An author from Senegal
writing in French
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Fatou Diome was born in 1968 in Niodior, a small island in Senegal. She was raised by
her grandmother. As a thirteen-year-old, she left her village to continue her studies in
other Senegalese cities and financed her wandering-life by various jobs. She attended
M'Bour high school, worked as a maid in Gambia, finally starting her academic studies
in Dakar. Aged 22, she married a French citizen and decided to follow him to France. In 1994, she
settled in Alsace and continued her studies at the University of Strasbourg. From 2002 to
2003, she was a part-time lecturer at the Marc Loch University of Strasbourg and at the
Institute of Pedagogy of Karlsruhe (Germany). She is now preparing a Doctorate Degree
in Modern Literature on the theme of "Travels, exchanges and training in the literary and
cinematographic work of Sembene Ousmane". From September 2004 to November
2006, she presented the cultural and literary show "Sleepless night" hosted by the French channel France 3 Alsace. Her first novel, Le ventre de l'Atlantique (translated into English as "The Belly of the Atlantic") was a resounding success.
La préférence nationale. [The national preference] Paris/Dakar: Présence Africaine, 2001 (96p.). ISBN 2-7087-0722-1. Short stories.
Le ventre de l'Atlantique. [The belly of the Atlantic] Paris : Anne Carrière, 2003. (300p.). ISBN 2-84337-238-0. Novel. Translated into English, "The Belly of the Atlantic", London: Serpent's tail, 2006.
Kétala. Paris: Flammarion, 2006. (286p.). ISBN: 2-08-0689932-2. Novel.
Inassouvies, nos vies. [Our unfulfilled lives] Paris: Flammarion, 2008. (272p.). ISBN: 978-2-0812-1353-1. Novel.
Le vieil homme sur la barque. Paris: naïve, 2010. (46p.). ISBN: 978-2-35021-213-5. Autobiographical short story. [Small book].
Celles qui attendent. Paris: Flammarion, 2010. (230p.). ISBN: 978-2-0812-4563-1. Novel.
Impossible de grandir. Paris: Flammarion, 2013. (414p.). ISBN: 978-2-0812-9029-7. Roman.
Jean-Marie Volet. "Le Ventre de l'Atlantique". September 2009. Review.
The University of Western Australia/French
Created: 03 May 2001
Modified: 29 September 2013
Archived: 28 November 2013