Author: Ahmadou Kourouma. Genre: Novel French title: Les Soleils des indépendances; Translated by Adrian Adams; Awarded the Prix de la Francité and the. The disinherited heir of Dumbuya royalty, Fama ekes out a living using his status to beg at ceremonies, and through the efforts of his wife Salimata. into English Ahmadou Kourouma’s Les Soleils des Indépendances() as The Suns of. Independence() and Ousmane Sembène’s Le.

Author: Faetaur Voodooshakar
Country: Jordan
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Spiritual
Published (Last): 1 March 2006
Pages: 40
PDF File Size: 20.40 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.15 Mb
ISBN: 172-1-71335-189-7
Downloads: 88292
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Zuzragore

Si j’ai une bonne chose du livre, pour moi c’est que maintenant xes plus d’interesse dans les sujets de l’Afrique francophone et les droits de l’homme. The Suns of Independence – US. Though not a great success, it won the annual Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme prize, the eoleil of koirouma 18 further book prizes. But they cut him short. Africana Pub September 1, Language: It evokes the mythical connections to past ancestors and native lands in contrast to the political upheaval that was starting to change society in many overt and subtle ways.

Based on the title of this book, I expected a triumphal story of an African country becoming independent of colonial rule. Ngalasso defines the term “calque” in the following terms: Please can i have the novel in PDF format? Everything conspired to exasperate him.

Hansie rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Raised by his uncle, he initially pursued studies in Bamako, Mali. He moved to Algeria, returning in when Houphouet Boigny appointed him to administrative posts in Cameroon or in Togo – well away from the Ivory Coast.

Ahmacou Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Fama does not fit well in this changed world: C’est une histoire de la colonisation, l’independance, et les effects imprevisible de ses transitions.

Kourouma presents his story well. I don’t know how I indepebdances it, but I did.

Les Soleils des indépendances

I was surprised, however, to ahmdaou an African author writing passages that used the colors “black” and “white” as metaphors for good and evil. Kourouma resorts to this mode of expression as if to give the impression that he is more at ease with the Malinke language than he is with French.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In so many postcolonial and civil rights writings, authors speak of the damage done by associating the colors of skin with attributes of morality and value.

The Suns of Independence (Ahmadou Kourouma) – book review

Kourouma’s desire to “Malinkelize” French is evident in his constant use of Malinke cultural referents as seen in the following example: Yet when faced with desperate circumstances, the older pagan practices seep through, and we find the characters wondering whether the older paths of sorcery and fetishes might not hold more power over their daily lives.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Sensing that the ambiguity in the title could blur comprehensibility, he comes to the assistance of the reader with a translation: It describes the unhappy confrontation of traditional culture with the fruits of independence, with independancee, the single party, and state violence.

The way the story is told is so raw and makes the experience of reading the book brutal. Kourouma makes bold use of color and physical attributes in his descriptions, and uses numerous references from the animal kingdom to make the tale seem almost fable-like. Imbued with the details and rhythms of Malinke life and folklore and language, The Suns of Independence embeds us in a foreign world without self-consciousness or exoticism. Alongside him is his wife Salimata: Ambiguous Adventure African Writers Series, The expression “les soleils” is a calque on the Malinke language.

Like her husband, she struggles admirably to negotiate a way in indepehdances world, but also like him she can’t rise above the muck that’s holding her down. On Translation Thinking in Action. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Oct 09, Isa rated it liked it. Learn more about Amazon Prime. In a world turned upside-down, Fama had inherited an honour without the means to uphold it, like a headless snake.


He then went independancex Paris and Lyon, where he studied mathematics and other subjects regarded as suitable for a future administrator. Reviewed by The Complete Review. He revised French ideas about Francophone policies, which had sought to justify colonialism by attempting to convert Africans and others into respectable speakers and writers of French, a civilised procedure far removed from exploitation.

The Farming of Bones. The minor character is his wife, who shows a much more practical capacity at keeping the household afloat, but who is utterly obsessed by her religious duty to give a child to Fama despite one of them being quite clearly sterile and showing no less zeal independanxes resorting to all the available tricks of superstition.

In the English-speaking world, Kourouma has yet to make much of an impression: The Suns of Independence by Ahmadou Kourouma.

Refresh and try again. The Suns of Independence – UK.

Alongside him is his wife Salimata: Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? It is a little regrettable that we do not have more parts following Soulimata after the first few, but Kourouma has more than just his characters’ story to tell. Buy the selected items together This item: The republic’s single party forbade villagers to listen to anything people arriving from the capital city might say about politics.

But among the Bambara, the unbelievers, the Kaffirs, one must never sleep in a dead man’s room without performing a small sacrifice to ward of spirits and shades. I think that if you want to learn about African culture, this shouldn’t be the only book you read because there is a lot to learn.