22 colour photos
Text languages: Wolof, French, English
The text presented in this book consists of various oral literature reports collected in the streets of Dakar, Senegal. They have been published to give a visibility of the daily life of the Senegalese and immigrants from the neighbouring countries. Various ways of earning money are presented, from taxi driving over trading to begging in the streets.
The reader is given insight into the daily demands the workers have to cope with as well as their hopes and fears. Therefore, the texts are carefully translated close to the original reports from Wolof into French and English to avoid losing the “spirit” of the original story. The expressions of the people in Dakar show the pride as well as the humiliation they feel during their work, the love for their country as well as their faith in God.
The texts of this collection are throughout presented in three languages: Wolof, French and English. Wolof, a language of the northern branch of the West Atlantic language family, is mainly spoken in Senegal by approximately 3.2 mill. people as mother tongue language. Furthermore, about 3.5 mill. people speak Wolof as a second language, in Senegal as well as in the Gambia and Mauretania.
The present book gives valuable insights into the culture of work in Senegal and can be seen as good basic material for further research into this topic. The careful translations by the author add a precious groundwork for studies in Senegalese oral literature