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The Radiance of the King (New York Review Books Classics)
by Camara Laye
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Weight: 0.78 pound
Dimension: H: 0.84 x L: 8.01 x W: 5.02 inches
ISBN 10: 0940322587
ISBN 13: 9780940322585
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Book Description:
At the beginning of this great book, a masterpiece of African literature, Clarence, a white man, has been shipwrecked and stranded on the coast of Africa. Brimful of self importance, he demands to see the king, but the king has just left for the south of his realm. Traveling through an increasingly phantasmagoric landscape in the company of a beggar and two roguish boys, Clarence is slowly stripped of his pretensions, until he is sold as a slave to the royal harem. But in the end Clarence s bewildering journey is the occasion of a revelation, as he discovers the image, both shameful and beautiful, of his own strange humanity in the alien figure of the king.


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