The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion (Libro en Inglés)

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ISBN: 9780802158581
ISBN: 9780802158581
Editorial: Grove Press
Autor: Forna, Aminatta
Año de edición: 2021
N° Paginas: 272
Tipo de pasta: Pasta dura
Descripción: A stunning new collection of essays from the award-winning author of Happiness, The Window Seat explores border crossings both literal and philosophical, our relationship with the natural world, and the stories that we tell ourselves.Aminatta Forna is one of our most important literary voices, and her novels have won the Windham Campbell Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. In this elegantly rendered and wide-ranging collection of new and previously published essays, Forna writes intimately about displacement, trauma and memory, love, and how we coexist and encroach on the non-human world.Movement is a constant here. In the title piece, “The Window Seat,” she reveals the unexpected enchantments of commercial air travel. In “Obama and the Renaissance Generation,” she documents how, despite the narrative of Obama’s exceptionalism, his father, like her own, was one of a generation of gifted young Africans who came to the United Kingdom and the United States for education and were expected to build their home countries anew after colonialism. In “The Last Vet,” time spent shadowing Dr. Jalloh, the only veterinarian in Sierra Leone, as he works with the street dogs of Freetown, becomes a meditation on what a society’s treatment of animals tells us about its principles. In “Crossroads,” she examines race in America from an African perspective, and in “Power Walking” she describes what it means to walk in the world in a Black woman’s body and in “The Watch” she explores the raptures of sleep and sleeplessness the world over.Deeply meditative and written with a wry humor, The Window Seat confirms that Forna is a vital voice in international letters.ReviewPraise for The Window Seat:“[Forna’s] at her best when coaxing hard-won wisdom out of everyday details . . . Forna glides smoothly among memoir, travel writing, history, and literary studies. The prose is intimate and conversational… but the feeling of chatting over coffee belies the attention she gives to each sentence . . . A grand sweep of peoples and cultures united by a longing for what home really means.” —Kirkus Reviews“Novelist Forna (Happiness) explores notions of place, identity, and movement in this bracing collection . . . Forna is a razor sharp prose stylist . . . and her attention to detail moves the collection forward . . . Full of careful observations, Forna’s meditations hit the mark.” —Publishers Weekly—The Boston Globe“A compelling essayist … her voice direct, lucid, and fearless.”—Claire Messud, Harper’s“Intelligent, curious and broad.”—Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times“Thought provoking collection.” — AudioFile"The Window Seat is gutsy, funny, risky and wise, full of dazzling late night insight, in-the-middle-of-everything epiphanies, moments of sheer honesty blooming into gut truths, in a clear-eyed voice that makes you listen in wonder.” —Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Booker Prize“These essays, ranging across continents and time, so broad in their themes and so deep in their perceptions, are essential reading, combining Aminatta Forna’s great gifts as a storyteller and her razor-sharp analytical skills.” —Salman Rushdie“If you had to take the middle seat and sit next to anyone with the window seat, Aminatta Forna would be the perfect stranger to talk to. Wise, witty, sensitive, and sophisticated—about travel, politics, globalization, writing, and the nuances of the human heart and soul—Forna has lived a life of which many of us would be envious. Her essays illuminate that life but ours as well, making us understand the many ways we are connected, even if we only see each other from a distance.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Committed“The essays in this magnificent collection are exhilarating and expansive meditations on traveling—and living—in places so consequential and historically significant that they cannot be measured simply by distance. Who are we far from home? What becomes of those who re
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