The Quickening Maze

Random House
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

After a lifetime's struggle with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, in 1840 the nature poet John Clare is incarcerated. The asylum, in London's Epping Forest, is run on the reformist principles of occupational therapy. At the same time, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and became entangled in the life of the asylum. This historically accurate, intensely lyrical novel, describes the asylum's closed world and Nature's paradise outside the walls: Clare's dream of home, of redemption, of escape.

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About the author

Adam Foulds was born in 1974, took a Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia and now lives in South London. His first novel, The Truth About These Strange Times, was published in 2007 and his book-length narrative poem, The Broken Word, the following year. He was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2008 and named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013.
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Publisher
Random House
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Published on
May 7, 2009
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781409077176
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Literary
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Nakon dugogodišnje borbe s alkoholom, depresijom i kritičarima koji su ga zanemarivali, pjesnik prirode John Clare završava u duševnoj bolnici u šumi Epping gdje se provodilo tad revolucionarno liječenje radnom terapijom. Istodobno, u blizinu se doseljava mladi Alfred Tennyson i sudbina mu se isprepleće s onom sanatorija.

Ovaj povijesno točan, naglašeno poetičan roman opisuje zatvoreni svijet sanatorija i raj prirode s one strane zidova: Clareov san o domu, iskupljenju, bijegu.



Fouldsov iznimni roman nalik je snu na javi; životan i istinit, ali u stalnoj mijeni – do u riječ pogođen plod pjesnikova oštra oka i širokog zahvata romanopisca.
The Times


Živi labirint potvrđuje Fouldsa kao jednog od najzanimljivijih i najnadarenijih pisaca svoje generacije.
The Times Literary Supplement


Bešavni spoj povijesnih činjenica i fikcije... Fouldsov roman posjeduje poetsku snagu, a njegovi opisi jesenskih šuma oko sanatorija jednako su prodorni i živi kao i uvid u um pacijenata.
The Daily Mail



Dobitnik nagrade Encore i nagrade Europske Unije za književnost
Uži izbor za nagrade Man Booker i Walter Scott



S engleskoga prevela: Maja Šoljan



Adam Foulds rođen je 1974. Magistrirao je kreativno pisanje na Sveučilištu East Anglia i sad živi u južnom Londonu. Prvi roman, The Truth About These Strange Times, objavio je 2007., a 2008. izišla mu je epska pjesma The Broken Word te je iste godine dobio nagradu Costa za poeziju, nagradu Sunday Timesa za mladog pisca godine, nagradu Somerset Maugham, nagradu Southbank Show za književnost i nagradu Betty Trask. Roman Živi labirint ušao je u uži izbor za nagradu Man Booker 2009. Treći Fouldsov roman, In The Wolf ’s Mouth, koji slijedi sudbinu četvorice muškaraca u užasu i kaosu Drugog svjetskog rata, ušao je 2015. u uži izbor za nagradu Walter Scott.

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