The Conscript

The Conscript

A Novel of Libya's Anticolonial War

eBook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 2012 (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2013)
Characteristics: 1 online resource (64 pages).
Additional Contributors: Negash, Ghirmai
Chrisman, Laura

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