God's Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembène

This novel tells the story of a railway strike on the Dakar-Niger line that lasted from 1947 to 1948. The workers endure low wages and dangerous conditions, while their French bosses live comfortably. The strike is initially led by men, but as it drags on and hardship intensifies, the women of the community play an increasingly vital role, culminating in a triumphant march where they demand equal rights and recognition. The book explores themes of colonialism, gender roles, and the struggle for equality.

The 987th greatest book of all time


Published
1960
Nationality
Senegalese
Type
Fiction
Pages
150-200
Words
72,000
Original Language
French

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