Bibliotopia 2024 | Interview with David Diop

"Passion Thwarted"
Moderated by Oriane Jeancourt Galignani

David Diop, born in Paris and raised in Senegal, is the author of a powerful body of work that draws on his two cultural sensibilities. A lecturer at the University of Pau, he heads the Research Group on European Representations of Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries. Questions of racial domination and colonial violence feature in his fiction, "At Night All Blood Is Black" (2020, tr. Anna Moschovakis, International Booker Prize) and "Beyond the Door of No Return" (2021, tr. Sam Taylor), both published by Pushkin Press. In the latter, set in Senegal, Enlightenment ideals are confronted with the brutality of slavery, providing a backdrop to a story of impossible love.

Fondation Jan Michalski, Saturday 23 March 2024