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Samba Gadjigo presents a unique personal portrait and intellectual history of novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. Though Sembène has persistently deflected attention away from his personality, his life, and his past, Gadjigo has had unprecedented access to the artist and his family. This book is the first comprehensive biography of Sembène and contributes a critical appraisal of his life and art in the context of the political and social influences on his work. Beginning with Sembène's life in Casamance, Senegal, and ending with his militant career as a dockworker in Marseilles, Gadjigo places Sembène into the context of African colonial and postcolonial culture and charts his achievements in film and literature. This landmark book reveals the inner workings of one of Africa's most distinguished and controversial figures.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Foreword by Danny Glover
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xxiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. PART ONE . On the Banks of a Mighty River: Ousmane Sembène’s Childhood
  2. p. 1
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  1. 1 Casamance
  2. pp. 5-11
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  1. 2 At the Crossroads of Cultures
  2. pp. 12-16
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  1. 3 Youth and Its Discontents
  2. pp. 17-27
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  1. 4 Colonial Violence
  2. pp. 28-32
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  1. PART TWO . Dakar: The Turbulent Years
  2. p. 33
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  1. 5 The Lebu Ghettos of Dakar Plateau
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. 6 The World of Labor
  2. pp. 45-48
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  1. 7 The Experience of Racism
  2. pp. 49-57
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  1. 8 “Here We Come, Marshal!”
  2. pp. 58-62
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  1. PART THREE . Dakar in the Postwar Period
  2. p. 63
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  1. 9 The Winds of Change
  2. pp. 67-74
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  1. 10 The Moment of Truth
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. PART FOUR . The Making of a Militant-Artist
  2. p. 85
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  1. 11 “The Village”
  2. pp. 89-100
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  1. 12 The Docker
  2. pp. 101-109
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  1. 13 The Militant
  2. pp. 110-129
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  1. 14 The Fire-Giver
  2. pp. 130-147
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 149-151
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  1. Biographical Landmarks
  2. pp. 153-165
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 167-183
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 185-188
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