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And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks
奧利佛·薩克斯醫生你好嗎? (BIBFDV)
版本:400頁  2019 年 8 月 13 日  Farrar, Straus and Giroux出版
ISBN:978-0374236410
內容介紹

人們所不知道的薩克斯醫師——他才是自己最大的病患。

在一九八〇年初,Lawrence Weschler幫《紐約客》雜誌寫作薩克斯醫師的專訪報導,與醫師結識。當時薩克斯早年的著名著作《睡人》(Awakenings,時報出版) 才剛出版,此書講述他一位長年熟睡病患,多年後奇蹟式在Bronx醫院病房甦醒的故事。該書並沒有立刻成功,薩克斯又正陷於下一本書《單腳站立》(A Leg to Stand On)靈感窮盡的苦思中。從那時開始,兩位才氣縱橫的大作家結緣成為摯友。薩克斯在生前特別指名Weschler為他作傳,開啟了這知性交織的編年傳記《薩克斯醫師自己好不好?》的寫作之旅。

在此書中,Weschler如同唐吉軻德薩克斯的隨從山卓,豐富將薩克斯的談吐與性格寫得詡詡動人。我們在書中生動的描述中,看見薩克斯在書桌前寫作組織成《錯把太太當帽子的人》的散文,他的脾氣與關愛,並且回顧他一路從年輕時充滿藥物的混亂歲月、幫助病患、動勞好友、向一位醫療科學家發動學術戰爭,抗議他對於人類心靈的忽視。

從頭到尾充斥了輝煌的、下流的、爆笑的和深度的對談,這些各式各樣的薩克斯都讓他成為時代下有力的聲音。薩克斯—這位卓越的浪漫科學家、自稱的「醫界本體論者」,每天都問著這個問題:「你好不好?」但是,醫生自己好不好?

本書的寫作收集了與薩克斯的朋友、同事、病患幾百個小時的訪談,並參考了堆積如山的信件與筆記。Weschler踏上旅程,重新採集薩克斯醫生的生命,為這位重要公眾人物寫成了這一本紮實的回憶傳記。

作者介紹

勞倫斯‧韋施勒(Lawrence Weschler) 生於1952年,為《紐約客》雜誌聘用作者,他在雜誌上的作品跨及政治悲劇至文化喜劇。以榮譽退休院長之姿結束了2001至2013年間在紐約大學紐約人文學院的院長職位。他亦主導、策劃如「芝加哥人文節」(Chicago Humanities Festival)和紐約客雜誌的「紐約現場思想節」(New York Live Ideas Festival)。

著作包含政治報導如《波蘭的熱情》(1984,The Passion of Poland)、《一個奇蹟,一個世界:與凌虐者的最後通牒》(1990,A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers)、《驅逐之災:三部非文學小說》(1998,Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas)。

於《McSweeney’s》雜誌、《三便士評論》(The Threepeeny Review)、《維吉尼亞季評》(The Virginia Quarterly Review)擔任編輯,並為《Vanity Fair》、《紐約時報洲日雜誌》和《The Believer》撰文。

作者網站:http://lawrenceweschler.com/

書評

It has received 3 excellent pre-publication reviews, two of them starred: Kirkus Reviews (starred review) called it "a dazzling portrait . . . a thoroughly engaging and enchanting story." Booklist (starred review, attached) praised it, saying "Sacks was and is the quintessence of fascinating." Publishers Weekly called it "[a] rollicking memoir" and predicted that "Sacks's many fans will love this entertaining portrait of a charismatic original."

“The story of Lawrence Weschler’s faithful four-decade friendship with the amazing Oliver Sacks offers pleasures and amazements on every page. This loving but unblinking portrait will delight fans of Dr. Sacks as well as devotees of Weschler’s always-pathfinding nonfiction.”
—Ian Frazier, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Travels in Siberia

“This is one of the best examples I have ever read of a biographical memoir made luminous by the exquisite sympathy that sometimes develops between subject and writer. Really, an achievement!”
—Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City

“Two offbeat and complicated men step into a rowboat; a thirty-year intellectual romance ensues. No one but Lawrence Weschler could tell the story with as much polymathic perversity and emotional resonance. Oliver Sacks is such a remarkably literary character that reading this book feels like devouring a novel.”
—Laura Kipnis, author of Unwanted Advances

“And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? is an enthralling, humorous, and comprehending memoir of the life and work of Oliver Sacks. It is more besides. This beautiful book is the product of the decades-long friendship that came into existence as the brilliant and ambitious journalist took on the project of profiling the beloved neurologist. Weschler brings to his subject something like the same personal investment and engagement that Sacks himself brought to his individual patients. How marvelous, and how improbable, and what a fitting tribute to Oliver Sacks that in Lawrence Weschler he meets his narrative match!”
—Alva Noë, author of Infinite Baseball and Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

“The posthumous Oliver Sacks lives on in this deeply empathic memoir. As much collaborator as interviewer, Lawrence Wechsler knows when to probe and when to remain silent. You’d think Sacks had covered it all in his numerous books, but luckily for us there turn out to be corners as yet unexplored and fresh insights to be gleaned from more familiar biographical territory. In this candid portrait, we feel even more intensely and organically the bond Sacks shared with his patients.”
—Molly Haskell, author of Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films

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