The Belly of the Atlantic Paperback – 4 Sep 2006
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?Rich in incisive and humorous insights about existing at the bottom of the food chain? Morning Star ?Entertaining? her writing has undeniable power and wit? Independent ?Diome offers many wide, poignant and sometimes inspired epigrammatic observations that skewer a very real sense of immigrant experience? Big Issue ?This lyrical account of the bittersweet nature of emigration is half poetry, half novel? What?s on in London
About the Author
Born in 1968 in Niodior, Senegal, Fatou Diome moved to Strasbourg in 1994. She has taught at Strasbourg University and currently presents a cultural programme on the televison station FR3. She is the author of a collection of short stories called La Preference Nationale. The Belly of the Atlantic is her first novel.
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`TBOTA' examines the harsh realities behind immigration from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe, from the perspective of both someone who is aware of the realities (Salie) and someone who wants to live the dream (Madicke). It is the contrast between the attitudes of these two that makes this a surprisingly powerful read. The language and the story are both very simplistic, but this actually adds weight to the emotional impact of the book, because it does not read as a heavily intellectual examination of migration. Instead it is a simple story of hope and hidden danger, and one that is easy to believe is being repeated day after day in reality. `TBOTA' has apparently caused quite a stir in France, introducing a new voice and perspective on the debate about immigration. I see no reason why it won't do the same for English readers.