Mame Seck MBACKE|
An author from Senegal
writing in French
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Mame Seck Mbacké graduated from the Institut des Hautes
Etudes Internationales (Paris II) with a Diploma in Economic
and Social Development. Her work for some years in diplomatic posts in France
and Morocco determined her subsequent career. For seven years she was
engaged as a social worker at the Senegalese Consulate in Paris, where she had
responsibility for investigating the "social case histories" of Senegalese immigrants in
Mame Seck Mbacké won the Premier Prix de Poésie "Message Pour L'An 2000" organised by the Ministry of Culture and awarded by the President of the Republic of Senegal in December 1999 at the Daniel Sorano National Theatre. She is the author of a novel, four books of poetry as well as a play. She is also the author of the script "Aadou les Pleurs d'un enfant", short-listed for le Festival International du Film d'Amiens. Mame Seck Mbacké also writes in Wolof (principal language of Senegal).
As stated on the cover of Les Alizés de la Souffrance: "In her everyday life, Mame Seck Mbacké is very forthright and never shirks an issue. She is strong in her religious faith and proud to be within the brotherhood/sisterhood of the Mourides."
Le Froid et le piment. Nous, travailleurs immigrés [The Cold and the Spicy. We the immigrant workers]. Dakar: Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines, 1983. (180p.) ISBN 27236 0872 7. Personal testimony. [New edition by L'Harmattan, 2000].
This work is divided into three parts. The first, entitled "Social Case Histories" brings together about thirty small texts which reflect the hidden and tragic face of Senegalese immigration in France. The second part, entitled "A coloured man speaks" relates the destiny of a man who has fought for France in Algeria and Indochina and who has had to endure "twelve occupations and thirteen misfortunes" in order to survive. The third part is called "Youmané the exiled African woman". In the description of Youmané's life we see the sad spectacle of a succession of failures. She is raped by her employer while working as a maid and he unjustly accuses her of theft and sacks her when he discovers that she is pregnant by him. Her marriage to Gérard, a Frenchman with whom she returns to France, also proves to be a negative experience when he is unfaithful, eventually deserting her, and the court's decision to deny her custody of her children leads to her death.
Le chant des Séanes. Caracas: Novembre 1987. Poetry.
Poèmes en étincelles. Dakar: 1999. Poetry.
Pluie-poésie: Les pieds sur la mer. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2000. Poetry.
Qui est ma femme? Paris: L'Harmattan, 2000. 108p. ISBN 2-7384-9051-4. Theatre.
Les Alizés de la Souffrance Paris: L'Harmattan, 2001 (63p.). ISBN 2 7475 0562 6. Poetry.
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Modified: 3 January 2007
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