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Le Book Club: Frère d’âme
Join Bhavana on Zoom on Wednesday, November 17th at 5pm (CST) for a discussion on Frère d’âme (At Night All Blood is Black) by David Diop.
ABOUT FRÈRE D’ÂME
*WINNER OF THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE*
Selected by students across France to win the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, David Diop’s historical fiction debut Frère d’âme (At Night All Blood is Black) is a “powerful, hypnotic, and dark novel” (Livres Hebdo) of terror and transformation in the trenches of the First World War.
Alfa Ndiaye is a Senegalese man who, never before having left his village, finds himself fighting as a so-called “Chocolat” soldier with the French army during World War I. When his friend Mademba Diop, in the same regiment, is seriously injured in battle, Diop begs Alfa to kill him and spare him the pain of a long and agonizing death in No Man’s Land.
Unable to commit this mercy killing, madness creeps into Alfa’s mind as he comes to see this refusal as a cruel moment of cowardice.
Peppered with bullets and black magic, this remarkable novel fills in a forgotten chapter in the history of World War I. Blending oral storytelling traditions with the gritty, day-to-day, journalistic horror of life in the trenches, David Diop’s At Night All Blood is Black is a dazzling tale of a man’s descent into madness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ABOUT THE BOOK CLUB
Our book club meets monthly, 5-6pm (CST). It is open to all levels of French and the discussion is led in mostly in English.
*Please note that we are meeting online via Zoom for the time being.
Please note: our classes have limited capacity and often sell out fast, don't wait too long to book your spot!