Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
"A novel about cowardice and courage in the face of repression, from a powerful new voice of French-African literature. The imaginary country of Sumal is a happy place, until, that is, it's taken hostage by a fundamentalist jihadist organization called The Brotherhood. The populace quickly becomes locked in a climate of violence, falling under the control of the militias as they impose silence, terror and the most rigid moral laws. Prohibitions and...
"In a viral video filmed in Senegal, we see how a body is defaced and then dragged out of a cemetery by a crowd. As soon as he views it, Ndéné Gueye, a young professor, tired of the moral hypocrisy of his society, becomes concerned or obsessed with this event. Who was he? Why was the body exhumed? The only answer: it was a Góor-Jigean, a "man-woman". In other words, a homosexual. A novel about how to find the courage to be your true self without...