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Abandoned Baobab: the Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman (08 Edition)


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The subject of intense admiration--and not a little shock, whenit was first published-- The Abandoned Baobab hasconsistently captivated readers ever since. The book has been translated intonumerous languages and was chosen by QBR Black Book Review as one of Africa's 100best books of the twentieth century. No African woman had ever been so frank, in anautobiography, or written so poignantly, about the intimate details of her life--adistinction that, more than two decades later, still holdstrue.

Abandoned by her mother and sent to livewith relatives in Dakar, the author tells of being educated in the French colonialschool system, where she comes gradually to feel alienated from her family andMuslim upbringing, growing enamored with the West. Academic success gives her theopportunity to study in Belgium, which she looks upon as a promisedland. There she is objectified as an exotic creature, however, and shedescends into promiscuity, alcohol and drug abuse, and, eventually, prostitution.(It was out of concern on her editor's part about her candor that the author usedthe pseudonym Ken Bugul, the Wolof phrase for the person no onewants.) Her return to Senegal, which concludes the book, presents her witha past she cannot reenter, a painful but necessary realization as she begins tocreate a new life there.

As Norman Rush wrote inthe New York Times Book Review, Onecomes away from The Abandoned Baobab reluctant totake leave of a brave, sympathetic, and resilient woman. Despite itsunflinching look at our darkest impulses, and at the stark facts of being acolonized African, the book is ultimately inspirational, for it exposes us to aremarkable sensibility and a hard-won understanding of one's place in theworld.

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Bugul, Ken
University of Virginia Press
de Jager, Marjolijn
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Garane, Jeanne
Garane, Jeanne
Caribbean & Latin American
Personal Memoirs
Authors, Senegalese
Bugul, Ken
Biography - General
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CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature Translated from French
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