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Sherman Alexie

http://www.fallsapart.com/ The official sherman alexie website home


http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/alexie/onalexie.htm „I write about the kind of Indian I am: kind of mixed up, kind of odd, not traditional. I’m a rez kid who’s gone urban“[

From a longer essay written by Kenneth Lincoln: „Futuristic Hip Indian: Alexie.“ From Sing With the Heart of a Bear: Fusions of Native and American Poetry, 1890-1999. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. Copyright © 2000 by The Board of Regents of the University of California.

http://www4.ipl.org/div/natam/bin/browse.pl/A1 Sherman Alexie was born in 1966 on the Spokane Indian Reservation, in Wellpinit, Washington State. He has garnered high praise for novels, poems and short stories that illuminate contemporary Native American reservation life.

Online resources by or about Sherman Alexie


Eine Webseite des Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co.KG speziell zum Roman „Das absolut wahre Tagebuch ...“ mit Angeboten zu Schauplätzen (Spokane), zum Autor und zum Reinhören


„Sherman Alexie (* 7. Oktober 1966; geboren als Sherman J. Alexie, Jr.) ist ein preisgekrönter indianisch-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Poet, Humorist und Drehbuchautor. Er stammt von den Stämmen der Spokane und Coeur d’Alene ab und wuchs in Wellpinit im Spokane-Reservat, Washington auf. Heute lebt er mit seiner Frau und seinen zwei Söhnen in der Stadt Seattle in Washington (Bundesstaat). Sherman Alexie zeigt in seinen Werken schonungslos die oft trostlosen Zustände in den Reservaten und der Stadtindianer auf, oft mit schwarzem Humor. 2007 erhielt Alexie den National Book Award for Young People’s Literature für The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.“

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/395 Poems by Sherman Alexie and other American Indian writers

Der Roman

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007, Fiction - Contemporary Fiction, Written by Sherman Alexie, Illustrated by Ellen Forney)

Aus dem Amerikanischen von Katharina Orgaß und Gerald Jung, 270 Seiten dtv premium 2009

"Sherman Alexies autobiografischer Jugendroman gibt einen Einblick in das Leben eines jungen Menschen, der trotz seiner körperlichen Behinderungen, trotz seiner sozialen Deklassierung, trotz seines Grenzgängertums zwischen indianischem Reservat und weißer Mehrheitsgesellschaft seinen eigenen Weg findet. Auch gibt der Autor einen authentischen Einblick in die aktuelle Lebenswirklichkeit der Indianerreservate. Bei aller Tragik aber erzählt er geistreich, witzig und humorvoll. So eignet sich der Roman hervorragend als Lektüre für den Deutschunterricht in den Klassen 8 bis 11 ebenso sehr wie für den bilingualen Unterricht Deutsch/Englisch."
Dazu gibt es auf der Webseite dtv eine Leseprobe (pdf) und ein kostenloses Unterrichtsmodel (pdf) zum Herunterladen (Nov. 2009) Das Unterrichtsmodell von Wolfgang Heinß wurde mit einer 9. Klasse im Schuljahr 2008/2009 erprobt.


November 11, 2007 New York Times

„Arnold Spirit Jr. is the geekiest Indian on the Spokane Reservation. He wears chunky, lopsided glasses. His head and body look like Sputnik on a toothpick. When he doesn’t stutter, he lisps. Arnold is a 14-year-old high school freshman. When he goes outside he gets teased and beaten, so he spends a lot of time in his room drawing cartoons. ‘’I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods,’’ he says, ‘’and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.’’
If that line has an unexpected poetry to it, that’s because it was written by a poet. Arnold’s creator, Sherman Alexie, grew up on the Spokane Reservation in tiny Wellpinit, Wash., and made his name as a poet before expanding into short stories, novels, screenplays, film directing and stand-up comedy. ‘’The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’’ is Alexie’s first foray into the young adult genre, and it took him only one book to master the form. Recently nominated for a National Book Award, this is a gem of a book. I keep flipping back to re-read the best scenes and linger over Ellen Forney’s cartoons.“

Common Sense says: Funny, powerful novel of growing up on the rez.

What Parents Need to Know

This review of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was written by Matt Berman

Parents need to know that there are many sexual references -- to masturbation, erections, and homosexuality -- but no descriptions or scenes. There is some swearing, racism, and homophobia, and alcoholism is a major theme. Teens get in a number of fistfights and three people close to the main character die. Parent Reviewers

I just finished reading this novel for my college english course. I’d have to say that when i first picked up the book, I wondered why we were reading it! I mean, pictures?! Really? lol Then after I read it I understood why. Though there are some sexual references, alcohol abuse, ect, Alexie gives us an intimate look into the life of a teenage boy with hopes and dreams who is lead to self-discovery by the people around him throughout the novel. There was a connection I felt with Junior (the protagonist) that influences me to give this novel a two-thumbs-up! I would recomend this novel for teens 16 or over =]

Teen Reviewer Age 17

Perfect for teens and young adults
I Think this book is absolutely appropriate for Teen from the age of 14+ because this is wen kids start to get an idea of how life is and you cant hide things from your kids you have to be very open so that they will trust you in the long run and listen when you give advise

Weiterführende Informationen

http://www.spokanetribe.com/ Spokane Tribe of Indians „Our ancestors were great teachers of life; Spokane Tribal Members today continue the tradition by taking this opportunity to share with you a glimpse of our home, culture, history and our community while visiting this website.

The Spokane Tribes’ current home is located in Wellpinit, Washington. We are surrounded by nature’s beautiful lakes, trees and mountains. Welcome friends, and thank you for wanting to learn more about the proud Spokane Tribe of Indians.“ First hand information about Spokane Indian Reservation, „Our Salish Language“, Cultural Preservation