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Sembene Ousmane, film director and writer, was born in Senegal and worked as a fisherman before attending l'Ecole de Ceramique at Marsassoum. He then worked as a plumber, a bricklayer and an apprentice mechanic in Dakar. After the war he became a docker and trade union leader in Marseilles, and out of this experience he wrote Le Docker Noir (1956). He had also published Oh Pays, mon Beau Peuple (1957), L'Harmattan (1964) and the collection of stories, Voltaique (1962), which was translated as God's Bits of Wood and appears in the African Writers Series (AWS). He has made several films including one of Le Mandat (translated as The Money Order with White Genesis AWS). His film of Xala met with a great success in the New York film festival.
It is a Senegalese novel about a railroad strike in Africa in 1947. The events are fictitious, but based on another strike in Africa about the same time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark K. Rempel
When I was in college I had to take a non-American, non-European history class. I took a class on Nigeria's history. This book was required reading for the class. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tahata Brooks
Sometimes foreign books in translation leave me cold, and sometimes I enjoy them although they're quite different from the novels I'm used to reading, and it's hard to tell in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by E. Smiley
One of the best books I have ever read. The introduction of Bakayoko totally changed the game. The struggle of the workers vs the regime represents the Africa we live in today.Published 8 months ago by Austine Machel
This is clearly Sembene's best book and has become a classic in post colonial literature. The novel is based on a historic event when Senegal was a French colony, and the railroad... Read morePublished 16 months ago by david dornan