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The Fire of Origins is the second novel that I have read towards my Experiencing Ancestry through Fiction project It is set in an unnamed country, but is written by an author from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so that is where I imagine the story takes place The story follows the life of Mandala Mankuku, who witnesses the fall of his people and country to colonialism, and the struggle of it s people to break free and reestablish itself as a sovereign nation Mankuku arrives in the worl The Fire of Origins is the second novel that I have read towards my Experiencing Ancestry through Fiction project It is set in an unnamed country, but is written by an author from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so that is where I imagine the story takes place The story follows the life of Mandala Mankuku, who witnesses the fall of his people and country to colonialism, and the struggle of it s people to break free and reestablish itself as a sovereign nation Mankuku arrives in the world under questionable circumstances because his birth wasn t witnessed by members of his parents village The place of his birth had to be tracked down and accepted before he could be deemed fully human, and not some spirit delivered to his mother To top things off, Mankuku is also born with green eyes, which causes much debate among the villagers They have to decide if this highly unusual occurrence is a good or bad omen As things progress, Mankuku s birth heralds in many changes Mankuku eventually follows the tradition of his father s family and becomes a blacksmith and nganga healer , but colonization, western influences on religion, culture, and social standards leads Mankuku onto a completely different path than what he imagined for himself Through Mankuku s experiences, Dongala reflects on the cost of colonization to the soul and cultural value of an entire nation Not only are the people suffering from being subjugated by a foreign power that has no respect for them, but they also have to deal with their fellow citizens trying to profit off of other people s suffering and need for comfort Although I enjoyed this story for the most part, it was not an easy book to read The sentence structure is a bit choppy which made reading flow difficult This is a translated work, so that may be part of the problem The plot was good, Mankuku was an interesting and relatable character, but the secondary characters that represented all of the changes and problems were a bit one dimensional and predictable You can find me atMonlatable Book Reviews Twitter MonlatReaderInstagram readermonicaFacebook Monica Reeds L uomo di vento la storia di un uomo e di un paese che si intrecciano in un racconto epico, a tratti fantastico, a tratti inaspettatamente crudo e duro Centro indiscusso del romanzo il protagonista Mankunku il nganga, il saggio, distruttore di potenti, una sorta di incrocio tra un rivisitato trickster e un Prometheus dalla pelle scura il diverso per eccellenza, venuto al mondo per sovvertire l ordine delle cose e portarne uno nuovo La storia narrata interamente dal suo esclusivo punto d L uomo di vento la storia di un uomo e di un paese che si intrecciano in un racconto epico, a tratti fantastico, a tratti inaspettatamente crudo e duro Centro indiscusso del romanzo il protagonista Mankunku il nganga, il saggio, distruttore di potenti, una sorta di incrocio tra un rivisitato trickster e un Prometheus dalla pelle scura il diverso per eccellenza, venuto al mondo per sovvertire l ordine delle cose e portarne uno nuovo La storia narrata interamente dal suo esclusivo punto di vista, un percorso di formazione che intreccia alla sua crescita i mutamenti di un mondo sempre pi in divenire e affronta temi come il confronto con il diverso e o lo straniero, il contrasto tra tradizione e modernit , restituendo cos un romanzo stratificato, dai diversi livelli di lettura.Significativa la variet stilistica del romanzo il racconto quasi fiabesco della prima parte, incentrata sull infanzia e la giovinezza del protagonista, tra spiriti degli antenati, riti magici e personificazioni degli elementi naturali, lascia il posto, con una brusca virata, al racconto ferocemente realistico della guerra e dell occupazione militare, che risveglia il lettore dall incanto e lo ancora a delle precise coordinate spazio temporali Personalmente, ho apprezzato di pi la prima parte, pi mitologica, con una caratterizzazione prometeica del protagonista, mentre mi ha lasciato interdetto il brusco cambiamento A lasciarmi non del tutto convinto, soprattutto, il disegno a episodi in cui si suddivide il romanzo, con storie, temi e stili diversi, quasi fossero romanzi diversi mal raccordati tra loro, che solo il bellissimo finale, dal sapore ciclico, riesce a salvare E soprattutto la parte centrale, quella relativa alla guerra in Congo, a presentare qualche debolezza, perch si fa storia di un paese, dimenticandosi per del protagonista, ben poco distruttore , a ben vedere, e per lo pi testimone passivo degli eventi.Un modo diverso, comunque, di raccontare storie che possono talvolta sembrare trite e ritrite se vero che le guerre sembrano tutte uguali, le storie e gli uomini sono sempre diversi Mankunku il nome del protagonista di questo romanzo E nato in un villaggio nel cuore del Continente Nero in un periodo nel quale la cosiddetta civilt non ancora arrivata Grazie ad alcune doti personali e alla famiglia che lo cresce, il protagonista del romanzo diventa un protagonista anche all interno della propria comunit Testardo, efficiente, innovativo, il temperamento del giovane lo porta ad una duplice condizione Da un lato riesce in tutto ci in cui si cimenta ottimo cacciatore Mankunku il nome del protagonista di questo romanzo E nato in un villaggio nel cuore del Continente Nero in un periodo nel quale la cosiddetta civilt non ancora arrivata Grazie ad alcune doti personali e alla famiglia che lo cresce, il protagonista del romanzo diventa un protagonista anche all interno della propria comunit Testardo, efficiente, innovativo, il temperamento del giovane lo porta ad una duplice condizione Da un lato riesce in tutto ci in cui si cimenta ottimo cacciatore, ottimo fabbro e uomo di medicina dall altro le sue capacit personali e la sua fiducia nell uomo in senso generale lo portano a scontrarsi con le tradizioni antiche e con gli uomini che con furbizia le sostengono per convenienze personali