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Monica Ali (born October 20, 1967) is the author of Brick Lane, her debut novel, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003. Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh to Bangladeshi and English parents, moving to England at the age of three. She grew up in Bolton, Northern England near Manchester and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Wadham College, Oxford. Ali was voted Granta's Best of Young British Novelists on the basis of the unpublished manuscript of Brick Lane. The novel caused controversy within the Bangladeshi Sylheti community residing in the UK owing to its negative portrayal of Sylhetis. She lives in south London with her husband, Simon, a management consultant, and their two children, Felix and Shumi. She opposes the British government's attempt to introduce the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, something she writes about in her contribution to Free Expression Is No Offence, a collection of essays published by Penguin in November 2005.
Ein kleines, malerisches Dorf in Portugal: Mamarrosa. Fur die einen ist es die letzte Zuflucht, fur die anderen ein Ort, der nichts bietet auer Langeweile. So fur die junge, schone Teresa, die eigentlich weg ware - gabe es da nicht den englischen Schriftsteller, der seit kurzem hier lebt. Die Familie Potts dagegen hofft in Mamarrosa das harmonische Leben zu finden, von dem sie schon so lange traumt. Wahrend die Potts kampfen und traumen zugleich, denkt der alte Juao uber sein langes, beschwerliches Leben nach. Auf einem ausschweifenden Fest werden die Sehnsuchte und Angste aller Bewohner sichtbar - und jeder erkennt, dass er sich an einem Wendepunkt im eigenen Leben befindet.
Eine Kleinstadt irgendwo in den USA: Lydia hofft hier, nach einem Leben, das nicht ihr, sondern der Offentlichkeit gehorte, Anonymitat, Ruhe und Freiheit zu finden. Keiner ahnt etwas von ihrer Vergangenheit als meistfotografierte Frau der Welt. Einzig ihr Liebhaber spurt, dass Lydia vieles vor ihm verbirgt. Als ein britischer Fotograf in der Kleinstadt auftaucht, sieht Lydia ihre neue Identitat in Gefahr, denn er wei alles uber ihr altes Leben - und setzt alles daran, dies offentlich zu machen. Wozu ist Lydia bereit, um sich zu schutzen?
At the once-splendid Imperial Hotel, chef Gabriel Lightfoot is trying to run a tight kitchen. But his integrity and his sanity are under constant challenge from an exuberantly multinational staff, a gimlet-eyed hotel management, and business partners with whom he is planning a new venture. Despite the pressure, his hard work looks set to pay off. Until the discovery of a porter's dead body in the kitchen appears to tip the scales. It is a small death, a lonely death - but it is enough to disturb the tenuous balance of Gabe's life. In The Kitchen is Monica Ali's stunning follow up to Brick Lane. It is both the portrait of a man pushed to the edge, and a wry and telling look into the melting pot which is our contemporary existence. It confirms Monica Ali not only as a great modern storyteller but also an acute observer of the dramas of modern life.
This exciting and deeply moving debut novel follows the tumultuous life of Nazneen from her birth in a Bangladeshi village hut, to her arranged marriage to Chanu and the subsequent move to London's Tower HamletsNazneen's inauspicious entry to the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a Bangladeshi village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu. Her life in London's Tower Hamlets is, on the surface, calm. For years, keeping house and rearing children, she does what is expected of her. Yet Nazneen walks a tightrope stretched between her daughters' embarrassment and her husband's resentments. Chanu calls his elder daughter the little memsahib. 'I didn't ask to be born here,' say Shahana, with regular finality.Into that fragile peace walks Karim. He sets questions before her, of longing and belonging; he sparks in her a turmoil that reflects the community's own; he opens her eyes and directs her gaze - but what she sees, in the end, comes as a suprise to them both.While Nazneen journeys along her path of self-realization, a way haunted by her mother's ghost, her sister Hasina, back in Bangladesh, rushes headlong at her life, first making a 'love marriage', then fleeing her violent husband. Woven through the novel, Hasina's letters from Dhaka recount a world of overwhelming adversity. Shaped - yet ultimately not bound - by their landscapes and memories, both sisters struggle to dream themselves out of the rules prescribed for them.Beautifully rendered and, by turns, both comic and deeply moving, Brick Lane establishes Monica Ali as one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 'Written with a wisdom and skill that few authors attain in a lifetime' Sunday Times Still in her teenage years, Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage with a disappointed older man. Away from her Bangladeshi village, home is now a cramped flat in a high-rise block in London's East End. Nazneen knows not a word of English, and is forced to depend on her husband. Confined in her tiny flat, Nazneen sews furiously for a living, shut away with her buttons and linings - until the radical Karim steps unexpectedly into her life. On a background of racial conflict and tension, they embark on a love affair that forces Nazneen finally to take control of her fate. 'A brilliant evocation of sensuality' Daily Telegraph 'A novel that will last' Guardian 'Highly evolved and accomplished' Observer
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