119pp., paperback, English Language Edition Reprint, Bloomington, (2003) 2017
This collection of short stories was first published in France in 1982.
"Hidden under the apparent farcical naïveté of each story, such as the one in which only the intoxicating powers of palm wine are able to temper the extra-terrestrials that have taken control over the planet, one finds some of the most beautiful words ever written about the dashed hopes of newly independent African states, summoned like a distant echo by the profound tragedy of the genius saxophonist that was Coltrane." Africultures
"One of the most well-known collections of short stories in francophone Africa ... Beyond the political dimension, it is the artist-author's liberty that comes to the surface in the collection and that allows the musicality of language to transcend territorial, ideological and generic borders, all in the relentless pursuit of the absolute." Virginie Brinker, La Plume Francophone
Emmanuel Dongala is Richard B. Fisher Chair in Natural Sciences at Bard College at Simon's Rock. His novels have been awarded the Grand Prix Ladislas Dormandi, the Grand Prix Littéraire d'Afrique Noire, the Charles Oulmont Prize, and the Cezam Literary Prize. His novels include Le Feu des origines (published in English as The Fire of Origins), Johnny Chien Méchant, (published in English as Johnny Mad Dog) and Les petits garçons naissent aussi des étoiles (published in English as Little Boys Come from the Stars).
Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa, Black France: colonialism, immigration, and transnationalism and Africa and France: postcolonial cultures, migration, and racism.