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The dark child

Author: Laye Camara
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, [1989], ©1954.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[This book] is a ... memoir of [the author's] youth in the village of Koroussa, French Guinea, a place steeped in mystery. [He] marvels over his mother's supernatural powers, his father's distinction as the village goldsmith, and his own passage into manhood, which is marked by animistic beliefs and bloody rituals of primeval origin. Eventually, he must choose between this unique place and the academic success that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Laye Camara; Laye Camara
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laye Camara
ISBN: 080901548X 9780809015481
OCLC Number: 22154853
Notes: Translation of: L'enfant noir.
Translated from the French by James Kirkup and Ernest Jones.
Cover title: The autobiography of an African boy.
Description: 188 pages ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Enfant noir.
Autobiography of an African boy
Responsibility: Camara Laye ; with an introduction by Philippe Thoby-Marcellin.

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[This book] is a ... memoir of [the author's] youth in the village of Koroussa, French Guinea, a place steeped in mystery. [He] marvels over his mother's supernatural powers, his father's distinction as the village goldsmith, and his own passage into manhood, which is marked by animistic beliefs and bloody rituals of primeval origin. Eventually, he must choose between this unique place and the academic success that lures him to distant cities. More than the autobiography of one boy, this is the universal story of sacred traditions struggling against the encroachment of a modern world.-Back cover.

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