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Shuggie Bain

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«A heartbreaking novel, a book both beautiful and brutal . . . All that grief and sadness and misery has been turned into something tough, tender and beautifully sad.»

The Times

A heart-wrenchingly moving first novel set in Glasgow during the Thatcher years, Shuggie Bain tells the story of a boy's doomed attempt to save his proud, alcoholic mother from her addiction. Les mer

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A heart-wrenchingly moving first novel set in Glasgow during the Thatcher years, Shuggie Bain tells the story of a boy's doomed attempt to save his proud, alcoholic mother from her addiction.

Detaljer

Forlag
Picador
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
448
ISBN
9781529019278
Utgivelsesår
2020
Format
24 x 16 cm
Priser
Winner of The Booker Prize 2020 UK.

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«A heartbreaking novel, a book both beautiful and brutal . . . All that grief and sadness and misery has been turned into something tough, tender and beautifully sad.»

The Times

«Leaves us gutted and marvelling: Life may be short, but it takes forever.»

New York Times

«I think it’s the best first book I’ve read in many years.»

Karl Ove Knausgård, Guardian

«Rarely does a debut novel establish its world with such sure-footedness, and Stuart’s prose is lithe, lyrical and full of revelatory descriptive insights.»

Alex Preston, Observer

«Shuggie Bain is an intimate and frighteningly acute exploration of a mother-son relationship and a masterful portrait of alcoholism in Scottish working class life, rendered with old-school lyrical realism . . . I kept being reminded of Joyce's Dubliners.»

Sandra Newman, author of <i>The Heavens</i>

«There’s no way to fake the life experience that forms the bedrock of Douglas Stuart’s wonderful Shuggie Bain. No way to fake the talent either. Shuggie will knock you sideways»

Richard Russo

«A dark shining work. Raw, formidable, bursting with tenderness and frailty. The effect is remarkable, it will make you cry.»

Karl Geary, author of <i>Montpelier Parade</i>

«Every now and then a novel comes along that feels necessary and inevitable. I’ll never forget Shuggie and Agnes or the incredibly detailed Glasgow they inhabit. This is the rare contemporary novel that reads like an instant classic. I’ll be thinking and talking about Shuggie Bain - and teaching it - for quite some time.»

Garrard Conley, New York Times-bestselling author of <i>Boy Erased</i>

«Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1980s is the backdrop for this story of the fraught bond between a young boy and his mother.»

<b>‘The 22 Best Books to Read This Winter’</b>, Vogue (US)

«Compulsively readable… As [the novel] beautifully and shockingly illustrates how Shuggie ends up alone, this novel offers a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Very highly recommended»

<i>Library Journal</i> starred review

«An astonishing portrait, drawn from life, of a society left to die . . . Shuggie Bain has been longlisted for the Booker Prize. In a just world, it would win.»

Daily Telegraph

«This is a dysfunctional love story . . . between a boy and his mother . . . what makes his book a worthy contender for the Booker is his portrayal of their bond, together with all its perpetual damage.»

Financial Times

«A formidable story, lyrically told, about intimacy, family, and love.»

12 Best Books of 2020 So Far, ELLE (US)

«A boy's heartbreaking love for his mother . . . as intense and excruciating to read as any novel I have ever held in my hand . . . The book’s evocative power arises out of the author’s talent for conjuring a place, a time, and the texture of emotion . . . brilliantly written.»

Newsday

«You will never forget Shuggie Bain. Scene by scene, this book is a masterpiece.»

<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> starred review

«Douglas Stuart writes with startling, searing intimacy. I fell hard for these characters; when they have nothing left, they cling maddeningly—irresistibly—to humor, pride and hope»

Chia-Chia Lin

«Douglas Stuart’s startling Glasgow-set debut novel creates a world of poverty and suffering offset by pure, heart-filling, love . . . It’s a novel that deserves, and will surely often get, a second reading.»

Allan Massie, Scotsman

«Tender and unsentimental . . . and the Billy Elliot-ish character of Shuggie . . . leaps off the page.»

Daily Mail

«Beautiful and bleak but with enough warmth and optimism to carry the reader through

Graham Norton (via Twitter)

«An outstanding book . . . Magnificently done . . . Wonderful.»

Lee Child, Sunday Post

«A debut novel that reads like a masterpiece, Shuggie Bain gives voice to the kind of helpless, hopeless love that children can feel toward broken parents.»

Washington Post

«Rightly being heralded for its visceral, emotionally nuanced portrayal of working class Scottish life and its blazingly intimate exploration of a mother-son relationship

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