After the publication of a collection of news in 2001, its first novel, the Belly of the Atlantic , is worth an international notoriety to him.
BiographyFatou Diome was born in 1968 on the small island from Niodior, in the delta of the Saloum, in the south-west of the Senegal. It is raised by her grandmother.
As opposed to what require the traditions of its native soil, it côtoie the men rather than to go to help the women to prepare the meals and to ensure the pieces of housework. Always in shift with the microcosm of the island, it decides to go to school and learns French. His/her grandmother spends a certain time to accept the fact that it can be educated: small Fatou must go to school in hiding-place until its teacher manages to convince his grandmother to let it continue. She impassions herself then for the French-speaking literature.
At thirteen years, it leaves its village to go to continue its studies in other cities of Senegal while financing this wandering life by odd jobs: it goes to the college of Me bour, works like good in Gambia and ends up starting academic works with Dakar. At this time, she thinks of becoming French professor, far from the idea to leave her native land.
But at 22 years, it falls in love with a French, Marie and decides to follow it to France. Rejected by the family of her husband, she divorces two years later and finds herself in great difficulty, abandoned in her condition of immigrant on the French territory. To be able to remain and finance its studies, it must do housework during six years, including when it can exert the function of part-time lecturer during its DEA, function which brings an insufficient income to him to live.
In 1994, it settles in Alsace. It is coed with the university of Strasbourg where it finishes today its doctorate of modern letters on the Voyage, the exchanges and the formation in the literary work and cinematographic of Sembène Ousmane , while giving courses.
It is also devoted to the writing: it published the National preference , a collection of news, with the editions African Présence in 2001. the Belly of the Atlantic is its first novel, published in 2003 with the editions Anne Carrière.
Its second novel, Kétala , appear in 2006.
Its workThe France and the Africa, as well as the relation between the two countries, form the framework of its works of fiction. Its style is inspired by the traditional art of Narration, such as it is always known in the contemporary Africa. With its precise and authentic descriptions, a pitiless humor and the language sharp, but moderated, which characterize it, it traces a portrait worrying of the difficulties of Intégration on arrival in France harmonized by episodes intermingled with nostalgia and approval to the memory of its childhood in Senegal.
- the National preference , collection of news, edition African Presence, 2001
- the Belly of the Atlantic , novel, editions Anne Carrière, 2003 - editions the Book of Pocket 30239
- Wolves of the Atlantic , news, 2002 - In the collection: Astonishing Travellers. New Voices of Africa.
- Kétala , novel, 2006, Editions Flammarion
- List of Senegalese writers
- Literature sénégalaise
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