Léonora Miano

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Léonora Miano in March 2010

Léonora Miano (born 1973, in Douala) is a Cameroonian author.


Léonora Miano was born in Douala, Cameroon. She has lived in France since 1991.[1]

Her writing has won several literary awards, including the Louis Guilloux Prize (2006), the Montalembert Prize (2006), the René Fallet Prize (2006), the Bernard Palissy Prize (2006), the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens (2006) and the Prix Fémina (2013).[2]

She criticized the foreword added to the English translation of her 2005 first novel, Dark Heart of the Night, calling it "full of lies";[3][4] in 2012 Zukiswa Wanner, however, based on reading Dark Heart of the Night rated Miano as one of her top five African writers (alongside H. J. Golakai, Ondjaki, Chika Unigwe and Thando Mgqolozana), describing Miano's work as "brilliant".[5]




  1. ^ "Léonora Miano - Evene". Evene.fr. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Léonora Miano", University of Western Australia.
  3. ^ Lea, Richard (18 March 2010). "Léonora Miano's retrograde foreword". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Tande, Dibussi Tande (23 March 2010). "Camerounian Novelist Léonora Miano Blasts Her American Publishers". Scribbles from the Den. Dibussi.com. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Wanner, Zukiswa, "Zukiswa Wanner's top five African writers", The Guardian, 6 September 2012.

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