So long a letter

[Une si longue lettre]
Year: 
1979
Type: 
Public: 
Moral Assessment: 
Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.

Mariamma Bâ, is from Senegal. She is a famous author and has fought for years for women's rights against polygamy and castes. The context of the book is that of Senegal, which has just emerged from colonisation: an independent Senegal. It is a society in which Islam and traditional cultures are well rooted.

The protagonist, Ramatoulaye, writes a long letter to her great friend Aissatou. In this correspondence, she remembers their lives, their dreams of youth, their loves and their disappointments in marriage. Polygamy is a common occurrence and their respective husbands married others. Aissatou decides to divorce, Ramatoulaye remains the wife of a man who will never return. This book is the confidence of a betrayed woman who speaks of the injustice and falsity of polygamy. The author in a caring style defends the role of women and highlights their essential role in family life and in the development of a nation.

The book has the merit of highlighting a serious problem that millions of women continue to live with, especially in many African countries. This story can help those who believe in the importance of strong families to reflect.

A.K. (Italy, 2016)