Book Name: So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba
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Language: English
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This novel is in the form of a letter written by the widowed Ramatoulaye and describes her struggle for survival. It is the winner of the Noma Award.

Written by award-winning African novelist Mariama Ba and translated from the original French, So Long a Letter has been recognized as one of Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century. The brief narrative, written as an extended letter, is a sequence of reminiscences—some wistful, some bitter—recounted by recently widowed Senegalese schoolteacher Ramatoulaye Fall. Addressed to a lifelong friend, Aissatou, it is a record of Ramatoulaye’s emotional struggle for survival after her husband betrayed their marriage by taking a second wife. This semi-autobiographical account is a wise testimony to the plight of educated and articulate Muslim women. Angered by the traditions that allow polygyny, they inhabit a social milieu dominated by attitudes and values that deny them status equal to men. Ramatoulaye hopes for a world where the best of old customs and new freedom can be combined.

Considered a classic of contemporary African women’s literature, So Long a Letter is a must-read for anyone interested in African literature and the passage from colonialism to modernism in a Muslim country.

Winner of the prestigious Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.


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Author(s): Mariama Bâ; Modupé Bodé-Thomas (trans.)

Series: African Writers Series

Publisher: Heinemann (Reed Publishing), Year: 1989

ISBN: 0435905554,9780435905552


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