In Riwan ou le chemin de sable by Ken Bugul, the protagonist lives in the interstice between her own house and that of her husband’s, between the life of a woman educated in Europe and the life of a wife subjected to the laws of mouridism. In her circular movement along the sandy road evoked in the novel’s title, she gradually creates a space that allows her to reconcile the two facets of her identity. Merging different genres, stories and languages, the text itself enacts the symbolism of the road as a transitional sphere.
"L’espace sexué dans Riwan ou le chemin de sable
de Ken Bugul,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 67
, Article 7.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol67/iss1/7