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Oasis Dreams – Screening and Q+A Alliance Française de Los Angeles 10390 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite #120, Los Angeles, CA 90025
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The Nature of Forgetting The New Victory Theater 209 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Léonora Miano

Born in Cameroon, author Léonora Miano moved to France as a student. She has written fourteen books that have been translated into many languages. Miano’s award-winning first novel, L’intérieur de la nuit, was released in 2005 and translated in English by Tasmin Black. Her other books include Contours du jour qui vient, which was awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2006. Upon its release in France in 2013, the book Season of the Shadow, translated from the French by Gila Walker, won the prestigious Femina prize and the Grand prix du roman metis.

Season of the Shadow (Seagull Books, 2018)

This powerful novel recounts the early days of the transatlantic slave trade in the perspective of its first victims, the sub-Saharan population. Léonora Miano presents a world on the brink of disappearing—a pre-colonial civilization with roots that stretch back for centuries. One day, a group of villagers finds twelve of their people missing. Where have they gone? Who is responsible? A collective dream, troubling a group of mothers in a communal dwelling, may hold some of the answers, as the women’s missing sons call to them in terror. At the same time, a thick shadow settles over the huts, blocking out the light of day. It is the shadow of slavery, which will soon grow to blight the whole world.

Miano renders this brutal story in deliberately strange, dreamlike prose, befitting a situation that is, on its face, all but impossible for the villagers to believe.

This tour is organized in partnership with Seagull Books.

Photo credit: Richard Dumas

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