BBC文化频道2月书单推荐
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George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
 
Saunders, a masterful short story writer, takes a well-known tragedy in the life of one of the most honoured US presidents as the jumping-off point for his first novel. Abraham Lincoln's son Willie died of typhoid at the age of 11 in 1862. The president mourned as the Civil War raged, its outcome unclear, and with daily reports of rising casualties. Saunders uses the Tibetan Buddhist1 concept of 'the bardo' - that netherworld between life and death - to centre his mosaic2 of voices within a vision of grief captured at the cemetery3 where Willie is buried. Saunders delicately reveals a connection between a father's grief and Lincoln's strategic decision to "be brave and resolve the thing."
 
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, The Girl from the Metropol Hotel
 
Petrushevskaya, a celebrated4 author in Russia, was born in 1938 across the street from the Kremlin in the Metropol Hotel, Moscow's "most famed residential5 building". While she was an infant, many members of her family of intellectuals were arrested and executed as "enemies of the people". This ushered6 in a childhood of severe deprivation7, starvation and isolation8. She eats from the neighbour's garbage and can't go to school in winter because she has no shoes. Yet Petrushevskaya narrates9 with joy swimming in the Volga, her grandmother's retelling of classics by Gogol from memory and watching Rossini's The Barber of Seville after climbing up the outside of the opera house. 
 
Katie Kitamura, A Separation
 
The opening to Kitamura's third novel is pitch-perfect: "It began with a telephone call from Isabella. She wanted to know where Christopher was." Isabella's son Christopher and his wife, the narrator, have kept their six-month marital10 separation a secret. Now he has disappeared. And his lies and betrayals are coming undone11. The wife flies to Athens to track him down, determined12 to ask for a divorce. A Separation is an atmospheric13 and emotionally sophisticated novel that reads like a taut14 Patricia Highsmith thriller15.
 
Steve Erickson, Shadowbahn
 
A lorry driver driving through South Dakota in 2021 sees the World Trade Center's twin towers that fell two decades earlier looming16 up against the "forbidding Badlands horizon". Soon, a gawking crowd has gathered, drawn17 by the spectacle dubbed18 the "American Stonehenge", and this soon includes Parker and Zema, who take a side trip toward the Towers on their way to Michigan to visit their mother. In this audacious futuristic novel, Erickson takes on American myth and history, pushing our imaginative borders along ever more shadowy faultlines.
 
Glenn Frankel, High Noon
 
High Noon - the Gary Cooper Western whose title, since its release in 1952, has connoted "a moment of truth when a good man must confront evil" - was shot in 32 days during the era of the Hollywood Blacklist. Frankel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, describes the consequences of the blacklist on the film industry, including its effect on the film's writer, Carl Foreman, whose career was damaged because he refused to cooperate. Frankel makes the climate of suspicion and fear in Hollywood palpable.
 
Anders Rydell, The Book Thieves
 
Less well-known than the Nazi19 party's systematic20 looting of artworks from the countries they invaded and their attacks on literature through book burnings and persecution21 of Jewish and leftist writers was their secret plundering22 of libraries all over Europe. The Third Reich's goal was to capture the right to shape history by stealing, owning and twisting words stored in the libraries, archives, history and memories of Nazi enemies. Rydell, a Swedish editor and journalist, crosses Europe to investigate "the most extensive book theft in the history of the world" and reports on ongoing23 restitution24 efforts. Translated from the Swedish by Henning Koch, this is a chilling reminder25 of Hitler's twisted power.
 
Vivek Shanbhag, Ghachar Ghochar
 
The first of Shanbhag's eight novels to be translated into English follows one tight-knit family - the narrator, his parents, uncle, sister and wife - through an economic rise that causes surprising disruptions. After his father is forced into early retirement26, "the whole family stuck together, like a single body across the tightrope27 of our circumstances." The uncle comes to the rescue, starting a small firm that buys spices in bulk from Kerala and sells them to local grocers. With his profits, the family moves from a small house in the teeming28 lower-middle-class area of Bangalore to a modern house on the other side of the city. But despite rising fortunes, their lives become increasingly knotted up. Shanbhag's concise29 novel gives "one story, many sides."
 
