September 16: Rebel Women, Book launch of "The Stone Breakers"
September 16, Saturday
Book launch for Congolese writer Emmanuel Dongala's novel of feminist labor resistance, The Stone Breakers. Set in an imagined African country, it tells the story about the uprising of women stone crushers at a gravel pit as they rise up against their corporate bosses to demand higher wages for their grueling labor. What begins as a village protest escalates to a state-wide rebellion that confronts the corrupt leadership and challenges the status quo set by the government and the mining corporations. Told in a unique second person narration, this is Dongala's fifth novel and has already been adapted to stage in Africa, Europe and South America. Reviewers praise translator Sara Hanaburgh's "verve" in bringing this novel to us in English.
Watch the recording!
Set in an imagined contemporary African country, The Stone Breakers by Emmanuel Dongala is a gripping novel told from a unique second person point-of-view of the uprising of a group of women stone crushers at a gravel pit, who rise up against their corporate bosses to demand higher wages for their labor—a gruelling process of break rocks down to gravel-size bits to be used as road surfacing for the expansion of the country's airport. Translated by Sara Hanaburgh and published by Schaffner Press.
Moderator Bhakti Shringarpure is the Creative Director for the Radical Books Collective.