The Suns of Independence (Ahamadou Kourouma)

“The prayer was in two halves like a kola-nut; the first, a plea for salvation, was recited in Arabic, the language consecrated by God. The second was spoken in Malinke, because it dealt with material things: giving thanks for sustenance, for health, for having eluded the bad luck and evil spells that scorch the black man blacker under the suns of Independence.”

“The prayer was in two halves like a kola-nut; the first, a plea for salvation, was recited in Arabic, the language consecrated by God. The second was spoken in Malinke, because it dealt with material things: giving thanks for sustenance, for health, for having eluded the bad luck and evil spells that scorch the black man blacker under the suns of Independence.”

Ivory Coast / 1981

This book is a considered a masterpiece of modern African literature. It was originally written in French. According to the back cover, this book "conveys the confusion that torments many Africans when a traditional and a later, more materialistic culture collide.” It also explores the Ivory Coast’s transition from colonial rule to independence and the many conflicts that this move sparked. Contains a lot of compelling cultural details and offers a ton of insight toward the history of the region. I recommend you read this if you are into colonial history and cultural preservation. It's very enlightening!

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