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Sembène, Ousmane 1923-2007

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God's bits of wood by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

176 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 2,350 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 )

78 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 9 languages and held by 1,289 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 )

80 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,131 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 little 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 )

27 editions published between 1965 and 1988 in English and French and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xala by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

50 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 701 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 3 languages and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La noire de-- by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

39 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatic feature. A young Senegalese girl leaves to work for a European family in Antibes. The harsh treatment leads her to commit suicide
Faat Kine( Visual )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 612 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
The last of the Empire : a Senegalese novel by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

37 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 553 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
Vehi-Ciosane, ou, Blanche-Genèse : suivi du Mandat by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

74 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Als in een Senegalees dorp een adellijk meisje zwanger blijkt van haar vader betekent dit een grote schande
Mandabi = The money order by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

40 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 481 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)
Ô pays, mon beau peuple! : roman by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

46 editions published between 1957 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 387 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 )

40 editions published between 1962 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Camp de Thiaroye by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

29 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 336 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
L'Harmattan : referendum by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

27 editions published between 1964 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sembène!( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in French and English and held by 290 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 ; and, Taaw by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Niiwam ; suivi de Taaw : nouvelles by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and Japanese and held by 194 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
Guelwaar by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Senegal, the picture begins with the death of a Catholic man called Guelwaar, or "The Noble One." His corpse disappears from the morgue before the funeral, and the events that follow illuminate Senegalese society, the conflict between Muslim and Catholic communities, and the unexpected effects of foreign food aid
Ceddo by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

28 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. In a 19th century village, a princess is kidnapped, and a Muslim imam struggles against a Catholic priest for religious and political control, while the ceddo (common people) try to hold on to their traditional ways. Sembene's historical epic condenses two centuries of African history into a thriller of oppression and intolerance
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Alternative Names
Adiyi, Martin, 1923-2007

Martin, Adiyi, 1923-2007

Ousmane, Sembéne

Ousmane, Sembène 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 & 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

Сембен Усман сенегальский кинорежиссёр, сценарист, актёр и писатель

Усман Сембен

عثمان سمبن

ئووسمان سامبێن

উসমান সেমবেন

ウスマン, サンベーヌ

サンベーヌ, ウスマン



XalaMoolaadéThe money-order; with, White genesisMandabi = The money orderNiiwam ; and, TaawA Call to action : the films of Ousmane SembeneOusmane Sembène : the making of a militant artist