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At night all blood is black, David Diop

Label
At night all blood is black
Title
At night all blood is black
Statement of responsibility
David Diop
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Alfa Ndiaye is a Senegalese man who, never before having left his village, finds himself fighting as a socalled "Chocolat" soldier with the French army during World War I. When his friend Mademba Diop, in the same regiment, is seriously injured in battle, Diop begs Alfa to kill him and spare him the pain of a long and agonizing death in No Man's Land. Unable to commit this mercy killing, madness creeps into Alfa's mind as he comes to see this refusal as a cruel moment of cowardice. Anxious to avenge the death of his friend and find forgiveness for himself, he begins a macabre ritual: every night he sneaks across enemy lines to find and murder a blue-eyed German soldier, and every night he returns to base, unharmed, with the German's severed hand. At first his comrades look at Alfa's deeds with admiration, but soon rumors begin to circulate that this super soldier isn't a hero, but a sorcerer, a souleater. Plans are hatched to get Alfa away from the front, and to separate him from his growing collection of hands, but how does one reason with a demon, and how far will Alfa go to make amends to his dead friend? Peppered with bullets and black magic, this novel fills in a forgotten chapter in the history of World War I. Blending oral storytelling traditions with the gritty, day-to-day, journalistic horror of life in the trenches, this is a dazzling tale of a man's descent into madness
Awards note
Winner of International Booker Prize 2021.
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1966-
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Diop, David
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the French
Literary form
fiction
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  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Soldiers
  • Senegalese
  • Revenge
  • Mental illness
Target audience
adult
Label
At night all blood is black, David Diop
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
160 pages
Isbn
9781782277538
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
jb2021027742
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
At night all blood is black, David Diop
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
160 pages
Isbn
9781782277538
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
jb2021027742
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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