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October 4, 2011

Mba Ekani writes on time and memory in novel of Fatou Diome

Ph.D student  in French Lise Mba Ekani recently published an essay, “Kétala de Fatou Diome: poétique de l’ici et l’ailleurs entre écriture du souvenir et expériences du temps” (Kétala by Fatou Diome: The poetics of here and there between writing memory and the experience of time)  in an edited volume entitled Exils et migrations postcoloniales (Postcolonial Exiles and Migrations) edited by  Pierre Fandio and Hervé Tchumkam, with a foreword and postscript by Fabien Eboussi Boulaga and Bernard Mouralis, two leading thinkers in African philosophy and literature. The 365 page edited volume in honor of Professor Ambroise Kom was published by Editions Ifrikiya (Cameroon), and was presented to the public on July 8, 2011 at the Librarie des Peuples Noirs in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Mba Ekani’s article discusses the relationship between history, memory and forgetting in  Fatou Diome’s novel Kétala. The novel narrates the peregrinations of a young girl exiled from her native Africa and living in France. Mba Ekani suggests that the narrator’s struggle to battle amnesia often takes shape against the backdrop of collective memory. According to her, the work’s distinctiveness lies in the author’s personification of objects that are responsible for putting pieces of memory together. Mba Ekani contends that the novel offers tools both for a radical reinterpretation of African modernity and for making us think differently about the passing of time.