Diadié Dembélé

Le duel des grands-mères

The Duel of the Grandmothers

January 5, 2022
Novel
250 pages
130 × 206 mm
19 €
9782709668613
978-2-7096-6861-3
																Diadié Dembélé, Le duel des grands-mères
																Diadié Dembélé, Le duel des grands-mères

Because he plays hooky from school to read, eat donuts and play marbles, because he talks back insolently, because he treats his cousins who have just arrived in the city with a little contempt, because he speaks French better than the French in France at the expense of his own language, which he is beginning to forget, because he hits the kids who make fun of his father, who is an immigrant in France, Hamet is punished and sent to the village. His parents hope that the trip will be a lesson to him, that this exile will teach him obedience, respect for traditions, humility and not to be a stranger to his own people, a lost boy. Hamet, by meeting his grandmothers, by drinking the salty water from the well, by working in the fields, by befriending the boys of the village who have nothing in common with those of Bamako, will discover much more than obedience: the stories of his family, why his father and mother left the village, the secrets of his family, whose son and grandson he is and where he wants to live. It is a return, a closed-door experience that offers him the world, makes him grow up faster.

The author

Diadié Dembélé was born in Kodié in the western Mali.
Defining himself as a “survivor of social determinism”, he invests the margins of Marxism and Bourdieudism and tends to introduce in his writing what he calls Afro-determinism. That is to say, the propensity of pan-Africanists to evacuate class struggle in contemporary African issues and to consider social inequalities as an Afro-shared physical law.
Graduate of the Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Paris VIII, he currently works as a medical-social interpreter in an association helping migrants.
His first novel, La duel des grands-mères, will be published by JC Lattès Editions.

January 5, 2022
Novel
250 pages
130 × 206 mm
19 €
9782709668613
978-2-7096-6861-3