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Novel Written by Albert Russo

ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO
published by l’Aleph, Wisehouse Publishing

http://l-aleph.com/wordpress/?p=610

http://www.amazon.com/dp/9187751321/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova

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Deadline August 15th: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
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Chapter 1 Novel: WHAT IF ITS ALL BEEN A LIE
August 2015 Reading
by Nancy Arant Williams
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/01/what-if-its-all-been-a-lie-chapter-1-reading-by-nancy-arant-williams/

Chapter 3 Novel: WINGS OF HOPE
August 2015 Reading
by Hillary Hoffman
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/30/wings-of-hope-chapter-3-performance-reading-by-hillary-hoffman/

Chapter 1 Novel: TO FLY AGAIN
August 2015 Reading
by Rachelle Hasnas
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/02/to-fly-again-part-1-reading-by-rachelle-hasnas/

Chapter 2 Novel: EDGE: EAST WIND IN PARADISE
August 2015 Reading
by Carl Jackson
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/02/edge-east-wind-in-paradise-chapter-2-by-carl-jackson/

Watch NOVEL turned into a MOVIE
Chapter 1 – AHBC

Written by Albert Russo
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/02/watch-novel-turned-into-movie-adopted-by-an-american-homosexual-in-the-belgian-congo/

CHILDREN’S BOOK: COTTON CAN
Story about being different.
by 3 Sisters

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Watch Novel Turned into MOVIE: ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

Watch Chapter 1 of the Novel Movie:

Novel written by Albert Russo

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova

Deadline: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
And we’ll make it into a MOVIE
http://www.wildsound.ca/audio_video_book.html

DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Excerpts of the world press + comments from world-renowned authors concerning

ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

Libération (Paris): «One does not often encounter a novel told in three voices. In ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO (or AHBC) , Albert Russo lets the protagonists, each in turn, express their hopes, expectations and frustrations in their daily lives. And as the story unravels from one version to the other, the themes which the author wishes to tackle are exposed in an intimistic mode: life in colonial times, adoption, homosexuality, the relationships between three very different people living under the same roof. The reader is drawn into the pace of this well constructed novel and is able, through the characters’ successive narrations, to settle behind each conscience.”

L’Express (Paris): «AHBC is Albert Russo’s invigorating novel. It deals with capital questions and a delicate theme: the adoption of a mulatto child by an American homosexual in the Belgian Congo of the 1950’s. The manner in which the novel is structured allows each of the three protagonists to cast a different light upon this unusual love story. It behooves Mama Malkia, the formidable Congolese woman who smothers with tenderness the two marginal men, to recount Léo’s departure for America as well as the death of Harry during the events following the Congo’s Independence. This is the novel of every possible pain and battle caused and fueled by differences, be they of a sexual, social or racial nature. Yet, albeit violent, AHBC is never tragic. It is an incitation to courage: to affirm one’s freedom, not to mask the truth, to avoid the traps of guilt. This powerful, very well written novel, is a hymn to optimism.»

Martin Tucker, Professor of British, African-American and African literature, founder of Confrontation magazine, poet and biographer of Joseph Conrad and Sam Shepard:

«Albert Russo’s work has many distinctive qualities. Adopted by an American homosexual in the Belgian Congo is especially distinguished by Russo’s startingly precise grasp of the historic period of mid-twentieth-century Central Africa. In this sense, his work bears twinship to V.S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River. Such a time no longer exists because one history has changed and another has happened, and still another is happening under our ticking hours. Like his predecessor Naipaul (Nobel Prize-winner), Russo has captured the attitudes of his white colonialists, his black politicians of various hues of moderation and extremity, and painted a seemingless timeless portrait of a naive young American paramedic volunteer. (Perhaps naivity is the one constant in the history of change.) Again, like Naipaul, Russo is compassionate and satiric, but unlike his British counterpart, Russo holds out hope that messages of goodness and idealism and decency remain within hearing, that they remain to be recorded in a different and deeper key in another time.

Like any serious artist, Russo is subtle and ironic in his presentations. His political and social attitudes to his ever-pertinent material remain, in consequence, beyond familiarity. Yet in carving out a moment of history, in shaping a fountain of abiding conflicts and in stroking broadly the revolutions of personal and social jealousy, anger and explosion, his artistry is triumphant. He has captured in fiction what lies hidden in forgotten documents, and he has given substance and a frame to the baldness of even remembered documents.

Rooted in a past time, Adopted by an American homosexual in the Belgian Congo has an undeniable relevance to contemporary time.»

James Baldwin’s words to the author, penned the year of his death, after reading this portion of the novel still in progress at that time:

«I like your work very much indeed. It has a very gentle surface and a savage under-tow. You’re a dangerous man.»

This is what Edmund White, the acclaimed biographer of Jean Genet and author of the bestselling autobiographical novel ‘The Farewell Symphony’ writes concerning Adopted by an American homosexual in the Belgian Congo:

«Albert Russo has recreated through a young African boy’s joys and struggles many of the tensions of modern life, straight and gay, black and white, third world and first … all of these tensions underlie this story of a biracial African adopted by a gay American. And Adopted by an American homosexual in the Belgian Congo is a non-stop, gripping read! »

Links to AHBC:

ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO
published by l’Aleph, Wisehouse Publishing

http://l-aleph.com/wordpress/?p=610

http://www.amazon.com/dp/9187751321/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Watch the Top 10 Poetry Movies from 2015 (so far)

Submit your own poem today and get it made into a movie for a low price. Movies garner 1000s of views online and played at film festivals around the world: http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

TOP 10 Poetry Movies so far in 2015:

