Learning from the Curse: Sembene's Xala.

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LEARNING FROM THE CURSE: SEMBENE'S XALA

BY: RICHARD FARDON & SENGA LA ROUGE

17.99 [pounds sterling] HURST

ISBN: 978-1-84904-695-4

The book is about a story (Ousmane Sembene's seminal film and novel, Xa/a), about a time (the aftermath of Senegalese independence), and about a place (Dakar, the capital of Senegal).

It is also about the collaboration between an artist and an anthropologist, reacting in their different mediums to the story, time and place, and to what the other made of them.

So opens a unique account in a genre of its own devising that will engage readers interested in Ousmane Sembene as a writer and film director, in Senegal, in African film, in West Africa, or in books designed to be desirable objects in their own right.

The two creators are Richard Fardon, a social anthropologist who has researched and written about West Africa, and Senga la Rouge. He teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, while she is a...

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