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Ousmane Sembène
Birth date: January 01, 1923
Died: June 09, 2007
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Merle rated it 5 years ago
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...
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Stacia's books rated it 7 years ago
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...
gavingrant rated it 10 years ago
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...
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