The Suns of Independence
Africana Publishing Company, 1981 - 136 pages
THE SUNS OF INDEPENDENCE, considered a masterpiece of modern African literature, enables the reader to gain unique insight into African culture and conflicts. Through Fama and Salimata, the husband and wife at the heart of the story, Kourouma conveys the confusion that torments many Africans when a traditional and a later, more materialistic culture collide. The last of the Dumbuya princes who had reigned over the Malinke tribe before the European conquest, Fama seeks a place for himself within the new hierarchy of bureaucrats and border guards. Salimata, haunted by memories of a ritualistic excision and a brutal rape, searches for the means to have a child who will pass on the Dumbuya legacy to future generations. Interwoven with tales and proverbs from the ancient Malinke traditions, this modern novel brilliantly captures the struggles, desires, and dreams of a people in a West African country living through the tumultuous days of Independence.
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The mastiff and his shameless way of sitting
Without the scent of green guava
His neck was hung about with collars bristling with
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Abdullahi ancestors arrived Bakary Balla Bambara baobab basin bastards beast began beggars belly blood breath bridge burst bush buttocks calabashes ceremony Chekura cloth clouds cock compound dead death dogs dream drumming Dumbuya ears everything excision eyes Fama Fama's fetish fetish-priest fire forest funeral rites God's greeted guards hands harmattan head hear heart hills honour Horodugu howled husband hyena Jamuru knew knife lagoon Lasina laterite looked lorry Malinke marabout Mariam Matali misfortune morning mother Muslim Naku National Reconciliation Day never night once palaver peace praise praise-singer prayed prayer president rain rape rice robe rose round rushed sacrifice Salimata savanna scent screamed season secretary-general shades shouting silence silk-cotton silk-cotton tree single party sleep smells smile sorcerer spirit sterile stopped suns of Independence swarmed tell things thought Togobala trees turned Vassoko village vultures walked wanted wind woman women