le baobab fou [Ken Bugul] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ken Bugul, which in Wolof means: «one who is unwanted», is the Translation of: Le baobab fou () by Marjolijn de Jager and Jeanne M. Garane. In this sense, Ken Bugul’s autobiography, Le baobab fou, a text written in a liminal space in the interstices of memory and imagination, deals with symbolic.

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The book has been translated into numerous languages and was chosen by QBR Black Book Review as one of Africa’s best books of the twentieth century. Books by Ken Bugul. Quotes from Le Baobab Fou. On the question of The Abandoned Baobab ‘s autobiographical nature, Bugul has said of the novel, as well as of the subsequent Cendres et Braises and Riwan ou Le chemin de sable”All three books mirror the very deep and radical experiences I went through”.

Le Baobab Fou by Ken Bugul

Between Bugul’s means of conveyance and my mode of decoding. Sep 17, Lapetitem rated it liked it. Refresh and try again.

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This is perhaps undeserved, and is a good example of fu clashing, as the criticism is the result of American feminists attempting to hold Bugul up to the standards of Western feminism, which is worlds away from her Senegalese experience. Mar 16, Heather rated it did not like it Shelves: This page was last edited on 4 Novemberbaobbab Maria Doubrovskaia rated it liked it Mar 12, Lists with This Book.


While I can appreciate the importance of this book, I found it rather tedious to read perhaps it would have been better in the original French, but I only had it in Englishand never made it all the way to the end. Mariam rated fiu liked it Feb 09, Andreea-Nicoleta Leurzeanu rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Abstract Le Baobab fou is arguably the most subversive autobiographical narrative ever published since the emergence in the s of sub-Saharan francophone literature written by women authors.

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But she hinted at moments, especially towards the end in scenarios with her family, where I saw intimations at opportunities for her to reach out but instead she retreats, psychologically arrested in continually mourning a past she cannot change. I have a student writing on this book.

I still don’t think it’s a book I would ke to others, but I can at least respect the discussion it evokes. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The subject of intense admiration—and not a little shock, when it was first published— The Abandoned Baobab has consistently captivated readers ever since.

Le Baobab Fou

Martha rated it really liked it Jun 12, Le Baobab fou is arguably the most subversive autobiographical narrative ever published since the emergence in the s of sub-Saharan francophone literature written by women authors.

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After his death, she returned to the big city. But there were also times where it seemed to me that the book was one huge poem.

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One of my favorite of all times. Kaleb rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Bugul was raised in a polygamous environment, born to a father who was an year-old marabout.

Matt rated it really liked it Apr 28, Just a moment while we sign fo in to your Goodreads account. The overall narrative structure of the novel was very off-putting; the speaker felt quite distanced from her audience. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

I found it hard to finish. Senegalese feminists Senegalese women writers births Living people Senegalese novelists International Writing Program alumni. Lle don’t have high hopes, though. Trivia About Le Baobab Fou. Bugul only alludes to them poetically, as when she remembers learning the letter ‘i’ in the French school she attended in Senegal.