An author from the Congo
writing in French
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Sylvie Bokoko was born in 1960 in Brazzaville. She spent her childhood in Poto-Poto, a popular district in the Congolese capital where her mother was a shopkeeper. She came from a family of six girls and three boys and the languages spoken were Lingala and French. She went to primary and secondary school in Brazzaville and when she was nineteen she entered the Order of the Ursulines of Dakar where she was a noviciate. At present (1991), she lives in Paris where she is finishing a diploma in Comparative literature studies in the New Sorbonne.
"Mafouaou" in Trois nouvelles [Three Short Stories]. Dakar, Abidjan, Lomé: Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines, 1982, pp.7-15 .
This short story whose title means "The Widow" was awarded a prize in the Senegal Cultural Competition in 1981. After a period of mourning during which she was sexually assaulted and stripped of all her husband's wealth, Mawa is finally free to leave her in-laws, or so she thinks...
The University of Western Australia/French
Created: 14 September 1996
Archived: 13 December 2012