Camara Laye





Camara Laye

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born
in Kouroussa, Guinea
January 01, 1928

died
February 04, 1980

gender
male

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During his time at college he wrote The African Child (L'Enfant noir), a novel based loosely on his own childhood. He would later become a writer of many essays and was a foe of the government of Guinea. His novel The Radiance of the King (Le Regard du roi) is considered to be one of his most important works.

He was born Malinke (a Mandé speaking ethnicity) into a caste that traditionally worked as blacksmiths and goldsmiths. His family name is Camara, and following the tradition of his community, it precedes his given name—Laye. His mother was from the village of Tindican, and his immediate childhood surroundings were not predominantly influenced by French culture. He attended both the Koranic and French elementary schools in Kouroussa. At...more


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The Dark Child
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 683 ratings — published 1953 — 14 editions
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The Radiance of the King
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 1954 — 5 editions
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The African Child
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1980 — 2 editions
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The Guardian of the Word =:...
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1984
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Le Maitre de la Parole
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1978 — 2 editions
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Dramouss
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A Dream of Africa
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1977
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De blik van de koning
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0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 1954
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The Granta Book of the Afri...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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