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Apr 25, The novella is written in the form of a lengthy epistle from one woman, Ramatoulaye, to her beloved friend Aissatou.
Like Ramatoulaye, Aissatou also is without her husband, Mawdo Ba, having divorced the man after his taking of a second wife. The men both grow highly successful, Modou as a social promoter and ideologue for union workers, Mawdo Ba as a heavily sought after surgeon.
Ultimately, both men betray their wives by assuming co-wives, and much of the novel centers upon the different paths each woman takes in reaction to such betrayals.
Throughout the novel, Ba effectively illustrates the challenges women faced in this steadily modernizing, post-colonial social context. While in many ways thriving under this added pressure, the women face the added obstacle of negotiating their devout Muslim faith in a modern world.
To Ramatoulaye and Aissatou, the existence of a co-wife renders the emotional connection and devotion the partners have with one another meaningless. On one level, such a belief reveals an individualistic idea of love likely engendered through their Westernized schooling, and importantly, one unable to align with the Muslim practice of polygamy, an institution the women believe fractures strong marital bonds that hold the family together.
Such a message holds great value in the modern context, especially in post-colonial countries still struggling with issues of nationhood and national identity. As such, the original text is recommended if possible. However, this slight detraction does not significantly mar this heartfelt novella - a deep, personal note that should appeal to readers the world-over.Similarly, Victoria Neumark, writing for the Times Educational Supplement, praised Ba as “a Senegalese writer of rare talent,” and declared that So Long a Letter represented not an outburst of “shrill feminism” but rather, “a study in female dignity” (Neumark, p.
Like the works of many other feminist African women writers, Ba's writing challenges many prevalent stereotypes that reinforce the African woman's acceptance of her "place" in society. Her first novel, So Long a Letter (), which revealed her clarity of vision and persuasive rhetoric, is written in an epistolary style/5(14). Analysis of mariama ba’s novel ‘so long a letter’ Analysis of mariama ba’s novel ‘so long a letter’ Mariama Ba demonstrates that although these female characters are the victims of their religious beliefs and low social position, they are engaged in the struggle for personal freedom and independence of their country. Jul 20, · So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ is a semi-autobiographical novel inspired by experiences of abandonment which resulted in feminist actions. Written in post-colonial Africa, I feel that Mariama Bâ uses this novel to voice her cultural and societal concerns which .
32). This book, So Long a Letter, originally written in French, won the first Noma Prize for Publishing in Africa in and is now considered as one of Africa's Best Books of the 20th r-bridal.com book is basically a long series of lette Mariama Ba () was a .
Like the works of many other feminist African women writers, Ba's writing challenges many prevalent stereotypes that reinforce the African woman's acceptance of her "place" in society.
Her first novel, So Long a Letter (), which revealed her clarity of vision and persuasive rhetoric, is written in an epistolary style/5(14). So Long a Letter In , So Long a Letter was awarded the first Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. In this book, the author recognized the immense contributions African women have made and continue to make in the building of their societies.
So Long a Letter. by Mariama Bâ. THE LITERARY WORK.
A novel set in urban Senegal from the s to the s; published in French (as Une si longue lettre) in , in English in SYNOPSIS. In a letter written to an old friend, a newly widowed schoolteacher reflects upon . Bâ, Mariama.: SO LONG A LETTER So Long a Letter () SO LONG A LETTER [Page ] Front matter To Abibatou Niang, pure and constant, lucid and thorough, who shares my feelings/5(26).