« J'avais commencé à «hiberner» tant bien que mal à la mi-juin de l'an 2000. J'avais vingt-six ans. Très vite, j'ai pris des cachets à haute dose et je dormais jour et nuit, avec des pauses de deux à trois heures. Je trouvais ça bien. Je faisais enfin quelque chose qui comptait vraiment. Le sommeil me semblait productif. ».
Jeune, belle, riche, fraîchement diplômée de l'université de Columbia, la narratrice de ce roman décide de tout plaquer pour entamer une longue hibernation en s'assommant de somnifères. Avec les tribulations de cette Oblomov de la génération Y qui somnole d'un bout à l'autre du récit, Ottessa Moshfegh s'attaque à sa manière, lucide et pleine d'humour, aux travers de son temps.
Une femme se souvient avec un cynisme minutieux de la semaine qui a fait basculer sa vie cinquante ans plus tôt. En 1964, alors âgée de vingt-quatre ans, elle vit avec son père alcoolique dans une maison délabrée, près de Boston, et travaille comme agent d'accueil dans une prison pour délinquants mineurs. Elle subit cette existence sinistre avec un mélange d'impuissance, de colère et de haine contre elle-même surtout. L'arrivée d'une fascinante jeune femme fraîche émoulue de Harvard et chargée de mission auprès des détenus joue un rôle de détonateur.Un roman à la construction rigoureuse et à l'écriture incisive, où la tension devient peu à peu insoutenable.Une magistrale étude de caractère, marquée par la soif de liberté, la cruauté et la revanche sociale. Macha Séry, Le Monde des livres.Un compte à rebours orchestré de main de maître. Laetitia Favro, Le Journal du dimanche.Prix PEN/Hemingway Award et finaliste du Man Booker Prize.Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Françoise du Sorbier.
''When I''d slept enough, I''d be okay. I''d be renewed, reborn.'' This is the story of a woman with no name. Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. Yet she longs to lose herself completely. It''s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a savagely funny novel of a woman looking out from the abyss. Meet ten of literature''s most iconic heroines, jacketed in bold portraits by female photographers from around the world.
B>b>Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by: /b>b>The Washington Post/b>b>, /b>b>Vogue/b>b>, /b>b>Marie Claire/b>b>, /b>b>Entertainment Weekly/b>b>, The Millions, /b>b>New York Magazine/b>b>, /b>b>Paste Magazine/b>b>, LitHub, E! News Online, and many more/b>br>br>From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds an ominous note on a walk in the woods./b>br>br>While on her daily walk with her dog in a secluded woods, a woman comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground by stones. "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn''t me. Here is her dead body." But there is no dead body. Our narrator is deeply shaken; she has no idea what to make of this. She is new to this area, alone after the death of her husband, and she knows no one.br>br>Becoming obsessed with solving this mystery, our narrator imagines who Magda was and how she met her fate. With very little to go on, she invents a list of murder suspects and possible motives for the crime. Oddly, her suppositions begin to find correspondences in the real world, and with mounting excitement and dread, the fog of mystery starts to fade into menacing certainty. As her investigation widens, strange dissonances accrue, perhaps associated with the darkness in her own past; we must face the prospect that there is either an innocent explanation for all this or a much more sinister one.br>br>A triumphant blend of horror, suspense, and pitch-black comedy, Death in Her Hands asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both reflect the truth and keep us blind to it. Once again, we are in the hands of a narrator whose unreliability is well earned, and the stakes have never been higher.
There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful - and often even weirdly hilarious. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet; all yearning for connection and betterment, in very different ways, but each of them seems destined to be tripped up by their own baser impulses. What makes these stories so moving is the emotional balance that Moshfegh achieves - the way she exposes the limitless range of self-deception that human beings can employ while, at the same time, infusing the grotesque and outrageous with tenderness and compassion. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful, but beauty comes from strange sources, and the dark energy surging through these stories is oddly and powerfully invigorating.
One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, she shows us uncomfortable things, and makes us look at them forensically - until we find, suddenly, that we are really looking at ourselves.
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017 An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time "I cant recall the last time I laughed this hard at a book. Simultaneously, Im shocked and scandalized. Shes brilliant, this young woman."--David Sedaris Ottessa Moshfegh's debut novel Eileen was one of the literary events of 2015. Garlanded with critical acclaim, it was named a book of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle , nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is particularly held in awe for her short stories. Homesick for Another World is the rare case where an author's short story collection is if anything more anticipated than her novel. And for good reason. There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another World is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our Flannery O'Connor, and Homesick for Another World is her Everything That Rises Must Converge or A Good Man is Hard to Find . The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources. And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We're in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick.
Entertainment Weeklys #1 Book of 2018 A New York Times Notable Book and Times Critics' Top Books of 2018 The New York Times bestseller. From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes. Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers. Named a Best Book of the Year by: The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Amazon ,Vice, Bustle , The New York Times , The Guardian , Kirkus Reviews , Entertainment Weekly , The AV Club, & Audible