The January Children

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AUTHOR
Safia Elhillo, Kwame Dawes (Foreword by)
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5,18 MB
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The January Children.pdf
ISBN
4764580322097

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In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, "The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height, all given the birth date January 1." What follows is a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one's own land. The January Children depicts displacement and longing while also questioning accepted truths about geography, history, nationhood, and home. The poems mythologize family histories until they break open, using them to explore aspects of Sudan's history of colonial occupation, dictatorship, and diaspora. Several of the poems speak to the late Egyptian singer Abdelhalim Hafez, who addressed many of his songs to the asmarani—an Arabic term of endearment for a brown-skinned or dark-skinned person. Elhillo explores Arabness and Africanness and the tensions generated by a hyphenated identity in those two worlds. No longer content to accept manmade borders, Elhillo navigates a new and reimagined world. Maintaining a sense of wonder in multiple landscapes and mindscapes of perpetually shifting values, she leads the reader through a postcolonial narrative that is equally terrifying and tender, melancholy and defiant.

I had to read this book. Elhillo has created a collection of poetry that straddles the many divisions of her life: English/Arabic, African/North ... The January Children itself is a ballad and is, indeed, "a story older than water," but it is as refreshing.

All states and territories ... The Children of January was an unproduced 1986 two-part Doctor Who adventure serial written by newcomer Michael Feeney Callan for the Sixth Doctor and Peri. The January Children depicts displacement and longing while also questioning accepted truths about geography, history, nationhood, and home. The poems mythologize family histories until they break open, using them to explore aspects of Sudan's history of colonial occupation, dictatorship, and diaspora.

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