Pat Barker "The trilogy is trying to tell something about the parts of war that don't get into the official accounts" –Pat BarkerThe first book of the Regeneration Trilogy and a Booker Prize nominee
In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.
One of the most amazing feats of fiction of our time, Regneration
has been hailed by critics across the globe. As August 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, this book is as timely and relevant as ever.
Pat BarkerFrom Booker Prize winner Pat Barker, a masterful novel that portrays the staggering human cost of the Great War. Admirers of her Regeneration Trilogy as well as fans of Downton Abbey and War Horse will be enthralled.
With Toby’s Room
, a sequel to her widely praised previous novel Life Class
, the incomparable Pat Barker confirms her place in the pantheon of Britain’s finest novelists. This indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war focuses on Toby Brooke, a medical student, and his younger sister Elinor. Enmeshed in a web of complicated family relationships, Elinor and Toby are close: some might say too close. But when World War I begins, Toby is posted to the front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her fine art studies at the Slade, under the tutelage of Professor Henry Tonks. There, in a startling development based in actual fact, Elinor finds that her drafting skills are deployed to aid in the literal reconstruction of those maimed in combat.
One day in 1917, Elinor has a sudden premonition that Toby will not return from France. Three weeks later the family receives a telegram informing them that Toby is “Missing, Believed Killed” in Ypres. However, there is no body, and Elinor refuses to accept the official explanation. Then she finds a letter hidden in the lining of Toby’s uniform; Toby knew he wasn’t coming back, and he implies that fellow soldier Kit Neville will know why.
is an eloquent literary narrative of hardship and resilience, love and betrayal, and anguish and redemption. In unflinching yet elegant prose, Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war’s impact—not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behind.
In the spring of 1914, a group of students at the Slade School of Art have gathered for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant is easily distracted by an intriguing fellow student, Elinor Brooke, but watches from afar when a well-known painter catches her eye. After World War I begins, Paul tends to the dying soldiers from the front line as a Belgian Red Cross volunteer, but the longer he remains, the greater the distance between him and home becomes. By the time he returns, Paul must confront not only the overwhelming, perhaps impossible challenge of how to express all that he has seen and experienced, but also the fact that life, and love, will never be the same for him again.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Pat BarkerThe final book in the Regeneration Trilogy and winner of the 1995 Booker Prize. The Ghost Road
is the culminating masterpiece of Pat Barker's towering World War I fiction trilogy. The time of the novel is the closing months of the most senselessly savage of modern conflicts. In France, millions of men engaged in brutal trench warfare are all "ghosts in the making." In England, psychologist William Rivers, with severe pangs of conscience, treats the mental casualties of the war to make them whole enough to fight again. One of these, Billy Prior, risen to the officer class from the working class, both courageous and sardonic, decides to return to France with his fellow officer, poet Wilfred Owen, to fight a war he no longer believes in. Meanwhile, Rivers, enfevered by influenza returns in memory to his experience studying a South Pacific tribe whose ethos amounted to a culture of death. Across the gulf between his society and theirs, Rivers begins to form connections that cast new light on his--and our--understanding of war.
Combining poetic intensity with gritty realism, blending biting humor with tragic drama, moving toward a denouement as inevitable as it is devastating, The Ghost Road
both encapsulates history and transcends it. It is a modern masterpiece
Pat BarkerA new novel from the Booker Prize winning Pat Barker, author of the Regeneration Trilogy, that unforgettably portrays London during the Blitz (her first portrayal of World War II) and reconfirms her place in the very top rank of British novelists.
London, the Blitz, Autumn 1940. As the bombs fall on the blacked-out city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke races from bomb sites to hospitals trying to save the lives of injured survivors, working alongside former friend Kit Neville, while her husband Paul Tarrant works as an air-raide warden.
Once fellow students at the Slade School of Fine Art before the First World War destroyed the hopes of their generation, they now find themselves caught in another war, this time at home. As the bombing intensifies, the constant risk of death makes all three reach out for quick consolation. And into their midst comes the spirit medium Bertha Mason, grotesque and unforgettable, whose ability to make contact with the deceased finds vastly increased demands as death rains down from the skies. Old loves and obsessions resurface until Elinor is brought face to face with an almost impossible choice.
Completing the story of Elinor Brooke, Paul Tarrant and Kit Neville begun with Life Class
and continued with Toby's Room
is both a stand-alone novel and the climax of a trilogy. Writing about the Second World War for the first time, Pat Barker brings the besieged and haunted city of London into electrifying life in her most powerful novel since the Regeneration
Set in the north of England, Pat Barker's Border Crossing
portrays a child psychiatrist who rescues a man from drowning one day while walking on a beach in Northumberland. Uncannily, he recognizes the man; it's Danny Miller, a child murderer at whose trial he once gave evidence. Since the trial, he has reconsidered that evidence and found it lacking. Now he confronts the man whose altered fate may be his responsibility.Now a Major Motion Picture
Pat BarkerDouble Vision from Pat Barker, a gripping novel about the effects of violence on the journalists and artists who have dedicated themselves to representing it
In the aftermath of September 11, reeling from the effects of reporting from New York City, two British journalists, a writer, Stephen Sharkey, and a photographer, Ben Frobisher, part ways. Stephen, facing the almost simultaneous discovery that his wife is having an affair, returns to England shattered; he divorces and quits his job. Ben returns to his vocation. He follows the war on terror to Afghanistan and is killed.
