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3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  613 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
"J'ai longtemps rêvé que ma mère était noire. Je m'étais inventé une histoire, un passé, pour fuir la réalité à mon retour d'Afrique, dans ce pays, dans cette ville où je ne connaissais personne, où j'étais devenu un étranger. Puis j'ai découvert, lorsque mon père, à l'âge de la retraite, est revenu vivre avec nous en France, que c'était lui l'Africain. Cela a été difficil ...more
Poche, Collection Folio, 124 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Editions Gallimard (first published 2004)
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Nov 11, 2015 Mohammad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هیجان کشف آفریقا از دید کودکی هشت ساله.واقعی ترین آفریقایی که تا به حال دیده بودم، واقعی تر از آفریقای نمایش داده شده در فیلم ها و مستندها.لوکلزیو حدود پنجاه سال به عقب باز میگردد تا پدر آفریقایی شدهاش را بفهمد و درک کند
ترجمه آنقدر بد بود که در بعضی موارد با چند بار خواندن هم نتوانستم متوجه منظور نویسنده بشوم.افسوس
Mohammad Ali
پیش از هر چیز تاسف می خورم برای ترجمه. واقعا ترجمه کار رو مشکل می کرد و بخش های فراوانی بود که باید بدون فهم می گذشتی ازشان.
اما جدای از این رویه ی آزار دهنده بسیار جذاب و تکان دهنده بود این اثر و گویی روح زندگی جریان داشت در تک تک سطورش، روح آزادی، و روح سرگردانی و تعلق.
حیث واقع گو و زندگی نوشت گونه بودنش می افزود به این افسون و گره می زد خواننده را به داستان عجیب آن پدر و این پسر آفریقایی...
Dec 25, 2008 Peregrino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Da gusto leer a este autor y se comprende fácilmente el porqué ha logrado los galardones que jalonan su carrera, y especialmente el último Premio Nóbel.

Breve ensayo en el que se nos describe la vida del padre del autor, un médico que, probablemente marcado por su infancia, se rebela ante lo que parece ser una vida acomodada como médico gris en algún hospital de suburbio en Inglaterra, para dedicar su vida a curar en Africa. "Africa es más cuerpo que cara" dirá en algún momento del ensayo, y eso
Dec 17, 2015 Fahad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

أول قراءة للنوبلي الفرنسي لوكليزو، وقد صادف – فقد سحبتها من رفوف مكتبتي بلا أي تدقيق – أنها مذكرات عن والده – وهو الذي يشير له بالأفريقي حيث عاش أغلب حياته في أفريقيا وتأثر كثيراً بثقافتها -، وعن طفولته هو في أفريقيا عندما انتقل مع والدته وأخيه ليعيشا هناك لفترة بعد الحرب، حيث جرب العيش حراً طليقاً في السافانا.
Shaimaa Ali
الفكرة عن هذا الأب الذى كره بريطانيا وفرنسا الإستعماريتين وأحب أفريقيا حتى لم يعد له لقباً عند ابنه الا : الإفريقى
اللغة عذبة والتفاصيل مليئة بالشجن .. وان عابها تشتت الأفكار والترجمة غير الموفقة
Laura Florand
Jan 15, 2016 Laura Florand rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written memoir that looks at identity, colonialism, and a man's effort to understand the father he never understood as a boy.
Ahmad Sharabiani
L'Africain=The African, Jean-Marie G. Le Clézio

عنوان: آفریقایی ؛ نویسنده: ژام - ماری گوستاو لو کلزیو؛ مترجم: آزیتا همپارتیان؛ تهران، نیلوفر، 1387، 116 ص، شابک: 9789644483301؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه ژان ماری گوستاو لوکلزیو 1940 م - سیر و سیاحت نیجریه، قرن 21م

در سال 1387 با ترجمه آناهیتا تدین ، انتشارات روزگار ، در 149 ص
This is an exceedingly well-written little memoir in which Le Clezio, then in his 60s and just a few years away from being awarded the Nobel Prize, decided to muse on his relationship with Africa and his father, inextricably and symbiotically linked in the writer's formative years. He recalls his time as a child in Nigeria and how all the human reality of Africa, its nakedness and wounds and smiles, clashed so deeply with the hidden or veiled truths and polite fictions of his French years. As a ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Un coacervo di ricordi, che danno l’impressione di essere stati scritti di getto, senza ordine logico, dell’infanzia africana dello scrittore: così posso descrivere questo romanzo. Il fine è ricostruire la figura paterna, l’africano, un medico originario delle isole Mauritius che ha lasciato l’Europa per esercitare la professione di specialista in malattie tropicali in Africa, vivendoci fino alla pensione, prima in Camerun, poi in Nigeria. Lì si è fatto raggiungere, dopo la seconda guerra mondia ...more
le clezio won nobel prize in 2008, i believe. his fiction is detailed meditations on what it mean to be a human while using place to explain.
he has done the same thing writing about his family and his dad specially (and of course himself probably more so) living in what is now nigeria and cameroon.
his da was a pretty harsh dude, but also embittered by seemingly lack of progress in colonies, lack of compassion, lack of truth-telling, lack owing up,
his boy observed very well his father;s bitterne
Nov 08, 2009 L.S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Cred ca Anca va fi incantata sa citeasca aceasta carticica, despre Africa, africani si copaci. De remarcat si propozitia de la pag. xx "Am plecat in Africa si am schimbat lumea". Do that!

