The Hail-Mary Pass of the Wretched of Emigration in Fatou Ndiom’s The Belly of the Atlantic
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages: 7-13
Received: Jan. 16, 2018; Accepted: Feb. 3, 2018; Published: Apr. 10, 2018
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Abib Sene, Department of Anglophone Studies, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal
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Mankind who has been looking forward finding back his Lost Paradise, has defined his life into an endless quest. A quest which has given ground to a topic of reflection among many African writers such as Fatou Diome, who in The Belly of the Atlantic, brings on surface the different aspects of African emigration in European countries. Thus, in this article, we drive, on the one hand, at exposing the misleading and impaired hope that attracts and motivates African young people to run away from their “miserable lives” to cross the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans and, on the other hand, at highlighting the local solutions that do exist to stop such a social and topical phenomenon.
Poverty, Migration, Starvation, Hope, Disillusion
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Abib Sene, The Hail-Mary Pass of the Wretched of Emigration in Fatou Ndiom’s The Belly of the Atlantic, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 7-13. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20180601.12
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Barça is the affectionate diminutive used by young Senegalese people to address the Spanish province Barcelona. Barzakh is a Wolof word which refers to the Hereafter world. Barça mba Barzakh" is a Wolof expression that literally means:" I shall provide myself with all the legal or illegal necessary means to emigrate to Spain (Barcelona) or die (in the Atlantic Ocean) while trying to get there.
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