#10: Watch “HAMMER” by Cassandra Swan
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-10-watch-hammer/

#9: Watch “ADDICTION Says….” by Lorelie Rozzano
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-9-watch-addiction-says/

#8: Watch “Old Hat” by Sue Walker
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-8-watch-old-hat/

#7: Watch “Adieu, Adios & Farewell” by Albert Russo
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-7-watch-adieu-adios-farewell/

#6: Watch “I NEED to Get High” by Lorelie Rozzano
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-6-watch-i-need-to-get-high/

#5: Watch “Tomorrow is a Crunch” by Asya L. Shmaryan
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-5-watch-tomorrow-is-a-crunch/

#4: Watch “First Kiss” by Lilliana Rose
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-4-watch-first-kiss/

#3: Watch “The Little Book of Mystic Poetry” by Veer Kumar Singh
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-3-watch-the-little-book-of-mystic-poetry/

#2: Watch “Coming to Syracuse” by Rollan McCleary
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-2-watch-coming-to-syracuse/

#1: Watch “I Am the Imaginary Tree of Light” by Ninon de Vere De Rosa
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/25/poetry-movie-day-poem-1-watch-i-am-the-imaginary-tree-of-light/


WATCH POETRY MOVIES (see what we can do when you submit):

Poetry Movie Day – POEM #7: Watch “Adieu, Adios & Farewell”

Today we’re showing our Top 10 of the best of Poetry we’ve turned into a movie from the festival.

Watch Poetry turned into a movie. Turn your own poem into a movie today. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Watch ADIEU, ADIOS & FAREWELL, Poetry Movie by Albert Russo

Poem written by Albert Russo

Narration by Steve Rizzo

Visual Design by Yujin Song

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

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Watch Past Novels turned into a Movie:

Watch Diamond and the Fosters – Children’s Novel

75 minutes

Watch children’s novel made into a movie. by Michael David Weis

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by Becky Shrimpton

Watch SANDRO’S NOTEBOOK – EUR-AFRICAN EXILES Adventure Series

88min.

by Albert Russo

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

ADIEU, ADIOS & FAREWELL, Poetry by Albert Russo

Genre: Political, Society, Family

    • ADIEU, ADIOS & FAREWELL
      by Albert Russo

      on the twentieth of April last
      Shelly left Belgium for good
      she who had cared for both
      you, Papatchi and Mamica
      our adored parents
      for the last thirty three years

      and now you rest in peace,
      united, in a Flemish village

      on the twentieth of April last
      I slept till late in the morning
      in a cosy hotel room at
      the heart of Deauville, where
      the American Film Festival
      holds its annual Award Ceremony

      it was the first time, Mamica
      since youʼve left us
      that I saw you clearly
      walking in front of me
      from the window to the door
      you were in your late thirties
      lovely as ever, wearing
      a blouse and a mid-length skirt
      youʼve always had that
      sober elegance any model
      would have pined for
      you were half my age, oh God
      indeed I was in love with you
      would that be called
      emotional incest?
      what an ugly word for
      such a pure sentiment
      yet Iʼve heard that before
      said of the two of us
      by malignant people

      during my first divorce

      for a few seconds I just saw your profile
      but then, before leaving the room
      you turned towards me with those
      luminous green-grey eyes of yours
      and stretched your arms
      in a pleading gesture
      then you suddenly disappeared
      that is when I woke up, suffocating

      I spent the whole day
      tottering in the quaint streets of Deauville
      like a drunkard, unable to focus
      on either the strollers or my surroundings

      Then I thought I realized what
      you were trying to tell me, Mamica
      «Now all three of our children
      have left this country, and us with it
      ADIEU, ADIOS, FAREWELL»

      you have eternity for you
      my beloved parents
      enjoy that infinite time
      together and with all our
      dear ones, family and friends
      We shall never leave you, queridos
      wherever we will be moving to
      Bless your souls and us too

      ADIEU, ADIOS, FAREWELL
      for Sam Vaseghi

      on the twentieth of April last
      Shelly left Belgium for good
      she who had cared for both
      you, Papatchi and Mamica
      our adored parents
      for the last thirty three years

      and now you rest in peace,
      united, in a Flemish village

      on the twentieth of April last
      I slept till late in the morning
      in a cosy hotel room at
      the heart of Deauville, where
      the American Film Festival
      holds its annual Award Ceremony

      it was the first time, Mamica
      since youʼve left us
      that I saw you clearly
      walking in front of me
      from the window to the door
      you were in your late thirties
      lovely as ever, wearing
      a blouse and a mid-length skirt
      youʼve always had that
      sober elegance any model
      would have pined for
      you were half my age, oh God
      indeed I was in love with you
      would that be called
      emotional incest?what an ugly word for
      such pure sentiment
      yet Iʼve heard that before
      said of the two of us
      by malignant people
      during my first divorce

      for a few seconds I just saw your profile
      but then, before leaving the room
      you turned towards me with those
      luminous green-grey eyes of yours
      and stretched your arms
      in a pleading gesture
      then you suddenly disappeared
      that is when I woke up, suffocating

      I spent the whole day
      tottering in the quaint streets of Deauville
      like a drunkard, unable to focus
      on either the strollers or my surroundings

      Then I thought I realized what
      you were trying to tell me, Mamica
      «Now all three of our children
      have left this country, and us with it
      ADIEU, ADIOS & FAREWELL»

      you have eternity for you
      my beloved parents
      enjoy that infinite time
      together and with all our
      dear ones, family and friends
      We shall never leave you, queridos
      wherever we will be moving to
      Bless your souls and us too

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