The African Spouse

Elisabetta Jankovic

€ 16,00
Publisher: Cairo Editore
Pages: 336
ISBN/EAN: 978-88-6052-763-9

Nina is Italian from Milan, but her origins are Slavic. Yakhouba comes from Senegal, a tiny diamond in his ear, two black pools for eyes and a gaze that nails you to the spot. It’s love at first sight. An overwhelming passion. She has a big, unconventional family. He is surrounded by a proper tribe in Milan and in Africa. She plans a life with him and their children. He marries a cousin to whom he has been promised from birth. She teaches art and works in the radio. He is an entrepreneur screwed up by a new idea every day. She thinks about possible tomorrows. He thinks about the next five minutes. On one hand the West with its rules and planning habits, on the other Africa, improvisation, imagination, ancestral traditions. Nina’s friends are sceptical about how long it will last. For Yakhouba’s friends it’s not a problem. There are emotions, disappointments and tears in this intense and modern fable full of conflicts, surprises and plot twists. It unfurls in the space of ten years in Italy, Senegal and Switzerland. Every time this love story seems to be coming to an end, fate takes a surprising turn and gives it another chance.

The author
Elisabetta Jankovic was born and raised in Milan. She teaches art history in high school and works at Radio Svizzera (for sixteen years she spoke on Radio Popolare). She has published various illustrated children’s books and her short story Un regalo per Goumba, published by Lapis, was put in the “White Ravens” catalogue of the internationale Jugendbibliothek. In 2001 her fairy-tale, Le quattro stagioni, won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen prize of Sestri Levante. Over the last year, she has been working as production assistant for a documentary film about migrant routes called Wallah - je te jure, sponsored by the International Organization for Migrations. Lo sposo africano is her first novel.

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