The arrival of a courier van at my front door was a happy event today. The red and white plastic flyer contained a book – yay! It was the Ismail Beah book that I won at the Virtually Yours Zoom session in July. The lucky draw at the end of the interview selected my name, along with four other names. VY and the Goethe Institute are so generous, donating five books per session.
So now I have Ishmael Beach’s Little Family to look forward to. I discover that he is a Sierra Leonean – American hybrid
I must admit I had to consult my atlas to locate Sierra Leone. I knew the country was located in West Africa but no more than that. I live in Southern Africa, and must confess that West Africa is a confusing jumble of countries, some familiar names, but no more than that. Usually we get snippets of news from the two larger countries of Nigeria and Ghana, but beyond that? Nope.
Wilipedia filled in more gaps for me about the writer himself:
23 November 1980 (age 40)
Mogbwemo, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone
|Occupation||author, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Children Affected by War, human rights activist, former child soldier|
|Notable works||A Long Way Gone|
Radiance of Tomorrow
Vanity Fair declared him to be: “ Arguably the most-read African writer in contemporary literature.”
THANKS, VIRTUALLY YOURS for putting one of his books into my hands. Watch this space for a review