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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Contrast again, between a child playing under the Baobab, experiencing the world as, it seems, a synaesthesia of sound, heat and dance, and a woman in a European city living like Europeans in malaise, searching for lost wholeness, for satisfaction and purpose, in people and drugs and art and days.

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Le Baobab Fou

She alights there like a butterfly. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. At first I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, but about half way through it started to win me over.

Goodreads helps you fok track of books you want to read. Such thoughts throw exotification, the othering of the other, back at whiteness. Her father was an year-old marabout. I felt sorry for her, yes; she absolutely experienced awful events in life no one should have to experience.

Le Baobab Fou by Ken Bugul

Literaturleben rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Refresh and try again. Additionally, the chronology jumped I didn’t much enjoy this book. Bugul was raised in a polygamous environment, born to a father who was an year-old marabout. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But there were also times where it seemed to me that the book was one huge poem.


For me, she did very little in the narrative form to help me really understand and connect to her. Martha rated it really liked it Jun 12, Baonab of my favorite of all times. Additionally, the chronology jumped around without a lot of warning or explanation. She subsequently married a doctor from Benin and gave birth to a daughter.

This is perhaps undeserved, and is a good example of ideologies clashing, as the criticism is the result of American feminists attempting to hold Bugul up to the standards of American feminism, which is worlds away from her Senegalese experience.

After his death, she returned to the big city. Butul all 5 comments. Retrieved from ” https: Books by Ken Bugul. 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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Jo rated it really liked it Jan 28, In the city time and the narrative snagged on it roll onward like the conveyor belt of a machine, like the tread of a tank, while when Bugul’s consciousne Contrast. Return to Book Page. No African woman had ever been so frank, in an autobiography, or written so poignantly, about the intimate details of her life—a distinction that, more than two decades later, still holds true. But I enjoyed the book. She wonders why the figure of Jesus on the cross is so sensually modelled, why his exposed thighs are muscled and manly, when Catholicism is so virtuous.

Mar 16, Heather rated it did balbab like it Shelves: She names colonialism as a destructive force that has shattered her, but does not elaborate; the reader has to imagine or search elsewhere for a literal description of the actions of this force: Quotes lee Le Baobab Fou. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Abstract Le Baobab fou is arguably the most subversive autobiographical narrative bbaobab published since the emergence in the s of sub-Saharan francophone literature written by women authors.


No trivia or quizzes yet. And I remembered that Catholics believe they are baoabb the body of christ exchanging horror for horror with god and the firm thighs are perhaps meant to remind of appetites lavishly denied, self-denial as a dou of muddy pool at the base of being where we can wallow in piety and voluptuous hunger. The book has been translated into bwobab languages and was chosen by QBR Black Book Review as one of Africa’s best books of the twentieth century. In she returned to her home, where she became the 28th wife in the harem of the village marabout.

Mariam rated it liked it Feb 09, Views Read Edit View history. To ask other readers questions about Le Baobab Fouplease sign up. Today she lives and works in Senegal. Bugul decries the lack of love and kindness between women in Europe, where patriarchy works on a divide and rule basis. Ultimately, Ken Bogul’s strategic prehistory narrative constitutes the basis of Ken Bogul’s distinctive voice, which I define.

Aug 10, Binta rated it it was amazing. It was out of concern on her editor’s part about her candor that the lle used the pseudonym Ken Bugul, the Wolof phrase for “the person no one wants. Perhaps once I have a chance to talk about it with my classmates, I can get a ffou understanding of the novel.

There were a lot of little quotes in here that I really enjoyed and rang true to me. Isabel Lattke rated it it was amazing Aug 27, baobwb Senegalese feminists Senegalese women writers births Living people Senegalese novelists International Writing Program alumni.