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Abou-Bakar Mamah pens new French language book, “Une Douloureuse Espérance”

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The new French language fiction by Abou-Bakar Mamah, “Une Douloureuse Espérance” (published by iUniverse) highlights the case of those who have been marginalized, victims of nepotism, because they either don’t have or don’t know anyone to help them succeed in life. Alternatively, Mamah opens up a window on traditional African society and its realities of every day life.

“Une Douloureuse Espérance” takes a peek into the lives of people from the same village and explains how farmers combine their beliefs in God with their traditional African beliefs, thus creating a perfect religious synchronicity.

Youssif Haman, who sometimes assumes the role of narrator in the novel, was born and raised in this environment of contrasts before attaining the academic success that will lead him to the University of Adjopa to earn his master’s degree. Like any young intellectual, Youssif had only one dream: to monetize his talent in the land of his ancestors. But, landing in United States against all odds, Youssif had chance to witness immigrants living and working conditions.

“This book opens the window on another side of Africa and its administrative, social, and mystic realities that are still unknown by the public,” explains Mamah.

“Une Douloureuse Espérance” brings an answer on the practice of nepotism and shows off how ridiculous today’s society can be.

About the Author
Born in 1972 into a noble peasant family, Abou-Bakar Mamah completed his primary and secondary education in Tchamba City. After obtaining his High School Diploma at the Lycée Moderne of Sokodé, he joined the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lomé (Togo) where he earned his Bachelor and a Master’s degree in French Language and Literature. Prior to moving to the United States in 2003, Abou-Bakar was French Teacher at ISMAD Management College in Lomé, while attending Ph D research program on Socio-Psycho-Linguistics at Paris X Nanterre (France).

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