tirsdag den 29. november 2016

Autumn, Ali Smith


Autumn, Ali Smith. Penguin Random House 2016. 5/6 


Autumn er den første post-Brexit roman, og den er den første roman i en serie af fire sæsonbaserede romaner, som undersøger vores forståelse af tid. Romanen følger to mennesker: den ældre Daniel Gluck og den yngre Elisabeth Demand. Han er indlagt på et hospital, hvor han drømmer om ungdommen, mens hun er ung, men sidder fast i et system og i et land, som konstant arbejder imod hende.

Romanen springer frem og tilbage i tiden, og via en række flashblacks lærer vi hvordan, de to møder hinanden i 1993, da Elisabeth stadig blot er et barn. De to udvikler et unikt og tæt forhold til hinanden, og Daniel introducerer blandt andet Elisabeth for Pauline Boty, en virkelig pop-art kunstner, som blev både glemt og ignoreret. På en måde bliver Pauline Boty et symbol på, hvordan tid og mennesker kan få os til at glemme og ignorere fortiden, og hvordan det medfører, at vi gentager vores fejl igen og igen. Brexit er hele tiden en stor del af romanens baggrund, og de omkringstående karakterer virker alle lettere skræmte og deres ansigter fremstår tomme. 

There is no point in making up a world, Elisabeth said, when there's already a real world. There's just the world, and there's the truth about the world.  

Sproget er hurtigt og minder ofte meget om en tankestrøm. Det er simpelt, men på samme tid er det tætpakket af tunge tanker. Til at starte med blev jeg fanget af de skønne beskrivelser af Daniels drømme, men min fascination skiftede hurtigt fokus og flyttede sig over på Elisabeth og hendes liv og frustrationer og skyggen af Brexit.

Language is like poppies. It just takes something to churn the earth round them up, and when it does up come the sleeping words, bright red, fresh, blowing about. Then the seedbeds rattle, the seeds fall out. Then there's even more language waiting to come up.

Jeg elskede simpelheden, legen med ord, formuleringer og fantasien, og jeg glæder mig allerede til den næste!


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Autumn is the very first post-Brexit novel, and it is also the first in a series of four seasonal novels that explore the nature of time. The novel follows two people: the old Daniel Gluck and the young Elisabeth Demand. He is hospitalised and weak, dreaming of youth, while she is young but stuck in a system and country, that seems to defy her. 

The novel jumps back and forth in time and we slowly learn how the two met back in 1993, when Elizabeth was still just a child. The two quickly develop a very unique and strong relationship, and Daniel introduces Elisabeth to the art of Pauline Boty, a real pop-art artist, who was forgotten and ignored by the people and time. In a way Pauline Boty becomes the symbol of how time makes us forget and ignore the past and how it leads to us repeating our mistakes over and over again. The presence of the EU referendum is constantly luring in the background and the surrounding characters all seem slightly scared and blank-faced.

There is no point in making up a world, Elisabeth said, when there's already a real world. There's just the world, and there's the truth about the world.  

The pace of the language is quick, often similar to the stream of consciousness. It is simple, yet dense with heavy thoughts. At first I was captured by the beauty of Daniel's dreams, but my fascination quickly grew and expanded to an interest in Elisabeth's life and frustrations and the underlying theme of Brexit. 

Language is like poppies. It just takes something to churn the earth round them up, and when it does up come the sleeping words, bright red, fresh, blowing about. Then the seedbeds rattle, the seeds fall out. Then there's even more language waiting to come up.

I loved this novel for its simplicity and its play with words and the imagination, and I can't wait to read the next one. 



1 kommentar:

  1. Hvor er det en faktastisk forside/desigen!
    Og den lyder bestemt som en jeg skal havde kigget nærmer på.

    - Louise

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