Birth date: January 01, 1923
Died: June 09, 2007
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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 advance which books will be which. Happily, this one, written by a Senegalese author and relating the events of a labor stri...
Considering that Xala was written in the 1970s, it is a surprisingly frank discussion of male & female societal, marital, & sexual relationships in the days of post-colonial Senegal (which gained independence in 1960). It's a dark satire, a harsh parable that shows the clash between old, traditional...
If anyone ever asks what use unions are, give this book to them. The nearest equivalent I could think of were the kaleyard Scottish novels where hard lives were put down on the page and you can feel how tough each day is. It's not a pretty novel, despite some beautiful writing here and there, but it...