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Title:Two African child soldiers: the Kourouma and Dongala contretemps
Author:Gray, StephenISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
Volume:44
Issue:3
Pages:152-159
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Congo (Republic of)
Subjects:novels
child soldiers
About persons:Ahmadou Kourouma (1927-2003)ISNI
Emmanuel Boundzéki Dongala (1941-)ISNI
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v044/44.3.gray.pdf
Abstract:This article places side-by-side the novels published almost simultaneously by two leading francophone African writers, Ahmadou Kourouma (Ivory Coast) and Emmanuel Dongala (Congo), concerned with the newly topical issue of child-soldiery in different parts of contemporary Africa, respectively 'Allah n'est pas obligé' (2000) and 'Johnny chien méchant' (2002). Both were translated into English in due course without reference from one to the other, yet the suggestion here is that the interplay between them was more than fortuitous, amounting to a coordinated campaign to bring the issues they raise and illustrate to the attention of a wider readership. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstrct]
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