The "Love tragedy at the heart of the Bantu-Pygmy conflict" proposed by Congolese writer Estelle Bérangère Itou Zanza evokes an all too common story of racism and discrimination. Two youths of different backgrounds fall in love and wish to live happily ever after. To no one's surprise, that proves impossible in the context of society's demands: a Bantu's girl does not get married to a Pygmy youth. Racial prejudice can be found everywhere, but it is especially rife in the small village of Boussy-Bongoy, in the heart of the Congolese rainforest, where segregation and the exploitation of the autochthon population dominate social intercourse... Full review of the book.
[Posted October 2014]
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: 13 October 2014