One of the most prominent Francophone African writers at work today, award-winning Cameroonian novelist and essayist Léonora Miano makes this welcome first Seattle visit for the recently published translation of her extraordinary novel, Season of the Shadow, translated from the French by Gila Walker, and published by one of our favorite publishers in the world, Seagull Books of Calcutta.
First published as La Saison de l’Ombre (we hope to have French copies here), this haunting novel received France’s prestigious Prix Fémina. It depicts the very earliest days of what became slavery, the mysterious abduction (here) of men from their village, this from the perspective of the people in that village, living there. The writing is beautiful, the story harrowing, the kind of mystery one wishes one didn’t know the conclusion of, giving some sense of what was and is incalculable loss. Léonora Miano is the author of seven novels (one other so far in English translation, Dark Heart of the Night, with others to come) and two collections of essays. She presently lives in France. This should be a memorable evening.
Co-presented and made possible by CULTURAL SERVICES, FRENCH EMBASSY IN THE UNITED STATES and SEAGULL BOOKS.