An African in Paris

An African in Paris

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Writing in an informal, episodic style, Bernard Dadie recounts a young African man's first journey to France, from the exhilarating moment when he obtains his ticket through a humorous and fascinating tour across the City of Light. In 1959, when Un Negre a Paris first appeared, the French still held West Africa under colonial rule. Dadie's subtle parodies depend on a detailed knowledge obtained over decades spent observing the colonizers abroad and now, suddenly, on their own home terrain. His remarks on Parisian living conditions, wordplay, and manners and morals are entertaining and poignant, charming yet profound.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 157 x 236 x 18.3mm | 408.07g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252020405
  • 9780252020407

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"These travel reports present a vision of France through the eyes of a naive traveler, whose irony, humor, and quality of observation remind me very much of Montesquieu's Lettres Persanes."--Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, Duke Universityshow more

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