De quoi parlent les histoires d'Alice Munro ?
De baisers donnés.
De meubles encombrants dont on ne parvient pas à se séparer.
De trahisons nécessaires.
De mots d'adieu.
De femmes déchirées entre la passion et la vie domestique, le désir d'être libre et la bonne éducation.
Neuf histoires d'amour, en somme
La nouvelle traduction d'Agnès Desarthe restitue avec précision leur charme subtil.
Traduit de l'anglais (Canada) par Agnès Desarthe.
« Sur le quai de la gare, un chat noir croise obliquement leur chemin. Elle déteste les chats. Plus encore les chats noirs. Mais elle ne dit rien et réprime un frisson. Comme pour récompenser cette retenue, il annonce qu'il fera le voyage avec elle jusqu'à Cannes, si elle le veut bien. C'est à peine si elle peut répondre tant elle éprouve de gratitude. » Les personnages d'Alice Munro courent après le bonheur. Quête vaine, éperdue, étourdissante, mais qu'ils poursuivent sans relâche. Dans ce recueil de nouvelles, on croise une étudiante qui accepte les propositions indécentes d'un vieillard, une mère en deuil qui change d'identité ou une femme affrontant enfin sa part de cruauté. D'une écriture précise et sensible, Alice Munro met en évidence les lignes de force invisibles guidant chaque destin.
Dans ce recueil de treize nouvelles, Alice Munro nous emporte avec ses personnages jusqu'aux moments charnières de leurs existences, où tout peut basculer : une mère perd la trace de son enfant, un soldat saute inopinément du train qui le ramène chez lui, une jeune professeur part enseigner dans un sanatorium reculé, une femme perdue se lie à un inconnu...
Le hasard des rencontres, l'étrangeté des actes manqués, les coups funestes du destin : autant de lignes de force que Munro ausculte et nous restitue avec la grâce d'un " Tchekhov de notre temps ". Pour la première fois, elle se confie également sur sa propre vie dans une ultime nouvelle. Alice Munro est, plus que jamais, l'écrivain de l'âme humaine.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**These are beguiling, provocative stories about manipulative men and the women who outwit them, about destructive marriages and curdled friendships, about mothers and sons, about moments which change or haunt a life. Alice Munro's stories surprise and delight, turning lives into art, expanding our world and shedding light on the strange workings of the human heart.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**
The world's finest living short story writer turns to her family for inspiration; and what follows is a fictionalised, brilliantly imagined version of the past. From her ancestors' view from Edinburgh's Castle Rock in the eighteenth century to her parents' thwarted ambitions in Ontario, and her own awakening in 1950s Canada, Munro effortlessly weaves fact and myth to create an epic story of past and present, proving that fiction has much to tell us about life.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**Alice Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant new collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZEr IN LITERATURE 2013
Alice Munro has long been heralded for her penetrating, lyrical prose, and in “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” – the basis for Sarah Polley’s film Away From Her -- her prodigious talents are once again on display. As she follows Grant, a retired professor whose wife Fiona begins gradually to lose her memory and drift away from him, we slowly see how a lifetime of intimate details can create a marriage, and how mysterious the bonds of love really are.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
'Munro is still one of our most fearless explorers of the human being, as she descends, time and again, headlamp on full beam, pickaxe and butter-knife at the ready'
The TimesSpanning her last five collections and bringing together her finest work from the past fifteen years, this new selection of Alice Munro's stories infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight.Beautifully observed and remarkably crafted, written with emotion and empathy, these stories are nothing short of perfection. A masterclass in the genre, from an author who deservedly lays claim to being one of the major fiction writers of our time.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**This first-ever selection of Alice Munro's stories sums up her genius. Her territory is the secrets that cackle beneath the façade of everyday lives, the pain and promises, loves and fears of apparently ordinary men and women whom she renders extraordinary and unforgettable.
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZEr IN LITERATURE 2013
Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions.
