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I Was an Elephant Salesman: Adventures Between Dakar, Paris, and Milan (Global African Voices)

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A landmark bestseller in Italy, I Was an Elephant Salesman gives a name and a face to the thousands of anonymous African street vendors in cities across Europe. Through the voice of a thinly veiled first-person narrator, Pap Khouma offers us a chilling, intimate, and often ironic glimpse into the life of an illegal immigrant. Khouma invents a life for himself as an itinerant trader of carved elephants, small ivories, and other "African" trinkets, struggling to maintain courage and dignity in the face of despair and humiliation. Constantly on the run from the authorities, he finds insight into the vicissitudes of law and politics, the constraints of citizenship, national borders, skin color, and the often paralyzing difficulties of obtaining basic human needs. His story reveals a contemporary Europe struggling to come to terms with its multiracial, multireligious, and multicultural identity.

About the Author

Pap Khouma is author of Nonno Dio e gli spiriti danzanti [Grandfather god and the dancing spirits] and founding editor of El Ghibli, an online journal of migrant literature.

Rebecca Hopkins teaches English and writing at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy.

Graziella Parati is Professor of Italian at Dartmouth College. She is author of Migration Italy.

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface

Introduction by Graziella Parati

Selling

Illegal

Africa

The Market in Abidjan

DakarRiccione

Street-Smart... Beach-Smart

Italian Money

Paolo il Nero

Girls from Senegal

Police... Just Joking!

Germany via Paris

A Month in Paris

The Foreign Legion

From Paris to Riccione

The Car-House

Double Malaw

Chief Laman

A Senegalese Lunch

A Dresser in Piacenza

The End of Ma

Milanese Chronicles

A Run on the Beach

Dakar via Moscow

Life in Senegal

A Tourist in Rome

To Catch a Thief

Lacoste

Fights in the Metro

Changes

Political Accusations

Children

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253355225
Subtitle:
Adventures between Dakar, Paris, and Milan
Author:
Khouma, Pap
Translator:
Hopkins, Rebecca
Foreword by:
Parati, Graziella
Foreword:
Parati, Graziella
Author:
Hopkins, Rebecca
Author:
Parati, Graziella
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Literature; Literature and Literary Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Global African Voices
Publication Date:
20100829
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
158
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.38 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Military » General History
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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