Ils sont quatre amis de fac, et ils ont décidé de conquérir New-York : Willem, l'acteur à la beauté ravageuse ; JB, l'artiste peintre, aussi ambitieux et talentueux qu'il peut être cruel ;Malcolm, qui attend son heure dans un prestigieux cabinet d'architectes ; Jude, le plus mystérieux d'entre eux, celui qui, au fil des années, s'affirme comme le soleil noir de leur quatuor, celui autour duquel les relations s'approfondissent et se compliquent cependant que leurs vies professionnelles et sociales prennent de l'ampleur.
Épopée romanesque d'une incroyable intensité, chronique poignante de l'amitié masculine contemporaine, Une vie comme les autres interroge aussi nos dispositions à l'empathie et notre façon d'endurer la souffrance, la notre comme celle d'autrui.
B>Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015./b>br>b>Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction 2016./b>br>b>/b>b>Finalist for the National Book Awards 2015./b>br>b>/b>br>b>The million copy bestseller, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance./b>When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever.
In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people may live and love whomever they please (or so it seems). The fragile young scion of a distinguished family resists betrothal to a worthy suitor, drawn to a charming music teacher of no means. In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian man lives with his much older, wealthier partner, hiding his troubled childhood and the fate of his father. And in 2093, in a world riven by plagues and governed by totalitarian rule, a powerful scientist''s damaged granddaughter tries to navigate life without him - and solve the mystery of her husband''s disappearances. These three sections are joined in an enthralling and ingenious symphony, as recurring notes and themes deepen and enrich one another: A townhouse in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village; illness, and treatments that come at a terrible cost; wealth and squalor; the weak and the strong; race; the definition of family, and of nationhood; the dangerous righteousness of the powerful, and of revolutionaries; the longing to find a place in an earthly paradise, and the gradual realization that it can''t exist. What unites not just the characters, but these Americas, are their reckonings with the qualities that make us human: Fear. Love. Shame. Need. Loneliness. To Paradise is a fin de siecle novel of marvelous literary effect, but above all it is a work of emotional genius. The great power of this remarkable novel is driven by Yanagihara''s understanding of the aching desire to protect those we love - partners, lovers, children, friends, family and even our fellow citizens - and the pain that ensues when we cannot.