The child solder narrative in African literature
Covers of some of the best novels that tackle the child solder narrative in African literature focusing especially on the Liberia and Sierra Leonean imbroglio.
The cautionary tales we wanted to avoid were the examples of Liberia and Sierra Leone: To make the road fearful
The granddady of the genre of course is Ken Saro Wiwa's Sozaboy (dealing with Biafra), with Ahmadou Kourouma's masterpiece Allah n'est pas oblige a close second.
Denis Johnson's reporting in Seek is hallucinatory as is Emmanuel Dongala's Johnny Chien Mechant.
Helon Habila's Measuring Time treats the theme in a measured manner while Iweala's Beasts of no nation revels in surface style.
Ismael Beah's memoir by necessity can't take the novelistic license and is a more sober if still harrowing affair.