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Dirty Feet

(2011)
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A finalist for France's prestigious Prix Goncourt, Dirty Feet is a remarkable, inventive,and darkly compelling novel that tells the story of a man's search for the mysterious, nomadic father who abandoned him years earlier.

As a small child, Askia was forced, along with his family, to wander the African desert as if under a curse. First driven from their home by drought and hunger, they were then kept from the villages they passed through by the fear and suspicion of others, who did not want to see their "dirty feet" stay for too long.

Years later, it seems Askia is destined to relive his family's curse night after night as he roams the streets of Paris in his taxi. One evening, he picks up Olia, a young woman who claims to recognize his face, telling him that his features are similar to those of a man she photographed years ago. Had it been his father, the enigmatic Sidi Ben Sylla Mohammed? The father who migrated north long before he did; the father he has so often dreamt about; the father whom he aches to meet?

With Olia's help, Askia sets out to retrace Sidi's steps. But before he can embark on this new journey, he must first confront his violent past. A brutal, indelibly powerful look at the harrowing, often violent lives of those who are condemned to wander.

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Praise for this book

"This novel, whose scope is universal, concerns us all." - Tahar Ben Jelloun


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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : Canada Paperback

Title: Dirty Feet (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Edem Awumey
ISBN: 1-4596-6495-7 / 978-1-4596-6495-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Dirty Feet
Author(s): Edem Awumey
ISBN: 0-88784-244-5 / 978-0-88784-244-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Dirty Feet
Author(s): Edem Awumey
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Availability: Amazon CA