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.

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Inthis book avdulai became the first novel though more of a novella really, clocking in around pages from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into English. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Guinea-Bissau was one of the toughest nations to find something to read from. 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.

Ian rated it it was ok Jan 12, But nor should they. 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 aila the chronology that can be bewildering. The tragedy that does ultimately affect the protagonist is a much more diffuse and meandering affair than many of us might be used to seeing in novels — certainly novels written in English.


She si,a been told that her life will be a series of tragedies, and she is determined to prove that prediction wrong. I really enjoyed the characters in this one, especially the chief though found the narratives on his musings about thinking to be a bit long winded.

The story felt a bit disjointed at times, with various gaps that could have been better fille Read for ssila book club.

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As such, it is an important addition to our bookshelves. Read for work book club. The Ultimate Tragedy is a shocking account silx the development and wrongdoings in the little-known country of Guinea-Bissau.

I read the last few pages with my mouth open and yelling nooooooo silently in my head. Want to Abdklai Currently Reading Read. Sometimes these issues are stated explicitly, but often they are woven through the thought processes of the characters. The problem, you come to realise, is not with the writing, as you might have first thought a common knee-jerk reaction to the unfamiliar that we literary explorers must always be careful to interrogate.

He is the author of three novels: Efemia rated it it was ok Jan 05, Several Portuguese words, however, were left that had an obvious English abduai, and it was unclear to me why the translator did not translate that word.

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Throughout the book the themes of segregation and racism are prominent, which I feel added an emotional touch to the book. If you are, this is a readable option. The idea-led quality of much of the narrative may make the book sound abdylai, but that is not the case.


Return to Book Page. Jasmina Bide rated it it was amazing Aug 30, However, those who persevere will be rewarded. Frank Kasell rated it it was amazing Oct 11, It’s also motivated me to look up more about English PENbecause it’s the second really interesting book I’ve read recently where the translation into English has been supported by them.

It’s raw and pointed about the great injustices committed under colonialism, but al This is a shiningly brilliant book.

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All the POV characters have great, distinct voices and the ending is heart-wrenching. Lists with This Book. Henriette rated it liked it Mar 12, Then she falls in love with a local teacher, a young man trained by priests but questioning the righteousness of colonial rule.

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Books by Abdulai Sila. I feel that this could be rectified with a simple glossary, hence why I am not really marking this book down for this.

This is a shiningly brilliant book. Dave Glovsky rated it really liked it Nov 21,