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Si bé l’escriptor nord-americà John Williams va rebre el National Book Award, la seva obra ha estat injustament oblidada fins a la recent publicació de Stoner i August. Amb Butcher’s Crossing culminem la recuperació de les seves obres. Ambientada el 1873, quan els bisons començaven a estar en perill d’extinció, Butcher’s Crossing novel·la l’experiència transformadora d’en William Andrews, un jove estudiant de Harvard que un bon dia abandona els estudis i la seguretat de la casa...
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Butcher's Crossing

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Overview


Si bé l’escriptor nord-americà John Williams va rebre el National Book Award, la seva obra ha estat injustament oblidada fins a la recent publicació de Stoner i August. Amb Butcher’s Crossing culminem la recuperació de les seves obres. Ambientada el 1873, quan els bisons començaven a estar en perill d’extinció, Butcher’s Crossing novel·la l’experiència transformadora d’en William Andrews, un jove estudiant de Harvard que un bon dia abandona els estudis i la seguretat de la casa paterna a Boston per intentar «trobar-se a si mateix». Decidit a anar a algun lloc on cap home hagi estat mai, viatja fi ns a un petit poble fronterer del ple oest, Butcher’s Crossing, on s’uneix a una expedició que va a la recerca d’una vall desconeguda i mítica, plena de bisons. Amb la prosa sòbria i elegant que caracteritza John Williams, Butcher’s Crossing desmantella els miratges del somni americà, tot oferint el retrat humà de l’experiència que comporta una vida al marge, envoltada d’una naturalesa salvatge. Novel·la de frontera, novel·la de formació, constitueix una obra senyera dels antiwesterns moderns.
«Dura i implacable però sòbria en el to, Butcher’s Crossing va obrir camí a Cormac McCarthy. És la primera i la millor obra revisionista sobre l’Oest.» The New York Review of Books
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"One of the finest books about the elusive nature of the West ever written...It's a graceful and brutal story of isolated men gone haywire." —Time Out New York

"Harsh and relentless yet muted in tone, Butcher's Crossing paved the way for Cormac McCarthy. It was perhaps the first and best revisionist western." —The New York Times Book Review

"One of the finest novels of the West ever to come out of the West."—The Denver Post

"Williams didn't write much compared with some novelists, but everything he did was exceedingly fine...it's a shame that he's not more often read today...But it's great that at least two of his novels [Stoner, Butcher's Crossing] have found their way back into print." —The Denver Post

“Reading John Williams–even to have done so at the time these novels were written–is an exercise in nostalgia, a nostalgia found also in writers like Willa Cather, for whom the West represented a lost redoubt of intellectual dignity...It is tempting to say that Cather's tradition flagged because the West has changed – it is no longer anybody's bildungsroman–but it is safer to say that writers as talented and right-minded as John Williams are not naturally plentiful.” –New York Sun

This story about the hunt of one of the last great buffalo herds "becomes a young man's search for the integrity of his own being...The characters are defined, the events lively, the place, the smells, the sounds right. And the prose is superb, a rarity in writing about the west. More, John Williams."—The Chicago Tribune

"John Williams's unsparing novels express a highly qualified though resilient optimism about our ability to salvage something of value from life's impossible conditions. Along with the necessary isolation of the artist, he conveys the sobering if startled recognition—perhaps with his own career in mind—of the transitory triumph of art."—Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788429771435
  • Publisher: Grup 62
  • Publication date: 10/10/2013
  • Language: Catalan
  • Sold by: Grup 62
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 485 KB

Meet the Author

John Williams (1922—1994) was born in Texas. He taught for many years at the University of Denver, where he was head of the creative writing program. Williams won the 1973 National Book Award in fiction for Augustus. His novel Stoner is also published as an NYRB Classic.

Michelle Latiolais is an associate professor of English at the UC Irvine. Her novel, Even Now, won a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. She has recently published fiction and essays in The Antioch Review, Santa Monica Review, and ZYZZYVA.

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