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Author Nganang, Alain Patrice, author.

Title When the plums are ripe / Patrice Nganang ; translated from the French by Amy Baram Reid.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Fiction    NGANANG,ALA    Available
Edition First American edition.
Description 348 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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Summary In Cameroon, plum season is a highly anticipated time of year. But for the narrator of When the Plums Are Ripe, the poet Pouka, the season reminds him of the "time when our country had discovered the root not so much of its own violence as that of the world's own, and, in response, had thrown its sons who at that time were called Senegalese infantrymen into the desert, just as in the evenings the sellers throw all their still-unsold plums into the embers." In this novel of radiant lyricism, Patrice Nganang recounts the story of Cameroon's forced entry into World War II, and in the process complicates our own understanding of that globe-spanning conflict. After the fall of France in 1940, Cameroon found itself caught between Vichy and the Free French at a time when growing nationalism advised allegiance to neither regime, and was ultimately dragged into fighting throughout North Africa on behalf of the Allies. Moving from Pouka's story to the campaigns of the French general Leclerc and the battles of Kufra and Murzuk, Nganang questions the colonial record and recenters African perspectives at the heart of Cameroon's national history, all the while writing with wit and panache.
Language Translated from the French.
Subject Cameroon -- Colonization -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
France -- Colonies -- Cameroon -- History -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
Added Author Reid, Amy Baram, 1964- translator.
Added Title Saison des prunes. English
ISBN 9780374288990 (hardcover) $28.00
0374288992 (hardcover) $28.00

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