Life and a Half

Life and a Half Listed as one of the best books on Africa Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi s response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo The novel takes p

  • Title: Life and a Half
  • Author: Sony Labou Tansi Alison Dundy Dominic Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780253222879
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • Listed as one of the 100 best books on Africa, Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi s response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo The novel takes place in an imaginary African country run by the latest in a series of cannibalistic dictators who has captured Martial, the leader of the opposition, and his family Though sListed as one of the 100 best books on Africa, Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi s response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo The novel takes place in an imaginary African country run by the latest in a series of cannibalistic dictators who has captured Martial, the leader of the opposition, and his family Though shot, knifed, butchered, and bled, Martial s spirit lives on to guide his followers in their fight against the dictators Facing censorship, Tansi insisted that his book was a fable and that if he were ever given the opportunity to write about real events, he would be much direct rather than follow the torturous paths of a novel This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.

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    1. La vita e mezza è un romanzo breve sulla sacralità della vita umana, in chiave originalissima e folle. Pubblicato nel 1979 è stato un'innovazione nel panorama sub-sahariano francofono dell'epoca, io aggiungerei che è stato una “genialata”, e come scrive nella prefazione lo stesso autore è una favola creata interamente nella sua mente, che ci parla dell'assurdità dell'assurdo e che inaugura l'assurdità della disperazione.Questa favola moderna in vesti africane si colloca fuori da ogni [...]

    2. turned back to his Four Seasons meat, which he cut and ate with the same bloody knife." ?a gruesome fiction of what the big man gets up to in africa. he takes, he stuffs his face, he fucks, he kills. he gives to his family and friends, he protects the weak. a fascinating novel written is vernacular, but rendered in english. a must read for modern afica lit philes.

    3. The subject matter of the book means that it is a tough read at times, but it skillfully captures the link between tyranny and absurdity. Beautifully written, wide in scope and quite possibly brilliant.Note that the violence in this book has an unreality to it but is also very extreme. If you can make it through the first chapter you will likely be ok for the rest; in my opinion, it is worth it.

    4. This entrail spilled magical realist novel about a dictator and his opponents is perhaps the most twisted and absurd tragedy on the corruptive influence of language, power and politics. And although the translation flows quite well I can't help but feel the power and the impact of many of the puns are lost.Definitely a strange book. Some of the most gory scenes read like something out of a Buster Keaton film.

    5. This is my book from the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the Read The World challenge (which was still the Belgian Congo when Sony Lab’ou Tansi was born and was Zaire when he died).It is yet another book about dictatorship — a sequence of dictatorships in this case, each as violent and capricious as the one before. From the very first scene, in which a man refuses to die even as his body is hacked into ever smaller pieces in front of his family, it is unremittingly brutal and full o [...]

    6. Sony Lab'ou Tansi was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, when it was a Belgian colony. His family moved to the Republic of the Congo (former French colony) where he learnt French and English. He became a teacher, a government administrator and ran a theatre group. He was committed to democracy and campaigned for it through his work, but it was under the democratically elected government that he himself suffered restrictions.This short novel is one of many plays, screenplays, novels, lette [...]

    7. Beautifully written, captivating, but also so, so disturbing. I'm not an easy person to gross out, so don't read this if you have a weak stomach. I loved it but not without having to take frequent breaks from the gruesome descriptions of eating flesh. At the same time, however, a very powerful way to deal with Labou Tansi's issues with the Congo.

    8. Very strong, beautiful, cruel, horrible and fascinating as only black Africa can be. Not for everybody. It doesn't happen me very often to read two times a book, but this one is worth. Artaud? Bataille? Alfred Jarry? What else? A tropical nightmare.

    9. Une lecture exigeante, mais méritante. Il s'agit d'un roman satirique sur une dictature dynastique en Afrique et la lutte contre le régime par des moyens parfois très décalés. Le livre est une critique forte du système néocolonialiste.

    10. In memory of Sony who shared with me his vision of Africa, while he was in residence at the La Napoule Art Foundation (chateau Henry Clews).

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