First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Allen Carey-Webb
Isbn 1317776984
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2014-04-04
Pages 256
Language English
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"[W]hat is true of Rwanda is true in each of us; we all share in Africa." -- L'Harmattan "[This novel] comes closer than have many political scientists or historians to trying to understand why this small country... sank in such appalling violence." -- Radio France International In April of 1994, nearly a million Rwandans were killed in what would prove to be one of the swiftest, most terrifying killing sprees of the 20th century. In Murambi, The Book of Bones, Boubacar Boris Diop comes face to face with the chilling horror and overwhelming sadness of the tragedy. Now, the power of Diop's acclaimed novel is available to English-speaking readers through Fiona Mc Laughlin's crisp translation. The novel recounts the story of a Rwandan history teacher, Cornelius Uvimana, who was living and working in Djibouti at the time of the massacre. He returns to Rwanda to try to comprehend the death of his family and to write a play about the events that took place there. As the novel unfolds, Cornelius begins to understand that it is only our humanity that will save us, and that as a writer, he must bear witness to the atrocities of the genocide. From the novel: "If only by the way people are walking, you can see that tension is mounting by the minute. I can feel it almost physically. Everyone is running or at least hurrying about. I meet more and more passersby who seem to be walking around in circles. There seems to be another light in their eyes. I think of the fathers who have to face the anguished eyes of their children and who can't tell them anything. For them, the country has become an immense trap in the space of just a few hours. Death is on the prowl. They can't even dream of defending themselves. Everything has been meticulously prepared for a long time: the administration, the army, and the [militia] are going to combine forces to kill, if possible, every last one of them."

Author Boubacar Boris Diop,Fiona Mc Laughlin
Isbn 9780253112064
Genre Fiction
Year 2006-04-04
Pages 208
Language English
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Toundi Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon. Houseboy, written in the form of Toundis captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences. Early on, he escapes his fathers angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death. Toundi then becomes the Chief Europeans boythe dog of the King. Toundis attempt to fulfill a dream of advancement and improvement opens his eyes to troubling realities. Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.

Author Ferdinand Oyono
Isbn 1478609907
Genre Fiction
Year 2012-09-24
Pages 122
Language English
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Samba Gadjigo presents a unique personal portrait and intellectual history of novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembà ̈ne. Though Sembà ̈ne has persistently deflected attention away from his personality, his life, and his past, Gadjigo has had unprecedented access to the artist and his family. This book is the first comprehensive biography of Sembà ̈ne and contributes a critical appraisal of his life and art in the context of the political and social influences on his work. Beginning with Sembà ̈ne's life in Casamance, Senegal, and ending with his militant career as a dockworker in Marseilles, Gadjigo places Sembà ̈ne into the context of African colonial and postcolonial culture and charts his achievements in film and literature. This landmark book reveals the inner workings of one of Africa's most distinguished and controversial figures.

Author Samba Gadjigo
Isbn 0253004268
Genre Performing Arts
Year 2010-05-06
Pages 218
Language English
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This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliography represents the scholarly activities and publications of these fields as completely.

Author Alden Douglas W.
Isbn 9780941664752
Genre
Year 1990
Pages N.A
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This dark and suspenseful novel tells the story of a fictitious West African country caught in the grip of civil war. The dispassionate and deadpan narrator, Asante Kroma, is a former head of Secret Services and finds himself living with the corpse of the dictator, a man who once ruled his nation with an iron fist. Through a series of flashbacks and letters penned by the dictator, N'Zo Nikiema, readers discover the role of the French shadow leader, Pierre Castaneda, whose ongoing ambition to exploit the natural resources of the country knows no limits. As these powerful men use others as pawns in a violent real-life chess match, it is the murder of six-year-old Kaveena and her mother's quest for vengeance that brings about a surprise reckoning.

