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Transit

By Rachel Cusk

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 28 September 2016
In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions - personal, moral, artistic, practical - as she endeavours to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city she is made to confront aspects of living she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life. Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed Outline, and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility and the mystery of change. In this precise, short and yet epic cycle of novels, Cusk manages to describe the most elemental experiences, the liminal qualities of life, through a narrative near-silence that draws language towards it. She captures with unsettling restraint and honesty the longing to both inhabit and flee one's life and the wrenching ambivalence animating our desire to feel real.

About the Author

Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1974. She is the author of nine novels and three works of non-fiction. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes- her most recent novel, Outline (2014), was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Prize, the Giller Prize and the Canadian Governor General's Award. It was also picked by the New York Times as one of the top ten books of the year. In 2003, Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. In 2015 her version of Euripides' 'Medea' was put on at the Almeida Theatre with Rupert Goold directing and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Reviews

"An extraordinary piece of writing - stunningly bold, original and humane." -- Joanna Kavenna * Daily Telegraph * "Rachel Cusk's new novel is tremendous from its opening sentence ... Cusk is always an exciting writer: striking and challenging, with a distinctive cool prose voice, and behind that coolness something untamed and full of raw force, even rash ... Transit steers with stylishness and grace between the low-lying truths and the significant dramas we compose for ourselves out of the accidents which befall us. Offering no hostages to convention, it's somehow page-turningly enthralling and charged with the power to move." -- Tessa Hadley * Guardian * "Her writing, for all its laconic, pared-back grace, is rich in detail... Cusk is now working on a level that makes it very surprising she has not yet won a major literary prize. Her technical originality is equalled by the compelling nature of her subject matter, and Transit is a very fine novel indeed." -- Helen Dunmore * Observer * "Transfixing...There's a constant sense of Ms. Cusk's mind whirling, as if she were forever, in the background, performing an internal disk check. Transit is fat with substance, as August Wilson once said he wanted his plays to be. There's a lot of humor in its talk." -- Dwight Garner * New York Times * "In her effort to expose the illusions of both fiction and life, [Rachel Cusk] may have discovered the most genuine way to write a novel today." * Atlantic *

EAN: 9781910702611
ISBN: 1910702617
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 2 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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