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Tierno Monénembo’s ‘Fula’: Between Distance and Empathy

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Tierno Monénembo is a Guinean writer who left his country in 1969 in order to escape Sekou Touré's regime. He is the author of nine novels and a stage play; he won the Renaudot prize for the The King of Khael published in 2008. Some of his stories and his novel Fulani are inspired by the history of his own ethnic group, the Fulani people. The novel contains numerous historical, anthropological and cultural elements on Fulani society: it is based on a series of authentic documents that informed the fiction. The Fulani are widespread in fifteen countries throughout Africa. Their nomadic lifestyle promotes intercultural connections although their identity was forged through the preservation of the Fulani language and Muslim traditions. The novel "Fulani" can be read as the description of a long journey through space and time oscillating between disasters and resilience.

Keywords: Africa; Fulani society; Muslim traditions; Sekou Touré; Tierno Monénembo



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