The Conscript: A Novel of Libya’s Anticolonial War

The Conscript: A Novel of Libya’s Anticolonial War

Gebreyesus Hailu Ghirmai Negash Laura Chrisman / May 20, 2019

The Conscript A Novel of Libya s Anticolonial War Eloquent and thought provoking this classic novel by the Eritrean novelist Gebreyesus Hailu written in Tigrinya in and published in is one of the earliest novels written in an African lan

  • Title: The Conscript: A Novel of Libya’s Anticolonial War
  • Author: Gebreyesus Hailu Ghirmai Negash Laura Chrisman
  • ISBN: 9780821420232
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eloquent and thought provoking, this classic novel by the Eritrean novelist Gebreyesus Hailu, written in Tigrinya in 1927 and published in 1950, is one of the earliest novels written in an African language and will have a major impact on the reception and critical appraisal of African literature.The Conscript depicts, with irony and controlled anger, the staggering experieEloquent and thought provoking, this classic novel by the Eritrean novelist Gebreyesus Hailu, written in Tigrinya in 1927 and published in 1950, is one of the earliest novels written in an African language and will have a major impact on the reception and critical appraisal of African literature.The Conscript depicts, with irony and controlled anger, the staggering experiences of the Eritrean ascari, soldiers conscripted to fight in Libya by the Italian colonial army against the nationalist Libyan forces fighting for their freedom from Italy s colonial rule Anticipating midcentury thinkers Frantz Fanon and Aim C saire, Hailu paints a devastating portrait of Italian colonialism Some of the most poignant passages of the novel include the awakening of the novel s hero, Tuquabo, to his ironic predicament of being both under colonial rule and the instrument of suppressing the colonized Libyans The novel s remarkable descriptions of the battlefield awe the reader with mesmerizing images, both disturbing and tender, of the Libyan landscape with its vast desert sands, oases, horsemen, foot soldiers, and the brutalities of war uncannily recalled in the satellite images that were brought to the homes of millions of viewers around the globe in 2011, during the country s uprising against its former leader, Colonel Gaddafi.

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      • Gebreyesus Hailu Ghirmai Negash Laura Chrisman

        Gebreyesus Hailu 1906 1993 was a prominent and influential figure in the cultural and intellectual life of Eritrea during the Italian colonial period and in the post Italian era in Africa With a PhD in theology, he was vicar general of the Catholic Church in Eritrea and played several important roles in the Ethiopian government, including that of cultural attach at the Ethiopian Embassy in Rome, member of the national academy of language, and advisor to the Ministry of Information of the Ethiopian government.


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    1. Afrikansk kortromanklassiker om eritreanske soldater indskrevet som lejetropper i den italienske kolonimagts hær i begyndelsen af det 20. århundrede. Interessant i kraft af det historiske tema og romanens status som en af de allerførste romaner skrevet af en afrikansk forfatter. Fra en litterær betragtning ikke uden kvaliteter og raffinementer, men heller ikke uden mangler.Læs hele boganmeldelsen på K's bognoter: bognoter/2018/02/03/gebreye


    2. What a book, albeit short. It's beautiful. And a story that one doesn't hear much. Beautiful, really. It's sad, of course, but many good books are. The quote on dying in a foreign land cuts. Read this, it won't take much time. "He who fights on a foreign soil another man's warNot for his family or his country's honorAnd, when he lies dying, hit by a deadly blowFrom an Angry firearmBut cannot say, "Oh! My beloved countryHere is the life you gave me, I come back to you"Dies twice, reduced to etern [...]



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