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Gli Stati Uniti d'Africa Great concept, very poorly executed If you can find just the first chapter do read it but the rest is very choppy and disconnected. Whilst the concept behind this book seemed very interesting Africa as the developed world versus the underdeveloped northern nations.Sadly it turned out to be a disappointing read I found the style of writing difficult to follow as it is a collection of satirical tales rather than a specific story. I love this book and I feel it s somehow not making it s way to the readers who would appreciate it which is a shame When I ordered it based on the synopsis, I was expecting something like a cross between Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables I was excited to see how an African author would imagine an African utopia and how his destitute Europe would accord with the one we know from history.It was quickly brought home to me that wasn t what I would be getting If I can drop a few names Jean I love this book and I feel it s somehow not making it s way to the readers who would appreciate it which is a shame When I ordered it based on the synopsis, I was expecting something like a cross between Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables I was excited to see how an African author would imagine an African utopia and how his destitute Europe would accord with the one we know from history.It was quickly brought home to me that wasn t what I would be getting If I can drop a few names Jeanette Winterson, Italo Calvino, if you like that rather post modern, poetic, not too long kind of stuff, full of cultural allusion and games with texts you may well like this The west Africa reversal isn t meant to feel natural, neither are the characters and their actions I enjoy reading that kind of literature so it got five stars from me.As examples one of the nice things about the book is the endless stream of allusions to figures from African or African Diaspora history and culture with token white people ,though not everyone is in their original role Several African American literati seem to have become DJs, for example But if he s missing, say, an African first man on the moon, he just makes one up He takes bits of the Western discourse on Africa and cheerfully copies it over to his imaginary Africa without worrying too much about making it look seamless It felt a bit like watching a puppet show stylised, funny, with much use of found materials in which the puppet master himself plays a prominent and quite humorous role It s a feeling intensified by the fact that the book is not so much written in the second person as it consists of the author narrator addressing his heroine in the imperative.The other thing I think worth knowing with regard to the translation is that his west transposed to Africa is very French As a representation of France, French discourse on Africa, French peoples views of themselves, even down to the circumstances of Malaika s life the central character , it s a fair and reasonably accurate portrayal English speakers in Britain and the US will bejustified in not recognizing themselves or their cultures which complicates the reversal Really liked the idea of this, but the writing style was hard to get into. In this short novel the roles of Africa and the West Europe USA are reversed Africa plays the part of wealth and empire, and the West is a poverty ridden failure These two leviathans of history, transvestite, share a woman it is her story that we follow Her origins in war ravaged Europe eclipsed after being nurtured in the bosom of fortunate Africa, she returns to the land of her birth to find herself It s all been told before, the tension between civilization and savagery that tears at t In this short novel the roles of Africa and the West Europe USA are reversed Africa plays the part of wealth and empire, and the West is a poverty ridden failure These two leviathans of history, transvestite, share a woman it is her story that we follow Her origins in war ravaged Europe eclipsed after being nurtured in the bosom of fortunate Africa, she returns to the land of her birth to find herself It s all been told before, the tension between civilization and savagery that tears at the civilized soul a tension that never seems to resolve, be it spanned in three dimensional Avatars, coated in essential oils, or contorted with yogic diligence It s a clich composed of clich s, this return to the primitive a fractal tapestry of narrative fantasy that blankets our guilty souls Perhaps our easy station is but the lucky residue of a sift for gold from a river of blood No matter as Heraclitus once said, You could not step twice into the same river for other waters are ever flowing on to you In the United States of Africa is an examination of cultural narrative In the end much of what is typically said starts to seem a little ridiculous, too conventional, too little about reality.Even though I really enjoy the work of Ryszard Kapu ci ski it was cute seeing him portrayed as a smug little boy who tells lies because he can Zun chst mal einige Worte zum Aufbau Das Buch gliedert sich in 4 Abschnitte, die jeweils nochmal in meist recht kurze Kapitel unterteilt sind Diese Kapitel beginnen immer mit einer kurzen Zusammenfassung des folgenden Inhalts.In dem Buch werden verschiedene Personen erw hnt, die einzige, die man jedoch wirklich n her kennen lernt, ist Maya Sie wurde in Frankreich geboren, nach 4 Jahren adoptiert und wuchs somit in Afrika also im Wohlstand auf Es ist kaum verwunderlich, dass ihr das auf G Zun chst mal einige Worte zum Aufbau Das Buch gliedert sich in 4 Abschnitte, die jeweils nochmal in meist recht kurze Kapitel unterteilt sind Diese Kapitel beginnen immer mit einer kurzen Zusammenfassung des folgenden Inhalts.In dem Buch werden verschiedene Personen erw hnt, die einzige, die man jedoch wirklich n her kennen lernt, ist Maya Sie wurde in Frankreich geboren, nach 4 Jahren adoptiert und wuchs somit in Afrika also im Wohlstand auf Es ist kaum verwunderlich, dass ihr das auf Grund ihrer Hautfarbe schwer fiel Viel mehr m chte ich hier aber ber die Handlung nicht verraten, da die Handlung sowieso recht rar ges t ist Stattdessen erh lt man durch eine sehr bildliche, poetische Sprache in verschiedenen Gedankenausschweifungen und ber Details aus Mayas Leben einen Einblick in die Gesellschaft und das Weltbild Nat rlich geht es hier insbesondere um die Unterschiede zwischen Afrika und Europa Afrikanisierung ist im Buch das passende Wort Wenn man das Buch liest, wird einem als Mittel Europ er mal wieder klar wie gut wir es eigentlich haben und wie anders alles sein k nnte, wenn wir in einem anderen Land geboren worden w ren oder die Geschichte einfach einen anderen Lauf genommen h tte.Ein wenig gew hnungsbed rftig fand ich, dass der Erz hler Maya immer mit Du anspricht Aber das ist wahrscheinlich sicher sehr subjektiv Ansonsten gibt es in dem Buch viele Wortwitze bzw Namensabwandlungen, sowohl im Bezug auf ber hmte Pers nlichkeiten als auch auf Kunst, Kultur oder Industrie Nur um mal ein paar Beispiele zu nennen PapeSy und AfroCola, McDioula und Sarr Mbock oder das weltber hmte n L cheln der Mouna Sylla Teilweise ger t man bei diesen Abwandlungen wirklich ins Gr beln, wer oder was denn nun gemeint ist.Bisher klingt das ja soweit alles recht positiv, aber ich komme nicht umhin zu sagen, dass sich das Buch nicht gerade leicht liest Es gibt viele Spr nge in der Handlung, es ist meiner Meinung nach eine ungewohnte Erz hlweise und man w rde eine ausgereifte Sachkenntnis ber Afrika ben tigen, um viele Anspielungen zu verstehen Nichtdestotrotz bereue ich es nicht das Buch gelesen zu haben, die Grundidee des Buches ist es wert Very interesting speculative alternate history novel where countries of the African continent have been united into one federally run superpower This flips the narrative and puts Europe, the US, Australia, etc into the place of the developing world I learned from a fellow bookseller who spent a year working with an orphanage in Djibouti, where the author was born grew up, that the country isclosely linked to France i.e only French families can adopt children from Djibouti, which makes Very interesting speculative alternate history novel where countries of the African continent have been united into one federally run superpower This flips the narrative and puts Europe, the US, Australia, etc into the place of the developing world I learned from a fellow bookseller who spent a year working with an orphanage in Djibouti, where the author was born grew up, that the country isclosely linked to France i.e only French families can adopt children from Djibouti, which makes sense with the French oriented plot of the novel The ideas and world created by Waberi was very intriguing with a lot of moving parts and I was disappointed that the novel was so slim only about 120 pages in the US translation I would have lovedtime to explore all the parts of the world rather than intermittently follow the main character I think the narrative thread of the book is hard to follow, too, due to the author s choice to use a 2nd person narration the I seems to be the author and the you is the young woman Maya Malaika and it jumps around quite a bit I think a story collection set in this world by Waberi would be phenomenal Really good and really hard to read in that the ideas are very challenging personally It is a good and insightful look at the world as it is by looking through a looking glass at a world almost identical to our except for certain geographical specifics The character of Yacuba, the poor Swiss worker, who can only be pitied for coming from a place so tragically divided by languages, cultures, and unarable, uninhabitable geography is a ringing rebuttal of using those factors and reasons for Afr Really good and really hard to read in that the ideas are very challenging personally It is a good and insightful look at the world as it is by looking through a looking glass at a world almost identical to our except for certain geographical specifics The character of Yacuba, the poor Swiss worker, who can only be pitied for coming from a place so tragically divided by languages, cultures, and unarable, uninhabitable geography is a ringing rebuttal of using those factors and reasons for Africa suffering from poverty, war, disease, and the like When the poor immigrants in the store are characters like me it is hard to hear the discussions in the novel about how they should be sent away because the well off can t be expected to care for them all, and then it is convicting to know I have sometimes agreed with similar sentiments about immigrants who are not like me Challenging in a really excellent way E se noi fossimo loro Se la nostra vita fosse la loro vita In questo nuovo romanzo, Abdourahman A Waberi inventa un mondo alla rovescia, uno specchio in cui si riflettono, capovolti, i luoghi comuni, le credenze, i rapporti di forza pi sedimentati una geografia del dominio in cui Nord e Sud si sono scambiati di posto Da una parte, la ricca, moderna e potente federazione degli Stati Uniti d Mrica, con le sue metropoli, le sue industrie, i suoi centri finanziari, le sue organizzazioni umanitarie Dall altra, un Europa e un America dilaniate dalle guerre etniche, segnate dalla miseria, dalle malattie e dalla fame, che scaricano ogni giorno sulle coste africane centinaia di disperati, dalla pelle bianca e dai vestiti laceri, in cerca di futuro In bilico tra questi due universi, il personaggio di Maya, condotta dalla Francia ad Asmara all et di pochi mesi e cresciuta in una famiglia adottiva Ancora bambina, Maya scoprir il colore della sua pelle, e la consapevolezza di questa anomalia la spinger a intraprendere un viaggio a ritroso verso l Europa in cui nata un appuntamento doloroso ma inevitabile con la propria storia, l identit , la madre, le origini J ai mis pourtant beaucoup de volont mais ce livre m est tomb des mains L id e de d part l Afrique comme le seul continent prosp re duquel afflue toute la mis re d Europe et d au del tait int ressante, mais l criture est indigeste Le lyrisme y est touffant, le th me n est d clin que sous la forme d un simple n gatif de notre monde actuel On s y ennuie ferme, on se perd dans les r f rences rudites et la lourdeur de la narration, on ne s attache ni l histoire ni au personnageC es J ai mis pourtant beaucoup de volont mais ce livre m est tomb des mains L id e de d part l Afrique comme le seul continent prosp re duquel afflue toute la mis re d Europe et d au del tait int ressante, mais l criture est indigeste Le lyrisme y est touffant, le th me n est d clin que sous la forme d un simple n gatif de notre monde actuel On s y ennuie ferme, on se perd dans les r f rences rudites et la lourdeur de la narration, on ne s attache ni l histoire ni au personnageC est mon sens, un livre tr s maladroit et peu abouti Pass les quelques r f rences retourn es pour l adapter aux Etats Unis d Afrique McDonalds qui devient McDiop pour n en citer qu un , le livre n a aucune consistance et n apporte aucune r flexion valant le d tour

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