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Die Fotografin: Die vielen Leben der Amory Clay (2015 original; edició 2016)

de William Boyd (Autor), Patricia Klobusiczky (Übersetzer), Ulrike Thiesmeyer (Übersetzer)

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"When Amory Clay was born, in the decade before the Great War, her disappointed father gave her an androgynous name and announced the birth of a son. But this daughter was not one to let others define her; Amory became a woman who accepted no limits to what that could mean, and, from the time she picked up her first camera, one who would record her own version of events. Moving freely between London and New York, between photojournalism and fashion photography, and between the men who love her on complicated terms, Amory establishes her reputation as a risk taker and a passionate life traveler. Her hunger for experience draws her to the decadence of Weimar Berlin and the violence of London's blackshirt riots, to the Rhineland with Allied troops and into the political tangle of war-torn Vietnam. In her ambitious career, the seminal moments of the 20th century will become the unforgettable moments of her own biography, as well. In Sweet Caress, Amory Clay comes wondrously to life, her vibrant personality enveloping the reader from the start. And, running through the novel, her photographs over the decades allow us to experience this vast story not only with Amory's voice but with her vision. William Boyd's Sweet Caress captures an entire lifetime unforgettably within its pages. It captivates."--provided by publisher.… (més)
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Títol:Die Fotografin: Die vielen Leben der Amory Clay
Autors:William Boyd (Autor)
Altres autors:Patricia Klobusiczky (Übersetzer), Ulrike Thiesmeyer (Übersetzer)
Informació:Berlin Verlag (2016), 560 Seiten
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Sweet Caress de William Boyd (2015)

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A walk through the colourful life of Amory Clay. She is a professional photographer and an early assignment has her investigating the decadent, colourful, sexually liberated Berlin clubs of the early 1930s. There are passing glimpses of a future facist Germany that will soon spread its evil tentacles over an unsuspecting and sleepy world.
Back in London hosting an exhibition of her own work Amory is intrigued by the rise of Oswald Mosley and his facist followers identified and condemned by their famous black shirts. An unexpected and violent event occurs that changes Amory’s direction and focus.Through a number of casual sexual encounters she marries a soldier of the 2ndWW, a man deeply affected by his experiences resulting in an irreversible and permanent blackness with an inevitable sad conclusion. For a limited time she resides in New York until the disastrous American involvement in Vietnam demands her photographic skills.
William Boyd has a wonderful storytelling technique. He takes a life, an interesting life, and highlights the pivotal moments in that life, decisions taken, choices made, and consequences that followed. We are entertained, we are educated, we are party to the changing face of Germany, the slaughter of WW2 and the catastrophic decisions and campaigns that were the killing fields of Vietnam. ( )
  runner56 | Oct 17, 2020 |
A fictional autobiography of a fictional photographer who wrote her story in 1977 at 69 years old while living on a Hebridean island. Her career covered many significant happenings of the 20th century that Boyd perfectly merges with Amory's personal story. His novel is a tempestuous, sprawling story ranging from the scintillating 1920s Weimar culture of Berlin (the resulting photos were seized by police at an exhibition in London), to a brutal attack during a demonstration by Oswald Mosley's fascists. After a time in New York she returned to England to became a war photographer for the D-Day landings, and later in Vietnam. Boyd created an intense, complex, yet ultimately shallow character in a novel that despite the adventurous era manages to be bland and a shade too long. ( )
  VivienneR | Apr 29, 2020 |
Amory relates the story of her life, straddling as it does the twentieth century, from the First World War to the eighties.

Her father is mentally damaged from the First World War. Broad-minded Amory becomes a photographer, which allows her to travel the world from ‘30s Berlin, to war-torn Europe, to Vietnam. And the text is interspersed with found photos, adding a nice touch.

But I found Amory had such a modern voice that I couldn’t really believe I was reading a ‘true’ history. The past was a different place but I felt as though the modern character was parachuted into these vivid moments of the last century rather than being a changing product of them. ( )
  LARA335 | Feb 14, 2020 |
Compelling, engrossing, captivating, beguiling ( )
  Faradaydon | Sep 17, 2019 |
Amory Clay is a fictional woman professional photographer in the tumultuous 20th century. Born in 1908, coming of age in the 1920s, living through the depression, WWII, and Vietnam, photographing the times. From her retirement she looks back over her life, interweaving personal events with her documentation of world events.

Boyd enjoys blurring the lines of the real and fiction. The pages are sprinkled with real photos from the collection of the author, but which illustrate the story, giving faces to characters and character to events. Even the epigraph is attributed to a fictional character:

"However long your stay on this small planet lasts, and whatever happens during it, the most important thing is that - from time to time - you feel life's sweet caress."

I enjoyed reading this book. Amory was, in many ways, an average person - not particularly famous in her profession, but quite competent. She experienced life's ups and downs, but felt some sweet caresses, too. ( )
  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
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Quelle que soit la durée de votre séjour sur cette petite planète, et quoi qu’il vous advienne, le plus important c’est que vous puissiez – de temps en temps – sentir la caresse exquise de la vie.
(However long your stay on this small planet lasts, and whatever happens during it, the most important thing is that – from time to time – you feel life’s sweet caress.)
Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, Avis de passage (1957)
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"When Amory Clay was born, in the decade before the Great War, her disappointed father gave her an androgynous name and announced the birth of a son. But this daughter was not one to let others define her; Amory became a woman who accepted no limits to what that could mean, and, from the time she picked up her first camera, one who would record her own version of events. Moving freely between London and New York, between photojournalism and fashion photography, and between the men who love her on complicated terms, Amory establishes her reputation as a risk taker and a passionate life traveler. Her hunger for experience draws her to the decadence of Weimar Berlin and the violence of London's blackshirt riots, to the Rhineland with Allied troops and into the political tangle of war-torn Vietnam. In her ambitious career, the seminal moments of the 20th century will become the unforgettable moments of her own biography, as well. In Sweet Caress, Amory Clay comes wondrously to life, her vibrant personality enveloping the reader from the start. And, running through the novel, her photographs over the decades allow us to experience this vast story not only with Amory's voice but with her vision. William Boyd's Sweet Caress captures an entire lifetime unforgettably within its pages. It captivates."--provided by publisher.

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