An author from Senegal
writing in French
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Ken Bugul, which in Wolof means : « one who is unwanted », is the pseudonym used by writer
Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma who was born in 1947 in Ndoucoumane in
Senegal. Following her primary school studies in her village, Mariètou
Mbaye undertook her secondary schooling at the Lycée Malick Sy at
Thiès, after which she spent a year at the University of Dakar from
where she obtained a bursary that enabled her to continue her studies in Belgium.
From 1986 to 1993, Mariètou Mbaye was an International Official, based successively in Nairobi (Kenya), Brazzaville (Congo), Lomé (Togo) as Head of Programs within the African Region of the IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation), a NGO concerned with projects related to family planning. She has also been convenor of writing workshops in underprivileged areas (Therapeutic Writing Rehabilitation) and has worked in the promotion of cultural works, objects of art and Art and Craft (2003). In 1999, during an interview arranged for the occasion of the release of her third novel, Ken Bugul declared : « ... I write and I am kept busy running a small business which promotes and sells objects of art, cultural works and art and crafts. I include in this the African cuisine. I am the widow of a Beninese doctor. It is in his old surgery in Porto-Novo (Benin) that I have set up an Art Gallery ». Her novel Riwan ou le chemin de sable [Riwan or the sandy track] was awarded the 1999 prestigious literary prize Grand Prix littéraire de l'Afrique noire.
For more information, please refer to the author's C.V. [pdf file] .
The abandoned baobab: the autobiography of a Senegalese woman. CARAF Books (Caribbean and African Literature translated from the French). University of Virginia Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0813927374. Translation of: Le baobab fou (1982) by Marjolijn de Jager and Jeanne M. Garane.
Cendres et braises. [Ashes and Embers]. Paris: L'Harmattan, 1994. (192p.). ISBN 2 7384 2137 7. Novel.
Riwan ou le chemin de sable. [Riwan or the sandy track]. Paris: Présence Africaine, 1999. Novel. Grand Prix littéraire de l'Afrique noire, 1999.
La Folie et la mort. [Madness and Death]. Paris: Présence Africaine, 2000. Novel.
De l'autre côté du regard. [As seen from the other side]. Paris: Le Serpent à Plumes, 2003. (284p.). Novel.
Rue Félix-Faure. Paris: Editions Hoëbeke, 2005. (274p.). Novel. (Collection Etonnants voyageurs). Novel.
La pièce d'or. Paris: UBU Editions, 2006. (320p.). Novel.
Mes hommes à moi. Paris: Présence Africaine, 2008. (256p.). Novel.
Ecrire aujourd'hui: questions, enjeux, défis par KEN BUGUL
"Ports d'Afrique, Portes d'Afrique!" [Ports of Africa, Portals to Africa!], Ports d'Afrique, Portes d'Afrique. Paris: Ministère des Affaires étrangères, 2002, pp.17-24. [English translation included].
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Last updated: 22-February-2013