The Belly of the Atlantic

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Serpent's Tail, 2006 - Fiction - 185 pages
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  - booksofcolor - LibraryThing

The narrator's relationship with her little brother fills me with quiet love, even though I feel like I'm missing a lot reading it in English (trans. from the French), because it looks like she's having a blast playing with language. Read full review

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Full of lush, lyrical language, philosophical sayings and descriptions of village life on the island of Niodior off the coast of Senegal, the novel is fairly short but manages to cover a lot of ground ... Read full review


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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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