By Okey Ndibe

From a disciple of the past due Chinua Achebe comes a masterful and universally acclaimed novel that's right away a taut, literary mystery and an indictment of greed's strength to subsume all issues, together with the sacred.

Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the tale of Ike, a brand new York-based Nigerian cab driving force who units out to scouse borrow the statue of an historic warfare deity from his domestic village and promote it to a brand new York gallery.

Ike's plan is fueled via desperation. regardless of a level in economics from a huge American university, his robust accessory has barred him from the company international. pressured to eke out a dwelling as a cab driving force, he's not able to control the emotional and fabric wishes of a temperamental African American bride and a widowed mom difficult monetary aid. whilst he turns to playing, his mounting losses compound his woes.

And so he travels again to Nigeria to thieve the statue, the place he has to house outdated buddies, family members, and a mounting clash among these within the village who worship the deity, and those that perform Christianity.

A meditation at the goals, grants and frustrations of the immigrant existence in the USA; the character and impression of spiritual conflicts; an exam of the ways that sleek tradition creates or heightens infatuation with the "exotic," together with the need to possess unusual gadgets and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the transferring nature of reminiscence, international Gods is a superb paintings of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected global like no other.

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L'editto del Quarto Concilio Lateranense del 1215 concernente il confessionale stabiliva: Inoltre, egli [il prete] deve fare la massima attenzione a non tradire in nessun modo il peccatore con parole o gesti o in nessun altro modo... "" Ahimè, ancora una volta che ironia: nel tredicesimo secolo il prete che divulgava i segreti del suo penitente veniva relegato contro la sua volontà: in un fionastero; oggi il paziente che divulga i propri segreti allo psichiatra viene relegato contro la sua volonth: in un manicomio.

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