Onitsha tells the story of Fintan, a youth who travels to Africa in 1948 with his Italian mother to join the English father he has never met Fintan is initially enchanted by the exotic world he discovers in Onitsha, a bustling city prominently situated on the eastern bank of the Niger River But gradually he comes to recognize the intolerance and brutality of the colonial system His youthful point of view provides the novel with a notably direct, horrified perspective on racism and colonialism In the words of translator Alison Anderson, Onitsha is remarkable for its almost mythological evocation of local history and beliefs It is full of atmosphere sights, sounds, smells and at times the author s sentences seem to flow with the dreamy languor of the river itself But J M G Le Cl zio never lets us forget the harsh realities of life nor the subsequent tragedy of war A startling account and indictment of colonialism, Onitsha is also a work of clear, forthright prose that ably portrays both colonial Nigeria and a young boy s growing outrage. Read Onitsha Author J.M.G. Le Clézio – cosmologychris.co.uk
Jean Marie Gustave Le Cl zio, better known as J.M.G Le Cl zio born 13 April 1940 is a Franco Mauritian novelist The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Proc s Verbal The Interrogation and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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