O jardim de cimento

Editora Companhia das Letras
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Mesclando elementos da tradição gótica inglesa a um enredo sem qualquer tipo de devaneio lírico, o autor constrói uma experiência literária áspera e visceral: após a morte dos pais, quatro crianças encerram-se no minúsculo mundo do lar, entregando-se a todo tipo de sensações e descobertas bizarras. Com o tempo, passam a mimetizar os papéis dos adultos ausentes, criando uma nova estrutura familiar que desaba quando a irmã mais velha leva um estranho ao núcleo fraterno. É só o começo de um inferno existencial para o qual não haverá saída.
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About the author

Nasceu em Aldershot, Inglaterra, em 1948. É um dos ficcionistas mais importantes de sua geração. Seus livros já lhe renderam uma série de prêmios literários, entre eles o Booker Prize e o Whitbread Award.
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Publisher
Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Aug 19, 2009
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Pages
136
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ISBN
9788563397263
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Language
Portuguese (Portugal)
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Literary Collections / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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Ian McEwan
The novel opens on a sweltering summer day in 1935 at the Tallis family’s mansion in the Surrey countryside. Thirteen-year-old Briony has written a play in honor of the visit of her adored older brother Leon; other guests include her three young cousins -- refugees from their parent’s marital breakup -- Leon’s friend Paul Marshall, the manufacturer of a chocolate bar called “Amo” that soldiers will be able to carry into war, and Robbie Turner, the son of the family charlady whose brilliantly successful college career has been funded by Mr. Tallis. Jack Tallis is absent from the gathering; he spends most of his time in London at the War Ministry and with his mistress. His wife Emily is a semi-invalid, nursing chronic migraine headaches. Their elder daughter Cecilia is also present; she has just graduated from Cambridge and is at home for the summer, restless and yearning for her life to really begin. Rehearsals for Briony’s play aren’t going well; her cousin Lola has stolen the starring role, the twin boys can’t speak the lines properly, and Briony suddenly realizes that her destiny is to be a novelist, not a dramatist.

In the midst of the long hot afternoon, Briony happens to be watching from a window when Cecilia strips off her clothes and plunges into the fountain on the lawn as Robbie looks on. Later that evening, Briony thinks she sees Robbie attacking Cecilia in the library, she reads a note meant for Cecilia, her cousin Lola is sexually assaulted, and she makes an accusation that she will repent for the rest of her life.

The next two parts of Atonement shift to the spring of 1940 as Hitler’s forces are sweeping across the Low Countries and into France. Robbie Turner, wounded, joins the disastrous British retreat to Dunkirk. Instead of going up to Cambridge to begin her studies, Briony has become a nurse in one of London’s military hospitals. The fourth and final section takes place in 1999, as Briony celebrates her 77th birthday with the completion of a book about the events of 1935 and 1940, a novel called Atonement.

In its broad historical framework Atonement is a departure from McEwan’s earlier work, and he loads the story with an emotional intensity and a gripping plot reminiscent of the best nineteenth-century fiction. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class, the novel is a profoundly moving exploration of shame and forgiveness and the difficulty of absolution.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ian McEwan
Trudy mantiene una relación adúltera con Claude, hermano de su marido John. Éste, poeta y editor de poesía, es un soñador depresivo con tendencia a la obesidad cuyo matrimonio se está desintegrando. Claude es más pragmático y trabaja en negocios inmobiliarios. La pareja de amantes concibe un plan: asesinar a John envenenándolo. El motivo: una mansión georgiana valorada en unos ocho millones de libras que, si John muere, heredará Trudy. Pero resulta que hay un testigo de esta maquinación criminal: el feto que Trudy lleva en sus entrañas. Y en una pirueta de triple salto mortal que parece imposible de sostener pero le sale redonda, McEwan convierte al feto –al que todavía no han puesto nombre porque no ha nacido– en el narrador de la novela, desde la primera página hasta la última. Lo que sigue es una mezcla genial de comedia negra, trama detectivesca y astuta reescritura intrauterina de un gran clásico, por cuyas páginas asoman también una joven poetisa amante de John y una bregada inspectora de policía. Pero además de observar desde primera fila los preparativos del asesinato de su padre a manos de su madre, el feto filosofa sobre el mundo y la vida, lanza preguntas incómodas y se lo cuestiona todo, mientras las copas de vino –y alguna bebida de más graduación– que bebe su madre tienen efectos mareantes sobre él. Jugando con un narrador inaudito, Ian McEwan plantea un audaz experimento literario que es un auténtico tour de force sólo al alcance de un escritor superdotado. Y el resultado es una novela redonda que avanza con el palpitante ritmo de un thriller, trufada del mejor humor británico.
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