Book Signings at WARC
- Patrick Maneume Diong: Les Fantomes du Pouvoir (a novel (L’Harmattan-Senegal, Friday, March 8, 2013)
- Amadou Ly: La Poesie Senegalaise d’Expression Francaise de 1945 a 1985 (Ifan-Ucad, the Monday, March 11, 2013)
March 8 & 11, 2013
On Friday, March 8, the novel, Les Fantomes du Pouvoir, by Dr. Patrick Maneume Diong, a faculty in the Department of French, University Cheikh Anta Diop, was presented and dedicated at the West African Research Center (WARC). The panelists provided stimulating discussion of the ways in which the novel might be viewed as a political allegory featuring ambivalent characters constantly vacillating between good and evil. This was also commented on by the chair of the session, Moustapha Niasse, a major political actor and currently President of the Senegalese National Assembly.
The ceremony was particularly significant for the audience, many of whom were friends and relatives to the author who, with this first novel, has revivified the cultural heritage and values of the Diola sub-group of the Balantes of the southern part of the country. They expressed their pride and honor to have one of their sons publicly recognized.
WARC also opened its doors to the public on Monday, March 11, to honor another don from University Cheikh Anta Diop with the presentation of his trail-blazing essay on Senegalese poetry entitled La Poesie Senegalaise d’Expression Francaise 1945-1985. The author, Professor Amadou Ly, is one of the most recognized Senegalese and African specialists of francophone literature. This major essay establishes the foundations of Senegalese national literature written in French and will prove to be a useful guide to Senegalese letters both for specialists and for the larger public.
The two events were attended by an audience of 105 people.