Author Boubacar Boris Diop
Isbn 0253020565
Genre Fiction
Year 2016-03-28
Pages 246
Language English
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Writing in French in the 1950s, Ferdinand Léopold Oyono (1929–2010) had only a brief literary career, but his anticolonialist novels are considered classics of twentieth-century African literature. Like Oyono’s Houseboy, also available from Waveland Press, this novel fiercely satirizes the false pretenses of European colonial rule in Africa. Meka, a village elder, has always been loyal to the white man. It is with pride that he first hears he is to receive a medal. While waiting for the ceremony, however, Meka’s pride gives way to skepticism. At the same time, his wife has realized that the medal is being given to her husband as compensation for the sacrifices they have made. The events following the ceremony confirm Meka’s new estimation of the white man. Both subtle and oftentimes humorous, this beautifully told story lays bare the hollowness of the mission in Africa. It fuels opportunities for discussing colonial politics around class and race as well as for exploring indigenous Cameroon life and values.

Author Ferdinand Oyono
Isbn 147861109X
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-08-13
Pages 167
Language English
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The stories within these books have the poignancy of new discoveries as well as the unworn imagination of the ancestors. The commentary has the sharp edge of modern thought and the intricacy which results from the intellect being woven through the ritual complexities of tribal life. The purpose of constructing thresholds that bring this world together is to find the powers that can heal the rends in tribal as well as modern communities.

Author Malidoma Patrice Some
Isbn 0244867674
Genre Religion
Year 2020-03-01
Pages N.A
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Under the pseudonym Eza Boto, Mongo Beti wrote Ville cruelle (Cruel City) in 1954 before he came to the world's attention with the publication of Le pauvre Christ de Bomba (The Poor Christ of Bomba). Cruel City tells the story of a young man's attempt to cope with capitalism and the rapid urbanization of his country. Banda, the protagonist, sets off to sell the year's cocoa harvest to earn the bride price for the woman he has chosen to wed. Due to a series of misfortunes, Banda loses both his crop and his bride to be. Making his way to the city, Banda is witness to a changing Africa, and as his journey progresses, the novel mirrors these changes in its style and language. Published here with the author's essay "Romancing Africa," the novel signifies a pivotal moment in African literature, a deliberate challenge to colonialism, and a new kind of African writing.

Author Mongo Beti
Isbn 0253008301
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-02-22
Pages 196
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This tale of wild adventure reveals the dashed hopes of Africans living between worlds. When Moki returns to his village from France wearing designer clothes and affecting all the manners of a Frenchman, Massala-Massala, who lives the life of a humble peanut farmer after giving up his studies, begins to dream of following in Moki’s footsteps. Together, the two take wing for Paris, where Massala-Massala finds himself a part of an underworld of out-of-work undocumented immigrants. After a botched attempt to sell metro passes purchased with a stolen checkbook, he winds up in jail and is deported. Blue White Red is a novel of postcolonial Africa where young people born into poverty dream of making it big in the cities of their former colonial masters. Alain Mabanckou's searing commentary on the lives of Africans in France is cut with the parody of African villagers who boast of a son in the country of Digol.

Author Alain Mabanckou
Isbn 0253007941
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-02-21
Pages 168
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La littérature africaine en langues européennes est confrontée, depuis ses origines, à une masse de textes issus de la littérature coloniale d'une grande variété tant par les genres et la thématique que par le talent de leurs auteurs. L'évolution de la littérature africaine peut être décrite comme processus de positionnement et d'émancipation face à cette vaste " bibliothèque coloniale ". Nous ne voulons pas nier l'influence des langues et cultures africaines indigènes respectives sur les littératures europhones naissantes. Mais elles sont spécifiques et se rapportent à la langue/culture d'origine de chaque auteur ou groupe d'auteurs, tandis que les clivages par rapport aux littératures européennes parlant de l'Afrique sont communs à des auteurs venant de langues et cultures différentes. Situer les littératures africaines en langues européennes par rapport aux littératures européennes de l'époque coloniale et post coloniale, c'est souligner leur unité : " On se pose en s'opposant ", selon la célèbre formule de Sartre. La langue du colonisateur, enseignée à l'école (ou à l'église ou à l'armée) et intériorisée par des procédés tels que la " récitation " ou la mémorisation, transporte avec elle des conceptions multiformes allant d'une imagerie à un répertoire de savoir populaire, incrusté dans des locutions figées et des métaphores qui ne sont plus perçues comme telles, à une vision du monde qui règle et détermine la vie en société aussi bien que les relations avec autrui, depuis les relations personnelles jusqu'aux rapports de forces entre collectivités : des jalousies individuelles aux rivalités économiques, querelles territoriales jusqu'aux guerres civiles et entre nations.

