Herta Müller Wins 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature

So the Nobel prize this year went to a German language novelist, originally from Romania. Last week when I blogged on the German Lit prize finalists, Müller was among those mentioned & signandsight  put up a translated extract from her new novel. Below are the opening paras & here the link if you want to read on. So, after a decent but not truly major French novelist got the … Read more Herta Müller Wins 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature

Ousmane Sembene (1923-2007)

Ousmane Sembene, the Senegalese film-maker and writer , and certainly one of the major African artists of the second part of the 20th century, died yesterday at age 84. Here the wikipedia entry and here the more substantial California Newsreel article by Samba Gadjigo which opens with the following quote by Mel Hondo: “Of all African film directors, Sembene is the first to confer value to images.” Here, a … Read more Ousmane Sembene (1923-2007)