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Little Boys Come from the Stars

Written by Emmanuel Dongala

Little Boys Come from the Stars
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Category: Fiction - Literary
Imprint: Anchor
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: March 2002
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72122-6 (0-385-72122-6)
Pages: 256



 
Little Boys Come from the Stars is the story of a turbulent African nation seen through the eyes of a precocious teen dubbed Matapari (“trouble”). Though his father is a reclusive scholar, his mother a confused Catholic, and his uncle a shameless opportunist, Matapari is a regular kid who wears Reeboks, drinks Coke, and reads Japanese comics. But when his family becomes the center of the revolution, Matapari emerges as the ideal narrator–an ironically innocent voice that makes bearable and even humorous the realities it describes.

“Affecting…in the tradition of post-colonial novels like Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.”–The New York Times Book Review

“A whimsical, indeed hilarious satire out of Africa’s decidedly unfunny post-independence woes.”–Los Angeles Times



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Emmanuel Dongala, born in 1941, was a chemist and dean of Brazzaville University in the Congo Republic until he fled the country’s civil war in 1997. He is the author of three award-winning novels and a collection of short stories; he serves as president of the Congolese PEN Centre, and has been recognized in France as a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. He lives in western Massachusetts and teaches at Simon’s Rock of Bard College.





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