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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gäel Faye Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9780525633594
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Already an international sensation and prize-winning bestseller in France, an evocative coming-of-age story of a young boy, a lost childhood and a shattered homeland.

‘I was born with this story. It ran in my blood. I belonged to it.’
 
Burundi, 1992. For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expatriate neighborhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother and little sister Ana, is something close to paradise.
 
These are carefree days of laughter and adventure – sneaking Supermatch cigarettes and gorging on stolen mangoes – as he and his mischievous gang of friends transform their tiny cul-de-sac into their kingdom.
 
But dark clouds are gathering over this small country, and soon their peaceful existence will shatter when Burundi, and neighboring Rwanda, are brutally hit by civil war and genocide.  
A novel of extraordinary power and beauty, Small Country describes an end of innocence as seen through the eyes of a child caught in the maelstrom of history. Shot through with shadows and light, tragedy and humor, it is a stirring tribute not only to a dark chapter in Africa’s past, but also to the bright days that preceded it. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Unforgettable… Gaël Faye’s talent is breathtaking; no country that can give the world a writer like him should be ever be called small. Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers
  • An evocative portrait of what it means to lose one’s freedom and innocence… He is a writer of great promise and grace. Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen
  • Personal and intimate… Gaël Faye has evoked the darkest pages of contemporary Africa without tipping into pathos. Alain Mabanckou, author of Broken Glass
  • “The death of innocence seen through the eyes of Gabriel, our beguiling 11-year-old narrator, is at the heart of this gorgeous first novel… Faye eloquently speaks to the untenable choices, among love of country, family, or survival, that victims in conflict zones are forced to make. Library Journal
  • Gaël Faye is a revelation. Small Country is a luminous and poignant novel about childhood, war, exile and identitythis is literature at its most powerful. Le Parisien Magazine
  • This beautiful coming-of-age novel expresses a harrowing yearning for kindness and harmony. The result is a vision of the world – not political, but poetic – that attempts a balancing act between both horror and wonder. Le Figaro
  • In the summer months, there are two categories of books: those we take on holiday and leave behind in the sand, and those that make their mark on us for lifeSmall Country by Gaël Faye is firmly part of the latter category Le Matin Dimanche
  • A literary force to be reckoned with. Le Point
  • Subtle and powerful. Elle
  • Magnificent Le Parisien
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About the Narrator

Dominic Hoffman, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, is a Los Angeles–based actor of stage, screen, and television. He has appeared in such television shows as The Shield, NYPD Blue, and The Jamie Foxx Show. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as the American Conservatory Theater.