Shadows of Your Black Memory Set during the last years of Spanish rule in Equatorial Guinea Shadows of Your Black Memory presents the voice of a young African man reflecting on his childhood Through the idealistic eyes of the na

  • Title: Shadows of Your Black Memory
  • Author: Donato Ndongo Michael Ugarte
  • ISBN: 9780974888125
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set during the last years of Spanish rule in Equatorial Guinea, Shadows of Your Black Memory presents the voice of a young African man reflecting on his childhood Through the idealistic eyes of the nameless protagonist, Donato Ndongo portrays the cultural conflicts between Africa and Spain, ancestral worship competing with Catholicism, and tradition giving way to modernitSet during the last years of Spanish rule in Equatorial Guinea, Shadows of Your Black Memory presents the voice of a young African man reflecting on his childhood Through the idealistic eyes of the nameless protagonist, Donato Ndongo portrays the cultural conflicts between Africa and Spain, ancestral worship competing with Catholicism, and tradition giving way to modernity The backdrop of a nation moving toward a troubled independence parallels the young man s internal struggle to define his own identity.In this bildungsroman, Donato Ndongo masterfully exposes the cultural fissures of his native land Spanish Guinea is a heated, sensual landscape with exotic animals and trees, ancient rituals, ghosts, saints, and sinners We come to know the narrator s extended family, the people of his village, merchants, sorcerers, and Catholic priests we see them critically at times, even humorously, yet always with compassion and a magical dignity Michael Ugarte s sensitive translation captures the spirit of the original Spanish prose and makes Ndongo s powerful, gripping tale available to English speaking readers for the first time.

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    1. As part of my ongoing quest to read a book from every country, I picked up Shadows of your Black Memory as a book from Equatorial Guinea. It is a childhood/coming of age novel that sets up the conflict between traditional and western cultures: particularly in this case between traditional religion and Catholicism.Which, at this point in the exercise, is not a description that fills me with excitement; because nearly all the literature of the post-colonial world seems to be about the conflict bet [...]

    2. This is a coming of age narrative from Equatorial Guinea. The narrator is in Europe when the story begins, and has just decided not to become a priest, but to go to law school. He then goes back to his earliest memories and narrates his growing up, up to the time he leaves Africa for Europe to study for the priesthood. The story is generally well told. I think it just seemed a little too familiar to me. So many versions of this story have come out over the years, that this seemed a well worn pat [...]

    3. A moving, very personal story of a boy coming of age in sub-Saharan Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country. The forces of colonialism, resistance, traditionalist Catholicism, and indigenous beliefs collide within the author’s family and in the wider context of Equatorial Guinea. This English translation flows beautifully.

    4. Equatorial Guinea"Summer is a good time to temper emotions and regain strength.""Yes, this is an afternoon to remember.""Since leaving the seminary, I tremble each time I receive a letter from my father. My mother and father are deeply disappointed. I wrote a long and thoughtful letter explaining my decision. They don't understand it.""There's a lot of witchcraft around here, black witchcraft, it only causes death, white people also have their witchcraft but they perform in the light of day, it [...]

    5. I really had a hard time with the way this book was written. There were sentences that ran on for pages, paragraphs that ran on for entire chapters, no quotation marks and virtually no plot -- all of these characteristics make for very difficult and frustrating reading on my part. However, I can see why the author chose to write in this way and I don't think he was just showing off, and the book was short enough that I could bear it.The story is of a young boy growing up in Equatorial Guinea, th [...]

    6. The author was born in Equatorial Guinea and tells the story of his life and education, interspersed with various philosophical and religious musings. It is a mixture of his memories and his later interpretations, with the usual counterpoint of colonial and traditional attitudes.I enjoyed parts of the book and the author expresses himself very well, but the book was somehow lacking in warmth and did not engage me as much as it could have done.

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