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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Louisa rated it did not like it Mar 24, Kourouma’s desire to “Malinkelize” French is evident in his constant use of Malinke cultural referents as seen in the following example: He also married a French woman and joined the Communist party.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. He cannot be faithful to the one without, per force, betraying the other. 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. Ultimately, this book is about the end of an age.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Instead, Kourouma used the language as he saw fit, and said what imdependances wanted, irrespective of its syntax and other controls. Thus is the pre-independence ruler brought before the great men of independence. Malinke stories and history, and the contrasting modern world are well presented.

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Feb 27, Nechesa Mabwa added it. Arriving in Binja, where Salimata is from, he: The book is notable for its style and, with its comic sides, was a presentation of African history. Nov 13, Mark York rated it really liked it Shelves: Through Fama and Salimata, the husband and wife at the heart of the story, Ahmadou Kourouma conveys the confusion that torments many Africans when a traditional and a later, more materialistic culture collide.

This was an interesting look at one man’s experience with traditional vs modern life and the transition to independence. Ahmadou Kourouma, who has died aged 76, was perhaps the most remarkable African novelist writing in French. A fine novel about the clash of cultures independanfes modern Africa, done without romanticizing past or present, and using some striking and very human characters. It is a little regrettable that we se not have more parts following Soulimata after the first few, but Kourouma has more than just his characters’ story to tell.

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He tries to focus only on his duty, on what he knows must be done, but he largely fails here too. You might disagree with the author’s pessimism, but you can only credit his storytelling ability. Refresh and try again. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Read more Read less. The pluralization of the word “soleils” derives from Malinke usage and may not be quite clear to the non-Malinke.

Kourouma straddles two cultural spheres.

Alongside him is his wife Salimata: Sabrina rated it liked it Sep 27, 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.

Small human triumphs are indepemdances throughout, and though it is vibrant it is also a very bleak world he describes. 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.

Desole si mon francais n’est pas tres bien, c’est pas ma langue maternelle. One of these items ships sooner than the other. The Malinke use this word to designate the duration of a given hegemony. No doubt about it then. Kourouma was born near Boundiali, in the northern Ivory Coast, and was brought up by a Guinean uncle, who was a civil servant.

Hansie rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Inserted in this is the story of Salimata, who has fled circumcision and rape, and her desperate attempts to bear indepeendances child, resorting to charms and magic but not to infidelity. The book also deals with the layered nature of spirituality in the West African experience.


Maybe because this is satirical, it is harder to connect with the characters. But Kourouma manages to build an admirable and poetic, almost heroic tale of tentative rise-and-fall futile and hopeless though dws is in three parts with a grumbling old character that is not particularly likable.

On the surface, the characters live the lives of good Muslims, their days divided by calls to prayer and their speech and greetings peppered with references to Allah and his mercy. His wife and three children survive him.

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Kourouma presents his story well. Si j’ai une bonne chose du livre, pour moi c’est que maintenant j’ai plus d’interesse dans les sujets de l’Afrique francophone et les droits de l’homme. He anmadou to suggest that the French language has to be made to bear the full weight of his Malinke worldview.

Truly the suns of Independence are unsuited to great things; they have not only unmanned, but also unmagicked Africa. J’ai aime les parties de l’histoire de Salimata, mais les autres parties sont comme ci comme ca. The way the story is told is so raw and makes the experience of reading the book brutal.

September External links: Jun ahmadlu, Berta Kaisr rated it liked it. When the Ivory Coast be came independent inKourouma returned home, only to find that the Houphouet Boigny government regarded him as an enemy, and put him in prison.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Though not a great success, it won the annual Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme prize, the harbinger of some 18 further book prizes.