Stephen O'Shea, The Alps
 
O'Shea's enthralling30 summertime road trip through the Alps begins on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland and ends in Italy, at the Adriatic port of Trieste. He reports on scores of daunting31 hairpin32 turns, awe-inspiring peaks and colourful fellow travelers, and muses33 on the Alpine34 locations of multiple James Bond films. He also adroitly35 sketches36 the historic spots he passes – the Swiss lakeside villa37 where Mary Shelley conceived Frankenstein in 1816, Mozart's birthplace, the Austrian salt mine where Nazis38 hid thousands of priceless art treasures. Breezy and informative39, it a reminder of the ever-shifting attitudes toward mountains that have inspired poets and writers for centuries.
 
Christina Baker40 Kline, A Piece of the World
 
Kline's new novel is inspired by Christina Olson, the woman in Andrew Wyeth's best-known painting, Christina's World. Christina, who lives in the house built by her ancestors in Cushing in the US state of Maine, has been left off-kilter from a childhood illness. Her bones and joints41 deteriorate42 over the years, and her dreams of escape end when a four-year relationship with a Harvard student ends. One day Wyeth, who spends his summers nearby, asks to use their house as a studio to paint. He and Christina have an instant bond, and she, her brother Al and the house become constant themes in his work over the decades. "Sometimes a sanctuary43, sometimes a prison, that house on the hill has always been my home," Baker writes in this beautifully rendered portrait of a woman's interior life.
 
Ethel Rohan, The Weight of Him
 
Big Billy Brennan, the vulnerable man at the heart of Ethel Rohan's first novel, is mired44 in grief - his teenage son has just committed suicide. He's also gone up to 180kg and can't seem to stop eating. Days before returning to work as a quality inspector45 at a toy factory in rural Ireland, he begins walking a few laps around the house. He grows determined to wage a public campaign to lose half of his weight, and raise funds for suicide prevention. His parents, wife and three remaining children are aghast. Despite setbacks, he sticks to his plan. In heart-rending passages, Rohan captures the ways in which parents blame each other and themselves for the loss of a child, and the courage it takes to change.


