Fatou Diome was born in 1968 on the island of Niodior in the Sine-Saloum region of Senegal. Since 1994, she has lived in Strasbourg, France. In addition to pursuing doctoral studies in literature at the University of Strasbourg, Diome has published four novels, a short-story collection, an illustrated book of poems and short prose, and several short stories. Her first novel, Le ventre de l’Atlantique [The Belly of the Atlantic], received wide critical and popular acclaim and has been translated into over a dozen languages.

Diome’s work, which often features protagonists who migrate from Senegal to France, follows a long tradition of Francophone sub-Saharan African literature that depicts travel between …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Van Deventer, Allison. "Fatou Diome". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 March 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13167, accessed 25 November 2015.]