domingo, agosto 01, 2004

Susanna Clarke ¿La nueva JK Rowling?

Susanna Clarke es la pareja de Colin Greenland, conocido escritor y crítico de obras de Ciencia Ficción. Ella ha sido editora de libros de cocina, pero durante los últimos 10 años ha estado trabajando en lo que será su próximo libro a editarse en Setiembre: "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell".

Un extracto de la larga nota que le dedica el NYT: It follows the friendship of two gentleman sorcerers in London in the early 19th century: the bookish Mr. Norrell and his pupil, the dilettante Jonathan Strange, who come to the aid of England in the Napoleonic Wars by, for example, moving Brussels to America. And it is about a third magician, the Raven King, a human brought up by fairies who came to rule Northern England through much of the Middle Ages before suddenly disappearing, taking magic away from England and closing the fairy roads behind him. The novel is being compared with abandon in the press to the "Harry Potter" books, but it is not for children, unless they are children who really, really love footnotes. It is nearly 800 pages long, but in some ways that number feels arbitrary, as if the novel consisted of just those pages Clarke chose to show, and that she might have easily chosen another 800 from those she kept in reserve. She has lived in the world of the novel for more than a decade after all, carefully charting the false history of English magic and documenting it with citations from a fastidiously false bibliography. What did not make it into the main story is alluded to in copious notes that make up sort of a second novel at the bottom of its pages (when they do not take over the pages altogether).

Habrá que esperar la traducción castellana que por cierto parece que no demorará mucho.

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