Book Excerpt

The Dark Child

The Autobiography of an African Boy

Camara Laye; Introduction by Philippe Thoby-Marcellin; Translated by James Kirkup and Ernest Jones

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Camara Laye was born in 1928 in the village of Koroussa, French Guinea. He was still in his twenties and studying engineering in France when he wrote The Dark Child. He died in Senegal in 1980.