Carticica este uimitoare, constituind o lectura aparent simpla. Am fost uimit de multele planuri pe care se desfasoara aceasta biografie(?): copilaria autorului plecat in Africa sa-si intalneasca tatal care era medic, biografia tatalui, istoria tumultoasa a unor tari africane, sentimentele anti-colonialiste, con
Gláucia Renata
Nov 04, 2014 Gláucia Renata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essa novela de cunho auto biográfico é uma terna e comovente homenagem do autor a seu pai, um médico inglês que dedica sua vida a um ideal de liberdade e amor a África, sacrificando conforto e aconchego familiar. Vejo esse livro como uma espécie de testemunho, onde o autor demonstra que depois de muitos anos, pode compreender quem foi seu pai, até então um completo e austero estranho. Comovente de forma sutil, sem ser piegas em momento algum.

"E é então que eu pai descobre, depois de todos aquele
Mar 23, 2016 metaphor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am forever yearning to go back to Africa, to my childhood memory. To the source of my feelings, to that which molded my character. The world changes, it’s true, and the boy who is standing over there on the plain amidst the tall grasses in the hot breath of wind bearing the odors of the savannah, the shrill sound of the forest, the boy feeling the dampness of the sky and the clouds upon his lips, that boy is so far from me that no story, no journey will ever make it possible for me to reach hi ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Buchdoktor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, biography
Für J.M.G le Clézio und seinen älteren Bruder wurde ihr abwesender Vater irgendwann zum Afrikaner. Wenn einem stets erzählt wird, der Vater arbeite in Nigeria als Arzt und könne wegen des Krieges nicht nach Frankreich zu Besuch kommen, kann man als Kind durchaus Zweifel an den Aussagen der Erwachsenen entwickeln. Le Clézios Vater stammte von der Insel Mauritius (das 1810–1968 zum britischen Weltreich zählte) und studierte in England Medizin. Aus einer momentanen Verärgerung über die britische Up ...more
David R. Godine
Le Clézio is ever the master at rendering existence at the level of sensation with a daring and admirable freshness of language.
—Peter Brooks, New York Times

For many years now, the publishing house of David R. Godine has been producing some of the most attractive books of our time. Witness this little volume of reminiscences by J.M.G. Le Clézio, the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature. [...] Apart from award-winning novels, starting with The Interrogation, J.M.G. Le Clézio has writt
May 12, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013

Ovo je jedna kratka autobiografska priča u samo 98 stranica. Na simapatičan i pomalo tužan način Le Clezio pripovijeda o svom životu i šoku koji je doživio kada se u dobi od 8 godina s majkom i bratom pridružio ocu, britanskom liječniku, u Nigeriji. U tim godinama koje je proveo među Afrikancima, pisac veli kako je naučio kao dijete promatrati svijet oko sebe, cijeniti drugačije ljude i zauzimati se za njihov glas. Iako je rođen u Nici/Francuska on se osjeća Afrikancem jer mu je prijatelj Ahijdo
Jul 11, 2014 Liviu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For once a Le Clezio English translation that works and captures the lyrical but also realistic prose of the author; a (very) short autobiography dealing especially with the author sojourn in Africa from age 8 (after the war in 1948 meeting his father for the first time really as he, a doctor in the English colonial service - as Mauritius the ancestral island of his French extraction father was under English rule - was separated by the war from his mother in occupied France where she went to giv ...more
Jun 16, 2015 NikolayM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Det enda jag vet är hur Parisvänninorna reagerade när mor bestämde sig för att gifta sig med far och flytta med honom till Kamerun: "Va? Till vildarna?" Och att hon med ledning av vad far hade berättar lugnt kunde replikera: "De är inte vildare än folk i Paris!"'
Etienne Mahieux
Feb 10, 2016 Etienne Mahieux rated it it was amazing
Je me tiens à distance de J.M.G. Le Clézio depuis le CM2 et ce passage de "Mondo et autres histoires" qui figurait dans mon livre de lectures : ça commence donc à faire un paquet de temps. Je suis, par conséquent, malgré un effort de temps en temps, loin d'avoir une bonne connaissance de son oeuvre ; tous les livres que j'ai eu l'occasion de lire jusqu'ici ont provoqué en moi un sentiment de frustration, l'impression que le style interposait entre le sujet et moi une pellicule glacée, une sorte ...more
María Paz Greene
Sep 21, 2015 María Paz Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobio
Qué libro más lindo... buáh. Qué ternura y también asertividad del hijo de darse cuenta de que sí, su papá, era el africano. Esto me caló profundamente. Que los hijos puedan realmente observar tanto a los papás aunque no vivan con ellos, no sé... me pareció uno de los homenajes más sinceros que he leído, sin siquiera querer ser un homenaje, y no solo a su papá, sino que a África y también a sí mismo. Me dieron ganas de viajar, también. Lo encontré tan... justo. Ni más ni menos. Adulto, también. ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Alberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me fue recomendado como continuación de una línea que empieza en Camus (El primer hombre)y pasa por Coetzee (Infancia). No ha producido en mi la impresión de los otros dos (sobre todo el de Coetzee), aunque sí resulta un libro muy evocador y de buena lectura.
Nov 27, 2010 Silvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma boa surpresa numa madrugada de insonia. Incrivel como em tao poucas paginas Le Clezio consegue falar em profundidade sobre pais e filhos, encontros e partidas, exodo, guerras, colonialismo, depressao, africa... Ja preciso ler de novo pra ver se nao deixei escapar nada.
Marcelo Lee
May 06, 2016 Marcelo Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lendo tantos livros de ficção é fácil esquecer que a memória (nas mãos de um escritor de primeira linha) é capaz de proporcionar cenários tão ou mais fascinantes. Realmente me impressionou o texto, compondo uma linda e intrigante paisagem africana de brutalidade e ternura através das memórias das memórias do pai do autor.
Em teoria, Clezio não tem nada a ver com o tipo de autor que costumo apreciar, de escrita dura e realista. Mas o legal é que mesmo sendo duro e realista, consegue ter aquele "je
Guillermo Jiménez
Nov 19, 2012 Guillermo Jiménez rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel
Libro soso. Tedioso. Como un sueño cansado, sin llegar a ser pesadilla. Solo eso, fastidioso.

