A hearty congratulations goes out to 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Louise Glück, praised for “her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” (Nobel Prize Press Release) Louise Glück’s writings: AMERICAN ORIGINALITY: Essays on PoetryFAITHFUL AND VIRTUOUS NIGHT: PoemsPOEMS 1962-2012A VILLAGE LIFE: Poems and more! […]
A hearty congratulations goes out to 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Peter Handke, praised for “an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.” (Nobel Prize Press Release) FSG’s president Jonathan Galassi says, “Handke is one of the great German prose stylists, who has spent his […]
Huge congratulations to Svetlana Alexievich, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” — Nobel Prize Press Release On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. VOICES […]
THE HANGING GARDEN is a rare treat; it's an unfinished coming-of-age story by Nobel Prize-winner Patrick White, found and published posthumously. It's a complex work that covers multiple viewpoints and is an excellent option for young adults looking for a challenging and engaging summer read.
Sydney, Australia, 1942.
Two children, on the cusp of adolescence, have been spirited away from the war in Europe and given shelter in a house on Neutral Bay, taken in by the charity of an old widow who wants little to do with them. The boy, Gilbert, has escaped the Blitz. The girl, Eirene, lost her father in a Greek prison. Left to their own devices, the children forge a friendship of startling honesty, forming a bond of uncommon complexity that they sense will shape their destinies for years to come.
"THE HANGING GARDEN is a novel for our time—a story about parentless children, mistreated by a world that, by its lights, intends no harm but nonetheless does enduring damage. [...] Digging up a novelist’s work from his grave is a messy business. [...] David Marr, White’s biographer, and others dedicated to White’s memory, decided to give us THE HANGING GARDEN. They were right to do so, and we should thank them for it." —The New York Times
"What White has left is a complete, complex, and beautiful portrait, an important addition to classic contemporary fiction." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, Gordimer trains her keen eye on Steve and Jabulile, an interracial couple living in a newly, tentatively, free South Africa. There is nothing so extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story, Gordimer manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid.
We've already seen some celebratory reviews:
"Nobel laureate Gordimer continues her uniquely intimate study of the evolution of freedom in her homeland [...] The subject of this towering novel, the long aftermath of a liberation movement, is exceedingly timely in the wake of the Arab spring." —Booklist (starred review)
"Gordimer writes movingly and piercingly about the struggles after the Struggle." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)