Born in Bowounda, Togo in 1960, ABOUBACAR SADAMBA TCHA-KOURA, better known as Sami Tchak, is a French and Togolese writer, novelist and essayist. After a dissertation in philosophy at the University of Lomé (Togo) in 1983, Tchak taught in a high school for three years. In 1986, he arrived in France with a scholarship from the Togolese government to start his sociology and anthropology studies.  In 1993, he obtained his PhD at the Sorbonne University. 

In 1996, Tchak’s research on prostitution saw him spend seven months in Cuba, and resulted in the publication of the essay Prostitution à Cuba. Communisme, ruses et débrouilles. The discovery of Mexican and Colombian cultures have significantly influenced Tchak’s literary choices. These places and the great writers who come from them offered him new avenues of writing. 

Since the novel Hermina, published by Gallimard in 2003, all Tchak’s works take place in an imaginary Latin American setting, very similar to Africa. He has written short stories and articles which have appeared in several magazines and reviews. 

In 2004, Tchak won the Grand Prix of Black African Literature for the entire range of his work. The author of eight novels and four essays, some of Tchak’s novels have been translated into Spanish, German and Italian. 

In 2013, Tchak’s latest novel entitled L’ethnologue et le sage was published in Gabon. In 2014, he will publish in the Mercure de France Editions, his latest offering entitled Fantaisie pour l’humaine beauté, a novel about the genocide of Tutsis by Hutus in Rwanda. 

Sami Tchak lives in Paris. 



L’ethnologue et le sage, Éditions Odem, 2013

Al Capone le Malien, Mercure de France, 2011

Filles de Mexico, Mercure de France, 2008

Le paradis des chiots, Mercure de France, 2006.

La fête des masques, Paris, Gallimard, 2004