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.

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His hero, Fama Dumbuya, stubbornly resists corruption of his personal mores by the new ideas that have transformed his society. The Farming of Bones.

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I did’nt have time to fully read all four books. Ultimately, this book is about the end of an age.

I loved the parts about Salimata’s story, but the other parts were just so-so. In the English-speaking world, Kourouma has yet to make much of an impression: Africana Pub September 1, Language: Refresh and try again.

Ngalasso defines the term “calque” in the following terms: Kourouma’s presentation is not taut, as threads are picked up and lost, but as both Fama and Salimata are lost souls this mild disorientation works well. Quotes from Les Soleils des i When his cousin dies, he returns to his native village to reclaim what is left of his inheritance, which he succeeds in doing with the help of a praise-singer and a fetish-priest.

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Malinke stories and history, and the contrasting modern world are well presented. A fine novel about the clash of cultures in modern Africa, done without romanticizing past or present, and using some striking and very human characters.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The main character is Fama by the way, an older man who should have continued a line of Doumbouya princes, but you don’t live off prestige during the “suns of independences” and he is reduced to odd jobs, torment, anger and helplessness. Arriving in Binja, where Salimata is from, he: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


Trivia About Les Soleils des i Il parle aussi de la resistance du peuple africain. It had to be that way. One of these items ships sooner than the other.

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But he can never reconcile his past and his upbringing with the modern world, and in the end he fails to find an equilibrium; he even fails to leave behind any offspring that might bring hope for the future. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. As discouraging as it might be, “The Suns of Independence” is still an expertly crafted novel which forces its readers to examine the pitfalls facing modern African societies.

Fama arrives in his native Togobala, a place of “seething passivity”, the people worn out by the turmoil of the post-independence adjustments. The book is notable for its style and, with its comic sides, was a presentation of African history.

Fleurh rated it really liked it Apr 09, Kourouma’s title could be translated as “the era of independence”. Please try again later. The tragedy is rather the one of the country, in the now well-known decolonial narrative: Ca vaut vraiment la peine de lire ce livre. Open Preview See a Problem?

So I found it surprising to find deceit described as people having souls blacker than their skin and words whiter than their teeth. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. 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. In the Malinke perception of life and death, this word translates the belief that the separation between body and soul at death is short-lived.

Through Fama and Sloeil, the husband and wife at the heart of the story, Indepensances conveys the confusion that torments many Africans when a traditional and a later, more materialistic culture collide.


Les Soleils des indépendances

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The central character is Fama, the last chief of the once-powerful Dumbuya tribe that ruled over Horodugu — an area that has now been divided between two newly independent African states, the Ebony Coast and the Socialist Republic of Nikinai. The book ke deals with the layered nature of spirituality in the West African experience. J’ai aime les parties de l’histoire de Salimata, mais les autres parties sont comme ci comme ca.

Exasperated by the heat of the harmattan sun, Fama utters profanities, some in French; and others in Malinke: Buy the selected items together This item: Salimata is one of the most memorable characters in African literature. Already the author of some nine children’s books, he promised his daughters solfil would write more about the fate of children in his country.

It describes the unhappy confrontation of traditional culture with the fruits of independence, with socialism, the single party, and state violence. By indepencances his protagonist speak in both French and Malinke, he drives home the point that his readers are expected to be both bilingual and bicultural. When he returns to the capital with one of his new wives, however, he unwisely becomes involved in independwnces and is imprisoned.

Alongside him is his wife Salimata: 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.