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Life and a Half - (Global African Voices) by Sony Labou Tansi (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 134

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: General

Series Title: Global African Voices

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Age Range: Teen

Author: Sony Labou Tansi

Language: English

Street Date: December 29, 2010
TCIN: 78568177
UPC: 9780253222879
Item Number (DPCI): 247-34-8968


Listed as one of the 100 best books on Africa, Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi's response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo. The novel takes place in an imaginary African country run by the latest in a series of cannibalistic dictators who has captured Martial, the leader of the opposition, and his family. Though shot, knifed, butchered, and bled, Martial's spirit lives on to guide his followers in their fight against the dictators. Facing censorship, Tansi insisted that his book was a fable and that if he were ever given the opportunity to write about real events, he would be much more direct rather than follow the torturous paths of a novel. This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast-paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.

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