An African in Paris

An African in Paris

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In 1959, when Un Ngre Paris first appeared, the French still held West Africa under colonial rule. Dadie's observations and subtle parodies of Parisian manners and morals are entertaining and poignant, charming yet profound.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252064070
  • 9780252064074

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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.
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Review quote

"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 University
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19 ratings
3.26 out of 5 stars
5 16% (3)
4 16% (3)
3 47% (9)
2 21% (4)
1 0% (0)
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