Boubacar Boris Diop

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Boubacar Boris Diop
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Born 1946
Occupation Writer and journalist
Nationality Senegalese

Boubacar Boris Diop (born 1946 in Dakar) is a Senegalese novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His best known work, Murambi, le livre des ossements (Murambi: The Book of Bones), is the fictional account of a notorious massacre during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. He is also the founder of Sol, an independent newspaper in Senegal, and the author of many books, political works, plays and screenplays. Doomi Golo (2006) is one of the only novels ever written in Wolof;[citation needed] it deals with the life of a Senegalese Wolof family. The book was published by Papyrus Afrique, Dakar.

Life and career[edit]

Boubacar Boris Diop was born in Dakar in 1946. He taught literature and philosophy in several Senegalese high schools. He became technical advisor at the Cultural Ministry of Senegal. He began working as a journalist and writer, writing for local newspapers, the Swiss magazine Neue Zürcher Zeitung and the Paris-based magazine Afrique, perspectives et réalités.[1]


Boubacar Boris Diop is a writer. His book Murambi, le livre des ossements was written for the Rwanda: écrire par devoir de mémoire [Rwanda: write out of a duty to remember] initiative of 1998. He is the author of Doomi Golo, a novel entirely in Wolof.

He also writes for the cinema and theatre and contributes to numerous publications, including Internazionale (it) and Chimurenga.


  • Kaveena, Philippe Rey, 2006.
  • L'Impossible innoncence, Philippe Rey, 2004.
  • Doomi Golo, novel in Wolof, éditions Papyrys, 2003 (in French Les Petits de la guenon, éditions Philippe Rey, 2009).
  • Murambi, Le livre des ossements, Stock, 2000.
  • L'Europe, vues d'Afrique, short stories, several authors, Le Figuier.
  • Le Cavalier et son ombre, Stock Paris, 1997, Price Tropiques 1997.
  • Les Traces de la meute, novel, éditions l'Harmattan Paris 1993.
  • Les Tambours de la mémoire, Nathan Paris, 1987, re-edition L'Harmattan, 1990, Grand Price de la République du Sénégal pour les Lettres, 1990.
  • Le Temps de Tamango, follows Thiaroye, terre rouge, (théâtre) first edition Harmattan Paris 1981, Price Bureau Sénégalais du Droit d'Auteurs 1984. Translated into Italian. Re-edition Le Serpent à Plumes, 2002.


  • Négrophobie, essay, with Odile Tobner and François-Xavier Verschave, Ed. Les Arènes, 2005.
  • L'Afrique au secours de l'Occident, preface of the book by Anne-Cécile Robert, Ed. de l'Atelier
  • Le Temps des aveux, Labor, Belgique 1993, collection of texts on the issue Ecriture et démocratie (writing and democracy)


  • Thiaroye terre rouge, L'Harmattan 1981 (with Le Temps de Tamango).
  • Grandakar-Usine, co-written with Senegalese director Oumar Ndao, has been performed widely in sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb.

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