Graceland by Christopher Abani
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Graceland
By Christopher Abani

Graceland

By (author) See other recent books by Christopher Abani
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $33.91
Your Price: $30.52 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $3.39! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.53 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 8-11 days



Graceland by Christopher Abani

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2006.

Book Description

Graceland is a dazzling debut by a singular new talent The sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Broke, beset by floods, and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no job opportunities in sight, Elvis is tempted by a life of crime. Thus begins his odyssey into the dangerous underworld of Lagos, guided by his friend Redemption and accompanied by a restless hybrid of voices including The King of Beggars, Sunday, Innocent and Comfort. Ultimately, young Elvis, drenched in reggae and jazz, and besotted with American film heroes and images, must find his way to a GraceLand of his own. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, Abani has created a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign supreme. "A richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the new."--T. Coraghessan Boyle

Buy Graceland book by Christopher Abani from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780312425289
ISBN-10: 0312425287
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 137mm x 23mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 8-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


Books By Author Christopher Abani

Sanctificum by Christopher Abani Sanctificum, Paperback / softback (April 2010)

Chris Abani finds the sacred in a charged and broken world, to "build meaning from detritus."

» View all books by Christopher Abani

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Graceland book by Christopher Abani and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Christopher Abani

Chris Abani was born in Nigeria. At age sixteen he published his first novel, for which he suffered severe political persecution. He went into exile in 1991, and has since lived in England and the United States. His book Daphne's Lot is a collection of poetry for which he won a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship. His book, Kalakuta Republic, is a collection of poetry based on his experience as a political prisoner in Nigeria, and received the PEN USA West Freedom-to-Write Award and the Prince Claus of the Netherlands Award. Abani lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Christopher Abani close
Sanctificum by Christopher Abani
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close