As you read Fatou Diome this week, pay attention the ways in which the novel explores the issue of the role of the French language in Senegal, and the way dreams and experiences of migration shape life in the community she depicts. You should also pay attention to the ways in which soccer, vehicled through the global media, shapes identities and hopes within the connected words of France and Senegal. And think about the broader ways in which deeper historical experiences (notably those of the slave trade) are evoked in the novel. (You might want to return to MC Solaar’s song from the beginning of the semester in thinking about this).
Here are some materials that can help you gain a better sense of Fatou Diome as a writer, and of the novel. First, an interview with her during a presentation of the book at a Paris bookstore.
What other materials can you find about Diome? What can you learn about her literary and political positions and interventions?