by Manthia Diawara - £9.99 Ayebia Clarke Publishing (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780954702342 | ISBN 10: 0954702344
In this searing memoir, Diawara revisits his early years as an emigrant in love with Swedish girls and American rock and roll. Taking us from the nightclubs of his home town Bamako, to the cafes of Boulevard Montparnasse, to the black neighbourhoods of 1970s Washington DC, he challenges what it means to live strangled by the traditions of the place that is left behind. One leaves this haunting story exhilarated by Diawara's personal triumph and humbled by his gentle grace and humanity.
"The book is actually a tribute to flexibility - not just adaption, a constant duty of the immigrant, expatriate and exile, but the mental flexibility needed to come to terms with so many layers of nostalgia and simultaneous cultural gain and loss."
(Price & availability last checked: May 2018)