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Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood

#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 PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • Booklist

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
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Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa.
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 304
Erscheinungsdatum 15.11.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-399-58817-4
Verlag Spiegel & Grau PRH US
Maße (L/B/H) 24.4/16.1/3.8 cm
Gewicht 525 g
Verkaufsrang 99
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Großartig!
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Münster am 26.03.2020
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Die Geschichte eines Kindes zur Zeiten der Apartheid wunderbar erzählt! Traurig und humorvoll. Eins meiner Lieblingsbücher! Jeder, der sich für die südafrikanische Geschichte interessiert, sollte es lesen.

Born a crime...
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 25.03.2020
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

I am completely obsessed! Oh my, I loved this little book sooo much. Every chapter, just tiny tiny fractions of a life I can’t even begin to imagine, but after reading it you can see the whole picture, perfectly put together. It’s fascinating, horrifying, funny, intelligent and so real. It’s life. A life I don’t know if I coul... I am completely obsessed! Oh my, I loved this little book sooo much. Every chapter, just tiny tiny fractions of a life I can’t even begin to imagine, but after reading it you can see the whole picture, perfectly put together. It’s fascinating, horrifying, funny, intelligent and so real. It’s life. A life I don’t know if I could have survived it like he did and become such a strong and interesting person like him. You get stories and short insights into an African childhood. A childhood including apartheid, racism, injustice... but!!! his MOTHER ... a goddess, queen and such an independent and inspirational woman. They are a team, fighting against the rest of the world. A bond that can do so much good and is so important. Ok, I have to stop now... otherwise I will keep going worshiping this book (and man) forever and ever!!!

A humorous glance at the past
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 04.03.2020
Bewertet: eBook (ePUB)

Trevor Noah serves the reader a humorous description of how it was to grow up in Apartheid-shaped South Africa. As a child of a black mother and a white father, he just did not fit in the segregated country - being neither black nor white. Noah tells anecdotes of how he grew up - some are funny, some make you think -, which prob... Trevor Noah serves the reader a humorous description of how it was to grow up in Apartheid-shaped South Africa. As a child of a black mother and a white father, he just did not fit in the segregated country - being neither black nor white. Noah tells anecdotes of how he grew up - some are funny, some make you think -, which problems he faced and how he solved or maneuvered around them. Definitely worth the read.