Sembène, Ousmane 1923-2007
Most widely held works about Ousmane Sembène
Most widely held works by Ousmane Sembène
God's bits of wood by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
103 editions published between 1959 and 2007 in 11 languages and held by 1,432 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." -- from www.associatedcontent.com (Oct. 22, 2010).
Xala by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
60 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 9 languages and held by 912 libraries worldwide
El Hadji Abdou Kader Beye, homme d'affaires sénégalais quinquagénaire, prend une troisième épouse, signe de réussite sociale et économique. Une grande fête est organisée pour le marriage où se retrouve toute la bourgeoisie locale ainsi que les deux premières épouses. Le soir, impossible de consommer son union : il est frappé d'impuissance. Il se croit victime d'une malédiction, le xala, que lui a lancé un paysan qu'il a dépossédé. Humilié le flamboyant entrepreneur moderne se tourne vers la tradition...
Moolaadé ( Visual )
35 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 866 libraries worldwide
In the village of Djerisso, women tend to their work and children, while men debate in the mosque and make the rules. One day, four young girls appear on Collé's doorstep seeking sanctuary from their coming 'purification' ceremony. Years ago, Collé refused to allow her daughter to undergo the procedure. She takes them in and declares a moolaadé, a protective spirit, or safe zone that will bring a terrible curse upon anyone who breaks it. Thus begins a standoff that escalates into a bloody showdown between tradition and modernization, men and women, and progress and stagnation. Confronting the village elders and red-robed priestesses who perform the ritual, Collé has eyes saddened by experience, but made righteously fiery with the hope that she can reduce the misery of future generations. At 81, Mr. Sembene has made a masterpiece, both a critique of traditional forms of authority and a celebration of the warmth and dynamism of African village life.
The money-order; with, White genesis by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
29 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in 8 languages and held by 647 libraries worldwide
A Dakar, Ibrahima Dieng, un bon musulman sénégalais, vit avec ses deux femmes et leurs enfants, tranquillement sans travail. Alors qu'il est chez le coiffeur, ses femmes recoivent un mandat d'Abdou, un neveu parti en France. Rapidement tout le quartier est au courant de l'aubaine. Les femmes achètent des provisions à crédits, des parents demandent leur part et certains essayent de lui extorquer de l'argent. Le mandat, ce morceau de papier, au lieu d'apporter richesse et reconnaissance, devient le symbole de la honte et de la déchéance. Une peinture humoristique et sans concession de la nouvelle société sénégalaise indépendante.
Black docker by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
31 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 513 libraries worldwide
The last of the Empire : a Senegalese novel by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
40 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 512 libraries worldwide
Faat Kine ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in French and Undetermined and held by 463 libraries worldwide
"The deceptively light domestic drama of Faat Kine, a gas station operator born, significantly, the same year as Senegalese independence, 1960"--Http://www.californianewsreel.com.
Tribal scars and other stories by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
13 editions published between 1974 and 1987 in English and held by 454 libraries worldwide
Xala ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in French and held by 449 libraries worldwide
In a fictional African country, a rich, self-made businessman and member of the post-colonial ruling elite takes on a third wife to show the world his wealth, only to be stricken by a curse resulting in impotency. His efforts at getting cured lead to disasterous yet comical results.
La noire de ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in French and English and held by 426 libraries worldwide
In La noire de ..., a Senegalese maid goes to the Riviera with her employers and gains a new perspective on what it means to be African outside of Africa. A story of exile and despair.
Vehi-Ciosane, ou, Blanche-Genèse : suivi du Mandat by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
40 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 420 libraries worldwide
Belletristik : Senegal ; kulturelle Identität - Islam.
Niiwam ; and, Taaw by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
18 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 339 libraries worldwide
Mandabi The money order ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 338 libraries worldwide
"This story of a man who receives a money order and, in his attempts to cash it, encounters an intimidating barrage of Third World bureaucracy, becomes a witty, masterful portrait of an ancient civilization in the throes of change. Receiving the dubious windfall at first seems a blessing to Ibrahima Dieng, who lives with his two wives and their seven children. However, as the tale unfolds, the seemingly easy transaction threatens to destroy the traditional fabric of his life. Quickly, the whole neighborhood becomes aware of it, the wives buy provisions on credit, their parents ask for a share and people try to extort him for money - all the while, his attempts to cash the piece of paper turn futile."--Container.
Ô pays, mon beau peuple! : roman by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
32 editions published between 1957 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 292 libraries worldwide
Voltaïque, La noire de ... Nouvelles by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
7 editions published between 1962 and 1992 in French and Spanish and held by 206 libraries worldwide
L'harmattan by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
11 editions published between 1964 and 1965 in French and held by 186 libraries worldwide
Guelwaar ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 146 libraries worldwide
When Guelwaar, a political activist and a Christian, is mistakenly buried in a Muslim cemetery, family members, political and religious leaders become embroiled in the dispute.
Guelwaar : roman by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in French and German and held by 138 libraries worldwide
"Après une erreur administrative, le corps de Guelwaar disparaît et le valeureux catholique est enterré dans le cimetière musulman... Les autorités arriveront-elles à calmer les familles ?
Voltaïque ; nouvelles by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
19 editions published between 1962 and 1992 in French and English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
Ceddo ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 121 libraries worldwide
An historical epic set loosely in the 19th century, the film examines the confrontation between opposing forces in the face of Moslem expansion in Africa.
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Ousmane, Sembène, 1923-2007
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Sāmbīn, ʻUthmān, 1923-2007
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Semben, Usman, 1923-2007
Sembène Ousmane 1923-2007
Multiple languages (16)
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