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The Sellout

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize

Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal.
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality - the black Chinese restaurant.
Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens - on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles - the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral. Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident - the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins - he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.
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Paul Beatty, geboren 1962 in Los Angeles, lebt in New York City. Er war der erste Preisträger des Grand Poetry Slam des Nuyorican Poets Café.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Elizabeth Bruce
Seitenzahl 304
Erscheinungsdatum 01.03.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-250-08325-8
Verlag Macmillan USA
Maße (L/B/H) 211/139/27 mm
Gewicht 264
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„Full of satire and a great sense of grim humor“

Daniela Julia Parau, Thalia-Buchhandlung Karlsruhe

Raised by a controversial sociologist the narrator of this ludicrous story spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. Had he always been believing in his fathers pioneering work and a memoir, the realization of it being a lie hits him even harder when his old man gets killed in a police shoot-out. Raised by a controversial sociologist the narrator of this ludicrous story spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. Had he always been believing in his fathers pioneering work and a memoir, the realization of it being a lie hits him even harder when his old man gets killed in a police shoot-out.
Anger rises within him for the deception he feels – not only for his fathers’ death but also for the removal of his hometown Dickens from every map. And he decides to make a change. His “revenge” is the most outrageous: he brings back slavery and segregates Dickens high school.
Beattys’ story is so full of satirical humor and cynicism that sometimes it makes you gasp in disbelieve. Entertaining and definitely a piece you'll read more than one time. Because it will always surprise you with new twists and shades that you might have missed the first time.

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