Fire of Origins: A Novel / Edition 1

Fire of Origins: A Novel / Edition 1

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by Emmanuel Dongala
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1556524927

ISBN-13: 2901556524928

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

The whole of African history unfolds in this brilliant novel from one of the continent's major writers. The story is unified by the actions of one man, Mankunku, a "destroyer," who is born in mysterious circumstances in a banana plantation and whose identity is as variable as that of his land. This novel traces his development along with that of his unnamed country,

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The whole of African history unfolds in this brilliant novel from one of the continent's major writers. The story is unified by the actions of one man, Mankunku, a "destroyer," who is born in mysterious circumstances in a banana plantation and whose identity is as variable as that of his land. This novel traces his development along with that of his unnamed country, from the precolonial era, through the horrors of European subjugation, to indep<%END%>ence and the complexities of the postcolonial nation. Along the way, charlatans and saints, workers and bureaucrats, warriors and peacemakers are introduced in a moving mélange of laughter and terror. First published in France in 1987, The Fire of Origins received the 1988 Prix de la Fondation de France and the Grand Prix Litteraire d'Afrique Noire, and has been translated into Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, and Japanese. Mythical, lyrical, powerful, and surreal, it is one of the most ambitious works of fiction to come out of sub-Saharan Africa.

Author Biography: Emmanuel Dongala worked, until 1997, as dean of Brazzaville University in the Congo Republic, a professor of chemistry, and a writer honored in France with the rank of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Because of a violent civil war, Dongala fled Africa and with the help of his fri<%END%> Philip Roth he became a professor in chemistry and Francophone African literature at Bard College in upstate New York. He is the president of Congolese PEN and the National Association of Congolese Writers, author of three award-winning novels and a collection of short stories, and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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ISBN-13:
2901556524928
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
First
Pages:
256

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The Fire of Origins 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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It must be read for its beauty, its view of the world and time.