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Ousmane Sembène – The Making of a Militant Artist
Samba Gadjigo
Edition : Indiana University Press
Pays d’édition : États-Unis
ISBN : 978-0-253-22151-3
Pages: 218


version anglaise de « Ousmane Sembene : une conscience africaine »


Samba Gadjigo presents a unique personal portrait and intellectual history of novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. Though Sembène has persistently deflected attention away from his personality, his life, and his past, Gadjigo has had unprecedented access to the artist and his family. This book is the first comprehensive biography of Sembène and contributes a critical appraisal of his life and art in the context of the political and social influences on his work. Beginning with Sembène¹s life in Casamance, Senegal, and ending with his militant career as a dockworker in Marseilles, Gadjigo places Sembène into the context of African colonial and postcolonial culture and charts his achievements in film and literature. This landmark book reveals the inner workings of one of Africa’s most distinguished and controversial figures.

Translated by Moustapha Diop. Foreword by Danny Glover

« Samba Gadjigo has undertaken a very important task, that of writing the first biography of one of the best-known and most influential African writers and the founder of the continent’s cinema Ousmane Sembène. »
– Christopher L. Miller, author of The French Atlantic Triangle

« Samba Gadjigo’s book is both biography and demystification. It exposes the situations and historical moments which created Sembène the artist. Concisely and convincingly written, this investigation of the life of a man who inhabited various intellectual, artistic, and political spaces is an eloquent duty of memory. »
– Sada Niang, author of Djibril Diop Mambety
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