The Belly of the Atlantic

The Belly of the Atlantic

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by Fatou Diome
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1852429038

ISBN-13: 9781852429034

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd

“This charming, vivid and poetic book captures the poignancy of immigrant life and all the unresolved pain of Africa's relationship with its former colonial powers.”—Michela Wrong

Salie lives in Paris. Back home on the Senegalese island of Niodior, her football-crazy brother Madické counts on her to get him to France, the promised land

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“This charming, vivid and poetic book captures the poignancy of immigrant life and all the unresolved pain of Africa's relationship with its former colonial powers.”—Michela Wrong

Salie lives in Paris. Back home on the Senegalese island of Niodior, her football-crazy brother Madické counts on her to get him to France, the promised land where foreign footballers become world famous. The story of Salie and Madické highlights the painful situation of those who emigrate. It is a moving account of one of the great tragedies of our time.

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ISBN-13:
9781852429034
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
547,787
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Belly of the Atlantic 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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. Narrated by Salie, a native of Niodior living in Paris, it covers themes of individualism vs. collective identity, gender roles, the impact of colonization, and identity. Also addressed are the role of Islam in the community of Niodior, especially on gender roles and the identity of women. This is a worthwhile journey through the two different worlds that Salie moves between as well as her own inner journey toward finding an identity of her own.