Ibrahim El Khalil Diallo’s L’Odyssée des Oubliés is the featured book for the series “Virtually Yours,” which runs on Saturday, June 11, 2022. He is hosted by Goethe-Institut Senegal and will be moderated by Renee Edwige Dro.
Virtually Yours is a regional project of Goethe-Institut Sub Saharan Africa, a series of online discussions with contemporary authors from Africa. “Virtually Yours” aims to create an online platform for avid readers, writers, academics, publishers, agents, and anyone else interested in literature by writers from Africa. The series of online discussions held once a month has featured Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Oswalde Lewat, Niq Mhlongo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Tendai Huchu, Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda, Ondjaki, Ishmael Beah, Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, Rémy Ngamije, Nadifa Mohamed, and Ana Paula Tavares.
Ibrahim El Khalil Diallo, born in Mauritania and living in Dakar, is one of the most promising young writers on the African continent. After being a finalist for the Orange Prize for Books in Africa 2019, the Prix Kourouma 2019, and the Prix Ivory 2019, he is the winner of the Prix Ahmed Baba 2021 and a finalist for the Kourouma Prize 2021.
He will be talking about his book L’Odyssée des Oubliés (English translation: The Odyssey of the Forgotten) which has the following blurb (translated from French);
How do a well-known writer, a young feminist woman and two childhood friends, all from West Africa, find themselves on the clandestine routes to Europe? Throughout a terrible odyssey, Khalil Diallo tells us the story of these companions in misfortune and takes us on a journey of thousands of migrants ready to cross the desert and the sea in the hope of a better future. Nothing will be spared them but, despite disappointment and suffering, they will never stop dreaming and fighting for their inalienable and universal right to dignity. A novel of exile and hope, The Odyssey of the Forgotten draws a uncompromising picture of Africa and gives us a novel about friendship, solidarity and memory..
The event will run at the following times;
04:00 PM Universal Time (UTC) Abidjan, Accra, Dakar
05:00 PM West African Time (WAT) Lagos, Luanda, Yaoundé
06:00 PM Central African Time (CAT) Windhoek, Johannesburg
07:00 PM East African Time (EAT) Nairobi, Addis Abeba
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