• Un vent de magie souffle sur la jetée de Brighton au coeur de l'été 1959. C'est dans le théâtre de cette station balnéaire anglaise que se produisent chaque soir Jack Robbins, Ronnie Deane et Evie White. Cet époustouflant trio offre aux vacanciers du bord de mer un spectacle de variétés à nul autre pareil. Sur les planches, ils deviennent Jack Robinson, malicieux maître de cérémonie, Pablo le Magnifique, magicien hors pair, et Eve, sublime assistante au costume étincelant. Le succès ne se fait pas attendre et leur numéro se retrouve bientôt en haut de l'affiche. Le charme n'opère d'ailleurs pas uniquement sur scène : au fil de l'été, les deux amis succomberont l'un et l'autre à celui, irrésistible, d'Evie. Au risque de tout perdre.
    Avec délicatesse et maestria, Le grand jeu nous plonge dans les coulisses des spectacles de magie et redonne vie à une époque disparue. Graham Swift révèle une fois de plus son talent de conteur et livre une bouleversante histoire d'amour, de famille et de mystère.

  • Angleterre, 30 mars 1924. C'est le dimanche des mères, jour où les aristocrates donnent congé à leurs domestiques pour qu'ils rendent visite à leur famille. Jane, une jeune femme de chambre orpheline, le passera en compagnie de Paul, son amant de longue date. traversant la campagne inondée de soleil, elle le rejoint pour un dernier rendez-vous car Paul s'apprête à épouser une riche héritière. Mais les choses ne se déroulent pas comme prévu. Ce dimanche changera à jamais le destin de Jane.
    Graham Swift dépeint avec subtilité une aristocratie déclinante, porteuse des stigmates de la guerre, et l'émergence d'une classe nouvelle en quête de liberté. Un roman d'une intensité rare, troublant de grâce, de mystère et de sensualité.

  • Un couple de jeunes mariés vient de remplir son testament. Un médecin raconte pour la centième fois l'histoire de son père immigré. Un homme fantasme sur l'épouse de son meilleur ami. Une femme n'arrive plus à dormir à côté de son mari depuis les sombres révélations de sa fille.
    Au fil des drames intimes qui animent ces nouvelles, des palais du XVIIe siècle aux chambres feutrées d'aujourd'hui, Graham Swift dépeint avec une fine ironie la société britannique dans toute sa richesse et sa diversité.

  • Un homme, seul dans sa demeure perdue sur l'île de Wright, regarde fixement par la fenêtre. Sa femme vient de le quitter. À ses côtés, une arme. Quels mots ont-ils pu échanger qui aient provoqué une telle scène ?

    Nés tous deux sur les terres du Devon, Jake et Ellie semblaient pourtant promis l'un à l'autre. Après des années passées à sauver l'exploitation familiale, ils ont laissé une distance insidieuse s'installer. Et certains fantômes s'interposer entre eux. Jusqu'à ce que la mort de Tom, le frère de Jake, agisse comme un révélateur. Et Jake de replonger dans les affres d'une relation pleine de malentendus et de sentiments refoulés.

    Explorant l'intimité d'un couple, Swift dépeint la fin d'un monde, celui des campagnes anglaises du XXe siècle, mais aussi l'emprise de l'Histoire et des mythes familiaux sur le destin des individus.

  • Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy.
    "Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving.... Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity.... A fine and original work."--Los Angeles Times

  • An admirable collection. Each story has its subtle nuances of narrative and language which established a quite distinct character. A most impressive work of fiction The Times Graham Swifts taut prose style, natural gift for characterization and tight grasp of the details and complexities of real life combine beautifully in these concentrated and enigmatic stories to offer an incisive exposé of the illusion, subterfuge and enigma of everyday interaction. Focusing on the combative relationships between men and women between a mismatched couple; an ageing doctor and his hypochondriacal patient; a teenage refugee swept up in the conflict of an oppressively sentimental father and his rebellious son these spare, Kafkaesque stories are a microcosm for all human cruelty and need. Graham Swift . . . has a wide range; he can be delicately sensitive or outrageously funny. He is a born storyteller Daily Telegraph He has style and he has range, and quiet strengths that are continuously and effortlessly displayed. Graham Swift should be read by everyone with an interest in the art of the short story Eveing Standard

