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9th December 2020 at 19:03 #25054Camille ThompsonGuest
by Uwe Timm, Breon Mitchell
- ISBN: 9780811216265 (0811216268)
- Publisher: New Directions
- Language: english
- Awards: Bremer Literaturpreis for Förderpreis (1979), Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for Breon Mitchell (2004)
- Author: Uwe Timm, Breon Mitchell
- Genres: africa, fiction, namibia
- Format: paperback, 340 pages
- Release date: June 17, 2005
About The Book
Uwe Timm (Headhunter, The Invention of Curried Sausage) has been described in The New Yorker as an extraordinary storyteller. In this early novel, he focuses his narrative talents on the historical conflict between German colonists and African tribes under the leadership of the legendary Morenga in the first decade of the 20th century. A daring and brilliant military tactician, Morenga was fluent in several languages and by all reports a man of compassion, intelligence, and integrity, as he led his people towards freedom.
Recounted through the eyes of Gottschalk, an engaging fictional military veterinarian, the narrative blends quotations from historical sources with actual accounts of everyday life and military excursions. The parallels between past events and later German history, with its notions of the Untermensch (subhuman beings) and racial inferiortiy, are subtly brought to mind, while significant philosophical, political, and human issues are at play. ‘Morenga’ is an intriguing novel of scope and significance, and it has been well served by Breon Mitchell’s prize-winning translation.
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