Ouregano

Ouregano : A Novel

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OUREGANO is a scathing indictment of the self-absorbed consciousness responsible for individual and collective social failure in 1950s central Africa. At its heart is seven-year-old Tiffany Murano, who arrives with her parents at this fictional French colonial outpost. The novel threads through the minds of its diverse characters-French and African, young and old-in a bitter, sometimes hilariously funny, and ultimately achingly sad critique of colonialism.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 453.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739110659
  • 9780739110652

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Paule Constant dissects bigotry with cynical precision. OUREGANO is a sharp and corrosive portrait, a dark but lucid view of human emotions and obsessions-and, in passing, a chronicle of the rape and murder of a continent. Margot Miller delivers a translation full of local color, as literary as it can be without betraying her own language. -- Pablo Dal Monte, Translator, member of the American Translators Association Margot Miller's sensitive translation deftly renders Constant's shrewd and intense physical and moral observation, communicating the crisp, ironic tone and free-flowing interpenetration of thoughts in this warped society without confusing the reader. Miller has made an invaluable contribution in bringing OUREGANO to the English-language audience that admired Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. -- Julie Edelson, author of The Fat Friend Paule Constant captures the subtle colors of loneliness in black and white colonial Africa, inviting the reader into a beautiful and dangerous landscape where savanna and forest confront unsurpassable obstacles. Miller's translation provides a unique entry for English-language readers into the extraordinary reaches of contemporary French literature. -- Annie Dillard With a fine grasp of human nature, Paule Constant's novel Ouregano explores the human condition from a fascinating perspective, French Africa in the 1950s, through characters that resonate with familiarity. We know them, or people like them. She tells the story of seven-year-old Tiffany and the people around her, the small French community of administrators and professionals, and the African villagers within the colonial regime, with an ironic attention to detail that bring their complex world to life. Constant's style of dispensing with quotation marks, while creating a slight hesitation initially, causes the reader to focus quickly, and Margot Miller's exceptional translation allows the reader to move into that world with no hesitation at all. -- Jean Auel Margot Miller's sensitive translation deftly renders Constant's shrewd and intense physical and moral observation, communicating the crisp, ironic tone and free-flowing interpenetration of thoughts in this warped society without confusing the reader. Miller has made an invaluable contribution in bringing OUREGANO to the English-language audience that admired Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. -- Julie Edelson, author of The Fat Friendshow more

About Paule Constant

Paule Constant is an acclaimed French writer. Her novels express anticolonialist and feminist sentiments and have been awarded several prestigious awards.Margot Miller is the author of In Search of Shelter: Subjectivity and Spaces of Loss in the Fiction of Paule Constant. She teaches at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Translator's Preface Chapter 2 Introduction, by Claudine Fisher Chapter 3 OUREGANOshow more

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