  • Prentis, senior clerk in the dead crimes department of police archives, is becoming more and more confused. Alienated from his wife and children, and obsessed by his father, a wartime hero now the mute inmate of a mental hospital, Prentis feels increasingly unsettled as his enigmatic boss, Mr Quinn, turns his investigation towards him and his father. Gradually Prentis suspects that his fathers breakdown and Quinns menacing behaviour are connected and the link is to be found in his fathers memoirs, Shuttlecock . . . Excellent, profound Alan Hollinghurst, London Review of Books An astonishing study of forms of guilt, laced with a thread of detection, and puckering now and then into outrageous humour Sunday Times A superbly written claustrophobic account of power that corrupts private and public life and of guilt that becomes obsession Daily Telegraph Swifts central strength as a writer is his integrity. Story and character ae treated with a seriousness and respect that while allowing for the oddity of human behaviour Shuttlecock is thoroughly and beautifully odd always honours them Times Literary Supplement Serious, moving and often very funny indeed Observer

  • Not a book the reader is likely to forget, Out of this World deserves to be ranked at the forefront of contemporary literature New York Times Book Review In 1972, Robert Beech, First World War survivor and present-day armaments maker, is killed by a car bomb. The event breaks the career of his son Harry, a news photographer, and comes close to destroying his granddaughter Sophie. Ten years later, the Falklands War has begun and both Harry, now working as an aerial photographer, and Sophie, visiting an analyst in New York, are haunted by a past that has scarred and divided them. As tense as a thriller . . . a powerful and exciting book that raises uncomfortable political questions The Times It appeals to the emotions, the intellect and the imagination, and its elegance is as durable as Greek art . . . a novel for those who still believe in the importance of fiction, indeed of art Scotsman The novel succeeds brilliantly. The impression is of having been shown all the majesty as well as the emotional complexity of history Time Out

  • The first novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Last Orders and Waterland In the sweet shop Willy Chapman was free, absolved from all responsibility, and he ran his sweet shop like his life quietly, steadfastly, devotedly. It was a bargain struck between Chapman and his beautiful, emotionally injured wife a bargain based on unexpressed, inexpressible love and on a courageous acceptance of lifes deprivations . . . threatened only by Dorry, their clever, angry, unforgiving daughter. In his moving first novel, The Sweet Shop Owner, Graham Swift illuminates the history of one man through flashbacks on the last day of that mans life. Through the succinctly evoked provincial decades one of the engrossing features is the difficulty of love and of communication between generations London Review of Books This beautifully balanced novel describes the arrangements, accommodations, pacts and treaties of our ordinary lives The Times A quiet but beautifully shaped book Literary Review Book forbook, Swift is surely one of Englands finest novelists John Banville A remarkable novel . . . There is a touch of Joyce in Graham Swifts revelation of the hidden poetry of small mens lives New York Times Book Review

  • Anglais Waterland

    Swift Graham

    In the years since its first publication, in 1983, Waterland has established itself as one of the classics of twentieth-century British literature: a visionary tale of Englands Fen country; a sinuous meditation on the workings of history; and a family story startling in its detail and universal in its reach. This edition includes an introduction, by the author, written to celebrate the books 25th anniversary. Graham Swift has mapped his Waterland like a new Wessex. He appropriates the Fens as Moby Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors. This is a beautiful, serious and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original Observer Perfectly controlled, superbly written. Waterland is original, compelling and narration of the highest order Guardian A 300-page tour de force . . . A burst of exuberant fictive energy Evening Standard Waterland is a formidably intelligent book, animated by an impressive, angry pity at what human creatures are capable of doing to one another in the name of loe and need. The most powerful novel I have read for some time New York Review of Books

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