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What Strange Paradise

«Deserves to be an instant classic. I haven’t loved a book this much in a long time . . . What Strange Paradise . . . reads as a parable for our times . . . Such beautiful writing . . . This is an extraordinary book.»

The New York Times
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Detaljer

Forlag
Picador
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
256
ISBN
9781529069495
Utgivelsesår
2022
Format
20 x 13 cm

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«Deserves to be an instant classic. I haven’t loved a book this much in a long time . . . What Strange Paradise . . . reads as a parable for our times . . . Such beautiful writing . . . This is an extraordinary book.»

The New York Times

«Hope and despair, past and present, possibility and unlikelihood, kindheartedness and cruelty — they all fill the pages of this book with an exploration of all the sides of humanity.»

NPR

«[What Strange Paradise is] simple in the way that novels like [Camus's] The Stranger or [Steinbeck's] Of Mice and Men are: brief, taut, cooly delivered but with seas of emotion swirling underneath

Minneapolis Star Tribune/Seattle Times

«Impassioned and richly detailed, What Strange Paradise moves like a thriller and punches like a work of art. With this haunting story of refugees, high seas, sharks and Samaritans, Omar El Akkad continues on his impressive exploration of our contemporary world.»

Aravind Adiga, author of <i>The White Tiger </i>and<i> Amnesty</i>

«Resuscitated my heart. This novel – following a boy who survives a refugee passage, and a girl whose homeland feels fractured – dares to unite us on the shore of shared human experience, and redefines hope in the face of despair. »

Lidia Yuknavitch, author of <i>The Chronology of Water</i>

«This compassionate novel could not be more timely.»

Financial Times

«It is one thing to put a human face on a migrant crisis and another to do so in so compelling a way that a reader simply cannot put your book down. I read this in one sitting, my heart pounding the whole way in a strange paradise, you might say. Marvelous.»

Gish Jen, author of <i>The Resistors</i>

«What an imaginative, touching, and necessary novel Omar El Akkad has brought to us. It reminds us of the human stories behind headlines and statistics, and gives us one of the most memorable children characters, whose story adds urgency and poignancy to that "awfully big adventure" stated by Peter Pan.»

Yiyun Li, author of <i>Where Reasons End</i>

«Tremendously written . . . Omar El Akkad writes with such emotional precision, power, and grace . . . The book devastates and uplifts, somehow, and we are not left with hope – that isn’t the point – but asked to witness, to see what is here, with clarity, and with fullness of heart.»

Tommy Orange, author of <i>There, There</i>

«An extremely accomplished and moving novel, but also a gripping page-turner . . . It reads as a type of shattered fairy tale on several levels: the hopes and dreams of the boat refugees, and the superhuman feats enabling Amir and Vanna to mimic his favourite adventure stories – with an ambiguous ending leaving a devastating question mark over the whole tale.»

Independent

«Riveting . . . Nothing I’ve read before has given me such a visceral sense of the grisly predicament confronted by millions of people expelled from their homes by conflict and climate change.»

Washington Post

«So gripping a page-turner that its brutal message feels organic . . . Through wisdom imparted by various characters, the reader receives new perspectives; the privileged Western reader in particular is confronted with him- or herself in an uncomfortable way.»

Toronto Globe and Mail

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