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The Sorrows of an American [Anglais] [Broché]

Siri Hustvedt
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5 février 2009

After their father's funeral, Erik and Inga Davidsen find a cryptic letter from an unknown woman among his papers, dating from his adolescence in rural Minnesota during the Depression. Returning to his psychiatric practice in New York, Erik sets about reading his father's memoir, hoping to discover the man he never fully understood.

At the same time, another woman enters Erik's lonely, divorced life - a beautiful Jamaican who moves into his garden flat with her small daughter. As Erik gets drawn into the cat-and-mouse tactics of someone who appears to be stalking her, he finds out that his sister Inga is also being threatened, by a journalist in possession of a wounding secret from her past.

A multi-layered novel that probes the mysteries of the heart and mind, THE SORROWS OF AN AMERICAN is compulsive, thought-provoking and profoundly affecting.

--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Revue de presse

Beautifully thought through, deeply serious and enormously intelligent (Jane Smiley, Guardian)

This passionately conceived, coolly delivered work is almost certainly the best American novel you will read all year . . . not to be missed (Melissa Katsoulis, Sunday Telegraph)

A mystery story that develops into a subtle and complex novel . . . sharp, confident, tolerant and civilised (Tom Deveson, Sunday Times)

This novel is easily described as wonderful . . . THE SORROWS OF AN AMERICAN feels like a very personal story and is all the more intimate for it . . . her skill lies in convincing the reader that we have seen right inside someone's soul (Viv Groskop, Observer)

For all its cerebral riches, this novel is composed with superb artistry, Hustvedt handles the numerous interlocking narratives with immense skill. . . It is proof of Hustvedt's talent that the terrors of this novel feel real (John de Falbe, Literary Review)

This satisfying and emotionally rich follow-up to Ms Hustvedt's acclaimed WHAT I LOVED treads some similar themes: love and loss; the limits of perception; the drama of dreams; and the need to craft coherent stories from the unreliable fragments of memory. As with her previous novel, Ms Hustvedt's cerebral characters are tenderly drawn, wise and realistic . . . a beautifully sincere examination of the grim traps of over-active minds (Economist)

A novel of deep wisdom and storytelling (Lucy Beresford in New Statesman)

'It is a rare writer who can both rouse the mind and grip the heart, and all the while provide the sensuous delights of image and language. In her new novel, as in What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt does that and more . . . a book that's almost impossible to put down, and even harder not to re-read' (Lisa Appignanesi, Independent) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Biographie de l'auteur

Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993. Since then she has published The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American and The Summer Without Men. She is also the author of the poetry collection Reading To You, and four collections of essays, Yonder, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, A Plea for Eros and Living, Thinking, Looking, as well as the memoir The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves.

Born in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University and in 2012 was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.

www.sirihustvedt.net

--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Sceptre (5 février 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0340897090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340897096
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,6 x 11,2 x 2,6 cm
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Né en 1955, Siri Husvedt a fait ses études à Columbia University. Elle vit à Brooklyn. Ses romans, tous publiés chez Actes Sud - Les Yeux bandés (1993 ; Babel n° 196), L'Envoûtement de Lily Dahl (1996 ; Babel n° 380), Yonder (1999 ; Babel n° 774), Les Mystères du rectangle (2006, essais sur la peinture), Tout ce que j'aimais (2003 ; Babel n° 686), Elégie pour un Américain (2008 ; Babel n° 1006), Plaidoyer pour Eros (2009, essais littéraires) et La Femme qui tremble (2010, essai) - ont été largement remarqués.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 les tourments d'un psy à Brooklyn 17 novembre 2011
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C'est le récit à la première personne d'un psychiatre-psychanalyste mû par un souci permanent de lucidité et de savoir, hanté par le vécu de son père récemment décédé, qu'il voudrait mieux connaître et mieux comprendre, peut-être pour parvenir à s'accepter lui-même dans ses faiblesses, ses chagrins et ses questionnements.

Siri Hustvedt nous entraîne dans les méandres introspectifs de cet homme tourmenté, passionné par la vie des autres, en commençant par la découverte et la lecture d'un journal de bord écrit par son père Lars Davidsen (en utilisant pour cela le matériau réel et personnel des carnets de son propre père après son décès).

Tout est sujet à réflexions et à recherches pour le narrateur, Erik, un homme divorcé qui crève de solitude : sa vie personnelle, familiale et professionnelle, ses désenchantements amoureux, une confidence mystérieuse dans le journal de son père, l'attrait subtil pour sa nouvelle locataire black, mère célibataire d'une fillette de 9 ans, le destin de ses parents d'origine norvégienne, sa soeur veuve d'un écrivain et mère d'une adolescente, un ami d'enfance qui vient s'immiscer dans leurs vies, ses patients en analyse...

