Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop discusses “What it Means to be a Francophone Black African Writer Today.” Thursday, November 6, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop will discuss “What it Means to be a Francophone Black African Writer Today” (“Etre un écrivain négro-africain francophone aujourd’hui”), on Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m., in Taylor Hall 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Born in 1946 in Dakar, Senegal, Boubacar Boris Diop is considered one of the foremost contemporary francophone African writers. A novelist, playwright, and journalist, he is the author of six novels in French, including Le Temps de Tamango (The Time of Tamango) (1981), Le Cavalier et son ombre (The Horseman’s Shadow) (1997), and Murambi, le livre des ossements (Murambi: The Book of Bones) (2000). The latter work is featured in Rwanda: écrire par devoir de mémoire (The Duty of Memory Project) (1998), whose English translation has attracted a wide international readership. Diop’s most recent novel, Doomi Golo (2003), was written in Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania, that is his mother language.

In addition, he has written several essays, including “Négrophobie” (2005) with Odile Tobner and François-Xavier Verschave, and “L’Afrique au-delà du miroir” (Africa Through the Looking Glass) (2007), three plays, and many articles.

This lecture, sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, Department of French and Francophone Studies, will be delivered in French with simultaneous translation in English.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, October 30, 2008