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Jun 21
Film
The Young Girls of Rochefort Sylvan Theater (National Mall) Independence Ave SW & 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20024
Jun 21
Film
The Young Girls of Rochefort Sylvan Theater (National Mall) Independence Ave SW & 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20024
Jun 21
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Make Music Miami 2021 Miami-Dade County

Book Club with Emmanuel Dongala on The Bridgetower Sonata

Emmanuel Dongala will join Albertine for a lively Zoom conversation on his latest novel, The Bridgetower Sonata, translated from the French by Marjolijn de Jager and published by Schaffner Press. The conversation will be moderated by Miriam Bridenne.

In this vividly imagined, richly detailed novel, acclaimed Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala provides the reader with a satirical perspective on the life and times of the historical figure George Bridgetower, a Black violin prodigy, who, at the age of nine took the courtly world of 18th Century Europe by storm — and by surprise, given the youth’s unusual origins. For young George was of mixed-race parentage, or as was known in the parlance of the day, a Mulatto. The Bridgetower Sonata brings to light the issues of race, class, privilege, and, with gentle humor, reveals the rampant hypocrisy of the era that ironically mirrors our own.

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