Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • More than one million copies sold! A “brilliant” (Lupita Nyong’o, Time), “poignant” (Entertainment Weekly), “soul-nourishing” (USA Today) memoir about coming of age during the twilight of apartheid
“Noah’s childhood stories are told with all the hilarity and intellect that characterizes his comedy, while illuminating a dark and brutal period in South Africa’s history that must never be forgotten.”—Esquire
Winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor and an NAACP Image Award • Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Time, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Esquire, Newsday, and 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.


Verkaufsrang 18767
Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Erscheinungsdatum 15.11.2016
Verlag Random House USA
Seitenzahl 304
Maße (L/B/H) 24,4/16,1/3,8 cm
Gewicht 525 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-399-58817-4


22 Bewertungen

von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Ohlsdorf am 22.06.2021

Wie zu erwarten - ein absolut geniales Buch - von einem absolut genialen Menschen!! Super Story und viele Infos über Südafrika und seine Geschichte.

A great book!!
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Grosswangen am 07.03.2021

I very much enjoyed reading this book. Very informative, funny but sad at the same time. Trevor Noah has a very honest way of writing. I definitely recommend this book.

Born a crime
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Wien am 16.02.2021
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Sehr informativ, ich wusste vorher nur sehr wenig über Apartheit und das Leben in Johannisburg. Äußerst lebendig geschrieben.

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