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Buchtipps - Classics

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.

“A true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.”  —Barack Obama  Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Keine Liebe ist jemals unschuldig Im Paris der Fünfzigerjahre lernt David, amerikanischer Expat,in einer Bar den reizend überheblichen, löwenhaften Giovanni kennen. Die beiden beginnen eine Affäre – und Verlangen und auch Scham brechen in David los wie ein Sturm. Dann kehrt plötzlich seine Verlobte zurück. David bringt nicht den Mut auf, sich zu outen. Im Glauben, sich selbst retten zu können, stürzt er Giovanni in ein Unglück, das tödlich endet.

Als alleinerziehende Mutter kämpft Lutie Johnson unerschütterlich für ihre eigene Würde und darum, ihren kleinen Sohn Bubb inmitten all der Armut, Gewalt und rassistischen Verachtung, die sie umgibt, zu einem anständigen Menschen heranzuziehen. Schauplatz ist die 116th Street auf der Upper Westside in Manhattan. Keiner entrinnt dieser verkommenen Welt, in der Menschen zwangsläufig roh und stumpf und zu kriminellen Verzweiflungstaten hingerissen werden.

These two witty and perceptive social dramas are sympathetic and honest explorations of the conflicts between the individualism of westernised culture and the social traditions of Africa. Both plays have been performed throughout the world. Ama Ata Aidoo is Ghana's foremost playwright, poet and novelist, and has published many works. She has held distinguished appointments in Ghana and the USA and is currently Executive Director of Mbaasem, a foundation to support African women writers and their work.

Ralph Ellison's blistering and impassioned first novel tells the extraordinary story of a man invisible 'simply because people refuse to see me'. Published in 1952 when American society was in the cusp of immense change, the powerfully depicted adventures of Ellison's invisible man - from his expulsion from a Southern college to a terrifying Harlem race riot - go far beyond the story of one individual to give voice to the experience of an entire generation of black Americans.