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Category/分类:文学 小说类 法兰克福书展2008
亚马逊评级: 亚马逊评级 FAR BRIGHT STAR: A NOVEL
  Book ID/图书代码:14560008B24522
 
页数: 207 定价: 23.95美元 上传日期: 2008-10-27

English Summary/英文概要: Set in 1916, Far Bright Star follows Napoleon Childs, an aging cavalryman, as he leads an expedition of inexperienced soldiers into the mountains of Mexico to hunt down Pancho Villa and bring him to justice. Though he is seasoned at such missions, things go terribly wrong and the patrol is brutally attacked. After witnessing the demise of his troops, Napoleon is left by his captors to die in the desert.

Through him we enter the conflicted mind of a warrior as he tries to survive against all odds, as he seeks to make sense of a lifetime of senseless wars and to reckon with the reasons a man would choose a life on the battlefield. Olmstead, an award-winning writer, uses his precise, descriptive prose to explore the endurance and fate of the last horse soldiers. The result is a tightly wound novel that is as moving as it is terrifying.


Chinese Summary/中文概要: 1916年,ㄧ個年老的騎兵拿破崙.查德斯(Napoleon Childs)帶領著一群沒有經驗的士兵深入墨西哥山上,任務是逮住革命軍領袖Pancho Villa。雖然他對此身經百戰經驗豐富,但事情越來越麻煩,整支隊伍受到嚴重攻擊。拿破崙最終獨自被同伴留在沙漠中等死。
美國當代具有代表性的作家之一的歐姆斯德的文筆洗鍊簡潔,貼切地描繪一個年老騎兵的命運與矛盾心態。試圖在戰爭中各式荒缪事件中努力生存下來,合理化一生的戎馬生涯、以及找出選擇將人生耗在戰場上的理由。(VC)


Awards/获奖情况: Some exciting news regarding Robert Olmstead’s FAR BRIGHT STAR!: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/casey-affleck-direct-joaquin-phoenix-841300

In his seventh novel, Olmstead (Coal Black Horse) delivers another richly characterized, tightly woven story of nature, inevitability and the human condition. In 1916, the aging Napoleon Childs assembles a cavalry to search for the elusive bandit Pancho Villa in Mexico. The ragtag group includes Napoleon’s brother, Xenophon, and “America’s eager export of losers, deadbeats, cutthroats, dilettantes, and murderers.” Riding on horseback for months at a time, Napoleon finds himself and his men always just a few hours behind Villa, whose posse navigates the unforgiving terrain with ease. When a band of marauders descend upon the group, many of Napoleon’s men are brutally slaughtered and Napoleon himself is left beaten and emotionally broken. After the attack, Napoleon proclaims to his brother that the person he was died out there. But this revelation doesn’t last long, and soon Napoleon sets out on yet another date with destiny on the open plains with his followers. Reminiscent of Kent Haruf, Olmstead’s brilliantly expressive, condensed tale of resilience and dusty determination flows with the kind of literary cadence few writers have mastered. (May) ---Starred Publishers Weekly review

http://www.slashfilm.com/far-bright-star-casey-affleck-joaquin-phoenix/

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/national/article/Filming-Manchester-By-The-Sea-was-an-emotional-marathon-says-Casey-Affleck-7a600092-6c17-4ee2-8fbc-9b58d1472037-ds

About the Author/作者介绍: Robert Olmstead is the author of six previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award, was a #1 Book Sense Pick, and was a Borders Original Voices pick. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and an NEA grant, and he is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.
1954年生於新罕布夏州,雪城大學畢業,師事創作大師雷蒙.卡佛(Raymond C. Carver)。他曾經出版過3本小說、一本回憶錄、一本短篇小說集,以及一本談論寫作方法的《寫作的本質》。《遠方的亮星》是歐姆斯德的第7本著作。
歐姆斯德為美國當代具有代表性的作家,頗受美國文壇大老如福特(Richard Ford)及伍爾夫(Tobias Wolff)讚賞,曾先後獲得過古根漢基金會、美國國家文藝基金會、賓州資深文學藝術委員會等機構的獎助,也曾經在賓州私立的迪更森學院擔任駐校作家,並在愛達荷州波伊西州立大學主持寫作中心。目前他是俄亥俄州衛思連大學的教授。
前作《少年羅比的異境之旅》獲得Heartland Prize、Ohioana Award、Book Sense Pick首選,獲選2008年美國圖書館協會「青少年最佳圖書獎」與入圍2009 IMPAC文學獎。
 
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