All That Is A Novel

Auteur: James Salter
Taal: Engels
All That Is
Uitgever: Vintage
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9781400078424
  • Druk: 1
  • januari 2014
  • 350 pagina's
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James Salter

James Salter werd in 1925 in New York geboren. Hij is de auteur van de romans Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh en The Hunters. Ook schreef hij de memoires Gods of Tin en Burning the Days en de verhalenbundels Dusk and Other Stories en Last Night. Hij won vele prijzen, waaronder de PEN/Faulkner Award voor fictie. In juni 2013 verscheen - 34 jaar na zijn laatste roman Solo Faces - Alles wat is. Op 88-jarige leeftijd verraste hij met dit boek de literaire wereld en werd het een ware zomerhype. The New York Times prees de roman als de kroon op zijn werk. Ook de Nederlandse pers reageerde met groot enthousiasme. Alles wat is kwam uit bij De Bezige Bij; het eerdere werk van Salter verscheen in vertaling bij uitgeverij Meulenhoff. Op vind je alle boeken van James Salter.


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All That Is explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change. Philip Bowman returns to America from the battlefields of Okinawa and finds success in the competetive world of publishing in postwar New York—yet what he most desires, and what eludes him, is love.

Here is PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter's dazzling, sometimes devastating portrait of love and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the great shocks and grand pleasures of being alive.


