The lieutenant of Kouta by Massa Makan Diabaté

IMG_0601Set in Kita, Mali. Reviewed on 2018/04: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhaM6aOlp53/

Another outstanding book translated into English and available in this country thanks to the amazing people at the #michiganstateuniversitypressTradition, #oralhistory and making sense out of the #absurd all wrapped up in less than 100 pages. #massamakandiabatebreaks from major geopolitical or social narratives to ask us one question: do you #belong or not? #thelieutenantofkouta is not quite sure himself. Not only he doesn’t know whether he #belongs or not. He does not even know what he’s supposed to belong to in the first place. As the story progresses, I had the feeling he gradually ceases to care and accepts the others’ views on him. Overall this book is a #smiling and human ride in an era and area of the world plagued with the obsessions of others. This is also part of the #Koutatrilogy so I can’t wait to get hold of the other books. #highlyrecommended#malianliterature #massamakandiabaté#kita #koutatrilogy #maninka #bamako#diabate #diabaté #griot#lelietenantdekouta

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