類別:文學小說/懸疑驚悚小說.歷史小說.
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Her
她的
版本: 平裝146頁  2017 年 8 月 8 日  Hachette出版
內容介紹

她沒有名字,只被喚作一個毫無尊嚴的代名詞,「妳」。歷史翻頁下,苦楚中卻帶著暖光。

《她的》(Her)是一本描述二十世紀初,以澳洲南端的維多利亞州為背景的歷史小說,包含了第一次世界大戰和西班牙流感等歷史事件。

1909年,主角被賣到當地一個撿破爛的男人家,好幾年下來沒有自己的名字,只被喚作「妳」。這個男主人本來已有妻小,孩子是一個胖胖的女孩,他們可能也都和「妳」一樣,被賣到這裡來。幾年之後「妳」便懷孕了。後來,「妳」也跟著投入工作,學著捕兔子、用廢棄物和破布做些小東西或是當扒手偷些財物。在這裡生活的三個女人生活相當辛苦,加上暴虐的男主人時常對他們惡言相向,讓她們生活雪上加霜。

隨著時間過去,「妳」也漸漸長大,她給自己取了一個名字——莉莉(Lily)。某次,莉莉(Lily)和男主人出門旅行,一路上還得賺錢給男主人花用,不是賭博就是喝酒。曾經,她想逃離這裡,但還是被村裡的人帶回來,然而,當胖女孩懷孕誕下一名女嬰之後,莉莉(Lily)深深覺得,她得留下來保護這個孩子。

作者加里迪沙(Garry Disher)帶著讀者跟著主角一起生活,描述無知又自大的男主人如何對動盪的世界置身事外。而勇敢樂觀的莉莉(Lily)的視野卻遠比握有權力的男主人還要開闊,持續與世界同步前進,成為明白國際情勢的知性女性。莉莉(Lily)身上的所有特質綜合起來成為一盞燈,引領著經歷悲苦的莉莉(Lily)走向光明、全新的人生。

作者介紹

Garry Disher( 加里‧迪沙),在澳洲南邊一座生產小麥及羊毛的農場長大。擁有澳大利亞歷史碩士學位,曾在英國、義大利、以色列、美國和南非旅居、工作。1978年被史丹佛大學授予創意寫作獎學金,並在那裡完成第一個短篇小說集。成為全職作家之前,加里(Garry)19801988年期間擔任寫作講師。至今已出版了五十多本書,包括短篇小說集、文學小說和屢獲殊榮的犯罪驚悚小說。

書評

At a descriptive level, as an evocation of a post-Federation world of blowflies, fencing wire and rock buns, Her is almost flawless. - The Saturday Paper

This is completely different to anything the author has written before, and in my opinion he's nailed it. A master at his craft, Garry Disher certainly knows how to weave a tale, and Her will stay with me for a long time. A highly recommended 5 star read. - Reading, Writing and Riesling blog

'an accomplished, arresting, harrowing novel, replete with horrors even as it tempts us towards hope' - Peter Pierce, WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

 

'HER is almost flawless' - SATURDAY PAPER

 

'This distressing but compelling book has echoes of the Barbara Baynton classic Bush Studies' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, THE AGE

 

'His lyrical prose paints a picture of a historical Australia both beautiful and barren, and serves up a lead character you love and support from the first time you meet her' - HERALD SUN

 

'The pleasures of a book that depicts dusty poverty, drunken brutality and mendacious manipulation lie in the evocative writing, the fine detail of country life and personality over a period that encompasses World War I and the ravages of the Spanish flu, and an ending that leaves its patient, feisty young survivors on the threshold of hope' - ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

 

'Disher has lovingly crafted You's internal dialogues, allowing moments of beauty and touching descriptions of the harsh yet majestic Australian bush to rescue the narrative from any overbearing sense of despair, lightening what might otherwise have been too heavy a load, as drudgery and hardship combine to do their best - yet always somehow fail - to blot out one young woman's personal story' - THE BIG ISSUE

 

'Lovers of Australian stories and internal perspectives will enjoy this book, as will fans of Disher's lyrical prose' - BOOKS+PUBLISHING