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Le Docker Noir

This first work of fiction by Sembene depicts the betrayal suffered by an African writer whose novel is published under false pretenses, and the betrayal suffered by African workers who lead a miserable existence in Marseille. This novel is also a fictional reconstruction of race relations between the French and the exiles from France’s colonies in Africa and the black diaspora. Autobiographical in its orientation, it set the political tone for a new breed of works by French-speaking African writers.

Critical Works

Freuser, Wilfried F. "Richards Wright’s native son and Ousmane Sembene's Le Docker Noir." Komparatistiche Hefte 14 (1986): 103-116.

Day, Patrick. “A Comparative Study of Crime and Punishment in Ousmane Sembène's Le Docker Noir and Albert Camus's L'Etranger.” Africa Today 52 (Spring 2006): 83-96.

Murphey, David. “La Danse et la parole: L'Exil et l'identité chez les Noirs de Marseille dans Banjo de Claude McKay et Le Docker noir d'Ousmane Sembene.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée. (Sep. 2000): 27 (3); 462-79.

Riesz, János. “Le dernier voyage du Négrier Sirius': Le Roman dans le roman ‘Le Docker Noir’ d'Ousmane Sembène” 179-96 Diop, Papa Samba (ed.); Sénégal-Forum: Littérature et Histoire. 1995: 267.

Thomas, Dominic. “Intertextuality, Plagiarism, and Recycling Ousmane Sembene's Le Docker noir (Black Docker)” Research in African Literatures 37 (Spring 2006): 72-90.