Biographie. Abdulai Sila was born in Catió, a small town in the south of Guinea- Bissau. He currently lives in the capital city Bissau and combines ICT work with. installment, we’ll be discussing The Ultimate Tragedy, by Abdulai Sila (Novel, Guinea Bissau). The first novel to be translated into English from Guinea Bissau, . : The Ultimate Tragedy (Dedalus Africa) (): Abdulai Sila, Jethro Soutar: Books.

Author: Micage Zulutilar
Country: Latvia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Literature
Published (Last): 3 March 2010
Pages: 269
PDF File Size: 8.73 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.9 Mb
ISBN: 777-5-11166-427-6
Downloads: 95215
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Dozahn

Abdulai Sila (Author of The Ultimate Tragedy)

L’un tragique pour pleurer, l’autre comique, pour rire aux larmes. Return to Book Page.

Sometimes these issues are stated explicitly, but often they are woven through the thought processes of the characters. Poole rated it it was amazing Jan 23, This is one of several aspects of the book that those used to Western literature may find off-putting at first.

Abdulai Silá – Wikipedia

Efemia rated it it was ok Jan 05, Others include a rather unfamiliar approach to pacing — which sees the rapes and deaths of central characters skimmed over in a sentence or two, while football matches and long sessions of soul-searching about seemingly tangential issues can take up several pages — as well as leaps and double-backs in the chronology that can be bewildering.

Throughout the book the themes of segregation and racism are prominent, which I feel added an emotional touch to the book. It makes sense why the translator left those words in Portuguese as there is probably no good English word to use instead.

It’s raw and pointed about the great injustices committed under colonialism, but al This is a shiningly brilliant book. The stories come together when the chief marries Ndani who has somehow learned to be a great lady by being a housegirl, yet is somehow the only such woman available even though the earlier chapters show that there are plenty of housegirls, and Ndani is not the brightest bulb on the tree. In practice, however, the narrative brings in the stories and perspectives of a number of different characters who Ndani encounters and there are long stretches where we hear nothing about her silaa all.


By choosing to leave numerous words in their original language and trusting to the context to elucidate them, he encourages readers to let go of the guide rope of the narrative and become comfortable with the unfamiliar.

The story felt a bit disjointed at times, with various gaps that could have been better fille Read for work book club. My main complaints however are not with the writing itself but with the translation, which often left words from the original Portuguese The Ultimate Tragedy is a shocking account of the development and wrongdoings in the little-known country of Guinea-Bissau.

Lillian Whiting rated it it was ok Jul 28, No trivia or quizzes yet. As such, it is an important addition to our bookshelves. The translation is fairly smooth, but a number of words and concepts are left untranslated, and these are not always immediately obvious from context; most of these words appear to be from a local African language and were probably untranslated in the Portuguese original too, but a glossary would help foreign readers understand the references to local culture better.

He is the author of three novels: But nor should they. I found myself wishing this book had been edited differently. Translator Southar has done deft work to encourage the learning process that this text demands. The book begins with a teenage girl, Ndani, traveling from her village to the capital city, Bissau, with hopes of becoming a domestic servant in a Portuguese home.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. All the POV characters have great, distinct voices and the ending is heart-wrenching. I read the last few pages with my mouth open and yelling nooooooo silently in my head. Tom rated it liked it Mar 14, I figure Ndani was nuts.

Abdulai Silá

On a pickier note, there were some issues with the translation that also bothered me, although they were pretty easily overcome. When I opened the email, abdulaai excitement grew.

There were several Portuguese words that were left in the Portuguese that really needed some kind of definition or explanation, even if the translator had to do it in a footnote.

The idea-led quality of much of the narrative may make the book sound dry, but that is not the case. Abduli for work book club.


If you are, this is a readable option. The story felt a bit disjointed at times, with various gaps that could have been better filled, but overall I really liked the story telling and how every abdylai came together by fate or coincidence. Overall I found the novel very good, helping me to connect to the characters and get a good picture of the history and culture of Abdulaii. In addition, he has woven in some delightful language play. Marilia Barros rated it liked it Jul 30, Instead, I was just mostly confused.

The Ultimate Tragedy is a shocking account of the development and wrongdoings in the little-known country of Guinea-Bissau. Abdupai Glovsky rated it really liked it Nov 21, Similarly, though he rages at the atrocities perpetrated by the Europeans, his sexual fantasies about his reluctant sixth wife are riddled with the abudlai of conquest. Chief among these are the damage wrought by colonialism and the resultant doublethink with which generations of Bissau-Guineans have been indoctrinated.

Not for the faint of heart. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Henriette rated it liked it Mar 12, Virginie rated it really liked it Jul 10, Instead, it is we who need to learn how to read it.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Guinea-Bissau was one of the toughest nations to find something to read from. After a few chapters, it skips abruptly to a village chief, smarting over an insult from a colonial official and thinking at great, repetitive length about the paramount importance of thinking.

Want to Read saving…. Meanwhile, a local black chieftain has a plan to overthrow the colonial government, and a black missionary teacher plans to marry and settle down with his wife in a new town where no one knows them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.