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Explanation of the Night

Edem Awumey

Translated from French by Howard Scott and Phyllis Aronoff


Ito Baraka is going to die. In Gatineau, far from the sun, in a dark, shabby flat he shares with his Native girlfriend, Kimi. But before he can die, he has a book to finish, in which he recounts events in a country where the suns burns, burns the skin, burns the brain, burns the retina of those forced to look at it without blinking. A country where another sun blazes: a dictator in the grips of fear.

Is magic not the most dangerous form of subversion? Ito makes the acquaintance of blind Koli Lem. In the middle of the blackest night, in the words they share, in their very flesh, they become each other's sole source of light.


“Un récit poignant et magnifiquement écrit.”
–La Presse


“Grave, tragique, dur, violent, mais porté par une écriture fiévreuse,
embrasée. La surenchère poétique n’est pas loin …”

–Le Devoir









Goncourt Prize finalist Edem Awumey was born in Togo in 1975. His first novel, Port-Mélo (2006), was published in France by Gallimard, and was winner of one of Africa's most distinguished literary awards. Les Pieds sales was long-listed for the Goncourt in 2009. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

 
 

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Paperback ISBN:  978-1-988449-16-6
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200 pages
Publication Date:  September 2017

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