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Focus on Kossi Efoui

A novelist of Togolese origin living in France since 1990, Kossi Efoui has published “L'ombre des choses à venir” in 2011, a much-praised novel. He was also awarded the francophone “Prix des Cinq Continents” in 2009 for “Solo d'un revenant”.

A lively author, Kossi Efoui masters a subtle style made of humour and irony. In his fictional novels, he recalls his own personal story along with the history of an unknown, unnamed but ubiquitous African country. Efoui's talent for writing is obvious: the elegance of his prose gushes from every word, reconciling the oral and literary traditions, mixing the energy of theatre plays with the laws of the novel genre. His savoury plots often depict a vivid and complex Africa trough characters haunted by the past and forced to face a worrying present. Along with Labou Tansi or Ahmadou Kourouma, Kossi Efoui is one of Africa's most original voices. Pick a novel of him in one of our many libraries!


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Books - Dibuka

  • Dibuka

    Dibuka is revamping!

    Dibuka is revamping! Due to a delay in the renovation work, Dibuka will only re-open on the 18th of August 2018.We apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. In the framework of its 15th anniversary, Dibuka is closed for renovation from the 16th of July 2018 to the 2nd of… Read more
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    Dibuka receives books from the Fondation RATP and the Biblionef association

    Thanks to the Fondation RATP, also known as the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens which is a state-owned public transport operator headquartered in Paris, France, the Biblionef association, a book donation non-profit organisation based in France and the French Institute of South Africa, Media… Read more
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    The Rentrée Littéraire Comes to Dibuka!

    Discover a selection of books from the Rentrée Litteraire at Dibuka Library, the multimedia portal to French culture in Johannesburg. For the uninitiated the Rentrée Littérraire is the period of the year in France between August and November when publishing houses release most of their books as it… Read more

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