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Author: Ahmadou Kourouma. Genre: Novel French title: Les Soleils des indépendances; Translated by Adrian Adams; Awarded the Prix de la Francité and the. The disinherited heir of Dumbuya royalty, Fama ekes out a living using his status to beg at ceremonies, and through the efforts of his wife Salimata. into English Ahmadou Kourouma’s Les Soleils des Indépendances() as The Suns of. Independence() and Ousmane Sembène’s Le.

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He revised French ideas about Francophone policies, which had sought to justify colonialism by attempting to convert Africans and others into respectable speakers and writers of French, a civilised procedure far removed from exploitation. Salimata is one of the most memorable characters in African literature. A fine novel about the clash of cultures in modern Africa, done without romanticizing past indeprndances present, and using some striking and very human characters. Traditions are upheld — the burial ceremony ld his cousin, the previous chief, is celebrated as elaborately as possible, nearly as in the old days.

It’s a strange tale. Jun 06, Berta Kaisr rated it liked it.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Kourouma’s narrative is especially powerful when he deals with Fama’s wife Salimata, whose qhmadou is a psychological minefield of female genital mutilation, exploitation and abuse.

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All of this is explained by the narrator, but without overpowering us, in a manner and style which work with independancds story.

His hero, Fama Dumbuya, stubbornly resists corruption of his personal mores by the new ideas that have transformed his society. Share your thoughts with other customers. What future awaits African nations?


But Kourouma manages to build an admirable and poetic, almost heroic tale of tentative rise-and-fall futile and hopeless though it is in three parts with a grumbling old character that is not particularly likable. No doubt about it then. Arriving in Binja, where Salimata is from, he: Ngalasso defines the term “calque” in the following terms: J’ai lu ce livre pour un cours de l’Afrique et la diaspora francophone.

The Francophone African Text: He does not hesitate to let the images, the rhythms, the words of his independancse pierce the polished surface of polite prose. However, it is also difficult to read about how colonization and then decolonization has changed the lives of those who were under colonial rule.

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Interwoven with tales and proverbs from the ancient Malinke traditions, this modern novel brilliantly captures the struggles, desires, and dreams of a people in a West African country living through the tumultuous days of Independence.

Recourse to Malinke thought patterns is evident in the narrator’s invitation to the reader to say it in Malinke: Kourouma’s presentation is not taut, as threads are picked up and lost, but as both Fama and Salimata are lost souls this mild disorientation works well. Like her husband, she struggles admirably to negotiate a way in the world, but also like him she can’t rise above the muck that’s holding her down.

Kourouma’s desire to “Malinkelize” French is evident in his constant use of Malinke cultural referents as seen in the following example: Mathieu Pln-Lmrr rated it really liked it May 05, The Suns of Independence by Ahmadou Kourouma. He tries to focus only on his duty, ijdependances what he knows must be done, but he largely fails here too.


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Things have fallen apart; the center did not independajces. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

At one point he even comments that he hadn’t fully realized the implications of fighting against French colonial rule – that the sapling growing in the shade of a branching oak longs for more room to grow, but when the oak is cut down it suddenly realizes how much protection from the wind it had received from the dse tree. Ahmqdou more Read less. The Koran says that once dead, summoned by God, a man has departed this earth forever; and Malinke custom assigns the head of a family his own patriarchal hut within the compound.

The individual scenes are all quite strong, as Kourouma tells a variety of tales and describes the conditions for the people. In its pluralized form, the word “soleils” signifies “season” and by extension “epoch” or “era”.

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