When the looter of dead bodies, Gaston Mandé, stumbles upon a lost child hiding next to her savagely mutilated mother in the middle of the jungle, he thanks Providence and the war: on top of the money and valuables stashed nearby, the little girl who had escaped the attention of the rampaging militia would fetch a good price with child traffickers, and so, his decision to rescue her from certain death. Thus begins Josette Desclercs Abondio's novel, a gripping story, telling of the long and arduous path to freedom followed by the young Espéranza... Full review of the book.
[Posted December 2013]
This site proposes an overview of works by female African authors writing in French and others closely associated with Sub-Saharan Africa. It provides an opportunity to find out more about the authors' life and interests and to get acquainted with their novels, short stories, plays and poetry.
This overview of texts written by women writers of African origin and others who have a close relationship with Africa, is sponsored by The School of Humanities at The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. This project has been made possible thanks to the support provided by the women writers mentioned in this website, the Australian Research Council (ARC), the journal Amina and innumerable colleagues and collaborators.
Discipline of European Languages and Studies, French
The University of Western Australia
Created: 24 December 1995
Last updated: 1 December 2013