Sony Labou Tansi

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  • Julin E. Everett (Appalachian State University )

The works of Congolese author Sony Labou Tansi (1947-1995) participate in a tradition of postcolonial African literature from writers such as Williams Sassine, Emmanuel Dongala and Ahmadou Kourouma, and represent a definitive break with the often prescriptive novels of the early postcolonial period, texts that were frequently concerned with the African’s initiative voyage to France. Sony Labou Tansi’s inventive, avant-garde employment of the French language, his infusion of the novelistic form with aspects of the fable and his play with narrative temporality mark a new direction in 20th century literature. Though relatively young at his death, Sony was an extremely prolific and diverse writer of novels, plays, short …

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Everett, Julin E.. "Sony Labou Tansi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 April 2013
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