Y eso que va de un tema que me interesa: los recuerdos de la infancia, "conocer" al padre. Pero todo desde una esquina sufrida, sin llegar al quejido o lamento, o la añoranza.

De hecho, al final Le Clézio niega que sea nostalgia e intenta explicárnosla como "sensaciones", como al vivido de una forma particularmente distinta.


Quizás hay que leerle joven. Sus obras tempranas. Aunque esa biografía pu
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Dec 02, 2013 La Stamberga dei Lettori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polyfilo
L'africano è il breve diario dell'incontro di Le Clézio bambino con il padre, uomo severo, che ha vissuto per scelta in una condizione di isolamento e insieme di impegno in quelli che erano i margini dell'impero coloniale britannico, come medico di frontiera. Il motivo della scelta paterna è abbastanza significativo del suo carattere: appena laureato in Inghilterra prende servizio in una cittadina di mare e viene redarguito da un superiore per non avergli presentato il suo biglietto da visita a ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Roxane rated it really liked it
I'm not quite sure what drove me to buy this book in particular. When I found out that Le Clézio had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, I felt that, as a French reader, I needed to have at least read him once. So I browsed my local bookstore's shelves and found this little piece entitled The African (I'm not sure what it's been translated as or even if it's been translated in English at all. I know some of his works have been, but I'm not sure about this particular one.).

I cam
mai ahmd
يصنف هذا الكتاب من ضمن كتب السيرة الذاتية يحكي فيه لوكيزيو سيرة طفولته الباكرة والتي قضى جزء منها في أفريقيا في فترة حرجة وهي أبان الحرب العالمية الثانية لكن من هو الأفريقي الذي تدور حوله السيرة !
إنها سيرة والده الطبيب الذي تخلى عن حياته الأوربية التي كان بالإمكان أن تكون مصدر للرفاهية ليلقي بنفسه في أحضان نيجيريا ثم الكاميرون وجاءت الحرب لتصعب عليه العودة إلى أسرته التي عانت الفرار والتشتت
الأب يلتحم بالأفارقة ليصبح جزءا منهم يتبنى قضاياهم ويكتسب عاداتهم يتأثر بديانتهم ويقسو كقسوة الصحراء على أ
World Literature Today
"Despite the intimate feel of The African, it very subtly goes beyond a simple story of a father, a son, and their deep-rooted disconnect. The specter of colonialism ghosts through this memoir, of great men adrift of purpose, of irreconcilable worlds." - Michelle Bailat-Jones, Puidoux, Switzerland

This book was reviewed in the January 2014 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our site:
Feb 22, 2016 Harald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this short, but intense book, Le Clézio tries to come to terms with his reclusive father, who hated colonialism, yet spent his whole career as a doctor in British Guyana, later Cameroon and Nigeria. This is highly imagined biography: the author supplies his own reflections whenever his father's silence creates missing links in the chronology.
Jul 25, 2014 Rebeca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En el curso de literatura donde lo leí, reflexionamos un poco sobre si el libro es novela o no. Reflexionando un poco después, pensé que sí es novela. Porque habla fundamentalmente del presente, de la mirada de un adulto sobre los recuerdos de la niñez. Coincido además con la opinión del profesor de que la novela empieza en el segundo capítulo.
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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, better known as J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a Franco-Mauritian novelist. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation) and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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