Ito Baraka is going to die. In Gatineau, far from the sun, in a dark, shabby flat he shares with his Native girlfriend, Kimi. But before he can die, he has a book to finish, in which he recounts events in a country where the suns burns, burns the skin, burns the brain, burns the retina of those forced to look at it without blinking. A country where another sun blazes: a dictator in the grips of fear. Is magic not the most dangerous form of subversion? Ito makes the acquaintance of blind Koli Lem. In the middle of the blackest night, in the words they share, in their very flesh, they become each other’s sole source of light.
About the Author:
Goncourt Prize finalist Edem Awumey was born in Togo in 1975. His first novel, Port-Mélo (2006), was published in France by Gallimard, and was winner of one of Africa’s most distinguished literary awards. His second novel Les Pied sales was a shortlisted nominee for the Prix Goncourt in 2009. Dirty Feet, an English translation of Les Pieds sales by Lazer Lederhendler, was also a shortlisted nominee for the 2011 Governor General’s Award for French to English translation and the 2012 ReLit Award for fiction. Explanation of the Night is Edem’s fourth novel. He lives in Gatineau, QC.
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