(Aux Etats Unis d'Afriue) Ebook/PDF ´ Abdourahman A. Waberi
Concept 5 starsExecution 1 starThe idea
pretty straightforward set a novel in a parallel reality where the Global South and North flipped where Americans and Japanese and Western Europeans rely on handouts from Haitians and Ethiopians and Vietnamese for subsistence Great lens through which to examine racism and xenophobia Not uite a novel not uite a collection of essays the book is loosely arranged around the life of Malaika Maya a white woman adopted as a child by a wealthy African doctor and his wife who live in the capital There s a lot of potential here but *the book reads like Waberi ot the idea for this novel wrote out *book reads like Waberi King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies got the idea for this novel wrote out list of 40 or so reallyood insightful sometimes witty points he d like to make in the book and then the follow through just kind of collapsed It seems like he tackled the ideas individually turning each into a chapter anywhere from a paragraph to 10 pages long and didn t bother to tie most of them together or even flesh out the individual chapters The choppy style is rating as soon as you start to appreciate the topic fetishization of the exotic white woman in fashion or Maya s sense of displacement when she interacts with poor white refugees *in the capital or leftist students volunteering in war torn Ontario it s over and *the capital or leftist students volunteering in war torn Ontario it s over and just over but dropped for ood The voice of the book is confusingly inconsistent the narrator talks to Maya in the second person serves as a third person omniscient for much of the book and is replaced unexpectedly by newspaper reviews or the crumpled poetic manifesto found on a dead refugee s body I honestly feel like I Class of 92: Out of Our League got out of hearing that this book existed than I did out of reading it I did have areat Being Confronted With Your Privilege in 90 Seconds Or Less moment when I found myself debating whether or not to shelve this under dystopia But again that s the concept at work not the execution I love this book and I feel it s somehow not making it s way to the readers who would appreciate it which is a shame When I ordered it based on the synopsis I was expecting something like a cross between Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables I was excited to see how an African author would imagine an African utopia and how his destitute Europe would accord with the one we know from historyIt was uickly brought home to me that wasn t what I would be etting If. E se noi fossimo loro Se la nostra vita fosse la loro vita In uesto nuovo romanzo Abdourahman A Waberi inventa un mondo alla rovescia uno specchio in cui si riflettono capovolti i luoghi comuni le credenze i rapporti di forza più sedimentati; una eografia del dominio in cui Nord e Sud si sono scambiati di posto Da una parte la ricca moderna e potente federazione degli Stati Unit. Grew up that the country is closely linked to France ie only French families can adopt children from Djibouti which makes sense with the French oriented plot It s a very compelling concept and I would certainly read it again History happened somewhat differently so that in the contemporary world the United States of Africa is the stable economic superpower caucasions from Europe and the rest of the west are fleeing poverty and turmoil to it s shores and the international economic language Ahmharic I think The book is super short and like I said I would read it again There isn t really enough of a narrative to it for my taste though and it s pretty heavy handed But very interesting I will look for by the author Great concept very poorly executed If you can find just the first chapter do read it but the rest is very choppy and disconnected Really liked the idea of this but the writing style was hard to et into In this short novel the roles of Africa and the West EuropeUSA are reversed Africa plays the part of wealth and em Really ood and really hard to read in that the ideas are very #challenging personally It is a ood and insightful look at the world as it is by looking #personally It is a ood and insightful look at the world as it is by looking a looking lass at a world almost identical to our except for certain eographical specifics The character of Yacuba the poor Swiss worker who can only be pitied for coming from a place so tragically divided by *languages cultures and unarable uninhabitable eography is a ringing rebuttal of using those factors and reasons for Africa suffering *cultures and unarable uninhabitable eography is a ringing rebuttal of using those factors and reasons for Africa suffering poverty war disease and the like When the poor immigrants
is pretty straightforward set a novel in a parallel reality where the Global South and North
IN THE STORE ARE CHARACTERS LIKE the store are characters like it is hard to hear the discussions in the novel about how they should be sent away because the well off can t be expected to care for them all and then it is convicting to know I have sometimes agreed with similar sentiments about immigrants who are not like me Challenging in a really excellent way I just did not like this book I had it as part of my uest to read a book by an author from every country in the world There may be to the story than I understand there are probably references to people and things that I am not familiar with But I agree with what other reviewers have written It is almost as though the author jotted down notes thoughts he wanted to expand on and then just published those. Il personaggio di Maya condotta dalla Francia ad Asmara all'età di pochi mesi e cresciuta in una famiglia adottiva Ancora bambina Maya scoprirà il colore della sua pelle e la consapevolezza di uesta anomalia la spingerà a intraprendere un viaggio a ritroso verso l'Europa in cui è nata un appuntamento doloroso ma inevitabile con la propria storia l'identità la madre le origini.