Pdf ebook: Fear and Trembling

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Summary: According to ancient Japanese protocol, foreigners deigning to approach the emperor did so only with fear and trembling. Terror and self-abasement conveyed

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  • Publisher: St. Martin\'s Press
  • ISBN: 1429978996
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 176
  • Language: English
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Description: According to ancient Japanese protocol, foreigners deigning to approach the emperor did so only with fear and trembling. Terror and self-abasement conveyed respect. Amélie, our well-intentioned and eager young Western heroine, goes to Japan to spend a year working at the Yumimoto Corporation. Returning to the land where she was born is the fulfillment of a dream for Amélie; working there turns into comic nightmare. Alternately disturbing and hilarious, unbelievable and shatteringly convincing, Fear and Trembling will keep readers clutching tight to the pages of this taut little novel, caught up in the throes of fear, trembling, and, ultimately, delight.


Pdf ebook: The Character of Rain

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Summary: The Japanese believe that until the age of three, children, whether Japanese or not, are gods, each one an okosama, or "lord child." On their third birthda

  • Author : Amelie Nothomb
  • Publisher: St. Martin\'s Press
  • ISBN: 1429978961
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 176
  • Language: English
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Description: The Japanese believe that until the age of three, children, whether Japanese or not, are gods, each one an okosama, or "lord child." On their third birthday they fall from grace and join the rest of the human race. In Amelie Nothomb's new novel, The Character of Rain, we learn that divinity is a difficult thing from which to recover, particularly if, like the child in this story, you have spent the first tow and a half years of life in a nearly vegetative state. "I remember everything that happened to me after the age of two and one-half," the narrator tells us. She means this literally. Once jolted out of her plant-like , tube-like trance (to the ecstatic relief of her concerned parents), the child bursts into existence, absorbing everything that Japan, where her father works as a diplomat, has to offer. Life is an unfolding pageant of delight and danger, a ceaseless exploration of pleasure and the limits of power. Most wondrous of all is the discovery of water: oceans, seas, pools, puddles, streams, ponds, and, perhaps most of all, rain-one meaning of the Japanese character for her name. Hers is an amphibious life. The Character of Rain evokes the hilarity, terror, and sanctity of childhood. As she did in the award-winning, international bestesller Fear and Trembling, Nothomb grounds the novel in the outlines of her experiences in Japan, but the self-portrait that emerges from these pages is hauntingly universal. Amelie Nothomb's novels are unforgettable immersion experiences, leaving you both holding your breath with admiration, your lungs aching, and longing for more.


Pdf ebook: The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Summary: Based on award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff’s years studying social communication in a wide range of species, this important book shows that animals hav

  • Author : Marc Bekoff
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • ISBN: 1577313488
  • Genre: Nature
  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Language: English
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Description: Based on award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff’s years studying social communication in a wide range of species, this important book shows that animals have rich emotional lives. Bekoff skillfully blends extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions that common sense and experience have long implied. Filled with Bekoff’s light humor and touching stories, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them.


Pdf ebook: The Vanishing Point

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Summary: “Marked by [McDermid’s] trademark stunners, including a climax that packs a vicious punch. And readers are again left to marvel at her ingenuity.”

  • Author : Val McDermid
  • Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • ISBN: 0802193978
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 416
  • Language: English
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Description: “Marked by [McDermid’s] trademark stunners, including a climax that packs a vicious punch. And readers are again left to marvel at her ingenuity.” —Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch From one of the finest crime writers we have, The Vanishing Point kicks off with a nightmare scenario—the abduction of a child in an international airport. Stephanie Harker is in the screening booth at airport security, separated from Jimmy Higgins, the five-year-old boy she’s in the process of adopting, when a man in a TSA uniform leads the boy away. The more Stephanie sounds the alarm, the more the security agents suspect her, and the further away the kidnapper gets. It soon becomes apparent that nothing in this situation is clear-cut. For starters, Jimmy’s birth mother was a celebrity—living in a world where conspiracy and obfuscation are excused for the sake of column inches. And then there are the bad boys in both women’s pasts. As FBI agent Vivian McKuras and Scotland Yard Detective Nick Nicolaides investigate on both sides of the pond, Stephanie learns just how deep a parent’s fear can reach. And the horrifying reality is that she has good reason to be afraid—for reasons she never saw coming. “[McDermid’s] work is taut, psychologically complex and so gripping that it puts your life on hold.” —The Times (London)


