Tribal Scars

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Tribal Scars
Author Ousmane Sembène
Translator Len Ortzen
Country Senegal
Language English
Genre General Fiction
Publisher INSCAPE (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 117 (US hardback)
ISBN 0-87953-015-4 (US)
OCLC 763705
843 19
LC Class PQ3989.S46 V613 1974

Tribal Scars is a collection of short stories by Senegalese author Ousmane Sembène. It was originally published in French as Voltaique.


  • "wootwoot"
  • "The Bilal's Fourth Wife"
  • "In the Face of History"
  • "Love in Sandy Lane"
  • "A Matter of Conscience"
  • "The Mother"
  • "Her Three Days"
  • "Letters from France"
  • "The Community"
  • "Chaiba the Algerian"
  • "The Promised Land"
  • "Tribal Scars or The Voltaique"


Sembene, also a filmmaker, adapted the short story "The Promised Land" into a 1966 feature film entitled Black Girl.

Book information[edit]

Tribal Scars (English edition) by Ousmane Sembène; translation by Len Ortzen