Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

Five new translations of novels and five editions to which you should pay attention this summer.


1. Emily St. John Mandel - "Station 11"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

Eksmo, trans. K. Gusakova

The novel "Station 11" good read for those who have the word "fiction" before the eyes rises spaceship with tentacles, hovering over a third of the planet, and the head includes an internal Dursley (no, we are normal people, thank you very much). Because the "Station 11" - a novel in which little something frankly fantastic. Rather, it is a novel about Shakespeare, comic books, and our attachment to material, safer world, the power of which we understand only left without the Internet, clean linen and the plane takes off.

"Station 11" begins with snowfall on the scene and the actor's death, and then the story diverges circles - from deadly snot, that humanity chokes to extinction, the troupe of strolling players that put on the ruins of the old world, "Midsummer Night's Dream." Roman Mandel is not perfect - the plot, first hiding in the corner, then strained and starts to pull himself out of action as a turnip. But this is not a novel, a story, but rather a novel, reportage, chronicles a dying world.

In Mandel it turned out as something very fragile and good to write about how we are accustomed to the light in the windows, doors, elevators, ATMs and street lights, and at the same time without the cast-iron morality. (We are financially perverse generation, and you podi-ka, erase mug and think about the main thing.) That is, in the fiction novel Mandel did not really create anything fantastic, but as it says - look, another world I have for you is not, but and that there is a very, very beautiful. (It was.) But for the sake of this new view of the world is familiar to us, "Station 11" and is worth reading.


2. Josh Malerman - "bird box"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

AST, Neoclassic, trans. A. Akhmerova The worst horror books - not those in which the hero with champing someone cutting into the spleen, or, for example, drink through a straw eyes. In the most terrible evil horror movies are not usually seen and not heard, but it spilled on the text so that the reader picks up internally soft belly, expecting that it's about to jump out at him from the corner. So, Josh Malerman wrote just such a horror in which there is nothing apparently wrong, but readers always want to look back over his shoulder. Check that you know, do not run if the wall green eyes.

The very beginning of the book recalls some of Magritte paintings - those where people face tightly wrapped towels. We know that on the outskirts of Detroit stands a black-black house, there lives a frightened mother called Malory and two children, who had not seen anything, because they live in the dark and blindfolded, focusing exclusively on in-house touch. Go out scared because the unknown evil has devoured all those who did not manage to hide and shut his eyes, but out of the house they will have to - and what's more, to sail on a boat, trusting only acute hearing children. Very scary and very exciting, if you are looking for some holiday reading material, here, this is it.

Psychological thriller

3. Karen Dionne - "The daughter of the king of the marsh"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

Family Leisure Club, trans. M. Tchaikovsky

It seems to replace the marriage noir - thriller endless, where the husband kills his wife, then the wife, the mistress, the mistress - Dedkov, granddaughter and Zhuchka - comes a new trend: an uneasy relationship of father and daughter. American book market has stunned this year by at least three quite action-packed novels on this subject - and the novel Dionne is just one of the trio; and leaves it at us, almost simultaneously with the original.

Helena Pelletier - usually so mother, two children and her husband photographer. They live in Upper Michigan, Helena cooks and sells jam from local inches and roots and all seemed to be happy, but one day Helena hears on the radio that from a maximum security prison escaped a Jacob Holbrook - a man who with his mother had lived for twelve years in captivity. Her father. Despite the fact that in fact it is a novel, a thriller in the first place is important, of course, that this is a psychological thriller. It is not so much a story about how there are searches Holbrooke and why he held his mother Helena captive in the swamps like the two dogs of the Baskervilles, as the story of moral violence and how to confront it. However, the plot of the novel is still tight enough, so here it is, your second candidate for the role of holiday reading.