Pdf ebook: Strike Your Heart

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Summary: This coming of age novel by the acclaimed Belgian author is “a disarmingly simple yet deeply complex study of a mother-daughter relationship” (The Wash

  • Author : Amélie Nothomb
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • ISBN: 1609454863
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Language: English
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Description: This coming of age novel by the acclaimed Belgian author is “a disarmingly simple yet deeply complex study of a mother-daughter relationship” (The Washington Post). One of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of fiction in 2018 Marie is the prettiest girl in her provincial high school, and dating the most popular boy in town. She is the envy of all her peers—and she loves it. But when she gives birth to Diane, things begin to change. Diane steals the hearts of all who meet her, inciting nothing but jealousy in her mother. This is Diane’s story. Young and brilliant, she grows up learning about life through her relationships with other women: her best friend, the sweet Élisabeth; her mentor, the selfish Olivia; her sister, the beloved Célia; and, of course, her mother. It is a story about the baser sentiments that often animate human relations: rivalry, jealousy, distrust. Revered throughout Europe, Belgian novelist Amélie Nothomb has won numerous prizes, including the French Academy’s Grand Prix. In Strike Your Heart, she offers a telling adult fable about womanhood and the mother-daughter bond.


Pdf ebook: Claude's Confession

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Summary: Claude’s Confession (1865) is a novel by French author Émile Zola. Written at night while Zola was employed at Hachette, Claude’s Confession proved sc

  • Author : Émile Zola
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Books
  • ISBN: 1513287168
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 148
  • Language: English
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Description: Claude’s Confession (1865) is a novel by French author Émile Zola. Written at night while Zola was employed at Hachette, Claude’s Confession proved scandalous upon publication and resulted in the loss of his job. Undeterred by the response to his literary debut, Zola took advantage of his newfound infamy in order to embark on a career as one of France’s foremost experimental writers. Intent on exploring taboo and the lives of people on the edge of society, Zola crafts a narrative capable of illuminating the human condition while humanizing those typically disdained by the literary elite. Born and raised in Provence, Claude is shocked to find that the Paris of legend is a city mired in poverty, decay, and loneliness. As he struggles to make ends meet in order to pay for his tiny apartment, he takes notice of a young woman who lives in the same building as him. Although he knows she is a prostitute, his feelings for him grow stronger than the impulse to look down on her way of life. After months of silent longing, he opens his door to find her standing there, desperate for help after being evicted. Despite his limited income, he welcomes her inside, and their relationship soon develops into a passionate romance. Claude’s Confession is a story of forbidden love, fading hope, and the false promise of modern life. Written at the very beginning of Zola’s career, it shows the innerworkings of a young mind interested in subjects too often ignored by writers, a mind whose guiding principle is truth and truth alone. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Émile Zola’s Claude’s Confession is a classic work of French literature reimagined for modern readers.


Pdf ebook: Voyeur Nation

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Summary: From 24-hour-a-day "girl cam" sites on the World Wide Web to trash-talk television shows like "Jerry Springer" and reality television programs like "Cops,"

  • Author : Clay Calvert
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 0786747757
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Language: English
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Description: From 24-hour-a-day "girl cam" sites on the World Wide Web to trash-talk television shows like "Jerry Springer" and reality television programs like "Cops," we've become a world of voyeurs. We like to watch others as their intimate moments, private facts, secrets, and dirty laundry are revealed. Voyeur Nation traces the evolution and forces driving what the author calls the 'voyeurism value.' Calvert argues that although spectatorship and sensationalism are far from new phenomena, today a confluence of factors-legal, social, political, and technological-pushes voyeurism to the forefront of our image-based world. The First Amendment increasingly is called on to safeguard our right, via new technologies and recording devices, to peer into the innermost details of others' lives without fear of legal repercussion. But Calvert argues that the voyeurism value contradicts the value of discourse in democracy and First Amendment theory, since voyeurism by its very nature involves merely watching without interacting or participating. It privileges watching and viewing media images over participating and interacting in democracy.


Pdf ebook: The Tyrant

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Summary: ‘First published in France in 1973, this unbearably sad novel from Swiss author Chessex, the first non-French writer to win the Prix Goncourt, charts a m

  • Author : Jacques Chessex
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
  • ISBN: 1904738958
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 217
  • Language: English
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Description: ‘First published in France in 1973, this unbearably sad novel from Swiss author Chessex, the first non-French writer to win the Prix Goncourt, charts a man’s slow but steady path toward tragedy.Chessex perfectly captures the juxtaposition of the profound and the banal in a surreal scene where a mortuary representative hawks different models of urns to hold cremated remains. Jean’s burden of guilt only grows heavier with time, and the denouement will strike many as pathetically inevitable.’ Publishers Weekly A haunting work, reminiscent of Albert Camus, that portrays with exquisite psychological detail the emotional crisis in the life of Jean Calmet, a young Swiss schoolteacher. As we watch the father's cremation in the opening chapter, we sense that, even though his father's body has been reduced to ashes, his spirit survives to haunt Jean. His father's prodigious vitality and virility had crushed his family and ruined his son's childhood. Even after his father's death, Jean cannot be free. The parental ogre's actions continue to suck Jean into a vortex of despair. Jacques Chessex, a giant of Swiss literature, won the Grand Prix de la langue française and was awarded the Grand Prix Jean Giono for his entire work. Bitter Lemon Press published his novels The Vampire of Ropraz and A Jew Must Die to high acclaim. He died in 2009 at age seventy-five.


Pdf ebook: Dark Horizons

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Summary: First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

  • Author : Tom Moylan,Raffaella Baccolini
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317793544
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Language: English
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Description: First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Pdf ebook: Miss Jane: A Novel

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Summary: Longlisted for the National Book Award and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year "Gorgeous…A writer of profound emotional depths." —New York Times Bo

  • Author : Brad Watson
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393285448
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Language: English
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Description: Longlisted for the National Book Award and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year "Gorgeous…A writer of profound emotional depths." —New York Times Book Review Since his award-winning debut collection of stories, Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson has been expanding the literary traditions of the South in work as melancholy, witty, strange, and lovely as any in America. Drawing on the true story of his great-aunt, he explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that excludes her from the roles traditional for a woman of her time and place and frees her to live her life as she pleases. With irrepressible vitality and generosity of spirit, Miss Jane mesmerizes those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still.


Pdf ebook: We Are Not Amused

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Summary: Placing failed humor within the broader category of miscommunication and drawing on a range of conversational data, this text represents the first comprehe

  • Author : Nancy Bell
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • ISBN: 150150164X
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Number of Pages: 194
  • Language: English
  • Views: 755
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Description: Placing failed humor within the broader category of miscommunication and drawing on a range of conversational data, this text represents the first comprehensive study of failed humor. It provides a framework for classifying the types of failure that can occur, examines the strategies used by both speakers and hearers to avoid and manage failure, and highlights the crucial role humor plays in social identity and relationship management.


Pdf ebook: Mapping the Deep: The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science

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Summary: A vivid, up-to-date tour of the Earth's last frontier, a remote and mysterious realm that nonetheless lies close to the heart of even the most land-locked

