We Need Diverse Ya Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | June 3, 2015

    Jami Attenberg: IMG Long Live the Queen of the Bowery



    Previous to Saint Mazie, I've only ever written about characters I've made up from scratch before. Then I read an essay by Joseph Mitchell in his... Continue »

    spacer

Dog Days: An Animal Chronicle (CARAF Books)

by

Dog Days: An Animal Chronicle (CARAF Books) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

I am a dog, the narrator of Patrice Nganang's novel plainly informs us. As such, he has learned not to expect too much from life. He can, however, observe the life around him--in his case the impoverished but dynamic Cameroon of the early 1990s, a time known as les annees de braise (the smoldering years). When he isn't limited by the length of his master's leash, the perceptive, even ironic, Mboudjak wanders the streets of Yaounde, a capital city caught in the throes of social and political change. Only partly understanding the words spoken around him (the other dogs are as unreliable as the humans), Mboudjak relates an experience that not only evokes the wildly diverse language of the streets--a heady brew of French, Pidgin English, the indigenous Medumba, and the urban slang Camfranglais--but also reflects the elusiveness of meaning in politically uncertain times. Mboudjak is not alone in his confusion or in his hardship. The blows he receives from humans and the mocking laughter of other dogs are indicative of a larger pattern of abuse that indicts the ruling regime.

Despite its unflinching depiction of a seething, turbulent society, Dog Days is not a somber story; it is propelled by the humor that is Mboudjak's greatest survival tool, and even by a certain optimism. In the vibrantly chaotic marketplaces, in the bustling energy of Massa Yo's bar, and in the escalating political demonstrations, a brighter future for Cameroon can be glimpsed. This story told by a canine everyman offers something for any reader interested in freedom withheld and the early stirrings that will someday win it back.

Synopsis:

In the vanguard of a new generation of writers, Nganang tells--"through the voice of a dog--"the story of an Africa born of military dictators and absolute poverty.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813925356
Author:
Nganang, Alain Patrice
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Translator:
Reid, Amy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Yaounde (Cameroon)
Subject:
Yaounde (Cameroon) - Social life and customs
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature Translated from French
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.48x5.76x.74 in. .72 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Dog Days: An Animal Chronicle (CARAF Books) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$23.25 Backorder
Product details 232 pages University Press of Virginia - English 9780813925356 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the vanguard of a new generation of writers, Nganang tells--"through the voice of a dog--"the story of an Africa born of military dictators and absolute poverty.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.