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The Bedlam Stacks

Par / By Natasha Pulley

 

[FR] En 1859, l’ancien contrebandier de la Compagnie des Indes orientales Merrick Tremayne est coincé chez lui, en Cornouailles, avec une blessure qui a failli lui coûter sa jambe. Lorsque l’India Office le recrute pour une expédition destinée à aller chercher de la quinine – essentielle au traitement de la malaria – dans les profondeurs du Pérou, il sait que c’est une mauvaise idée ; presque tous les membres valides de l’expédition qui ont fait cette tentative sont morts, et il peut à peine marcher. Mais Merrick est impatient d’échapper aux événements étranges qui se produisent dans la propriété familiale en ruine. Il part donc, contre son gré, aux confins de l’Amazonie.

 

[EN] In 1859, ex–East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall with an injury that almost cost him his leg. When the India Office recruits him for an expedition to fetch quinine—essential for the treatment of malaria—from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea; nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who’s made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is eager to escape the strange events plaguing his family’s crumbling estate, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for the edge of the Amazon.

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En 1859, l’ancien contrebandier de la Compagnie des Indes orientales Merrick Tremayne est coincé chez lui, en Cornouailles, avec une blessure qui a failli lui coûter sa jambe. Lorsque l’India Office le recrute pour une expédition destinée à aller chercher de la quinine – essentielle au traitement de la malaria – dans les profondeurs du Pérou, il sait que c’est une mauvaise idée ; presque tous les membres valides de l’expédition qui ont fait cette tentative sont morts, et il peut à peine marcher. Mais Merrick est impatient d’échapper aux événements étranges qui se produisent dans la propriété familiale en ruine. Il part donc, contre son gré, aux confins de l’Amazonie.

Il y rencontre Raphaël, un prêtre autour duquel les villageois racontent des histoires troublantes de disparitions impossibles, de bois maudits et de pierres vivantes. Merrick doit séparer la vérité du conte de fées et, peu à peu, il réalise que Raphael est la clé d’un héritage laissé par des générations d’explorateurs Tremayne avant lui, un héritage qui s’avérera plus précieux que la quinine, et bien plus dangereux.

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In 1859, ex–East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall with an injury that almost cost him his leg. When the India Office recruits him for an expedition to fetch quinine–essential for the treatment of malaria–from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea; nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who’s made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is eager to escape the strange events plaguing his family’s crumbling estate, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for the edge of the Amazon.

There he meets Raphael, a priest around whom the villagers spin unsettling stories of impossible disappearances, cursed woods, and living stone. Merrick must separate truth from fairy tale, and gradually he realizes that Raphael is the key to a legacy left by generations of Tremayne explorers before him, one which will prove more valuable than quinine, and far more dangerous.

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Auteur.rice / Author

Natasha Pulley, l’auteur de The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, a étudié la littérature anglaise à l’université d’Oxford et a obtenu une maîtrise en écriture créative à l’université d’East Anglia. Elle vit à Bath, en Angleterre.

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Natasha Pulley, the author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, studied English literature at Oxford University and earned a creative writing M.A. at the University of East Anglia. She lives in Bath, England.

Reviews

“An epic journey . . . Pulley adroitly departs from the historical record to make the Peruvian story her own, turning it into a work for magic realism.” – The New York Times Book Review

“The Peru that Markham and Tremayne encounter is a sheer fantastical delight. Exploding ‘whitewood’ trees, lamps made of glowing pollen, moving statues and rock formations of pure glass. Pulley also has a Tolkienian appreciation of the importance of cosiness: centrally heated ships’ cabins, snug inns and lashings of hot coffee. What’s more, she writes elegantly and plots like a pro.” – The Times

“An immense treat for lovers of both historical fiction and the surreal.” – The Observer, “Books of the Year”

“Eloquent prose and compassionate portrayals of the myriad relationships among men elevate this extraordinary work.”- Publishers Weekly, “Best Books of 2017 – SF/Fantasy/Horror”

“The imagination [Pulley] showed in her impressive debut was no fluke . . . Pulley understands her genre–swashbuckling costume fantasy–but she deals in surprises, not clichés . . . [A] meditation on love, trust, and the passage of time.” – Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

“[A] witty, entrancing novel . . . Pulley makes the fantastic feel plausible and burnishes her reputation as a gifted storyteller.” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Pulley is masterful at infusing The Bedlam Stacks with just the right amount of magical realism and mystery, making this story reminiscent of classic adventure tales of old while being relevant to today . . . Enchanting.” – Shelf Awareness

“Pulley’s beautifully descriptive language sets the stage for a mysterious and dangerous journey reminiscent of the grand scientific expeditions of the nineteenth century.” – Booklist

“Impossible to put down until the end and highly re-readable, Pulley’s second novel is magical.” – San Francisco Book Review

“Natasha Pulley had a lot to live up to after the runaway success of her debut novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. But she’s managed to do just that with The Bedlam Stacks . . . It’s a fast-paced adventure story with great characters and a message about colonialism and discovering new worlds . . . Filled with wondrous images, from moving statues to exploding trees.” – The Glasgow Herald

“A fast-paced adventure story with great characters and a message about colonialism.” – The Independent

“Natasha Pulley’s captivating landscape unfolds slowly, her exquisitely crafted prose illuminating magical elements moving just at the edge of perception . . . The Bedlam Stacks is a lyrical paean to the power of transformation, faith and friendship.” – BookPage

“[A] complex, immersive story . . . a marvelous mix of historical fiction and the fantastical.” – Omnivoracious

“An exotic and magical mystery.” – BookPage, “Top 10 Books for August”

“Fans of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (who will be pleased that a character from that novel makes a cameo appearance) know that Pulley has a way with damaged characters who are looking for a new purpose in life. While there are steampunk elements, including clockwork lamps, there’s also a subtle inexplicable magic running throughout the unusual, remote setting.” – Library Journal

“A magical hugely imaginative novel set in 1859 . . . Adventure and mystery abound as his expedition encounters moving statues, exploding trees, volcanic glass, floating cities and protective Incas, while dealing with altitude sickness, divided loyalties and otherworldly superstitions that turn out be strangely real.” – The Sunday Express

“The story’s rich detail provides the reader a clear experience of 1850s Peru while imparting believability to its magic and imaginative elements. Its exciting style, humor and uniqueness are nothing short of charming. Enthusiastically recommended.” – Historical Novel Society

“In The Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley’s unconventional imagination finds a new voice.” – Locus

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