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Prolific Senegalese writer BOUBACAR BORIS DIOP was born in Dakar, where he studied at the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD) and obtained numerous degrees in literature, journalism and philosophy. In 2004 and 2008, Diop held a post as Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and from March to September 2010 took on the position as Writing Fellow at Wiser (Wits Social and Economic Research) at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg.
Recognised as being among the most artistically and philosophically serious writers of his generation, with works that are strongly characterized by a continued reflection upon the postcolonial condition in Africa, Diop’s extensive literary output includes, among others, the novelLes tambours de la mémoire (The Drums of Memory), which was the first winner of the Abdou Diouf Literary Award in 1990. His book Murambi, le livre des ossements (Murambi, the Book of Bones)was featured in the Zimbabwe International Book Fair list of the top 100 best African Books of the twentieth century.
Murambi, le livre des ossements was written by Diop after a 2-month stay in Rwanda in 1998. Among a group of ten African writers who took part in the project called Rwanda: écrire par devoir de mémoire, Murambi became one of numerous attempts at recounting the 1994 genocide of Tutsi and Hutu in Rwanda. A new edition of the book will be launched in March 2011 in Paris by Zulma publishers.
Former chief editor of the independent Senegalese daily Le Matin, Diop is also a freelance contributor who is regularly writing for prominent international newspapers. Working also for cinema, Diop has written scripts for Senegalese film makers.
Diop is currently working on a novel entitledCapitaine Mbaye Diagne (Captain Mbaye Diagne). Broadly based on historical facts, it is the story of a Senegalese "Blue Helmet" who is accidently killed after saving hundreds of Tutsi during the Rwandan genocide.
Doomi Golo (The Monkey Children), 2003, Papyrus Afrique (Dakar)
Murambi, le livre des ossements, Stock, 2000.
Les traces de la meute (Trailing the Mob),Harmattan, 1993
Le temps de Tamango (In the Time of Tamango),Harmattan, 1981