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Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

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Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr was born in Dakar in 1990. He studied literature and philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Brotherhood, his first novel, won the Grand Prix du Roman Métis, the Prix Ahmadou Kourouma, and the French Voices Grand Prize, in Alexia Trigo’s translation. He was named Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by the president of Senegal.

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Latest reviews

  • The Silence of the Choir manages to negotiate immigration and its various complexities into one cohesive and emotionally ravaging tale . . . The Silence of the Choir is nothing short of masterful.”

    — Under the Radar, Jun 10 2024
  • “Characters aren’t revealed so much as they are refracted through different narrative lenses, allowing us to consider how a story’s form, perhaps more than the story itself, can determine how we understand a person.”

    — New York Times Book Review, May 22 2024
  • “Sarr delivers a moving, dynamic story, shedding light on the joys and consequences of contemporary immigration.”

    — BookPage, May 13 2024
  • “Sarr shines at dissecting the contradictory forces that coexist in the refugee crisis, a situation mirrored throughout the world.”

    — Booklist, May 9 2024
  • “An insightful overview of Europe’s modern refugee crisis... Dramatic, compelling writing on the dimensions of cultural disruption and the possibilities of reintegration.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Mar 9 2024
  • “The residents of a fictional desert town suffer under a brutal fundamentalist regime, in this Senegalese writer’s English début.”
    — The New Yorker, Aug 23 2021
  • “Sarr display(s) uncanny abilities to transport the reader into the lives of oppressed groups.”
    — On the Seawall, Jul 13 2021
  • “Honest, nuanced... A novel that concerns itself with finding freedom where there seems to be none.”
    — The New York Times Book Review, Jul 6 2021
  • “Haunting philosophical questions demonstrate Sarr’s powers, and his story succeeds in speaking to both the reader’s head and heart. This introduces a vital new voice to American readers.”
    — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), May 18 2021
  • “Sarr pays moving tribute to the courage of everyday people with this examination of survival and sacrifice.”
    — Booklist, May 1 2021

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