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Sembène, Ousmane 1923-2007

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God's bits of wood by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

177 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 2,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"God's Bits of Wood is a fictionalized account of the Dakar-Niger train strikes which took in the 1940s. The novel looks at both the political and personal sacrifices the strikers and their families made. The political power is portrayed here as the strikers try to win back pensions, annual paid vacations, and family allowances from the Europeans. The novel can be seen as a shift of power between the African strikers and their European bosses. The Europeans have the political process and violence as a leverage of power, which they use both insistently and mindlessly. One of the European delegates for the railway company accidentally shoots young boys who are playing along the tracks. The delegate isn't charged with their murders. The Europeans also prevent the strikers and their families from having access to water. Yet the strikers also have the masses as their power. The strikers gain powerful allies in their own women. In the beginning of the novel, the women are not told the details of the strike, though they are asked to support their men. Only the small child, Ad'jibid'ji, shows any interest and insists that her grandfather take her to a meeting of the strikers. Yet as the novel continues, the women become more and more involved in the strike. This is because the strike has hit home to them in a literal way. There is no water nor food to eat. The women and children begin to starve. The women suffer in silence until they begin to fight back. Two of the more striking sequences in the novel are the siege between the women of N'Diayene and the policemen who have come to arrest Ramatoulaye, and leads to the burning down of the village, and the march the women go on to Dakar to protest their treatment and to support the strikers. The strike breaks down the barriers which cause inequality between men and women, black and white." (Oct. 22, 2010)
Xala by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

80 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 9 languages and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ousmane's satirical fable tells of the downfall of El Hadji, a member of the African elite who have taken the place of white businessmen in Francophone Africa. The protagonist is stricken with xala--impotence--in a racous bedrroom scene with his new young wife. The novel subtly traces the interplay among his three wives as El Hadji desperately tries to over come the affliction. In his obsession he resorts to primitive incantation, and his unscrupulous business associates cynically reject their former friend."--Cover
Moolaadé by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

84 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the village of Djerisso, women tend to their work and children, while men debate in the mosque and make the rules. One day, four little girls appear on Collé's doorstep seeking sanctuary from their coming 'purification' ceremony. Years ago, Collé refused to allow her daughter to undergo the procedure. She takes them in and declares a moolaadé, a protective spirit, or safe zone that will bring a terrible curse upon anyone who breaks it. Thus begins a standoff that escalates into a bloody showdown between tradition and modernization, men and women, and progress and stagnation. Confronting the village elders and red-robed priestesses who perform the ritual, Collé has eyes saddened by experience, but made righteously fiery with the hope that she can reduce the misery of future generations. At 81, Mr. Sembene has made a masterpiece, both a critique of traditional forms of authority and a celebration of the warmth and dynamism of African village life
The money-order; with, White genesis by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

26 editions published between 1965 and 1988 in English and French and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xala by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

46 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a fictional African country, a rich, self-made businessman and member of the post-colonial ruling elite takes on a third wife to show the world his wealth, only to be stricken by a curse resulting in impotency. His efforts at getting cured lead to disastrous yet comical results
Black docker by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

42 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of the Empire : a Senegalese novel by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

53 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un récit de politique-fiction rédigé entre 1976 et 1980, qui raconte un coup d'Etat constitutionnel au Sénégal où s'affrontent Africains francophones et nationalistes bon teint
Faat Kine( Visual )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in French and Undetermined and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The drama of Faat Kine, an independent single mother and business woman who runs a gas station franchise; and also born in 1960, the same year Senegalese independence was attained
Vehi-Ciosane, ou, Blanche-Genèse : suivi du Mandat by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

71 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Als in een Senegalees dorp een adellijk meisje zwanger blijkt van haar vader betekent dit een grote schande
Black girl( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In La noire de ..., Senegalese maid goes to the Riviera with her employers and gains a new perspective on what it means to be African outside of Africa. A story of exile and despair
Mandabi = The money order by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

