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Sembène, Ousmane 1923-2007

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God's bits of wood by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
64 editions published between 1960 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,607 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 )
52 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,275 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
Moolaadé by Ousmane Sembène ( Visual )
50 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,062 WorldCat member 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 )
20 editions published between 1965 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les bouts de bois de Dieu: Banty mam Yall by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
72 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cette histoire s'inspire de faits réels : la grève des cheminots survenue lors de la construction de la ligne Dakar-Niger, en 1947. Un classique de la littérature d'Afrique noire publié pour la première fois en 1960
Faat Kine ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in French and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The drama of Faat Kine, an independent single mother and business woman who runs a gas station franchise; and also born in 1960, the same year Senegalese independence was attained
Xala by Ousmane Sembène ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Social comedy set in Senegal and filmed in the Oulof language. A rich, corrupt businessman marries for the third time in the cause of social advancement, only to discover that he has become impotent. As he desperately seeks a cure to reinstate his manhood, he finds his social prestige dwindling along with his sense of masculinity
La noire de-- by Ousmane Sembène ( Visual )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Borom sarret (Wagoner) follows a cart driver as he meets an unfortunate array of people in Dakar
Vehi-Ciosane, ou, Blanche-Genèse : suivi du Mandat by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
57 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in French and Undetermined and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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The last of the Empire : a Senegalese novel by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
15 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and French and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Niiwam ; and, Taaw by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
15 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and English and held by 425 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
Mandabi The money order ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in Wolof and English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Political allegory and social comedy are intertwined in this story about a poor man in Senegal who receives a money order from his nephew in Paris for 250 francs. This dubious windfall threatens to destroy the traditional fabric of his life as he confronts the greed and cupidity of neighbors, friends and government bureaucrats. (Does not circulate)
Voltaïque, La noire de ... Nouvelles by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
31 editions published between 1962 and 1992 in French and Undetermined and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Black docker by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
7 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Le docker noir by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
26 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in French and Undetermined and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Camp de Thiaroye by Ousmane Sembène ( Visual )
27 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 304 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
Ô pays, mon beau peuple! : roman by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
32 editions published between 1957 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 242 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
L'harmattan by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
16 editions published between 1964 and 1980 in French and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Le dernier de l'empire : roman sénégalais by Ousmane Sembène ( Book )
15 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in French and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Un récit de politique-fiction rédigé entre 1976 et 1980, qui raconte un coup d'Etat constitutionnel au Sénégal où s'affrontent Africains francophones et nationalistes bon teint
Guelwaar by Ousmane Sembène ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in French and Wolof and held by 170 WorldCat member 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
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Audience level: 0.59 (from 0.27 for Moolaadé ... to 0.96 for Ousmane Se ...)
Alternative Names
Ousmane, Sembène.
Ousmane, Sembène, 1923-
Ousmane, Sembène, 1923-2007
Sāmbīn, 1923-
Sāmbīn, 1923-2007
Sāmbīn, ʻUthmān, 1923-
Sāmbīn, ʻUthmān, 1923-2007
Sembén, Usmán
Semben, Usman, 1923-
Semben, Usman, 1923-2007
Sembene, 1923-
Sembene, 1923-2007
Sembene, Ousmane
Sembene, Ousmane, 1923-
Sembène, Ousmane, 1923-2007
ウスマン, サンベーヌ
French (357)
English (202)
Wolof (26)
Bambara (20)
Dyula (6)
Multiple languages (6)
Italian (3)
German (1)
Russian (1)
Dutch (1)