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1 Buddhist USLy6     
adj./n.佛教的,佛教徒
参考例句:
  1. The old lady fell down in adoration before Buddhist images.那老太太在佛像面前顶礼膜拜。
  2. In the eye of the Buddhist,every worldly affair is vain.在佛教徒的眼里,人世上一切事情都是空的。
2 mosaic CEExS     
n./adj.镶嵌细工的,镶嵌工艺品的,嵌花式的
参考例句:
  1. The sky this morning is a mosaic of blue and white.今天早上的天空是幅蓝白相间的画面。
  2. The image mosaic is a troublesome work.图象镶嵌是个麻烦的工作。
3 cemetery ur9z7     
n.坟墓,墓地,坟场
参考例句:
  1. He was buried in the cemetery.他被葬在公墓。
  2. His remains were interred in the cemetery.他的遗体葬在墓地。
4 celebrated iwLzpz     
adj.有名的,声誉卓著的
参考例句:
  1. He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  2. The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
5 residential kkrzY3     
adj.提供住宿的;居住的;住宅的
参考例句:
  1. The mayor inspected the residential section of the city.市长视察了该市的住宅区。
  2. The residential blocks were integrated with the rest of the college.住宿区与学院其他部分结合在了一起。
6 ushered d337b3442ea0cc4312a5950ae8911282     
v.引,领,陪同( usher的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The secretary ushered me into his office. 秘书把我领进他的办公室。
  2. A round of parties ushered in the New Year. 一系列的晚会迎来了新年。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 deprivation e9Uy7     
n.匮乏;丧失;夺去,贫困
参考例句:
  1. Many studies make it clear that sleep deprivation is dangerous.多实验都证实了睡眠被剥夺是危险的。
  2. Missing the holiday was a great deprivation.错过假日是极大的损失。
8 isolation 7qMzTS     
n.隔离,孤立,分解,分离
参考例句:
  1. The millionaire lived in complete isolation from the outside world.这位富翁过着与世隔绝的生活。
  2. He retired and lived in relative isolation.他退休后,生活比较孤寂。
9 narrates 700af7b03723e0e80ae386f04634402e     
v.故事( narrate的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  1. It narrates the unconstitutional acts of James II. 它历数了詹姆斯二世的违法行为。 来自辞典例句
  2. Chapter three narrates the economy activity which Jew return the Occident. 第三章讲述了犹太人重返西欧后的经济活动。 来自互联网
10 marital SBixg     
adj.婚姻的,夫妻的
参考例句:
  1. Her son had no marital problems.她的儿子没有婚姻问题。
  2. I regret getting involved with my daughter's marital problems;all its done is to bring trouble about my ears.我后悔干涉我女儿的婚姻问题, 现在我所做的一切将给我带来无穷的烦恼。
11 undone JfJz6l     
a.未做完的,未完成的
参考例句:
  1. He left nothing undone that needed attention.所有需要注意的事他都注意到了。
12 determined duszmP     
adj.坚定的;有决心的
参考例句:
  1. I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  2. He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
13 atmospheric 6eayR     
adj.大气的,空气的;大气层的;大气所引起的
参考例句:
  1. Sea surface temperatures and atmospheric circulation are strongly coupled.海洋表面温度与大气环流是密切相关的。
  2. Clouds return radiant energy to the surface primarily via the atmospheric window.云主要通过大气窗区向地表辐射能量。
14 taut iUazb     
adj.拉紧的,绷紧的,紧张的
参考例句:
  1. The bowstring is stretched taut.弓弦绷得很紧。
  2. Scarlett's taut nerves almost cracked as a sudden noise sounded in the underbrush near them. 思嘉紧张的神经几乎一下绷裂了,因为她听见附近灌木丛中突然冒出的一个声音。
15 thriller RIhzU     
n.惊险片,恐怖片
参考例句:
  1. He began by writing a thriller.That book sold a million copies.他是写惊险小说起家的。那本书卖了一百万册。
  2. I always take a thriller to read on the train.我乘火车时,总带一本惊险小说看。
16 looming 1060bc05c0969cf209c57545a22ee156     
n.上现蜃景(光通过低层大气发生异常折射形成的一种海市蜃楼)v.隐约出现,阴森地逼近( loom的现在分词 );隐约出现,阴森地逼近
参考例句:
