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Little Boys Come from the Stars

Little Boys Come from the Stars

(2001)
A novel by

 
The peculiar and moving story of a Congolese boy's coming-of-age amid the political strife of postcolonial Congo

"It is even said-but I admit that it's difficult to believe, even though I got this from my uncle-that when Papa was born, you couldn't follow the World Cup or the Olympics live and that Coca-Cola had yet to spread the selling of soft drinks to our village. Michael Jackson had yet to become famous . . . If all this was really true, I wonder how men managed to fill up the twenty-four hours of the day, three hundred sixty-five days a year."

His nickname is Matapari, which means "trouble." He is an African child of the '90s-brilliant, mischievous, postcolonial, postmodern-caught in the crossfire of a chaotically liberated African country. Matapari grows up in a world of talking drums, the Internet, and satellite TV, a world of dictators who remake themselves as democrats overnight. His uncle is a stooge for the dictator; his father is a scholarly recluse obsessed with proving that blacks played key roles in Western history. Matapari is a young man in the middle-but the shrewdness and wit with which he tells his often riotously funny story set him apart from his relatives and countrymen. Emmanuel Dongala uses the ingenious viewpoint of a child to show up the telltale world of adults-and to show how one preserves one's independence in a corrupt and violent society.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Little Boys Come from the Stars
Author(s): Emmanuel Boundzeki Dongala
ISBN: 0-374-18496-8 / 978-0-374-18496-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
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Paperback Editions

March 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Little Boys Come from the Stars
Author(s): Emmanuel Dongala
ISBN: 0-385-72122-6 / 978-0-385-72122-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

May 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Little Boys Come from the Stars: A Novel
Author(s): Emmanuel Dongala
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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