« Marina Lewycka fait partie, au même titre que Hanif Kureishi, de ces auteurs anglais qui ont une réflexion profondément humaine sur le déracinement... Sa finesse la préserve de nous donner aucune autre leçon que celles de l'humour et de l'amour. » Elle Berthold Sidebottom, acteur divorcé et au chômage (qui partage son anniversaire avec George Clooney), habite avec sa mère, Lily, et son perroquet, dans un HLM à Londres. Quand Lily meurt subitement, Bertie doit se battre pour garder l'appartement, considéré trop grand pour un seul occupant. Il décide alors d'adopter Inna, une vieille dame d'origine ukrainienne rencontrée à l'hôpital.Londres au XXIe siècle est un lieu riche de langues - que ce soit l'ukrainien, le russe, le swahili ou le jargon managérial de gestionnaires de logement social. Un lieu où les maris désertent les foyers et où les conseillers municipaux sacrifient des cerisaies sur l'autel de nouvelles constructions. Un lieu où la vie, l'amour et la mort côtoient les aléas du monde actuel quand on ne s'appelle pas George Clooney. Traduit de l'anglais par Sabine Porte
« On a rarement vu un sujet aussi sérieux traité de façon aussi réjouissante. » The Economist Sous prétexte de vouloir rendre officiel leur amour, Marcus et Doro, deux hippies vieillissants, veulent réunir leurs anciens camarades de la communauté dans laquelle ils ont vécu pendant vingt ans. Réunion qui amène les enfants, Oolie-Anna, Clara et Serge, à réévaluer l'idéal de leurs parents. Atteinte de trisomie, Oolie-Anna aimerait bien tenter l'amour libre, comme sa mère. Clara, l'institutrice, rêve de salles de bains impeccables, alors qu'elle s'occupe chaque jour d'enfants défavorisés qui sentent l'urine et la graisse. Serge a complètement rejeté l'utopie des hippies. Trader à la City, alors qu'il dit à ses parents qu'il termine une thèse de mathématiques, il prend de plus en plus de risques sur un marché financier instable. Malgré les différences de moralité et de valeurs entre les générations, c'est parti pour une réunion de traders, hippies et hamsters. Marina Lewycka est née à la fin de la guerre, de parents ukrainiens, dans un camp de réfugiés à Kiel, en Allemagne. Elle a grandi ensuite en Angleterre et vit à Sheffield. Son premier roman, Une brève histoire du tracteur en Ukraine, a été un best-seller international, lauréat du prix Bollinger de la comédie et sélectionné pour le prix Man Booker.
« Ce roman, à l'humour so british, trépidant comme un film de série, est une joyeuse pépite. » Le Monde des Livres Georgie a le moral en berne : son mari vient de la quitter et elle a pris du retard pour rendre ses articles à la revue Les Adhésifs dans le monde moderne. Mais quand elle rencontre Mrs Shapiro, une vieille émigrée juive excentrique qui fourrage dans sa benne à ordures, une solide amitié se noue. Peu après, Mrs Shapiro est admise à l'hôpital et Georgie, attachée à sa nouvelle amie, prend en charge sa grande bâtisse en ruine. Flanquée de sept chats malodorants, de trois artisans incompétents et de deux agents immobiliers véreux, elle découvre le passé de Mrs Shapiro et de sa maison. Elle se rend compte combien les êtres humains sont soumis aux lois chimiques de l'adhésion, et combien ils sont accrochés les uns aux autres par des liens qui se tissent tout au long de la vie. Marina Lewycka est née à la fin de la guerre, de parents ukrainiens, dans un camp de réfugiés à Kiel, en Allemagne. Elle a grandi ensuite en Angleterre et vit à Sheffield. Son premier roman, Une brève histoire du tracteur en Ukraine, a été un best-seller international, lauréat du prix Bollinger de la comédie et sélectionné pour le prix Man Booker.
Marina Lewycka explores the clash of the generations in one extremely colourful family in her comic novel Various Pets Alive and Dead.
For twenty years Doro and Marcus lived in a commune, convinced lentils and free love would change the world. They didn't. What they did do was give their children a terror of radicalism, dirt, cooking rotas and poverty. Their daughter Clara wants nothing less conformist than her own, clean bathroom. Their son Serge hides the awkward fact that he's a banker earning loadsamoney. So when Doro and Marcus spring a surprise on their kids - just as the world is rocked in ways they always wished for - the family is forced to confront some thorny truths about themselves . . .
'Made me laugh at least once every chapter. Lewycka's fiction is unlike anything else around at present. The warmth of its zest, its blend of quirky, humane comedy and intellectual seriousness make this a novel to treasure' New Statesman 'Wonderfully funny, inventive and witty. Fizzes along from beginning to end' Daily Express 'Hilarious. Lewycka's trademark humour is present in abundance . . . she is not only witty but astute. A charming, beautifully observed novel' Independent on Sunday 'Every bit as funny as A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian' Good Housekeeping Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novelsTwo Caravans (published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada) and We Are All Made of Glue are also available from Penguin.
Two Caravans is the hilarious and engaging second novel from bestselling author Marina Lewycka.
A field of strawberries in Kent...
