Dirty Feet by Edem AwumeyDirty Feet by Edem Awumey

Dirty Feet

byEdem AwumeyTranslated byLazer Lederhendler

Paperback | September 17, 2011

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Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award: Translation and the ReLit Awards

As a small child, Askia was forced, along with his family, to wander the African desert as if under a curse. First driven from their home by drought and hunger, they were then kept from the villages they passed through by the fear and suspicion of others, who did not want to see their "dirty feet" stay for too long.

Years later, it seems Askia is destined to relive his family?s curse night after night as he roams the streets of Paris in his taxi. One evening, he picks up Olia, a young woman who claims to recognize his face, telling him that his features are similar to those of a man she photographed years ago. Had it been his father, the enigmatic Sidi Ben Sylla Mohammed? The father who migrated north long before he did; the father he has so often dreamt about; the father whom he aches to meet?

With Olia?s help, Askia sets out to retrace Sidi?s steps. But before he can embark on this new journey, he must first confront his violent past. A brutal, indelibly powerful look at the harrowing, often violent lives of those who arecondemned to wander.

Edem Uwumey was born in Togo in 1975. His first novel, Port-Melo, won the Grand Prix Litteraire de L?Afrique Noire, one of the most distinguished literary prizes in Africa, and his second novel, Les pieds sales (Dirty Feet), was a finalist for one of France?s most prestigious literary prizes, the Prix Goncourt. Awumey now lives in Cana...
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Title:Dirty FeetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 17, 2011Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887842445

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