A Theatre for Dreamers
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Автор
Полли Сэмсон
Издательство
Bloomsbury
Язык
Английский
Год издания
2020
Количество страниц
368
Иллюстрации
Нет иллюстраций
Формат
153х234 мм
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Мягкий

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Polly Samson is the author of two short story collections and two previous novels. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous prizes, translated into several languages and has been dramatised on BBC Radio 4. Her novel The Kindness was named Book of the Year by The Times and Observer. She has written lyrics for four Number One albums, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

pollysamson.com @PollySamson

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

A SUMMER READING PICK IN THE GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, DAILY MAIL, FINANCIAL TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD

'The Greek island of Hydra is the star of this novel about a young woman and a 1960s bohemian community' SUNDAY TIMES, Summer Reading Pick 2020

'Samson summons the vision and the reality in a beguiling, deeply evocative portrait of a vanished era' GUARDIAN, Summer Reading Pick 2020

'It's sleazy, evocative, beautiful and entertaining' STUART TURTON, GUARDIAN, Summer Reading Pick 2020

'Heady armchair escapism ... An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience' Sunday Times

'Sublime and immersive . If you wish you could disappear to a Greek island right now, I highly recommend' JOJO MOYES

'A surefire summer hit ... feels at once like a gift and an escape route' Observer

1960. The world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled king and queen of bohemia. Forming within this circle is a triangle: its points the magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen, his dazzling wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen.

Into their midst arrives teenage Erica, with little more than a bundle of blank notebooks and her grief for her mother. Settling on the periphery of this circle, she watches, entranced and disquieted, as a paradise unravels.

Burning with the heat and light of Greece, A Theatre for Dreamers is a spellbinding novel about utopian dreams and innocence lost - and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius.

An Observer Fiction Highlight 2020

'Could hardly have come at a better time . Samson recreates one heady summer there (the Greek island of Hydra) with impeccably ripening prose, all thyme-scented hills and cascading bougainvillea' i paper

'Beautiful' DOLLY ALDERTON

'Delicious' NIGELLA LAWSON

'Intoxicating' Spectator

'Oh my god, this book! I don't have words to convey its brilliance' MARIAN KEYES

'A glorious novel' KATE MOSSE

'If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one' ANDREW O'HAGAN

'The best book I've read all year' JOANNE HARRIS

'Superb' THOMAS KENEALLY

A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER (APRIL 2020)

A surefire summer hit ... Feels at once like a gift and an escape route ... At once a blissful piece of escapism and a powerful meditation on art and sexuality - just the book to bring light into these dark days

Beautifully crafted, this book evokes a lost douceur de vivre

Set on sun-drenched Hydra in the 1960s, this novel follows teenage Erica, who runs away from her strict father in London and joins the island's bickering bohemian community of writers and artists. It features a young poet called Leonard Cohen and a muse called Marianne

Samson imagines it all with sultry precision in this utterly transporting, bittersweet portrait of youthful and sexual idealism

Samson is magnificently in control of her subject ... Clever and beguiling

I've been longing to go to Hydra. since it looks like I'm not going to get there any time soon, I'm lining up A Theatre for Dreamers . the descriptions of languid days, long lunches and decadent behaviour will carry me there instead

Samson is an intensely sensual writer, conjuring up blue skies, the tang of wild herbs, the vivid splash of bougainvillea ... As good as a Greek holiday, and may be the closest we get this year

Spellbinding . An immersive read, steeped in nostalgia. Samson's poetic prose is so evocative that, by the end, you find yourself googling those entrancing images of Hydra, 1960, just to wallow further in the poignancy of it all

Heady armchair escapism ... An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience

Intoxicating ... Highly accomplished ... A testament to Samson's transportive prose

By the end the reader may be unable to decide whether Hydra enchanted or cursed those attracted by its primitive beauty, cheap rents and easy access to sex, drugs and performance poetry . A novel about the treatment of women by artistic men

Beautiful ... Perfect if you want to escape the drudgery of another lentil dinner and dream of 1960s Hydra with Leonard Cohen

Glorious ... Feels like the book the author was born to create

It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air ... Superb work and a delightful novel

