Alfa and Mademba are two of the many Senegalese soldiers fighting in the Great War. Together they climb dutifully out of their trenches to attack France's German enemies whenever the whistle blows, until Mademba is mortally wounded, and dies in a shell hole with his belly torn open. Without his more-than-brother, Alfa is alone and lost amidst the savagery of the conflict. He devotes himself to the war, to violence and death, but soon he begins to frighten even his own comrades in arms. How far will Alfa go to make amends to his dead friend?
At Night All Blood Is Black
Winner of the 2021 International Booker Prize
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