“In Munro’s hands, as in Chekhov’s, a short story is more than big enough to hold the world--and to astonish us again and again.” --Chicago Tribune
In an unbroken procession of brilliant, revelatory short stories, Alice Munro has unfolded the wordless secrets that lie at the heart of all human experience. She has won three Governor General’s Literary Awards in her native Canada, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Vintage Munro includes stories from throughout her career: The title stories from her collections The Moons of Jupiter; The Progress of Love; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; “Differently,” from Selected Stories, and “Carried Away,” from Open Secrets.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**The characters who populate an Alice Munro story live and breathe. Passions hopelessly conceived, affections betrayed, marriages made and broken: the joys, fears, loves and awakenings of women echo throughout these twelve unforgettable stories, laying bare the unexceptional and yet inescapable pain of human contact.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**The matchless Munro makes art out of everyday lives in this exquisite short story collection. Here are men and women of wildly different times and circumstances, their lives made vividly palpable by the nuance and empathy of Munro's writing. Runaway is about the power and betrayals of love, about lost children, lost chances. There is pain and desolation beneath the surface, like a needle in the heart, which makes these stories more powerful and compelling than anything she has written before. Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2009.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**Born into the back streets of a small Canadian town, Rose battled incessantly with her practical and shrewd stepmother, Flo, who cowed her with tales of her own past and warnings of the dangerous world outside. But Rose was ambitious - she won a scholarship and left for Toronto where she married Patrick. She was his Beggar Maid, 'meek and voluptuous, with her shy white feet', and he was her knight, content to sit and adore her. Alice Munro's wonderful collection of stories reads like a novel following Rose's life as she moves away from her impoverished roots and forges her own path in the world.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**Alice Munro has a genius for entering the lives of ordinary people and capturing the passions and contradictions that lie just below the surface. In this brilliant new collection she takes mainly the lives of women - unruly, ungovernable, unpredictable, unexpected, funny, sexy and completely recognisable - and brings their hidden desires bubbling to the surface. The love of a good woman is not as pure and virtuous as it seems: as in her title story it can be needy and murderous. Here are women behaving badly, leaving husbands and children, running off with unstuitable lovers, pushing everyday life to the limits, and if they don't behave badly, they think surprising and disturbing thoughts.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**In these stories lives come into focus through single events or sudden memories which bring the past bubbling to the surface. The past, as Alice Munro's characters discover, is made up not only of what is remembered, but also what isn't. The past is there, just out of the picture, but if memories haven't been savoured, recalled in the mind and boxed away, it's as if they have never been - until a moment when the pieces of the jigsaw re-form suddenly, sometimes pleasurably but more often painfully. Women look back at their young selves, at first marriages made when they were naive and trusting, at husbands and their difficult, demanding little ways. There is in this new collection an underlying heartbreak, a sense of regret in her characters for what might have been, for a fork in the road not taken, a memory suppressed in an act of prudent emotional housekeeping. But at the same time there is hope, there are second chances - here are people who reinvent themselves, seize life by the throat, who have moved on and can dare to conjure up the hidden memories, daring to go beyond what is remembered.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**Alice Munro's territory is the farms and semi-rural towns of south-western Ontario. In these dazzling stories she deals with the self-discovery of adolescence, the joys and pains of love and the despair and guilt of those caught in a narrow existence. And in sensitively exploring the lives of ordinary men and women, she makes us aware of the universal nature of their fears, sorrows and aspirations.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**Ranging from the 1850s through two world wars to the present, and from Canada to Brisbane, the Balkans and the Somme, these dazzling stories reveal the secrets of unconventional women who refuse to be contained.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**A woman haunted by dreams of her dead mother. An adulterous couple stepping over the line where the initial excitement ends and the pain begins. A widow visiting a Scottish village in search of her husband's past - and instead discovering unsettling truths about a total stranger. The ten stories in this collection not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart of all human experience.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**These dazzling and utterly satisfying stories explore varieties and degrees of love - filial, platonic, sexual, parental and imagined - in the lives of apparently ordinary folk. In fact, Munro's characters pulse with idiosyncratic life. Under the polished surface of these unsentimental dispatches from the small-town and rural front lies a strong undertow of violence and sexuality, repressed until something snaps, with extraordinary force in some of the stories, sadly and strangely in others.
A remarkable early collection of stories by Alice Munro, the bestselling author of Dear Life, and one of the greatest fiction writers of our time.'Alice Munro's stories are miraculous'
Sunday Times 'No one else can - or should be allowed to - write like the great Alice Munro'
Julian Barnes 'She sets down the pains and pleasures of living in a spare, singing prose, not a word wasted'
Daily Telegraph 'Read not more than one of her stories a day, and allow them to work their spell: they are made to last'
Observer 'She's the most savage writer I've ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive'
Munro is still one of our most fearless explorers of the human being, as she descends, time and again, headlamp on full beam, pickaxe and butter-knife at the ready The TimesSpanning her last five collections and bringing together her finest work from the past fifteen years, this new selection of Alice Munro's stories infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight.Beautifully observed and remarkably crafted, written with emotion and empathy, these stories are nothing short of perfection. A masterclass in the genre, from an author who deservedly lays claim to being one of the major fiction writers of our time.
A New York Times Editors’ Choice Book
Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty-eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power. In A Wilderness Station: Selected Stories, 1968–1994, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever.
A traveling salesman during the Depression takes his children with him on an impromptu visit to a former girlfriend. A poor girl steels herself to marry a rich fiancé she can’t quite manage to love. An abandoned woman tries to choose between the opposing pleasures of seduction and solitude. To read these stories is to succumb to the spell of a true narrative sorcerer, a writer who enchants her readers utterly even as she restores them to their truest selves.
A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection
The solution came to the writer one evening: she should have an office. From Nobel Laureate Alice Munro, a brilliantly executed and revelatory story--one of the earliest published works of her career--in which simply finding a place to write turns out to be the hardest act of all.
Alice Munro is the universally acclaimed master of the contemporary short story, the Chekhov of our time, and “The Office” sheds light on the process and growth of a beloved writer. A selection from Dance of the Happy Shades, Munro’s first collection.
An eBook short.
Lives of Girls and Women is the intensely readable, touching, and very funny story of Del Jordan, a young woman who journeys from the carelessness of childhood through an uneasy adolescence in search of love and sexual experience. As Del dreams of becoming famous, suffers embarrassment about her mother, endures the humiliation of her body's insistent desires, and tries desperately to fall in love, she grapples with the crises that mark the passage to womanhood.