La casa degli incontri [NOOK Book]

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«Probabilmente è il romanzo migliore di Amis. Un'opera spietata e commovente: è come un treno lanciato a folle velocità nel cuore di tenebra dei gulag sovietici». The New York Times Nel campo di lavoro di Norlag c'era un edificio riservato alle visite coniugali: lo chiamavano «la casa degli incontri». Donne coraggiose e disperate coprivano distanze continentali, in viaggi che duravano settimane se non mesi, solo per poter passare una notte con il loro compagno internato nel gulag. Ma le conseguenze di questi incontri erano spesso fatalmente
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La casa degli incontri

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«Probabilmente è il romanzo migliore di Amis. Un'opera spietata e commovente: è come un treno lanciato a folle velocità nel cuore di tenebra dei gulag sovietici». The New York Times Nel campo di lavoro di Norlag c'era un edificio riservato alle visite coniugali: lo chiamavano «la casa degli incontri». Donne coraggiose e disperate coprivano distanze continentali, in viaggi che duravano settimane se non mesi, solo per poter passare una notte con il loro compagno internato nel gulag. Ma le conseguenze di questi incontri erano spesso fatalmente tragiche. Sarà così anche per due fratelli innamorati della stessa donna, divisi da un conflitto che neanche la prigionia riuscirà a sanare, un risentimento che si proietta oltre la morte dei protagonisti e si riflette nel declino di un'intera nazione. Il protagonista di questa bruciante confessione non può proprio definirsi un eroe: è un uomo istintivo e violento, che durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale «si è fatto strada in quella che sarebbe stata chiamata Germania Est a suon di stupri», ma allo stesso tempo è un individuo capace di grandi slanci emotivi e dotato di una sensibilità che può solo definirsi «tipicamente russa». Ormai è vecchio e l'antica autoindulgenza ha lasciato il posto al rimorso e all'amarezza: decide di tornare in patria - da cui era fuggito vent'anni prima - e intraprendere un ultimo disperato viaggio attraverso la Siberia, nei luoghi che lo videro internato in un gulag da dopo la guerra fino al mutamento del clima politico successivo alla morte di Stalin. Le giornate al suo interno sono scandite da un implacabile calendario di violenze: nel campo la vita nuda si rivela in tutta la sua crudeltà e quell'esperimento chiamato Unione Sovietica viene a reclamare il suo costo in vite umane. A Norlag, un inferno artico «poco sopra il sessantanovesimo parallelo», è rinchiuso anche il fratellastro del narratore, Lev. A dividerli non sono solo le inclinazioni - Lev è un poeta e un pacifista - ma anche l'amore di Zoya, una giovane ragazza ebrea, bellissima e sensuale, che con la sua scelta decide il destino dei due uomini. La casa degli incontri è stato acclamato dalla critica inglese e americana come il romanzo migliore di Martin Amis, in cui il dettaglio della ricostruzione storica si fonde con una delle più sorprendenti e coinvolgenti immersioni nell'anima di un popolo. Una storia di risentimento e amore fraterno, di disperazione e disgusto per se stessi, di sopravvivenza ai propri tradimenti e alla morte di una nazione. Ma soprattutto la cronaca terminale di un lento e velenoso declino, perché: «quello che non ti uccide non ti rende più forte. Ti rende più debole, e ti uccide in un secondo momento».
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788858403020
  • Publisher: EINAUDI
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Language: Italian
  • Sold by: GIULIO EINAUDI EDITORE - EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 1,014 KB

Meet the Author

Martin Amis
Martin Amis
Martin Amis carried the nickname of “enfante terrible of British literature” far past his youthful debut at 24. His novels focus on excesses -- drugs, sex, money -- prompting Christopher Buckley to note in The New York Times in 1995 that “his terrain is the junkyard of the human psyche” and “Mr. Amis is his generation’s top literary dog.”

Biography

The son of legendary English writer Kingley Amis, Martin Amis was born in Oxford in 1949 and attended a number of schools in Great Britain, Spain, and America. By his own admission he was a lackluster student. He spent much of his youth reading comic books, until his stepmother, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, took him under her wing, introducing him to literature and encouraging him to study for university entrance. After months of furious cramming, he was accepted into Exeter College in Oxford, graduating with First Class Honors in English.

After graduation, Amis went to work as an editorial assistant at The Times Literary Supplement. In 1973, at the tender of age of 24, he published his award-winning debut novel, The Rachel Papers. Rife with the mordant black humor that would characterize all his fiction, this comic coming-of-age tale was a fitting debut for a career that would be fixated on sex, drugs, and the seamier aspects of modern culture. It also proved to be the first in a long string of bestsellers.

Amis is often grouped with the generation of British-based novelists that emerged during the 1980s and included Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Julian Barnes; but it is safe to say he has generated more controversy than his esteemed colleagues. No one feels neutral about Amis's novels. In a 1999 profile in Esquire, Sven Birkerts put it this way: "He is seen either as a cynically chugging bubble machine, way overrated for his hammy turns, or else as a dazzler, the next real thing."

In addition to his provocative fiction, Amis has grabbed more than his fair share of attention for antics off the page. Graced with youthful good looks, he enjoyed a reputation as a notorious womanizer (not unlike his famous father). Much photographed and buzzed about, he was dubbed early on the "enfant terrible" of English literature -- two parts writer, one part rock star. He attracted headlines like a magnet when he left his wife and children for a younger woman; when he fired his longtime literary agent, the wife of his good friend Julian Barnes; and when his new agent (unaffectionately nicknamed "the Jackal) secured for him an advance of 500,000 pounds, 20,000 pounds of which Amis spent on expensive American dental surgery.

Although reviewers are divided over Amis's long-range literary legacy, even his harshest critics begrudgingly acknowledge his stylistic genius, verbal agility, and biting, satirical wit. The novels for which he is best known (and most respected) comprise an informal trilogy: Money (1984), London Fields (1989), and The Information (1995). In addition, he has written short stories, essays, a nonfiction work on 20th-century communism, and an acclaimed memoir, Experience, detailing his relationship with his father, his writing career, and his convoluted family life. He also contributes regularly to newspapers, magazines, and journals.

Good To Know

Amis attended more than 13 schools while growing up in Great Britain, Spain and the United States.

He was named the "rock star of English literature" by the London Daily Telegraph in 1996.

Amis was profoundly shocked and grieved to discover that his long-lost, beloved cousin Lucy Partington, thought to have simply disappeared in 1973, had fallen victim to Fred West, one of England's most notorious serial killers.

In a much-publicized reunion in 1996, Amis met for the first time a young woman named Delilah Seale who was his daughter from a brief 1970s affair.

Amis has been influenced by several American novelists, including Philip Roth and John Updike, but none so profoundly as Saul Bellow, who became a mentor and something of a father figure.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Martin Louis Amis (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 25, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oxford, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., Exeter College, Oxford

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Angelpaw

    Angelpaw padded in. " Couldsong?" She asked, looking around.( that party lasted till two in the morning! We got held up talking for a long time and before i knew it it was two am.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Firekit

    Kk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Cloudsong

    Okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    ArletFox (epic entrance)

    *She padded away into the clearing, where all of her features shone. Her red-golden fur was shady, her fluffy tail was wagging in surprise, her icy blue eyes shimmered and the gold blonde flecks slightly moved around her retina, and her jet black paws glimmered with a bluish tint.* "Huh?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Cats

    Im fine. He mewed and padded back to camp~Woodfur

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    Posted July 11, 2012

    Firtre

    "Oh..." Firtree muttered, cleaning up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Godenstar

    Wow...ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Owlpaw

    She takes her mother to cool result five

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