Christmas is in two days, and there you are, all frazzled because there is that person, and we all have THAT person in our life, the person we might want to tag as difficult, for whom no gift has been gotten yet. Not to worry though, Abidjan Lit comes to the rescue.
The bygone era lover
For this person, it was better in the olden days: Christmas wasn’t this consumerist affair of today and people spoke properly, and sent letters instead of these text messages, and had conversations instead of chats.
Well, the Abidjan Lit Collectif is going through a bit of a love regained for the Classics. We have (re) fallen in love with Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen.
We think that your bygone era lover will also enjoy the company of Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and at this hectic time, In a Room of One’s Own, figuratively and literary, would be the icing on the cake.
This one is the epitome of THAT person. A perfectionist living in an imperfect world and refusing to accept that this is how life is. You don’t want to make a mistake by getting them something that might create an opportunity for another argument/debate/philosophical expounding on how the purpose of Christmas has been lost under untold expectations.
We told you the melancholic was the epitome of THAT person, and into the hand of such a person, a book by Dinaw Mengestu is the failsafe option. His third novel, All Our Names, will grip our melancholic person, and long after the last page of the novel has been read, they will come back, again and again, to that last sentence….
And while they are pondering that sentence, we will put them in the direction of Veronique Tadjo. Her latest book, En compagnie des hommes (alas not yet translated into English) where for once, the non-human actors of the Ebola virus that recently ravaged West Africa speak.
This one has proclaimed loud and clear that books and their names cannot be in the same sentence except if there is a negation. Don’t talk to them about books, they don’t read and they are not embarrassed by that. At Abidjan Lit, we love them and since for Abidjan Lit Collectif, if a book or a book-related gift hasn’t featured in our gift giving, we haven’t done anything…. For this non-reader then, Marguerite Abouet is our go-to author. Her latest graphic book, Commissaire Kouamé, featuring a police chief inspector trying to solve a crime against the clock, will prove to our non-reader that literature comes in various forms.
The person who has read everything but is always in search of more books
They always have a book on them. They crack jokes using lines in a book. They make riddles out of books’ titles. For them, literature is life itself, and we agree! An Unnecessary Woman, the fifth novel by the Lebanese-American writer Rabih Alameddine is an ode to literature and translation – the heroine Aaliya is a 72 year-old woman who translates the big classics of literature into Arabic. Books are her life, literature is her world.
Let us know what you pick, and as always, we enjoy chatting, or shall we say, conversing with you.