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.

Life and a Half: A Novel - Paperback

£19.99Price
  • Product details

    • Paperback: 150 pages
    • Publisher: Indiana University Press (25 May 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0253222877
    • ISBN-13: 978-0253222879
    • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
Don't miss out!
Subscribe to our newsletter to be updated on DRCEF's progress and to hear more about how you can contribute through donating, fundraising, volunteering and campaigning.

Get to know us

Make a donation

Resources

  • White Instagram Icon
  • White YouTube Icon

© Copyright 2020 by DRCEF.

Powered by             

Contact Us

Headquarters

United Kingdom

0