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Format:
Bog, paperback
Udgivelsesdato:
16-07-2019
Sprog:
Engelsk
Sidetal:
224
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“The Nickel Boys” er skrevet af bestsellerforfatteren Colson Whithead, der igen bevæger sig hen til et mørkt tidspunkt i amerikansk historie. Skolen The Nickel Academy er for sorte og har sloganet ”fysisk, mental og moralsk træning”, men i virkeligheden er det skolen fra helvede.

Elwood Curtis blev opdraget af sin strenge, klarsynede og hjertevarme bedstemor, da hans forældre forlod ham. Trods en hård start på livet er Elwood optimismen selv. Med sig bærer han altid Dr. Martin Luther Kings ord om godhed. Selv da han opdager, der på skolen finder psykisk, fysisk og seksuel vold sted, holder han ved at vende den anden kind til. Tilsvarende Elwoods optimisme er Turners pessimisme, der mener eneste udvej er at være som dem.

Colson Whiteheads ”The Nickel Boys” er baseret på den lokale skole i Florida, der bærer ansvaret for mange mishandlede unge. Det er et tragisk udsnit af USA's historie, der kan forklarer meget om det skel, der er i samfundet i dag.

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Udgivelsesdato:
16-07-2019
ISBN13:
9780708899434
Vægt:
300 g
Dybde:
22 mm
Bredde:
152 mm
Højde:
234 mm
Format:
Paperback
Forfattere
Forlagets beskrivelse Winner of the Orwell Prize For Political Fiction 2020! The Nickel Boys is Colson Whitehead's follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning bestseller The Underground Railroad, in which he dramatizes another strand of United States history, this time through the story of two boys sentenced to a stretch in a hellish reform school in Jim-Crow-era Florida. Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. Abandoned by his parents, brought up by his loving, strict and clearsighted grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But given the time and the place, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future, and so Elwood arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide 'physical, intellectual and moral training' which will equip its inmates to become 'honorable and honest men'. In reality, the Nickel Academy is a chamber of horrors, where physical, emotional and sexual abuse is rife, where corrupt officials and tradesmen do a brisk trade in supplies intended for the school, and where any boy who resists is likely to disappear 'out back'. Stunned to find himself in this vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr King's ringing assertion, 'Throw us in jail, and we will still love you.' But Elwood's fellow inmate and new friend Turner thinks Elwood is naive and worse; the world is crooked, and the only way to survive is to emulate the cruelty and cynicism of their oppressors. The tension between Elwood's idealism and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision which will have decades-long repercussions. Based on the history of a real reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped and destroyed the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative by a great American novelist whose work is essential to understanding the current reality of the United States.
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse The Nickel Boys is Colson Whitehead's follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning bestseller The Underground Railroad, in which he dramatizes another strand of United States history, this time through the story of two boys sentenced to a stretch in a hellish reform school in Jim-Crow-era Florida.PRIZES:Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020 (UK)Short-listed for LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2020 (UK)Short-listed for Orwell Political Fiction Book Prize 2020 (UK)Nominated for Rathbones Folio Prize 2020 (UK)

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