Books by Emmanuel Dongala

JOHNNY MAD DOG by Emmanuel Dongala
Released: May 5, 2005

"One respects this earnest tale's passion and indignation, but little else. Johnny is a posturing monster, Laokolé a stoical saint, and every action and thought of each is reduced to melodramatic cliché. The result is an all-too-credible horror story, but not a good novel."
The native Congolese author, now Massachusetts-based, writes of civil war and its attendant atrocities. Read full book review >
LITTLE BOYS COME FROM THE STARS by Emmanuel Dongala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"A brilliant, many-colored work, and a stunning companion piece to the rather different The Fire of Origins. Dongala may be the most accomplished novelist from Africa since Chinua Achebe."
The transformation of a "continent of sorcerers and fetish makers" into a modern culture is paralleled by the growth to young manhood of a delightful protagonist: a glorious 1998 novel by the native Congolese author (now American citizen) of The Fire of Origins (2000). Read full book review >
THE FIRE OF ORIGINS by Emmanuel Dongala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A great African novel. Not to be missed."
The history of a beleaguered African nation is encapsulated in this moving allegorical novel (originally published in French in 1987), by a Congolese author who now teaches at Bard College. Read full book review >