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About the Author
Emmanuel Dongala is Richard B. Fisher Chair in Natural Sciences at Bard College at Simon's Rock. His novels have been awarded the Grand Prix Ladislas Dormandi, the Grand Prix Littéraire d'Afrique Noire, the Charles Oulmont Prize, and the Cezam Literary Prize.
Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa; Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism; and Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism.
"A major figure in the renewal of African writing."--Etonnants Voyageurs
"Hidden under the apparent farcical naïveté of each story, such as the one in which only the intoxicating powers of palm wine are able to temper the extra-terrestrials that have taken control over the planet, one finds some of the most beautiful words ever written about the dashed hopes of newly independent African states, summoned like a distant echo by the profound tragedy of the genius saxophonist that was Coltrane."--Africultures
"Dongala is a novelist and short story writer who has written about daily life in Central Africa, the horrors of war, and of his love for the music of John Coltrane."--France Inter
"Dongala is a leading voice among African writers."--Passion des livres
"Dongala's striking story collection, originally published in France in 1982, includes political tales set in his native Congo and jazz-themed pieces set in America.... Dongala's prose can be quite moving, and his writing full of marvelous, lyrical imagery, as when he describes the evening as 'those inchoate and fugitive hours when the daylight begins to fade and darkness gradually spreads its cloak.'"--Publishers Weekly
"One of the most well-known collections of short stories in francophone Africa.... Beyond the political dimension, it is the artist-author's liberty that comes to the surface in the collection and that allows the musicality of language to transcend territorial, ideological and generic borders, all in the relentless pursuit of the absolute."--Virginie Brinker "La Plume Francophone "
"A major writer."--Violaine Binet "Vogue "