The Book Cellar
Award-winning author Leonora Miano will be stopping at The Book Cellar to present her book Season of the Shadow as part of her U.S. tour!
Presented in partnership with the Book Office of the French Embassy in the US and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.
About Leonora Miano:
Born in Cameroon, Léonora Miano moved to France in 1991. She is the author of fourteen books that have been translated into many languages. Miano’s award-winning debut novel, Dark Heart of the Night, was released in 2005 and translated in English by Tasmin Black. Her other books include Contours du jour qui vient, which was awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. Upon its release in France in 2013, Season of the Shadow won the prestigious Fémina prize and the Grand prix du roman metis.
About Season of the Shadow:
This powerful novel presents the early days of the transatlantic slave trade from a new perspective: that of the sub-Saharan population that became its first victims. Cameroonian novelist Léonora Miano presents a world on the brink of disappearing—a pre-colonial civilization with roots that stretch back for centuries. One day, a group of villagers find twelve of their people missing. Where have they gone? Who is responsible? A collective dream, troubling a group of mothers in a communal dwelling, may have some of the answers, as the women’s missing sons call to them in terror; at the same time, a thick shadow settles over the huts, blocking out the light of day. It is the shadow of slavery, which will soon grow to blight the whole world.
Miano renders this brutal story in deliberately strange, dreamlike prose, befitting a situation that is, on its face, all but impossible for the villagers to believe.