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American War: A Novel
2074美國戰爭
版本: 精裝336頁  2017 年 4 月 4 日  Knopf出版
ISBN:978-0451493583
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內容介紹

2074年,第二次美國內戰爆發!
戰爭引爆點究竟為何?種族問題的失控?氣候的惡化?國家政策失當?
砲火猛烈、情勢緊張的最前線,一名少女竟是左右勝敗的最大關鍵?

歐馬.阿卡德充滿力量的首部小說《2074美國戰爭》(American War: A Novel)!
戰火下毀滅性的折磨,生存還是犧牲......該如何抉擇?

莎拉(Sarat),生於路易斯安那州。戰爭爆發時年僅六歲的她,早就明白世界已不再是我們記憶中的模樣,深褐色的海水,快速地吞噬著周圍土地,海浪掏空舊河道旁的工廠地基和船台,放眼望去只有滿地泥濘,頹傾房舍,和一整片廢墟。石油已不再合法,曾經引以為傲地的美景,如今只剩密密麻麻布滿天空的無人戰機,以及隆隆作響的引擎聲帶來無限的恐懼與絕望。

父親死於戰爭之中,莎拉與家人被迫住進收容所。這裡的一切影響著莎拉,她察覺人與人之間的猜忌、謊言,而人們也並非都是他們所聲稱的身分,黑暗與低迷在心中難以散去,她內心充滿掙扎與疑惑。偶然之間,莎拉遇上一名來自政府方的神秘人士,在那人的影響力之下,她決定接受一連串的訓練,最終成為戰場上的致命武器。

《2074美國戰爭》從莎拉的侄兒班傑明(Benjamin)的視角與口吻倒敘整個事件。出生於二次內戰期間(2074年-2093年),班傑明是世人所稱的「奇蹟的一代」(the Miraculous Generation),步入晚年的他,回顧著黑暗的過去,同時也思索著最後影響整場戰爭的關鍵──他的姑姑「莎拉.切斯納特」,這位曾拯救了他生命,卻也造成難以計數的傷亡的女性,她的故事究竟為何?

作者歐馬.阿卡德(Omar El Akkad)以超群的想像力構想一場爆發於數十年之後的戰爭,不僅將時空環境拉至未來,並且與一百五十多年前的南北內戰作連結。情節中將其記者身分長期以來關注的當代議題融入故事,回應了時下重要問題包含氣候、族群、戰爭等等。敘述上以侄兒班傑明第一人稱敘述主角莎拉的一生,同時側寫整場美國戰爭的經過,佐以精緻的景物描繪與細膩的人物情感勾勒,讓讀者彷彿穿於時空,見證一場毀滅性的戰爭。

作者介紹

歐馬.阿卡德(Omar El Akkad),生於埃及開羅(Cairo),成長於卡達(Qatar)的多哈(Doha),其後又與家人居住於加拿大。阿卡德是名記者,也是個四處遊歷的作家,蒐羅了近十年來重要的新聞故事。他的報導範圍包括北約組織在阿富汗的戰事消息,古巴關塔那摩灣(Guantànamo Bay)的軍事審判,埃及的阿拉伯之春(the Arab Spring),在密蘇里州佛格森的「黑人命也是命」(Black Lives Matter)運動。阿卡德曾榮獲Canada's National Newspaper Award調查報導類,以及Goff Penny Memorial Prize年經加拿大記者獎,還有三次美國國家雜誌獎(National Magazine Awards)榮譽表揚。阿卡德現居於美國奧勒岡州波特蘭。

書評

"American War is an extraordinary novel. El Akkad's story of a family caught up in the collapse of an empire is as harrowing as it is brilliant, and has an air of terrible relevance in these partisan times." --Emily St. John Mandel

AMERICAN WAR is the most interesting and compelling and complex book - fiction or nonfiction - I have read in a long time. In trying to figure out what makes it so compelling, I have come up with the following:

First of all, the writing is superb - lyrical and authentic and penetrating. While all the characters are strong and interesting, Sarat is brilliantly rendered. She is sexy, heroic, sad, tragic and extraordinarily complicated. I have not been able to get her out of my mind since I put the book down. Finally, what makes the book so different and such a great reading experience is that while, in a way, it borders on fantasy, it feels searingly real. The depiction of the futuristic refugee camps made me squirm and feel as if I were in the Palestinian camps today. The political under current is depressingly contemporary and accurate. The whole thing feels as if I am living 100 years from now and reading a history book. I think it will be one of the more interesting books that Knopf has published in a while - I can't think of anything quite like it - and I think it will get superb reviews and be a big bestseller. It's a book that, for all of the reasons above, people will need to take very seriously.
-Peter Gethers, Random House Film Studios

"I kept having to remind myself as I read AMERICAN WAR that the world Omar El Akkad describes doesn't actually exist. It's an America post 2074 that is so fully realized and beautifully crafted as to be utterly transporting. I was reminded of how I felt when I first read Justin Cronin's THE PASSAGE. This is a novel that takes on the most essential truths of our time--the destruction of our environment, the escalation of technological warfare, the hatred of Americans for other Americans--and tackles them without preaching or bombast but with suspense, gorgeous storytelling and unforgettable characters. It is a book with all the hallmarks of a classic, reminiscent of McCarthy and Atwood for sure but also of the best novels of the Civil War. In Sarat Chestnut we have one of the most interesting, morally complex characters I have come across in fiction in a long time. There are certain images in this book that will stay with you long after reading. For me it was that of house keys floating through a dirty river after a terrible storm has ravaged the refugee camp of 'Patience'. Keys that families have kept even though the doors and houses they once opened are long gone--destroyed by war or swallowed by water. It is such a moving image of the power of home even when home has been utterly obliterated and a reminder that for those witnessing the events of this novel "hopelessness was no impediment to hope." "
--Gabrielle Brooks, Knopf Publicity Director
 

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