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Ceremony (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Ceremony (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)


Book Overview: Ceremony (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

More than thirty-five years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power. The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition contains a new preface by the author and an introduction by Larry McMurtry.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The great Native American Novel of a battered veteran returning home to heal his mind and spirit.

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PublisherPenguin Books
Publication Date2006-12-26
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Leslie Marmon Silko is an acclaimed Laguna Pueblo author and one of the key figures in the First Wave of the Native American Renaissance. Born on March 5, 1948, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Silko is recognized for her poignant portrayal of Native American heritage and universal themes of identity, tradition, connection to the land, and the power of storytelling. Her unique narrative style beautifully fuses the oral traditions of her ancestors with contemporary literary techniques, underscoring her commitment to preserving and celebrating indigenous cultures. Silko's most recognized work and first novel, 'Ceremony', published in 1977, won the esteemed American Book Award and remains a canonic text in Native American Literature. The novel established Silko's reputation as a skillful writer, who navigates the complexities of cultural assimilation, historical trauma, and healing. Her subsequent works, including 'Almanac of the Dead' and 'Gardens in the Dunes', further pushed the boundaries of conventional literary forms while continuing her exploration of indigenous identity, spirituality, environment, and post-colonial resistance. Honored with a myriad of awards including a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, Leslie Marmon Silko is an influential literary force. Her works have not only added depth and diversity to American literature but also immensely contributed to the recognition and appreciation of Native American voices. Silko's evocative prose and profound themes continue to inspire readers and writers worldwide, solidifying her legacy as one of the most important Native American writers in history.

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