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Asymmetry: A Novel (2018)

af Lisa Halliday

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I New York begynder Alice, en ung redaktør, en affære med Ezra Blazer, en verdensberømt, ældre forfatter. I Londons Heathrow Lufthavn bliver Mr. Jaafari, en irakisk-amerikansk økonom, tilbageholdt. Hvad forbinder disse tre menneskers liv?.
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Engelsk (52)  Dansk (1)  Hollandsk (1)  Italiensk (1)  Spansk (1)  Alle sprog (56)
USA, New York, ca 2011
Indeholder "I. Dårskab", "II. Galskab", "III. Desert Island Discs. Et pladeprogram med Ezra Blazer".

"I. Dårskab" handler om den etablerede forfatter Ezra Blazer og den meget yngre Alice, der er redaktionssekretær på forlaget Gryphon. De går i seng med hinanden og har ubeskyttet sex (fordi Ezra siger at han ikke kan bruge kondom!). De morer sig begge over aldersforskellen. En kuvøserøver og en gravrøver. Han har masser af penge, mens hun har færre. ???
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"III. Desert Island Discs. Et pladeprogram med Ezra Blazer" handler om ???

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Temaet "forfatter skriver om forfatter" er her udvidet med "forfatter skriver om forfatter som går i seng med yngre fan" og "forfatter skriver om forfatter, der bliver interviewet om sine bøger og de personer der indgår". ( )
  bnielsen | Oct 22, 2023 |
An exceptional debut examines imbalances in love and geopolitics.
Halliday’s structure shows exquisite control of leitmotif and patterning; each half gradually intensifies in emotion to reach a devastating climax. The weakest note is the epilogue, a transcript of a Desert Island Discs interview, in which Blazer is reported to have won the Nobel Prize, approves of the method of the novel we are close to finishing, and attempts to seduce Kirsty Young, the presenter. I see why it is there: to make it easier for the reader to connect the two narratives that have gone before, but it lacks their lightness of touch. Blazer’s record choices do, however, make for a great playlist, and listening to them will call further attention to the ambitious music of this exceptional debut.
tilføjet af sneuper | RedigerFinancial Times, Luke Brown (Mar 23, 2018)
 
Lisa Halliday’s striking debut is certainly – as the title implies – a sharp examination of the unequal power dynamic between men and women, innocence and experience, fame and aspiration. Through its fractured structure and daring incompleteness, it also explores the unreliability of memory, the accidents of history and the exercise and understanding of creativity. Most of all, it wonders whether we can ever “penetrate the looking-glass” of our own personality to imagine another consciousness – a question as relevant to human relationships as it is to novel writing. (...)
Can any of us escape our own perspective? What are the risks, if we do not? What is art for, and how do we fit our lives around it? This is a debut asking a dizzying number of questions, many to thrilling effect. That it leaves the reader wondering is a mark of its success.
tilføjet af sneuper | RedigerThe Guardian, Justine Jordan (Feb 28, 2018)
 
And that is the magic of this exquisite, impressive book: the way it plays with influence and assumption. As Ezra notes, “Our memories are no more reliable than our imaginations, after all. But I’m the first to admit it can be irresistible, contemplating what’s ‘real’ versus ‘imagined’ in a novel.”
(...) For us, the ride is in surrendering to falling down rabbit holes to unknown places. The moment “Asymmetry” reaches its perfect ending, it’s all the reader can do to return to the beginning in awe, to discover how Halliday upturned the story again and again.
 
The leap from the novel’s first section to its second is so great, and yet so intuitively logical, that it forces the reader to rethink the Alice section entirely: It is now clear that she is not a version of Lisa Halliday, but just one of the many voices Halliday can invent, if she chooses. In its subtle and sophisticated fable of literary ambition, and the forms it can take for a young woman writer, Asymmetry is a “masterpiece” in the original sense of the word—a piece of work that an apprentice produces to show that she has mastered her trade.
tilføjet af sneuper | RedigerThe Atlantic, Adam Kirsch (Feb 18, 2018)
 

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