Basado en la vida de Alexis de Tocqueville, Parrot y Olivier en Am?rica es la hilarante cr?nica de una amistad imposible entre un se?or y su criado.
Olivier, alias lord Migra?a, es el hijo enfermizo y traumatizado de una pareja de arist?cratas supervivientes de la revoluci?n francesa. Parrot, alias Loro, es hijo de un impresor ingl?s itinerante que siempre ha so?ado con ...
Basado en la vida de Alexis de Tocqueville, Parrot y Olivier en América es la hilarante crónica de una amistad imposible entre un señor y su criado.
Olivier, alias lord Migraña, es el hijo enfermizo y traumatizado de una pareja de aristócratas supervivientes de la revolución francesa. Parrot, alias Loro, es hijo de un impresor inglés itinerante que siempre ha soñado con convertirse en artista, pero que ha terminado siendo criado.
Cuando Olivier pone rumbo al Nuevo Mundo, con el pretexto de estudiar su sistema de prisiones y, de paso, para mantenerse a salvo de futuras revoluciones, Parrot es enviado con él como espía, protector, enemigo y contrapunto. A medida que la historia alterna las peripecias de ambos personajes y sus concepciones del mundo, Peter Carey examina la aventura de la democracia americana, en la teoría y en la práctica, con una inteligencia y una imaginación deslumbrantes.
One of our most acclaimed authors, two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey’s novels temper feats of imagination and language with a solid grounding in history and literature. Through his novels, many of which re-imagine the peopling and history of his native Australia, Carey has garnered renown as a novelist who can write about important subjects in a voice both readable and distinctly challenging.
"My fictional project has always been the invention or discovery of my own country," the prizewinning Australian author Peter Carey has said. This postcolonial undertaking has sometimes led Carey to wrestle with the great works of English literature: The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (1994) draws on Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy, while in Jack Maggs (1997), a version of Dickens's Great Expectations, is told from the perspective of the convict who returns to England from Australia.
But although Carey went to what he calls "a particularly posh" Australian boarding school, he claims he didn't discover literature until he was out of school. He studied chemistry at Monash University for just a year before leaving to work in advertising. There, surrounded by readers and would-be writers, he discovered the great literature of the 20th century, including authors like Joyce, Faulkner and Beckett. "To read Faulkner for the first time was for me like discovering another planet," Carey said in an interview with The Guardian. "The pleasure of that language, the politics of giving voice to the voiceless."
Publishers rejected Carey's first three novels, so he began writing short stories. These, he later said, "felt like the first authentic things I had done." He was still working for an advertising agency when his first collection of short stories appeared in 1973, and he kept the part-time job after moving to an "alternative community" in Queensland. His first published novel, Bliss (1981), won a prestigious Australian literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award. The book is about an advertising executive who has a near-death experience and ends up living in a rural commune.
Carey's later novels ranged farther outside the bounds of his own experience, but he continued to develop his concern with Australian identity. 1988's Oscar and Lucinda, which tells the story of a colonial Australian heiress and her ill-fated love for an English clergyman, won the Booker Prize and helped establish Carey as one of the literary heavyweights of his generation. He won another Booker Prize for True History of the Kelly Gang (2000), the story of a notorious 19th-century outlaw whose legacy still shapes Australia's consciousness.
Though Carey now lives and teaches in New York City, his home country and its past still possess his imagination. ''History,'' he writes, ''is like a bloodstain that keeps on showing on the wall no matter how many new owners take possession, no matter how many times we paint over it.''
Good To Know
Peter Carey and J. M. Coetzee are the only two-time Booker Prize winners to date.
Carey caused a stir in the British press when he declined an invitation to meet Queen Elizabeth II. The royal invitation is extended to all winners of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, which Carey received in 1998 for Jack Maggs. He did meet the Queen after he won the award a second time, for True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001.
Fans of Carey's work know that in 1997, Oscar and Lucinda was made into a critically acclaimed movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett. But they may not know that Carey wrote the screenplay for the critically panned Wim Wenders film Until the End of the World (1991) as well as the screenplay adaptation of his own novel, Bliss (1991).