Originally from Douala, Cameroon, Léonora Miano came to France in the 1990s to study. But the harsh reality of her condition as an immigrant quickly caught up with her.
This novel, the Franco-Cameroonian woman of letters Léonora Miano wrote it more than 20 years ago . It is even the first novel that she has written with the firm idea of seeing it published. But before that happens, she will end up writing 20 more (including The Interior of the Night, Contours of the coming day, The Season shadow or Empress Red). The reason ? The strongly autobiographical nature of Stardust. As she explains in the foreword, she did not want to “let herself be defined by these past events” and “be the homeless”.
Because this novel, it looks back on a rather painful episode of her youth: the one where she had neither a home nor a residence permit.
Hold on despite everything
At the age of 23, Léonora – alias Louise in the novel – found herself alone and penniless in Paris.
Finally… Exact fact, since she had already given birth to her little Bliss. In order to offer her a safe environment, she would have liked to be quickly admitted to a maternal home. But as the assistant from the Social Action Office has never bothered to ask for it, Léonora will have to go to Crimée, a reintegration and emergency accommodation center in the 19th arrondissement of Paris with the reputation for being quite hardcore.
Reporting what happened there, Stardust points out the shortcomings of a society that does not really know how to deal with the extreme precariousness of its immigrant women.
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