9780312425289

Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005)

Chris Abani

ISBN 10: 0312425287 / 0-312-42528-7
ISBN 13: 9780312425289
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Softcover
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"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.

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.

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 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.

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Book Description: Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: Picador | A Novel | 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. | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 300 gr | 321 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9780312425289

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