phoebe O'Connor, age eighteen. Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith's life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe, a quest which yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith's lost generation. This spellbinding novel introduced Egan's remarkable ability to tie suspense with deeply insightful characters and the nuances of emotion.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • These eleven masterful stories - the first collection from acclaimed author Jennifer Egan - deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. Egan's characters - models and housewives, bankers and schoolgirls - are united by their search for something outside their own realm of experience. They set out from locations as exotic as China and Bora Bora, as cosmopolitan as downtown Manhattan, or as familiar as suburban Illinois to seek their own transformations. Elegant and poignant, the stories in Emerald City are seamless evocations of self-discovery.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • At the start of this edgy and ambitiously multilayered novel, a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes eighty titanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable, a virtual stranger in the world she once effortlessly occupied.
    With the surreal authority of a David Lynch, Jennifer Egan threads Charlotte';s narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image. There';s a deceptively plain teenaged girl embarking on a dangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic stranger who changes names and accents as he prepares an apocalyptic blow against American society. As these narratives inexorably converge, Look at Me becomes a coolly mesmerizing intellectual thriller of identity and imposture.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Award-winning author Jennifer Egan brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep -the tower, the last stand -is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive.
    Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story that seamlessly brings the crimes of the past and present into piercing relation.
    /> From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Jennifer Egan's spellbinding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist's couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend.We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life-divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed up band in the basement of a suburban house-and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, revelling in San Francisco's punk scene as he discovers his ardour for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent. We learn what became of his high school gang-who thrived and who faltered-and we encounter Lou Kline, Bennie's catastrophically careless mentor, along with the lovers and children left behind in the wake of Lou's far flung sexual conquests and meteoric rise and fall.A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to Powerpoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both-and escape the merciless progress of time-in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.

  • 'This is a novel that will pull you in and under and carry you away on its rip tides . . . Its resonances continue to wash over the reader long after the novel ends' the Guardian'2017's Most Anticipated Book . . . it will suck you into its orbit and remind you just why it is you love reading' Stylist magazine'This is a novel that deserves to join the canon of New York stories' New York Times Book ReviewThe long-awaited novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.'We're going to see the sea,' Anna whispered. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a magnificent novel by one of the greatest writers of our time.'Beautifully rendered . . . genuinely affecting and handsomely constructed. It moves for all the right reasons' Independent 'A gripping, modern version of a 19th century novel . . . such an absorbing read' Evening Standard

  • A novel that circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs.

  • Anglais THE KEEP

    Jennifer Egan

    A spellbinding work of literary suspense from National Book Award finalist Jennifer Egan.

  • Anglais The invisible circus

    Jennifer Egan

    Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith's life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe, a quest which yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith's lost generation.

  • Reconstructive facial surgery after a car crash so alters Manhattan model Charlotte that, within the fashion world, where one's look is oneself, she is unrecognizable. Seeking a new image, Charlotte engages in an Internet experiment that may both save and damn her.

  • 'Close your eyes and slowly count backward from ten.'America, the near future. A young spy on a mission logs her observations. The result is an intense thriller, and a minute dissection of the experience of a woman whose beauty is also her camouflage, for whom control relies on submission: a woman whose success - whose life - depends on being seen and not seen.Originally published online via Twitter by @NYerFiction, Jennifer Egan's first new fiction since the phenomenal success of A Visit From the Goon Squad is a taut, compulsive work of unrelenting genius.

  • These eleven masterful stories - the first collection from acclaimed author Jennifer Egan - deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. Egan's characters, models and housewives, bankers and schoolgirls, are united by their search for something outside their own realm of experience.

    They set out from locations as exotic as China and Bora Bora, as cosmopolitan as downtown Manhattan, or as familiar as suburban Illinois to seek their own transformations. Elegant and poignant, the stories in Emerald City are seamless evocations of self-discovery.

  • A novel that circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs.

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