  1. The foothills were looming ahead through the haze. 丘陵地带透过薄雾朦胧地出现在眼前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. Then they looked up. Looming above them was Mount Proteome. 接着他们往上看,在其上隐约看到的是蛋白质组山。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 回顾与展望
17 drawn MuXzIi     
v.拖,拉,拔出;adj.憔悴的,紧张的
参考例句:
  1. All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  2. Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
18 dubbed dubbed     
v.给…起绰号( dub的过去式和过去分词 );把…称为;配音;复制
参考例句:
  1. Mathematics was once dubbed the handmaiden of the sciences. 数学曾一度被视为各门科学的基础。
  2. Is the movie dubbed or does it have subtitles? 这部电影是配音的还是打字幕的? 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 Nazi BjXyF     
n.纳粹分子,adj.纳粹党的,纳粹的
参考例句:
  1. They declare the Nazi regime overthrown and sue for peace.他们宣布纳粹政权已被推翻,并出面求和。
  2. Nazi closes those war criminals inside their concentration camp.纳粹把那些战犯关在他们的集中营里。
20 systematic SqMwo     
adj.有系统的,有计划的,有方法的
参考例句:
  1. The way he works isn't very systematic.他的工作不是很有条理。
  2. The teacher made a systematic work of teaching.这个教师进行系统的教学工作。
21 persecution PAnyA     
n. 迫害,烦扰
参考例句:
  1. He had fled from France at the time of the persecution. 他在大迫害时期逃离了法国。
  2. Their persecution only serves to arouse the opposition of the people. 他们的迫害只激起人民对他们的反抗。
22 plundering 765be35dd06b76b3790253a472c85681     
掠夺,抢劫( plunder的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The troops crossed the country, plundering and looting as they went. 部队经过乡村,一路抢劫掳掠。
  2. They amassed huge wealth by plundering the colonies. 他们通过掠夺殖民地聚敛了大笔的财富。
23 ongoing 6RvzT     
adj.进行中的,前进的
参考例句:
  1. The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  2. The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
24 restitution cDHyz     
n.赔偿;恢复原状
参考例句:
  1. It's only fair that those who do the damage should make restitution.损坏东西的人应负责赔偿,这是再公平不过的了。
  2. The victims are demanding full restitution.受害人要求全额赔偿。
25 reminder WkzzTb     
n.提醒物,纪念品;暗示,提示
参考例句:
  1. I have had another reminder from the library.我又收到图书馆的催还单。
  2. It always took a final reminder to get her to pay her share of the rent.总是得发给她一份最后催缴通知,她才付应该交的房租。
26 retirement TWoxH     
n.退休,退职
参考例句:
  1. She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  2. I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
27 tightrope xgkzEG     
n.绷紧的绳索或钢丝
参考例句:
  1. The audience held their breath as the acrobat walked along the tightrope.杂技演员走钢丝时,观众都屏住了呼吸。
  2. The tightrope walker kept her balance by holding up an umbrella.走钢丝的演员举着一把伞,保持身体的均衡。
28 teeming 855ef2b5bd20950d32245ec965891e4a     
adj.丰富的v.充满( teem的现在分词 );到处都是;(指水、雨等)暴降;倾注
参考例句:
  1. The rain was teeming down. 大雨倾盆而下。
  2. the teeming streets of the city 熙熙攘攘的城市街道
29 concise dY5yx     
adj.简洁的,简明的
参考例句:
  1. The explanation in this dictionary is concise and to the point.这部词典里的释义简明扼要。
  2. I gave a concise answer about this.我对于此事给了一个简要的答复。
30 enthralling b491b0cfdbf95ce2c84d3fe85b18f2cb     
迷人的
参考例句:
  1. There will be an enthralling race tomorrow. 明天会有场吸引人的比赛。
  2. There was something terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence. 在这样地施加影响时,令人感到销魂夺魄。
31 daunting daunting     
adj.使人畏缩的
参考例句:
  1. They were faced with the daunting task of restoring the house.他们面临着修复房子的艰巨任务。
  2. Starting a new job can be a daunting prospect.开始一项新工作有时会让人望而却步。
32 hairpin gryzei     
n.簪,束发夹,夹发针
参考例句:
