I Was an Elephant Salesman: Adventures between Dakar, Paris, and Milan - Global African Voices (Hardback)
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I Was an Elephant Salesman: Adventures between Dakar, Paris, and Milan - Global African Voices (Hardback)

(author), (translator), (foreword)
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Hardback 158 Pages / Published: 29/08/2010
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A landmark bestseller in Italy, I Was an Elephant Salesman gives a name and a face to the thousands of anonymous African street vendors in cities across Europe. Through the voice of a thinly veiled first-person narrator, Pap Khouma offers us a chilling, intimate, and often ironic glimpse into the life of an illegal immigrant. Khouma invents a life for himself as an itinerant trader of carved elephants, small ivories, and other "African" trinkets, struggling to maintain courage and dignity in the face of despair and humiliation. Constantly on the run from the authorities, he finds insight into the vicissitudes of law and politics, the constraints of citizenship, national borders, skin color, and the often paralyzing difficulties of obtaining basic human needs. His story reveals a contemporary Europe struggling to come to terms with its multiracial, multireligious, and multicultural identity.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253355225
Number of pages: 158
Weight: 21 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[T]he sly humor of its first-person narrator...gives this cultural critique the fast-paced charm of a road novel. March-April 2011 * World Literature in Review *
This autobiographical novel is a treasure, a narrative of courage, optimism, and resilience. . . . Khouma gives his audience much food for thought. January/February 2011 * ForeWord Reviews *

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