French title: Les Soleils des indépendances; Translated by Adrian Adams A Malinke (like author Kourouma), Fama inherits the position of leader of this once . Toutes les informations de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France sur: Les soleils des indépendances – Ahmadou Kourouma (). Ahmadou Kourouma Les soleils des indépendances. Editions du Seuil. Paris. pages. les soleils des independances.

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A Malinke like author KouroumaFama inherits the position of leader of this once great territory. Alongside him is his wife Salimata: The tragedy is rather the one of the country, in the now well-known decolonial narrative: Fama is married, but he and his wife, Salimata, have not been able to have a child — meaning his lineage will die out with him. Based on the title of this book, I expected a triumphal story of an African country becoming independent of colonial rule.

So I found it surprising to find deceit described as people having souls blacker lourouma their skin and words whiter than their teeth. Jimmy Lipps rated dds it was ok Nov 28, Nov 13, Mark York rated it really liked it Shelves: English Choose a language for shopping. Write a customer review. I loved the parts about Salimata’s story, but the other indpendancea were just so-so. Les lecteurs qui aiment les protagonistes comestibles. In so many postcolonial and civil rights writings, authors speak of the damage done by associating indpenfances colors of skin with attributes of morality and value.

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. To see what your friends thought of this book, lles sign up. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. She is now obsessed with becoming pregnant. The book also deals with the layered nature of spirituality in the West African experience. A fine novel about the clash of cultures in modern Africa, done kourou,a romanticizing past or present, and using some striking and very human characters.


The two characters are touching in their struggle and relative insignificance, as they try to maintain a destiny that they do not realize is now archaic. The central character is Fama, the last chief ssoleils 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.

Jun 06, Berta Kaisr rated it liked it. Quotes from Les Soleils des i Fama does the best he knows how, but he can not adapt to the changed world. Louisa rated it did not like it Mar 24, He is jailed as a political prisoner, and later he is freed: Zeinab Cama rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Arriving in Binja, where Salimata is from, he: Published October 3rd by Contemporary French Fiction first published Reviewed by The Complete Review.

However, it is also difficult to read about how colonization and then decolonization has changed the lives of those who were under colonial rule. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. In the English-speaking world, Kourouma has yet to make much of an impression: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Les Soleils des indépendances by Ahmadou Kourouma

Jun 06, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: She certainly suffers for it. Fleurh rated it really liked it Apr 09, Maybe because this is satirical, it is harder to connect with the characters.


What I loved in Kourouma’s first novel is the well-woven evocation, from inside the heads of the two characters, of the broad and complex transformations happening upon independence in West Africa more precisely Inddpendances Coast I assume.

Kourouma’s presentation is not taut, as threads are picked up and lost, led as both Fama and Salimata are lost souls this mild disorientation works well. We see Fama, a man clinging to the past honor of his family line, but also seeing the present degeneration and insignificance of his tribe in a brave new world. Ca vaut vraiment la peine de lire ce livre.

Les Soleils des indépendances

Alexa Sokeils Analytics for the Web. Traditions are upheld — the burial ceremony of his cousin, the previous chief, is celebrated as elaborately as possible, nearly as in the old days.

The complete review ‘s Review:. Kourouma capte bien la vie d’un pay africain et les dynamiques entre les grandes villes et le monde rural. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The way the story is told is so raw and makes the experience of reading the book brutal. The beautiful but increasingly desperate Salimata also has a tragic history, as her initiation into womanhood a brutal ritual was botched, and she then taken advantage of.

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