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Вручение 3 ноября 2013 г.

Страна: США Место проведения: город Дейтон, Центр исполнительских видов искусства Бенджамина и Мэриан Шустер Дата проведения: 3 ноября 2013 г.

Художественная книга

Адам Джонсон 3.9
Северная Корея начала ХХI века. В стране, где правит культ личности Ким Чен Ира, процветают нищета, коррупция и жестокость власти по отношению к собственному народу, лишённому элементарных человеческих прав. Публичные казни, концлагеря и тюремные шахты, рабство, похищения японцев и южнокорейцев, круглосуточная пропаганда и запрет на всё иностранное — такова реальность существования людей, которых государственная машина превращает в зомби.

Главный герой романа, мальчик из сиротского приюта, в 14 лет становится солдатом, которого учат сражаться в тёмных туннелях, прорытых в демилитаризованной зоне, а через несколько лет — безжалостным похитителем людей. В награду за «успехи» его отправляют радистом на рыболовное судно, которое в действительности шпионит за иностранными кораблями. Впоследствии, после жестокой «проверки», он попадает в Америку как переводчик дипломатической делегации, где его по воле случая принимают за Министра тюремных шахт.

Захватывающая история его невероятных, на грани абсурда, приключений полна трагизма и жертвенной любви, слепого подчинения идеологии Чучхе и чувства долга по отношению к близким. Автор намеренно сгущает краски, что делает этот роман сродни «бомбе, разорвавшейся среди ясного неба» в цивилизованном обществе.

Некоторые критики сравнивают роман Джонсона, написанный в популярном жанре магического реализма, с произведениями Джорджа Оруэла, автора всемирно известных сатирических произведений, обличающих тоталитаризм — «1984» и «Скотный двор» и Олдоса Хаксли, автора антиутопического сатирического романа «О дивный новый мир».

Книга предназначена для широкого круга читателей.

Адам Джонсон преподаёт литературное мастерство в Стенфордском университете. Его произведения были опубликованы в Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper's, Tin House, Granta и Playboy, а также в сборнике The Best American Short Stories. Другие работы — Emporium, сборник новелл и роман Parasites Like Us. Живёт в Сан-Франциско.

Книга получила Пулитцеровскую премию в 2013 году.
Ben Fountain 3.5

Второе место.

Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare with Iraqi insurgents has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. Now they're on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate support for the war. On this rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of the Dallas Cowboy, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside Destiny's Child.

Among the Bravos is Specialist Billy Lynn. Surrounded by patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and Support our Troops bumper stickers, he is thrust into the company of the Cowboys' owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Over the course of this day, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years.
Robert Olmstead 0.0
Henry Childs is just seventeen when he falls into a love affair so intense it nearly destroys him. To escape the wrath of the young girl’s father, Henry joins the Marines, arriving in Korea on the eve of the brutal battle of the Chosin Reservoir—the defining moment of the Korean War. There he confronts an enemy force far beyond the scope of his imagining, but the challenges he meets upon his return home, scarred and haunted, are greater by far.
From the steamy streets of New Orleans to the bone-chilling Korean landscape, award-winning author Robert Olmstead takes us into one of the most physically challenging battles in history and, with just as much intensity, into an electrifying, all-consuming love affair.
Susanna Moore 0.0
In 1938, seventeen-year-old Beatrice, an Irish Protestant lace maker, finds herself at the center of a fairy tale when she is whisked away from her dreary life to join the Berlin household of Felix and Dorothea Metzenburg. Art collectors, and friends to the most fascinating men and women in Europe, the Metzenburgs introduce Beatrice to a world in which she finds more to desire than she ever imagined.

But Germany has launched its campaign of aggression across Europe, and, before long, the conflict reaches the Metzenburgs’ threshold. Retreating with Beatrice to their country estate, Felix and Dorothea do their best to preserve the traditions of the old world. But the realities of hunger and illness, as well as the even graver threats of Nazi terror, the deportation and murder of Jews, and the hordes of refugees fleeing the advancing Red Army begin to threaten their existence. When the Metzenburgs are forced to join a growing population of men and women in hiding, Beatrice, increasingly attached to the family and its unlikely wartime community, bears heartrending witness to the atrocities of the age and to the human capacity for strength in the face of irrevocable loss.

In searing physical and emotional detail, The Life of Objects illuminates Beatrice’s journey from childhood to womanhood, from naïveté to wisdom, as a continent collapses into darkness around her. It is Susanna Moore’s most powerful and haunting novel yet.
Louise Erdrich 3.8
A mother is brutally raped by a man on their North Dakota reservation where she lives with her husband and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. Traumatized and afraid, she takes to her bed and refuses to talk to anyone - including the police.