Inizia cos un percorso difficile e pieno di episodi drammatici che si inaspriscono quando arriva l uomo bianco a colonizzare il Paese E una vera e propria riduzione in schiavit che viene avallata dai capi villaggio che vendono la propria gente allo straniero per convenienza e gloria personale Da qui prende il via il vero romanzo storico che attraverso il racconto della vicenda personale di Mankunku riesce a fornire un bel quadro di tutti gli avvenimenti che incideranno secondo modalit diverse sulla vita degli abitanti La colonizzazione, la civilizzazione, la guerra, la nascita delle citt , il lavoro che cambia, la crudelt dei nuovi padroni Tutto quanto influisce sulla vita di Mankunku che prende forma e si modifica mano a mano che le condizioni esterne mutano, dando cos un idea di come l uomo sia un essere adattabile quasi ad ogni situazione Alla fine il cerchio si chiude e quello che rimane al lettore la conoscenza di avvenimenti mai approfonditi A tal proposito il fatto che il protagonista sia uno dei pochi a non lasciare mai il Paese contribuisce allo scopo perch il punto di vista rimane sempre quello interno, mai condizionato da visioni esterne come emigrazione o altri fenomeni sociali Un gran bel romanzo storico consigliato non solamente agli amanti del genere romanzo storico, ma a tutti i lettori pieni di curiosit Tempo di lettura 6h 24m This is the first novel I ve read from Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala Using his unique poetic writing style, he described well life in Africa before, during, and after colonialism through the narration and biograhpy of a fiction character The author used general terms and expression to describe the changes in the lives of Africans because what happened to one African tribe happened to so many other tribes, and what colonialists from one country did to Africans were also done by other coloni This is the first novel I ve read from Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala Using his unique poetic writing style, he described well life in Africa before, during, and after colonialism through the narration and biograhpy of a fiction character The author used general terms and expression to describe the changes in the lives of Africans because what happened to one African tribe happened to so many other tribes, and what colonialists from one country did to Africans were also done by other colonialists from other countries The author used specific individual names only a handful of times because these people played an important role in the eyes of the leading character and the author What the author wrote about is already known to all, but it is his writing style and narrative make it as if readers discover African History for the first time.From the beginning, I was intrigued and interested by following the life of the leading character and narrator, Mandala Mankunku, whom readers witness his birth and see him grow up in changing times However, I was disappointed by the rest of the story of Mandala Mankunku as he appears to be mostly a passive witness to African History while in the beginning of the book the author presented him as being predestined for greatness The writing style is great The African story is as known The leading character s story weakens with history Thus, the book isof a 4 star than a 5 This is an amazing example of a personal history becoming history of the whole continent The main character goes through all the stages of Afro European relations and feels them deeply being an intrinsic part of it It is beautifully written but also it tells the story from the other point of view the point of view which is very often lacking A must read for everyone curious to know about what Europeans did to the African cultures, lives and resources I m going to review because I ve noticed there aren t any reviews listed This novel is historical fiction A man named Mandala Mankuku is born into his village, in belief system superceded by the ancestors He lives to see the arrivals of Whites, the horrors of colonialism, racism, and the divide and conquer strategy that Europeans oh so adore to use HE lives through revolutions The importance he once held in his village as a blacksmith and healer transitions his ability to bring people tog I m going to review because I ve noticed there aren t any reviews listed This novel is historical fiction A man named Mandala Mankuku is born into his village, in belief system superceded by the ancestors He lives to see the arrivals of Whites, the horrors of colonialism, racism, and the divide and conquer strategy that Europeans oh so adore to use HE lives through revolutions The importance he once held in his village as a blacksmith and healer transitions his ability to bring people together to overthrow the colonists government in which he becomes a national hero , to being of no importance at all, excommunicated from his home in the city back to his village Through the dwindling belief of the ancestors as he tries to discover his place fit into to this new world of academics and science The cast of caricatures turned me off I wouldn t have gotten past p.3 were it not a choice of my bookclub Forsaken around p.107 &Pdf ☆ The Fire of Origins ↭ The whole of African history unfolds in this brilliant novel from one of the continent s major writers The story is unified by the actions of one man, Mankunku, a destroyer, who is born in mysterious circumstances in a banana plantation and whose identity is as variable as that of his land This novel traces his development along with that of his unnamed country, from the precolonial era, through the horrors of European subjugation, to independence and the complexities of the postcolonial nation Along the way, charlatans and saints, workers and bureaucrats, warriors and peacemakers are introduced in a moving m lange of laughter and terror First published in France in , The Fire of Origins received thePrix de la Fondation de France and the Grand Prix Litteraire d Afrique Noire, and has been translated into Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, and Japanese Mythical, lyrical, powerful, and surreal, it is one of the most ambitious works of fiction to come out of sub Saharan Africa This replaces X C tait un livre agr able lire, il fait voyager, r fl chir, penser, on traverse l histoire de la colonisation sous un autre anle de vue C tait int ressant. A wonderful book You can read my review here A wonderful book You can read my review here