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Malcolm Bradbury (1932–2000)

Autor/a de The History Man

60+ obres 5,149 Membres 41 Ressenyes 14 preferits

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A professor of English literature and American studies who has published numerous critical works, Malcolm Bradbury is also a novelist whose protagonists are academics who make muddles of their personal and professional lives. He maintains that his main concern is to explore problems and dilemmas of mostra'n més liberalism and issues of moral responsibility. The targets of Bradbury's satires include intellectual pretension, cultural myopia, and official smugness. His protagonists are largely sympathetic, if comic, failures at mastering their own fates in a world of absurd rules and regulations. His major novels include Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), and The History Man (1975). This last, a novel of intellectual and political conflict at an English university in the late 1960s, was made into a successful television minidrama. More recent novels include Rates of Exchange (1983) and Cuts (1987). (Bowker Author Biography) Malcolm Bradbury is a novelist, critic, television dramatist, & satirist. His many books include "Rates of Exchange", which was short-listed for the Booker Prize, & "The Modern American Novel". (Publisher Provided) mostra'n menys

Obres de Malcolm Bradbury

The History Man (1975) 820 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Editor — 423 exemplars
Eating People Is Wrong (1959) 409 exemplars
The Atlas of Literature (1996) — Editor — 394 exemplars
Rates of Exchange (1983) 318 exemplars
To the Hermitage (2000) 296 exemplars
Doctor Criminale (1992) 185 exemplars
Stepping Westward (1965) 155 exemplars
Cuts (1987) 143 exemplars
Cold Comfort Farm [1995 film] (1995) — Screenplay — 122 exemplars
Who Do You Think You Are? (1976) 102 exemplars
The Modern British Novel (1993) 85 exemplars
Unsent Letters (1988) 80 exemplars
Why Come to Slaka? (1986) 41 exemplars
No, Not Bloomsbury (1987) 35 exemplars
Present Laughter: Anthology of Modern Comic Fiction (1994) — Editor — 34 exemplars
New Writing 1 (1992) — Editor — 15 exemplars
New Writing 2 (1993) — Editor — 8 exemplars
E.M.Forster: a Passage to India (Casebook) (1970) — Editor — 6 exemplars
Inspector Morse 32: The Wench Is Dead [Videorecording] (2003) — Screenplay — 6 exemplars
Evelyn Waugh (1964) 5 exemplars
New Writing {sets} 3 exemplars
Victorian poetry (1972) 2 exemplars
Composition 1 exemplars

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El gran Gatsby (1925) — Introducció, algunes edicions70,269 exemplars
La revolta dels animals (1945) — Introducció, algunes edicions58,420 exemplars
Catch-22 (1961) — Introducció, algunes edicions39,178 exemplars
Un adéu a les armes (1929) — Introducció, algunes edicions21,866 exemplars
A Room with a view (1908)algunes edicions10,905 exemplars
The Red Badge of Courage (1894) — Editor, algunes edicions10,845 exemplars
Howards End (1910) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions8,560 exemplars
Crome Yellow (1921) — Introducció, algunes edicions1,964 exemplars
Parade's End (1925) — Introducció, algunes edicions1,704 exemplars
Scenes from Provincial Life and Scenes from Metropolitan Life (1950) — Introducció, algunes edicions48 exemplars
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars


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I tried for more than 200 pages on this book but I could not get into it. I'm even obsessed with Russia and visiting this May but my interest was not held. The writing was well-done but I didn't care what happened to anyone...too many books on my TBR pile to stick with one that bores me.
sgwordy | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Dec 31, 2022 |
If you're amused by stories centred on women's breasts (David Lodge) or about compulsive masturbation (Martin Amis), if you'd be intrigued by an author's language deficit ( Malcom Lowry), i if you think writing is nothing without hard-gained metaphors and the personal touch* (example from Angela Carter biut a fair few of the stories have those qualities) , if you would welcome reminders that even the most competent woman can be a victim imprisoned by a man's sharp glance and failure to share housework (Fay Weldon's tale of elective martyrdom) and that Chinese people dress in silly clothes and are incapable of speaking English properly** (Malcolm Bradbury), well, then, this is the book for you.
I read at least the first few pages and far more often all of each sory but gave up on one because it was unreadable and on several others because the writing inspired no confidence in the author and/or because they bored me so. Only one of the stories seemed in any way original (and that, not by a British author), some were enjoyable, and none was memorable.

Malcom Bradbury was also the editor of this book. And as should be apparent from the quote below he obviously shares the not-uncommon casual English attitude of superiority to other peoples. Not surprising then that he he appropriates non-British authors from a formerly-occupied country for the anthology. To call Beckett, Edna O'Brien, William Trevor British is not just wrong: it's wrong and offensive.

*Of walking in a city at night: 'And I moved through these expressionist perspectives in my black dress as though I was the creator of all and of myself, too, in a black dress, in love, crying, walking through the city in the third person singular my own herione, as though the world had stretched out from my eye lke spokes from a sensitized hub that galvanized all to life when I looked at it.'

** 'The little oriental who met him stands there, in shortie pyjamas. "You must close lindow . Water coming . . . into my loom. . . Also, offplint of article for loo to lead." ' ( I must acknowledge though that 'loo' for 'you' though is admirable writersmanship,)
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bluepiano | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Sep 7, 2022 |
An entertaining read, but can't say it's a character type I really recognise in recent academic environments, even if the social dimensions remain.
sfj2 | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Mar 15, 2022 |
This one is written pleasantly enough, but it has not aged well. In "Rates of Exchange," our hero, a professor who deBy als with less-than-pressing linguistic controversies at a third-rate British university, finds himself somewhat adrift during a two-week visit to an invented but vaguely Balkan Soviet satellite. Adventures with an irresponsible Foreign Office couple, an alluring, vaguely hippie-ish dissident writer, and, inevitably, his official guide, who easily slots herself into the role of a strict-but-fond mother, follow. By the time that this one came out, I can't imagine that most of the satire here hit too hard, and the dissident writer's impassioned paean to creative spontaneity seems a trifle romantic in the second decade in the twenty-first century. One gets the idea that "Rates of Exchange" is supposed to be about one rather bored British man's reawakening after a quiet midlife crisis, but Pettworth, our protagonist, is seldom interesting enough to sustain our interest, even in that context. How he manages to attract the amorous attentions of the Eastern European women he meets is another question without any real answers, though the relationship between him and his guide is left ambiguous enough -- and drawn well enough -- to give us a reason to keep reading. "Rates of Exchange" is good enough for a plane or a beach, but only just. Thank God I read it in quarantine.… (més)
TheAmpersand | Jan 30, 2022 |



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