The African by J. M. G. Le Clezio

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Only in his lyrically articulated hindsight does the author truly appreciate his father’s good work and a unique, memorable childhood. A vivid depiction of a splintered childhood and the lovely wholeness procured from it.
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The African is a short autobiographical account of a pivotal moment in Nobel-Prize-winning author J. M. G. Le Clézio's childhood. In 1948, young Le Clézio, with his mother and brother, left behind a still-devastated Europe to join his father, a military doctor in Nigeria, from whom he'd been separated by the war. In Le Clézio's characteristically intimate, poetic voice, the narrative relates both the dazzled enthusiasm the child feels at discovering newfound freedom in the African savannah and his torment at discovering the rigid authoritarian nature of his father. The power and beauty of the book reside in the fact that both discoveries occur simultaneously.
 

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in 1940 in Nice, France. His first novel, Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation), won the Prix Renaudot in 1963 and established his reputation as one of France's preeminent writers. He has published more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Prospector (Godine, 1993) and Desert (Godine, 2009). He and his wife currently divide their time between Nice, New Mexico, and the island of Mauritius.
 
Published June 7, 2013 by David R. Godine, Publisher. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction
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Only in his lyrically articulated hindsight does the author truly appreciate his father’s good work and a unique, memorable childhood. A vivid depiction of a splintered childhood and the lovely wholeness procured from it.

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