Gleichbleibend schön: Roman

Albrecht Knaus Verlag
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Das Meisterwerk einer außergewöhnlichen Autorin

Weiß umzäunte Einfamilienhäuschen, der Strand am Ende der Straße, die Nachbarin, die fanatisch ihr winziges Stück Rasen pflegt. Mitten in dieser perfekten Ödnis lässt sich eine junge Ehefrau und Mutter wider Willen durch die immer gleichen Tage treiben. Zweimal die Woche jedoch bricht sie aus ihrem spießigen Dasein aus. Bis ein Steinwurf die Fassade zum Einsturz bringt.

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Helen Hodgman, 1945 in Schottland geboren, zog als Jugendliche mit ihrer Familie nach Tasmanien. 1976 veröffentlichte sie ihren ersten Roman, der von der Kritik begeistert aufgenommen wurde. Mit ihrem zweiten Roman gewann sie 1978 den Somerset Maugham Award, mit ihrem dritten den Christina Stead Prize. 1983 erkrankte Helen Hodgman an Morbus Parkinson. Sie lebt heute, nach längeren Aufenthalten in England und Kanada, wieder in Australien.

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Albrecht Knaus Verlag
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Aug 27, 2012
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In Helen Hodgman’s dazzlingly written debut a young woman is trapped in a small city on an island at the end of the world—by motherhood and an absent husband, by busybody in-laws and neighbours, by a drab society yet to throw off the shackles of its colonial past. A darkly funny tale of a crack-up in stultifying suburbia, Blue Skies marked the emergence of a unique, acerbic voice in Australian fiction.

This edition includes an introduction by the acclaimed Tasmanian author Danielle Wood.

The clock always said three in the afternoon, no matter what you did to it...No matter what you tried, the day ran out then, and there was nothing left to fill it with.

Helen Hodgman is the author of the novels Blue Skies (1976), Jack and Jill (1978; winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Broken Words (1988; winner of the Christina Stead Prize), Passing Remarks (1996), Waiting for Matindi (1998) and The Bad Policeman (2001).

‘Singularly searing and merciless prose.’ Sunday Age

‘As fresh, punchy and relevant now as it was on its [first] release...A compelling vision.’ Australian

‘Scarily unforgettable.’ Peter Conrad

‘Strange and memorable.’ Eva Hornung

‘The very essence of Tasmanian gothic.’ Carmel Bird

‘Sensuous...Prickly as a sea urchin.’ Nicholas Shakespeare

‘A convincing study of a woman slowly losing her mind.’ Sunday Herald

‘Elegantly written, atmospheric.’ Brenda Niall, Australian Book Review

‘Has a masterpiece’s power to thrill and discomfort.’ Sunday Tasmanian

‘Stylistically assured...Daring and persuasive in its depiction of a controlled and vengeful anguish.’ Peter Pierce, Sydney Morning Herald

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