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The Resource When the plums are ripe, Patrice Nganang ; translated from the French by Amy B. Reid

When the plums are ripe, Patrice Nganang ; translated from the French by Amy B. Reid

Label
When the plums are ripe
Title
When the plums are ripe
Statement of responsibility
Patrice Nganang ; translated from the French by Amy B. Reid
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
In Cameroon, plum season is a highly anticipated time of year. But for the narrator of When the Plums Are Ripe, the poet Pouka, the season reminds him of the "time when our country had discovered the root not so much of its own violence as that of the world's own, and, in response, had thrown its sons who at that time were called Senegalese infantrymen into the desert, just as in the evenings the sellers throw all their still-unsold plums into the embers." In this novel of radiant lyricism, Patrice Nganang recounts the story of Cameroon's forced entry into World War II, and in the process complicates our own understanding of that globe-spanning conflict. After the fall of France in 1940, Cameroon found itself caught between Vichy and the Free French at a time when growing nationalism advised allegiance to neither regime, and was ultimately dragged into fighting throughout North Africa on behalf of the Allies. Moving from Pouka's story to the campaigns of the French general Leclerc and the battles of Kufra and Murzuk, Nganang questions the colonial record and recenters African perspectives at the heart of Cameroon's national history, all the while writing with wit and panache. When the Plums Are Ripe is a brilliantly crafted, politically charged epic that challenges not only the legacies of colonialism but also the intersections of language, authority, and history itself
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nganang, Alain Patrice
Dewey number
843/.92
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
PQ3989.2.N4623
LC item number
S3513 2019
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Plum
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Nationalism
  • Imperialism
  • Cousins
  • Poets
  • Boxers (Sports)
  • Cameroon
  • France
Label
When the plums are ripe, Patrice Nganang ; translated from the French by Amy B. Reid
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9780374288990
Lccn
2018060813
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration, map
System control number
  • on1053584221
  • (OCoLC)1053584221
Label
When the plums are ripe, Patrice Nganang ; translated from the French by Amy B. Reid
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9780374288990
Lccn
2018060813
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration, map
System control number
  • on1053584221
  • (OCoLC)1053584221

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