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The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down

Author : Anne Fadiman
ISBN : 1429931116
Genre : Social Science
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee Entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication. Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness aand healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices.

Jeune Homme

Author : Karl Ove Knausgaard
ISBN : 207272340X
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Par une belle journée d'août 1969, une famille emménage à Tromøya, dans le sud de la Norvège. Le fils cadet, Karl Ove, va y passer son enfance, rythmée par les expéditions à vélo, les filles, les matchs de football, les canulars pyrotechniques et la musique. Pourtant, le jeune Karl grandit dans la peur de son père, un homme autoritaire, raconté dans La mort d'un père. Ce troisième opus est le portrait d'un enfant sensible, à la personnalité complexe. Knausgaard y dépeint cette période de la vie où chaque victoire et chaque défaite est ressentie avec violence, et toute tentative de se construire vouée à la frustration. Un roman intime sur l'éveil d'une conscience, le poids du passé et le besoin viscéral de découvrir d'autres mondes.

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