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Aminata Sow Fall

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The My Hero Project - Senegalese Novelist, 10 April 2006 [cached]
Senegalese novelist Aminata Sow Fall speaks during an interview in her office in Dakar, Senegal Monday, April 3, 2006.Like the best fables, her novels are universal - compelling, deceptively simple explorations not just of what sustains Africans amid poverty, wars and despots, but of what makes any of us human. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Senegalese novelist Aminata Sow Fall's prose is unadorned, as if she were recounting a fable.And like the best fables, her novels are universal -- compelling, deceptively simple explorations not just of what sustains Africans amid poverty, wars and despots, but of what makes any of us human.
In 30 years, seven novels and a long meditation on food and culture, the moral of her fables has been that man can and must resist the forces of the modern world that conspire to strip him of his dignity.
In her latest novel, 2005's "Festins de la Detresse," or "Feasts of Anguish," she argues that imagination is the indispensable weapon in the battle to remain fully human.
"Imagination allows us to create a world in which human dignity is sacred.It is a source of hope, of sustenance for human beings," the Sorbonne-educated Fall said in an interview.She said she was not suggesting that people retreat to imaginary worlds, but that they draw on their dreams and hopes to give them strength to act.
"All great works begin in the imagination," she said in her book-cluttered Dakar office, shades drawn against a sun already fierce though it was barely spring.
And like Mahfouz in Egypt, Fall has struck a chord with people of all classes in her homeland, where her books are popular.
She also has a following abroad, where she is best known for one of her early novels, 1979's "La Greve des Battus," which appeared in English as "The Beggars' Strike".
Fall, 65, was born into a prominent family in Saint-Louis, the former French colonial capital of Senegal.She studied at the Sorbonne and returned to teach French, publishing her first novel only after establishing herself as an academic.
Her work in translation has found a worldwide audience and she has traveled extensively, often as a visiting professor at U.S. universities were her novels are staples of women's studies and African literature curricula.
In addition to novels, she writes essays and lectures.In recent years she founded her own publishing house.
But Fall says she considers herself a novelist first.
Reading Women Writers and African Literature: Aminata Sow Fall
Senegalese writer and educationalist
Senegal: Learn more about this West African nation
Children's Theatre Company - News & Reviews, 30 Dec 2001 [cached]
Aminata Sow Fall was one of the first African women to have a novel published in French, she founded the Centre Africain d'Animation et d'Echanges Culturels (CAEC) in Dakar and is the director of the publishing company Khoudia. Her award-winning novel La Grève des Battu (The Beggars' Strike) won several literary awards and gained Sow Fall international recognition.
The Africa Centre — 1990s, 18 Feb 2012 [cached]
Symposium of 'African Women in Publishing', with the contribution of writer Aminata Sow Fall and Publisher Margaret Busby.
Louverture Films | Press | Article, 27 Feb 2001 [cached]
Graft and political intrigue are at the core of the storyline of Battu, based on the novel, The Strike of the Begging Bowl, by the Senegalese writer Aminata Sow Fall.
GoLearn > Latest News: Language School [cached]
Recently, French studies at Wits University invited Aminata Sow Fall, a leading woman writer from Senegal, to talk about African literature, the issue of language and the state of French speaking Africa ...
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