Le Clézio s work defies easy character-ization, but in more than 40 essays, novels and children s books, he has written of exile and self-discovery, of cultural dislocation and globalization, of the clash between modern civilization and traditional cultures. Having lived and taught in many parts of the world, he writes as fluently about North African immigrants in France, native Indians in Mexico and islanders in the Indian Ocean as he does about his own past . --The New York Times
The African is a short autobiographical account of a pivotal moment in Nobel-Prize-winning author J. M. G. Le Clézio's childhood. In 1948, young Le Clézio, with his mother and brother, left behind a still-devastated Europe to join his father, a military doctor in Nigeria, from whom he'd been separated by the war. In Le Clézio's characteristically intimate, poetic voice, the narrative relates both the dazzled enthusiasm the child feels at discovering newfound freedom in the African savannah and his torment at discovering the rigid authoritarian nature of his father. The power and beauty of the book reside in the fact that both discoveries occur simultaneously.
About the Author
J.M.G. Le Clézio (b.1940) is the author of more than 40 works of fiction and non-fiction. He was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature as an author of new departures, poetic adventures and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization .