By Mariama Ba
Written by means of award-winning African novelist Mariama Ba and translated from the unique French, So lengthy a Letter has been famous as one among Africa's a hundred most sensible Books of the twentieth Century. The short narrative, written as a longer letter, is a chain of reminiscences—some wistful, a few bitter—recounted through lately widowed Senegalese schoolteacher Ramatoulaye Fall. Addressed to a lifelong buddy, Aissatou, it's a list of Ramatoulaye's emotional fight for survival after her husband betrayed their marriage through taking a moment spouse. This semi-autobiographical account is a perceptive testimony to the plight of knowledgeable and articulate Muslim girls. Angered through the traditions that let polygyny, they inhabit a social milieu ruled through attitudes and values that deny them prestige equivalent to males. Ramatoulaye hopes for an international the place the easiest of previous customs and new freedom will be mixed.
Considered a vintage of latest African women's literature, So lengthy a Letter is a must-read for an individual attracted to African literature and the passage from colonialism to modernism in a Muslim country.
Winner of the celebrated Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.
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