Lecture recommandée à qui s'intéresse à l'âme humaine, d'autant que l'écriture est élégante. Sans réelle intrigue et surtout sans dénouement 'classique', l'auteur parvient par contre brillamment à donner au lecteur l'impression d'accompagner avec intelligence les pensées, les sentiments et les émotions d'un homme en perpétuelle remise en question.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 You either love it, or hate it 4 mai 2009
Par C. Clark - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Disappointing. I kept thinking to myself, How does a book like this even get published? I am an avid reader, and am not accustomed to disliking a book as much as I disliked this book.

First, Hustvedt fails to draw a believable male protagonist. The dialogue is also unbelievable, as it is convoluted and awkward. The characters in this book do not speak as real people do. Also, the plot is shaky-to-nonexistent. Most of the characters aren't particularly likable; they are over-privileged, self-involved, and depressing. I couldn't wait for this book to be over with. It was slow going without reward.

I wonder if the author writes essays. Her writing style seems better suited to that medium.

Based on other reviews here, it seems you either love this book, or hate it. If you have any doubts, think twice. You may just hate it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Par Excellent 14 avril 2008
Par Martin Nouvell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I had never heard of this author until I heard her speak at the Key West Literary Seminar last then. Since then I have bought and read all of her books.

How can she do what she does on a page? How does she make the pages fall away and take me into a world that I never forget? I don't know the answer, but I do know as soon as I saw she had a new book out, The Sorrows Of An American I rushed right out to buy it -- and in the last two days have been transported, once again by a world I did not know I was missing.

Like her previous books, the characters (Erick, Miranda, Eggy, and Inga, and Max) in Sorrows of an American are now a part of my life. I shut the book last night and am still thinking of their world. Missing it, actually.

While following a mystery - edged with both agitated grief -- I learned about memory, light, darkness, and art.

No question about it -- this book will not disappoint you: the kind of reading experience that makes you re-remember the power that can be found in bound pages when created by a true artist. Plus, the story here is simply - INTERESTING.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not her best - but a good read 6 mai 2008
Par Mike Donovan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In a day when smart, thoughtful fiction seems few and far between, I have been impressed with the thoughtful work of Siri Hustvedt. However, her latest book, 'The Sorrows of an American' was a bit too labyrinthian for me. While still finding much to like about the book, I was too often trying to place who was who, what was reality and what was a dream, etc. and it all interrupted the fluidity of the novel, for me at least. While usually enjoying free-flowing novels of uncertain trajectory (I'm a fan of her husband's work), I felt frustrated with 'Sorrows of an American.' Maybe it was my own mind, in a state of being pulled in one direction and then another due to some complexities in my own personal life that didn't allow me to appreciate this as much as her last work, 'What I Loved.' I will definitely revisit this book when my own mind is cleared of cobwebs and give it another try. Too many good reviews from critics I respect that fly in the face of my initial thoughts as I worked my way through this book. At any rate, with Auster and Hustvedt writing under the same roof, there's some seriously strong work being turned out that deserves much praise at a time when there's such a dearth of intelligent fiction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just This Side of Madness 9 août 2008
Par Heather A. Conrad - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a complex novel that reads like a literary mystery and at other times like a psychological drama. Everyone in the book hovers at the edge of the abyss. Even the mild-mannered, kind psychoanalyst, Erik Davidsen, who narrates the story which takes place in the year following the death of his father, Lars. Excerpts from Lars memoir appear occasionally: descriptions of his service in World War II or at his Norwegian family's farm. Interestingly, Siri Hustvedt states in her acknowledgments that they are nearly verbatim quotes from a journal by her own father, who died in February, 2003.

There is an engaging plot and suspense, but what makes this novel stand out is its intellectual clarity and prowess. I find the word "American" in the title ironic as I felt throughout my reading that the book was written by a European and I kept picturing London instead of New York, where it is set. This was because the book totally lacks a certain cultural element that is typical of American fiction: a kind of sentiment, or faith or anti-intellectualism. This novel is very interior, clinical and mentally disciplined. At times it read like a Bergman film, full of secrets and repressed emotion, characters haunted by past experience, yet never sentimental or romantic. The book's European intellectualism and lack of American surface-as-story romanticism is articulated by one of the characters, Inga, Erik's sister. She is describing a former actress who had an affair with her husband. Inga tells Erik that the actress had been an alcoholic but recovered by getting involved in New Age ideas. "She touts that half-baked, naïve, shiny American brand of mysticism, you know, Far East via California and Hallmark..." But what, I wondered, is both "half-baked" and "shiny"? The element mercury comes to mind and in fact is descriptive of American culture: amorphous, quicksilver fast, directionless. This quality is embodied in another character, a young hip New York artist, Jeff Lane, who documents everything with a high-speed digital camera, intruding everywhere, immortalizing the banal, he is a walking blog with spiky hair. But as he says of life, "The world is going virtual anyway."

As in every novel set in New York recently, there are frequent references to 9/11, but they are peripheral to this story which is primarily about the psychoanalytic approach to awareness. In fact, it could be an advertisement for psychoanalysis in that the brief case-histories narrated by Erik always show the analyst as deeply attuned and insightful, and the process of analysis as producing remarkable breakthroughs, lifting years of depression or allowing patients to experience a "reincarnation" in this life. If this novel veered into romanticism at any point it was its seeming faith in psychoanalysis.

