Search Results: "Emmanuel Dongala"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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WISDOM OF GOD by Emmanuel
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2007

"Neither a strong, coherent spiritual guide nor a work of wisdom."
A spiritual guide for members of the New Church, a denomination whose teachings are from the book of Revelations. Read full book review >

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"A confusing mix of authentic 18th-century mysticism and New Age propheteering."
A dismaying work of theological plagiarism masquerading as revealed literature. Read full book review >

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QUICKSAND by Emmanuel Bove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"A small masterpiece."
A first appearance in English by the late French writer and early minimalist Bove (Armand, 1987; My Friends, 1986) of a novel published in France in 1945, a few months after his death, that stunningly delineates the eventual heroism of an Everyman. Read full book review >

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CLASS TRIP by Emmanuel Carrère
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

Class Trip ($19.95; Jan. 13, 1997; 176 pp.; 0-8050-4694-1): A subtle combination of noir mystery and metaphysical thriller by the acclaimed author of The Mustache (1988) and Gothic Romance (1990). Read full book review >

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NIGHT DEPARTURE and NO PLACE by Emmanuel Bove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"And a reminder of how tragic Bove's early death was."
The last two novels of French writer Bove (The Stepson, 1994, etc.), contemporary and friend of Gide and Beckett, evoke in stunning, characteristically minimalist prose the plight of an intellectual antihero forced to act by war. Read full book review >

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THE STEPSON by Emmanuel Bove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1994

"The bare prose creates an ironic distance with which Bove is occasionally able to prove that even a minimalist can display a sense of humor, albeit a cool one."
Bove (Quicksand, 1991) employs skeletal language with surgical detachment to dissect the agony of social climbing. Read full book review >