Impossible Man

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Soft Skull Press, 24 lut 2009 - 272
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Recognized by readers of his novel, The Taqwacores, as the godfather of American Muslim punk, Michael Muhammad Knight is a voice for the growing number of teenagers who choose neither side of the “Clash of Civilizations.” Knight has now written his personal story, a chronicle of his bizarre and traumatic boyhood and his conversion to Islam during a turbulent adolescence.
Impossible Man follows a boy’s struggle in coming to terms with his father—a paranoid schizophrenic and white supremacist who had threatened to decapitate Michael when he was a baby—and his father’s place in his own identity. It is also the story of a teenager’s troubled path to maturity and the influences that steady him along the way. Knight’s encounter with Malcolm X’s autobiography transforms him from a disturbed teenager engaged in correspondence with Charles Manson to a zealous Muslim convert who travels to Pakistan and studies in a madrassa. Later disillusioned by radical religion, he again faces the crisis of self-definition.
For all its extremes, Impossible Man describes a universal journey: a wounded boy in search of a working model of manhood, going to outrageous lengths to find it.
 

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With self-deprecating irony, spiritual fervor, and chapter headings like "prostrations and ejaculations," this account of a young American man's conversion to Islam is unlike anything else you are ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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holy ghost and fire
1
heroes and heroworship
15
the battle of swamp road
27
creep jr
35
helter skelter
49
elhajj malik elshabazz
59
prostrations and ejaculations
73
malik alkafi khan
87
mein amriken musalman hoon
179
the strongest man
189
goat head soup
199
drops of hellfire
211
going home
229
out of step
241
slayers of husayn
249
in the name of vince mcmahon
267

if were lucky his brain is shot to shit
101
the one percenters
115
witness
131
actual facts
143
full power
151
a new hope
161
traveling through hyperspace aint like dusting crops boy
169
history of the egyptian wrestling federation
281
the furious cock
295
manchild in the north country
303
manned missiles
319
dutch sailors
327
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Michael Muhammad Knight is a novelist, essayist, and journalist. He is the subject of a forthcoming documentary on the "Taqwacore" movement which was spawned by his first novel and was recently interviewed by the New Yorker and LA Times for forthcoming features. He is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and even academic conferences.

His first novel, The Taqwacores, about a group of Islamic punk rockers living in Buffalo, inspired a real-life “taqwacore” scene of Muslim punk bands, for which the novel has been hailed as a manifesto in coverage by Newsweek, The Guardian, The Star, Rolling Stone, on BBC’s Newsnight, and countless other media. It is also credited with inspiring the American Muslim woman-led prayer movement.

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