Die Buchhandlung

Roman

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458738541

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

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Florence Green erwirbt in Hardborough, einem verschlafenen Dorf an der Küste Ostenglands, das Old House als zukünftiges Domizil für ihre Buchhandlung. Dass das Gebäude anscheinend von einem Poltergeist besessen und bis auf die Grundmauern feucht ist, bringt sie von ihrem Vorhaben ebensowenig ab wie die Tatsache, dass sie von finanziellen Dingen keine Ahnung hat. Voller Schwung stürzt sie sich in die Vorbereitungen und stattet ihre Buchhandlung liebevoll aus. Die Einwohner des kleinen Städtchens begegnen dem Unternehmen zunächst mit Skepsis, bald stellen sich jedoch erste Stammkunden ein. Als Florence Green aber dann ein gerade erschienenes Buch eines bis dahin unbekannten Autors, Vladimir Nabokov, verkauft, ist die Aufregung groß und weitet sich zu einem Skandal aus ...

Die blaue Blume

Roman

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458762469

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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»Was ich gesucht, habe ich gefunden, / Was ich fand, das fand auch mich. « Friedrich von Hardenberg, besser bekannt als Novalis, ist 22, als er Sophie von Kühn erstmals trifft – eine Viertelstunde, die über sein Leben entschieden hat, wie er später seinem Bruder gestehen wird. Hals über Kopf hat er sich verliebt und verlobt sich schon bald mit »Söphgen«. Für den romantischen Dichter ist die viel Jüngere seine blaue Blume, die Verkörperung seiner Poesie und all seiner Sehnsucht. Doch das Glück steht unter keinem guten Stern: Sophie erkrankt an Tuberkulose ... Penelope Fitzgerald erzählt die dramatische Liebesgeschichte des Paares, dessen Schicksal bis heute berührt, und sie zeigt Novalis in einem neuen Licht.

Das College

Roman

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458751939

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

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Cambridge 1912: Ein harmloser Fahrradunfall bringt die wohlgeordnete Welt des jungen Wissenschaftlers Fred durcheinander. Er verliebt sich in eine unbekannte junge Frau – und das lässt sich mit den Gesetzen der Physik nicht erklären ... Fred ist Physiker, er hat sich ganz der Wissenschaft verschrieben und fuhrt den Statuten gemas ein Junggesellendasein – bis er eines sturmischen Abends in einen Fahrradunfall verwickelt wird. Er findet sich in einem fremden Bett wieder, an seiner Seite eine junge Frau: Daisy, eine Krankenschwester aus dem Londoner Armenviertel. Sie ist charmant, pragmatisch und bildhubsch. Fur Fred ist es Liebe auf den ersten Blick! Doch so unerwartet, wie Daisy in sein Leben getreten ist, so schnell verschwindet sie wieder. Und wahrend ganz Cambridge heftig die entstehende Nuklearforschung und das Frauenwahlrecht diskutiert, nimmt Fred die Suche nach Daisy auf ...

Ein Hausboot auf der Themse

Roman

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458744436

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

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Auf den Hausbooten in Battersea am Ufer der Themse hat sich eine bunte Truppe zusammengefunden. Gemeinsam genießt man das freie Leben auf dem Wasser, gemeinsam kämpft man gegen undichte Boote und chronischen Geldmangel: Willis versucht verzweifelt, sein marodes Schiff zu verkaufen, verschweigt den Käufern aber die löchrigen Planken, und während der kleinen Feier, die den Erfolg besiegeln soll, sinkt die Dreadnought innerhalb weniger Minuten. Nenna wohnt mit ihren beiden Töchtern auf dem Kahn Grace und hofft, dass ihr Ehemann zu ihr zurückkehrt, und Richard, der »Skipper«, ein ehemaliger Marineoffizier, hat zwar Geld genug, aber seine Frau sehnt sich nach einem Cottage auf dem Land. Einzig Maurice, ganz Lebenskünstler, scheint mit seinem Los zufrieden, bis in einer stürmischen Nacht auch seine Existenz durcheinandergewirbelt wird ... Humorvoll und mit leiser Melancholie erzählt Penelope Fitzgerald vom Leben am Wasser, von Liebe und Verlust und von Menschen auf der Suche nach dem kleinen Glück.

