So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ

so-long-a-letterMariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter is a short epistolary novel about recently widowed Ramatoulaye, whose husband betrayed her by taking a much-younger second wife.  In a letter to her best friend Aissatou, she reflects a long marriage, one filled first with happiness and then, after her husband’s second wedding, with anguish and resentment.

Author:
Mariama Bâ won the Noma Award in 1980 for her first novel, So Long a Letter.  Born in Dakar, Senegal, Bâ worked as both a teacher and an education inspector, and later became active in Senegalese politics and women’s rights. She passed away in 1981, a year before her second book, Scarlet Song, was published.

Published:  1981
Length:  90 pages
Set in:  Senegal
Translated by:  Modupe Bode-Thomas

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