克拉拉與太陽 (Kobo eBook)

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國際超級文學作家石黑一雄

2017年摘下諾貝爾文學桂冠後最新創作

在擁有強大情感力量的小說中,揭露人與世界連結的幻覺底下的深淵。

――諾貝爾文學獎授獎詞

這是一部關於人心的小說,從他方而來,對此時此地的你我切切低語。

真實與奇幻交錯的世界,終究掙脫不了人性的枷鎖。――石黑一雄

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人的心,就像是一棟有許多房間的屋子。

我會走遍每個房間,一間間探究,直到它們變成我自己的房間。

克拉拉是最尖端的人工智慧,具敏銳知覺與情感,她的任務是作為孩子的良師益友。她存在的理由,是盡心盡命地陪伴與愛人。

克拉拉對萬千世界充滿好奇,不論是前一刻嘻笑走向櫥窗、下一刻卻臉露哀傷的孩子,還是街角向人乞討的遊民,甚至是奔跑過街急著擁抱彼此的戀人們……她亟欲理解人的喜怒哀樂和離合悲歡。

一天,一個女孩走向坐在窗前的她,她感應到對方告訴她:「有天,我要帶妳回家。」兩人之間的心電交流,像是許下了承諾。但她等了又等,那個女孩都沒再出現。克拉拉慢慢被安排至看不到外面世界的角落,就在某一天,那個女孩又出現了…… 克拉拉與人類家庭的故事隨之展開。

然而,人心的種種執念與反覆無常,生命的轉瞬榮枯,是一條暗潮洶湧、在繼續與放手之間拉扯的旅程。

當陪伴是一場精心安排的魔鬼交易,當智能進展引來無情的反挫,克拉拉被賦予如太陽般恆久的希望與愛,是否恰恰凸顯人的冷酷善變?

小說家 朱嘉漢

台東大學英美語文學系副教授 鄧鴻樹

作家、知名節目主持人 謝哲青 感動推薦

★如同石黑一雄向來深具開創性的小說,《克拉拉與太陽》以獨特且敏銳的視角,探尋愛與人性的主要課題。――時代雜誌Time

★《克拉拉與太陽》之美在於巧妙承接了石黑一雄二○○五年的反烏托邦傑作《別讓我走》,透過科幻的鏡頭,探索愛與犧牲的問題。它拆解我們如何編織與他人的關係以及又是如何否認的糾結網絡,再度展現石黑一雄擅長刻畫人錯失機會與失去連結的痛。――Vogue雜誌

★《克拉拉與太陽》是孤單時刻的最佳伴讀,探究異化、情緒勞動、溝通失敗,以及何謂愛一個拒絕以愛回報的世界。――Vulture雜誌

★《克拉拉與太陽》本質上是一本有關人與人的關係以及是什麼讓人類之所以獨特的小說。「什麼是愛?我們愛的人可以被取代嗎?」石黑一雄問道。在這本小說中,他不斷尋思「愛是否只是個浪漫的主張,以及愛能夠被科技取代是否純然只是幻覺」。――出版人週刊Publisherweekly

★這是石黑一雄作品中我最喜歡的一部。克拉拉是一個出色的敘事者,具有天真與充滿好奇的特質。這也是一本關於人心有多深多廣的小說,克拉拉形容它是「房間裡還有房間」;它同樣探討了記憶和悲傷與愛的關係。――美國Knopf 出版社總編輯暨《克拉拉與太陽》編輯Jordan Pavlin

★《克拉拉與太陽》是典型的石黑一雄,卻也是大膽的嘗試,從一個全新世界出發,但在結構和情感上與石黑其他的小說曲諧。而他所有作品的連結就在於獨創性與連續性。――英國Faber & Faber出版社出版總監暨《克拉拉與太陽》編輯Angus Cargill

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