I Was An Elephant Salesman: Adventures Between Dakar, Paris, And Milan (Global African Voices)
A landmark bestseller in Italy, I Was an Elephant Salesman gives a name and a face to the thousands of anonymous African street vendors in cities across Europe. Through the voice of a thinly veiled first-person narrator, Pap Khouma offers us a chilling, intimate, and often ironic glimpse into the life of an illegal immigrant. Khouma invents a life for himself as an itinerant trader of carved eleph...
Series: Global African Voices
Hardcover: 158 pages
Publisher: Indiana University Press; Translation edition (August 29, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 10307274
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