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The Death of Vivek Oji

料號(EAN): 9780525541622
ISBN: 9780525541622
作 者: Akwaeke Emezi
出 版 社: Riverhead
出版日期: 2021/5/25
頁 數: 256
長 寬 高: 201x130x18mm
語 系: 英語
裝 訂: 平裝
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Named a Best Book of 2020 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, USA TODAY, Vanity Fair, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Shondaland, Teen Vogue, Vulture, Lit Hub, Bustle, Electric Literature, and BookPage

What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?

One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son's body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family's struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek's closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens-and Osita struggles to understand Vivek's escalating crisis-the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.

Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations-a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.

 

被《紐約時報》、《華盛頓郵報》、《NPR全國公共廣播電台》、《今日美國》、《浮華世界》、《Elle》、《哈潑時尚》、《美麗佳人》、《Shondaland》、《Teen Vogue少年時尚》、《Vulture》、《Lit Hub》、《Bustle》、《Electric Literature》 和 《BookPage》 評為 2020 年最佳圖書。
 
對於一個家庭來說,失去一個他們從未真正認識的孩子意味著什麼?
 
一天下午,在奈及利亞東南部的一個小鎮,一位母親打開前門,發現兒子的屍體被五顏六色的織物包裹在她的腳邊。接下來是一個混亂、令人心碎的故事,一個家庭努力瞭解一個既溫柔又神秘的孩子。由一個疏遠的父親和一個善解人意但過度保護的母親撫養長大,維韋克患有迷失感的暈眩,常有自我與周圍環境斷片的時刻。隨著青春期進入成年期,維韋克與奈及利亞外籍新娘所生的溫馨、喧鬧的女兒們發展友誼找到慰藉。但維韋克與奧西塔最親密的關係是與世故的、意氣風發的堂兄奧西塔,他戲謔的自信掩蓋了保守的私人生活。隨著他們的關係加深--奧西塔努力理解維韋克不斷增加的危機--在令人振奮的爭取自由時,卻發生了令人心碎的暴力行為。
 
《維韋克王子之死》可讀性強,人物刻骨銘心,是一部挑戰期望的關於家庭和友誼的小說--一個讓每一位讀者感動的失落與超然存在的戲劇性故事。

(譯者/楊靜愉)
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