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Recommended books (6)
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.


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

Rating: 4     9 Votes
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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
Recommended: 25 Jul 2023


La grève des bàttu by Aminata Sow Fall FR

0 Ratings
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
Recommended: 25 Jan 2023


So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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 testimo... continue
Recommended: 02 Jan 2018


Une si longue lettre by Mariama Bâ FR

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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
Recommended: 18 Jan 2023


Xala by Ousmane Sembène FR

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
Looks at how the new African middle class have taken over from the colonialists as the exploiters of the people.
Recommended: 17 Sep 2023

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