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Life During Wartime, As Seen Through the Eyes of Two Congolese Teenagers

Set amid the chaos of West Africa's civil wars, Emmanuel Dongala's striking new novel tells the story of two teenagers growing up while rival ethnic groups fight for control of their country.

At age sixteen, Johnny is a member of the Death Dealers, a rebel faction bent on seizing power. Even as he is drawn into the rebels' program of terror, Johnny Mad Dog, as he calls himself, retains his youthful exuberance-searching for girls, good times, and adventure. Sixteen-year-old Laokole, for her part, dreams of finishing high school and becoming an engineer, but as rogue militias prepare to sack the city, she is forced to leave home with her mother and brother-and then finds herself alone and running from the likes of Johnny.

Acclaimed in France, Johnny Mad Dog is a coming-of-age story like no other; Dongala's masterful use of dual narrators makes the novel an unusually vivid and affecting tale of the struggle to survive-and to retain one's humanity-in terrifying times.

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Used availability for Emmanuel Dongala's Johnny Mad Dog

Hardback Editions

May 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Johnny Mad Dog: A Novel
Author(s): Emmanuel Dongala
ISBN: 0-374-17995-6 / 978-0-374-17995-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

May 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Johnny Mad Dog: A Novel
Author(s): Emmanuel Dongala
ISBN: 0-312-42530-9 / 978-0-312-42530-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Johnny Mad Dog: A Novel
Author(s): Emmanuel Dongala
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA