An African in Paris

Author: Bernard Binlin Dadié
Translated by Karen C. Hatch
Paris in the 1950s through the eyes of the acclaimed Ivorian writer
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1994
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About the Book

Writing in an informal and episodic style, Bernard Dadié recounts a West African man's first journey to France, from the exhilarating moment when he obtains his ticket through a humorous and fascinating tour across the City of Light.

In 1959, when Un Negre a Paris first appeared, the French still held West Africa under colonial rule. Dadié's subtle parodies draw on intimate knowledge obtained over decades spent observing the colonizers abroad and now, suddenly, on their own home terrain. His remarks on Parisian living conditions, wordplay, manners, and and morals are entertaining and poignant, charming yet profound.

About the Author

Bernard Dadié (1916-2019) was an Ivorian novelist, playwright, poet, government administrator, and figure in Côte d'Ivoire's independence movement. His many works include An African in Paris and The Black Cloth: A Collection of African Folktales. Karen C. Hatch is a professor of English at California State University Chico. She is the translator of Dadié's novel Climbie, and a collection of his folktales, La Pagne Noir.

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