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Access options available:. Because of its powerful evocation of the misery of post-independence urban life, Kourouma's literary debut has traditionally been read as an illustration of Africa's disenchanting political predicament after independence. I will demonstrate that Kourouma's Salimata is more than a metaphor for the nation's political predicament and her husband's female counterpart, as has been suggested by other critics.
Rather, Salimata's life story enables Kourouma to offer, even in this early novel of disenchantment, a unique gender critique on the male-dominated genre and its critical reception more than a decade before women's issues more widely began to receive the limelight in African literature and criticism.
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The Suns of Independence
Les Soleils des indépendances