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Jazz And Palm Wine

Author : Emmanuel Dongala
ISBN : 9780253026750
Genre : Fiction
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Jazz, aliens, and witchcraft collide in this collection of short stories by renowned author Emmanuel Dongala. The influence of Kongo culture is tangible throughout, as customary beliefs clash with party conceptions of scientific and rational thought. In the first half of Jazz and Palm Wine, the characters emerge victorious from decades of colonial exploitation in the Congo only to confront the burdensome bureaucracy, oppressive legal systems, and corrupt governments of the post-colonial era. The ruling political party attempts to impose order and scientific thinking while the people struggles to deal with drought, infertility, and impossible regulations and policies; both sides mix witchcraft, diplomacy, and violence in their efforts to survive. The second half of the book is set in the United States during the turbulent civil rights struggles of the 1960s. In the title story, African and American leaders come together to save the world from extraterrestrials by serving vast quantities of palm wine and playing American jazz. The stories in Jazz and Palm Wine prompt conversations about identity, race, and co-existence, providing contextualization and a historical dimension that is often sorely lacking. Through these collisions and clashes, Dongala suggests a pathway to racial harmony, peaceful co-existence, and individual liberty through artistic creation.
Category: Fiction

Nation Building Propaganda And Literature In Francophone Africa

Author : Dominic Richard David Thomas
ISBN : 9780253215543
Genre : History
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The relationship between literature & the state is examined in this discussion of Francophone African literature. Dominic Thomas considers the case of the Congo, where the recent transition to democracy was in part inspired by the works of Sony Labou Tansi, Henri Lopes, & Emmanuel Dongala among others.
Category: History

Lost In Space

Author : Marleen S. Barr
ISBN : 9781469639765
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Archaeologists and anthropologists discover other civilizations; science fiction writers invent them. In this collection of her major essays, Marleen Barr argues that feminist science fiction writers contribute to postmodern literary canons with radical alternatives to mainstream patriarchal society. Because feminist science fiction challenges male-centered social imperatives, it has been marginalized and dismissed from the canon--thus, lost in space. Moving beyond feminist science fiction itself, Barr goes on to examine other literary genres from the perspective of 'feminist fabulation'--a term she has coined to encompass science fiction, fantasy, utopian literature, and mainstream literature that critiques patriarchal fictions. Discussing the works of such writers as Margaret Atwood, Joanna Russ, Salman Rushdie, Paul Theroux, Ursula Le Guin, Herman Melville, Saul Bellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Marge Piercy, Barr illuminates feminist science fiction's connections to other literary traditions and contemporary canons. Her critical analysis yields a new and expanded understanding of feminist creativity.
Category: Literary Criticism

Little Boys Come From The Stars

Author : Emmanuel Dongala
ISBN : 9780374708054
Genre : Fiction
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The peculiar and moving story of a Congolese boy's coming-of-age amid the political strife of postcolonial Congo "It is even said-but I admit that it's difficult to believe, even though I got this from my uncle-that when Papa was born, you couldn't follow the World Cup or the Olympics live and that Coca-Cola had yet to spread the selling of soft drinks to our village. Michael Jackson had yet to become famous . . . If all this was really true, I wonder how men managed to fill up the twenty-four hours of the day, three hundred sixty-five days a year." His nickname is Matapari, which means "trouble." He is an African child of the '90s-brilliant, mischievous, postcolonial, postmodern-caught in the crossfire of a chaotically liberated African country. Matapari grows up in a world of talking drums, the Internet, and satellite TV, a world of dictators who remake themselves as democrats overnight. His uncle is a stooge for the dictator; his father is a scholarly recluse obsessed with proving that blacks played key roles in Western history. Matapari is a young man in the middle-but the shrewdness and wit with which he tells his often riotously funny story set him apart from his relatives and countrymen. Emmanuel Dongala uses the ingenious viewpoint of a child to show up the telltale world of adults-and to show how one preserves one's independence in a corrupt and violent society.
Category: Fiction

Johnny Mad Dog

Author : Emmanuel Dongala
ISBN : 0374708037
Genre : Fiction
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Life During Wartime, As Seen Through the Eyes of Two Congolese Teenagers Set amid the chaos of West Africa's civil wars, Emmanuel Dongala's striking new novel tells the story of two teenagers growing up while rival ethnic groups fight for control of their country. At age sixteen, Johnny is a member of the Death Dealers, a rebel faction bent on seizing power. Even as he is drawn into the rebels' program of terror, Johnny Mad Dog, as he calls himself, retains his youthful exuberance-searching for girls, good times, and adventure. Sixteen-year-old Laokolé, for her part, dreams of finishing high school and becoming an engineer, but as rogue militias prepare to sack the city, she is forced to leave home with her mother and brother-and then finds herself alone and running from the likes of Johnny. Acclaimed in France, Johnny Mad Dog is a coming-of-age story like no other; Dongala's masterful use of dual narrators makes the novel an unusually vivid and affecting tale of the struggle to survive-and to retain one's humanity-in terrifying times.
Category: Fiction

Chimurenga

Author :
ISBN : STANFORD:36105132660031
Genre : African literature (English)
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Category: African literature (English)

Ala Bulletin

Author : African Literature Association
ISBN : STANFORD:36105007018729
Genre : African literature
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Category: African literature

Writers From Africa

Author : Stewart Brown
ISBN : UVA:X001923158
Genre : Africa
File Size : 47.29 MB
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Category: Africa

Staffrider

Author :
ISBN : MINN:31951P003149654
Genre : South Africa
File Size : 60.53 MB
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Category: South Africa

Conscientious Sorcerers

Author : Robert Elliot Fox
ISBN : UOM:39015013525939
Genre : Social Science
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Fox offers a clear and important, if brief, consideration of the fiction of Baraka, Reed, and Delany. He renders an especially important service by establishing the relationship among three fictionists whose work has been substantially neglected. . . . Readers will find this volume useful as a starting point for the investigation of recent Afro-American fiction and as an example of the application of poststructuralist criticism to Afro-American fiction. Choice This book is a provocative and enlightening study of the fiction of LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Ishmael Reed and Samuel R. Delany, three black American writers who are among the most gifted literary artists of the past twenty-five years. These authors, who emerged in the tumultuous period of the 1960s, when the complacencies of the previous decade were being challenged throughout the country, are examined here within the context of Afro-American literature.
Category: Social Science

World Authors 2000 2005

Author : Jennifer Curry
ISBN : UCSC:32106018867322
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Representing a broad range of ethnic diversity, these in-depth profiles present fascinating accounts of lives and careers, the circumstances under which works were produced, and their literary significance. Each profile also includes critical evaluation, a list of the author's principal works with date first published, a list of major critical works, and a portrait or photograph where available.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Encounters From Africa

Author : P. Williams
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110663403
Genre : Africa
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Category: Africa

West Africa

Author :
ISBN : UOM:39015072491403
Genre : Africa, West
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Category: Africa, West

Jazz Research

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ISBN : UOM:39015048011293
Genre : Jazz
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Category: Jazz

So This Is Jazz

Author : H.o. Osgood
ISBN : STANFORD:36105042352034
Genre : Music
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Category: Music