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THE MIRRORED WORLD
鏡相世界
版本: 精裝256頁  2012 年 8 月 1 日  HarperCollins Publishers出版
內容介紹

 美國著名小說家黛博拉.狄恩(Debra Dean)因處女作《愛在列寧格勒》(THE MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD)紅遍全球,已有多達16國外語譯本出版。最新力作《鏡相世界》述說俄羅斯聖女西尼雅(Xenia) 傳奇的一生,是由愛與瘋狂交織成的動人小說,令人驚豔。

十八世紀的俄羅斯聖彼得堡極盡奢華、工藝絕倫。在讓人嘆為觀止的冰宮庭中,歌劇和化妝舞會熱絡不絕。成長於此的平凡女孩西尼雅,也在此成就了不平凡的一生,她竟成為俄羅斯最受人愛戴的聖女西尼雅。小說由堂妹塔夏(Dasha)娓娓道出Xenia的傳奇故事,她最後成為貧窮百姓眼中的悲憫天使,卻也備受皇室和上流社會的非議。 

1736,小女孩塔夏隨著守寡的姑姑和兩名女兒娜蒂雅(Nadya)和西尼雅移居聖彼得堡。塔夏成為這家人鍾愛的三女兒,尤其對西尼雅而言。數年後,母親將亭亭玉立的三個女兒帶入上流社會,她們參加了在伊莉莎白女皇度假冬宮舉辦的華麗舞會,三個女兒與社交圈首度相見,也因此改變了一生的際遇。 

那一夜,西尼雅愛上了皇室合唱團的成員:一位來自上流社會俊俏迷人的軍官。他們瘋狂熱戀、迅速成婚,並接納害羞的塔夏一同快樂生活。然而好景不常,西尼雅失去了第一個孩子,接著戰爭奪走了丈夫寶貴的生命。這位孤孑一身、才剛滿二十六歲的新寡婦陷入了無法言喻的悲傷。西尼雅數周度日恍惚,依然難以平復內心的傷痛。她枉顧家族成員的蔑視,開始散盡家產、分贈給街頭乞丐和無家可歸的窮人。西尼雅把自己的家無償送給塔夏和她的未婚夫(當地最著名的義大利男高音歌手),隨即自聖彼得堡消失。

八年過後,塔夏的生活也起了相當大的轉變。摯愛的丈夫撒手離開人間,獨留她守寡一人。奇蹟似地,X西尼雅再度出現在城內最髒亂的貧民窟,她穿著亡夫軍旅的破爛衣衫,只重複說著亡夫的名字。西尼雅成為預言的聖女解救民間疾苦,卻引來新女皇葉卡特琳娜(Catherine the Great)的大肆撻伐… 

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作者介紹

黛博拉狄恩 (Debra Dean) 是奧勒岡大學藝術碩士。她曾在紐約劇院從事表演近十二年,之後轉任文學教師和作家。她與丈夫現居邁阿密,目前在邁阿密大學任教。本書是她的第二部小說創作。

書評

 Author of the affecting The Madonnas of Leningrad, an ALA Notable Book, Dean returns to her favorite city but in an earlier era. In 1700s St. Petersburg, fervent Xenia is happily married to Andrei, but when tragedy strikes she withdraws from friends and family to dedicate herself to the poor, eventually vanishing. Just like a Russian novel! With a 75,000-copy first printing and a reading group guide; good for book groups. – Library Journal Advanced Review

 

“An unforgettable story of love, survival and the power of imagination in the most tragic circumstances. Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share.” - Isabel Allende, New York Times bestselling author of ZORRO

“The Madonnas of Leningrad is an extraordinary debut, a deeply lovely novel that evokes with uncommon deftness the terrible, heartbreaking beauty that is life in wartime. Like the glorious ghosts of the paintings in the Hermitage that lie at the heart of the story, Dean’s exquisite prose shimmers with a haunting glow, illuminating us to the notion that art itself is perhaps our most necessary nourishment. A superbly graceful novel.”    — Chang-Rae Lee, New York Times Bestselling author of ALOFT and NATIVE SPEAKER

“[A] heartfelt debut…[that] switches deftly between the siege and the present…[it is] admirably humane in its determination to restore the dignity Alzheimer’s strips away. What’s more, it largely avoids the sentimentality that mars so much writing about the old and infirm.” -  New York Times Book Review