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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
Winner of the William Dean Howells Medal
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Over One Year on the New York Times Bestseller List
A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
"The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period." —Ann Patchett
The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.
On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman–who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister–is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.
Set against the Platte River's massive spring migrations–one of the greatest spectacles in nature–The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation.
The Echo Maker is the winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction.
A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted -- and divided -- family, set against the backdrop of postwar America
On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish émigré scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and--against all odds and better judgment--they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped in song. But their three children must survive America's brutal here and now. Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth grow up during the Civil Rights era, come of age in the violent 1960s, and live out adulthood in the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, "whose voice could make heads of state repent," follows a life in his parents' beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, chooses a militant activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generational tale, struggles to remain connected to them both.
The Time of Our Singing is a story of self-invention, allegiance, race, cultural ownership, the compromised power of music, and the tangled loops of time that rewrite all belonging.
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Overstory, an emotionally charged novel inspired by the myth of Orpheus.
"Bravo, Richard Powers, for hitting so many high notes with Orfeo and contributing to the fraction of books that really matter." —Heller McAlpin, NPR
In Orfeo, composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab—the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns—has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive and hatches a plan to transform this disastrous collision with the security state into an unforgettable work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around it.
After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2—Richard Powers—returns to the United States as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer-based neural networks. Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race, and reason for exisiting.
FROM THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD–WINNING AUTHOR OF THE ECHO MAKER, A PLAYFUL AND PROVOCATIVE NOVEL ABOUT THE DISCOVERY OF THE HAPPINESS GENE
When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm? Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals. Might her condition be hyperthymia? Hypomania? Russell's amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld, who also falls under Thassa's spell. Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness.
Russell and Candace, now lovers, fail to protect Thassa from the growing media circus. Thassa's congenital optimism is soon severely tested. Devoured by the public as a living prophecy, her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton, as well as the country at large.
What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness? Who will own the patent? Do we dare revise our own temperaments? Funny, fast, and finally magical, Generosity celebrates both science and the freed imagination. In his most exuberant book yet, Richard Powers asks us to consider the big questions facing humankind as we begin to rewrite our own existence.
A dazzling new novel by the author of Galatea 2.2 and Gain
In a digital laboratory on the shores of Puget Sound, a band of virtual-reality researchers races to complete the Cavern, an empty white room that can become a jungle, a painting, or a vast Byzantine cathedral. In a war-torn Mediterranean city, an American is held hostage, chained to a radiator in another empty white room. What can possibly join these two remote places? Only the shared imagination, a room that these people unwittingly build in common, where they are all about to meet.
Adie Klarpol, a skilled but disillusioned artist, comes back to life, revived by the thrill of working with cutting-edge technology. Against the collapse of Cold War empires and the fall of the Berlin Wall, she retreats dangerously into the cyber-realities she has been hired to create. On the other side of the globe, Taimur Martin, an English teacher recovering from a failed love affair, is picked up off the streets in Beirut by Islamic fundamentalists and held in solitary captivity.
A mesmerizing fiction that explores the imagination's power to both destroy and save, Plowing the Dark recasts the rules of the novel and stands as Richard Powers's most daring work to date.
Si los árboles pudieran hablar, ¿qué nos dirían?
GANADOR DEL PREMIO PULITZER 2019 - FINALISTA DEL PREMIO MAN BOOKER 2018
Un jefe de carga de las Fuerzas Aéreas en Vietnam sale disparado por el cielo y se salva al caer sobre un baniano. Un artista hereda cien años de retratos fotográficos, todos del mismo castaño americano maldito. Una universitaria juerguista se electrocuta a finales de los ochenta, muere y regresa a la vida gracias a unas criaturas de aire y luz. Una científica con problemas de oído y de habla descubre que los árboles se comunican entre sí. Estos cuatro personajes y otros cinco desconocidos más, todos ellos convocados por los árboles de diferentes modos, se reúnen en una última y violenta batalla para salvar los pocos acres de bosque virgen que quedan en el continente americano. Un relato arrollador y exaltado sobre el activismo y la resistencia, que es también una deslumbrante evocación, y una alabanza, del mundo natural.
Desde las raíces hasta las copas y de vuelta a las semillas, El clamor de los bosques, ambientada en varias épocas, se desarrolla en círculos concéntricos de fábulas entrelazadas y explora el conflicto esencial de nuestro planeta: el que tiene lugar entre humanos y no humanos. Existe un mundo al lado del nuestro, un mundo extenso, lento, interconectado, lleno de recursos, ingenioso al máximo y casi invisible para nosotros.
Esta es la historia de un grupo de personas que aprenden a ver ese mundo y que forman parte su paulatina catástrofe. El clamor de los bosques es un libro para todos los lectores que han dejado de creer en la separación autoimpuesta entre la humanidad y el resto de la creación, y que aguardan la posibilidad transformadora y regeneradora de un regreso al hogar. Si los árboles de este planeta pudieran hablar, ¿qué nos dirían? «Escucha. Hay algo que debes oír».
Dalla motivazione del Premio Pulitzer 2019 per la Narrativa: “Un romanzo dalla costruzione geniale, rigoglioso e ramificato come gli alberi di cui racconta: la meraviglia della loro interazione evoca quella degli uomini che vi vivono accanto.”
Miglior libro del 2018 per The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews.
Premio Pulitzer 2019, Gran Prix de Littérature Américaine 2018, finalista al Booker Prize 2019, finalista al PEN/Jean Stein Book Award 2019.
“Se Richard Powers fosse uno scrittore del diciannovesimo secolo chi sarebbe? Herman Melville e avrebbe scritto Moby Dick.” Margaret Atwood
“Un capolavoro, un romanzo straordinario.” Kirkus Reviews
“Un romanzo monumentale.” The New York Times Book Review
“Il miglior romanzo mai scritto sugli alberi, uno dei romanzi
più belli dell’ultimo decennio.” Ann Patchett
“Un libro straordinario, stupefacente.” The Guardian