類別:社會科學/回憶錄.
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The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading
未受懲罰的惡行:我的閱讀人生
版本: 精裝240頁  2018 年 6 月 26 日  Bloomsbury Publishing出版
內容介紹

「在這本兼具散文和回憶錄的書籍中,作者懷特照現了那些造就他卓越的文學生涯的書本和人物…在一種融合唱頌和輓歌的對話基調中,懷特帶領讀者穿越一大片令人印象深刻的由興趣和體驗組成的廣袤視野…閱讀這本書就像是與朋友們暢飲一瓶葡萄酒的衷心交談。」──出版商周刊


「一本令人喜愛且思想深刻的關於閱讀、書籍和生活的回憶錄。」──星級評論,圖書館雜誌


「懷特是作家中的作家:我們這個時代偉大的散文造型師之一。」──Tim Smith-Laing, 每日電訊報

 

知名作家愛德蒙‧懷特身為讀者人生的全新回憶錄。

 

文學標竿愛德蒙‧懷特用寫作創造自己的名聲,但讀過的書才是他記錄人生的關鍵字。對於懷特來說,每一場重要的時刻都有一本書陪伴:當他在密西根州的寄宿學校時,普魯斯特的《追憶似水年華》,開啟了他看似封閉的同性戀世界;艾茲拉·龐德的詩歌是他跟隨到紐約的情人所愛;史蒂芬·克萊恩的傳記啟發了懷特創作一部小說。不過直到2014年,一場心臟手術害他暫時失去閱讀慾望,懷特才意識到閱讀在他生活中扮演的關鍵角色:塑造他的品味,成就他的記憶,陪伴他度過生活最好和最壞的時候。

 

結合回憶錄和文學評論,《未受懲罰的惡行》是閱讀盡其所有地塑造懷特的生活與工作的彙編。他在文學界的非凡表現,為我們提供了對世界上一些最受喜愛的文化界人物的生活迷人而親密的觀察。懷著特有的機智和坦率,他回憶起和佩姬·古根漢在她威尼斯的私人貢多拉上閱讀亨利·詹姆斯,並在早上八點打電話給弗拉基米爾‧納博科夫──他曾經說過懷特是他最喜歡的美國作家。

 

這本書包含在《紐約書評》和《巴黎評論》中出現的特色書寫,更甚者,《未受懲罰的惡行》是一部關於文學生活壞壞地小聰明又富有洞察力的敘述。

作者介紹

愛德蒙‧懷特(Edmund White)是一位美國小說家,自傳作者,也是文學和社會議題的評論家。他的著作頗豐,得到高度評價,寫作大多是以同性戀為主題,並借鑑他自己的生活。他的著作包括The Joy of Gay Sex (1977)(與查爾斯·西弗斯坦合著),他的自傳小說系列:A Boy's Own Story (1982), The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988) , The Farewell Symphony (1997)。其他非小說類書籍如自傳My Lives (2005),他的紐約生活回憶錄City Boy (2009),以簡單流暢的風格寫出一個充滿狂歡的時代。最近一本著作是Our Young Man (2017)。他獲得許多獎項和榮譽。2014年,懷特獲得多倫多大學性別多樣化研究Mark S. Bonham中心頒發的中心獎,以表彰他對性別認同問題的進步和教育所做出的貢獻。他目前住在紐約。

 

作者網站:http://www.edmundwhite.com/index.htm

書評

"The Unpunished Vice pulls together [White's] lived life and his reading life; what he cares about is giving the readers a sense of some of the authors he has enjoyed the most, and from whom he has learned the most . . . [For White] reading was a transgression against the norm, to be pursued in private, to be enjoyed for the pleasure of the story and the guilt of reading it." - Jane Smiley, New York Times Book Review

 

"White's reflections are just as lucid as they are fascinating and just as compelling as they are bountiful. A literary delicacy with more takeaways than one can count." - Starred review, Kirkus

 

"In this mélange of essay and memoir, author White (Our Young Man) reflects on the books and people that helped shape his remarkable literary life . . . In a conversational tone that blends affirmation and elegy, White escorts readers through an impressive range of interests and experiences . . . this collection is like a heartfelt conversation with friends over a bottle of wine." - Publishers Weekly

 

"A generous, lovely book about the profound effect of reading on a versatile and influential writer." - Booklist

 

"The delightful thing about [The Unpunished Vice] is the way White’s personal adventures and omnivorous reading habits intersect." - Chicago Tribune

 

"In this blend of memoir and literary criticism, author White writes about his lifelong love of reading. In the book's postface, he relates being chastised as a young child for not yet having learned to read, a skill he equated with freedom. Using his life and experiences, the author creates a literary memoir about this "lonely and intensely sociable act." His tastes are eclectic and wide ranging; he argues that Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is "the greatest novel in all literature," placing this and other works within the context of his own life and the time and place in which the book was published. VERDICT: A lovely and thoughtful memoir about reading, books, and life." - Starred review, Library Journal

 

"[White's] work is as varied as it is unmistakably his. And it is, undoubtedly, masterful . . . White is above all else a writer's writer: one of the great prose stylists of our time." - Tim Smith-Laing, Daily Telegraph

 

"White is a charming and sharp-witted raconteur worth spending time with on the page. The Unpunished Vice is a welcome capstone to the venerable literary career of a writer who has never been afraid to expose his own and others' fallibility." - BookPage

 

"White is the preeminent gay man of letters of our time." - Bay Area Reporter

 

"You likely don't think reading is sexy or transgressive. But you will after dipping into The Unpunished Vice by Edmund White. The word iconic is an overused cliche. Yet, there's no other way to describe White, 78, our most eminent queer writer." - Washington Blade

 

"Edmund White is one of the best writers of my generation; he's certainly the contemporary American writer I reread more than any other, and the one whose next book I look forward to reading most" - John Irving

 

"Edmund White tells such a good story that I'm ready to to listen to anything he wants to talk about" - New York Times on THE FLANEUR

 

"White’s prose is as fresh as a series of slaps to the face." - The New York Times Book Review on OUR YOUNG MAN

 

"White has proven himself again and again to be one of the finest storytellers of his generation . . . Sleek, witty, a bit raunchy, and fully enticing and entertaining." - New York Journal of Books on OUR YOUNG MAN

 

"He never descends to savage satire. This open-heartedness, an essential White quality, makes his writing sparkle with generosity … Every detail is alive and gleaming … It is also a book that floats above things, so light is its touch, so playful and joyous its execution … It is shameful, though, that we haven’t managed to free White from the initially groundbreaking but now enfettering label of “gay novelist”. It has blinded us to the essential allusiveness, wit and sprezzatura of his work, its conversations with other books, its effortless ability to say profound things in unsententious and gossamer-light ways" - Guardian on OUR YOUNG MAN

 

"It’s hard not to think of Edmund white as the dean of gay American writing…White is also a passionate reader…it is this ‘unpunished vice’ of his life of reading that gives White the title and the theme for his latest opus, an intelligent and often delicious meditation on the books he has read, and some that he has written. The Unpunished Vice is a smart, genial, and always interesting account of his literary life…a delight on every page." - Philip Gambone, Gay and Lesbian Review

 

"Anyone at a loss about what to read next can earn double points by picking up the newest book by Edmund White: The Unpunished Vice . . . Whether talking about his own writing, writers he has known, gossipy biographical tidbits, the allure of libraries, “the greatest novel in all literature” or the books he rereads regularly, White generously shares opinions he’s developed over a lifetime and also gives us a plenty of ideas for our own to-read lists." - Fatima Farheen Mirza, Minneapolis Star Tribune