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    Onitsha (Paperback) By (author) J. M. G. Le Clezio, Translated by Alison Anderson

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    DescriptionOnitsha tells the story of Fintan, a youth who travels to Africa in 1948 with his Italian mother to join the English father he has never met. Fintan is initially enchanted by the exotic world he discovers in Onitsha, a bustling city prominently situated on the eastern bank of the Niger River. But gradually he comes to recognize the intolerance and brutality of the colonial system. His youthful point of view provides the novel with a notably direct, horrified perspective on racism and colonialism. In the words of translator Alison Anderson, Onitsha is remarkable for its "almost mythological evocation of local history and beliefs." It is full of atmosphere--sights, sounds, smells --and at times the author's sentences seem to flow with the dreamy languor of the river itself. But J. M. G. Le Clezio "never lets us forget the harsh realities of life nor the subsequent tragedy of war." A startling account--and indictment--of colonialism, Onitsha is also a work of clear, forthright prose that ably portrays both colonial Nigeria and a young boy's growing outrage. J. M. G.Le Clezio, one of France's best-known contemporary writers, was born in Nice in 1940 and has published more than twenty novels and nonfiction works. In the course of the last three decades Le Clezio has won numerous prizes, including the Prix Renaudot for his first novel. His works have been translated into many languages. His most recent works translated into English include the novel The Prospector and a collection of essays, The Mexican Dream. Alison Anderson is the author of Hidden Latitudes. She has worked as a writer, translator, and teacher and currently lives in Mill Valley, California.


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    Title
    Onitsha
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. M. G. Le Clezio, Translated by Alison Anderson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 324 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780803279667
    ISBN 10: 0803279663
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC20: 843.914
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 843/.914
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000
    LC classification: 96032612
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PQ2672.E25 O5513 1997
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYT
    Publisher
    University of Nebraska Press
    Imprint name
    University of Nebraska Press
    Publication date
    25 April 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Lincoln
    Author Information
    Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, J. M. G. Le Clezio was born in Nice in 1940 and is one of France's best-known contemporary writers. He has published more than thirty novels and nonfiction works. In the course of the last four decades Le Clezio has won numerous prizes, including the "Prix Renaudot" for his first novel. His works have been translated into many languages. Alison Anderson is the author of "Hidden Latitudes." She has worked as a writer, translator, and teacher and currently lives in Mill Valley, California.
    Review quote
    "Le Clezio is an intensely atmospheric, nearly hallucinatory writer, and in his riveting and eviscerating short stories, dreams turn inexorably into nightmares."--Booklist Mentioned in The New York Times (Paperback Row) December 28, 2008