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Colum McCann

Data di nascita: 28. Febbraio 1965
Altri nomi: コラム・マッキャン, کلوم مک کان

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Colum McCann è uno scrittore irlandese naturalizzato statunitense, vincitore del National Book Award nel 2009 con il romanzo Questo bacio vada al mondo intero .

Autore dei romanzi best seller This Side of Brightness, Dancer e Zoli, insegna scrittura creativa presso l'Hunter College della City University of New York.

Zoli, il suo terzo romanzo, è ambientato in Slovacchia narra la storia vera della poetessa rom Zoli Natovna, che con la sua forze e sensibilità volle dare voce alle sofferenze vissute dalla sua comunità durante le persecuzioni delle guardie fasciste di Hlinka, l'Hitler slovacco. Ma questa stessa passione, la poesia, si rivelerà per lei un'arma a doppio taglio, emarginata infatti dalla sua stessa comunità, Zoli verrà considerata una traditrice, accusata di mettere a repentaglio le regole e le tradizioni millenarie della comunità zingara.

È stato tradotto in ventisei lingue. Ha scritto su giornali prestigiosi quali gli statunitensi The New York Times, The Atlantic e GQ, il britannico The Times, l'irlandese The Irish Times e l'italiano La Repubblica.

Nel 2003 è stato nominato dal giornale Esquire Magazine come uno dei migliori autori viventi. Ha nel proprio curriculum vitae diversi premi, tra cui l'Irish Book Awards e l'Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award, conferitogli nel 2002.

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Frasi Colum McCann

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„Hours and hours of insanity and escape. The projects were a victim of theft and wind. The downdrafts made their own weather.“

—  Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin (2009), Book One: All Respects to Heaven, I Like it Here, Context: Hours and hours of insanity and escape. The projects were a victim of theft and wind. The downdrafts made their own weather. Plastic bags caught on the gusts of summer wind. Old domino players sat in the courtyard, playing underneath the flying litter. The sound of the plastic bags was like rifle fire. If you watched the rubbish for a while you could tell the exact shape of the wind. Perhaps in a way it was alluring, like little else around it: whole, bright, slapping curlicues and large figure eights, helixes and whorls and corkscrews. Sometimes a bit of plastic caught against a pipe or touched the top of the chain-link fence and backed away gracelessly, like it had been warned. The handles came together and the bag collapsed. There were no tree branches to be caught on. One boy from a neighboring flat stuck a lineless fishing pole out the window but he didn't catch any. The bags often stayed up in one place, as if they were contemplating the whole gray scene, and then would take a sudden dip, a polite curtsy, and away.

„Perhaps it's chance. Or perhaps chance is just another way to try to convince ourselves that we are valuable.“

—  Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin (2009), Book One: All Respects to Heaven, I Like it Here, Context: We have all heard of these things before. The love letter arriving as the teacup falls. The guitar striking up as the last breath sounds out. I don't attribute it to God or to sentiment. Perhaps it's chance. Or perhaps chance is just another way to try to convince ourselves that we are valuable.

„Death, the greatest democracy of them all.“

—  Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin (2009), Book One: Miró, Miró, on the Wall, Context: Death, the greatest democracy of them all. The world's oldest complaint. Happens to us all. Rich and poor. Fat and thin. Fathers and daughters. Mothers and sons.

„The core reason for it all was beauty.“

—  Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin (2009), Let the Great World Spin Forever Down, Context: The core reason for it all was beauty. Walking was a divine delight. Everything was rewritten when he was up in the air. New things were possible with the human form. It went beyond equilibrium. He felt for a moment uncreated. Another kind of awake.

„Yet nothing was simple, certainly not simplification.“

—  Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin (2009), Book One: All Respects to Heaven, I Like it Here, Context: I knew then that it would end badly, her and Corrigan, these children. Someone or other was going to get torn asunder. And yet why shouldn't they fall in love, if even just for a short while? Why shouldn't Corrigan live his life in the body that was hurting him, giving up in places? Why shouldn't he have a moment of release from this God of his? It was a torture shop for him, worrying about the world, having to deal with intricacies when what he really wanted was to be ordinary and do the simple thing.Yet nothing was simple, certainly not simplification. Poverty, chastity, obedience — he had spent his life in fealty to them, but was unarmed when they turned against him.

„War was a get-together of the vain.“

—  Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin (2009), Book One: Miró, Miró, on the Wall, Context: She recognized a new depth in him, a candor. The war was about vanity, he said. It was about old men who couldn't look in the mirror anymore and so they sent the young out to die. War was a get-together of the vain. They wanted it simple - hate your enemy, know nothing of him. It was, he claimed, the most un-American of wars, no idealism behind it, only about defeat.

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