To kick off 2013, we are giving away a copy of one of our all-time favorites, Camara Laye’s The Dark Child (also titled The African Child in other editions). In this memoir, which is widely regarded as a classic of African literature, Laye writes about his youth and growing up in the village of Koroussa, French Guinea. He marvels over his mother’s supernatural powers, his father’s distinction as the village goldsmith, and his own passage into manhood.
The book, originally written in French by Camara Laye under the title “l’enfant noir” in 1954 (the dark child), was translated by James Kirkup. In ‘The African Child’, Laye describes life, growing up as an African child in Guinea, West Africa.