Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko

ceremonyΟ Τάϊγιο, επιστρέφοντας στην Αμερική μετά τον δεύτερο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο και την αιχμαλωσία του απο τους Ιάπωνες, προσπαθεί να κλείσει τις πληγές του και να βρεί την εσσωτερική του γαλήνη, όχι μέσω του αλκόολ και της άσκοπης βίας όπως οι περισσότεροι φίλοι του, αλλά μέσω του ινδιάνικου παρελθόντος και παραδόσεων.

‘Ενα βιβλίο για τη θέση των Ινδιάνων στη σύγχρονη Αμερική απο μια ιθαγενή ινδιάνα συγγραφέα. Εισχωρεί βαθιά στη ψυχή, χωρίς όμως να την ταράζει. Αντίθετα προσφέρει ψυχική γαλήνη και ψυχική ανάταση, με έναν περίεργο, μαγικό τρόπο. Διαλογιστική εμπειρία, αγνός ανθρωπισμός, αγνός σεβασμός στη φύση. Ανατρέπει την αντίληψή μας για τον κόσμο και μας προσφέρει μία άλλη αίσθηση, μια ολιστική διασύνδεσή μας με το περιβάλλον. Γιατί τελικά δεν αντιλαμβάνονται όλοι τον κόσμο όπως οι λευκοί, χριστιανοι ,με ευρωπαικές ρίζες και εν γένει δυτικοί…

Δυστυχώς δεν έχει μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά αλλά είναι προσιτό.

«Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power.» – Barnes&Nobles

«An exceptional novel—a cause for celebration.» – The Washington Post

«Her assurance, her gravity, her flexibility are all wonderful gifts.» –  The New York Review of Books

«The novel is very deliberately a ceremony in itself—demanding but confident and beautifully written.» – The Boston Globe

«Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation.»  – The New York Times

«In the pages of Ceremony, a novel that combines extraordinary lyricism with a foreboding sense of personal and national tragedy, Leslie Marmon Silko follows Tayo as he pursues a sometimes lonely and always intensely personal quest for sanity in a broken world. As Tayo searches for self-knowledge and inner peace, the reader, too, embarks on a complex emotional journey.» – Penguin

«Silko’s novel is perhaps the most famous native American Indian novel, but it is also a fine, sturdy, worthwhile achievement within the broader genre of the novel itself, and that is what is important here. Read Ceremony because it has something important to say about difficult, weighty matters. It is more than merely a minority piece.» – curled up with a book

«As the story weaves back and forth between Tayo’s past and present, it sometimes blurs a little, and readers may lose their bearings for a moment. But they will be rewarded, if they keep reading, with an emotionally convincing picture of a culture unfamiliar to most.» – Kirkus Reviews

«Ceremony is the greatest novel in Native American literature. It is one of the greatest novels of any time and place. I have read this book so many times that I probably have it memorized. I teach it and I learn from it and I am continually in awe of its power, beauty, rage, vision, and violence.» – Sherman Alexie

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