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Butterflies in November [Format Kindle]

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir , Brian FitzGibbon

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A hilarious and moving road trip around Iceland in an old car, told by a recently divorced woman with a five year-old boy 'on loan'

After a day of being dumped - twice - and accidentally killing a goose, the narrator begins to dream of tropical holidays far away from the chaos of her current life. instead, she finds her plans wrecked by her best friend's deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when a shared lottery ticket nets the two of them over 40 million kroner, she and the boy head off on a road trip across iceland, taking in cucumber-farming hotels, dead sheep, and any number of her exes desperate for another chance. Blackly comic and uniquely moving, Butterflies in November is an extraordinary, hilarious tale of motherhood, relationships and the legacy of life's mistakes.

Auður Ava Olafsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in History of Art at the University of Iceland. Her earlier novel, The Greenhouse (2007), won the DV Culture Award for literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.

"Quirky and poetic, everything is there... An extraordinary novelist" Madame Figaro

"A poetic and sensory narrative" El País

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 548 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 1 pages
  • Editeur : Pushkin Press (7 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FIP8X60
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir est née en 1958. Elle a fait des études d'histoire de l'art à Paris et est actuellement maître-assistante d'histoire de l'art à l'Université d'Islande. Directrice du Musée de l'Université d'Islande, elle est très active dans la promotion de l'art. À ce titre, elle a donné de nombreuses conférences et organisé plusieurs expositions d'artistes.

Rosa candida, traduit pour la première fois en français, est son troisième roman après Upphækkuð jörð (Terre relevée) en 1998, et Rigning í nóvember (Pluie de novembre) en 2004, qui a été couronné par le Prix de Littérature de la Ville de Reykjavík.

Rosa candida a reçu deux prix littéraires en Islande : le Prix culturel DV de littérature 2008 et le Prix littéraire des femmes (Fjöruverðlaun). Le roman a été traduit de l'islandais en anglais, danois et allemand.

Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir vit à Reykjavík. Le Théâtre national islandais vient d'acquérir les droits de sa première pièce de théâtre, qui sera jouée dès l'automne 2011.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Butterflies in November 14 novembre 2013
Par S Riaz - Publié sur
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The narrator of this quirky and unique nove is a thirty three year old woman with a gift for languages, who works as a translator and proof reader. When we meet her she has been both dumped by her lover and told by her husband that he is leaving her for another woman, who is soon to have his child. Her friend, Audor, (my apologies for not being to type Icelandic names with the appropriate letters/typeface) is, like her, something of an outsider. She already has a young son, Tumi, who is hearing and vision impaired, and is pregnant again, but not married. When she comes to visit to console her friend on the end of her marriage, she slips and hurts herself - while she is taken to hospital, she asks her friend to collect Tumi from kindergarten. To add to the recent upheaval, after being told that she should buy lottery tickets, our narrator soon finds that she has won twice - firstly the prize of a prefabricated cottage, which she asks to be placed in the location where her grandmother once lived, and secondly for the astounding amount of forty million kroner. She had already decided to take a trip, but now she must do so with a four year old boy in tow, when she has no experience of children.

Everything I have described so far is also mentioned (pretty much) in the blurb and happens in the first couple of chapters. The novel is concerned with the trip itself - a bizarre road trip through a frozen landscape. On this journey some animals will die, many ex lovers will appear unexpectedly, and our narrator must come to terms with something which happened to her as a young girl, as well as discover what motherhood really means. Unprepared for what lies ahead, her dashboard stuffed with cash, she finds herself responsible for another person - a vulnerable and intelligent child - for the first time in her life. This trip will change her profoundly and alter the course of her life forever.

This is a difficult novel to describe. It is quirky, often funny, sometimes a little shocking and profoundly moving. I have not read anything by this author before, but I am sure that this just made it into my list of favourite books. Set in an amost alien landcape, it is completely different in attitude and approach, and will challenge the way you think. I am extremely glad that I read it and Pushkin Press are becoming, more and more, a publisher that I trust for quality and original books.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Road-trip to nowhere. 28 mars 2014
Par Sue Kichenside - Publié sur
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This is basically your usual 'road-trip' story wherein an unlikely couple - here, the idiosyncratic narrator and the bright but physically challenged 4-year old son of her best friend - go on a long, uneventful journey to, um, nowhere.

The author takes quirky to the extreme, making her narrator prone to a random, unexplained promiscuity and giving her a weird outlook on life that seems, on the author's part, to be deliberately opaque.

Along the way, the reader picks up some interesting insights into the Icelandic landscape as well as the country's lottery system. There is also a selection of bizarre recipes some of which involve road-kill. For me this was an unfathomable and deeply unsatisfying read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 a good read 16 décembre 2013
Par Carina Devlin - Publié sur
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I liked how the relationship between the woman and the boy developed it was really very sweet. The problem I had with the book is that I was waiting for something to happen and really very little did happen and the it was over. I did like her descriptions of life in Iceland
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