  1. She stuck a small flower onto the front of her hairpin.她在发簪的前端粘了一朵小花。
  2. She has no hairpin because her hair is short.因为她头发短,所以没有束发夹。
33 muses 306ea415b7f016732e8a8cee3311d579     
v.沉思,冥想( muse的第三人称单数 );沉思自语说(某事)
参考例句:
  1. We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe. 欧洲那种御用的诗才,我们已经听够了。 来自辞典例句
  2. Shiki muses that this is, at least, probably the right atmosphere. 志贵觉得这至少是正确的气氛。 来自互联网
34 alpine ozCz0j     
adj.高山的;n.高山植物
参考例句:
  1. Alpine flowers are abundant there.那里有很多高山地带的花。
  2. Its main attractions are alpine lakes and waterfalls .它以高山湖泊和瀑布群为主要特色。
35 adroitly adroitly     
adv.熟练地,敏捷地
参考例句:
  1. He displayed the cigarette holder grandly on every occasion and had learned to manipulate it adroitly. 他学会了一套用手灵巧地摆弄烟嘴的动作,一有机会就要拿它炫耀一番。 来自辞典例句
  2. The waitress passes a fine menu to Molly who orders dishes adroitly. 女服务生捧来菜单递给茉莉,后者轻车熟路地点菜。 来自互联网
36 sketches 8d492ee1b1a5d72e6468fd0914f4a701     
n.草图( sketch的名词复数 );素描;速写;梗概
参考例句:
  1. The artist is making sketches for his next painting. 画家正为他的下一幅作品画素描。
  2. You have to admit that these sketches are true to life. 你得承认这些素描很逼真。 来自《简明英汉词典》
37 villa xHayI     
n.别墅,城郊小屋
参考例句:
  1. We rented a villa in France for the summer holidays.我们在法国租了一幢别墅消夏。
  2. We are quartered in a beautiful villa.我们住在一栋漂亮的别墅里。
38 Nazis 39168f65c976085afe9099ea0411e9a5     
n.(德国的)纳粹党员( Nazi的名词复数 );纳粹主义
参考例句:
  1. The Nazis worked them over with gun butts. 纳粹分子用枪托毒打他们。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. The Nazis were responsible for the mass murder of Jews during World War Ⅱ. 纳粹必须为第二次世界大战中对犹太人的大屠杀负责。 来自《简明英汉词典》
39 informative 6QczZ     
adj.提供资料的,增进知识的
参考例句:
  1. The adverts are not very informative.这些广告并没有包含太多有用信息。
  2. This intriguing book is both thoughtful and informative.这本引人入胜的书既有思想性又富知识性。
40 baker wyTz62     
n.面包师
参考例句:
  1. The baker bakes his bread in the bakery.面包师在面包房内烤面包。
  2. The baker frosted the cake with a mixture of sugar and whites of eggs.面包师在蛋糕上撒了一层白糖和蛋清的混合料。
41 joints d97dcffd67eca7255ca514e4084b746e     
接头( joint的名词复数 ); 关节; 公共场所(尤指价格低廉的饮食和娱乐场所) (非正式); 一块烤肉 (英式英语)
参考例句:
  1. Expansion joints of various kinds are fitted on gas mains. 各种各样的伸缩接头被安装在煤气的总管道上了。
  2. Expansion joints of various kinds are fitted on steam pipes. 各种各样的伸缩接头被安装在蒸气管道上了。
42 deteriorate Zm8zW     
v.变坏;恶化;退化
参考例句:
  1. Do you think relations between China and Japan will continue to deteriorate?你认为中日关系会继续恶化吗?
  2. He held that this would only cause the situation to deteriorate further.他认为,这只会使局势更加恶化。
43 sanctuary iCrzE     
n.圣所,圣堂,寺庙;禁猎区,保护区
参考例句:
  1. There was a sanctuary of political refugees behind the hospital.医院后面有一个政治难民的避难所。
  2. Most countries refuse to give sanctuary to people who hijack aeroplanes.大多数国家拒绝对劫机者提供庇护。
44 mired 935ae3511489bb54f133ac0b7f3ff484     
abbr.microreciprocal degree 迈尔德(色温单位)v.深陷( mire的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The country was mired in recession. 这个国家陷入了经济衰退的困境。
  2. The most brilliant leadership can be mired in detail. 最有才干的领导也会陷于拘泥琐事的困境中。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
45 inspector q6kxH     
n.检查员,监察员,视察员
参考例句:
  1. The inspector was interested in everything pertaining to the school.视察员对有关学校的一切都感兴趣。
  2. The inspector was shining a flashlight onto the tickets.查票员打着手电筒查看车票。
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