Le Dernier de l’Empire

The context here is now familiar: nepotism, incompetence, and the abuse of the public power rampant in many African states in the decades following independence. Set in independent Senegal, the novel dramatizes the military coup that has been a plague on Africa’s political landscape, jeopardizing political instability and economic development.

Critical Works

Payne, Doug. “Instabilities: The Politics of Literary Form in Sembène's ‘The Last of the Empire.’” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (Fall 1999): 6 (2): 106-25.