The Belly of the Atlantic

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Serpent's Tail, 2006 - Fiction - 185 pages
6 Reviews
Salie lives in Paris. Back home on the Senegalese island of Niodior, her football-crazy brother, Madicke, counts on her to get him to France, the promised land where foreign footballers become world famous. Given his illusions, how can Salie explain to him the grim reality of life as an immigrant?
The story of Salie and Madicke highlights the painful situation of those who emigrate. Others who feel this pain include Ndetare, the Marxist schoolteacher and football coach, exiled to Niodior by the government but never accepted by those born there. Then there's the legendary beauty Sankele, his former lover, whose only way out of an arranged marriage ends in tragedy. And poor Moussa, whose dreams look set to come true when he's scouted by a big French football club, but which fall apart when he doesn't make the team.

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User Review  - Suncan Stone - Goodreads

A wonderful read, I seem to be in a sort of non-western frame of mind lately, but in some parts the book did remind me of Hornby's Fever Pitch in the way it uses football to combine the two stories (here between brother and sister, in Hornby father and son). Read full review

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User Review  - matt - Goodreads

this book is soooo good. her writing is consistenly brilliant and metaphor laden. there are so many things i want to quote but really the entire novel is worth quoting. the narrator exists in this ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
28
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About the author (2006)

Born in 1968 in Niodior, Senegal, Fatou Diome moved to Strasbourg in 1994. She has taught at Strasbourg University and currently presents a cultural programme on the televison station FR3. She is the author of a collection of short stories called La Preference Nationale. The Belly of the Atlantic is her first novel.

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