While her husband, a tribal judge, endeavours to wrest justice from a situation that defies his keenest efforts, young Joe's world shifts on its child's axis. Confused, and nursing a complicated fury, Joe sets out to find answers that might put his mother's attacker behind bars - and make everything right again. Or so he hopes.

The Round House is a poignant and abundantly humane story of a young boy pitched prematurely into an unjust adult world. It is a story of vivid survival; and tt confirms Louise Erdrich as one of America's most distinctive contemporary novelists.
Kevin Powers 4.0
A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.

Научно-популярная книга

Andrew Solomon 4.6
In this seminal new study of family, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so.

He introduces us to families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, Solomon documents repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices, whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery.

Parents and children are challenged to their limits, but often grow closer as a result; many discover supportive communities of others similarly affected; some are inspired to become activists, celebrating the conditions they once feared.

Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, Far From The Tree explores themes of generosity, acceptance and tolerance - and shows how love for one's children can transcend every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human.
Gilbert King 0.0

Второе место.

Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.

In 1949, Florida’s orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day’s end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as “the Groveland Boys.”

And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as “Mr. Civil Rights,” into the deadly fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the “Florida Terror” at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight—not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall’s NAACP associates involved with the case and Marshall had endured continual threats that he would be next.

Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI’s unredacted Groveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as “one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice.”
Кэтрин Бу 4.0
Мусорщик Абдул, содержащий семью из 11 человек, красавица Манджу, которая слишком хороша для местных женихов, хромоногая Фатима, решающая отомстить ненавистным соседям самым жутким способом, - эти и другие герои живут в трущобах, беднейшем квартале Индии, расположенном в тени ультрасовременного аэропорта Мумбаев. У них нет настоящего дома, постоянной работы и уверенности в завтрашнем дне. Но они хватаются за любую возможность вырваться из крайней нищеты и их попытки приводят к невероятным последствиям…
Carmen Bugan 0.0
Winner of the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction, a childhood memoir of political oppression and persecution during Romania's Ceausescu years

Carmen Bugan grew up amid the bounty of the Romanian countryside on her grandparent's farm where food and laughter were plentiful. But eventually her father's behavior was too disturbing to ignore. He wept when listening to Radio Free Europe, hid pamphlets in sacks of dried beans, and mysteriously buried and reburied a typewriter. When she discovered he was a political dissident she became anxious for him to conform. However, with her mother in the hospital and her sister at boarding school, she was alone, and helpless to stop him from driving off on one last, desperate protest.

After her father's subsequent imprisonment, Bugan was shunned by her peers at school and informed on by her neighbors. She candidly struggled with the tensions of loving her "hero" father who caused the family so much pain. When he returned from prison and the family was put under house arrest, the Bugans were forced to chart a new course for the future. A warm and intelligent debut, Burying the Typewriter provides a poignant reminder of a dramatic moment in Eastern European history.
Блейн Харден 3.9
Он родился и живет в заключении, где чужие бьют, а свои – предают. Его дни похожи один на другой и состоят из издевательств и рабского труда, так что он вряд ли доживет до 40. Его единственная мечта – попробовать жареную курицу. В 23 года он решается на побег…
Шин Дон Хёк родился 30 лет назад в Северной Корее в концлагере № 14 и стал единственным узником, который смог оттуда сбежать. Считается, что в КНДР нет никаких концлагерей, однако они отчетливо видны на спутниковых снимках и, по оценкам правозащитников, в них пребывает свыше 200 000 человек, которым не суждено выйти на свободу. Благодаря известному журналисту Блейну Хардену, Шин смог рассказать, что происходило с ним за колючей проволокой и как ему удалось сбежать в Америку.
Международный бестселлер, основанный на реальных событиях. Переведен на 24 языка и лег в основу документального фильма, получившего мировое признание.
Karl Ernest Meyer, Shareen Blair Brysac 0.0
In a world replete with stories of sectarian violence, we are often left wondering: Are there places where people of different ethnicities, especially with significant Muslim minorities, live in peace? If so, why haven’t we heard more about them, and what explains their success? To answer these questions, Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac undertook a two-year exploration of oases of civility, places notable for minimal violence, rising life-expectancy, high literacy, and pragmatic compromises on cultural rights. They explored the Indian state of Kerala, the Russian republic of Tatarstan, the city of Marseille in France, the city of Flensburg, Germany, and the borough of Queens, New York. Through scores of interviews, they document ways and means that have proven successful in defusing ethnic tensions. This pathbreaking book elegantly blends political history, sociology, anthropology, and journalism, to provide big ideas for peace.

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Уенделл Берри / Wendell Berry
12 книг
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