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Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature

Abstract

If it is recognized that The Ambiguous Adventure is one of Africa’s most studied texts, it should also be noted that most analyses of Cheikh Hamidou Kane’s novel are general sociological commentaries on a mythologized Africa or on a society that is caught in the snares of its own mythic “values.” These commentaries often forget that the text is also the passage through a history that was imposed on Africa, and one which the writer tries to interpret in his own way. If Kane’s text plunges into the Christian faith by invoking Pascal and Augustine, it is in order to establish its own theological and narrative discourse, one that is situated in the African and Muslim context. Fiction simultaneously becomes a strategy of absorption, of displacement, and of invention.

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