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    DescriptionALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED TO BE FAIR ABOUT ALL THE THINGS HE DOES HERE ON EARTH.These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa's most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma. When ten-year-old Birahima's mother dies, he leaves his native village in the Ivory Coast, accompanied by the sorcerer and cook Yacouba, to search for his aunt Mahan. Crossing the border into Liberia, they are seized by rebels and forced into military service. Birahima is given a Kalashnikov, minimal rations of food, a small supply of dope and a tiny wage. Fighting in a chaotic civil war alongside many other boys, Birahima sees death, torture, dismemberment and madness but somehow manages to retain his own sanity. Raw and unforgettable, despairing yet filled with laughter, "Allah Is Not Obliged" reveals the ways in which children's innocence and youth are compromised by war.

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    Allah Is Not Obliged
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ahmadou Kourouma, Translated by Frank Wynne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 215
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307279576
    ISBN 10: 030727957X

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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC21: 843.914
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    DC22: 843/.914
    B&T Approval Code: P24102401
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PQ3989.2.K58 A5513 2007
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    08 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Ahmadou Kourouma was born in the Ivory Coast in 1927. He was the author of the novels The Suns of Independence, Monnew, and Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote. Hailed as one of the leading African writers in French, he died in 2003.
    Review quote
    "A tour de force -- original, irreverent, brutal, funny, poetic -- in which history and myth are brilliantly evoked." --"The Independent "(London)"This is one of the funniest, most powerful, most intense novels to appear in French for a decade." --"Le Nouvel Observateur" (Paris)"Shocking and deeply moving. . . . . An African "Lord of the Flies"." --"The Guardian" (London)"Witty and wholly authentic. . . . Spellbinding. . . . Kourouma has been likened to Voltaire. . . Gabriel Garcia Marquez also comes to mind, likewise John Updike's sparkling ventriloquism." --"The Spectator" (London)