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IVORY COAST – Discovering Oumar Ndao’s ‘dream thieves’

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It’s always better to have your nose in a book than in other people’s business, they say. The book is a reservoir of wealth that we consume through the eyes and art of an author. By this powerful knowledge factor, we go to the front of the other, that other ourselves that are the characters. These paper beings serve as pretexts to pose existential problems, explore the depths of our current affairs and above all to question us. Today, we go to meet the writer Oumar Ndao and his work THE THIEVES OF DREAMS, a fruitful love story that is part of a society in crisis broken by war.

I have just returned from Taax! Spaces generously endowed by Heaven. Unfortunately, the men and women who live there are not happy. Yet they are human beings who knead the dough of love and dream. They dream of a blue sky and a fulfilled life. Men like Badou and Malick. Women like Madjiguène and Jeannine. Their dreams are as beautiful as the love that gets them drunk.

Yet they are unhappy. These characters are trapped and crushed by a heartless society. A society whose humanity is crumbling on the altar of vice, greed and war. Often in the name of God. Men who are morally defeated are dragging innocent people into this nauseating spiral. It is man who crushes man. Alas…

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Fortunately, Oumar Ndao’s pen consoles and soothes pain. His pen blurs «the blood parenthesis». But what can be said when the world of men flirts with abject and filthy?

What can we say when people who dream are crushed by cattle appetites? What to do when a life, for nothing, is soiled, torn away?

What can we say when people who dream are crushed by cattle appetites? What to do when a life, for nothing, is soiled, torn away?

THE THIEVES OF DREAMS, a call to the world, a call to life despite the heaviness of misfortunes. THE THIEVES OF DREAMS so that the dream does not die! The dream of a more human world. More flowery.

With his beautiful writing, Oumar Ndao makes us discover the vagaries of war, poverty and family tears.

This magnificent work by Ndao Kounda deserves to be read and reread. It could well enlighten us on certain existential necessities! I strongly advise you.

       

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