Have you read the novel everyone is talking about about? Stoner : the 2013 surprise international bestseller
WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013
'It's the most marvellous discovery for everyone who loves literature' Ian McEwan, BBC Radio 4
Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer in 2013 translations of Stoner began appearing on bestseller lists across Europe. Forty-eight years after its first, quiet publication in the US, Stoner is finally finding the wide and devoted readership it deserves. Have you read it yet?
William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely.
Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.
"I was stunned by it... It s beautifully written in simple but brilliant prose, a novel of an ordinary life, an examination of a quiet tragedy, the work of a great but little-known writer" Ruth Rendell Guardian
The lost literary classic that re-emerged in recent years after the endorsement of Tom Hanks, Nick Hornby and many others is available with an introduction from John McGahern here. The melancholic story of a man from a rural background's immersion in literature, love and academia, originally published in 1965.
John Williams wurde 1922 in Texas geboren. Trotz seiner Begabung brach er sein Studium ab. Widerstrebend beteiligte er sich an den Kriegsvorbereitungen der Amerikaner und wurde Mitglied des Army Air Corps. Während dieser Zeit entstand die Erstfassung seines ersten Romans, der später von einem kleinen Verlag publiziert wurde. Williams erlangte an der University of Denver seinen Master. 1954 kehrte er als Dozent an diese Universität zurück und lehrte dort bis zu seiner Emeritierung 1985. Er veröffentlichte zahlreiche Gedichtbände und Romane.