Stephen retreats to a cottage in the country to write a book about violence, and what he sees as the reporting journalist's or photographer's complicity in it; it is a book that will build in large part on Ben's writing and photography. Ben's widow, Kate, a sculptor, lives nearby, and as she and Stephen learn about each other their world speedily shrinks, in pleasing but also disturbing ways; Stephen's maid, with whom he has begun an affair, was once lovers with Kate's new studio assistant, an odd local man named Peter. As these connections become clear, Peter's strange behavior around Stephen and Kate begins to take on threatening implications. The sinister events that take place in this small town, so far from the theaters of war Stephen has retreated from, will force him to act instinctively, violently, and to face his most painful revelations about himself.
Plagued by nightmarish memories of the trenches where he saw his brother die, Nick's grandfather Gordie lays dying as Nick struggles to keep the peace in his increasingly fractious home. As Nick's suburban family loses control over their world, Nick begins to learn his grandfather's buried secrets and comes to understand the power of old wounds to leak into the present. As a study of the power of memory and loss, Pat Barker's Another World
conveys with extraordinary intensity the ways in which the violent past returns to haunt and distort the present.
A city and its people are in the grip of a killer who is roaming the northern city, singling out prostitutes. The face of his latest victim stares out from every newspaper and billboard, haunting the women who walk the streets. But life and work go on. Brenda, with three children, can't afford to give up while Audrey, now in her forties, desperately goes on 'working the cars'.
And then, when another women is savagely murdered, Jean, her lover, takes desperate measures...
Vivid, bawdy and bitter' (The Times), Pat Barker's first novel shows the women of Union Street, young and old, meeting the harsh challeges of poverty and survival in a precarious world. There's Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape; Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game; Joanne, not yet twenty, not yet married, and already pregnant; Old Alice, welcoming her impending death; Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband. And linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is fiery, indomitable Iris.
Julio de 1917, el poeta Siegfried Sassoon, soldado en activo
en el ejército británico, escribe una carta abierta para
denunciar la insensatez de proseguir la Primera Guerra
Mundial y acusa a los mandos militares de enviar inútilmente
a la muerte a millones de jóvenes. La carta puede minar
la moral de las tropas y la retaguardia británicas y por ello
su autor se arriesga a un consejo de guerra. Pero gracias
a la intervención del también poeta Robert Graves, amigo
de Sassoon, las autoridades militares deciden internarlo
en el Hospital de Guerra de Craiglockhart, especializado en
enfermedades mentales y en traumas de guerra.
Una vez allí, Sassoon entrará en el universo del doctor Rivers,
un reputado psiquiatra escindido entre la comprensión hacia
el sufrimiento de los que pelean en el frente y la obligación de
devolverlos restablecidos a la batalla.
Transitando a través de la delgada línea que separa la locura
de la sensatez, Sassoon encontrará en Craiglockhart otros
pacientes afectados por los horrores de la guerra, entre ellos
el también poeta Wilfred Owen. A través de los destinos
de todos ellos Regeneración
describe cómo la guerra devastó
a toda una generación de europeos, sin olvidar los dilemas
de la ciencia entre el servicio a la humanidad o al poder
y la denuncia de la obtusa voluntad militar para quien
cada soldado no es más que una cifra irrelevante.
Was macht der Krieg mit der Kunst - und die Kunst mit dem Krieg?
Elinor und Toby sind Schwester und Bruder, Freunde und engste Vertraute. Im Jahrhundertsommer 1912 verbringen sie eine Nacht gemeinsam in Tobys Zimmer. Ihr Geheimnis nimmt Elinor später mit an die Slade School of Fine Art in London, wo sie Kunst studiert, während Toby im Royal Army Medical Corps in den Schützengräben Frankreichs dient.
1917 wird Toby als »Vermisst, vermutlich gefallen« gemeldet. Elinor stürzt in tiefe Trauer. Sie schließt sich als Assistentin dem Künstler und Chirurgen Henry Tonks an und beginnt, für ihn die zerstörten Gesichter von Soldaten zeichnerisch zu dokumentieren. In Tonks' Umfeld erwartet sie Aufschluss über Tobys Tod.
Londres 1918. La Primera Guerra Mundial parece no tener fin. Los soldados siguen muriendo por centenares de miles en las trincheras. Y mientras cada vez son más los que se rebelan y optan por el pacifismo, mayor es también la represión y el rechazo social hacia los que apuestan por la paz y en contra de un patriotismo ciego que sólo acepta la destrucción del enemigo.
Billy Prior trabaja para el Servicio de Inteligencia del Ministerio de Municiones. Pero sus encuentros en privado con mujeres y hombres -pacifistas, objetores de conciencia, homosexuales- entran en conflicto con sus obligaciones como soldado. Incapaz de hacer frente a sus contradicciones, Billy sufre un colapso y visita al hombre que le ayudó en otra ocasión, el psiquiatra militar William Rivers. Prior tiene que hacer frente a su incapacidad para ser el soldado que sus superiores esperan de él y a la complejidad de los intereses y sentimientos que siempre entran en juego en una guerra.
Ganadora del Guardian Fiction Prize, El ojo en la puerta
forma parte de la trilogía Regeneración
considerada por muchos como un monumento literario al trasfondo humano que queda oculto tras cualquier conflicto armado.
Toby's Room, The Ghost Road, Tobys Zimmer, Blow Your House Down, Double Vision, Regeneration, Union Street, Border Crossing, Noonday, Regeneracin, El ojo en la puerta, Life Class, Another World