Mariama Bâ, Grande Dame of African Literature

May 15, 2019 | 1 book mentioned 1

The latest addition to Emma Garman’s excellent column, “Feminize Your Canon,” in the Paris Review features Mariama Bâ, one of the first black African women to achieve international renown as an author. Upon publishing So Long a Letter, “Bâ, who had been a women’s rights activist since the sixties, was suddenly hailed as the pioneering feminist voice of a continent.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

One comment:

  1. Had to read this in high-school, epic struggle. For that age group Things Fall Apart would have been the much better fit. Or Requiem for Sophiatown, even the entirely non-fictional I write what I like… sounds a bit Azania-centric but some of the cultural basics are close enough to give young readers an idea of a non-eurocentric lifeworld. And reading Lit from Africa in the Swiss curriculum is rare enough.

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