Foreign Words

Foreign Words

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Foreign words are compassionate. They tell you stories only to encourage you to tell your own. This story is a journey with the teller from Paris to Africa via Athens, where he buries his father and closes up his parents' house forever. He cannot write "my father is dead" in his native Greek or his adopted French. But Sango lets him. And it lets us into this profound meditation on the magical, healing power of words.

Independent Publishing Group
Crossing countries and continents, this narrative follows a son lost for words over the death of his father. Unable to write the phrase "My father is dead" in either his native Greek or his adopted French, he heads for Africa to undertake the learning of Sango. Traveling across both borders and time, he examines his past, his family history, and the colonial and political ties of his homelands. While at first he does not know why learning a new and uncommon language has become vital to him, he comes to discover that the new language enables him to easily write of his father's passing. But as he truly experiences Sango—meets its speakers, travels where it emerged and has struggled to survive—his intimacy with it grows, and he is once again unable to utter the telling phrase. Meditating on language, loss, and the power of words to express or constrain human emotion, this tale of speaking, living, and letting go is filled with delicate suspense, humor, and honesty.


Publisher: Iowa City, IA : Autumn Hill Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780975444412
0975444417
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALEXA...V
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Waters, Alyson 1955-

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