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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

What About Francophone African Literature?

Being an English speaker, I can only read Francophone African literature that has been translated into English - I guess that is a good enough reason to finally learn French. Although I am aware of the fact that there are many, many more books out there not translated that I am missing out on, it's still nice to know that there are a number of translated works that enable me to really explore and experience the variety of Francophone African literature out there.  Here's a look at some Francophone African novels translated into English (a list of Alain Mabanckou, an author whose works I've been dying to read, can be found here). 

Benin and Burkina Faso

Cameroon
 




Congo


Cote d'Ivoire






Djibouti
DRC

Guinea

Mali and Senegal


8 comments:

  1. What a great list! I think I have read four of them, which is not too good.

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    1. Thank you. As I was making the list I realised I hadn't read that many either - only 3. Definitely something I need to correct.

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  2. is allah n'est pas oblige on your list?

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    1. Hi! I absolutely loved 'Allah is not Obliged' - even reviewed it a while back on this blog - but I also wanted to showcase Ahmadou Kourouma's other novels.

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  3. Finally you have featured Cameroonian books on your site. I Hope that next time you will do more research and feature Anglophone Cameroon Writers.

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  4. Thank you for your comment. This post was dedicated purely to Francophone African literature but Oscar C. Labang wrote a beautiful piece on Anglophone Cameroon Literature for Bakwa Magazine (http://bakwamagazine.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/commentary-anglophone-cameroon-literature-the-travails-of-a-minority-literature/).

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  5. This is a great, and humbling, reading list. I've only read 7. Have you read any Assia Djebar?

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  6. Thanks!!! I haven't unfortunately, but I really do want to read her work.

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