Albertine Book Club reads ‘The Most Secret Memory of Men’ by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
In November, the Albertine Book Club will discuss The Most Secret memory of Men by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, translated by Lara Vergnaud, and published by Other Press.
A literary mystery in the same vein as Bolaño’s Savage Detectives, The Most Secret Memories of Men is also a coming-of-age novel that unravels the fascinating life of a maligned Black author, based on the true story and mysterious life of Yambo Ouologuem.
In 2018, Diégane Latyr Faye, a young Senegalese writer in Paris, discovers a legendary book from the 1930s, The Labyrinth of Inhumanity. No one knows what became of its author, once hailed as the “Black Rimbaud,” after the book caused a scandal. Enthralled by this mystery, Diégane decides to search for T.C. Elimane, going down a path that will force him to confront the great tragedies of history, from colonialism to the Holocaust. From Senegal to Argentina to France, will he get to the truth at the center of the maze?
The Most Secret Memory of Men is an astonishing novel about the choice between living and writing, and the desire to transcend the divide between Africa and the West. Above all, it is an ode to literature and its timelessness. Mohamed Mbougar Sarr is the first Sub-Saharan African winner of France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt.
Albertine Members will receive a Zoom invitation to join this book club session via email.
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