Calixthe Beyala

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Calixthe Beyala (born 1961) is a Cameroonian-born French writer who writes in French.

She grew up in Douala with her sister. In 1978, she left Cameroon for France. She married, and has two children.[1]


  • 1996 Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie Française
  • 1994 Prix François Mauriac de l’Académie française
  • 1994 the Prix tropique
  • 1993 Grand prix littéraire de l’Afrique noire[2]


On March 31, 2011, Beyala was one of the few intellectuals to express support for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.[3]


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  1. ^ Volet, Jean-Marie (31 March 2013). "Calixthe Beyala". The University of Western Australia. 
  2. ^ Martinek, Claudia (10 January 2005). "Calixthe Beyala". The Literary Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ Girard, Quentin (31 March 2011). "Libye: les enjeux d'une guerre qui divise" [Libya: the challenges of a war that divided]. Libération (in French) (Paris). 

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