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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin LCC US)

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& #8220 Vuong writes about the yearning for connection that afflicts immigrants. But & #8216 ocean& #8217 also describes the distinctive way Vuong writes: His words are liquid, flowing, rolling, teasing, mighty and overpowering. When Vuong& #8217 s mother gave him the oh-so-apt name of Ocean, she inadvertently called into being a writer whose language some of us readers could happily drown in& #8230 Like so many immigrant writers before him, Vuong has taken the English he acquired with difficulty and not only made it his own & #8212 he& #8217 s made it better.& #8221 & #8212 Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air & #8220 With his radical approach to form and his daring mix of personal reflection, historical recollection and sexual exploration, Vuong is surely a literary descendant of [Walt Whitman].  Emerging from the most marginalized circumstances, he has produced a lyrical work of self-discovery that& #8217 s shockingly intimate and insistently universal& #8230 [The] narrative flows & #8212 rushing from one anecdote to another, swirling past and present, constantly swelling with poignancy& #8230 Vuong ties the private terrors of supposedly inconsequential people to the larger forces pulsing through America& #8230 At times, the tension between Little Dog& #8217 s passion and his concern seems to explode the very structure of traditional narrative, and the pages break apart into the lines of an evocative prose poem & #8212 not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.& #8221 & #8212 Ron Charles,  Washington Post   & #8220 In order to survive, Little Dog has to receive and reject another kind of violence, too: he must see his mother through the American eyes that scan her for weakness and incompetence and, at best, disregard her, the way that evil spirits might ignore a child named for a little dog. There is a staggering tenderness in the way that Little Dog holds all of this within himself, absorbing it and refusing to pass it on. Reading & #8216 On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous& #8217 can feel like watching an act of endurance art, or a slow, strange piece of magic in which bones become sonatas, to borrow one of Vuong& #8217 s metaphors.& #8221   & #8212 Jia Tolentino,  The New Yorker   & #8220 Ocean Vuong& #8217 s devastatingly beautiful first novel, as evocative as its title, is a painful but extraordinary coming-of-age story about surviving the aftermath of trauma& #8230 Vuong& #8217 s language soars as he writes of beauty, survival, and freedom, which sometimes isn& #8217 t freedom at all, but & #8216 simply the cage widening far away from you, the bars abstracted with distance but still there& #8217 & #8230 The title says it: Gorgeous.& #8221 & #8212 Heller McAlpin, NPR.org   & #8220 A stunningly written journey that& #8230 explores how race, masculinity, addiction and poverty are seen in our country& #8212 all topics that feel especially significant today.& #8221   & #8212   WSJ. Magazine & #8220 Hands down, the book that carried me through the year was Ocean Vuong& #8217 s  On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous. I& #8217 m willing to bet this book carried legions of us, with the brutal and yet also tender beauty of the poetics, the intimacy between bodies, the weight of the heart suspended inside longing. This is a book that multiplies meanings, but at the center is a queer coming-of-age story as well as a bicultural family history. The shadow of a mother-son relationship and the shadow of the America-Vietnam relationship haunts the story. I fell in love with the narrator a hundred times over. I also felt suspended between the atomized mother who cannot fully understand the language of her son, a son& #8217 s attempt to both inhabit as well as break free from his own family history, and the force of nature it takes to wrestle the gap. The language went into my body.& #8221 & #8212 Lidia Yuknavitch, Vogue.com & #8220 To read  On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous  is to experience a beginning again and again. It is to see the world as an open field, full of possibility.& #8221 & #8212 Rumpus 'A riot of feeling and sensation& #8230 delirious and star-bright& #8230 Vuong is pushing the boundaries of the novel form, reshaping the definition to fit the contours of his restless poetic exploration, using language to capture consciousness and being. The text spasms with memory like synapses firing in the dark& #8230 To read this book is to fill your whole life with it, albeit not briefly. Vuong& #8217 s is poetry that lingers in the blood long after the words have run out.