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Sembène, Ousmane 1923-2007

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Most widely held works by Ousmane Sembène
God's bits of wood by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

71 editions published between 1960 and 2008 in English and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"God's Bits of Wood is a fictionalized account of the Dakar-Niger train strikes which took in the 1940s. The novel looks at both the political and personal sacrifices the strikers and their families made. The political power is portrayed here as the strikers try to win back pensions, annual paid vacations, and family allowances from the Europeans. The novel can be seen as a shift of power between the African strikers and their European bosses. The Europeans have the political process and violence as a leverage of power, which they use both insistently and mindlessly. One of the European delegates for the railway company accidentally shoots young boys who are playing along the tracks. The delegate isn't charged with their murders. The Europeans also prevent the strikers and their families from having access to water. Yet the strikers also have the masses as their power. The strikers gain powerful allies in their own women. In the beginning of the novel, the women are not told the details of the strike, though they are asked to support their men. Only the small child, Ad'jibid'ji, shows any interest and insists that her grandfather take her to a meeting of the strikers. Yet as the novel continues, the women become more and more involved in the strike. This is because the strike has hit home to them in a literal way. There is no water nor food to eat. The women and children begin to starve. The women suffer in silence until they begin to fight back. Two of the more striking sequences in the novel are the siege between the women of N'Diayene and the policemen who have come to arrest Ramatoulaye, and leads to the burning down of the village, and the march the women go on to Dakar to protest their treatment and to support the strikers. The strike breaks down the barriers which cause inequality between men and women, black and white." (Oct. 22, 2010)
Xala by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

89 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ousmane's satirical fable tells of the downfall of El Hadji, a member of the African elite who have taken the place of white businessmen in Francophone Africa. The protagonist is stricken with xala--impotence--in a racous bedrroom scene with his new young wife. The novel subtly traces the interplay among his three wives as El Hadji desperately tries to over come the affliction. In his obsession he resorts to primitive incantation, and his unscrupulous business associates cynically reject their former friend."--Cover
African short stories( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories by African writers which deal with life and customs in African society
The money-order; with, White genesis by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

28 editions published between 1965 and 1988 in English and French and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xala by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

58 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Hadj Abdoukader Beye is a rich self-made businessman who celebrate his affluence by takinga third wife who is younger than his daughter. His problems begin on his wedding night when he is striken by a "xala", a curse that renders him impotent. His attempts to solve his problem allow for a vivid satirical image of post-independence Senegal, underlining the gap between rich and poor and the inextricable mix of modernity and tradition
Black docker by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

42 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in French and English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La noire de = Black girl by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

35 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells of a Senegalese woman who is eager to find a better life abroad, and how this hope turns to disillusionment and finally despair after taking a job as a servant for a Parisian family
Les bouts de bois de Dieu: Banty mam Yall by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

90 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in French and Multiple languages and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce roman, qui se déroule du Sénégal au Soudan (le Mali d'aujourd'hui), s'inspire de faits réels: la grève des cheminots du "Dakar-Niger", ces ouvriers noirs qui, entre eux, s'appellent les "Bouts de bois de Dieu". Ils veulent conserver les traditions, les lois du clan, les coutumes, mais le progrès - implacable - les pousse. Au long de la ligne de chemin de fer, d'innombrables personnages se croisent et se rejoignent: les Africains qui, tant que dure la grève, ont peur, peur du long silence des machines, et, surpris par ce mouvement, les Européens qui s'appliquent à conserver le prestige de la vieille Afrique. Mais au cœur de ces voix discordantes, de ces âmes déchirées, s'élève un amour de l'homme d'autant plus bouleversant qu'il est lucide. Respecter l'homme n'est pas chose aisée
African rhapsody : short stories of the contemporary African experience by Nadežda Obradović( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories by African writers on the theme of life's injustices. In one, a gardener is caught between revolutionaries and colonialists, in another a woman has to abandon her dying son to go to work as a domestic for whites. An unhappy recital from an unhappy continent
Vehi-Ciosane, ou, Blanche-Genèse : suivi du Mandat by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

74 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Als in een Senegalees dorp een adellijk meisje zwanger blijkt van haar vader betekent dit een grote schande
The last of the Empire : a Senegalese novel by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

24 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ô pays, mon beau peuple! : roman by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