  • Author : Robert Kunzig
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393345351
  • Genre: Nature
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1974
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Description: A vivid, up-to-date tour of the Earth's last frontier, a remote and mysterious realm that nonetheless lies close to the heart of even the most land-locked reader. The sea covers seven-tenths of the Earth, but we have mapped only a small percentage of it. The sea contains millions of species of animals and plants, but we have identified only a few thousand of them. The sea controls our planet's climate, but we do not really understand how. The sea is still the frontier, and yet it seems so familiar that we sometimes forget how little we know about it. Just as we are poised on the verge of exploiting the sea on an unprecedented scale—mining it, fertilizing it, fishing it out—this book reminds us of how much we have yet to learn. More than that, it chronicles the knowledge explosion that has transformed our view of the sea in just the past few decades, and made it a far more interesting and accessible place. From the Big Bang to that far-off future time, two billion years from now, when our planet will be a waterless rock; from the lush crowds of life at seafloor hot springs to the invisible, jewel-like plants that float at the sea surface; from the restless shifting of the tectonic plates to the majestic sweep of the ocean currents, Kunzig's clear and lyrical prose transports us to the ends of the Earth. Originally published in hardcover as The Restless Sea. "Robert Kunzig is a creator of what oceanographer Harry Hess once referred to as 'geopoetry.' He covers vast tracts of time and space and makes his subjects electrifying."—Richard Ellis, The Times [London] "The Restless Sea immediately surfaces at the top of the list of journalistic treatments of oceanography. . . .The book opened my eyes to numerous wonders."—Richard Strickland, American Scientist "When you head for the coast this summer, leave that trashy beach novel at home. Instead, pack Robert Kunzig's book. Because just beyond your rental cottage lies the restless sea, where three-mile-tall mountain ranges criss-cross the ocean floor, and deep trenches harbor mysterious creatures. . . . The book is easy to read, and will bring you up to date on the startling discoveries oceanographers have made during the past few decades."—Phillip Manning, The News and Observer [Raleigh, North Carolina] ] "Anyone who loves the sea should read this book."—Sebastian Junger


Pdf ebook: Pearl of China

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Summary: It is the end of the nineteenth century and China is riding on the crest of great change, but for nine-year-old Willow, the only child of a destitute famil

  • Author : Anchee Min
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1608191516
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Language: English
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Description: It is the end of the nineteenth century and China is riding on the crest of great change, but for nine-year-old Willow, the only child of a destitute family in the small southern town of Chin-kiang, nothing ever seems to change. Until the day she meets Pearl, the eldest daughter of a zealous American missionary. Pearl is head-strong, independent and fiercely intelligent, and will grow up to be Pearl S Buck, the Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning writer and humanitarian activist, but for now all Willow knows is that she has never met anyone like her in all her life. From the start the two are thick as thieves, but when the Boxer Rebellion rocks the nation, Pearl's family is forced to leave China to flee religious persecution. As the twentieth century unfolds in all its turmoil, through right-wing military coups and Mao's Red Revolution, through bad marriages and broken dreams, the two girls cling to their lifelong friendship across the sea. In this ambitious and moving new novel, Anchee Min, acclaimed author of Empress Orchid and Red Azalea, brings to life a courageous and passionate woman who loved the country of her childhood and who has been hailed in China as a modern heroine.


Pdf ebook: The Violence of Modernity

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Summary: The result is a study that underscores how Baudelaire's legacy continues to energize literary engagements with the violence of modernity.

  • Author : Debarati Sanyal
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 1421429292
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Language: English
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Description: The result is a study that underscores how Baudelaire's legacy continues to energize literary engagements with the violence of modernity.


Pdf ebook: France and Its Spaces of War

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Summary: This book offers a critical study of the cultural and social phenomena of war in the French and French-speaking world through a number of lenses, including

  • Author : P. Lorcin,D. Brewer
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230100767
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 305
  • Language: English
  • Views: 441
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Description: This book offers a critical study of the cultural and social phenomena of war in the French and French-speaking world through a number of lenses, including memory, gender, the arts, and intellectual history.