Frühlingsanfang

Roman

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458749918

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

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Frühlingsanfang in Moskau, 1913. Nelly Reid, treusorgende Ehefrau und liebevolle Mutter dreier Kinder, verlässt ihren Mann Frank völlig unerwartet und kehrt nach England zurück, die Kinder bleiben bei ihrem Vater. Der sieht sich vor ungewohnte Herausforderungen gestellt: Er muss sich nicht nur um seine Firma kümmern, sondern auch um den Haushalt und den Nachwuchs ... Da tritt Lisa Iwanowna in Franks Leben, eine junge, gut aussehende Frau vom Lande. Aber ist sie wirklich so naiv, wie sie scheint? Und welche Rolle spielt Franks Buchhalter, Selwyn Crane, der sich so offensichtlich bemüht, die beiden zusammenzubringen? »Penelope Fitzgeralds Bücher bieten ein Lesevergnügen der besonderen Art: Ganz unaufgeregt, nachdenklich und wehmütig zeigen sie eine einfache Wahrheit: Das Alltägliche, das Allzumenschliche entwickelt oft famosen Witz.« Der Spiegel

The Blue Flower

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547524765

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends. This brilliant young man, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it be? A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the United States, The Blue Flower was one of eleven books- and the only paperback- chosen as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review. The 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner in Fiction.

The Means of Escape

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544228111

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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With the death of Penelope Fitzgerald this year, the literary world lost one of its finest, most original, and most beloved authors. Fitzgerald began her writing career at age sixty and wrote eight remarkable novels in rapid succession over the next twenty years. Completed just before her death, THE MEANS OF ESCAPE is Fitzgerald's first new book since the best-selling THE BLUE FLOWER. Never before have her short stories been collected in book form, and none of them has ever appeared in the United States. THE MEANS OF ESCAPE showcases this incomparable author at her most intelligent, her funniest, her best. Like her novels, these brilliant stories are miniature studies of the endless absurdity of human behavior. Concise, comic, biting, and mischievous, they are vintage Fitzgerald. Roaming the globe and the ages, the stories travel from England to France to New Zealand and from today to the seventeenth century. Uniting them is a universal theme: the shifting balance between those who are in positions of power--by wealth, status, or class--and those who, deceptively, are not. THE MEANS OF ESCAPE memorializes a life and a writer guided by a generous but unwavering moral gaze.

Offshore

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395478042

Category: Fiction

Page: 141

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Offers a portrait of a group of eccentrics living in houseboats on the river Thames and describes how their disparate lives intertwine and complicate matters for everyone

The Gate of Angels

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395848388

Category: Fiction

Page: 167

View: 7251

Young Fred Fairly, a junior fellow at St. Angelicus College in 1912 Cambridge, falls in love with the dangerously mysterious Daisy, whom he awakens next to one morning after a freak accident

Understanding Penelope Fitzgerald

Author: Peter Wolfe

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570035616

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

View: 9735

"With readings of a broad range of her published works, including her final novel, The Blue Flower, Wolfe describes the unfolding of Fitzgerald's writing as a subtle, ongoing process. He maintains that the novels, though plain and rambling at first glance, grow fuller, stranger, and more stirring the more we invest in them. He details Fitzgerald's skill at sequencing events so as to unsettle readers and her ability to enhance motifs by not leaning too hard on them. Wolfe suggests that Fitzgerald's refusal to overplay effects and emotions, while at first puzzling in its disdain for drama, turns out to be one of her chief virtues, for she enables larger associations to emerge as she keeps big dramatic scenes from interfering with wider patterns."--BOOK JACKET.

The Bookshop

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395869468

Category: Fiction

Page: 123

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Follows a kindhearted English widow's struggle to open a bookshop in a seaside town against the polite, but uncompromising opposition of the town's arbiters of culture

The Beginning of Spring

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395908716

Category: Fiction

Page: 187

View: 6722

Nellie Reed disappears from her home at 22 Lipka Street, and her husband Frank--suspecting she has returned to England--must raise their three young children with the help of beautiful Lisa Ivanovna

The Knox Brothers

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619022699

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 7989

Here is a biography whose eccentric genius perfectly matches that of its subjects. Penelope Fitzgerald tells the lives of four extraordinary Englishmen-her father and his brothers-with style and wit. Here is the story of a deeply fascinating family mind, shared by four brothers and passed along to their remarkable biographer.

The Golden Child

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547524811

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Penelope Fitzgerald's novel, The Golden Child, combines a deft comedy of manners with a classic mystery set in London's most refined institution—the museum. When the glittering treasure of ancient Garamantia, the golden child, is delivered to the museum, a web of intrigue tightens around its personnel, especially the hapless museum officer Waring Smith. While prowling the halls one night, Waring is nearly strangled. Two suspicious deaths ensue, and only the cryptic hieroglyphics of the Garamantes can bring an end to the mayhem. Fitzgerald has an unerring eye for human nature, and this satirical look at the art world delivers a terrifically witty read.

