Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction! 

An instant New York Times Bestseller! 

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal! 

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.

“A lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal…Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
Winner of the 2016 Whiting Award

One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016"

One of Lit Hub's "10 must-read poetry collections for April"

“Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition. His poems are by turns graceful and wonderstruck. His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion.”—The New Yorker

"Night Sky with Exit Wounds establishes Vuong as a fierce new talent to be reckoned with...This book is a masterpiece that captures, with elegance, the raw sorrows and joys of human existence."—Buzzfeed's "Most Exciting New Books of 2016"

"This original, sprightly wordsmith of tumbling pulsing phrases pushes poetry to a new level...A stunning introduction to a young poet who writes with both assurance and vulnerability. Visceral, tender and lyrical, fleet and agile, these poems unflinchingly face the legacies of violence and cultural displacement but they also assume a position of wonder before the world.”—2016 Whiting Award citation

"Night Sky with Exit Wounds is the kind of book that soon becomes worn with love. You will want to crease every page to come back to it, to underline every other line because each word resonates with power."—LitHub

"Vuong’s powerful voice explores passion, violence, history, identity—all with a tremendous humanity."—Slate

“In his impressive debut collection, Vuong, a 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, writes beauty into—and culls from—individual, familial, and historical traumas. Vuong exists as both observer and observed throughout the book as he explores deeply personal themes such as poverty, depression, queer sexuality, domestic abuse, and the various forms of violence inflicted on his family during the Vietnam War. Poems float and strike in equal measure as the poet strives to transform pain into clarity. Managing this balance becomes the crux of the collection, as when he writes, ‘Your father is only your father/ until one of you forgets. Like how the spine/ won’t remember its wings/ no matter how many times our knees/ kiss the pavement.’”—Publishers Weekly

"What a treasure [Ocean Vuong] is to us. What a perfume he's crushed and rendered of his heart and soul. What a gift this book is."—Li-Young Lee

Torso of Air

Suppose you do change your life.
& the body is more than

a portion of night—sealed
with bruises. Suppose you woke

& found your shadow replaced
by a black wolf. The boy, beautiful

& gone. So you take the knife to the wall
instead. You carve & carve

until a coin of light appears
& you get to look in, at last,

on happiness. The eye
staring back from the other side—

waiting.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Ocean Vuong attended Brooklyn College. He is the author of two chapbooks as well as a full-length collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. A 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellow and winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, Ocean Vuong lives in New York City, New York.


En av de senaste årens stora litterära sensationer

Sverigebesök 31:a maj i samtal med den hyllade franske författaren Édouard Louis på Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

VINNARE av Whiting Award for Poetry

VINNARE av Thom Gunn Award

VINNARE av T.S Eliot Prize 2017

Finalist för Forward Prize

Finalist för Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Finalist för Lambda Literary Award

Utsedd till en av Årets böcker 2016 av: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Irish Times, Library Journal, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Entropy Magazine & BookThug.

»Jag är komplett tagen av den här boken. Det är så skickligt och smidigt utfört, så märkligt och vackert, så brutalt, konstant överraskande.« | Kristoffer Folkhammar, Sydsvenskan

»Det är en fantastisk diktsamling skriven med en enorm känslighet inför tillvarons villkor.« | Expressen Kultur

Ocean Vuongs första fullängdare som poet, Natthimmel med kulhål, har gjort litterär sensation i USA. Boken har jämförts med den engelska litteraturens stora: Emily Dickinson och till och med William Shakespeare. Dikterna utgår från Vuongs erfarenhet som barn av Vietnamkriget. Temana är de stora mänskliga: kärlek, familj, krig, sex, minne, sorg, som på samma gång är strängt och ömt hållna. Det är dikt som genom en rytmens och andningens obrutna förtrollning demonstrerar hur en blid hand på ett bröst förmår blidka också de våldsammaste av mänskliga begär.
I svensk tolkning av författaren Andreas Lundberg.

OCEAN VUONG är en vietnamesisk-amerikansk poet och essäist, född 1988 i Ho Chi Minh City i Vietnam. Han kom till USA med sin familj som tvååring, efter ett år i flyktingläger på Filippinerna. Vuongs poesi förenar musikaliteten i den muntliga berättelse- och sångtradition han är uppvuxen med, med en kreativ kärlek till det engelska språket. Före Natthimmel med kulhål har han gett ut två chapbooks: Burnings [2011] och No [2013]. Ocean Vuong är i dag bosatt i New York.

»Det finns en mäktig emotionell motström i dessa dikter, sprungna ur Ocean Vuongs uppriktighet och frispråkighet, och ur hans förmåga att fånga ögonblick i tiden med både fotografisk exakthet och en känsla för alla tings flyktighet.« New York Times

»Som att följa en fisk röra sig: Ocean Vuong hanterar engelskan med ett slags muskulös intuition. Dikterna är på samma gång eleganta och liksom slagna av förundran, berättande och lyriska, formellt bundna och lediga.« | The New Yorker

»Det är dikter som du läser för att uppnå förändring.« | Bernur
Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction! 

An instant New York Times Bestseller! 

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal! 

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.

“A lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal…Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
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