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Life and a Half (Global African Voices)


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Listed as one of the 100 best books on Africa, Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi's response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo. The novel takes place in an imaginary African country run by the latest in a series of cannibalistic dictators who has captured Martial, the leader of the opposition, and his family. Though shot, knifed, butchered, and bled, Martial's spirit lives on to guide his followers in their fight against the dictators. Facing censorship, Tansi insisted that his book was a fable and that if he were ever given the opportunity to write about real events, he would be much more direct rather than follow the torturous paths of a novel. This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast-paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.

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Sony Labou Tansi (1947-1995) was a Congolese novelist, playwright, and poet whose groundbreaking work transformed postcolonial francophone African literature.

Alison Dundy translates from French and Italian. She specializes in literature, social sciences, and art.

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Introduction: Sony Labou Tansi--The Conscience of Africa and the Voice of the People / Dominic Thomas

Warning by Sony Labou Tansi

Life and a Half

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Tansi, Sony Labou
Indiana University Press
Tansi, Sony Lab'ou
Thomas, Dominic
Dundy, Alison
Bloomington, IN
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Africa; African Studies; Literature; Literature and Literary Studies
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