Houseboy

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Waveland Press, Inc. #ad - Houseboy, written in the form of toundi’s captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences. Toundi ondoua, the rural african protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon.

Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death. Toundi then becomes “the chief European’s ‘boy’—the dog of the King. Toundi’s attempt to fulfill a dream of advancement and improvement opens his eyes to troubling realities.

Houseboy #ad - . Gradually, his place in society, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, and the changing culture.

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So Long a Letter

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Waveland Press, Inc. #ad - Considered a classic of contemporary african women’s literature, So Long a Letter is a must-read for anyone interested in African literature and the passage from colonialism to modernism in a Muslim country. Addressed to a lifelong friend, aissatou, it is a record of Ramatoulaye’s emotional struggle for survival after her husband betrayed their marriage by taking a second wife.

Angered by the traditions that allow polygyny, they inhabit a social milieu dominated by attitudes and values that deny them status equal to men. Winner of the prestigious Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. This semi-autobiographical account is a perceptive testimony to the plight of educated and articulate Muslim women.

So Long a Letter #ad - Written by award-winning african novelist mariama bâ and translated from the original French, So Long a Letter has been recognized as one of Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century. Ramatoulaye hopes for a world where the best of old customs and new freedom can be combined. The brief narrative, is a sequence of reminiscences —some wistful, written as an extended letter, some bitter—recounted by recently widowed Senegalese schoolteacher Ramatoulaye Fall.

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The Concubine

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Waveland Press, Inc. #ad - Amadi’s masterpiece of African literature captures village life and practices not yet touched by the white man. Yet those who express their love for her meet with mysterious tragedy, leaving her devastated. The novel’s beautiful, hardworking protagonist, Ihouma, is admired by all in her village. This enticing odyssey, where exemplary attributes go unrewarded and the boundaries between myth and reality are muted, outwits readers with unexpected twists that make them want to keep turning the page.

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Weep Not, Child Penguin African Writers Series Book 3

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Penguin Classics #ad - The nobel prize–nominated kenyan writer’s powerful first novelTwo brothers, stand on a garbage heap and look into their futures: Njoroge is to attend school, Njoroge and Kamau, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. For the practical kamau, the choice is simple, but for Njoroge the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up.

The first east african novel published in english, child is a moving book about the effects of the infamous Mau Mau uprising on the lives of ordinary men and women,  Weep Not, and on one family in particular. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

Weep Not, Child Penguin African Writers Series Book 3 #ad - Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

But this is kenya, and the times are against them: In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie.

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Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas The Margellos World Republic of Letters

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Yale University Press #ad - Orphaned children, forgotten friends, mysterious parents, enigmatic strangers—each appears in this three-part love song to a Paris that no longer exists. Shadowed by the dark period of the nazi occupation, these novellas reveal Modiano’s fascination with the lost, obscure, or mysterious: a young person’s confusion over adult behavior; the repercussions of a chance encounter; the search for a missing father; the aftershock of a fatal affair.

To read modiano’s trilogy is to enter his world of uncertainties and the almost accidental way in which people find their fates.  . In this essential trilogy of novellas by the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, French author Patrick Modiano reaches back in time, opening the corridors of memory and exploring the mysteries to be encountered there.

Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas The Margellos World Republic of Letters #ad - Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place. Each novella in the volume--afterimage, and flowers of ruin—represents a sterling example of the author’s originality and appeal, Suspended Sentences, while Mark Polizzotti’s superb English-language translations capture not only Modiano’s distinctive narrative voice but also the matchless grace and spare beauty of his prose.

Although originally published separately, Modiano’s three novellas form a single, compelling whole, haunted by the same gauzy sense of place and characters.

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The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Penguin Classics

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Penguin #ad - A moving and graphic document, the history drew attention to the continuation of slavery in the Caribbean, despite an 1807 Act of Parliament officially ending the slave trade. Prince escaped from him and sought assistance from the Anti-Slavery Society, where she dictated her remarkable story to Susanna Strickland later Moodie.