There is much that is thought provoking and intriguing in The Sorrows of an American. It's a fascinating read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "The Sorrows of an American" from [...] 1 avril 2009
Par Jessica Rotondi - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Dream economies are frugal. The smoking sky on September eleventh, the television images from Iraq, the bombs that burst on the beach where my father had dug himself a trench in February 1945 burned in unison on the familiar ground of rural Minnesota. Three detonations. Three men of three generations together in a house that was going to pieces, a house I had inherited, a house that shuddered and shook like my sobbing niece and my own besieged body, inner cataclysms I associated with two men who were no longer alive. My grandfather shouts in his sleep. My father shoves his fist through the ceiling. I quake."

Siri Hustvedt's The Sorrows of an American explores generations of memory overlapping in the present. At its simplest, the novel is about three watershed events burned into the memory of many American families: the Great Depression, World War II, and September 11th, 2001. But to say this is to over-simplify a rich book with incredibly present, whole characters, made real for the layers of memory wound within each of them.

One has the sense that Hustvedt's characters have always existed, that she did not create something new but captured all the lovely loneliness, all the complexity of baggage-heavy humanity. This sense of realism can be attributed to the backwards and forwards chronology of the text (a pre-existing history that informs the present), the exploration of dreams that make the "reality" of the text seem more real in contrast, and references to real events (September 11th, World War II) and fictional creations (poems, films) that impact the lives of the characters.

The novel opens in media res: the narrator's father is dead, and he has to wait until spring to bury his father on the farmstead of his youth. The first-person narrator is a psychoanalyst and a divorcee, a Brooklynite by way of rural Minnesota. We see the push and pull of his disturbed patients and his own changing moods as he goes over his dead father's memoirs and attempts to comfort his sister, Inga, an author mourning both her father and her legendary literary husband. Meanwhile, Inga is consumed with warding off threats to her husband's reputation while raising their world-sensitive daughter alone in the wake of September 11th (an event the girl witnessed from her window, and writes about obsessively in her poetry).

The conversations between brother and sister often return to the farm of their childhood, and some of Hustvedt's most beautiful passages are those memories told through the eyes of the young pair. Their memories, and those of the remaining members of their father's generation, are all they have to unravel a mysterious event mentioned in their father's papers.

The effect of this excess of memory--memories of his own life, and the written memories of his father--manifests itself in the narrator's loneliness. He continually finds himself saying, "I am so lonely" aloud in his empty apartment, most often after interactions with his alluring tenant, a brooding painter and loving single mother to an enchanting little girl named Eggy. The young girl takes a liking to the doctor upstairs, and her childish musings inspire dreams that mix the narrator's childhood with the daytime play of the girl downstairs, his own father and Eggy's mother, Miranda.

Dreams pervade the text; characters tell the stories of their dreams and memories and the narrator analyzes them until there is hardly a distinction between the two. The narrator dreams he is talking to his father on some nights, while on others he occupies the place of his father, "reliving" whole passages from his father's journal- his World War II experiences in particular. It is as if, in his dreams, he is living out his father's episodes of posttraumatic stress.

Miranda recounts violent dreams mixing Jamaican folklore she was told as a girl with the experience of childbirth, vivid dreams which she paints in her waking hours. Her canvases are full of snarling teeth, defecation, violence and altered bodies, bright colors and shrunken heads.

"There is no clear border between remembering and imagining," states the narrator. "When I listen to a patient, I am not reconstructing the `facts' of a case history but listening for patterns, strains of feeling, and associations that may move us out of painful repetitions and into an articulated understanding." The entire book is a search for understanding, a repetition of the actions of dead fathers and lovers articulated and turned over by those left behind.

The mourning wife obsessively watches images from her husband's film.

The narrator can't stop remembering his father's nocturnal strolls, and is driven to carry on the same behavior, as if the memories and urges of a dead man live on in his son.

The search for understanding-- both of the self and of the dead--is made difficult through the blurring of fiction and fact throughout the text. The narrator claims: "we make our narratives, and those created stories can't be separated from the culture in which we live." He continues, "There are times, however, when fantasy, delusion, or outright lies parade as autobiography."

One of the characters pursues a relationship with their own fictional creation; the dreams, paintings, and poems created by individuals in the book are each fragmented narratives created to make reality bearable. Yet all of the artistic output created and described in the book is, of course, the fictional creation of one author: Siri Hustvedt.

Except, of course, for the inclusion of a bit of pure reality: the journal entries of the narrator's deceased father are lifted word-for-word (with minimal edits) from the journal of Hustvedt's own father.

How's that for separating story and autobiography?

In a panel conversation at The Festival of French Writers, Hustvedt confessed: "writing fiction is like remembering what never happened." The memory of the whole people she created--some with cloth from her own life--is made real in the space of her text, lingering long after the last page is turned.

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