Ousmane Sembène


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AcknowledgmentsPart 1. On the Banks of a Mighty River: Ousmane Sembene's Childhood
1. Casamance
2. At the Crossroads of Cultures
3. Youth and Its Discontents
4. Colonial ViolencePart 2. Dakar: The Turbulent Years
5. The Lebu Ghettos of Dakar Plateau
6. The World of Labor
7. The Experience of Racism
8. "Here We Come, Marshal!"Part 3. Dakar in the Postwar Period
9. The Winds of Change
10. The Moment of TruthPart 4. The Making of a Militant-Artist
11. "The Village"
12. The Docker
13. The Militant
14. The Fire-GiverConclusionBiographical Landmarks

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A towering figure of African literature and film

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Samba Gadjigo is Professor of French and African literature at Mount Holyoke College. He is author of Ecole blanche, Afrique noire: L'image de l'ecole coloniale dans le roman africaine francophone and editor of Ousmane Sembene: Dialogue with Critics and Writers. He has directed a documentary on Sembene's film, Moolaade.


"Samba Gadjigo has undertaken a very important task, that of writing the first biography of one of the best-known and most influential African writersoand the founder of the continent's cinemaoOusmane Sembene." Christopher L. Miller, author of The French Atlantic Triangle

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