It inspired two libel actions and ran into three editions in the year of its publication. This powerful rallying cry for emancipation remains an extraordinary testament to Prince's ill-treatment, suffering and survival. It describes prince's sufferings as a slave in Bermuda, Turks Island and Antigua, and her eventual arrival in London with her brutal owner Mr Wood in 1828.

The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Penguin Classics #ad - The history of mary prince 1831 was the first narrative of a black woman to be published in Britain.

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The Joys of Motherhood: A Novel

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George Braziller Inc. #ad - Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu is banished to Lagos where she succeeds in becoming a mother. Emecheta “writes with subtlety, power, and abundant compassion” New York Times. A feminist literary classic by one of Africa’s greatest women writers, re-issued with a new introduction by Stéphane Robolin.

First published in 1979, the joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian woman struggling in a patriarchal society. Then, against the backdrop of world War II, Nnu must fiercely protect herself and her children when she is abandoned by her husband and her people.

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Selected Stories of Rabindranath Tagore General Press

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GENERAL PRESS #ad - This collection contains some of the best stories of Tagore who put India on the literary map of the world. The book also gives an insight into the socio-economic conditions prevalent in Colonial Bengal. About rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet and novelist. Other works by tagore available in english include the crescent Moon, Glimpses of Bengal, The Cycle of Spring, Creative Unity, The Lover Of God, My Boyhood Days and The Gardener.

Rabindranath tagore was born in 1861 in Calcutta. Tagore was not only a writer, but also composed 2, 230 songs, and wrote plays. He took up painting and drawing when he was sixty, and had many successful exhibitions. Prominent among the stories are the famous The Cabuliwallah, which has also been adapted as a movie.

Selected Stories of Rabindranath Tagore General Press #ad - The national anthems of both, India and Bangladesh, are his compositions. Kindly write a few words/lines review about this book. He died in calcutta, aged 80, in 1941. P. S. Translated from bengali to english, love and loss, the city and the village, these stories depict the human condition in its many forms: innocence and childhood, the natural and the supernatural.

He was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Endgame and Act Without Words

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Grove Press #ad - Endgame, originally written in French and translated into English by Beckett himself, is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work. A pinnacle of beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism, it is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death. Samuel beckett was awarded the nobel prize for Literature in 1969; his literary output of plays, novels, stories and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time.

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Devil on the Cross Penguin African Writers Series Book 5

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Penguin Classics #ad - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. An impassioned cry for a kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, Devil on the Cross has had a profound influence on Africa and on post-colonial African literature.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. The great kenyan writer and nobel prize nominee’s novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, the author of the novel The Old DriftOne of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s fame, while in prison—featuring an introduction by Namwali Serpell, Devil on the Cross is a powerful fictional critique of capitalism.

Devil on the Cross Penguin African Writers Series Book 5 #ad - It tells the tragic story of wariinga, a young woman who moves from a rural Kenyan town to the capital, Nairobi, only to be exploited by her boss and later by a corrupt businessman. As she struggles to survive, wariinga begins to realize that her problems are only symptoms of a larger societal malaise and that much of the misfortune stems from the Western, capitalist influences on her country.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In family papers, the prizewinning sephardic historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family’s correspondence to tell the story of their journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe. They wrote to share grief and to reveal secrets, to propose marriage and to plan for divorce, to maintain connection.

The wars of the twentieth century, redrew the borders around them, however, in the process transforming the Levys from Ottomans to Greeks. Named one of the best books of 2019 by The Economist and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, stretching the familial diaspora from Greece to Western Europe, Brazil, Israel, and India.

Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century #ad - A national Jewish Book Award finalist. A superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people. The new york times book reviewan award-winning historian shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of lettersFor centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family.

And years after they frayed, what remains solid is the fragile tissue that once held them together: neither blood nor belief, Stein discovers, but papers. With meticulous research and care, Stein uses the Levys' letters to tell not only their history, but the history of Sephardic Jews in the twentieth century.

As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. They wrote because they were family.

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