& #8221 & #8212 Barbara VanDenburgh, USA Today   & #8220 Vuong is masterly at creating indelible, impressionistic images& #8230 Vuong beautifully evokes [Trevor& #8217 s] seductive power over Little Dog: This is some of the most moving writing I& #8217 ve read about two boys experimenting together& #8230 The book is brilliant in the way it pays attention not to what our thoughts make us feel, but to what our feelings make us think. To what kinds of truth does feeling lead? Oscar Wilde famously quipped that sentimentalism is wanting to have an emotion without paying for it, but Little Dog has paid and paid, and the truths arrived at in this book are valuable precisely because they are steeped in feeling.& #8221 & #8212 Justin Torres,  The New York Times Book Review   & #8220 Vuong as a writer is daring. He goes where the hurt is, creating a novel saturated with yearning and ache& #8230 He transforms the emotional, the visceral, the individual into the political in an unforgettable& #8211 indeed, gorgeous& #8211 novel, a book that seeks to affect its readers as profoundly as Little Dog is affected, not only by his lover but also by the person who brought him into the world.& #8221 & #8212 Viet Thanh Nguyen,  TIME   & #8220 The novel is expansive and introspective, fragmented and dreamlike, a coming of age tale conveyed in images and anecdotes and explorations& #8230 Just as he fuels his prose with his poetry, Vuong takes what he needs from lived experience to animate his storytelling with visceral beauty and a strain of what feels like uncut truth& #8230 For the duration of this marvelous novel, Vuong holds our gaze and fills it with what he wills & #8212 the migration of butterflies, love in a tobacco barn, purple flowers gathered on a highway.& #8221   & #8212 Steph Cha,  Los Angeles Times   & #8220 [Vuong is] a remarkable storyteller& #8230 Depictions of poverty, queerness, and the immigrant experience are vivid, exacting, and humane& #8230 This book is no ordinary novel. This thing feels alive.& #8221   & #8212 David Canfield,  Entertainment Weekly   & #8220 The novel& #8217 s overarching structure is an ingenious representation of our failure & #8212 as members of families and communities, as fellow citizens & #8212 to understand one another& #8230 [This is] a distinctive, intimate novel that is also a reckoning with the Vietnam War& #8217 s long shadow& #8230 Vuong is a skillful, daring writer, and his first novel is a powerful one.& #8221 & #8212 Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle & #8220 A bildungsroman that vacillates between moments of piercing tenderness and savage brutality, set against quixotic hopes of the American Dream and the devastation of the opioid crisis. Vuong& #8217 s deeply felt work might just be the first great fiction of this modern, homegrown travesty, but it& #8217 s also a story that is enriched by both the beautiful and the ugly currents of American history.& #8221 & #8212 Chloe Schama, Vogue.com   & #8220 A diary of life on the margins of American society& #8230 For all that Vuong has to say about history, queerness, and American culture, everything about his book feels specific and personal.& #8221   & #8212 Boris Kachka, Vulture   & #8220 Lyrical& #8230 With this book, [Vuong] is creating an account of lives that are at once overlooked and thoroughly American. These days, this feels like a political act.& #8221 & #8212 Wall Street Journal   & #8220 Stunningly lyrical& #8230 We are witnessing something necessary and powerful with  On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous, which asks us to search what is human in us and ask what it really means to be alive, to seek truth within the mess that is life.& #8221   & #8212 Philadelphia Inquirer & #8220 Dazzling& #8230 We see the power and purifying rage of Vuong& #8217 s prose.& #8221   & #8212 Julie Wittes Schlack, The  ARTery on WBUR.org & #8220 [A] raw, fearless debut& #8230 In prose as radiant and assured as his poetry, Vuong explores the ability of stories to heal generational wounds, and asks how we can rescue and transform one another in the wake of unimaginable loss.& #8221 & #8212 Esquire.com   & #8220 [ On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous] captures a peculiar kind of American immigrant experience with all of its cultural ambiguity and heartbreak intact. For all of its pain, it never loses sight of the privilege of being alive.