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I Was an Elephant Salesman : Adventures Between Dakar, Paris, and Milan (Hardcover)

Author: Khouma, Pap

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A landmark bestseller in Italy, I Was an Elephant Salesman gives a nameand a face to the thousands of anonymous African street vendors in cities acrossEurope. Through the voice of a thinly veiled first-person narrator, Pap Khoumaoffers us a chilling, intimate, and often ironic glimpse into the life of an illegalimmigrant. Khouma invents a life for himself as an itinerant trader of carvedelephants, small ivories, and other "African" trinkets, struggling tomaintain courage and dignity in the face of despair and humiliation. Constantly onthe run from the authorities, he finds insight into the vicissitudes of law andpolitics, the constraints of citizenship, national borders, skin color, and theoften paralyzing difficulties of obtaining basic human needs. His story reveals acontemporary Europe struggling to come to terms with its multiracial, multireligious, and multicultural identity.


Publisher Indiana Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780253355225
SKU 213272400
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0253355222
Release Date 8/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0158
Publisher Indiana University Press
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