37 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This story of a man who receives a money order and, in his attempts to cash it, encounters an intimidating barrage of Third World bureaucracy, becomes a witty, masterful portrait of an ancient civilization in the throes of change. Receiving the dubious windfall at first seems a blessing to Ibrahima Dieng, who lives with his two wives and their seven children. However, as the tale unfolds, the seemingly easy transaction threatens to destroy the traditional fabric of his life. Quickly, the whole neighborhood becomes aware of it, the wives buy provisions on credit, their parents ask for a share and people try to extort him for money - all the while, his attempts to cash the piece of paper turn futile. Mandabi is a warm, subtle comedy with a series of visual revelations about a civilization struggling to recapture its own rich heritage after a century of colonial corruption." -- Back of container
Ô pays, mon beau peuple! : roman by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

47 editions published between 1957 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans le petit village de Casamance où Oumar Faye vient d'arriver avec sa jeune épouse blanche, les commérages vont bon train. Sous l'arbre de palabre, on raconte que le père Moussa a chassé son fils, que la vieille ne voulait pas de sa bru, que la Française trouvait ses beaux-parents malpropres ... On murmure aussi qu'Oumar et les siens veulent chasser les Blancs et qu'après ils se partageront tout ... Ce classique de la littérature africaine évoque le combat d'un homme seul pour arracher son pays à une longue somnolence. A travers ce roman, Ousmane Sembene nous offre l'image d'une Afrique tourmentée, révoltée, qui veut se construire en rejetant une tradition aliénante
Tribal scars and other stories by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

38 editions published between 1962 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Camp de Thiaroye by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

26 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After defending France, a group of black soldiers are placed in a transit camp before returning home. As their stay lengthens, tensions rise until a petty dispute turns into full-scale rebellion
Niiwam ; and, Taaw by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

23 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in 6 languages and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sembène!( Visual )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese dockworker and fifth-grade dropout who became the self-taught father of African cinema who fought enormous odds to return African stories to Africa
L'harmattan by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

18 editions published between 1964 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Niiwam ; suivi de Taaw : nouvelles by Ousmane Sembène( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and Japanese and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La 1re nouvelle est issue d'un fait divers : un paysan étranger à la ville, transporte le cadavre de son nouveau-né dans un bus à l'insu des passagers. La 2e nouvelle nous plonge dans le monde des bidonvilles, là où se façonne la nouvelle Afrique
La noire de ... = Black girl by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

17 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ousmane Sembène ... made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot--about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally--into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world"--Container
Guelwaar( Visual )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Senegal, the picture begins with the death of a Catholic man called Guelwaar, or "The Noble One." His corpse disappears from the morgue before the funeral, and the events that follow illuminate Senegalese society, the conflict between Muslim and Catholic communities, and the unexpected effects of foreign food aid
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Alternative Names
Adiyi, Martin 1923-2007

Martin, Adiyi 1923-2007

Ousmane, Sembéne

Ousmane, Sembène 1923-

Ousmane Sembène 1923-2007

Ousmane, Sembène Filmemacher, Schriftsteller 1923-2007

Ousmane Sembène schrijver uit Senegal (1923-2007)

Ousmane Sembène scrittore e regista senegalese

Ousmane Sembène Senegalese film director, producer, screenwriter, actor & author

Ousmane Sembène senegalesischer Schriftsteller und Filmregisseur


Sāmbīn 1923-

Sāmbīn 1923-2007

Sāmbīn, ʻUthmān 1923-

Sāmbīn, ʻUthmān 1923-2007

Sāmbīn, ʿUṯmān 1923-2007

Sembén, Usmán

Semben, Usman 1923-

Semben, Usman 1923-2007


Sembene 1923-

Sembene 1923-2007

Sembène Ousmane

Sembene, Ousmane 1923-

Sembène, Ousmane 1923-2007

Sembène, Ousmane Filmemacher, Schriftsteller 1923-2007

Sembēns, Usmans, 1923-2007

Сембен Усман сенегальский кинорежиссёр, сценарист, актёр и писатель

Усман Сембен

סמבן, אוסמן 1923-2007

عثمان سمبن

ئووسمان سامبێن

উসমান সেমবেন

サンベーヌ, ウスマン



XalaMoolaadéThe money-order; with, White genesisMandabi = The money orderNiiwam ; and, TaawA Call to action : the films of Ousmane SembeneOusmane Sembène : the making of a militant artist