Descent into Night by Edem Awumey audiobook

Descent into Night

By Edem Awumey
Translated by Howard Scott  and Phyllis Aronoff
Read by Kevin Hanchard

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5.42 Hours 1
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Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, Translation, 2018 From Goncourt Prize finalist Edem Awumey, a beautiful and brilliant new novel. With a nod to Samuel Beckett and Bohumil Hrabal, a young dramatist from a West African nation describes a student protest against a brutal oligarchy and its crushing aftermath. While distributing leaflets with provocative quotations from Beckett, Ito Baraka is taken to a camp where torture, starvation, beatings, and rape are normal. Forced to inform on his friends, whose fates he now fears, and released a broken man, he is enabled to escape to Quebec. His one goal is to tell the story of the protest and pay homage to Koli Lem, a teacher, cellmate, and lover of books, who was blinded by being forced to look at the sun–and is surely a symbol of the nation. Edem Awumey gives us a darkly moving and terrifying novel about fear and play, repression and protest, and the indomitable nature of creativity.

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Winner of Governor General’s Literary Award, Translation, 2018

Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, Translation, 2018

From Goncourt Prize finalist Edem Awumey, a beautiful and brilliant new novel.

With a nod to Samuel Beckett and Bohumil Hrabal, a young dramatist from a West African nation describes a student protest against a brutal oligarchy and its crushing aftermath. While distributing leaflets with provocative quotations from Beckett, Ito Baraka is taken to a camp where torture, starvation, beatings, and rape are normal. Forced to inform on his friends, whose fates he now fears, and released a broken man, he is enabled to escape to Quebec. His one goal is to tell the story of the protest and pay homage to Koli Lem, a teacher, cellmate, and lover of books, who was blinded by being forced to look at the sun–and is surely a symbol of the nation.

Edem Awumey gives us a darkly moving and terrifying novel about fear and play, repression and protest, and the indomitable nature of creativity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Un récit poignant et magnifiquement écrit. La Presse
The story of Ito Baraka takes the reader on a journey into the darkest places of the human mind… The African Book Review blog
The poetical lyricism of the work intensifies the power of the horror of the story being told. The prose is an unflinching spotlight that shines directly into that morass of unspeakable events. Lisa de Nikolits, author of No Fury Like That
This is a novel of emotional complexity, of what it means to survive through trauma, and the repercussions of that survival. Montreal Review of Books
“Artfully constructed, peppered with evocative phrasing, and skillfully translated, this beautiful volume is upsetting, poignant, and at times harrowing. Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Author Bio: Edem Awumey

Author Bio: Edem Awumey

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English