Such a lyrical, elegant and beautifully told story

So vivid that you can see the sun-washed white houses and blue seas

I cannot tell you how much I needed this beautiful book to transport me back to 1960s Greece! Lyrical, sexy, tender and sad in places. Highly recommended

This radiant novel will transport you straight to Greece - a blessing at a time when most of us are stuck in our homes

Delicious

This well-crafted novel beautifully captures the texture of a halcyon age in which anything seems possible

A coming of age story set among a group of artists and poets, including Leonard Cohen, on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. She is so good at mentally indelible imagery

Dreamily nostalgic

About real people living in Hydra in 1960. Steeped in nostalgia that's both sad and beautiful. It's fascinating, immersive and so MOVING

Hands down the best book I've read all year. Luminous, immersive, gorgeous, profound

Her best work yet, so evocative and alive with the scents and colours of a Greek summer ... Among the best prose writers of her generation. The writing is just delicious

I was utterly entranced. It feels entirely true and effortless and compelling - in the way that all great novels do

If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one. Immaculate

A seductive story, suffused with nostalgia

This is a sheer delight - I've never been to Hydra but this book transports you and miraculously, you are there in 1960

A glorious novel

A beautifully written, evocative, inspiring novel. I devoured it

Polly Samson has created such a dazzling evocation of an era and its mindset. Here, the island of Hydra is a geographical place but a psychological one too, populated by beautiful and damaged characters who pull you down into its pages for another café gossip, another moonlit swim, another drink. This book is a bohemian idyll meticulously drawn, and unsparingly exposed. It is like going away to paradise, then coming back rather wiser. You don't read this book - you live it

A luscious seduction of a book

Praise for The Kindness: 'An addictive, cleverly structured and intriguing relationship story of lies and flawed communication

Annoyingly close to perfection

A story that entices you to revel in its languid, beautifully written prose while demanding that you turn the page to discover the secrets it holds

Beautifully written, with twists engineered like a thriller

A book to cherish, to recommend, to return to

Brilliant, tender and beautiful

Beautifully written and plotted with serpentine cunning, Samson's novel is what might be called a love story for adults: unsentimental, at times harsh, but ultimately uplifting

Gorgeously chilling . Samson seems to write in colours

Shining, poetic and sumptuous . Polly Samson is a writer of great insight and sensitivity

A richly sensory writer . A sumptuous, serious story

Lush, lyrical prose . The Kindness is to be read more than once, not merely to enjoy again the beauty of the writing and the considerable insights into human experience, but to test the earlier narrative with the knowledge of what is to come

Compelling . Atmospheric and vividly told, the book is a poignant examination of love, guilt, betrayal and the deception that can lie at the heart of every relationship

Family proves far from idyllic in this poetic, sensual story of betrayal and lies. Writer and lyricist Samson's prose is dazzlingly evocative, as she explores how relationships are rarely what they seem

Secrets and misunderstandings fuel Polly Samson's involving, melancholy and cleverly constructed second novel . This is a mature and haunting novel about love and loss that asks if we all, in the end, see what we want to see

This is elegant, witty writing, informed throughout by generosity and wise perceptiveness. Dealing with many kinds of love, and with misunderstanding, betrayal, grief and forgiveness, the novel dares to posit, ultimately, the possibility of redemption. It is a book to cherish, to recommend, to return to

Intensely evocative . Samson treats this difficult subject with candour and compassion . The novel's effortlessness, its readability, sweeps everything in its wake . This is a book to relax into

Polly Samson's mastery of the English language is powerful and impressive

Fills the back of your eyes with light like an Aegean sky, and has that rare and lovely quality of making you nostalgic for something you never had ... It perfectly takes the reader into a different world. Which we could all do with

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Автор
Полли Сэмсон
Издательство
Bloomsbury
Язык
Английский
Год издания
2020
Количество страниц
368
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153х234 мм
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Мягкий
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Характеристики A Theatre for Dreamers
Автор
Полли Сэмсон
Издательство
Bloomsbury
Язык
Английский
Год издания
2020
Количество страниц
368
Иллюстрации
Нет иллюстраций
Формат
153х234 мм
Переплет
Мягкий
ISBN
9781526600561
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