Det er tid for nok en Booker-samlesing. Til de som ønsker å delta, vi blogger om bøkene på følgende datoer:
Søndag 16.09: Deborah Levy – Swimming Home
«Swimming Home explores the devastating effect that depression can have on apparently stable, well-turned-out people. Set in a summer villa, the story is tautly structured, taking place over a single week in which a group of beautiful, flawed tourists in the French Riviera come loose at the seams.»
Swimming Home er en kort bok som alle kan rekke å lese ferdig til søndag, til tross for en travel helg med bloggtreff og bokfestival. Innleggene kan publiseres på kvelden, eller eventuelt på mandag om de av oss som ikke bor i Oslo ikke rekker å få skrevet noe på søndagen.
Fredag 21.09: Tan Twang Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists
«Set during the Japanese occupation, the Garden of Evening Mists follows young law graduate, Yun Ling Teoh, as she seeks solace among the plantations of the Cameron Highlands. Here she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the secretive Aritomo. Aritomo agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice ‘until the monsoon’ so that she can design a garden in memorial to her sister. But over time the jungle starts to reveal secrets of its own…»
Torsdag 27.09: Will Self – Umbrella
«Umbrella sets out to understand the nature of the modern world by going back to the source – the industrial madness of World War One. Set across an entire century, Umbrella follows the complex story of Audrey Death, a feminist who falls victim to the encephalitis lethargica epidemic that rages across Europe, and Dr Zack Busner, who spends a summer waking the post-encephalitic patients under his care using a new and powerful drug.»
Onsdag 03.10: Alison Moore – The Lighthouse
«Futh, middle-aged and recently separated, stands on the outer deck of a North Sea ferry. He is heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday, yet he cannot forget his mother’s abandonment of him as a boy and his first trip to Germany with his newly single father. It was on this first trip that he neglected to do something, and this omission threatens to have devastating repercussions the second time around.»
Mandag 08.10: Jeet Thayil – Narcopolis
«Shuklaji Street, in late 1970s Old Bombay. In Rashid’s opium room the air is thick with voices and ghosts: Hindu, Muslim, Christian. Here, people say that you introduce only your worst enemy to opium…»
Søndag 14.10: Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
«The year is 1535 and Thomas Cromwell, chief Minister to Henry VIII, must work both to please the king and keep the nation safe. Anne Boleyn, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church, has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. As Henry develops a dangerous attraction to Wolf Hall’s Jane Seymour, Thomas must negotiate a ‘truth’ that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days.»
Jeg sparer denne til sist slik at de som ønsker (meg ihvertfall) kan få tid til å lese Wolf Hall før Bring Up the Bodies.
Mandag 15.10 kan de som vil skrive et oppsummeringsinnlegg hvor en personlig vinner kåres. Tirsdag 16.10 utropes vinneren. All informasjon om bøkene har jeg hentet fra Bookerprisens nettsider. Hvis noen ønsker at jeg skal endre datoene er det bare å gi beskjed.