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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Aspects of Language and Translation.

The Suns of Independence

Already the author of some nine children’s books, he promised his daughters he would write more about the fate of children in his country. The Malinke use this word to designate the duration of a given hegemony. On Translation Thinking in Action.

Traditions are upheld — the burial ceremony of his cousin, the previous chief, is celebrated as elaborately as possible, nearly as in the old days. Fama does the best he knows how, but he can not adapt to the changed world.

September External links: Review “Kourouma manages to create an atmosphere of intimacy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. By having his protagonist speak in both French and Malinke, he drives home the point that his readers are expected to be both bilingual and bicultural.

Hansie rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Paperbackpages. Interwoven with hamadou 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 tumultuous days of Independence. Desole si mon francais n’est pas tres bien, c’est pas ma langue maternelle.

He tries to focus only on his duty, on what he knows must be done, but he largely fails here too. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Sabrina soleik it liked it Sep 27, Get to Know Us.


If one good thing came of this book, it’s that now I am much more interested in the subjects relating to French Africa and human rights.

Les Soleils des indépendances by Ahmadou Kourouma

Ultimately, this book is about the end of an age. The minor character is his wife, who shows a much more practical capacity at keeping the household afloat, but who is utterly obsessed by her religious duty to give a child to Fama despite one of soleli being quite clearly sterile and showing no less zeal in resorting to all the available tricks of superstition.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Fama need only open it up and settle in. He then went to Paris and Lyon, where he studied mathematics and other subjects regarded as suitable for a future administrator.

The main character is Fama by the way, an older man who should have continued a line of Doumbouya princes, but you don’t live off prestige during the “suns of independences” and he is reduced to odd jobs, torment, anger and helplessness. The beautiful but soleeil desperate Salimata also has a tragic history, as her initiation into womanhood a brutal ritual was botched, and she then taken advantage of. All of this is explained by the narrator, but without overpowering us, in a manner and style which work with the story.

The way the story is told is so raw and makes eh experience of reading the book brutal. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Belly of the Atlantic. This makes their endeavors hilarious at times, but also gives them a lot of trouble. Instead, Kourouma used the language as he saw fit, and said what he wanted, irrespective of its syntax and other controls. Fama is married, but he and his wife, Salimata, have not been able to have a child — meaning his lineage will die out with him.


Jenny rated it it was ok Feb 05, The fetish-priest and sorcerer Balla, the village unbeliever we’ll have more to say about him later on, the wily beast, the ahmaodu hyena reminded Fama of this infidel’s custom. The pluralization of the word “soleils” derives from Malinke usage and may not be quite clear to the non-Malinke. So I found it surprising to find deceit described as people having souls blacker than their skin and words whiter than their teeth. The Francophone African Text: Kourouma’s narrative is especially powerful when he deals with Fama’s wife Salimata, whose past is a psychological minefield of female genital mutilation, exploitation and abuse.

Published October 3rd by Contemporary French Fiction first published From towhen his country was still under French colonial control, he ahmadok in French military campaigns in Indochina, after which h Ahmadou Kourouma, November 24, — December 11, was an Ivorian novelist.

The Suns of Independence – Canada.

The central character is Fama, the last chief of the once-powerful Dumbuya tribe that ruled over Horodugu — an area that has now been divided between se newly independent African states, the Ebony Coast and the Socialist Republic of Nikinai. Kourouma attempted to produce a play, but it was banned and never published. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.