The Dark Child
The Autobiography of an African Boy
Author: Camara Laye; Introduction by Philippe Thoby-Marcellin; Translated by James Kirkup and Ernest Jones
The Dark Child is a distinct and graceful memoir of French author Camara Laye's youth in the village of Koroussa, French Guinea.
Long regarded as Africa's preeminent Francophone novelist, Laye (1928-1980) herein marvels over his mother's supernatural powers, his father's distinction as the village goldsmith, and his own passage into manhood, which is marked by animistic beliefs and bloody rituals of primeval origin. Eventually, he must choose between this unique place and the academic success that lures him to distant cities. More than an autobiography of one boy, this is the universal story of sacred traditions struggling against the encroachment of a modern world.
A passionate and deeply affecting record, The Dark Child is a classic of African literature.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux