n African Renaissance - Exils et migrations postcoloniales. De l'urgence du départ á la nécessité du retour. Mélanges offerts áAmbroise Kom, Fandio Pierre & Tchumkam Hervé, (Eds.) : book review

Volume 13, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This book, which has been compared to a PhD viva report,announces future conferences on Ambroise Kom, and contextualises the experience of the writers studied here in time and space, "from the urgency of their leaving to their necessary return". The theme of exile, presented as central in African literature, is treated here by 21 authors from all over Africa and the Caribbean guided by Socrates's password: "Know thyself", revealing the link between exile and the quest for identity. Writers considered here represent the whole of the African continent: Morocco (Ben Jelloun), Soudan (Salih), Senegal (Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Diome, Sembene and Sow Fall), Ivory Coast (Dadié), Cameroon (Beti, Essomba, Mbembe, Miano and Philombe), Congo(Biyaoula and Mudimbe), but also France and the Caribbean (Condé, Chamoiseau and Glissant). This comparative study on exile, mostly written in French, and outstanding both in style and in the number of its contributions, includes other international writers such as Pinto, Bessora, Etoke, Guene, Le Clézio, Mabanckou and Thomté. Two additional chapters enrich this volume with studies on Burkina films and South African music.

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