The most brilliant novel I have read in years. Surgically precise, yet embracing vast landscapes of elusive love, death and sex, it distils whole lives into a single page. I felt more alive, more fully myself, when I finished it. -- Caroline Daniel, The FT's Summer Books 2015 * Financial Times * All That Is by James Salter is, no question, the best novel I have read this year - by a lot. Yes, yes, of course ... the sentences. But then ... the sentences. As well as the large historical vision from the 1950s to now; New York and Paris deliciously evoked; wonderful louts of both the male and female varieties; some extremely bad behaviour going nicely unpunished. And continuous authorial decisions about just what happens next that'll absolutely drop your jaw in admiration. -- Richard Ford, Books of the Year * Financial Times * Salter at his bitter-sweet best -- Books of the Year * New Statesman * 'Salter's genius has been to invoke the ancient muses to chant about modern existence, making the ordinary revelatory of heroism, tragedy and mystery in a secular world . . . All That Is suggests a testament both new and old. It conforms to his other fiction in that it depicts quotidian lives positioned against the background of archaic values, mysterious forces and transcendent possibilities.' Times Literary Supplement 'Salter is very good at showing the inconsequentiality of so much that happens . . . Salter is good on the selfishness and carelessness of the rich - there's an echo of Scott Fitzgerald here - and the neediness of the poor . . . Salter shows us how little of what we once thought mattered greatly comes eventually not to matter at all. This is quite comforting and at the same time exhilarating. One of the many attractive things about this novel is that it deals in pleasures.' Scotsman We join Philip Bowman in his young navy days off Okinawa, but these exploits last only a chapter before he returns home to concentrate on the two aspects of his life that dominate All That Is - his career as a book editor in New York, and his relationships with women. There is one marriage and several affairs, Salter weaving together the sensual and the emotional in this thread that winds its way through Bowman's life to the point we leave him, in his mid 50s. It is an easy novel to enjoy thanks to Salter's mastery of language and an attention to detail that brings even minor characters to life.' Sunday Mercury 'All That Is has few equals . . . Rhapsodic and marvelling, with a treasurable lack of cynicism and a 1950s-ish directness, Salter's style is sensory without being exactly lyrical . . . Although he likes to linger over impressions, he is rarely wasteful.' New Statesman 'Part of the Roth/Updike/Bellow generation of Great American Novelists, James Salter deserves a place among them: All That Is should finally gain him membership. This haunting novel tells the story of Philip Bowman, an officer in the Pacific War who returns to America and a career as a publisher. At 87, Salter has never written better.' Mail on Sunday 'He makes every word count.' Literary Review 'All That Is gobbles the whole arc of a man's lifetime as its subject . . . The everyday may be one of the hardest things to write about - the quotidian doings, including the outright tedium, of ordinary life . . . But to pull it off . . . to indelibly record the trivial and the portentous with the same ravenous affection, thereby persuading us that there may be no difference between the two when assaying the worth of a life or divining its mystery - that is a crowning achievement and it's Mr. Salter's to claim.' International Herald Tribune 'Salter has produced a strange masterpiece.' Independent i 'All That Is is the equal of such great novels as A Sport and a Pastime, Light Years and his memoir, Burning the Days. That is to say, it is delectable . . . Salter switches freely between foreground and background, incisive generalisation and precise detail, intense moments of lived experience and great swathes of time passing unremarked. A story that, treated more conventionally, could have been so much longer and less affecting is refracted here into points of light, moments of intense feeling, the memories that constitute us. The way Salter writes implies an attitude to life, even down to the level of the single sentence. He is that good.' Evening Standard 'All That Is is the story of a life . . . it is a river that meanders, that surges ahead and then is becalmed. It has many tributaries; one of the great pleasures of Salter is the way he dives into the lives of minor characters, spending a few paragraphs on someone who wondered into the action for a moment, telling you everything you ever need to know about them, then leaving them be. And in all that spare, elegant, shimmering prose, those sentences long and short that seem to expand and compress time itself.' Esquire 'American literary favourite Salter, who has been credited as an influence by writers such as Joyce Carol Oates releases his first novel since 1979 . . . It's official: no one writes about war, love and sex like he does. Unmissable.' Easy Living 'In All That Is, the simplest lines hit the hardest . . . Salter describes with perfect clarity the brutal new awareness that comes of heartbreak..' Sunday Herald 'In James Salter's terrific new novel . . . we've followed him unhurriedly through several decades of love affairs, friendships and foreign travels - all of them rendered with astonishing concision and jolting vividness.' Daily Mail 'Salter's descriptions of places are second to none.' Daily Express 'A sweeping, precise, heartfelt and wondrous tale of American life, a book that somehow manages to deal with everyday existence, yet elevate that familiar tale to something deep and profound . . . here Salter is brilliant at evoking the mundane buzz and thrum of existence, and he does so in terse, clipped prose that somehow courses with a life all its own.' Big Issue Salter is a writer who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure. He is among the very few North American writers all of whose work I want to read, whose as yet unpublished books I wait for impatiently.' Susan Sontag There is scarcely a writer alive who could not learn from his passion and precision of language' Peter Matthiessen James Salter can suggest in a single sentence an individual's entire history' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Salter is the contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers . . . he can, when he wants, break your heart with a sentence' Michael Dirda, Washington Post The first Salter novel for more than 30 years is a rare treat for fans of his distinctive prose. All That Is follows Philip Bowman from a Second World War battle fleet into the publishing worlds of New York and London and the beds of many women. The main attraction is not the narrative, though - it's the beauty of Salter's words. -- Books of the Year * Financial Times * Salter's first novel in more than 30 years, which follows the loves and losses of a World War II veteran, is an ambitious departure from his previous work and, at a stroke, demolishes any talk of twilight. -- 100 Notable Books of 2013 * New York Times * 'In telling this drama, Salter gives us joy, eroticism, disgust, beauty, nostalgia, outrage, highbrow discussion and lowbrow humour. There are moments of crushing tragedy. . . followed later by lines of wry comedy . . . Throughout, the story is populated with rich and living characters who stand at the centre of our gaze . . . What you read stays with you and invites you back in . . . Salter has produced a novel that will last longer than the distractions that might keep us from it.' The Times 'If any living writer has earned the right to name a novel All That Is, it is James Salter. His latest novel . . . tells the story of Philip Bowman, a Harvard-educated US Navy veteran who becomes a New York book editor durign the great flowering of American letters in the 1950s and 1960s . . . Salter's breathlessly simple prose is often exquisite. His episodic structure results in a number of memorable set-pieces. The trip Bowman and Enid take to Spain in the early days of their affair proves as richly sensual as anything Hemingway wrote.' Sunday Times 'All That Is, which tells the story of a navy veteran and literary publisher, Philip Bowman , over a period of some 40 years, has a grandeur that is all its own. Its handling of time, its elliptical wisdom, and its occasional chest-tightening cruelties are masterful; every paragraph is quietly, carefully good. On the page, moreover, anyone can be young. It is an inordinately vigorous novel. So much feeling. So much sex.' Observer 'Richard Ford calls him 'the Master', Bellow was an admirer, Roth, too . . . Salter's first novel in more than 30 years . . . is set in the golden years of post-war America and is studded with magnificent portraits of minor characters, their whole essences captured, somehow, in a gesture and two lines of dialogue.' Daily Telegraph 'A consistently elegant and enjoyable novel, full of verve and wisdom.' Julian Barnes 'Enthralling . . . A vividly imagined and beautifully written evocation of a postwar world.' John Banville 'This masterpiece is a smooth, absorbing narrative studded with bright particulars. If God is in the details, this book is divine.' Edmund White I loved James Salter's beguiling, brilliant, worldly, sexy novel All That Is -- Simon Sebag Montefiore, Books of the Year * Evening Standard * Masculine, clear-cut, ravishingly sensual -- Books of the Year * Sunday Telegraph * Not in my (admittedly failing) memory have I read a novel that, at its crucialest moment, made me just stand straight up out of my chair and have to walk around the room for several minutes. Laid into the customary Salterish verbal exquisiteness and vivid intelligence is such remarkable audacity and dark-hued verve about us poor humans. It's a great novel. -- Richard Ford, Books of the Year * Guardian * Effortlessly beautiful, funny, sexy and wise - the kind of novel that makes you want to delete your own meagre work-in-progress and start over. Is there a How to Write Like Salter Handbook? If so, that's what I want for Christmas, please. -- Julie Myerson, Books of the Year * Observer * 'The best novel I've read in years. All That Is will be treasured by its readers. Salter's vivid, lucid prose does exquisite justice to his subject-the relentless struggle to make good on our own humanity. Once again he has delivered to us a novel of the highest artistry.' Tim O'Brien 'A beautiful novel, with sufficient love, heartbreak, vengeance, identity confusion, longing, and euphoria of language to have satisfied Shakespeare.' John Irving

