ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

生活時序的行動藝術

類別 : 女性小說
ISBN:978-0393881127
頁數 : 352
出版 : W. W. Norton & Company, 2022 年 4 月 12 日
版本 : 精裝版
版權窗口 : 繁體博達代理Yu-Shiuan / 简体博達代理Yu-Shiuan

內容介紹

這是一本探討關於工作與生活、孤獨與親情以及資本和自由主義的相互關係,敏銳觀察的處女作。

 

我們如何評估生命?透過什麼方式,透過什麼標準來衡量?這是三十多歲的台灣移民愛麗絲所關心的問題。在日常工作的下班時間,愛麗絲努力創作一個計劃,這個計畫是關於表演藝術家謝德慶和1980年代他那具有標誌性長達一年的表演藝術作品。在此同時,她成為她年邁的繼父的看護人,繼父是一位越南獸醫,夢想透過製造中國傳統家具化解他酗酒和癡呆症的問題。

 

隨著愛麗絲深入了解謝德慶對時間的激進使用——在一件作品中,這位藝術家將自己關在牢房裡一年;接下來,他每隔一小時打卡,持續了整整一年——他神秘地從藝術界消失了,而透過自己的計劃,愛麗絲開始代謝和消化自己日常生活。她搭乘地鐵到街頭抗議遊蕩,與朋友失去聯繫,並敏感地觀察著父親緩慢的衰落。

 

在當今和1980年代的紐約市之間穿梭,繞道矽谷和威尼斯雙年展,這部令人動容的處女作顯示了作者是一個大膽的創新作家。透過書中愛麗絲對日常生活事件的消化和代謝,她探討自身對生活時間性的反思。

 

謝德慶參考:
(1970年代晚期與1980年代早期,曼哈頓下城區生氣蓬勃的藝術場景中,台美藝術家謝德慶(Tehching Hsieh)創造了一系列罕見的藝術作品。謝德慶執行了五件不同的一年期行為表演,這些作品運用的身體難度歷經極端時延,將藝術與生活作為同時過程的絕對概念,均屬史無前例。) 

 

作者介紹

出生於台北,曾獲得2018年Rona Jaffe Foundation作家獎、新興小說中心獎學金,也是曼哈頓下城文化委員會工作空間項目的居民。她畢業於愛荷華作家工作室(Iowa Writer’s Workshop)。她的詩集《嘴》(MOUTH)於2007年由 Kaya Press出版。她目前居住在紐約。

書評

"Chen writes with cool, elegant precision...  [Activities of Daily Living is] an utterly persuasive transmutation of the ordinary stuff of life." ― Steph Cha, New York Times Book Review

 

"Engrossing... [Chen]  is an elegantly reserved writer. Her novel is digressive without feeling showy, sombre yet never maudlin." ― Hua Hsu, The New Yorker

 

"Like the work of writer Rachel Cusk, who brought new thinking to what constitutes a novel, Activities of Daily Living takes chances with the form to strong effect... In delivering a meditation on human frailty and endurance, Chen shows us how we cling to our chosen work and the hope buried within it." ― Kathryn Ma, San Francisco Chronicle

 

"Activities of Daily Living is astringent, witty, attuned to the suddenly dimmed lighting and shrunken horizons experienced by city dwellers in early middle age... Insightful." ― Sukhdev Sandhu, 4Columns

 

"Chen wows in this tender debut novel... [She] develops an intelligent and deeply empathic portrayal of Alice witnessing her stepfather disappearing inside himself, and in doing so offers careful and illuminating observations on issues of cultural difference, productivity, family, and freedom. Chen’s own project is masterly and memorable." ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

"[A] thoughtful and thoughtfilled meditation on time... Elegiac and revealing, Chen's debut illuminates the clock in our hearts." ― Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

"Highly recommend for: fans of Chen’s poetry; fans of Olivia Laing and/or Ben Lerner; anyone who’s ever found themselves consumed by art; anyone who’s fighting the very nature of time (and, really, who isn’t?)." ― Kaulie Lewis, Millions

 

"From the making of art to the making of families, Lisa Hsiao Chen makes us realize the great beauty and courage found in everyday acts of care, work, endurance, and survival. Weaving between one daughter and her father, one artist and his work, Activities of Daily Living becomes a beguiling and brilliant meditation on what it means to live and die." ― Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer and The Committed

 

"Brilliant, fiercely honest, and exhilarating, Lisa Hsiao Chen’s Activities of Daily Living illuminates the symbiotic relationship of art and life―the art of life, indeed. This is a riveting and memorable novel." ― Claire Messud, New York Times best-selling author of The Burning Girl

 

"Activities of Daily Living is an exquisitely crafted archive that documents the living grief of witnessing a parent’s slow descent while summoning to life a radical genealogy of artists and writers. This novel is proof of the transformational power of art, a sublime performance that left me enchanted!" ― Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, PEN/Faulkner Award–winning author of Call Me Zebra and Savage Tongues

 

"Activities of Daily Living is miraculously transformative of what it holds. Organized around the artworks of Tehching Hsieh and the act of witnessing a parent’s end of life, a circumscribed but questing narrator synthesizes the chaos and fragments of time, death, and illness into a moving and brilliant arcade―a project about exceptional and quotidian endurances weaved together via lifesaving and heartbreaking bricolage." ― Eugene Lim, author of Search History

 

"The meditative quest that unfolds from this novel’s deceptively simple framework is as riveting as any page-turner. Filled with startling insight and moving detail, Activities of Daily Living will make you want to attend to life more fully―its joys as well as its griefs. What can literature do that other art forms can’t? This book is the answer." ― Anelise Chen, author of So Many Olympic Exertions

得獎紀錄

  • The Millions | Most Anticipated 2022
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