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Chris Abani is a Nigerian American writer. Most of his work is known for addressing political and cultural issues in his home country, Nigeria. He got imprisoned several times for doing anti-government actions, the last imprisonment was a death sentence. However, he was saved and he moved to the United Kingdom and then to America where he lives there now. Graceland is set in a Nigerian poor district in Lagos, and the main character is called Elvis.

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San Francisco Chronicle graceland amply demonstrates that Abani has the energy, ambition and compassion to create a novel that delineates and illuminates a complicated, dynamic, deeply fractured society. Los Angeles Times A wonderfully vivid evocation of a youth coming of age in a country unmoored from its old virtues…As for the talented Chris Abani…his imaginary Elvis is easily as memorable as the original.

Newsday graceland teems with incident, from the seedy crime dens of Maroko to the family melodramas of the Oke clan. Energetic and moving…Abani [is] a fluid, closely observant writer. The Washington Post A wonderfully vivid evocation of a youth coming of age in a country unmoored from its old virtues…. His imaginary Elvis is easily as memorable as the original. Chicago Tribune Abani… has written an exhilarating novel, all the more astonishing for its hard-won grace and, yes, redemption.

The Village Voice Ambitious…a kind of small miracle. Boston Globe Singular…Abani has created a charming and complex character, at once pragmatic and philosophical about his lot in life…Observes the chaotic tapestry of life in postcolonial Africa with the unjudging eye of a naive boy.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune The next wave…of Nigerian literature. America Magazine Beautifully written, perceptive and painful…A serious and poignant novel about the problems in the postcolonial era in Nigeria. Altar Magazine graceland is an invaluable document. The Seattle Sinner graceland paints an often horrific and sometimes profound portrait….

Sharp, graphic, and impossible to dismiss. The Seattle Times Disturbing but hysterically funny, graceland is a poignant work of innocence robbed by endless corrupt and brutal forces. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the new.

This absolutely beautiful work of fiction is about complex and strained political structures, the irony of the West being a measure of civilization, and the tricky business of being a son.

Percival Everett, Author Erasure: A Novel graceland is a painful look at an urban culture seemingly always on the verge of complete societal breakdown. It is a stunning debut by an immensely talented writer. We will look back on its publication as a watershed moment in the history of postcolonial literature.

It is, as the best of such novels are, hybrid, monstrous, exilic, an indictment of the global terrorism of capital, yet it is also something we have not seen before. In Elvis we meet an African man who suffers incandescently, who watches others suffer more, yet emerges not as another tragic masculinity, but as that rarest of creatures, a hero.

Believe it: Elvis is redemption.

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GraceLand Summary

San Francisco Chronicle graceland amply demonstrates that Abani has the energy, ambition and compassion to create a novel that delineates and illuminates a complicated, dynamic, deeply fractured society. Los Angeles Times A wonderfully vivid evocation of a youth coming of age in a country unmoored from its old virtues…As for the talented Chris Abani…his imaginary Elvis is easily as memorable as the original. Newsday graceland teems with incident, from the seedy crime dens of Maroko to the family melodramas of the Oke clan. Energetic and moving…Abani [is] a fluid, closely observant writer. The Washington Post A wonderfully vivid evocation of a youth coming of age in a country unmoored from its old virtues…. His imaginary Elvis is easily as memorable as the original. Chicago Tribune Abani… has written an exhilarating novel, all the more astonishing for its hard-won grace and, yes, redemption.

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GraceLand Background

Elvis Oke lives in one of the most notorious and squalid ghettos of Lagos, he makes a living as an impersonator of his namesake, Elvis Presley. The book starts with Oke in Lagos, living with his father and step-mother. Oke had lived in the village of Afpiko before his mothers death and the book shifts between the two periods- his time in the village and his subsequent move to the city of Lagos. In Lagos, Oke lives with his alcoholic father and his rude step-mother who does not care for him. In addition to being an Elvis impersonator, Oke dabbles in a number of jobs, often illegal and dangerous. He is a good dancer and performs on the streets in order to earn money.

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Chris Abani

History[ edit ] Graceland Farms was originally owned by Stephen C. Toof, founder of S. After her death, the property was passed down to her niece Ruth Moore, a Memphis socialite, who together with her husband, Thomas Moore, built a 10,square-foot We peeked in the not-yet-curtained windows and got a kick out of the pastel colored walls in the front rooms with shades of bright reds and purples that Elvis most certainly had picked out. There was some discord between Elvis and his stepmother Dee at Graceland, however, and Elaine Dundy said "that Vernon had settled down with Dee where Gladys had once reigned, while Dee herself — when Elvis was away — had taken over the role of mistress of Graceland so thoroughly as to rearrange the furniture and replace the very curtains that Gladys had approved of.

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