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The Lost Book of the Grail
追憶書中逝去的光暈
版本: 精裝336頁  2017 年 2 月 28 日  Viking出版
內容介紹

★ 本書版權已售至英國、澳洲、德國!

 

紐約時報暢銷作家查理.洛維特 (Charlie Lovett) 繼《書商的故事》 (The Bookman’s Tale),又一最新力作《追憶書中逝去的光暈》。描繪一個愛書成癡的教授,致力於追尋傳說中那本消失已久的古書。並在其過程中,發現幾百年來藏匿於英國大教堂中,不為人知的祕密。

 

本書透過"追尋"古老手稿一事,以紙本式逐字逐頁的找尋和探索方式;辯證在這個機械複製蓬勃發展的時代中,不斷將事物複製備份的科技化,使"尋找"不再被視為是一件難事。但此所帶來的捷徑,卻也引領我們看見自身,正在一點一滴的失去...

 

亞瑟. 普萊斯考特(Arthur Prescott)是一名英國文學教授,任教於特羅洛普大學。對於其教職工作內容,總感到倦怠。他最快樂的時光,莫過於藏身在特羅洛普大教堂圖書館的古書及手稿堆中,研讀一本又一本有關中古世紀教堂和聖杯傳說的書籍,滿足他對於該時代歷史背景的幻想。

 

然而,某天,一個年輕貌美,名為貝瑟妮.戴維斯(Bethany Davis)的美國女子,肩負將該圖書館內,所有的書籍手稿電子化的任務前來,打破了亞瑟一直以來享有的寧靜。亞瑟對此將紙本科技化的舉動,感到非常不安且倍感威脅。為了解決這個困境,他決定邀請貝瑟妮與他一同投入追尋傳說中那本名為《伊旺達》(Ewolda)的書。《伊旺達》是一份記載與歷史大教堂創始者等相關事蹟的古老神祕手稿。亞瑟想藉由在此尋找的工作中,挖掘貝瑟妮內心的那份喜愛書籍和知識的熱情,使其同化成為一名聖杯傳說的愛好者,以便打消她將紙本電子化的念頭。



在貝瑟妮和亞瑟尋找《伊旺達》的過程中,他們驚奇地發現許多關於大教堂和聖杯長久以來,一直被掩蓋的秘密,更進而發現這些秘密竟然也與自己息息相關...

作者介紹

查理.洛維特(Charlie Lovett)為一名古文籍書商、狂熱書籍收藏者。著有《書商的故事》(暫譯:The Bookman’s Tale)、《第一印象》(暫譯: First Impressions)、《守財奴埃比尼澤的冒險》(暫譯: The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge)。於2015年,於紐約林肯中心主辦,以路易斯.卡羅和愛麗絲大事記為主旨的《上演愛麗絲》的表演藝術展;並在企鵝出版集團的一百五十年慶時,為《愛麗絲夢遊仙境》和《愛麗絲鏡中奇遇》寫下新的簡介。

 

作者官網:http://charlielovett.com/

書評

“Diffident Arthur Prescott [is an] enduring hero… [A] thoroughly enjoyable novel…” Publishers Weeklystarred review

 

“In his latest literary mystery, Lovett supplements his trademark meld of books, romance, and adventure with an element of (fairly English) humor and some nods in the direction of P.G. Wodehouse. . . . There's lots of research too . . . but it's underpinned by a pleasing treasure hunt mixed with the romantic involvement of two genially mismatched figures. A solidly built, innocently bookish diversion with a distinct Masterpiece Theater flavor.”Kirkus review

 

“Former antiquarian bookseller Lovett here does what he did so well in his debut . . . he uses a contemporary setting to vivify and contextualize ancient writings.” —Library Journal

 

“Charlie Lovett’s diverting The Lost Book of the Grail is a mystery, a history, a pleasure—and a treasure. Find yourself within its pages, and you find yourself remembering the virtues of books and book-making.” —Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and After Alice

 

"Charlie Lovett knows his English history and nowhere it is more evident than in his latest charming, compelling novel. A literary mystery with fantastic historical detail and a modern love story—what more can you ask for in one book?”—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue



“The Lost Book of the Grail is for every book addict. Full of suspense, delightful twists and turns, this is a tale about friendship, love, and the purpose of life.”—Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of
The Little Paris Bookshop

 

“A vivid, engaging tale that takes the reader along on a delightful search through the ancient libraries of a crumbling cathedral in search of a precious book hidden away for hundreds of years. Settle back and enjoy: this is both a love story and a detective story filled with wonderful historic detail.” —Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker

 

“The Lost Book of the Grail is a book lover’s book. Ambitious in scope, the cheerful bounce of Lovett’s prose skillfully guides the reader through history’s twists.” —Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation

海外授權

Alma Books (UK), Text Publishing (Australia), Goldmann (Germany)