Sunday, November 29, 2009

In the United States of Africa

In the United States of Africa
by Abdourahman A. Waberi
translated by David & Nichole Ball

I first read about this book on Laila Lalami's blog that also led me to her full review at The National's website.

I think the only thing I'd like to add to the review linked to above is that this novel is not only worth reading for its complete inversion of eurocentrism but because the author (and translators) have created so many beautiful sentences.

"Wherever they may come from, children do not belong to their progenitors, their parents. They belong to themselves, that's all."

"Every passing day brings its share of dead leaves granted by the wind to hardened city people like you..."

"All the flowers and all the poisons in the world come to meet in the garden of our taciturn heroine."

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