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Mohamed Mbougar Sarr: ‘Colonisation is a thorn in the side of the colonised’

Clarisse Juompan-Yakam
By Clarisse Juompan-Yakam

Posted on Friday, 31 December 2021 21:13

Paris: Remise Prix Goncourt 2021
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr winner of the 2021 Goncourt award. pour son livre La Plus secrete memoire des hommes aux Editions Philippe Rey, au restaurant Chez Drouant a Paris le 3 novembre 2021. Paris, FRANCE - 03/11/2021 ISA HARSIN/SIPA

With more than 50 interviews with international media such as 'Deutsche Welle', 'The Financial Times' and 'The Guardian'; between 2500 and 3000 copies of his book signed in 20 bookshops across France... Mohamed Mbougar Sarr has been keeping score since 3 November, the day of his crowning by France's Académie Goncourt for 'La Plus Secrète Mémoire des Hommes', a stunning investigation between Senegal, France and Argentina, on the trail of a writer who disappeared off the radar, questioning the power of literature and the face-off between Africa and the West.

Considered a phenomenon in spite of himself, the child of Diourbel still has resources: carefully considered words – and not a single one out of place – a structured speech; he keeps us on the edge of our seats for a good two hours, delivering his oration without wavering, with softness and intimidating authority.