4. William Derezevits - "Lessons of Jane Austen: how six novels taught me how to make friends, to love and to be happy"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

LiveBook, trans. Ya Kuchina

"The lessons of Jane Austen" - a very witty and genuine hybrid of literary non-fikshena and self-help, written by a man. Now Derezevits - a famous American literary critic and scholar, educator, specializing in education issues. But in its very first book, he turned to the somewhat unexpected - for himself in the first place - topic. Derezevits told how the novels of Jane Austen helped him out of a dull snob, that everything that is not Kafka, that's bullshit, turn into a pleasant, open guy and find the girl of his dreams.

Derezevits admits that he has always wanted to study Joyce, Nabokov or Faulkner, and when he needed for his thesis read British literature of the 19th century, these novels are thick with oohs, sighs and endless marries as the window, he lost heart. But gradually, getting a grasp in the novels of Austen and growing up with her heroines, he found that reading about the fate of Lizzie Ketri and Emma is not only not ashamed, but also very useful - because both girls begin to understand what is better, and themselves. Suddenly it turned out that Jane Austen - this is not about marriage, not about the moon and the bench and do not mean that as a woman attracted to you neokoltsovannym their hands. It turned out that Austen novels - this and a lot of fun - as a reader, and scientific - and best guides to life.

Big novel

5. Amos Oz - "Judas"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

Phantom Press, Princeton Univ. B. Radutskogo

Amos Oz - classic classic waiting for at least the Nobel Prize - says with a quiet mind a novel about a very loud things. Bearded student Samuel Ashe, a socialist and an asthmatic because of unrequited love and money problems drop out of school and gets to take care of a disabled old man. Next, the reader is waiting for a mysterious house on the outskirts of Jerusalem, another tragic love Samuel, talk about the importance and anxious study of who is actually Judas was. Of course, Oz's novel raises many important issues - from the very nature of Christianity to the Arab-Israeli conflict, but it would be quite wrong to assume that the whole novel was conceived for this. The "Judas" is something far more worthwhile than a serious talk about serious - the same feeling of twilight half-sleep, which is in the mayrinkovskom "Golem", when the reader after the tenth page appears along with the main character somewhere in the deep Jerusalem alley which suddenly seems to him more real than life outside. This novel is a good read, when slowing down time itself - that is, in the very heat of the summer (if she suddenly comes) or in severe cold (which will come for sure) - then all the text starts to sound in the same rhythm with the world and become a truly immersive by reading.

Five editions that need to pay attention:

1. Bret Easton Ellis - "Glamorama"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

( "ABC-Foreigner", trans. J. Kormil'tsev)

Bret Easton Ellis - is a performance artist from the literature, and it is both good and bad. Bad - because due to concentrations of statements of his novels is sometimes impossible to read. In "Glamorama", for example, there is a sex scene size of the whole chapter, but it starts from the rock on the second page, and from the beginning of the novel, which simulates longridy in glossy magazines, the reader, on a plan of Ellis, and all must vomit.

Good - because sometimes his statements, it would seem, is firmly entrenched in the '90s (as does Ellis, is not created after 2000 nothing even slightly noticeable), gain a second wind - as is the case with "Glamorama". In 1998, when "Glamorama" just came out, the story of Victor Ward, a model idiotika with the label instead of the brain, which begins for the health, and ends for terrorism, was relevant slap in the face of public taste. In 2017, when the thick- glossy culture ceased to finally prepare yourself for the summer and began to prepare himself for his grave, the story of Victor turns into Laksheri-wake for the departed lifestyle, and flying on the colon plot and cut off the hands of only reinforce this feeling.

2. EM Forster - "Journey to India"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention


EM Forster - of those amazing authors who write very softly and as if unnoticed, but after some time it turns out that those were the most important short pants, out of which grew all subsequent literature. So, from Forster hatched all these sad English writers with a sharp scalpel instead of feathers - Barnes, McEwan, Ishiguro - authors transparent and simple novels that reveal to the reader the soul has, for example, on the eighth page and the reader in the pierced state must somehow live up to the finals.

