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Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll
Jonathan Samuel Carroll (26 de enero de 1949) escritor estadounidense de terror y fantasía.

Biografía

Carroll nació en Nueva York. Su padre, Sydney Carroll, era guionista de cine y su madre, June, una actriz y cantante habitual en Broadway. Aunque sus padres eran judíos Carroll, adoptó la religión de la Ciencia Cristiana, una secta que surgió en EE.UU. a mediados del siglo XIX. Acabó la educación primaria en la escuela Loomis de Conética y se graduó con buen expediente en la universidad Rutgers en 1971. Ese mismo año contrajo matrimonio con la artista Beverly Schreiner. Se mudó a Viena para dar clases en la American International School, y de momento sigue viviendo y trabajando allí.

Obra

Dentro de la obra de Carroll es frecuente la aparición de narradores inmersos en mundos donde la magia se considera algo normal, y es por eso que se ha llegado a decir que sus novelas pertenecerían al realismo mágico de haber nacido en sudamérica y tener apellido español. Su mejor baza como escritor es la cuidadosa construcción de sus ambientes, donde lo inquietante de la atmósfera forma pàrte predominante de la trama, como si fuera un personaje en sí misma.

Bibliografía

Los títulos que se han publicado en castellano hasta la fecha son:
  • El país de las risas (The Land of Laughs, 1980)1
  • El museo del perro (Outside the Dog Museum, 1991)
  • El mar de madera (The Wooden Sea, 2001)
  • Los dientes de los ángeles (Editado en castellano en 2007)
  • Manzanas blancas (Editado en castellano en 2008)
  • Sopa de cristales (Editado en castellano en 2009)
  • El fantasma enamorado (Editado en castellano en 2010)
Relatos:
  • El mejor hombre del amigo (Friend's Best Man, premio World Fantasy de 1988)

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Jonathan Carroll


Jonathan Carroll
Jonathan Carroll in SF.JPG
Carroll at a reading in Stacey's Bookstore,
San Francisco, in 2008
BornJonathan Samuel Carroll
January 26, 1949 (age 68)
New York City, US
OccupationNovelist, writer
NationalityAmerican
GenreMagic realismslipstreamcontemporary fantasy
Website
www.jonathancarroll.com
Jonathan Samuel Carroll (born January 26, 1949) is an American fiction writer primarily known for novels that may be labelled magic realismslipstream or contemporary fantasy. He has lived in Austria since the 1970s.

Life and work

Carroll was born in New York City to Sidney Carroll, a film writer whose credits included The Hustler, and June Carroll (née Sillman), an actress and lyricist who appeared in numerous Broadway shows and two films. He is the half brother of composer Steve Reich and nephew of Broadway producer Leonard Sillman. His parents were Jewish, but Carroll was raised in the Christian Science religion.[1] A self-described "troubled teenager," he finished primary education at the Loomis School in Connecticut and graduated with honors from Rutgers University in 1971, marrying artist Beverly Schreiner in the same year. He relocated to Vienna, Austria a few years later and began teaching literature at the American International School, and has made his home in Austria ever since.
His first novel, The Land of Laughs (1980), is indicative of his general style and subject matter. Told through realistic first person narration, the novel concerns a young schoolteacher, Thomas Abbey, researching the life of a favorite children's book author of his youth, which involves meeting the author's daughter in her and her late father's seemingly idyllic home town of Galen, Missouri. Everything seems fine until a dog in Galen begins talking to Abbey. The line gradually blurs between the fantasy world created by Abbey's research subject and the life of the people in Galen, while the reader begins to wonder just how much trust can be placed in this narrator. Subsequent novels would expand on these themes, but often contain unreliable narrators in a world where magic is viewed as natural. (One commentator claimed in The Times that "if he were a Latin American writer with a three-part name, his books would be described as magical-realist".)[2]

Awards

Carroll's short story, "Friend's Best Man", won the World Fantasy Award.[3] His novel, Outside the Dog Museum won the British Fantasy Award[4] and his collection of short stories won the Bram Stoker Award. The short story "Uh-Oh City" won the French Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.[5] His short story "Home on the Rain" was chosen as one of the best stories of the year by the Pushcart Prize committee. Carroll has been a runner-up for other World Fantasy Awards, the Hugo, and British Fantasy Awards.

Bibliography

Novels

Novellas and short novels

Short story collections

Nonfiction

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