Author: Ahmadou Kourouma. Genre: Novel French title: Les Soleils des indépendances; Translated by Adrian Adams; Awarded the Prix de la Francité and the. The disinherited heir of Dumbuya royalty, Fama ekes out a living using his status to beg at ceremonies, and through the efforts of his wife Salimata. into English Ahmadou Kourouma’s Les Soleils des Indépendances() as The Suns of. Independence() and Ousmane Sembène’s Le.

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Jun 06, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: Though not a great success, it won the annual Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme prize, the harbinger of inxependances 18 further book prizes.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Thus is the pre-independence ruler brought before the great men of de. She certainly suffers for it. In a world turned upside-down, Fama had inherited an honour without the means to uphold it, like a indepenndances snake. The tragedy is rather the one of the country, in the now well-known decolonial narrative: It is a little regrettable that we do not have more parts following Soulimata after the first few, but Kourouma has more than just his characters’ story to tell.

Interwoven with tales and proverbs from the ancient Malinke traditions, this modern novel brilliantly captures the struggles, desires, and dreams of a people in a West African country living through the hamadou days of Independence.

In its pluralized form, the word “soleils” signifies “season” and by extension “epoch” or “era”. It had to be that way. He revised French ideas about Francophone policies, which had sought sopeil justify colonialism by attempting to convert Africans and others into respectable speakers and writers of French, a civilised procedure far removed from exploitation. Kourouma makes bold use of color and physical attributes in his descriptions, and uses numerous references from the animal kingdom to make the tale seem almost undependances.


Review “Kourouma manages to create an atmosphere of intimacy. Recourse to Malinke thought patterns is evident in the narrator’s invitation to the reader to say it in Malinke: Daniel Covo rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Kourouma straddles two cultural spheres. On the surface, the characters live fe lives of good Muslims, their days divided by calls to prayer and their speech and greetings peppered with references to Allah and his mercy.

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Based on the title of this book, I expected a triumphal story of an African country becoming independent of colonial rule. As discouraging as it might be, “The Suns of Independence” is still an expertly crafted novel which forces its readers to examine the pitfalls facing modern African societies.

When his cousin dies, he returns to his native village to reclaim what is left of his inheritance, which he succeeds in dee with the help of a praise-singer and a fetish-priest. The book also deals with the layered nature of spirituality in the West African experience. The Suns of Independence is a novel of early postcolonial Africa. Fama need only open it up and settle in.

Louisa rated it did not like it Mar 24, Aspects of Language and Translation. Sensing that the ambiguity in the title could blur comprehensibility, he comes to the assistance of the reader with a translation: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Imbued with the details and rhythms of Malinke life and folklore and language, The Suns of Independence embeds us in a foreign world without self-consciousness or exoticism. Zeinab Cama rated it it was amazing Dec 13, However, it is also difficult to read about how colonization and then decolonization has changed the lives of those who were under colonial rule.

Ca solril vraiment la peine de lire ce livre. Fama does the best he knows how, but he can not adapt to the changed world. He then went to Paris and Lyon, where he studied mathematics and other subjects regarded as suitable for a future administrator.


Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I’m happy to be learning more about African culture even if there are some touchy subjects. Discover Prime Book Box for Aumadou. Inserted in this is the story of Salimata, who has fled circumcision and rape, and her desperate attempts to bear a child, resorting to charms and magic but not to infidelity.

The Suns of Independence – Ahmadou Kourouma

See all 4 reviews. We see Fama, a man clinging to the past honor of his family line, but also seeing the present degeneration and insignificance of his tribe in a brave new world. The Suns of Independence – US. Les lecteurs qui aiment les protagonistes comestibles.

Lists with This Book. The Ahmaou of Independence by Ahmadou Kourouma. What I loved in Kourouma’s first novel is the well-woven evocation, from inside the heads of the two characters, of the broad and complex transformations happening upon independence in West Africa more precisely Ivory Coast I assume.

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The Suns of Independence (Ahmadou Kourouma) – book review

There was the spacious hut left empty since Cousin Lasina’s death, kouruoma had housed all the great Dumbuya ancestors. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. What future awaits African nations?

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Arriving in Binja, where Salimata is from, he: