The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones《诺亚·格拉斯之死》

The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones

Gail Jones (born 1955) is a famous contemporary Australian novelist and academic. She is the author of eight novels, two short-story collections and a critical monograph. She had won many prestigious literary awards in Australia, her prizes include the WA Premier's Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature - Fiction and the ASAL Gold Medal. She had also been shortlisted for many international awards, including the IMPAC and the Prix Femina.

Her fictions have been translated into nine languages, including Chinese, Italian, German, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Polish, Croatian and Czech. Gail Jones is Professor of Writing at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University.

She published the seventh novel The Death of Noah Glassin 2018. The mesmerising novel had won the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award - Fiction and 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature - Fiction. The eponymous Noah Glass is an art historian, who is discovered floating face down in his Sydney apartment block’s swimming pool after returning from a trip to Sicily, Italy. His son Martin and daughter Evie felt shocked after their father’s death.

The police are investigating the case that a sculpture has gone missing from a museum in Palermo, Italy and their father Noah is a suspect. Martin decides to set off to Palermo in search of answers about his father’s activities, while Evie moves into Noah’s apartment in Sydney, waiting to uncover the real truth and know more about their father.

The Death of Noah Glass explores the themes of grief, family dysfunction, memory, art history, loneliness, existential dread and visual culture. The narrative splits between the past and the present.

Publisher: Text, Australia

Number of Pages: 320pp

Publication date: 2 April 2018

ISBN   9781925603408


盖尔·琼斯小说《诺亚·格拉斯之死》简介

盖尔·琼斯(Gail Jones,1955—)是澳大利亚当代著名作家,发表了八部长篇小说,两个短篇小说集和一本评论专著,作品多次入围并荣获澳大利亚重要文学奖项。作品还曾获得国际奖项的提名,包括国际IMPAC都柏林文学奖和费米娜(the Prix Femina)奖。盖尔· 琼斯目前在西悉尼大学写作与社会研究中心担任教授。

2018年出版的第七部长篇小说《诺亚·格拉斯之死》(The Death of Noah Glass)曾入围2019年维多利亚州长文学奖(Victorian Premier's Literary Awards)、2019年澳大利亚文学协会金奖( ALS Gold Medal)、2019年沃斯文学奖(Voss Literary Prize)、2019年迈尔斯·富兰克林文学奖( Miles Franklin Award),并荣获2019年澳大利亚总理文学奖-小说类(Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction)和2020年阿德莱德艺术节文学奖-小说类(Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for Fiction)。《诺亚·格拉斯之死》由资深翻译家、北京外国语大学澳大利亚研究中心客座教授和西悉尼大学人文与交流艺术学院兼职教授李尧翻译成中文,译文于2020年11月在作家出版社出版。

《诺亚·格拉斯之死》讲述了身为艺术历史学家的诺亚·格拉斯从西西里回澳不久后突然病逝在悉尼公寓,他的两位孩子随后深入调查他身前疑云的故事。侦探弗兰克·马龙告诉两位孩子伊薇和马丁,意大利的卡拉比涅里文化遗产局正在调查他们的父亲是否参与了一起艺术品失窃的案件。马丁无法接受这一指控便决定立刻前往西西里弄清事情真相,试图调查父亲与艺术品的神秘关联,还父亲的清白,但未曾想到的是,马丁被卷入一个隐藏着罪恶和秘密的巨大漩涡,险些命丧于意大利巴勒莫。伊薇则搬进父亲诺亚生前的公寓,希望在父亲最亲近的环境中寻求真相。

小说将多重叙述视角(主人公父亲诺亚、儿子马丁和女儿伊薇)交织在一起,勾勒出一幅充满爱与悔恨的家庭肖像画。《诺亚·格拉斯之死》专注于描写视觉文化并探究图像的意义,讨论了隐藏在情节背后的壁画、绘画、电影、海报以及照相机、Skype、望远镜乃至显微镜中所呈现的图像,探讨了艺术的拯救力量,体现了作者盖尔·琼斯对传统艺术和图像学的理解与阐释。小说以澳大利亚和意大利为背景,将欧洲艺术传统贯穿其中,不仅是一部高雅文化融合的佳作,而且还融入了侦探、谋杀、神秘和悬疑小说等元素。