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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (udgave 2018)

af Lesley Nneka Arimah (Forfatter)

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"A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. In "Who Will Greet You at Home," a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In "Wild," a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good," three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions. Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her"--… (mere)
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Titel:What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories
Forfattere:Lesley Nneka Arimah (Forfatter)
Info:Riverhead Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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‘’Girls with fire in their bellies will be forced to drink from a well of correction till the flames die out.’’

In this outstanding collection by the Nigerian writer Leslie Nneka Arimah, family is examined in all its forms. Family means unconditional love and protection. But there is a very fine, fragile line between protection and asphyxiation, between love and care and the deep wish for absolute dominion over the life of your children. Motherhood acquires centre stage and is seen in a realistic, even raw, light. We meet mothers who nurture and protect, mothers who oppress, mothers who exploit. And most importantly, we meet daughters whose cry of independence and the right to decide their course echoes through the pages of one of the most exceptional books I’ve ever had the fortune to read.

This collection is as ferocious as life itself.

The Future Looks Good: We meet a young woman as she is about to unlock the door of an apartment. Through her eyes, we see her family. Her parents, her elder sister. We encounter the hell of the war in Nigeria and the various labours of love. But nothing, nothing can prepare us for the end. An astonishing story in less than six pages.

War Stories: A girl narrates the story of the cruelty of children, the weakness of human nature, the nightmare of war, the secrets of a family. Powerful and moving.

Wild: A teenage girl is sent to stay with her aunt in Nigeria. There she has to face the wild nature of her cousin and a mysterious past. A story of motherhood, womanhood, and the repercussions of a cultural shock.

Light: A moving story about fatherhood and the special bond between a daughter and a father who raises his child alone. And a ‘’mother’’ who is anything but.

Second Chances: The loss of a mother has been haunting her eldest daughter for eight years. But what happens when she returns all of a sudden? Can the girl forgive and forget? Is such a thing even possible?

‘’There is a science to it, falling.’’

Windfalls: A despicable woman has found an abominable way to make money, abusing and exploiting her daughter. The wounds she has caused are unhealable. A shocking, poignant story of disastrous ‘’motherhood’’.

‘’Where are you going?
I am going home.

Who will greet you at home?
My mother will greet me.
What will your mother do?
My mother will bless me and my child.’’

Who Will Greet You At Home: Ιs there an equation to heal pain, war wounds and despair? A mathematician tries to help as many victims as she can. But in a world ravaged by floods that led to its destruction, falling is a reality…

Glory: A young woman has managed to escape her overbearing mother until the day her potential mother-in-law makes an appearance. Glory has to make a choice that involves her independence and the right to remain true to herself and not to the expectations of others.

‘’If you can’t please the gods, trick them.’’

What Is A Volcano?: A beautiful, haunting myth about the tragic feud between the goddess of rivers and the god of ants and the creation of volcanoes.

Redemption: A girl learns about the secrets and cruelty of the adult world and the way it corrupts even the children who try to escape misery and cruel ‘’families’’.

‘’How many people had Kioni worked with over the last decade? Five thousand? Ten? Ten thousand traumas in her psyche, squeezing past each other, vying for the attention of their host. What would happen if you couldn’t forget, if every emotion from every person whose grief you’d eaten came back up? It could happen, if something went wrong with the formula millions and millions of permutations down the line. A thousand falling men landing on you.’’

My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.wordpress.com/ ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Feb 14, 2021 |
Diese Kurzgeschichtensammlung der nigerianischen Autorin ist wirklich genial und ich wünsche ihr noch viele Leserinnen.
Frauen spielen die Hauptrolle in diesen schönen, überraschenden Geschichten - sie sind stark und mutig, aber sie sehnen sich auch nach Geborgenheit und Glück. Nicht immer geht beides zusammen, in einer Männerwelt, in einer armen Welt.
So ist die Heldin aus "Licht" prototypisch, über die es heißt: "Noch fragt er sich nicht, woher sie es hat, dieses Feuer. Er weiß nur, dass es die Wölfe dieser Welt in Schach hält und dass er es niemals sterben lassen darf." ( )
  Wassilissa | Jul 18, 2020 |
3.5-wonderful collection of short stories but was a case of"it's not you it's me." ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
The twelve stories in this collection range from the grim to the whimsical. Set variously in America or Nigeria, in the future, the far future, or an alternate present, they tend to concern the anxiety of familial bonds in a world in which those bonds are severely tested. Betrayals by family members abound. Men are either ineffectual or monstrous or idealized. Women, more complex typically, are also capable of harsher judgements and more devious plans. Reality is permeable. Spirits or ghosts often have walk-on parts. And when the past is not corporealized, it’s atrocities nonetheless take on the immense weight of memory and grief.

The writing is solid without being flashy. Arimah’s characters are believable, if somewhat outside the norm, even, or perhaps particularly, her golem-like Ogechi in “Who Will Greet You At Home.” Arimah is especially good on the state of beholdingness, which involves gratitude steeped in resentment. Individuals or part-families fall into the state of dependence on other family members through the vicissitudes of fate: war, accident, economic disaster, ecological catastrophe. There is an ever present feeling of risk. Whatever you might have at one moment could be gone in the next, with no hope of redemption. It makes for compelling yet anxious reading.

The finest of these stories are as good as any you could hope to read anywhere. I particularly admired the aforementioned “Who Will Greet You At Home,” “Buchi’s Girls,” the title story, “What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky,” and, “Glory.” But I was not disappointed with any. It makes it easy to recommend this collection. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Apr 9, 2020 |
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One of the pleasures of reading Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut collection is the feeling of being thrown off balance: not knowing where this playful and adventurous new talent will take you next. The 12 stories that make up What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky are set in Nigeria and the US, sometimes moving between the two (the author was born in the UK, has lived in Nigeria and is now based in the States). Arimah’s focus is on the lives of girls and women, and while her perspective is often bleak, the collection is bracing and varied.
 

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"A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. In "Who Will Greet You at Home," a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In "Wild," a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good," three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions. Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her"--

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