Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

Praise for Born a Crime

 “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“[An] unforgettable memoir.”Parade

 “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today

“[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People

“[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”Booklist (starred review)

“A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”Kirkus Reviews
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Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa.
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Spiegel & Grau
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Nov 15, 2016
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304
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9780399588181
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English
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Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Humor / Form / Essays
Performing Arts / Comedy
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「別的小孩出生是證明他們父母的愛,只有我的出生是證明他們犯下的罪。」

──崔佛.諾亞

 

「他的幽默中帶有一種輕鬆和樂觀的態度,他將自己局外人的視角當做優勢,透過這本書,我們可以了解到一個身世悲慘的男孩如何克服現實困難,用他的生命經驗演繹出獨一無二的『喜劇』表演。」

──比爾蓋茨

 

一種南非式的幽默,超越川普新白人至上主義

他從南非骯髒街頭而來,翻轉成美國《每日秀》當家主持人

更被《時代雜誌》選為2017年十位引領下個世代的領導人之一

親口述說一個混血兒在種族隔離時代的童年悲喜劇

喜劇演員的背後,是無數次自我追問「我是誰?」「我的出生是罪惡嗎?」

以及母親用「愛」不厭其煩的回答

 

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  過去,提到南非如果你只知道曼德拉,現在起,請記得崔佛.諾亞(Trevor Noah),一位來自南非最底層,黑白混血的喜劇演員。這本書裡寫的是他「格格不入」的童年過往,也是他征服美國的成功底蘊。 

  崔佛.諾亞出生在種族隔離制度盛行的南非,當時跨種族通婚被明令禁止。既非全黑,又不全白的身份,讓他在當地備受歧視。不被認同,也找不到歸屬感,讓混血兒的諾亞覺得自己生下來就像個罪犯。然而,他卻在母親的影響下成為非常受歡迎的喜劇演員。比爾蓋茨說:「諾亞的母親是真正的英雄,她給孩子最好的禮物,就是解放他的思想,讓他學會用自己的角度看世界。」 

  通過童年一次又一次的經歷,崔佛發現在與他人建立聯繫這件事上,語言比膚色更有力量,他說:「我的膚色不會改變,但我能改變你對我膚色的看法。我也許看起來不像你,但如果我說話像你,我和你就是同一類人。」 

  悲劇又充滿諷刺的成長童年,和對語言的天份與努力,揉合成崔佛喜劇的基底與元素,在距離南非坐飛機十八小時外的美國,贏得了美國人的喜愛與認同,不分白人還是黑人。 

  比爾蓋茨說閱讀這本書,讓他質疑自己對世界的想法,再次思考生命的價值。台灣是個移民社會,在這片土地上我們太習慣彼此仇視,也充斥著身份認同的問題。時序來到2017年末,此時此刻,我們推出這本書,希望能對台灣讀者有所啟發,並成為這片土地上的人能夠彼此認同的開端。

 

媒體讚譽 

《紐約時報》:

一部引人入勝的回憶錄……時而警世、悲傷、時而逗趣,崔佛.諾亞的書讓我們透過他的家庭,看到生活在南非種族隔離制度下的悲慘樣貌……說到底,《以母之名》不只是一個描繪在南非種族隔離制度下成長的震撼故事,也是一封作者寫給他那位不平凡的母親的情書。──角古美智子

 

《今日新聞》:

諾亞有個動人的人生故事,而他也把這個故事說得淋漓盡致……《以母之名》的眾多長處之一是它誠實又生動地描繪了南非80、90年代的生活樣貌……讓人再一次認識崔佛.諾亞。而這次他讓我們印象深刻。

 

《西雅圖時報》:

諾亞的回憶錄非比尋常……在每個層面上都是一本重要著作。很難想像能有人把這樣的回憶錄寫得比他更好。

  

《娛樂週刊》:

一個有天分的說故事者,他嫻熟地將他沈痛的故事與幽默的反諷交織。

 

《華盛頓時報》:

一本感人的回憶錄,《以母之名》是作者給他母親的一封情書。

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