Far from My Father - CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature translated from the French (Paperback)
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Far from My Father - CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature translated from the French (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 30/04/2014
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To attain some sort of universal value,"" Veronique Tadjo has said, ""a piece of work has to go deep into the particular in order to reveal our shared humanity."" In Far from My Father, the latest novel from this internationally acclaimed author, a woman returns to the Cote d'Ivoire after her father's death. She confronts not only unresolved family issues that she had left behind but also questions about her own identity that arise amidst the tensions between traditional and modern worlds. The drama that unfolds tells us much about the evolving role of women, the legacy of polygamy, and the economic challenges of daily life in Abidjan. On a more autobiographical level, the author depicts a daughter's efforts to come to terms with what she knew and did not know about her father.

Set against the backdrop of civil strife that has wracked the Cote d'Ivoire since the turn of the century, this story shows Tadjo's remarkable ability to inhabit a character's inner world and emotional landscape while creating a narrative of great historic and cultural dimensions.

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813935638
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm


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V ronique Tadjo is certainly one of the most highly acclaimed African francophone writers of our time. Far from My Father is not only about a tragic political situation; it also speaks to just about anyone who has lost a parent, and of how one deals with such a loss. Amy Reid's translation is quite simply excellent.

--Cheryl Toman, Case Western Reserve University, author of Contemporary Matriarchies in Cameroonian Francophone Literature

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