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David Diop (2) (1966–)

Autor(a) de At Night All Blood Is Black

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4 Works 818 Membros 33 Críticas

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Obras por David Diop

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1966-02-24
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
France
Local de nascimento
Paris, France
Locais de residência
Paris, France
Dakar, Senegal
Educação
Sorbonne (PhD)
Ocupações
professor

Membros

Críticas

You're a Senegalese soldier in the First World War, brutally thrown into the front line: because France's black colonial fighters were routinely regarded as expendable in this savage conflict. Your lifelong friend is mortally, agonisingly wounded: he begs you to put him out of his unbearable pain and slit his throat. You can't. You don't. You stay with him until he eventually, and distressingly dies.

This is Alfa's story. With his friend Mademba's death comes overwhelming guilt, and a need to avenge it. He devotes himself to a savage campaign to single out enemy soldiers to disembowel, and remove their hands as a kind of talisman. This is the beginning of his slow descent into madness, as his fellow soldiers come to regard him not with admiration, but with fear. Is this man a sorcerer, a demon? And is his behaviour surprising when we realise, as Alfa eventually did, that his friend died in the defence of a regime which regarded him and his compatriots as expendable ?

Alfa is removed from the front line. This is when we learn his back story, the reason for the bond between the two men, and witness his disturbed mind spiral out of control.

A powerful, bleak novella giving a voice to the often unrecognised contribution of colonial soldiers to France's Great War.
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Margaret09 | 28 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2024 |
a decent into madness brought about by the horrors of war novel. chilling, heartbreaking, and very well written indeed. As the narrator's madness overtakes him you hope the hints are wrong and will go away, but the tide is unstoppable. Kind of like 'Angels of the Universe' crossed with 'All Quiet on the Western Front' then distilled down to 150 pages.
 
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diveteamzissou | 28 outras críticas | Apr 3, 2024 |
Powerful, loaded and very eye opening!

My rating 5/5
This is a small book but totally wonderful!!

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nagasravika.bodapati | 28 outras críticas | Jan 26, 2024 |
A Darker Shade of Black

I could not listen to the Audible release which is introduced as “performed” by narrator Dion Graham, and turned to a less dramatic “straight” read by Ray Foushee. I was able to read further but still could not finish.

I felt that the level of violence was unnecessary. I got the point at the third disembowelment. Yes the prose was good but did not reach a level to overcome what I felt was unnecessary gore.
 
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kjuliff | 28 outras críticas | Jan 20, 2024 |

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Obras
4
Membros
818
Popularidade
#31,176
Avaliação
3.8
Críticas
33
ISBN
42
Línguas
11

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