Williams Sassine was born in Kankan, Guinea in 1944 to a Lebanese Maronite Christian father and a Guinean Muslim mother. His childhood was influenced by his studies at the colonial primary school in Kankan and at the local Koranic school, but it was his stutter rather than his racial, religious and cultural


that led him to a lifetime of solitude and marginality. Sassine was a brilliant scholar who excelled at secondary school, where he also engaged in student politics. In 1961, during his final year at the


in Conakry, he participated in the first major student strike against the authoritarian policies of Ahmed Sékou Touré. The confrontation led to the arrest of many of his classmates and their imprisonment at Alpha Yaya, providing the impetus for Sassine’s…

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Citation: Baker, Charlotte. "Williams Sassine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 August 2014 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13162, accessed 15 July 2024.]

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