« Tout le monde rêve. Si tu ne rêvais pas, tu deviendrais fou. J'ai lu des trucs là-dessus. C'est une soupape. Les gens rêvent quand ils dorment. Ou alors, ils deviennent dingues. Mais moi, quand je rêve, je rêve de vitamines. Tu comprends ce que je te dis ? »
Après Hemingway et Salinger, Carver s'impose comme le maître de la short story. En donnant la parole aux « gens normaux », il montre que chaque vie recèle un mystère que seule la littérature a le pouvoir de dévoiler.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Simone Hilling
Raymond Carver écrit des instants de vies, tracées au fusain comme des esquisses qui laisseraient deviner le manque, les ratés, les impossibilités des existences d'hommes et de femmes qui courent après l'amour. Avec une écriture toute en pudeur, les dix-sept nouvelles de Parlez-moi d'amour laissent transparaître une humanité fragile et attachante. Très reconnu aux États-Unis, Raymond Carver signe un recueil d'une grande sensibilité. ©2010 Éditions de l'Olivier (P) Traduction de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Gabrielle Rolin.
Né en 1938, Raymond Carver a été l'un des écrivains américains les plus importants de son siècle, et a été d'une influence considérable sur plusieurs générations de jeunes écrivains. Son genre de prédilection, auquel il a donné toute son ampleur est la nouvelle. Ces récits d'une simplicité déconcertante sont une radiographie de la vie moderne: des personnages persécutés par la médiocrité, écrasés par le poids du quotidien, mais qui, parfois, trouvent en eux une injonction à s'éveiller, une force qu'ils ne soupçonnaient pas.
Entre 2010 et 2015, les Éditions de l'Olivier ont publié les œuvres complètes de Raymond Carver. Les lecteurs français vont pouvoir (re)découvrir ce recueil ayant inspiré le Short Cuts de Robert Altman, et qui est un concentré de la maîtrise et du talent du plus grand nouvelliste américain.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Jean-Pierre Carasso, Simone Hilling, Gabrielle Rolin et François Lasquin.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Jacqueline Huet, Jean-Pierre Carasso et Emmanuel Moses. « Mes premiers écrits furent des poèmes. Ma première publication fut un poème. Je souhaite que sur ma tombe on grave les mots "Poète, nouvelliste, essayiste", dans cet ordre précis. » Raymond Carver Les dernières années de sa vie, reconnu et célébré par tous, Raymond Carver revient à ses amours poétiques. Souvenirs d'enfance, hommages à ses amis cinéastes et écrivains, inspirations nées à la lecture de Tchekhov, bonheurs simples de l'instant présent... Au fil de cette écriture d'une justesse épurée, c'est un Carver intime, fort et apaisé de ses victoires passées, qui se dévoile. Ce neuvième tome des oeuvres complètes de Raymond Carver (1938-1988) réunit ses trois derniers recueils de poésie, écrits entre 1985 et 1988. Il comprend des traductions inédites - Où l'eau s'unit avec l'eau et Jusqu'à la cascade, ainsi qu'une édition révisée de La Vitesse foudroyante du passé.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is Carver's most famous collection of short stories and remians one of the most influential pieces of modern literature to date. But the original, unedited manuscript, Beginners - published here for the first time, was almost fifty per cent longer than the published collection. This restored version of Carver's stories reveals what was previously unsaid, filling in the narrative silences that have both inspired and mystified readers for so long. Beginners is a fascinating insight into the aesthetic of a literary great and, in the questions it raises, may just spark off one of the great cultural debates of our times.
"You should read Fires now. These stories and poems...show the enormous talent of Raymond Carver beginning to take hold." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Seminal in Carver studies...A disparate collection of work bound by a unity of vision and obsession." -- Los Angeles Herald Examiner "Carver's most revealing book...This collection confirms the worth of Raymond Carver's work...Like bright birds in distant trees, Carver's stories appear in flashes, glimpses; Fires reveals the arc of his purposeful flight." -- Boston Globe
"Mr. Carver is heir to that most appealing American poetic voice, the lyricism of Theodore Roethke and James Wright.... this book is a treasure, one to return to. No one's brevity is as rich, as complete, as Raymond Carver's." --New York Times Book Review "Carver's gifts as a storyteller shine through his poetry.... Sometimes a Carver poem also works as a short story, with all its elements--character, diction, place, event--compressed intact into the brevity of verse. And sometimes Carver delivers the goods in pure lyrical form, in words as full of yearning and sensibility as those of a very young man, but poems possessing the hard-won qualities of focus, stillness and irony only rewarded by experience." --Los Angeles Times
A movie tie-in edition to the brilliant new film by Robert Altman, based on these nine stories by Carver, "one of the great short story writers of our time--of any time" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
"A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World "Cathedral contains astonishing achievements, which bespeaks a writer expanding his range of intentions."--The Boston Globe "A few of Mr. Carver's stories can already be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction...Cathedral shows a gifted writer struggling for a larger scope of reference, a finer touch of nuance." --Irving Howe, front page, The New York Times Book Review "Clear, hard language so right that we shiver at the knowledge we gain from it." --Thomas Williams, Chicago Tribune Book World "Carver is more than a realist; there is, in some of his stories, a strangeness, the husk of a myth." --Los Angeles Times Stories included:
"Feathers" "Chef's House" "Preservation" "The Compartment" "A Small, Good Thing" "Vitamins" "Careful" "Where I'm Calling From" "The Train" "Fever" "The Bridle" "Cathedral"
A VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES ORIGINAL A literary event: Raymond Carver's complete uncollected fiction and nonfiction, including the recently discovered "last" stories, found a decade after Carver's death and published here in book form for the first time.
