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Stephen Florida
史蒂芬.佛羅里達
版本: 精裝304頁  2017 年 6 月 6 日  Coffee House Press出版
ISBN:978-1566894647
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內容介紹

★獲《赫芬頓郵報》(Huffington Post)選為2017年最具特色小說。

《Nylon》選為2017年排名前五十本非讀不可的書。

《史蒂芬.佛羅里達》(Stephen Florida)作為標題讓人以為這是一本以主角的名字當作書名的小說,原來主角的名字因為遭校務人員的誤讀,而被改名換姓一番,主角因此將錯就錯,繼續沿用這個並非他本名的新身分,進入大學就讀,加入他最愛的摔角隊。如此荒誕不羈的情節安排,似乎在小說中順理成章地進行著,主角甚至不知道被大學選進摔角隊的原因,似乎只要能進入摔角隊對他來說便是無上的榮耀,其他一切皆可置身事外,連最貼近身分認同的姓名都可以拋棄。主角自十一歲起就決定把摔角當作他人生的唯一志向,而實現人生志向的方式便是取得摔角比賽的冠軍。主角對於摔角的熱愛程度已近癡迷與執著,對他而言冠軍的獎盃最終要落在他的手裡,他的人生將因此圓滿而富足。然而,理想終究有如點燃一根火柴,在火光中我們看見美麗的遠景實現,但在火光熄滅後,陪伴我們的卻是無盡的孤獨。在人生的這場摔角場上,我們要戰勝的不是對手,而是自己。

Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it's a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.

作者介紹

作者蓋布•哈巴許 (Gabe Habash)在《出版人周刊》(Publishers Weekly)擔任小說評論,畢業自紐約大學,具有文學碩士的學歷,目前居住在紐約。

書評

“In Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he’s created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study.”—Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life

“Stephen Florida is an unforgettable addition to the canon of great literary eccentrics. At once a chronicle of obsession, a philosophical treatise, and a deeply affecting love story, this singular novel is perhaps most profoundly an anatomy of American loneliness. Gabe Habash is a writer of powerful gifts, and this is a wonderful book.”—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You


“Habash writes about the raw physicality of wrestling better than anybody this side of John Irving… A lively, occasionally harrowing journey into obsession.”
—Kirkus


“A striking, original, and coarsely poetic portrayal of a young man’s athletic and emotional quest.”
—Publishers Weekly, boxed and starred review


“An early candidate for BEST COVER OF THE YEAR AND MAYBE ALL TIME, Gabe Habash’s debut novel of love, obsession, and wrestling is yet another compelling reason to avoid college sports.”
—Literary Hub

“I’m pinned to the mat by this one.”—The Quivering Pen


“In this novel, wrestling is really a pretext to introduce us to a powerful and engrossing new consciousness—Stephen’s struggle is to come to grips with the grinding willfulness that both enables and hobbles everything he does. Plus, Habash’s prose is dryly hilarious.”
—Publishers Weekly


“Habash’s debut is a memorable portrait of obsession to the edge of madness and the loneliness that follows so single-minded a pursuit. Yet readers will gladly accompany the complex, thoughtful, not-always-likable Stephen through the season as he battles his own dark fears as much as any opponent.”
—Library Journal, starred review


“As a character study, Stephen’s is convincingly, comically, realistically weird, his seeming every thought marvelously relayed. This, plus beautiful sentences and an evocative North Dakota setting in the not-so-distant past, mark a promising debut.”
—Booklist


“Everyone needs to read this immediately because I’m dying to talk about it, which is something I never thought I would say about a book with this much wrestling in it.”
—Catapult Community


“With darkly funny and electric, affecting prose, Habash has created an oddball for the ages. Stephen Florida is not to be missed.”
—Lincoln Thompson, BuzzFeed Books newsletter


“Habash has created something bizarre, comic, and truly engrossing in Stephen Florida. Florida’s first-person interiority, painted in masterful, jagged brushstrokes of insight and narrow-mindedness, gains in understanding, and selfish short-sightedness, does a remarkable job of mirroring the thought patterns of young males while creating the most gripping eccentric protagonist since Confederacy of Dunces. Through Florida’s unique lens, Habash provides a fascinating, fresh look at estrangement, competition, isolation, the American Midwest and West, and devotion to a cause. I already can’t stop talking about this one!”
—Annie Harvieux, Magers & Quinn

“In Gabe Habash’s hands, Stephen Florida is utterly engrossing. The compelling voice of this book drew me in right away, and it wasn’t long before this character was a real person to me, and someone who I found myself loving and rooting for.”—Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

“In the middle of Stephen Florida, the narrator’s love interest, his art class crush, says of their college, ‘I didn’t learn anything I didn’t want to learn. It was a reality I wasn’t surprised by. When I met you I felt like someone was trying to make it up to me.’ Reader, that’s how I felt after finishing Stephen Florida. Years of reading ho-hum, predictable fiction were all at once cancelled out by the many thrills and occasional chills of Stephen Florida’s kinetic, irresistibly strange voice. Habash’s novel zeroes in on the forces that act on obsessive, competitive, and disturbed persons. Or person: Stephen Florida, a name for the ages. Habash seems deeply concerned with the thinning borderline between innocence and experience. His narrator attempts for almost three hundred pages to figure out, and sometimes exceed, the limitations of his mind and body. Lucky is the reader who gets to spend time parsing Florida’s only seemingly limited intellect and seeing/feeling his skills and abilities in the wrestling ring. I couldn’t look away, even when Habash lowered the lights and sent his reader to the ledge of an abyss. Pick up his book, read its first lines, and be glad to follow him there.”—John Francisconi, Bank Square Books


“Not since The Art of Fielding have I read a sports novel this captivating. Stephen Florida is about a wrestler’s quest for glory. Stephen, a senior at Oregsburg College, has his mind set on winning nationals at 133 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Each practice and match brings him closer to his goal, and delivers him further from his sanity. This novel shows how compulsively people pursue greatness, and the anguish felt at each shortcoming. Stephen Florida, in short, is a novel of a man slowly losing his mind in pursuit of greatness.”
—Hunter Gillum

 

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