And sitting in it are two caravans - one for the men and one for the women. The residents are from all over: miner's son Andriy is from the old Ukraine, while sexy young Irina is from the new: they each other warily. There are the Poles, Tomasz and Yola; two Chinese girls; and Emauel from Malawi. They're all here to pick strawberries in England's green and pleasant land.
But these days England's not so pleasant for immigrants. Not with Russian gangster-wannabes like Vulk, who's taken a shine to Irina and thinks kidnapping is a wooing strategy. And so Andriy - who really doesn't fancy Irina, honest - must set off in search of that girl he's not in love with.
'Immensely appealing. All but sings with zest for life...could hardly be more engaging, shrewd and winningly perceptive' Sunday Times 'Extremely funny, closely observed insights, scenes of farce, tragedy and horror' The Times Literary Supplement 'Hilarious and horrifying, Two Caravans is funny, clever and well observed' Guardian Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels We Are All Made of Glue and Various Pets Alive and Dead are also available from Penguin. Two Caravans is published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada.
We Are All Made of Glue is the wickedly funny third novel from bestselling author Marina Lewycka.
Georgie Sinclair's life is coming unstuck. Her husband's left her. Her son's obsessed with the End of the World. And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related.
Or so the hospital informs her when Mrs Shapiro has an accident and names Georgie next of kin. This, however, is not a case of a quick ward visit: Mrs Shapiro has a large rickety house full of stinky cats that needs looking after and that a pair of estate agents seem intent on swindling from her. Plus there are the 'Uselesses' trying to repair it (uselessly). Then there's social worker who wants to put her in a nursing home. Not to mention some letters that point to a mysterious, painful past.
As Georgie tries her best to put Mrs Shapiro's life back together somehow she much stop her own from falling apart. . .
'Vibrant dialogue, a family meltdown, a clash of cultures and a wonderful cast of expertly observed characters. Pure laugh-out-loud social comedy' Daily Mail 'Excellent, irresistible' Scotland on Sunday 'Hilarious. A big-hearted confection of the comic and the poignant' Literary Review 'A big, bustling novel, told with enthusiasm by a narrator who is warm, winningly disaster-prone and, crucially, believable' Spectator Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels Two Caravans (published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada) and Various Pets Alive and Dead are also available from Penguin.
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is bestselling author Marina Lewycka's hilarious and award winning debut novel.
'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcée. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside.' Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth.
But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget . . .
'It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right . . . Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer' Time Out 'Hugely enjoyable...yields a golden harvest of family truths' Daily Telegraph 'Delightful, funny, touching' Spectator Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels Two Caravans (published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada), We Are All Made of Glue and Various Pets Alive and Dead are also available from Penguin.
Marina Lewycka returns to the characters from A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, with a hilarious erotic twist, in this laugh-out-loud short story, A Shorter History of Tractors in Ukrainian with Handcuffs.
'Ever since she'd first read Sherlock Holmes, Laura Carter had dreamed of being a detective . . . Books were both her escape and her guilty pleasure, which eased her through the boring days and enlivened the nights when her husband was too tired for love. She devoured everything from Proust to Harry Potter, from James Joyce to EL James, she adored detective stories, but maybe her favourite author was Marina Lewycka, whose A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian had strangely echoed a case she had once worked on.' Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany, after the war, grew up in England and lives in Sheffield. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker and won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award. Her second novel, Two Caravans, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Two Caravans, We Are All Made of Glue and Marina's fourth novel, Various Pets Alive and Dead, are all available in Penguin.
'Lively . . . a joy to read' - The TimesFrom the bestselling author of A Short History of Tractors in UkrainianNorth London in the twenty-first century: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital to impersonate his dear departed mother, rather than lose the council flat.A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker or put up with champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you.A place rich in language - whether it's Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili or buxom housing officers talking managementese.A place where husbands go absent without leave and councillors sacrifice cherry orchards at the altar of new builds.Marina Lewycka is back in this hilarious, farcical, tender novel of modern issues and manners.
Georgie Sinclair's husband has walked out; her sixteen-year-old son is busy surfing born-again websites; and all those overdue articles for Adhesives in the Modern World are getting her down. So when Georgie spots Mrs. Shapiro, an eccentric old Jewish émigré neighbour with an eye for a bargain and a fondness for matchmaking, rummaging through her garbage in the middle of the night, it's just the distraction she needs and a firm friendship is formed over the reduced-price shelf at the supermarket. Then Mrs. Shapiro is admitted to hospital and to Georgie's surprise, she is named as her next of kin. As Georgie steps in to help her new friend sort out her semi-derelict mansion in Highbury, she finds herself unravelling a mystery that takes her from Highbury to wartime Europe to the Middle East, and learning a bit about DIY along the way.
With this wise, tender, and deeply funny novel, Marina Lewycka takes her place alongside Zadie Smith and Monica Ali as a writer who can capture the unchanging verities of family. When an elderly and newly widowed Ukrainian immigrant announces his intention to remarry, his daughters must set aside their longtime feud to thwart him. For their fathers intended is a voluptuous old-country gold digger with a proclivity for green satin underwear and an appetite for the good life of the West. As the hostilities mount and family secrets spill out, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian combines sex, bitchiness, wit, and genuine warmth in its celebration of the pleasure of growing old disgracefully.