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Speaking the Unspeakable

A visit with Béa Gallimore, Associate Professor of French

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: trauma rape genocide Rwanda french

Why Gallimore is drawn to Beyala’s novels

Topics: Africa francophone

Gallimore has been drawn to Beyala’s novels because of their powerful realism, which deeply resonates with her own experience of growing up in the Congo. “When I first read her book, I was amazed. I was looking at things I had seen myself. It was a reality in Africa we cannot deny; you maybe don’t want it in writing, but it’s a reality for women. Those are the things women have to endure to survive.”