Solar

Editora Companhia das Letras
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O ano é 2000. A maré de más notícias sobre o clima e o aquecimento global inunda o noticiário. Impossível ignorar o destino trágico do planeta Terra, traçado pelos especialistas com funesto alarde. Michael Beard, cientista consagrado e prêmio Nobel de física, não parece nada preocupado. Seus interesses atuais se limitam a fantasias eróticas - concretizadas ou não -, bebida e mesa farta, de preferência repleta de guloseimas pouco recomendáveis para um homem de sua idade. Autoindulgente e cínico, Beard não se comove mais com as homenagens que lhe são periodicamente oferecidas, apesar de apreciar as quantias que costumam acompanhá-las. Entrementes, o governo britânico, preocupado com as repercussões eleitorais do aquecimento global, resolve criar o Centro Nacional de Energia Renovável, e Beard é convenientemente convidado para sua presidência. Alheio, rodeado de pós-graduandos inexperientes e às voltas com um malfadado projeto de turbina eólica, o protagonista de Solar está obcecado pela traição de Patrice, sua quinta e jovem mulher. Apesar de ele mesmo lhe ter sido assiduamente infiel, não consegue compreender como pôde ser trocado por um pedreiro brutamontes e semianalfabeto. A fixação patológica em conseguir Patrice de volta e salvar o casamento o leva às maiores sandices, inclusive uma furtiva visita à residência do rival. Em 2005, após um acidente ocasionar uma reviravolta em sua vida, Beard começa a colher os resultados de uma revolucionária pesquisa sobre o uso da luz solar para a obtenção de energia limpa e barata a partir da água. Segredos do passado, no entanto, insistem em ameaçar a prosperidade conquistada, tornando imperioso mantê-los submersos, a qualquer custo.
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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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Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Oct 6, 2010
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Pages
344
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ISBN
9788563397713
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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.


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