Dans un monde où la civilisation s'est effondrée suite à une pandémie foudroyante, une troupe d'acteurs et de musiciens nomadise entre de petites communautés de survivants pour leur jouer du Shakespeare. Un répertoire qui en est venu à représenter l'espoir et l'humanité au milieu de la désolation.
Le roman évènement de la rentrée littéraire, finaliste du National Book Award aux Etats-Unis, qui fera date dans l'histoire de la littérature d'anticipation.
500 000 exemplaires vendus en Amérique du Nord, 150 000 dans les îles Britanniques.
« Profondément mélancolique, mais magnifiquement écrit, et merveilleusement élégiaque. » George R. R. Martin
« Mandel est capable de faire ressentir l'intense émotion d'existences fauchées par une époque terrible. » The New York Times
Sur l'ïle de Vancouver, se dresse un hôtel aux murs de verre, seulement accessible par la mer. Il est fréquenté par une clientèle exclusive qui veut rompre avec "la civilisation connectée". Là, pas de wifi, pas de portable, on est au bout du monde.
Paul, aspirant compositeur, et sa soeur Vincent, vidéaste amateure, travaillent tous à l'hôtel Caiette. Un soir, alors qu'on attend l'arrivée du milliardaire new-yorkais Jonathan Alkaitis, le gérant découvre avec horreur un tag gravé sur l'une des parois transparentes: "Et si vous avaliez du verre brisé?" Qui est l'auteur de ce graffiti menaçant? Est-il destiné à quelqu'un?
Dans ce havre de luxe, des gens se croisent, des destins se font et se défont. A l'hôtel Caiette, mais aussi à Vancouver et à New York, des vies vont prendre un tour imprévu et souvent dramatique. Comme un papillon au Brésil peut causer une tempête au Texas, un verre au bar de l'hôtel Caiette peut ruiner une existence...
Cadre dans une société new-yorkaise, Anton va enfin concrétiser son projet de mariage avec Sophie. Mais la lune de miel sur l'île d'Ischia tourne court, Sophie rentre seule aux Etats-Unis tandis qu'Anton attend un mystérieux rendez-vous. Il a le temps de penser à sa famille de voleurs, à sa cousine qui ne cesse de l'impliquer dans de dangereux trafics, à son désir de mener une vie dnormale.
2014 National Book Award Finalist
A New York Times Bestseller
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
'BEST NOVEL. The big one . . . stands above all the others . . . beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac, a book that I will long remember, and return to.' George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones.
The New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
National Book Awards Finalist
PEN/Faulkner Award FinalistStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a bold vision of a dystopian future, frighteningly real, perfect for fans of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty.One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again. Twenty years later Kirsten, an actress in the Travelling Symphony, performs Shakespeare in the settlements that have grown up since the collapse. But then her newly hopeful world is threatened. If civilization was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it?
How far would you go for someone you love?The Lola Quartet: Jack, Daniel, Sasha and Gavin, four talented musicians at the end of their high school careers. On the dream-like night of their last concert, Gavin's girlfriend Anna disappears. Ten years later Gavin sees a photograph of a little girl who looks uncannily like him and who shares Anna's surname, and suddenly he finds himself catapulted back to a secretive past he didn't realise he'd left behind. But that photo has set off a cascade of dangerous consequences and, as one by one the members of the Lola Quartet are reunited, a terrifying story emerges: of innocent mistakes, of secrecy and of a life lived on the run. Filled with love, music and thwarted dreams, Emily St. John Mandel's The Lola Quartet is a thrilling novel about how the errors of the past can threaten the future.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Station ElevenAfter shaking off an increasingly dangerous venture with his cousin, Anton Waker has spent years constructing an honest life for himself. But then a routine security check brings his past crashing back towards him. His marriage and career in ruins, Anton finds himself in Italy with one last job from his cousin. But there is someone on his tail and they are getting closer . . . The Singer's Gun follows Anton, Alex Broden - a detective on the trail of a people trafficker, and Elena, caught up in the investigation against her will. Taut and thrilling, it is a novel about identity and loyalty, and the things we are willing to sacrifice for love.
Everyone Anton Walker grew up with is corrupt. His parents dealt in stolen goods, and he was a successful purveyor of forged documents until he abandoned it all in his early twenties, determined to live a normal life, complete with career, apartment, and a fiancée who knows nothing of his criminal beginnings. He’s on the verge of finally getting married when Aria--his cousin and former partner in crime--blackmails him into helping her with one last job. Anton considers the task a small price for future freedom. But as he sets off for an Italian honeymoon, it soon becomes clear that the ghosts of his past can't be left behind so easily, and that the task Aria requires will cost him more than he could ever imagine.
When Lilia Albert was a child, her father appeared on the doorstep of her mother's house and took her away. Now, haunted by an inability to remember much about her early childhood, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and eluding the private detective who has dedicated a career to following close behind.
Then comes Eli. When Lilia goes out for a paper and fails to return to their Brooklyn apartment, he follows her to Montreal, not knowing whether he wants to disappear, too, or help her find her way home. But what he discovers is a deeper mystery, one that will set past and present spinning toward collision.
@2@Gavin Sasaki was a promising young journalist in New York City until the day he was fired for plagiarism.@95@#160;The last thing he wants is to sell foreclosed real estate for his sister Eilo's company in their Florida hometown. But he's in no position to refuse her job offer, and there's another reason to go home: Eilo recently met a ten-year-old girl who looks very much like Gavin and has the same last name as Gavin's high school girlfriend, Anna, who left town abruptly after graduation.@16@@16@Determined to find out if this little girl might be his daughter, Gavin sets off to track down Anna, starting with the three friends they shared back when he was a part of a jazz group called @95@ldquo;The Lola Quartet.@95@rdquo; As Gavin pieces together their stories, he learns that Anna has been on the run for good reason, and soon his investigation into her sudden disappearance all those years go takes a seriously dangerous turn.@3@
Gavin, jeune journaliste new-yorkais, perd son emploi et se voit contraint de retourner dans sa Floride natale. Une photo le met sur la piste d'une petite fille qui pourrait être la sienne et qui court sans doute de graves dangers.