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Author Hailu, Gebreyesus, 1909-1993.

Title The conscript : a novel of Libya's anticolonial war / by Gebreyesus Hailu ; translated from the Tigrinya by Ghirmai Negash ; introduction by Laura Chrisman
Published Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 2012
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (64 pages)
Series Modern African writing
Project MUSE
Modern African writing.
UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Introduction by Laura Chrisman -- Preface to the Tigrinya edition -- A portrait of youth -- The departure from Asmara -- Deep in the wilderness -- The thirst of death
Summary Eloquent and thought-provoking, this classic novel by the Eritrean novelist Gebreyesus Hailu, written in Tigrinya in 1927 and published in 1950, is one of the earliest novels written in an African language and will have a major impact on the reception and critical appraisal of African literature. The Conscript depicts, with irony and controlled anger, the staggering experiences of the Eritrean ascari, soldiers conscripted to fight in Libya by the Italian colonial army against the nationalist Libyan forces fighting for their freedom from Italy's colonial rule. Anticipating midcentury thinker
Notes "First edition (in Tigrinya), Pietro Silla Printing Press, Asmara ([1927], 1950)."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Draftees -- Eritrea -- Fiction.
Eritreans -- Libya -- Fiction.
Italy -- Colonies -- Africa -- History, Military -- Fiction.
Libya -- History -- 1912-1951 -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Fiction.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
Author Chrisman, Laura.
Negash, Ghirmai.
Project Muse.
LC no. 2012040505
ISBN 0821420232 (pb : alk. paper)
082144445X (electronic bk.)
9780821420232 (pb : alk. paper)
9780821444450 (electronic bk.)