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Nihilism and Negritude

Ways of Living in Africa

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674970724

Publication Date: 08/29/2016


240 pages

5 x 7-1/2 inches


[This book] is like a kaleidoscope, where the mobile fragments of colored glass are the many, often rare, pieces of African reality, sensibility, and imagination.—Robert Maggiori, Libération

A wide-ranging, challenging reflection on contemporary Africa. [Monga’s] travels throughout that continent and his knowledge of global finance—he served 13 years with the World Bank, moved to the UN International Development Organization, and currently serves as vice president of the African Development Bank—add real-life dimensions to all eight chapters. Concepts such as nihilism or negritude affect how outsiders understand the continent, usually as caricatures of reality. To enlighten readers, Monga provides glimpses of daily life in practically all aspects… Each chapter is often brilliant; all are challenging to widely-accepted stereotypes… Nihilism and Negritude is well worth reading.—C. E. Welch, Choice

A terrific meditation on contemporary African modernity, conceived through a series of essays that reflect on the practices of everyday life.—Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York University

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