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God's Bits of Wood, Sembene Ousmane

God's Bits of Wood, Sembene Ousmane


It is 1947 and the workers on the Dakar-Niger Railway have come out on strike. Sembène Ousmane, in this vivid and moving novel, evokes all of the colour, passion and tragedy of those decisive years in history.

'Ever since they left Thiès, the women had not stopped singing. As soon as one group allowed the refrain to die, another picked it up, and new verses were born at the hazard of chance or inspiration, one word leading to another and each finding, in its turn, its rhythm and its place. No one was very sure any longer where the song began, or if it had an ending.'

God's Bits of Wood is Sembène Ousmane's internationally renowned novel, based on his own experiences of the landmark 1947 railroad strike that spread across French West Africa.


Translated from the French by Francis Price.


ISBN: 9780435909598
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 199 x 128 x 16 mm

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