DAYS COME AND GO, novel, translated from the French by Nchanji Njamnsi

: Boum (H.)

R 340.00
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322pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cameroon, 2022


First published in French in 2019 as Lex jours viennent et passent. Winner of the 2020 Ahmadou-Kourouma Prize.

“A chronicle about a rapidly changing Cameroon, [Days Come and Go] tells the story of three generations of women. Anna, a matriarch in Paris, Abi, her daughter, and Tina, a teen who comes under the influence of a militant terrorist faction. In different ways, they all confront, love and politics, tradition and modernity.” The Millions (Most Anticipated Books of 2022)

"Employing the portraits of mothers and their children fighting for survival in a crumbling patriarchal society, Hemley Boum blurs the lines between personal stories and history in Days Come and Go." Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux, Le Monde

Hemley Boum is the author of four novels, including Les Maquisards, which received the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire. She regularly publishes articles in Jeune Afrique, Le Point Afrique and Le Monde Afrique, has facilitated master classes in France, Réunion, Cameroon, and Congo, and has been involved in La Fabrique de Souza, a series of literary salons in Douala, Cameroon since 2019. Hemley was born in Cameroon, where she studied anthropology before relocating to Lille, France, to study international trade. She currently lives in Paris.