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The Kindness of Enemies: A novel
敵人的慈悲
版本: 精裝320頁  2016 年 1 月 5 日  Grove Press出版
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內容介紹

「情感豐然,像洋蔥般多層次的故事!身為小說家阿布雷亞,不愧對其名,將當代敏感議題加入其中,提供讀者更多層面、更發人省思的思考空間!」─《華盛頓郵報》(Washington Post)

 

「翻開此書,你將聽見穆斯林歷史的低語…」 ─《洛杉磯時報》(LA Times)

 

911恐攻後,凱恩非洲文學獎(Caine Prize for African Writing)首位得主─阿布雷雅(Leila Aboulela),溫柔筆觸為穆斯林的重新詮釋!

 

2010年,一名半蘇丹半俄羅斯血統的歷史教授─那塔莎(Natasha)正著手研究穆斯林山民領袖─伊瑪目沙米爾(Imam Shamil),他於19世紀高加索戰爭時,領導穆斯林抵抗俄羅斯帝國征服長達25年之久。那塔莎(Natasha)怎麼也沒想到,她的得意門生歐茲(Oz)就是當時那場戰役的後代,不僅如此,歐茲還擁有沙米爾抗敵時的那支寶劍。此時,關於沙米爾帶領穆斯林抵禦俄羅斯帝國的那段歷史,因為歐茲的身分而歷歷在目,清晰可考了。然而,那塔莎與歐茲以及其魅力無邊的演員母親,彼此之間關係越加緊密,那塔莎不得不面對自己逃避已久的穆斯林身分。

 

直到歐茲於自家被逮捕,那塔莎這才驚覺到自己所珍視的,早已身處危機……

 

透過作者阿布雷雅(Aboulela)獨特典雅的筆觸,從那塔莎和其研究的歷史領袖─伊瑪目沙米爾(Imam Shamil)為視角,不只對於這段引人入勝的過去娓娓道來,還是在震驚世界的911恐怖攻擊後,對於穆斯林印象的全新詮釋。透過此書,你將看到穆斯林不同的面貌,進而思考身處在全球對穆斯林既定印象下,我們該如何保持更客觀、寬容的態度看待他們。 

作者介紹

萊雅‧阿布雷雅(Leila Aboulela)生長於蘇丹首都喀土穆,現居於英國阿伯丁郡。獲得首屆凱恩非洲文學獎(Caine Prize for African Writing),著有四本小說、短篇故事集、數齣廣播劇。其小說《譯者》(The Translator)登上紐約時報年度百本名書。《尖塔》(Minaret)和 《說話的巷弄》(Lyrics Alley)榮獲柑橘獎(the Orange Prize),《說話的巷弄》(Lyrics Alley)同為蘇格蘭書本獎(Scottish Book Awards)小說類得獎作品。阿布雷亞的作品已被翻譯超過14種語言,並在各國發行。

書評

Riveting...[a novel] about the wish and murmur of lives lived centuries ago— what they tell us and how we exalt them, long for them, look to them to make our existence sufferable and better still, interesting. There is a tremendous amount going on in The Kindness of Enemies—but it does not crowd the reader. Rather, it hums in hushed and meditative tones through prisoners of war in historic and contemporary fantasy rooted in reality. —LA Times


Timely, vastly important, and brilliantly engaging. —Bustle, 17 Of January 2016's Best Books To Fire Up Your New Year

 

A fascinating combination of Leo Tolstoy’s Hadji Murat and A.S. Byatt’s Possession. —The Millions, Most Anticipated Books of 2016


“Leila Aboulela’s The Kindness of Enemies...recreates the fascinating story of the rebel of the Caucasus, Imam Samil, a 19th-century warrior who battled to defend his home against the invading Russians and united the Muslims of the region under his iconic leadership. Weaving the story of his relationship with a Georgian princess he kidnapped into a more contemporary story of mistaken terrorism, we learn much about the nature of loss, the legacy of exile, and the meaning of home at a time in our world when all three are high in our minds.” Mariella Forstrup, The Guardian Best Books of 2015

 

A richly imagined novel about a half-Russian, half-Sudanese professor whose studies of a 19th-century Muslim leader become a portal into his world. The story alternates between two narratives: his in the Caucasus Mountains of the 1830s and hers in the present day.” —Travel + Leisure


In this remarkable and highly suspenseful novel Leila Aboulela moves back and forth between contemporary Scotland, where everyone is on the watch for terrorism, and nineteenth century Russia, where Iman Shamil is fighting for his freedom. The Kindness of Enemies is a wonderful evocation of faith and fate and what it means to be an outsider.— Margot Livesey


“Aboulela challenges readers with thought-provoking ideas about the meaning of jihad,then and now, and demonstrates how ignorance of another’s beliefs prohibits us from embracing our common humanity.”—Library Journal