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Dark Heart of the Night

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What is Africa’s own “heart of darkness”? It is what confronts Ayané when, after three years abroad, she returns to the Central African village of her birth. Now an “outsider” with foreign ways distrusted by her fellow villagers, she must face alone the customs and superstitions that bind this clan of men and women. When invading militia organize a horrific ceremony that t ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Bison Books (first published 2005)
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"This night in Eku, it was lost Africa, Africa crippled by the impact of her encounter with the elsewhere that was struggling to rise again. But the cultural uppercut she had received had skewed her understanding. Remembering only dimly what she really was, she was reinventing herself in a macabre way before the villagers assembled. She was doing the same thing far away in countries with names unknown to the Ekus: she was tearing herself apart in genocides or civil wars, as though to gouge deep ...more
Philosophical concepts tend to be topics for abstract discussions in ivory towers. In that setting, the real world sometimes seems secondary to applying various modes of logic and reasoning. Cameroon-born author Léonora Miano's novel Dark Heart of the Night illustrates how fiction can personify such concepts and their role in the lives of one or many.

Miano's focus is fatalism, something philosophers categorize by the logic and arguments that support it and distinguish from such things as deter
From her point of view, the Africans' whole life was spent escaping death. They did not even seem aware that it surrounded them. It ran in rivers seething with worms that covered the children's skin in ulcers. It was in the water they drank, in the pools stagnating outside their huts, sending clouds of mosquitoes to cover the world at nightfall. Death was everywhere in the filthy poverty of Africa. Death was everywhere in the ignorance of peoples, and death was in the traditions; it was in these ...more
William Freeman
A very harrowing read that does not paint a pretty picture of Cameroon. Well written but very disturbing don't read if feeling down
William Freeman
Very harrowing read though not a long novel had to put it down several times an eye opener
Jean Corbel
Juste le contraire de l'oiseau multicolore.
L'horreur, la force, la lumiére de la vie.
Une conteuse sobre.
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Née à Douala au Cameroun, Léonora Miano vie en France depuis 1991 où elle a fait des études en lettres.
Elle a gagnée plusieurs prix littéraires:

- Prix Louis-Guilloux 2006
- Prix du Premier Roman de Femme 2006 pour L'Intérieur de la nuit
- Prix René-Fallet 2006
- Prix Bernard-Palissy 2006

Born in Douala (Cameroon), Leonora Miano lives in France since 1991 where she studied literature.
She has won severa
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