47 editions published between 1957 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans le petit village de Casamance où Oumar Faye vient d'arriver avec sa jeune épouse blanche, les commérages vont bon train. Sous l'arbre de palabre, on raconte que le père Moussa a chassé son fils, que la vieille ne voulait pas de sa bru, que la Française trouvait ses beaux-parents malpropres ... On murmure aussi qu'Oumar et les siens veulent chasser les Blancs et qu'après ils se partageront tout ... Ce classique de la littérature africaine évoque le combat d'un homme seul pour arracher son pays à une longue somnolence. A travers ce roman, Ousmane Sembene nous offre l'image d'une Afrique tourmentée, révoltée, qui veut se construire en rejetant une tradition aliénante
Tribal scars and other stories by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

37 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Camp de Thiaroye by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

28 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After defending France, a group of black soldiers are placed in a transit camp before returning home. As their stay lengthens, tensions rise until a petty dispute turns into full-scale rebellion
Niiwam ; and, Taaw by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

23 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in 6 languages and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sembène!( Visual )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese dockworker and fifth-grade dropout who became the self-taught father of African cinema who fought enormous odds to return African stories to Africa
Niiwam ; suivi de Taaw : nouvelles by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and Japanese and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La 1re nouvelle est issue d'un fait divers : un paysan étranger à la ville, transporte le cadavre de son nouveau-né dans un bus à l'insu des passagers. La 2e nouvelle nous plonge dans le monde des bidonvilles, là où se façonne la nouvelle Afrique
Ousmane Sembène : dialogues with critics and writers by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moolaadé by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in Bambara and French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ousmane Sembène : interviews by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Although the Senegalese filmmaker Sembène (1923-2007) was considered one of the world's leading directors, his work was largely unknown beyond rarefied cinephile circles. Often called "the Father of African film," he was a prominent novelist before turning to cinema in 1963 as the best way, considering the widespread prevalence of illiteracy on the continent, to reach a broad African audience. His 1968 first feature, Mandabi, was the first African film to be theatrically exhibited in America, and such subsequent works as Xala (based on his 1973 novel), Guelwaar, and Moolaad drew worldwide acclaim for their hard-eyed looks at political corruption, Christian-Muslim conflict, and the treatment of women. The 25 interviews collected here, conducted between 1965 and 2005, are drawn from a wide-ranging variety of sources, including English-language film magazines and newspapers, African literary journals, monographs, and Web sites. They offer invaluable insight into the work of this critically important but largely unfamiliar figure, although they tend to focus on political and cultural issues at the expense of Sembène's cinematic approaches to them. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews
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African short stories
Alternative Names
Adiyi, Martin 1923-2007

Martin, Adiyi 1923-2007

Ousmane, Sembéne

Ousmane, Sembéne, 1923-

Ousmane Sembène 1923-2007

Ousmane, Sembène Filmemacher, Schriftsteller 1923-2007

Ousmane Sembène schrijver uit Senegal (1923-2007)

Ousmane Sembène scrittore e regista senegalese

Ousmane Sembène Senegalese film director, producer, screenwriter, actor & author

Ousmane Sembène Senegalese film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and author

Ousmane Sembène senegalesischer Schriftsteller und Filmregisseur


Sāmbīn 1923-

Sāmbīn 1923-2007

Sāmbīn, ʻUthmān 1923-

Sāmbīn, ʻUthmān 1923-2007

Sāmbīn, ʿUṯmān 1923-2007

Sembén, Usmán

Semben, Usman 1923-

Semben, Usman 1923-2007


Sembene 1923-

Sembene 1923-2007

Sembène Ousmane

Sembene, Ousmane 1923-

Sembène, Ousmane 1923-2007

Sembène, Ousmane Filmemacher, Schriftsteller 1923-2007

Sembēns, Usmans, 1923-2007

Сембен Усман сенегальский кинорежиссёр, сценарист, актёр и писатель

Усман Сембен

סמבן, אוסמן 1923-2007

עוסמן סמבן

عثمان سمبن

ئووسمان سامبێن

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XalaAfrican short storiesThe money-order; with, White genesisAfrican rhapsody : short stories of the contemporary African experienceNiiwam ; and, TaawOusmane Sembène : interviewsOusmane Sembène : the making of a militant artist