The Fire of Origins: A Novel
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The whole of African history unfolds in this brilliant novel from one of the continent’s major writers. The story is unified by the actions of one man, Mankunku, a “destroyer,” who is born in mysterious circumstances in a banana plantation and whose identity is as variable as that of his land. This novel traces his development along with that of his unnamed country, from t...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1998)
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Caroline Alicia
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This novel is historical fiction. A man named Mandala Mankuku is born into his village, in belief system superceded by the ancestors. He lives to see the arrivals of Whites, the horrors of colonialism, racism, and the 'divide and conquer' strategy that Europeans oh so adore to use. HE lives through revolutions. The importance he once held in his village as a blacksmith and healer transitions his ability to bring people tog...more
Rock Angel
The cast of caricatures turned me off. I wouldn't have gotten past p.3 were it not a choice of my bookclub.

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Albertine
C'est l'Histoire avec un grand H qui s'offre à nous sous la forme de ce conte africain.
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