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A Palace in the Old Village
Years ago, I read This Blinding Absence of Light, and was absolutely floored. Just jaw-dropping, melancholy prose set in about as rough an environment ...more
Dec 2016
Dec 27, 2016
So Long a Letter
A small novel that says a lot. Writing in the epistolary format doesn't give an author a lot of chance for grand dramas, but rather gives the sense of ...more
Feb 2016
Feb 15, 2016
I've been a fan of Ousmane Sembène's films for a while now, but this is my first attempt at reading his fiction, and his fiction feels structured like ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 04, 2011
Children of the New World
It's nowhere near as mature a work as Fantasia, but it's still a good wartime novel about the relations between men and women, colonizer and colonized ...more
Aug 2016
Aug 24, 2016
Solibo Magnificent
Magical realist tropes that would otherwise seem tired somehow become fresh when touched with Creole wordplay and insertion of the author as character ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 20, 2008
The structure is interesting: personal memory counterpointed against epic history. However, I found myself far more attracted to the personal memory s ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 20, 2008