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Biography of Tierno MONéNEMBO

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Born on 21/07/1947 (format : day/month/year)

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Tierno Monénembo  (Tierno Saïdou Diallo)) (b. July 21, 1947), is a a Guinean national and author of eight remarkable novels, is relatively unknown in the U.S. He was awarded ,November 10, 2008, the French literary Prize , Prix Renaudot for his book "Le Roi de Kahel".

  Having taught biochemistry in France, Algeria and Morocco, he is now a full time writer, living in France.  His 1986 novel, Les écailles du ciel, was a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Afrique Noire.  His recent works include Cinéma (1997), the story of an adolescent enamored of cowboy movies in 1950s Guinea; L’Aîné des orphelins, based on the Rwandan genocide (2000); and Peuls, a saga of the enigmatic and contested history of the Fulbe (2004).

In his relation to exile, Tierno Monénembo refers constantly to his experiences at the time he fled the dictatorship of his country and began a journey that appears to have no end. For him, exile is a place that leads the writer, like his characters, to reflect upon the issue of identity, therefore inviting him to challenge the void and begin a better search for a refuge, and for models with whom to identify and who can save him from the gaps of memory and history.

Last update : 11/10/2008

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