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Small Country

Small Country (Paperback)

By Faye, Gael
Translated by Ardizzone, Sarah

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But dark clouds are gathering over this small country, and soon their peaceful idyll will shatter when Burundi and neighbouring Rwanda are brutally hit by war and genocide.

ISBN 9781784705930
Barcode 9781784705930
Published 6 June 2019 by Vintage
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781784705930
ISBN-10 1784705934
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Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 6 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Faye, Gael
Translated by Ardizzone, Sarah
Category General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
War Fiction
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 158g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Coming of Age, FICTION / Historical / General, FICTION / War & Military, Historical fiction, War & combat fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 843.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Description of this Book

'A luminous debut novel... This is a book that demanded to be written... With a light touch, Faye dramatises the terrible nostalgia of having lost not only a childhood but also a whole world to war' Guardian Burundi, 1992. For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expat neighbourhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother and little sister, Ana, is something close to paradise. These are happy, carefree days spent with his friends sneaking cigarettes and stealing mangoes, swimming in the river and riding bikes in the streets they have turned into their kingdom. But dark clouds are gathering over this small country, and soon their peaceful idyll will shatter when Burundi and neighbouring Rwanda are brutally hit by war and genocide. A haunting and luminous novel of extraordinary power, Small Country describes a devastating end of innocence as seen through the eyes of a young child caught in the maelstrom of history. It is a stirring tribute not only to a time of tragedy, but also to the bright days that came before it.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review an excellent novel, a model of restraint and quiet literary sophistication * Sunday Times * [A] luminous debut novel... This is a book that demanded to be written... With a light touch, Faye dramatises the terrible nostalgia of having lost not only a childhood but also a whole world to war -- Nadifa Mohamed * Guardian * An evocative portrait of what it means to lose one's freedom and innocence. Gael Faye's literary powers lie in his unbridled honesty and his effortless prose. He is a writer of great promise and grace -- Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen Unforgettable... Gael Faye's talent is breathtaking; no country that can give the world a writer like him should ever be called small -- Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers as beautiful as it is painful... It's easy to see why it set the French literary scene alight. This is one you won't be abandoning in the hotel library when you leave. -- Sam Baker * The Pool *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

French-Rwandan Gael Faye is an author, composer and hip hop artist. He was born in 1982 in Burundi, and has a Rwandan mother and French father. In 1995, after the outbreak of the civil war and the Rwandan genocide, the family moved to France. Gael studied finance and worked in London for two years for an investment fund, then he left London to embark on a career of writing and music. He is as influenced by Creole literature as he is by hip hop culture, and released an album in 2010 with the group Milk Coffee & Sugar. In 2013, his first solo album, Pili Pili sur un Croissant au Beurre, appeared. It was recorded between Bujumbura and Paris, and is filled with a plethora of musical influences- rap laced with soul and jazz, semba, Congolese rumba... In 2018 he received the prestigious Victoires de la Musique Award. Small Country is his first novel. It was a huge bestseller in France, winning the Prix Goncourt des Lyceens 2016, and is being published in thirty territories worldwide.

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