Louisa Hall

  • Rêves de machines

    Louisa Hall

    1663, la jeune Mary Bradford fuit l'Angleterre avec sa famille pour le Nouveau Monde. À bord de leur navire, elle fait la connaissance de l'époux à qui ses parents la destinent.
    1928, Alan Turing planche sur le fonctionnement du cerveau et de l'esprit humain.
    1968, Karl Dettman crée le logiciel de discussion MARY. Il rencontre un succès immédiat auprès de son épouse qui lui consacre toutes ses nuits.
    2035, la petite Gaby est au plus mal. Comme bien d'autres enfants, elle s'est vu confisquer le robot avec lequel elle avait noué des liens privilégiés.
    2040, Stephen R. Chinn purge sa peine pour avoir conçu des poupées dotées d'une conscience si performante qu'elles ont complètement anéanti les relations sociales entre les adolescents de toute une génération.
    À travers les siècles et les continents, ces cinq voix s'entremêlent et tissent une histoire de la création de l'intelligence artificielle.

    Dans ce brillant roman, Louisa Hall nous propulse au coeur d'un futur dangereusement proche où les robots sont plus sensibles que leurs créateurs, posant une question essentielle : qu'est-ce qu'être humain?

  • 15 juillet 1945, Los Alamos, Nouveau-Mexique. Robert Oppenheimer, brillant scientifique et créateur de la bombe atomique, compte les heures, les minutes. Il attend le lancement de l'essai nucléaire Trinity.
    Un agent du FBI, une journaliste ou encore sa secrétaire particulière témoignent de celui qu'il était. À travers sept récits s'élabore par petites touches le portrait kaléidoscopique d'un homme de l'ombre qui a transformé le destin de l'humanité. Trinity explore les confins de la culpabilité, son influence sur les corps et les esprits. Ici, les histoires personnelles des narrateurs se mêlent à l'histoire mondiale, et les fantômes des victimes des bombes d'Hiroshima et Nagasaki surgissent à chaque page.
    En interrogeant le rapport entre réalité et fiction, intime et universel, Louisa Hall compose un grand roman sur le monde terrifiant engendré par l'arme qui aurait dû en finir avec toutes les armes.

  • Jane Austen's Persuasion is brought into the twenty-first century by Louisa Hall in The Carriage House, a stunning novel of family and forgiveness, set in contemporary suburban America.

    Elizabeth, Diana and Izzy, three sisters who have lived a privileged life in suburban America are the pride and joy of their father William. All three were tennis prodigies as children, popular, and successful at school: they seemed destined for greatness.

    But the idyllic façade masks a family who is in turmoil - their mother is suffering with early onset Alzheimer's which is making Izzy spiral out of control, Diana is failing her career, Elizabeth feels trapped by her domesticity and their father is still in love with his old sweetheart, Adelia.

    When William is suddenly taken ill, he reveals that he has lost faith in the things he had once held closest to his heart: the promise of his gifted daughters and his grandfather's beautiful carriage house, now lost to the family.

    Devastated by his disappointment in them and desperate to make their father proud, the sisters band together to restore his beloved carriage house which is now dilapidated, unloved and under threat of demolition by the neighbourhood association, and to re-build a family in disarray.

    Touching, intelligent and compassionate, The Carriage House is a drama about family, relationships and forgiveness - and, most importantly, that it is never too late to make amends.

    'Louisa Hall writes about the wars waged between neighbours and family members with extraordinary sympathy and a keen sense of humour. Part Jane Austen, part John Cheever, this tale of upheaval in a suburban Philadelphia household marks the debut of a stunning new writer' Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust 'Every sentence in The Carriage House is full of clarity, attention, and grace. Louisa Hall is a writer to be admired' Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds 'The Carriage House is gorgeously detailed and rife with betrayal, heartbreak, nostalgia, lost love, and possibilities for redemption. You will ache for the Adair family, cringe at their mistakes, and plead with them to make peace with each other before it's too late. In her smart and insightful debut, Louisa Hall examines the ways in which we fail and forgive others-and ourselves' Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise Louisa Hall was born in Philadelphia in 1982 and grew up in the nearby suburb of Haverford. She graduated from Harvard in 2004 and went on to play squash professionally for three years. She is now completing her Ph.D. in literature at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her poems have been published in journals such as The New Republic, The Southwest Review, and Ellipsis. The Carriage House is her first novel.

  • She cannot run. She cannot walk. She cannot even blink. As her batteries run down for the final time, all she can do is speak. Will you listen?

    Speak is the story of artificial intelligence and of those who loved it, hated it and created it. Spanning geography and time, the novel takes us from Alan Turing's conviction in the 1950s to a Silicon Valley Wunderkind imprisoned in 2040 for creating illegally lifelike dolls. From a pilgrim girl writing her diary to a traumatised young girl exchanging messages with a software program, all these lives have shaped and changed a single artificial intelligence - MARY3. In Speak, she tells you their story, and her own. It the last story she will ever tell, spoken both in celebration and also warning - a warning against creating and abandoning beings with the ability to feel as deeply as we do.

    When machines learn to speak, who decides what it means to be human?

  • « Je n'ai jamais autant vu mes voisins que depuis que nous vivons confinés. Pas de près : par la fenêtre de la chambre du bébé. Le matin, quand il fait encore nuit dehors, je regarde la doctoresse qui vit au 519 se diriger vers l'hôpital, des chaussures confortables aux pieds, le masque qu'elle a trouvé à la quincaillerie accroché autour de son cou. » Louisa Hall