28 februari, 2010

Vilket svenskt förlag blir först med det senaste?? Rockstjärnan (sångare i bandet Richmond Fontaine som nyligen var i Sverige) och författaren med nerdekade och utflippade white trash heroes i huvudrollerna.
Gå in på http://www.willyvlautin.com och läs mer om en av de nya författarstjärnorna i USA. Hans tredje roman ”Lean on Pete” (Faber) har just utkommit i England.
Hans andra roman ”Northline” filmas i detta nu av Courtney Hunt, som vann Sundance-festivalen med sin debutfilm ”Frozen River”.
Vlautin skildrar den verkliga verklighetens folk, om man säger så. I allra högsta grad en värdig arvtagare till Raymond Carver och Richard Ford.

Press for Lean on Pete:
“A superb evocation of adolescence, loss and, ultimately, hope, Lean on Pete confirms Willy Vlautin as simply one of the finest American writers of his generation, both lavishly gifted and wonderfully humane. I might be tempted to envy him his ability if I was not so grateful that his books exist.”
John Connolly

“Lean on Pete confirms his status as one of the most emotionally charged writers in America … Spare, dry, ingenuous, his prose is quickly compelling … Vlautin’s characters, memorable however curtailed their cameos might be, become a sketchbook of America … It’s a dark tale, lit with sporadic flashes of redeeming brilliance, told with aching compassion. There’s music in the stark writing, the urban clamour or Portland giving way to the keening twang of the open spaces. The band has to be a hobby now. Vlautin is a writer.”
Sunday Herald

“Lean On Pete is an archetypal American novel, Huck Finn for the crystal-meth generation. If there’s the occasional touch of sentimentality, it’s hard-earned and welcome. This is a sad, often brutal, but oddly beautiful portrait of an America that’s forgotten only because we choose not to remember its continuing existence.”
The Independent

“As one boy’s journey, Lean on Pete is as real as blood: as a novel it is remarkable. Willy Vlautin, romantic and realist, has written something special that will make you shudder, weep, rage and wonder at how such things happen and do, and how some individuals such as Charley can suffer them, absorb the grief, and somehow survive. How good is contemporary US fiction? This good: catch your breath good.”
Eileen Battersby, Irish Time

Tillbaka till Tacoma

21 februari, 2010

I år skulle Richard Brautigan ha fyllt 75 år.


19 februari, 2010

Glädjande besked 1:
Chris Abani kommer till Bokmässan i september!!
Då går vi också vidare med Song for Night; hans senaste kortroman som med lyrisk skärpa skildrar en barnsoldat i ett icke närmare definierat västafrikanskt land.
Glädjande besked 2:
Nu i mars kommer Abanis nya diktsamling, Sanctificum.