Léonora Miano’s first work, L’intérieur de la nuit, was very well received by French critics. The novel alone has received six awards: Les la la lauriers verts de la forêt des livres, Révélation (2005), the Prix Louis-Guilloux (2006), the Prix du premier roman de femme (2006), the Prix René-Fallet2 (2006), the Prix Bernard-Palissy (2006) and the Prix de l’excellence camerounaise (2007)3. Lire magazine called it the best first French novel of 2005.
His second novel, Contours du jour qui vient, was awarded the Goncourt des lycéens prize in November 2006 by a jury of young high school students aged 15 to 18.
In spring 2008, Léonora Miano published five novels in the Flammarion Group’s “Amazing Classics” collection. They are grouped under the title Afropean and other news.
His work has the particularity, according to Daniel S. Larangé, of strictly speaking creating an Afropean literature, aware of the transformations of the world and of humanity. It defends the Afropean identity at a time of globalization, which could regenerate French culture through French literature. Still according to Daniel S. Larangé, jazz writing is based on a popular and musical culture, integrating impromptu rhythms and jazz rhapsodies4.
In November 2013, Léonora Miano won the Femina Prize for La Saison de l’ombre, which recounts, in the tradition of Yambo Ouologuem’s Duty of Violence, the beginning of the slave trade. The novel, rich in emotions, would be a parable of globalization that leads to exploit humanity as a consumer product.
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