& #8221 & #8212 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & #8220 A candid meditation on masculinity, art, and the inescapable pull of opioids& #8230 Vuong peels apart phrases and reconfigures them into new, surprising ideas.& #8221 & #8212 ELLE & #8220 An epistolary masterpiece& #8230 Fearless, revelatory, extraordinary.& #8221 & #8212 Library Journal (starred review)   & #8220 Disarmingly frank, raw in subject matter but polished in style and language,  On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous   reveals the strengths and limitations of human connection and the importance of speaking your truth.& #8221 & #8212 BookPage  & #8220 [Vuong& #8217 s] first foray into fiction is poetic in the deepest sense& #8212 not merely on the level of language, but in its structure and its intelligence& #8230 The result is an uncategorizable hybrid of what reads like memoir, bildungsroman, and book-length poem. More important than labels, though, is the novel's earnest and open-hearted belief in the necessity of stories and language for our survival. A raw and incandescently written foray into fiction by one of our most gifted poets.& #8221 & #8212 Kirkus (starred review) & #8220 Casting a truly literary spell, Vuong's tale of language and origin, beauty and the power of story, is an enrapturing first novel.& #8221 & #8212 Booklist  (starred review) & #8220 Sometimes a writer comes along and stops your breath. I& #8217 m reading On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous and there is so little air moving through my body as I read. When writing is this good, who needs air?& #8221 & #8212 Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone & #8220 A bruised, breathtaking love letter never meant to be sent. A powerful testimony to magic and loss. A marvel.& #8221 & #8212 Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf & #8220 This is one of the best novels I& #8217 ve ever read. I always want my favorite poets to write novels and here it& #8217 s happened. Ocean Vuong is a master. This book a masterpiece. On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous is an ode to loss and struggle, to being a Vietnamese American, to Hartford, Connecticut, and it& #8217 s a compassionate epistolary ode to a mother who may or may not know how to read. I dog-eared so many pages the book almost collapsed& #8212 I almost did.& #8221 & #8212 Tommy Orange, author of There There   & #8220 On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous will be described & #8212   rightly  & #8212   as luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary. But the word I keep circling back to is raw: that's how powerful the emotions here are, and how you'll feel after reading it  & #8212 scoured down to bone. With a poet's precision, Ocean Vuong examines whether putting words to one's experience can bridge wounds that span generations, and whether it's ever possible to be truly heard by those we love most.& #8221 & #8212 Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere   & #8220 This book& #8212 gorgeous is right there in the title& #8212 finds incredible, aching beauty in the deep observation of love in many forms. Ocean Vuong's debut novel contains all the power of his poetry, and I finished the book knowing that we are seeing only the very beginning of his truly magnificent talent.& #8221 & #8212 Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers   & #8220 Ocean Vuong runs up against the limits of language& #8212 this book is addressed to a mother who cannot read it& #8212 and expands our sense of what literature can make visible, thinkable, felt across borders and generations and genres. This is a courageous, embodied inquiry into the tangle of colonial and personal histories. It is also a gorgeous argument for astonishment over irony& #8212 for the transformative possibilities of love.& #8221 & #8212 Ben Lerner, author of Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04   & #8220 One is not often given the chance to apply words like & #8220 brilliant& #8221 and & #8220 remarkable& #8221 to any novels, certainly not first novels.  Thank you, Ocean Vuong, for this brilliant and remarkable first novel.' & #8212 Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours & #8220 [ On Earth We& #8217 re Briefly Gorgeous] is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read, a literary marvel and a work of extraordinary humanity. It is about who we are, and how we find ourselves in our bodies, in each other, in countries, on this earth: truly a masterpiece.& #8221 & #8212 Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with Feathers

ISBN 978-0-525-50771-0
Abmessungen (B/H/T) 198x132x20mm
Gewicht 198 g