天生有罪 | Born a Crime Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

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天生有罪 | Born a Crime Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

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 eighteen personal essays 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.

美国当红脱口秀《小崔每日秀》主持人特雷弗·诺亚一出生就犯了罪:因为他的父亲是白人,母亲是黑人,而在当时种族隔离的南非,这样的结合属于犯罪,他父母会面临五年有期徒刑的惩罚,诺亚自己也会被送到孤儿院。

为了保护诺亚,他那位勇敢、反叛、幽默、坚强、虔诚信教的母亲,想出了各种极端甚至荒唐的办法,在歧视、贫困、暴力的怪圈中,竭力为他创造了一种正常的生活。而自幼便遗传了母亲性格的诺亚,除了像大多数青少年那样成长外,还需要学会如何 “尴尬”地在一个他本不该存在的世界上生活。

这本回忆录中收集的故事,时而幽默,时而惊险,时而感人,但无一例外都彰显了诺亚惊人的喜剧天赋,以及一位母亲无条件的、无止境的、无与伦比的爱。

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