Aminata Sow Fall

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Aminata Sow Fall
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Born 1941
Saint-Louis, Senegal
Language French
Nationality Senegal
Genre Novel; short story

Aminata Sow Fall (born 1941) is a Senegalese-born author. While her native language is Wolof, her books are written in French.


She was born 1941 in Saint-Louis, Senegal, where she grew up before moving to Dakar to finish her secondary schooling. After this, she did a degree in Modern Languages in France and became a teacher upon returning to Senegal.[1] She was a member of the Commission for Educational Reform responsible for the introduction of African literature into the French syllabus in Senegal, before becoming director of La Propriété littéraire (The Literary Property) in Dakar (1979-88).[2] She was appointed the first woman president of Senegal's Writer's Association in 1985. In 1990 she founded the publishing house Éditions Khoudia.



Her best known books include:

  • Le Revenant, Nouvelles éditions africaines, 1976
  • La Grève des bàttu (1979); Nouvelles éditions africaines, 1980; Serpent à plumes (paperback 2001), ISBN 2-84261-250-7
  • L'Appel des arènes (The Call of the Arena) (1982); Nouvelles éditions africaines, 1993
  • Ex-père de la nation: roman, L'Harmattan, 1987
  • Douceurs du bercail, Nouvelles Editions ivoiriennes, 1998
  • Le jujubier du patriarche: roman, Serpent à Plumes, 1998
  • Festins de la détresse: roman. Editions d'en bas. 2005. ISBN 978-2-8290-0318-9. 

The film Battu (2000) by director Cheick Oumar Sissoko is based on her novel La Grève des bàttu.


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