Vinnarna av National Book Award 2017

Igår presenterades de fyra vinnarna av årets National Book Award 2017, i klasserna skönlitterär prosa, sakprosa, poesi och ungdomsbok. Vi har valt ut bra recensioner av varje bok, en av dem finns redan översatt till svenska, den enda av finalisterna som vi hade som favoriter.

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Skönlitterär prosa:

Jesmyn Ward – Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner / Simon & Schuster)

Ur förlagets beskrivning: ”In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.”

Recension i New York Times.

Sakprosa:

Masha Gessen – The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
(Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

Ur förlagets presentation: ”Hailed for her ‘fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia’ (TheWall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy.”

Recension i radio (NPR).

Poesi:

Frank Bidart – Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)

Ur förlagets presentation: ”Gathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it’s that of the child murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet’s own.”

Recension i Publisher Weekly. Titeldikten uppläst i New Yorker.

Ungdomsbok:

Robin Benway – Far from the Tree (HarperTeen / HarperCollinsPublishers)

Ur förlagets presentation: ”Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties.”

Recension i Kirkus Reviews.

Ola Wihlke

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