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Home After Dark
家庭變奏曲 (2018BIBFDV)
版本: 精裝416頁  2018 年 9 月 11 日  Liveright出版
ISBN:978-0871403155
內容介紹

2018年秋季Norton推出的重磅圖像小說
★大衛.司摩之前的圖像小說《縫不起來的童年》(STITCHES)授權以下國家:日本、塞爾維亞、韓國、中國、義大利、巴西、德國、荷蘭、法國、西班牙

《家庭變奏曲》(Home After Dark)是本具有電影運鏡美學、故事感人的圖像小說,讀者可以看到五〇年代的美國家庭失序崩壞以及人性野蠻殘忍的一面。讓人連想起經典暗黑文學威廉.高汀的《蒼蠅王》(The Lord of the Flies)。

十三歲的主角羅賽爾小時候媽媽紅杏出牆離家出走,他與父親搬離俄亥俄州前往加州找尋新的機會,經歷一波三折後落腳在加州鳥不生蛋名叫馬什菲爾德(Marshfield)這個小鎮,鎮裡不但有虐殺動物的變態,羅賽爾還得提心吊膽會對他霸凌的國中同學。當酗酒的父親不告而別,鎮上一對中國夫妻移民馬雯與馬健好心的收留無家可歸的羅賽爾。只是羅賽爾後來竟偷了這對夫妻的積蓄辜負了他們的好意…。

《家庭變奏曲》如同《縫不起來的童年》(STITCHES)一樣由數千張插畫組成,運用了電影空鏡、蒙太奇、特寫、特寫、廣角等技巧,讓人閱讀這本圖像小說如同看希區考克電影一般的視覺震撼。《家庭變奏曲》結合了寫實主義電影的風格與感人的故事讓讀者思考善與惡、文明與野蠻、失序的家庭、情欲的流動等議題。

作者介紹

大衛.司摩(David Small)是美國知名繪本作家,作品曾多次榮獲凱迪克大獎(Caldecott Medal)、克裡斯托夫獎(Christopher Medals)與美國懷特朗讀繪本獎(E. B. White Award)。1945年出生於密西根州的底特律,底特律藝術學院畢業,耶魯大學藝術碩士。 大衛.司摩目前與他的作家妻子Sarah Stewart住在密西根。

大衛擅長以水彩、墨水與粉彩作畫,畫風生動幽默,速寫式的明快線條,加上柔和淡雅的色彩,傳神的表現出人物的表情和姿態。圖像小說作品有《縫不起來的童年》,該書曾登上紐約時報排行榜第一名。

大衛的個人網站:davidsmallbooks.com

書評

“In Small’s haunting coming-of-age tale, 13-year-old Russell Pruitt grows like a determined weed in the wake of masculinity so toxic it has literally killed a menagerie of pets in the small California town where he lives with his troubled father…. The story traffics in archetypes―the mean kid who frames the weirdo; the festering cruelty beneath the idyllic small-town facade―but never tips over into trite. With strikingly few words, Small tells Russell’s story in close-ups of bullies’ sneers and bird’s-eye views of parking lots. Cats, dogs, lions, and other animals haunt Russell’s waking life and his dreams, perhaps because he, too, fights tooth and claw to survive. In depicting the toll of the harsh environment surrounding these lost boys, Small unearths an (almost) impossible tenderness.”
- Publishers Weekly [Starred Review]

“David Small's extraordinary new graphic novel, Home After Dark, is the story of Russell, a teenaged boy abandoned first by his mother and then by his father. It's about Russell's adolescence but also everyone's: learning who you can and can't trust, the complexities of relationships with your peers, and figuring out who you are and the kind of person you want to be. Russell's struggle to survive and not be crushed by the indifference or cruelty of the world drew me in. The drawings are gorgeous and expressive―Small's facial expressions alone filled me with awe. A wonderful book and a great follow-up to Stitches.”
- Roz Chast, The New Yorker cartoonist

“As an adolescent, when I read Conroy’s Stop Time, or Weesner’s The Car Thief, or Wolff’s This Boy’s Life, the prose drew rich images of youth before my eyes, and defined me. David Small, in his sparsely written graphic novel, Home After Dark, has ingeniously created the reverse sensation. The silence of his masterful drawings has put words in my mouth―words that recapture the inchoate chaos of youth.”
- Jack Gantos, winner of the Newbery Award and author of Hole in My Life

“Prominent picture-book illustrator Small (Imogene's Antlers, 2013, etc.) follows up his critically acclaimed 2009 graphic memoir, Stitches, with another look into the turmoil of adolescence in 1950s America…. Small is a master storyteller, moving the tale swiftly through pages with a wonderful array of panels, many of which are wordless or have just a choice bit of dialogue or narration; his illustrations―emotive, kinetic, with a striking balance of realism and cartoon and particularly arresting facial expressions―speak volumes. Grappling with questions of identity and society, the story has the authenticity and ache of universal experience―filtered through the singular eye of a visionary. Powerful and profound.”
- Kirkus Reviews [Starred Review]

“Multi-award-winning writer/artist Small (Stitches) returns with an important novel about adolescence and the search for identity. Small is a masterful illustrator, with an incredible ability to establish his characters’ inner lives through physical gestures or facial expressions, conveying a kaleidoscopic style of storytelling reminiscent of filmmaker Terrence Malick. While the incredible success of the National Book Award finalist and Caldecott Medal winner Stitches might have seemed almost impossible to follow up, Small has managed to create an even more resonant and stirring work.”
- Library Journal [Starred Review]

“I thought David Small’s Stitches was as good as a graphic novel could get, and I was right. Home After Dark is not a novel, whatever the publisher chooses to call it. It is a poem-in-pictures, evocative and heart breaking and simple and pure. And I am not sure I will ever recover from it. Think of Lord of the Flies and Catcher in the Rye joined as one, yet even more painfully honest. This a haunting work of unfolding surprise. Few words, cinematic pictures, dazzling art.”
- Jules Feiffer, author of the best-selling Kill My Mother Trilogy

“Veteran artist and illustrator Small turns a deeply focused lens onto the isolation, loneliness, and relentless cruelty of male adolescence in this immensely powerful new work. The dark narrative would be oppressive but for the unexpected kindness shown by a Chinese immigrant couple and several small, quietly profound moments of beauty. Drawn in Small’s signature style, the narrative feels more like a series of sketches that capture the choices made by Russell and the people around him, snapshots of actions and consequences rather than a traditional narrative. The illustrations, limited to pen, ink, and washes done in a simple, loosely sketched style, convey the nuanced range of emotion of all things left unsaid. Spare and powerful, this is not to be missed.”
- Booklist [Starred Review]

“Home After Dark is incredibly moving. David Small is among the most masterful storytellers alive today.”
- Gene Yang, author of Boxers and Saints

“A master graphic storyteller who has certainly captured male adolescence in 1950s America. Having to think about dodging high school bullies every day sure resonated with me! And Russell’s sexual predicament was handled in a very original way.”
- Robert Crumb, author of The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

海外授權

大衛.司摩之前的圖像小說《縫不起來的童年》(STITCHES)授權以下國家:日本、塞爾維亞、韓國、中國、義大利、巴西、德國、荷蘭、法國、西班牙
Seidosha (Japanese); Omnibus (Serbian); The Open Books (Korean); Shanghai 99 (Chinese simplified); Rizzoli (Italian); Leya (Portuguese in Brasil); Carlsen Comics (German); de Vliegende Hollander (Dutch); Delcourt (French); Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (Spanish)