In the United States of Africa

ISBN-10: 0803222629
ISBN-13: 9780803222625
Edition: 2009
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Description: In a literary reversal as deadly serious as it is wickedly satiric, this novel by the acclaimed French-speaking African writer Abdourahman A. Waberi turns the fortunes of the world upside down. On this reimagined globe a stream of sorry humanity  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 3/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 134
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

In a literary reversal as deadly serious as it is wickedly satiric, this novel by the acclaimed French-speaking African writer Abdourahman A. Waberi turns the fortunes of the world upside down. On this reimagined globe a stream of sorry humanity flows from the West, from the slums of America and the squalor of Europe, to escape poverty and desperation in the prosperous United States of Africa. It is in this world that an African doctor on a humanitarian mission to France adopts a child. Now a young artist, this girl, Malaika, travels to the troubled land of her birth in hope of finding her motherand perhaps something of her lost self. Her search, at times funny and strange, is also deeply poignant, reminding us at every moment of the turns of fate we call truth.

Abdourahman A. Waberi is a novelist, essayist, poet, and professor of literature at George Washington University. He is author of The Land without Shadows, In the United States of Africa and Passage of Tears, the last also published by Seagull Books.

David Ball lives in Golden, Colorado with his wife and two children.

Nicole Ball has translated nine books from French. 

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