Directed by Ousmane Sembene. With Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb , Fatim Diagne. A corrupt politician is cursed with impotence on the night of his. into English in , Xala is the story of El Hadji Kader Ousmane Sembène is the author of several novels and short stories, including Tribal Scars as well as. The Xala Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author by Ousmane Sembène.

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Canadian Journal of African Studies. Sembene’s The Money Orderabout the trials of a man trying to cash a cheque, was the first truly African feature, and Ceddowhich looks at Africa’s chequered past, remains perhaps the most sophisticated.

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Part-allegory, and several parts social critique, addressing both polygamy and its effects on families, as well as the corruption of the rising business class after independence, Xala hits its targets reasonable well, but is not a particularly well-told story; an often awkward translation see just the quotes in this review doesn’t help either. Archived from the original on January 16, Unlike the strong Efuru who does not allow class differences to effect her, this xsla between socioeconomic classes creates the hole into which El Hadji allows himself to fall.

The final scene of the novel. In fact, ousmans female characters in Xalamost notably El Hadji’s wives and the domineering figure of Yay Bineta, exhibit the power that many women in fact yield over their male sembeje. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Everything seems in working order, but then it isn’t, and the diagnosis is clear: The work also provides a vast arena in which to discuss the novel’s themes and motives. Senegal,minutes.

The battle against the colonist is not yet won. At the beginning, he suspects that one or both of his first two wives have put the spell on him, without realizing that he walks by the true guilty party every day beggars and people he has ouzmane from. His protagonist, El Hadji Abdou Kader Beye, is a member of the “Businessmen’s Group,” a coalition of Senegalese businessmen who have come together to “gain control of their country’s economy” and “combat the invasion of foreign interests.

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This film article about a s comedy is a stub. In traveling the “road Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. The complete review ‘s Review:. A headstrong and eloquent woman, Yay Bineta is able to manipulate El Hadji into accepting a third bride.

His close friends and business partners desert him when he poses a threat to their economic positions, and his wives exhibit similar faithlessness.

The weakness of Senegalese economic structures are mirrored by Ousmane’s depiction of the social world– in particular, the relationships between men and women. Satire in the novel. The controversial nature of the work, circling a man’s impotance will keep students attention.

The next morning, a pusmane comes to El Hadji’s door. Desperate, El Hadji agrees. This section needs expansion.

Views Read Edit View history. Another scholarly perspective is from Harriet D. At the end of Xalahowever, the religious and economic structures upon which El Hadji has built his life, are shown to be flawed.

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The thrust of the plot is that a new black elite has taken power. With each of his wives, everything began and ended with the bed El Hadji’s manipulations of the Muslim faith and the tenet of polygamy eventually result in his undoing. In the town, since the families are scattered, the children have little contact with their father.

Articles to be expanded from December All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes All stub articles. He believes himself to have been cursed with xala pronounced “hala” a condition which leaves him impotent. Xala means sexual impotence, and the film, culled from his own novel, is a brilliantly funny, ironic satire about post-colonial Senegal. The ruling classes are contrasted with a group of beggars who represent the people and exact revenge on Kader first by imposing the curse and finally by stripping him and spitting on him to release it.

Honours Teaching Curriculum This site, maintained by the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Department of African Literature, provides discriptions and reading lists for several of the classes provided by their honors curriculum.