Penelope Fitzgerald

Author: Hugh Adlington

Publisher: Writers and Their Work

ISBN: 0746312946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 168

View: 5726

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) has been acclaimed as one of the finest British novelists of the late twentieth century. Four of her novels were shortlisted for the Booker Prize and one of them, Offshore (1979), won; her final work of historical fiction, The Blue Flower (1995), won the US National Book Critics' Circle Award. Fitzgerald's works are distinguished by their acute wit, deft handling of emotional tone and an unsentimental yet deeply felt commitment to portraying the lives of those men, women and children 'who seem to have been born defeated'. Admirers have long recognised the brilliance of Fitzgerald's writing, yet the deceptive simplicity of her style invariably leads readers to ask, 'How is it done?' This book seeks to answer that question, providing the first sustained exposition of Penelope Fitzgerald's compositional method, working both inwards from the surface of her writing and outwards from the archival evidence of Fitzgerald's own drafts and working papers.

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction

Author: Christopher J. Knight

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315450992

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 310

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Christopher J. Knight’s Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction is a study of the British author Penelope Fitzgerald (1916 – 2000), attending to her nine novels, especially as viewed through the lens both of "late style" (she published her first novel, The Golden Child, at age sixty) and, in her words, of "consolation, that is, for doubts and fears as well as for naked human loss." As in Shakespeare’s late, religiously inflected, romances, the two concerns coincide; and Fitzgerald’s ostensible comedies are marked by a clear experience of the tragic and the palpable sense of a world that verges on the edge of indifference to human loss. Yet Fitzgerald, her late age pessimism notwithstanding, seeks (with the aid of her own religious understandings), in each of her novels, to wrestle meaning, consolation and even comedy from circumstances not noticeably propitious. Or as she herself memorably spoke of her own "deepest convictions": "I can only say that however close I’ve come, by this time, to nothingness, I have remained true to my deepest convictions—I mean to the courage of those who are born to be defeated, the weaknesses of the strong, and the tragedy of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, which I have done my best to treat as a comedy, for otherwise how can we manage to bear it?" The recipient of Britain’s Booker Prize and America’s National Book Critics Circle Award, Penelope Fitzgerald’s reputation as a novelist, and author more generally, has grown, since her death, significantly, to the point that she is now widely judged one of Britain’s finest writers, comparable in worth to the likes of Jane Austen, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

Innocence

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007555652

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Stunning modern new cover reissue of one of Penelope Fitzgerald’s best-loved novels

Human Voices

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0544227689

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 5517

A British radio station struggles through the London blitz, in a “wonderful” novel of World War II England (A.S. Byatt), by a veteran of the BBC. The nation is listening. It’s 1940, and BBC radio is on the air. Dedicated to the cause, it’s going to do what it does best: keep the British upper lip stiff without resorting to lies. But nightly blackouts and the thunder of exploding enemy bombs are only part of the chaos faced by the staff. There’s a battle for control between two program directors—one recklessly randy, the other efficient. Their comely assistant is suffering the pangs of unrequited love; an unwed mother is resisting the impending birth of her baby; and an exiled French general takes to the airwaves demanding Britain’s surrender. Then there’s the concert hall itself—a makeshift shelter for the displaced that quickly becomes a hotbed for quick trysts, bloody brawls, private wars between the sexes, political grandstanding, pointless deaths, and overriding fear, as the news unfolds just outside the building’s vulnerable walls. Inspired by the Booker Prize–winning author’s own wartime experiences at the BBC, Human Voices is a novel at once “funny, touching, and authentic” (Sunday Times, London). “Made me laugh out loud as I have hardly done since Cold Comfort Farm. It is extraordinary and immensely praiseworthy that a book with such an ultimately serious idea can be so brilliantly funny.” —Country Life “A tribute to the unsung and quintessentially English heroism of imperfect people.” —New Criterion

Penelope Fitzgerald

A Life

Author: Hermione Lee

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409029948

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

View: 6072

Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography 2014 Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year Penelope Fitzgerald (1916–2000) was a great English writer, who would never have described herself in such grand terms. Her novels were short, spare masterpieces, self-concealing, oblique and subtle. She won the Booker Prize for her novel Offshore in 1979, and her last work, The Blue Flower, was acclaimed as a work of genius. The early novels drew on her own experiences – a boat on the Thames in the 1960s; the BBC in war time; a failing bookshop in Suffolk; an eccentric stage-school. The later ones opened out to encompass historical worlds which, magically, she seemed to possess entirely: Russia before the Revolution; post-war Italy; Germany in the time of the Romantic writer Novalis. Fitzgerald’s life is as various and as cryptic as her fiction. It spans most of the twentieth century, and moves from a Bishop’s Palace to a sinking barge, from a demanding intellectual family to hardship and poverty, from a life of teaching and obscurity to a blaze of renown. She was first published at sixty and became famous at eighty. This is a story of lateness, patience and persistence: a private form of heroism. Loved and admired, and increasingly recognised as one of the outstanding novelists of her time, she remains, also, mysterious and intriguing. She liked to mislead people with a good imitation of an absent-minded old lady, but under that scatty front were a steel-sharp brain and an imagination of wonderful reach. This brilliant account – by a biographer whom Fitzgerald herself admired – pursues her life, her writing, and her secret self, with fascinated interest.