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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He does not hesitate to let the images, the rhythms, the words of his mother-tongue pierce the polished surface of polite prose. The pluralization of the word “soleils” derives from Malinke usage and may not be quite clear to the non-Malinke. 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.
This is an excellent novel that poses some tough questions. Jenny rated it it was ok Feb 05, Customers who bought this item also bought. Aspects of Language and Translation.
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Are African peoples doomed to corruption and oblivion by their unfortunate encounters with European colonization? Fama does the best he knows how, but he can not adapt to the changed world. Fama does not fit well in this changed world: Kourouma straddles two cultural spheres.
From towhen his country was still under French colonial control, he participated in French military campaigns in Indochina, after which he journeyed to France to study mathematics in Soleio. I loved the parts about Salimata’s story, but the other parts were just so-so.
Showing of 4 reviews. Interwoven with tales independanxes proverbs from the ancient Malinke traditions, this modern novel brilliantly captures the struggles, desires, and dreams of a people in a West African country living through the tumultous days of Independence.
Already the author of some nine children’s books, he promised his daughters he would write more about the fate of children in his country. Thus is the pre-independence ruler brought before the great men of independence. See all 4 reviews.
The last of the Dumbuya princes who had reigned over the Malinke tribe before the European conquest, Fama seeks a place for himself within the new hierarchy of bureaucrats and border guards. Based on the title of this book, I expected a triumphal story of an African country becoming independent of colonial rule. One of these items ships sooner than the other.
Sensing that the ambiguity in the title could blur comprehensibility, he comes to the assistance of the reader with a translation: The answers, according to Kourouma, appear none too optimistic.
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. All of this is explained by the narrator, but without overpowering us, in a manner and style which work with the story.
Salimata is one of the most memorable characters in African literature. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.
Kourouma sees it well, it is all too obvious, so he happily keeps it there, obvious but in the background, and keeps his focus on the significance of his characters small lives: However, it is also difficult to read about how colonization and then decolonization has independancez the lives of those who were under colonial rule. The Suns of Independence – Canada. About how people and traditions can come through such changes as mere ghosts of themselves, blinking in the sunlight of an unrecognizable world.
He tries to focus only on his duty, on what he knows must be done, but he largely fails here too.
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.
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 in resorting to all the available tricks of superstition. The two characters are touching in their struggle and relative insignificance, as they try to indepndances a destiny that they do not realize is now archaic.
The Suns of Independence is a novel of early postcolonial Africa. Truly the suns of Independence are unsuited to great things; they have not only unmanned, but also unmagicked Africa. Salimata, haunted by memories of a ritualistic excision and a brutal rape, searches for the means to have a child who will pass on the Dumbuya legacy to future generations.
One of the best African fiction novels I’ve jndependances.
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. Like her husband, she struggles admirably to negotiate a way in the world, but also like him she can’t rise above ahmadu muck that’s holding her down.
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. Jun 06, Berta Kaisr rated it liked it.