Like God’s Bits of Wood, this novel is based on historical events that had far-reaching effects on West Africa’s political transformation: the 1958 referendum on the future of France’s African colonies, organized by General de Gaulle. Set in an unnamed African capital, the story recreates the climate of excitement, hope, fear, and deception experienced by a whole generation of Africans at that time. Through it’s robust characters, the novel also traces the different political orientations of the intellectual elite on the eve of independence.

Critical Works

Assaad, Samia A. "L'Harmattan par Ousmane Sembene." Œuvres Afro Asiatiques vol.1 n.2 (1968): 178-180.
Dailly, Christophe. "L'Harmattan de Sembene Ousmane." Annales de l’Université d’Abidjan 3D (1970): 59-61.