Call If You Need Me includes all of the prose previously collected in No Heroics, Please, four essays from Fires, and those five marvelous stories that range over the period of Carver's mature writing and give his devoted readers a final glimpse of the great writer at work. The pure pleasure of Carver's writing is everywhere in his work, here no less than in those stories that have alreadey entered the canon of modern literature.
"Carver's poetry is like an almost invisible strand of fishing line reeling us all together, connecting us by the heart." --San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle This prodigiously rich collection suggests that Raymond Carver was not only America's finest writer of short fiction, but also one of its most large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver's stories, the more than 300 poems in All of Us are marked by a keen attention to the physical world; an uncanny ability to compress vast feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy.
This complete edition brings together all the poems of Carver's five previous books, from Fires to the posthumously published No Heroics, Please. It also contains bibliographical and textual notes on individual poems; a chronology of Carver's life and work; and a moving introduction by Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.
Featured in the Academy Award-winning (Best Picture) film Birdman starring Michael Keaton In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people--people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women.
With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.
A vast collection of poems which won "Poetry" magazine's Levinson prize."Somehow the nuances of daily experience, the warmth, humor, and reflection the poet brings to subjects are quite unlike anyone else's." - J.Parisi
Shortly before he died, America's laureate of the dispossessed made his own selection from his short stories, revised the texts and published them in this authorative edition.The stories in Where I'm Calling From are selected from the full range of the author's work including Furious Seasons, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, What We Talk about When We Talk about Love, and Cathedral and include all seven stories from his last collection, Elephant.
Raymond Carver, who became a master-storyteller of his generation and was hailed in Europe as 'the American Chekhov', wrote of himself: "I began as a poet. My first publication was a poem. So I suppose on my tombstone I'd be very pleased if they put 'Poet and short-story writer - and occasional essayist', in that order." This complete edition allows readers to experience the range and overwhelming power of Carver's poetry for the first time. It brings together in the order of their American publication the poems of Fires (1985), Where Water Comes Together with Other Water (1986), Ultramarine (1988), A New Path to the Waterfall (1989) and No Heroics, Please (1991). For readers who know Carver's middle period only through his selected poems, In a Marine Light (1988), it includes the windfall of 51 poems not previously published in Britain. All of Us is edited by Professor William L. Stull of the University of Hartford, and introduced with an essay on Raymond Carver's methods of composition by his widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.
When he died in August 1988, Raymond Carver had just published what were thought to be his last stories in the collection entitled Elephant and his own collection of stories, Where I'm Calling from. Five previously unpublished stories have recently been discovered, and this new volume brings together all of his uncollected fiction, including a fragment of an unfinished novel, five early stories, and all of his non-fiction prose.Three of these late-found stories are fine examples of Carver's late, open style, while two date from his middle period. The non-fiction prose includes all of his essays, together with occasional commentary on his own fiction and poetry, writings on the American short story, and reviews of work by his contemporaries, among them Donald Barthelme, Richard Brautigan, Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane and Richard Ford. Also included is Carver's latest essay "Friendship", about a London reunion with Richard Ford and Tobias Wolff.Call If You Need Me takes us into Carver's workshop, and alongside All of Us: The Collected Poems and Where I'm Calling from: The Selected Stories completes the picture of one of the most original writers in the English language of his generation.
This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.
'I look at all of Carver's work as just one story, for his stories are all occurences, all about things that just happen to people and cause their lives to take a turn... In formulating the mosaic of the film Short Cuts, which is based on these nine stories and a poem, 'Lemonade', I've tried to do the same thing- to give the audience one look... But it all began here. I was a reader turning these pages. Trying on these lives' - Robert Altman in his introduction.
Raymond Carver said it was possible 'to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language and endow these things - a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring - with immense, even startling power'. Nowhere is this alchemy more striking than in the title story of Cathedral in which a blind man guides the hand of a sighted man as together they draw the cathedral the blind man can never see. Many view this story, and indeed this collection, as a watershed in the maturing of Carver's work to a more confidently poetic style.
These seven stories were the last that Carver wrote. Among them is one of his longest, 'Errand', in which he imagines the death of Chekhov, a writer Carver hugely admired and to whose work his own was often compared. This fine story suggests that the greatest of modern short-story writers may, in the year before his untimely death, have been flexing his muscles for a longer work.
With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.
A Vintage Shorts Short Story Month Selection From one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature, the story that launched a thousand homages, in word and film--a haunting meditation on love and companionship, and finding ones way through the dark.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is included here with its unedited version, Beginners, which was originally submitted to Carvers editor, Gordon Lish. In this eShort, readers can compare both versions of this iconic work of fiction, gaining insight into Carvers aesthetic and the foundations of the contemporary American short story.