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Book & Brunch Montréal - Ahmadou Kourouma: "Allah n'est pas obligé | Allah...

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Book & Brunch Series meetings are the last Sunday of every month | Les rencontres du Book & Brunch Series se tiennent les derniers dimanches de chaque mois.

Livre du mois| Book of the month: Allah n'est pas obligé | Allah is not obligated

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[FR] Allah n'est pas obligé d'être juste dans toutes les choses qu'il a créées ici-bas." Telle est la maxime favorite du jeune Ibrahima pour justifier l'avalanche de malheurs qui s'est abattue sur lui depuis sa naissance. Armé d'un Larousse, d'un Petit Robert, de l'Inventaire des particularités lexicales du français en Afrique noire, il entreprend de conter son histoire sur un mode tragi-comique : celle d'un orphelin qui, envoyé chez sa tante au Liberia par le conseil du village, s'enfoncera dans la guerre civile en devenant enfant-soldat. En lui prêtant sa plume, Ahmadou Kourouma, l'une des plus grandes voix de la littérature africaine, fait surgir avec maestria toute l'horreur des destins arrachés à l'enfance par les affres de l'histoire contemporaine. - Fnac

[ANG] ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED TO BE FAIR ABOUT ALL THE THINGS HE DOES HERE ON EARTH. These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa’s most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma. When ten-year-old Birahima's mother dies, he leaves his native village in the Ivory Coast, accompanied by the sorcerer and cook Yacouba, to search for his aunt Mahan. Crossing the border into Liberia, they are seized by rebels and forced into military service. Birahima is given a Kalashnikov, minimal rations of food, a small supply of dope and a tiny wage. Fighting in a chaotic civil war alongside many other boys, Birahima sees death, torture, dismemberment and madness but somehow manages to retain his own sanity. Raw and unforgettable, despairing yet filled with laughter, Allah Is Not Obliged reveals the ways in which children's innocence and youth are compromised by war.

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