Pdf ebook: The Wife of the Doctor Aka Khanumeh Doctor

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Summary: Evelyn Koontz Musavi was born in Middletown, Maryland, a small, quaint farming town, settled by German immigrants in the mid-1700s. This provided a backdro

  • Author : Evelyn Koontz Musavi
  • Publisher: Archway Publishing
  • ISBN: 1480894486
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 308
  • Language: English
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Description: Evelyn Koontz Musavi was born in Middletown, Maryland, a small, quaint farming town, settled by German immigrants in the mid-1700s. This provided a backdrop for the unexpected adventures to come. In The Wife of the Doctor, she offers a memoir of a young American girl, born during the Great Depression. Living with loving parents and grandparents on a farm in a modest Victorian house, lacking indoor plumbing, central heat, refrigeration, and laundry facilities, Musavi experienced a host of adventures: from dropping seed potatoes into an open furrow at age of six, hunting and skeet shooting with her dad, collecting milkweed pods for pilots’ jackets in World War II, and marriage to a young Iranian surgeon from an aristocratic and prominent Persian family. The remainder of her life has been filled with motherhood, years of business, retirement, and travel. The Wife of the Doctor gives insight into one woman’s life as she adapted to a variety of situations using her mantra to work hard, tell the truth, mind your own business, and go to church on Sunday. It chronicles a story of how creativity and self-reliance prevailed with faith in God as her GPS


Pdf ebook: The Wreck

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Summary: Are memories of past love affairs stronger than time? After a mysterious foreign letter arrives at breakfast, Georges Garin shares with his friend a peculi

  • Author : Guy de Maupassant
  • Publisher: Lindhardt og Ringhof
  • ISBN: 8726646870
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 6
  • Language: English
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Description: Are memories of past love affairs stronger than time? After a mysterious foreign letter arrives at breakfast, Georges Garin shares with his friend a peculiour travelogue. While inspecting a wrecked ship, an English man with his three daughters approaches him. A passionate love affair flares between Garin and the oldest daughter which settles in his heart for the years to come. The remarkable short story writer, Guy de Maupassant, unveils bit by bit their tale with a subtle expression of eroticism. Guy de Maupassant (1850 –1893) was a French author considered a father of the modern short story. During his prolific work life, he wrote 300 short stories, verse, travel books and novels. One of his most famous works, the novel Bel-Ami, inspired the 2012 movie with the same name, starring Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman.


Pdf ebook: The Wisdom Category

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Summary: THE REALITY OF INNATE HUMAN WISDOM-MAKING In this sensitive work, Ingo Swann once more opens up the continuing story of the fuller extent of human consciou

  • Author : Ingo Swann
  • Publisher: Swann-Ryder Productions, LLC
  • ISBN: 1949214818
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Number of Pages: 266
  • Language: English
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Description: THE REALITY OF INNATE HUMAN WISDOM-MAKING In this sensitive work, Ingo Swann once more opens up the continuing story of the fuller extent of human consciousness, which, by many accounts, is amazing and intriguing. These accounts are found in all cultures ranging from ancient to contemporary, and the sum of them more than suggests that humans plus their innate consciousness are designed for a much richer and astonishing existence than what most societal programs encourage or permit. The nexus, or connected group, of the discussions in this book turns on only two interactive questions: Is human consciousness designed for self-destruction? OR Is it designed to continuously sustain its own pro-survival into futurity? There are many categories within human consciousness that work to sustain pro-survival. But all of them can be affiliated with one central heading: WISDOM, without which our species could not have survived anything, even itself.


Pdf ebook: Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment

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Summary: By looking at engagée literature from the recent past, when the francophone African writer was implicitly seen as imparted with a mission, to the present,

  • Author : Odile Cazenave,Patricia Célérier
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • ISBN: 0813931150
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Views: 975
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Description: By looking at engagée literature from the recent past, when the francophone African writer was implicitly seen as imparted with a mission, to the present, when such authors usually aspire to be acknowledged primarily for their work as writers, Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment addresses the currrent processes of canonization in contemporary francophone African literature. Odile Cazenave and Patricia Célérier argue that aesthetic as well as political issues are now at the forefront of debates about the African literary canon, as writers and critics increasingly acknowledge the ideology of form. Working across genres but focusing on the novel, the authors take up the question of renewed forms of commitment in this literature. Their selected writers range from Mongo Beti, Ousmane Sembène, and Aminata Sow Fall to Boubacar Boris Diop, Véronique Tadjo, Alain Mabanckou, and Léonora Miano, among others.