But first there was EM Forster, a fighter with inner and lush Victorian style. We can not say that his novels - fiction glib and easy, but it is much closer to that artless clarity we've come to expect from British literature. "Travel to India" for the last time were published by us in 1937, but probably in 2017. It is even more necessary to us. In fact - it is stringy and sad novel about the confrontation between water and oil, the Western and Eastern world view, but, as we understand it, if the water in the oil nalezet, then no one is sboret, and all will end only by multiplying the entropy and the flow of products.

3. Julian Barnes - "Arthur and George"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

"ABC-Foreigner", trans. E. Petrova

On the one hand, "Arthur and George" - it seems to be another novel that West is West and East is East, and they can come together only in the hot spot. Judge for yourself, because the novel is based on real events. When in the early 1890s. in a small English village someone started to mutilate cattle attacking the girls and send nasty anonymous letters, the police seized and arrested only in neanglichanina District, Indian solicitor George Edalzhi. On Edalzhi comes in Arthur Conan Doyle, with a keen sense of justice at the ready. But Barnes from this history does not account for the difference between the two cultures, which as a result is pulled each other's hands in the universal human impulse, and the story of the two alone, between which - in spite of the different sides of the world - is a lot in common. Alexander Guzman, senior editor of "ABC-Foreigner" tells the story of what it took to a new translation of the novel: "I would not want to offend anyone, but had previously fronted translation for" Arthur and George "was due to objective reasons not entirely successful. Yes, in the second edition (not for the AST and Eksmo in / Domino, in a series of "Intelligent bestseller") translation was tinkering with a few, and could be, of course, correct yet - but what's the victory? Living a breath by not privnesesh. So the decision to translate the novel again - and to do that Elena Petrova, is already working with many books Barnes ( "The Noise of Time", "Premonition end", "Pulse" ...) - it is the most natural way, especially given that, that the main character of "Arthur and George" is sir Arthur Conan Doyle, trying in practice to apply the deductive method, and now we just have, you might say, completing an epic multi-year project for a new translation of the entire holmsovskogo canon. "

4. Sinclair Lewis - "It Can not Happen"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

AST, trans. Z. profitable

After the victory of Donald Trump's presidential election in the United States from the bottom of the times surfaced two books - "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood and "It Can not Happen" Sinclair Lewis. Worried reader nadlamyvaya their bindings, though Chinese Fortune Cookies, sought in these books literally response to the question, what will happen to the Motherland and to us - too coincided made-up once the two writers of the future to the present. In the novel, Lewis' speech, however, is not so much about the future, and about some of the alternative ways in which she could go to America 30's, if people had not voted for Roosevelt.

In the "It Can not Happen" wins the elections, Senator Baz Windrip, a kind of proto-Trump from the manners of Hitler, who immediately stifled everything living and leisure, turning the country into a concentration camp. It is understood that in 1936, Lewis still could not fully anticipate, to what depths of black horror comes fascism in Europe, but he described the campaign Windrip, promises to make Americans the greatest race on earth, before reminiscent Trump campaign that book, in which America is gradually descends into the chaos of civil war, it may indeed seem to unpleasant prophetic.

5. John Crowley - "small, large"

Novels summer 2017, worthy of your attention

"ABC-Foreigner", trans. Brilovoy L., P. Sukharev

All the power and beauty of the vast and novel poluskazochnogo Crowley that "small and big" requires a fundamentally different approach of the reader. This is not a book or a story that can be read quickly, or even as a series. Conversely, the slower you read a story about a strange family that lives in a house built of pieces of different architectural styles, the more likely that the novel you once firmly will drag into their world, because it is certainly not a book-plot and book-atmosphere. This book does not need to read, it is necessary to live.

Crowley so carefully and melenko writes house Drinkwater, golden summer atmosphere, drowsiness border world in which there is Smokey, Alice and all their children that if slip all these thin, arachnoid details in search of a plot, then you will like the strong man: go left - time is lost. Crowley, of course, does not create anything particularly new - Victorian surreal storyteller George MacDonald, for example, has already created such worlds where dream flows into reality, and little people under the hill facing war haughty human neighbors. But then, as he carefully crafted his novel around the dark body of the present British fairy tales, it deserves the same careful reader's attention.