Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005)

3,79 durchschnittliche Bewertung
( 1.952 Bewertungen bei Goodreads )
 
9780312425289: Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005)

Graceland is a dazzling debut by a singular new talent

The sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Broke, beset by floods, and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no job opportunities in sight, Elvis is tempted by a life of crime. Thus begins his odyssey into the dangerous underworld of Lagos, guided by his friend Redemption and accompanied by a restless hybrid of voices including The King of Beggars, Sunday, Innocent and Comfort. Ultimately, young Elvis, drenched in reggae and jazz, and besotted with American film heroes and images, must find his way to a GraceLand of his own.

Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, Abani has created a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.

"A richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the new."--T. Coraghessan Boyle

Die Inhaltsangabe kann sich auf eine andere Ausgabe dieses Titels beziehen.

From the Back Cover:

"A richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the new."--T. Coraghessan Boyle

The sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, this is a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria, where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.

"Abani's intensely visual style--and his sense of humor--convert the stuff of hopelessness into the stuff of hope."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Extraordinary...This book works brilliantly in two ways. As a convincing and unpatronizing record of life in a poor Nigerian slum, and as a frighteningly honest insight into a world skewed by casual violence, it's wonderful...And for all the horrors, there are sweet scenes in Graceland too, and they're a thousand times better for being entirely unsentimental...Lovely." --The New York Times Book Review

"To say that this is a Nigerian or African novel is to miss the point. This absolutely beautiful work of fiction is about complex strained political structures, the irony of the West being a measure of civilization, and the tricky business of being a son. Abani's language is beautiful and his story is important."--Percival Everett

Chris Abani was born in Nigeria. At age sixteen he published his first novel, for which he suffered severe political persecution. He went into exile in 1991, and has since lived in England and the United States. His last book, Daphne's Lot, is a collection of poetry for which he won a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the PEN USA West Freedom to Write Award and the Prince Claus Award. Abani lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

About the Author:

Chris Abani was born in Nigeria. At age sixteen he published his first novel, for which he suffered severe political persecution. He went into exile in 1991, and has since lived in England and the United States. His book Daphne's Lot is a collection of poetry for which he won a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship. His book, Kalakuta Republic, is a collection of poetry based on his experience as a political prisoner in Nigeria, and received the PEN USA West Freedom-to-Write Award and the Prince Claus of the Netherlands Award. Abani lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

„Über diesen Titel“ kann sich auf eine andere Ausgabe dieses Titels beziehen.

Neu kaufen Angebot ansehen

Versand: EUR 29,50
Von Deutschland nach USA

Versandziele, Kosten & Dauer

In den Warenkorb

Beste Suchergebnisse beim ZVAB

1.

Chris Abani
Verlag: Picador
ISBN 10: 0312425287 ISBN 13: 9780312425289
Neu Taschenbuch Anzahl: 1
Anbieter
AHA-BUCH GmbH
(Einbeck, Deutschland)
Bewertung
[?]

Buchbeschreibung Picador. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Chris Abanis Debütroman erzählt die Geschichte von Elvis Oke, einem Teenager, der im chaotischen, überquellenden und bunten Ghetto Maroko in Lagos, der Hauptstadt Nigerias, sein hartes Leben führt. Von amerikanischen Filmen, Büchern und Musik inspiriert, versucht sich Elvis, die Haut mit Schichten von Make-up weiß geschminkt, als Elvis-Presley-Imitator durchzuschlagen und ein paar Dollars von Touristen zu ergattern - stoisch, unermüdlich zu blechernen Radioklängen übend. Er hat zu kämpfen mit seinem gebrochenen Vater, der Stiefmutter und seinen Stiefgeschwistern und der Gewalt des täglichen Lebens unter einem brutalen Regime. Dann läßt sich Elvis, von ständigen Geldsorgen geplagt, zu einer Reise in Lagos' kriminelle Unterwelt überreden - beschützt vom 'König der Bettler', einem rätselhaften und loyalen Freund. Vor dem Zugriff des Staates und der Inhaftierung kann er Elvis dennoch nicht bewahren. Elvis übersteht, wie Chris Abani selbst, die Haftzeit und die Folter, kann sich retten und seinen eigenen Weg nach 'GraceLand' finden. 321 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780312425289

Weitere Informationen zu diesem Verkäufer | Frage an den Anbieter

Neu kaufen
EUR 17,00
Währung umrechnen

In den Warenkorb

Versand: EUR 29,50
Von Deutschland nach USA
Versandziele, Kosten & Dauer