The Money Order; With, White Genesis

Ousmane Sembène


The Money Order; With, White Genesis

The Money Order; With, White Genesis

  • Title: The Money Order; With, White Genesis
  • Author: Ousmane Sembène
  • ISBN: 9780435908942
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback



These two novelettes look at the state of modern Africa Dieng experiences bureaucratic incompetence and deceit in The Money Order which leads him to a public act of despair, while in White Genesis, the decline of a way of life is examined through a tragic tale of incest.


Recent Comments "The Money Order; With, White Genesis"

Not quite on the level of "God's Bits of Wood" but affecting all the same. "Money Order" was made into a film by the author (this he did many times with his own works) and is the more accessible of the two, a nasty comedy of errors.

Chef de famille, chômeur, pauvre et considéré, Ibrahima Dieng reçoit un providentiel mandat de Paris ; il essaie d'en toucher le montant. ; d'espoir fou en amères désillusions commencent alors ses tribulations. La grande habileté de Sembène Ousmane a consisté, dans ce récit, à reconstituer un monde à partir du plus modeste des événements. Ce monde, c'est le petit peuple africain des villes, à la frontière ambiguë de l'Afrique traditionnelle, et de l'autre, celle de l'administrat [...]

The Money Order 5/5White Genesis 3/5

I give this a 3 stars for personal reasons rather than literary. Literarily, I think this novel offers great insight into the problems that bureaucracy and certain economic values cause when they impact a society that used to value communities and friendships. Although not entirely evident, we do see how general greed and corruption of the "new money" generation manipulates the weaknesses of the "old" generation.One textual problem that I had was that the novel lends itself to a number of convol [...]

Two novellas, 20 Mar. 2016This review is from: The Money-Order with White Genesis [AWS 92] (Paperback)Two novellas set in the author's native Senegal.White Genesis is a drama of murder, incest and madness involving the leading family of a village. With a backdrop of the locals voicing their opinions, it almost felt like a Greek tragedy.In The Money Order, a poor man receives a money order from a nephew in France. But cashing it requires an identity card, which in turn requires photos, a birth ce [...]

Fuck the red tape.

at least the second one is dry humor

I was given this book a long time ago, but since it is not really my kind of nove, I did not read it so far. And do not intend to: I've read the first 40 something pages and I just can't get through.


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