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  • Grappig
  • Fantasierijk
  • Saai
  • Na-oorlogs Amerika
    • Goede verhaallijn
    • Meeslepend verhaal

    Geschreven bij All That Is

    Zeer boeiend geschreven roman over Philip Bowman die in het na-oorlogse Amerika niet in staat blijkt een blijvende liefdesrelatie op te bouwen. De schrijver munt uit door zijn prachtige schrijfstijl.

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  • "Is dit alles???".......
    • goed verteld
    • Geen diepgang

    Geschreven bij All That Is

    Wat een tegenvaller, dit gehypte boek.

    "All that is"; nou, dat is bar weinig.
    Fantastische Amerikaanse vertelkunst, dat wel, maar waar over???
    De hoofdpersoon gaat van de ene liefdesaffaire naar de andere, denkt steeds dat hij de ware heeft gevonden, maar meer dan over haar fantastische lichaam komen we niet te weten.
    Karaktereigenschappen, psychologische ontwikkeling?, nooit van gehoord.
    Salter moet eerst "Stoner" lezen voor hij zich weer aan een nieuw boek waagt!

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  • Prachtig boek.
    • Meeslepend verhaal
    • Goede verhaallijn

    Geschreven bij All That Is

    Zelfzaam goed geschreven. Heel helder en droog, maar toch meeslepend. Mooie cadans. James Salter wordt met reden the writers writer genoemd.

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  • Strange?
    • Saai

    I give 1 * AND recommend this book to my friends. Strange? Maybe.

    Firstly, I would never give 1* to a book in which so much work and years are contained. Second, and more important, I really doubt if I have understood this book.

    The author is so well known and highly praised for his prose. But, I really did not like it. After the first chapter on the pacific-war adventures, I really disliked the prose as well.

    The book actually made me angry. Why? Why all these sexual encounters, they are so utterly uninteresting and so, well...blasé. Why not more of the 'couleur locale' (a historic account of a very interesting era)?

    I kept reading as I thought some amazing climax would follow, but no. I'm going to buy 'the Hunters' now, as I think I cannot judge this author on his latest work, although the newspaper-review stated this work was like the sum of accumulated and fine-tuned talent.

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  • James Salter at his best
    • Grappig
    • Fantasierijk

    meeslepend, aansprekend

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  • cadeautje

    Het boek was een cadeau voor mijn zus maar ze is er heel blij mee. Het was in goede staat geleverd.

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