The Fire of Origins by Emmanuel Dongala
A Novel

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This novel centers on the actions of one man, Mankunku, a “destroyer,” who is born in mysterious circumstances in a banana plantation, and whose identity is as mercurial as that of his land. Mythical, lyrical, powerful, surreal, and immensely ambitious, this novel does for Africa what One Hundred Years of Solitude did for South America.

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Emmanuel Dongala was dean of Brazzaville University in the Congo Republic until he fled the country’ s civil war in 1997. He lives in western Massachusetts and teaches at Simon’ s Rock of Bard College.
Published December 1, 2000 by Chicago Review Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A remarkable amount of felt life, as well as representative historical fact, is subtly woven into Dongala’s narrative, which is further enlivened by a descriptive lushness that has the thematic amplitude, verbal dignity, and suggestive force of creation myth (e.g., a sighting of “the great river,...

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