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Tierno Monénembo

  • Original Title: LE ROI DE KAHEL
  • Publication date: April 2008
  • Publisher: LE SEUIL
  • Country: GN
  • 264 print pages
  • Biopics


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century
  • Location setting: Guinea
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Modernization, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism, Social climbing, Commitment, Surpassing oneself, Friendship


Loosely based on the life of Olivier de Sanderval, a man who journeyed to Guinea to build an empire by conquering the hostile region of Fouta Djallon, the book exposes how Sanderval braves all dangers to build a railway that will bring modern civilization to Africa.


Winner of the Prix Renaudot in 2008

Tierno Monénembo is a Francophone Guinean novelist. His book LE TERRORISTE NOIR received the 2012 Prix Erckmann-Chatrian and the 2013 Grand prix Palatine and prix Ahmadou-Kourouma.


1880. The true story of French colonialist Olivier de Sanderval who established himself as King in the region of Fouta Djallon, in Guinea. Against all odds and the lethal colonialist movement, he will treat the African people as his equals and earn the trust of the supreme leader of this theocratic state. He will brave all dangers and build a railway that will bring modern civilisation to Africa.

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