Sezonul premiilor literare. Azi, Man Booker Prize
Că tot se numără premiile în fiecare toamnă. Mai acum cîteva ore s-a anunțat și cîștigătorul premiului Man Booker Prize 2010. Howard Jacobson, pe care nu l-am văzut tradus pînă în prezent de nici o editură din România, a primit premiul pentru volumul „The Finkler Question”. Mai jos cîteva informații preluate de pe site-ul oficial Man Booker Prize.
Funny, furious and unflinching, The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity.
Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other – or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick. Both Libor and Sam are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor’s apartment. It’s a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it.
An award-winning novelist and critic, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester on 25 August 1942 and read English at Cambridge under F.R. Leavis. He taught at the University of Sydney, Selwyn College, Cambridge and Wolverhampton Polytechnic – the inspiration for his first novel, Coming From Behind. He has been longlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize for Kalooki Nights in 2006 and Who’s Sorry Now? in 2002. Other novels include The Mighty Walzer and The Act of Love. Howard Jacobson writes a weekly column for the Independent and has written and presented several documentaries for television. He lives in London.
Asta ca să ne mai aruncăm privirile și către alte tărîmuri literare, unde totul este mai intens, mai mare, mai… Oricum, altă lume, care abia ajunge la noi în bucățele mici, abia vizibile.
The Finkler Question îi urmează romanului istoric Wolf Hall al scriitoarei Hillary Mantel, cîștigătorul ediției trecute, tradus și în românește anul acesta.