Author Riesz Jànos
Isbn 2811121056
Genre Fiction
Year 2007-07-01
Pages 424
Language English
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Ousmane Sembène started writing by 1952. The Black Docker, his first novel inspired by the Marseille experience was published in 1956 by Debresse. In 1957, Amiot Dumont published O Pays, mon beau Peuple, a caustic critic of the colonial plight. This second inaugural piece, clearly autobiographical and sentimental is followed up by a vast knowledge of the strike of the Dakar-Niger railway workers: God's Bits of Wood published in 1960 by Livre Contemporain. In 1961, Présence Africaine pulished his collection of short stories, Voltaïque, in 1964 the first volume of l'Harmattan which is a replay of the 28th September 1958 referendum in black Africa and in 1966 Vehi-Ciosane followed by The Money Order. To this date with six published novels and a renown Cinematographer, Ousmane Sembène with the help of his sharp pen and his critical and observant look decides to examine the fate that the new bourgeoisie and the administrative bureaucracy mete on the downtrodden of this ignominious beauty, Dakar, the Capital of an African nation in the wake of independence. Thanks to a money order that Ibrahima Dieng wants to cash, the film maker/writer takes this character through the urban administrative labyrinth, through neighbourly disputes and through family life in the neighbourhood, highlighting and pointing in passing the crossings, abuses, vices and vicissitudes which make up this segment of life, in every aspect, exemplary. The story unfolds with the arrival of a postman carrying a letter and a problematic money order; it ends on the image of the postman handing a letter to Dieng, when a woman carrying a baby on her back comes in and interrupts them to expose the origins of her misfortunes, asking for help.

Author Albert Azeyeh
Isbn 9956717061
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2011
Pages 89
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L'auteur décrit ici l'univers romanesque et cinématographique de Sembène Ousmane, sous toutes ses coutures. A travers les multiples extraits de Ceddo, de Guelwar ou encore des Bouts de bois de Dieu, il dissèque l'architecture des oeuvres de ce cador de l'engagement et nous détaille avec brio sa conception de l'écriture. Par ce livre, l'auteur permet à l'Afrique de redécouvrir ses grands hommes.

Author Ismaïla Diagne
Isbn 2336353970
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2014-09-01
Pages 226
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L'analyse theologique des oeuvres litteraires revet un interet non negligeable pour la connaissance et l'evangelisation des cultures. Le present essai s'inscrit dans cette ligne en analysant trois romans majeurs de la litterature africaine du 20e siecle: Les bouts de bois de Dieu d'Ousmane Sembene, L'aventure ambigue de Cheikh Hamidou Kane et Le pauvre Christ de Bomba de Mongo Beti. Les trois auteurs jouissent d'une speciale renommee dans le vaste panorama de la litterature africaine. Nous notons la presence de deux senegalais et un camerounais, notre travail etant limite a ces pays. D'autre part ils representent differents univers spirituels and culturels. Ousmane Sembene a ete un auteur prolifique et aussi un directeur de cinema. Il represente la litterature engagee et sociale. Cheikh Hamidou Kane provient de la tradition islamique du Nord Senegal; il a assume de grandes responsabilites politiques et culturelles depuis le temps du president Senghor. Avec lui, nous cotoyons le drame de l'Afrique aux prises avec la culture occidentale. Mongo Beti est un camerounais inquiet qui a milite dans l'opposition et a connu l'exil. Eduque dans les missions catholiques, il est devenu un opposant a la foi, attache a la gauche francaise, mais avec une inspiration profondement africaine. A travers ces pages, nous nous proposons de poursuivre de facon tres modeste le chef d'oeuvre de Charles Moeller, veritable pionnier de l'analyse theologique des productions culturelles, et nous rapprocher ainsi de la premiere generation africaine qui a connu la foi chretienne. Cela pourra rendre un service efficace au moment de la nouvelle evangelisation demandee par Africae Munus (nn. 159-171).

