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10 popular senegalese books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Africa Challenge" were written by authors from Senegal. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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At Night All Blood Is Black : A Novel by David Diop EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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Selected by students across France to win the the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, David Diop’s English-language, historical fiction debut At Night All Blood is Black is a “powerful, hypnotic, and dark novel” (Livres Hebdo) of terror and transformation in the trenches of the First World War. Alfa Ndiaye is a Senegalese man who, never before having left his village, finds himself fighting as a so-called “Chocolat” soldier with the French army during World War I. When his friend Mademba Diop, in the same regiment, is seriously injured in battle, Diop begs Alfa to kill him and spare him the pain of a l... continue
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La Mas Recondita Memoria de Los Hombres by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr ES

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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1938: African writer T. C Elimane, known as the black Rimbaud, publishes a novel entitled The Labyrinth of the Inhuman. Controversy breaks out, he is accused of plagiarism, the author disappears and his work becomes a cursed book. 2018: the young African writer residing in Paris Diégane Latyr Faye discovers the lost novel and decides to investigate the missing author. With the help of an enigmatic woman and a group of young African writers, the protagonist embarks on a journey in search of a myth and perhaps also of himself. The clues take him to the Buenos Aires of Sur magazine, Gombrowicz an... continue

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Mi carta más larga by Mariama Ba ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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Mi carta más larga está considerada como una de las novelas más importantes de la literatura africana, por cómo su autora, Mariama Bâ, aborda la situación de las mujeres de Senegal. Durante su encierro tradicional a raíz de su viudez, Ramatoulaye escribe a Aïssatou, su mejor amiga que vive fuera del país. Esta carta es una reflexión de cómo ha sido la vida de la protagonista, su visión personal sobre los matrimonios forzados, la injusticia social que viven las mujeres y el sentimiento de desamor y engaño... continue

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Ramata by Abasse Ndione ES

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Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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Ramata, la bella esposa del todopoderoso ministro de Justicia de Senegal, acude al hospital Le Dantec, en Dakar, donde, tras una serie de incidentes, acaba provocando la muerte del portero de la Maternidad, Ngor Ndong. La corrupción policial y política pr

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So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba EN

Rating: 5     4 Votes
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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Written by award-winning African novelist Mariama Ba and translated from the original French, So Long a Letter has been recognized as one of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century. The brief narrative, written as an extended letter, is a sequence of reminiscences - some wistful, some bitter - recounted by recently widowed Senegalese school teacher Ramatoulaye Fall. Addressed to a lifelong friend, Aissatou, it is a record of Ramatoulaye's emotional struggle for survival after her husband betrayed their marriage by taking a second wife. This semi-autobiographical account is a perceptive tes... continue

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The Most Secret Memory of Men by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr EN

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Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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A masterful coming-of-age novel and a gripping investigation into the life of a mysterious author who disappeared without a trace, by the first writer from sub-Saharan Africa to be awarded France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt. Paris, 2018. Diégane Latyr Faye, a young Senegalese writer, discovers a legendary book published in 1938 titled The Maze of Inhumanity. No one knows what happened to the author, T.C. Elimane, once referred to as the “Black Rimbaud.” After he was accused of plagiarism, his reputation was destroyed by the critics. He subsequently disappeared without a trace. Curiosity turns ... continue


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Une si longue lettre by Mariama Bâ FR

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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Une si longue lettre est une œuvre majeure, pour ce qu'elle dit de la condition des femmes. Au cœur de ce roman, la lettre que l'une d'elle, Ramatoulaye, adresse à sa meilleure amie, pendant la réclusion traditionnelle qui suit son veuvage. Elle y évoque leurs souvenirs heureux d'étudiantes impatientes de changer le monde, et cet espoir suscité par les Indépendances. Mais elle rappelle aussi les mariages forcés, l'absence de droits des femmes. Et tandis que sa belle-famille vient prestement reprendre les affaires du défunt, Ramatoulaye évoque alors avec douleur le jour où son mari prit une sec... continue

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Xala by Ousmane Sembène FR

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
Description:
Looks at how the new African middle class have taken over from the colonialists as the exploiters of the people.
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