• Bangkok déluge

    Pitchaya Sudbanthad

    • Rivages
    • 25 Août 2021

    Roman-monde pour une ville-monstre, «Bangkok Déluge »regarde Bangkok changer à travers le destin kaléidoscopique d'une dizaine de personnages plus attachants les uns que les autres. Du XIXe siècle des grandes découvertes à l'avenir des tempêtes climatiques qui guettent, autour d'une même maison hantée qui lui donne son axe, la ville se fait tour à tour piège et refuge, se réinventant en permanence sous les assauts de la modernité comme du ciel. Tentaculaire et limpide, porté par un souffle et une force motrice rares, le premier roman de Pitchaya Sundbanthad est un voyage, une expérience d'immersion totale.

  • "Recreates the experience of living in Thailand's aqueous climate so viscerally that you can feel the water rising around your ankles."--Ron Charles, Washington Post "Important, ambitious, and accomplished." --Mohsin Hamid, New York Times bestselling author of Exit West A missionary doctor pines for his native New England even as he succumbs to the vibrant chaos of nineteenth-century Siam. A post-World War II society woman marries, mothers, and holds court, little suspecting her solitary fate. A jazz pianist in the age of rock, haunted by his own ghosts, is summoned to appease the house's resident spirits. In the present, a young woman tries to outpace the long shadow of her political past. And in a New Krungthep yet to come, savvy teenagers row tourists past landmarks of the drowned old city they themselves do not remember. Time collapses as these lives collide and converge, linked by the forces voraciously making and remaking the amphibious, ever-morphing capital itself. Bangkok Wakes to Rain is an elegy for what time erases and a love song to all that persists, yearning, into the unknowable future.

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