Author Guillén Preckler Fernando
Isbn 8878392189
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2012
Pages 110
Language English
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Cet ouvrage étudie sur une période de cinquante années, de 1968 à 2018, les attitudes et les politiques concernant les travailleurs et les familles immigrés dans une ville de la banlieue populaire Ivry-sur-Seine dirigée depuis 1925 par les majorités successives placées sous l'égide du PCF. À partir d'exemples concrets, l'auteur étudie les évolutions d'une politique paradoxale qui préconisait, dans les années 1970, l'instauration de quotas d'immigrés, renvoyait la prise en charge de ces travailleurs et familles à l'État et aux employeurs, tout en faisant profession d'antiracisme et de solidarité.

Author Gérard Bonnefon
Isbn 2140114809
Genre Social Science
Year 2019-02-22
Pages 304
Language English
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The linguistically innovative aspect of Francophone African literature has been recognized and studied from a variety of angles over recent decades, yet little attention has been paid to what happens to such literature when it is translated into another language. Taking as its corpus all sub-Saharan Francophone African texts that have ever been published in English, this book explores the ways in which translators approach innovative features such as African-language borrowings, neologisms and other deliberate manipulations of French, depictions of sociolinguistic variation, and a variety of types of wordplay. The implications of their translation decisions are drawn out with reference to the broader significances that are often accorded to postcolonial literature, and earlier critics' calls for a decolonized translation practice are explored from both a practical and theoretical angle. These findings are used to push towards a detailed investigation of the postcolonial turn in translation studies, drawing on the work of key postcolonial theorists such has Homi K. Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak. This is a timely and incisive critical assessment of contemporary discourses on the ethics and politics of translation.

Author Kathryn Batchelor
Isbn 1317641132
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
Year 2014-04-08
Pages 8
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In October 1972, our Czech-written book Literatury eerne Afriky (Literatures of Black Mrica) was published in Prague, presenting a survey of an extensive field. The publication, which was signed at that time by all three authors, differed from most contemporary introductions to the study of Mrican literatures in a threefold way: a) The authors attempted to cover various literacy and literary efforts in the area roughly delimited by Senegal in the west, Kenya in the east, Lake Chad in the north and the Cape in the south. We were well aware-even at that time-that neither technically nor linguistically would it be possible to cover all literary efforts within that area. We did try, however, to include in our survey both the literacies and literatures written in the Indo-European linguae francae (English, French, Portuguese) and in at least several of the major African languages of the area. We did not attempt an exhaustive description, but wished, rather, to show the mutual relationships which emerge, if the literatures of thii\ area, written either in the major linguae francae or in the African languages, are studied not as isolated phenomena, but as mutually complementary features. b) As two of us were linguists and one was a literary historian, we did not limit our analysis of the developing literacies and literatures to the purely cultural and literary aspects. Our intention waR to deal-whcre and if it was relevant-not only with the process of African literary development, but also with the simultaneous, complementar.

Author V. Klima,K.F. Ruzicka,P. Zima
Isbn 9401017611
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
Year 2012-12-06
Pages 310
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First published in 1985. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Van
Isbn 1136139869
Genre Social Science
Year 2013-10-28
Pages 360
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L'œuvre romanesque de Tierno Monémembo a pris une importance particulière dans l'ensemble des littératures africaines. Par son écriture originale, et particulièrement par la thématique de la narration qu'elle développe, elle cherche à rétablir la crédibilité de tout un univers à construire par la puissance de l'imaginaire.

Author Pius Ngandu Nkashama
Isbn 229639406X
Genre History
Year 1999-09-01
Pages 208
Language English
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