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Hardcover with dust jacket, orange cloth with black spine and cover titles, 12 by 19 cm, x 157 pp. Hardcover is very good with only faint wear at the extremities; the jacket is very good with light edge wear and some creases from where the jacket flaps have been folded in different positions over the years (see image). Dadié (1916-2019) was an Ivoirian poet, dramatist, and novelist “whose works were inspired both by traditional themes from Africa’s past and by a need to assert the modern African’s desire for equality, dignity, and freedom.” Originally published in 1956, the autobiographical novel Climbié re-creates the social milieu of colonial Côte d’Ivoire. From the front flap: “Climbié is a moving, intricately wrought series of vignettes which trace the history of an African man – from his childhood in an Ebrié village, through life in French schools and a voyage into the modern urban world, to his eventual return home. Sketches of village life in the first half of the book – the community of an ‘extended’ family, closeness to the earth and seasons – help to dramatize the shock of an uprooted sensibility in experience to come; the movement toward independence that followed World War II provides a background for the events of the books second half. Social and personal history are skillfully interwoven in a painstaking and deeply felt account of one man’s life. The story of a sensibility adrift in a world where something is always missing is one of the classics of contemporary African literature.” A very nice copy of this first English translation.