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- DescriptionListed 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 vel 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 vel. This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast-paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.
- Author BiographySony Labou Tansi (1947-1995) was a Congolese novelist, playwright, and poet whose groundbreaking work transformed postcolonial francophone African literature. Alison Dundy translates from French and Italian. She specializes in literature, social sciences, and art.
- Author(s)Sony Labou Tansi
- PublisherIndiana University Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2011
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleGlobal African Voices
- Place of PublicationBloomington, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIndiana University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight227 g
- Width143 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Translated byAlison Dundy
- Introduction byDominic Thomas
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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