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Boubacar Boris Diop

Portrait of Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop
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Boubacar Boris Diop

Boubacar Boris Diop is an award-winning author and one of today’s most prominent African novelists, playwrights, and essayists. His two most recent novels, Malaanum lëndëm (2022) and Bàmmeelu Kocc Barma (2017) written in Wolof, were published by EJO Editions, a publishing house specialized in literature written in Senegalese national languages that Diop has founded in 2016. His most celebrated novel in French, Murambi, the Book of Bones (2006), originally published in French in 2000, inspired by Diop’s stay in Rwanda in 1998, after the genocide against the Tutsi, has received the Neustadt International Literature Prize in 2021. Diop has also won the Senegalese Republic Grand Prize in 1990 for Les Tambours de la mémoire, and in 1997 the Prix Tropiques for Le Cavalier et son ombre. Diop has created, at the Editions Zulma in Paris, Céytu, a literary collection which aims to publish literary masterpieces from all languages and all cultures into Wolof with the first series of translated works by authors such as Mariama Bâ, Aimé Césaire, JMG Le Clézio, and released in March 2016. Diop himself translated Aimé Césaire’s Une saison au Congo into Wolof. In addition to EJO Editions, Diop founded Lu defu waxu, the first and only online weekly newspaper in Wolof.

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