Shuggie Bain (bog, paperback, engelsk)

Af: Douglas Stuart


Nedsat pris! Shuggie Bain
  • Forlag: Picador
  • Format: Paperback
  • Type: Bog
  • Sprog: Engelsk
  • ISBN-13: 9781529019292
  • Udgivelsesdato: 15-04-2021
  • Oplagsdato: 15-04-2021
  • Originalsprog: Engelsk
  • Sideantal: 448
  • Indbinding: Paperback

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Winner of the Booker Prize 2020, shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020, a BBC Two Between the Covers 2021 Book Choice! - It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest. Shuggie is different. Fastidious and fussy, he shares his mother's sense of snobbish propriety. The miners' children pick on him and adults condemn him as no' right. But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place. Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride. A counterpart to the privileged Thatcher-era London of Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, it also recalls the work of Edouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

Shuggie Bain vokser op i Glasgow i 80’erne, hvor arbejdsløsheden og fattigdommen hærger. Thatchers politik har gjort fædre og sønner arbejdsløse, og forfaldet og misbruget i det sociale boligbyggeri, hvor Shuggie vokser op, er udtalt.
Shuggie forguder sin mor Agnes, der drømmer om at få sit eget sted, alt imens hun bruger familiens understøttelse på guldøl og bestiller ligegyldige postordreting på kredit.
De ældre søskende finder på hver sin måde væk fra deres mor, mens Shuggie overlades alene tilbage med Agnes og hendes udsving mellem tørlagt fornuft og hovedløs druk.
Shuggies omverden ser Shuggie som en afviger, og selvom Agnes elsker sin søn, formår hun ikke at give ham den støtte, som han har brug for for at forstår sig selv og sin seksualitet.

Shuggie Bain er Douglas Stuarts debutroman, og en stærk fortælling om kærlighed, om afhængighed, om seksualitet og om at vokse op i en arbejderklasse i 80’ernes Glasgow.

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